Simmons: Looking Back and Ahead

Who was Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons' Top Performer last week? Find out that, what he learned on the road last week, and who he will see play this week right here.

On Thursday, Callaway at Carver-Columbus was the game and on Friday, it Hillgrove at North Cobb.

Between those games, stops were made at a number of schools to check on prospects and to pick up film.

Top Performer

Entering Friday, the Carver defense was going to get this award as a group, but on Friday night, Alabama commitment Kenyan Drake stepped up, and showed why he is considered one of the top prospects in Georgia.

Drake finished with 150 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries, but he had another 53 yard touchdown called back because of holding, so he would have had over 200 yards.

The Alabama commitment is a burner out of the backfield. He has a very good initial burst when he touches the football and he has really developed nicely physically over the last 18 months.

Drake has soft hands like a receiver, he could be used as a kick-off return man at Alabama, and he has the ability to make big plays in the SEC.

What was Learned on the Road

  • Carver has a lot of young talent coming up in the 2014 and 2015 class. The 2015 class could rival what they had in 2011 with Isaiah Crowell (Georgia) and Gabe Wright (Auburn) when all is said and done. It is early and not a lot of them are playing on the Varsity level yet, but expect them to next year. Leading the way in 2014 is linebacker Niemus Bryant (6-2/230) and the one standing out the most early in 2015 is Mekhi Brown (6-5/195). Bryant will likely put his hand down on the next level although he plays outside linebacker now and Brown looks a lot like Corey Crawford that plays for Clemson, so look for him to end up at rush end. Those are just twwo, but there are more.

  • Deion Bonner saw his recruitment almost come to a halt after getting into some off the field trouble earlier this year, but he will sign with a Division I school in February. It will be interesting to see who comes in and offers Bonner officially when it gets to that time. He has the talent to play at a very high level, so keep an eye on this one.

  • Ricky Parks is a top tight end out of Callaway and he remains committed to Auburn, but he still talks to Auburn and Georgia. Parks told Scout that he would like to take all five of his official visits. He was at Auburn this past Saturday to see the Tigers beat Florida.

  • Reuben Foster is one of the select few in the 2013 class that Scout has already tagged as a five-star prospect. The linebacker out of Troup County committed to Alabama over the summer, but is still taking visits. He visited Auburn over the weekend and it was the third game he has been to there this year. He plans to be at Georgia in November when the Dawgs host Auburn and he plans to return to Tuscaloosa to see them host LSU on November 5. Foster has also been invited to play in the Under Armour All-America game next year.

  • Terry Godwin is a 2015 athlete out of Callaway to keep an eye on. He starts both ways for the Cavaliers and Pete Wiggins feels good about his chances of becoming a big-time recruit down the road. He makes plays on both sides of the ball, but he is projected as a corner early on.

  • Wake Forest currently leads for Darious Bennett, a 2012 defensive tackle out of Carver. He is on the shorter side, but very strong at the point of attack and he likes what the Demon Deacons have to offer.

  • Quinten James and Tre Griffin are the top two prospects at North Cobb. Griffin was committed to Vanderbilt, but he has decided to back off that commitment and explore his options. Illinois and Kentucky have already offered James, a 2013 athlete. He could play running back or linebacker on the next level.

    Looking Ahead

    There is only one game on the schedule this week and it will be in Newnan, Ga. Tray Matthews, a 2013 Georgia commitment will lead the Cougars of Newnan into action against a talented M.L.K. team.

    Matthews could be a top 10 prospect in Georgia next year and he has an impressive offer list. Kenderious Whitehead and Blake Tibbs (Georgia commitment) lead the way for M.L.K., so there will be a lot of talent on the field this Friday.

    Chad Simmons started out with Scout in 2003 covering top talent in Georgia and the South. He then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager. After less than three years, Simmons was moved to National Recruiting Analyst in July 2011.
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