Simmons: Looking Back and Ahead

Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons spent the second half of last week on the road and he saw the top running back in the country in action. Find out how Keith Marshall performed, what he learned on the road, and who he'll see play this week here.

Top Performer

I only saw one game this week, it was Millbrook vs. Enloe, so my Top Performer is Keith Marshall, but with his performance, he likely would have been if I would have seen 10 teams in action.

He finished the game with 298 yards and five touchdowns, a nice way to go out on Senior Night. He ran for over 200 yards in the second half alone.

It was rainy much of the game, the field was slick, and the conditions were not ideal for quick back like him, but it did not slow him down at all.

He had three touchdown runs that went for over 50 yards and he showed the speed and quickness expected. Marshall just cuts on a dime and his footwork is so impressive.

Florida, Georgia, and Notre Dame have received official visits from Marshall and Clemson, North Carolina, and South Carolina are still in the mix as well. He has never given a leader or favorites list, but most feel these are the six schools that still have a shot at his commitment in December.

Marshall, the number one running back in the country is set to graduate in December and enroll at the college of his choice in January.

Notes from the Road

  • Millbrook 2013 wide receiver Corey Cooper is one to watch. He needs to improve his quickness, but he is a strong receiver with good hands. He claims an offer from North Carolina State.

  • Providence (NC) has a 2014 offensive tackle by the name of Bentley Spain that could be a big-time prospect. He already has been offered by North Carolina State and South Carolina.

  • The next top prospect to come out of Charlotte Catholic will be Elijah Hood. The 6-foot-1, 210 pound running back is only a sophomore, but he has already picked up an offer from East Carolina. Look for many others to offer in the future.

  • Davidson Day School has two young men to keep an eye on. Kirk Donaldson is a 6-foot-3, 258 pound junior that could play either side of the ball and Will Grier is a 6-foot-3, 180 pound sophomore quarterback. Both are drawing a good bit of attention early on.

  • LaChaston Smith is a junior linebacker out of South Iredell that will miss the remainder of the season because of a fracture in his foot. He has been hearing a lot from Auburn, Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, and North Carolina State.

  • Statesville has three Division I prospects in the 2013 class. Carlis Parker is a quarterback and he leads the way with offers from East Carolina, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, and Wake Forest. Tristan Mumford is a linebacker/running back and Breon Borders is a corner, both will pick up many offers down the road.

  • Leading the way at Lexington is 2013 running back Marquez Grayson. He is really put together well and the 6-foot-1, 200 pound junior has already picked up offers from Clemson, South Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. He will add many more.

  • Dakwa Nichols was having a big year at Richmond, but he will miss the remainder of the 2011 season due to a broken foot. It happened a week before last and he is now on crutches. The 5-foot-10, 182 pound back is attracting attention from Clemson, Duke, and UNC.

  • Jonathan Lloyd is only a sophomore, but he looks like the real deal. The 2014 athlete is right at 6-feet tall and he currently weighs 180 pounds. He plays all over the field for Southern Alamance and he has already picked up offers from Duke, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio State, and Virginia Tech. Expect Lloyd to be recruited nationally.

    Looking Ahead

    I will be back in Georgia for games this week as they close out the regular season. On Thursday, I will get to see prospects like Kennny Orjioke, Charlie Hegedus, and Eddie Printz when Lassiter hosts Etowah.

    On Friday, I will be in Lawrenceville at Central Gwinnett to see them play Grayson. Robert Nkemdiche leads the way here, he is a five-star junior out of Grayson. Georgia Tech commit Francis Kallon and Auburn commit Trey Johnson will also be featured in this game.

    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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