Simmons: Friday Night Notes

Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons spent Friday in the town or Lawrenceville. That was where Grayson stayed perfect and defeated Central Gwinnett 22-0. Many stars were in this game and you can get the latest on those guys here.

It may not have been pretty and the execution was not perfect, but Grayson finished the 2011 regular season 10-0 after their win on Friday night. The Ram defense dominated as always and that is what will carry them into the playoffs.

Each program has numerous prospects and here are some notes on some of the best.

  • The biggest name in this game was Robert Nkemdiche, a 2013 five-star prospect. The 6-foot-4, 265 pound junior from Grayson did not disappoint. He caused pressure, moved the pocket, and picked up a couple of sacks in this game. He was double-teamed, offense line protections rolled his way, but he was still a factor. If he wasn't making a play, he was helping his teammates make it. On the recruiting front, Alabama, Florida, and LSU are currently his top three. He will be in Tuscaloosa Saturday for the LSU game.

  • Another 2013 prospect that has big offers on Grayson's team is Wayne Gallman. He was a factor on both offense and defense. He plays outside linebacker and running back for the Rams and he looked comfortable at each. He showed good quickness with the ball in his hands and he made some nice tackles in pursuit sideline to sideline. Auburn and Clemson are schools Gallmon says have offered him.

  • Do not sleep on Fred Zerblis, a 2012 center at Grayson. He is a nasty OL that gets after it in the trenches. He is smart and physical. His biggest offers now are Arkansas State and UAB, but he is one to watch as we close in on Signing Day.

  • Francis Kallon is new to the game of football and he has now played a total of 10 games in his life, but he has a lot of potential. The four-star end on Scout is committed to Georgia Tech and GT Head Coach Paul Johnson was there watching him Friday night. Kallon is an energetic guy that is learning on the fly. He chases the ball well, he can play physical, and he covers a lot of ground. As expected, he is raw, extremely raw. He plays a little high, he needs to work on using his hands, and he just needs to develop. I really like his upside though. Although his commitment to GT is solid right now, schools are not giving up on the 6-foot-5, 241 pound senior. Auburn, Georgia, and Vanderbilt are some of the schools he still may visit.

  • Malachi Jones is a receiver that has really had a big senior season. He finished with over 1,000 yards for the Central Gwinnett Gladiators and recruiting is picking up for him. UCLA is on him hard and he will visit there officially later this month and Wake Forest is another school showing interest, he will be there Saturday. Jones was not a real factor in the Grayson game, but he is taller than may think, his speed is better than it was a year ago, and he is a very mature young man. No offers yet, but they will come.

  • Trey Johnson is only a junior, but he has already committed to Auburn. Johnson recovered a fumble against Grayson and he was in on a handful of tackles too. He reads plays well, he doesn't get sucked into fakes too often, and he is just a smart player. Johnson made it clear that he is a strong commitment to Auburn at this time, but he said he could take some visits next year. He has not been thinking much about recruiting lately.

  • George Morris is an athlete that could play running back or safety on the next level. He has some nice offers and his official visits will begin later this month when he trips to Florida International. He also has visits set to East Carolina and Syracuse. He worked out of the "Wildcat" last night and he split out some too.
    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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