Scout on the Town - South Recap

FoxSportsNext and recruiting analysts and field reporters were in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi this weekend checking out some of the region's top recruits.

Chad Simmons, National Recruiting Anlayst
Lake City (Fla.) Columbia vs. Middleburg (Fla.)

This game was over very early after Columbia got up 35-0 in the first quarter. Laremy Tunsil, the top offensive tackle in the country was the top recruit in this game and while he was not challenged by the big and physical ends, he had to deal with the smaller guys on the edge that give the big men trouble at times. It was no trouble for Tunsil though. He had a few pancake blocks, he drove a guy over 10 yards down the field on one play, and he showed great feet and balance when in pass protection. A lot of the big offensive linemen have a tough time with those 6-foot-1, 190 pound ends because of their size and quickness, but Tunsil dominated. He has all the tools you look for, he played to his ranking, and he has so move room to still improve. He only played around 25 snaps in this game because of the score. Rakeem Battle has moved to corner and this 2014 prospect looked good. He is very quick and he picked a pass off and had a couple of nice open field tackles. He is a Division 1 prospect at corner because of his quickness, feet, toughness, and ball skills. Another junior for Columbia is safety Trey Marshall and he was held out of this game.

Buena Vista (Ga.) Marion County vs. Vienna (Ga.) Dooly County
This was a tough game that went down to the wire, but Marion County pulled out the win 12-7. Montravius Adams is a marked man and he faced double teams all night and he still made some plays. He showed some frustration at times because of the attention he received and he was even chop-blocked some, but he still made his presence known. The first play of the game, he shot into the backfield, and made a tackle four yards deep. He then made a big play in the fourth quarter when he again shot a gap, hit the running back as he was taking the hand-off, and Dooly County recovered the ball inside the Marion County 10 yard line. The offense could not capitalize though. He showed great quickness off the ball and he chased the ball well, but he still played high at times, and was ran away from a good bit of the time. He had his ankle rolled up on midway through the fourth quarter and he did not return. Marion County has a 2014 kicker to watch in A.J. Wells. He connected on 38 and 34 yard field goals in the game and he had another 15-20 yards on each with good height. He also put all but one kick-off into the endzone.

Jamie Newberg, National Recruiting Analyst
Eagle Lake (Fla.) Lake Region vs Davenport (Fla.) Ridge Community

One of the biggest hidden gems in the Sunshine State is a terrific athlete from Ridge Community High School in central Florida. His name is Shykeem Pitts and he plays quarterback, receiver, safety, cornerback and returns kicks and punts. Pitts, 5-foot-10 and 170-pounds, did a little bit of everything on Friday against Lake Region. He scored a rushing touchdown, caught a few passes, threw a few passes, had an interception on defense and had one long kick return to set up a score. When Pitts touched the ball he was very effective. This kid has very good speed and even better quickness. Pitts is very elusive with the ball in his hands and is dangerous in the open field. It's almost as if he toys with defenders. He looks best suited to play the slot receiver position in college. He said after the game that Tennessee and Marshall have offered him a scholarship.

John Garcia Jr., Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Dothan (Ala.) Northview vs Foley (Ala.)

Defensive standouts Marquez White and Darius Paige were the headliners coming into the game, and each impressed. White, who is committed to Florida State, was asked to shadow Foley's Demarcus Bingham throughout the game. He was up to the task, playing physical with the big wideout when needed. Most impressively for the swift cornerback was how he diagnosed plays and reacted to each. White was aggressive in run support and made some impressive stops in the open field for Northview. Paige, who is committed to Alabama, spent time on both sides of the ball. He was his usual disruptive self on defense, even proving he could rush the passer off the edge on occasion. Paige was equally impressive in Foley's "Hulk" package, which features him playing some H-back in short-yardage situations. The 6-foot-4, 292-pound presence sealed the edge on multiple scores, though the Lions fell short in an exciting 41-39 affair.

Geoff Vogt, Florida Recruiting Analyst
Miami Killian vs. Miami Coral Reef

This was a district elimination game and Killian came out on top 37-22 to keep their playoff hopes alive. Killian is not the most talented team in Dade County as they work many players into the rotation on both sides of the football, but sophomore Jaquan Johnson figures to be a prospect that is heavily recruited over the next 2.5 years. Johnson(5-foot-10, 170-pounds) is an athlete's athlete and I feel confident in saying that he would be a stand-out on any field of play. He lined up at WR, RB, S, and CB while registering 3 TDs, an interception, and several tough tackles. Johnson's best position figures to be DB where it will depend on how he develops physically as to future position.

Coral Reef has a pair of BCS caliber juniors in QB Nicodem Pierre and WR Jacob McCrary(committed to FSU). Pierre is a dual threat type with a quality arm and athleticism; at 6-2 he is the type of athlete than can fit into a wide range of offenses. McCrary(6-0) got loose deep for a 45 yard TD catch that got the 'Cudas back into the ball game. He was noticeably limited with a knee injury, but still showed the athleticism to factor in on both sides of the ball.

Miami Central vs. Miami Carol City
Central is now in the driver's seat in THE most talented district in the country after a 49-32 win over the Chief's. Junior RBs Dalvin Cook(12-170) and Joseph Yearby(24-172) were the difference in the game. Cook(6-0, 190) has true game-breaking speed and the Clemson commitment also played quite a bit on the defensive side of the ball. Cook is a Darren McFadden type running back and is a threat to go the distance every time he touches it. Yearby, an FSU commitment, gets the tough yards with his outstanding feet, balance, and toughness. He reminds many of Frank Gore.

Central is loaded with D-1 talent including 2014 OL Trevor Darling(Miami), S Ahmad Thomas(Oklahoma), LB Marqez Hodge(Syracuse), LB Chris Herise, 2014 CB Deatrick Nichols, and 2015 WR Devontae Phillips. Thomas and Hodge had strong games against a versatile Chief attack. Herise is one of the most under the radar prospects in Florida.

Carol City was led by senior QB Akeem Jones who continues to improve every time he steps on the field. He threw for four TDs and was asked to shoulder much of the load as Central shut down their rushing attack. At 6-2, Jones has a strong arm and the athleticism to play a number of different positions. We would hope that he continues to attract attention. Sensational junior athlete Trayon Gray played through pain and his is a name that you will hear plenty about over the next couple of seasons. He will likely replace Jones at QB next year, but figures to be a WR/CB recruit. He has an elite skill-set.

Senior WR Greg Conde continued to put together an outstanding senior campaign. He gets open and is very clutch. Junior DT Ted Celestin is another player to keep an eye on. Steve Robertson, Mississippi Recruiting Analyst
Stringer (Miss.) vs Bogue Chitto (Miss.)

With his team trailing Stringer 21-7, Brandon Wells saw his quarterback, Brock Roberts, limp to the locker room. Once Bogue Chitto took the field in the second half, Wells found himself behind center. What happened next may have saved Bogue Chitto's shot at an overall #1 seed in the state playoffs.

Wells led a furious comeback highlighted by his own 70 yard touchdown run down the far sideline that got the Bobcats within a score. Wells later threw an 11 yard TD pass to answer a Tevin Moore touchdown. Moore had three touchdowns on the night for Stringer.

Bogue Chitto completed the comback when Roberts connected with Germie Martin for a 62 yard touchdown that gave Bogue Chitto it's first lead of the night. Wells scored on a two point conversion to cap the scoring for both teams. Wells caught a touchdown pass, threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score. Wells had well over 200 yards of offense as #1 Bogue Chitto survived and clinched at least a share of the district title.

Kristen Ledlow, Southeast Field Reporter
Jonesboro vs Spalding County

Cameron Sutton of Jonesboro High School did not disappoint in a decisive win over Spalding County. The senior receiver and cornerback spent the evening, like most, facing both sides of the ball. Sutton is currently committed to the University of Tennessee and visited the campus this weekend as the Vols welcomed Alabama to Knoxville. With rumors of coaching changes at Tennessee, Sutton says he would be willing to hear other offers. Another Jonesboro standout was senior Taurean Ferguson, who is currently committed to Vanderbilt. Ferguson says his commitment is solid and has been impressed with James Franklin's progress with the Commodores.

Amy Campbell, Florida Field Reporter
Bushnell (Fla.) South Sumter vs Interlachen (Fla.)

Interlachen was no match for South Sumter, it didn't even seem fair. South Sumter started strong with a touchdown on the second play of their first possession and didn't let up. They lead 46-0 heading into the half. Interlachen couldn't get anything going on offense, they turned the ball over four times and didn't even get a first down until the end of the first half. The clock ran for the second half and South Sumter took the 53-0 victory. Florida safety commit Keanu Neal only played the first half for South Sumter. Neal was dealing with some hamstring soreness and thought it was best to rest with the game pretty much in hand. The Florida commitment is still fully solid to the Gators and has no plans to take any other visits.

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