Scouting Blackman vs. Oakland

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Oakland won this contest Thursday night in front of Scout, but who was the top performer in this game? Blackman has a four-star junior and Oakland has a talented trio we break down here...

Oakland beat Blackman 9-3 in a tight game that was a defensive struggle. Neither offense got too much going and both will likely have a lot of success in the playoffs.

Scout took in this game in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Thursday night and we break down the top four prospects here:

Jauan Jennings
| 6-3, 190 | 2015 ATH | Blackman

Jennings struggled in this game at quarterback and completed less than 50-percent of his passes while finishing with only 112 yards through the air. He needs to make quicker decisions, not hold the ball to long, and just believe in his reads. He was pressured much off the night and he made a couple of big throws to lead his team down the field, but there is a lot of room for improvement. At safety, he was in on a few tackles and showed good athleticism and speed to the ball. Free safety could be his future home, but he is an athlete who can make things happen with the ball in his hands.

Jack Jones
| 6-5, 280 | 2015 OT | Oakland

Jones was strong in this game. This game was a true battle in the trenches and the Tennessee commitment held his own. He got in and out of his stance well, he showed good bend, and he has that nasty streak you like to see in an offensive lineman. He can still improve in holding his blocks longer and his footwork, especially in pass settings. He is strong off the ball and run blocking in his real strength at this time. His ranking should move up.

Emmanuel Smith
| 6-0, 200 | 2014 S | Oakland

Smith was very active in this game and he helped Oakland close the game out with an interception late in the fourth quarter. Smith is a big safety who can play against the run and he showed solid instincts in the secondary. He can cover man-to-man because of his strength and he can play zone. He is a safety who can control the alley, make the big hit, or drop into coverage. Vanderbilt is his college choice and this Commodore was the top prospect out of this group in this game. He can work on his footwork and speed as well as recognition.

Josh Smith
| 6-3, 215 | 2015 OLB | Oakland

When you look at Oakland come onto the field for the first time, No. 31 stands out and that is Mr. Smith. He is a long and lean linebacker with good athleticism. He can play in space, he closes on the ball well, and he is a sideline to sideline type of player. He still needs to develop in the strength department in both the upper and lower body and that will help him shed blocks better. He made his share of plays in this game, but at times did go missing. He can be a little more assertive, play with a little more consistency, and tackle with more authority. He has great range and a lot of upside as an outside linebacker.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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