Simmons: Fast five from the road

National recruiting analyst Chad Simmons spent time on the road in Alabama and Georgia last week and here are five things he learned...

After spending time on the road in Alabama and Georgia, here are five things to know.

  • Junior Ben Davis (Pictured above) looks the part. After watching his film early in 2014, it was easy to make him part of the 2016 Scout 300. He is actually the No. 39 overall prospect on Scout. Davis is long and somewhat, lean, and he has a lot of room to develop physically. He is in that 215-220 pound range now, but can easily carry 250 pounds down the road. Alabama is where his father, Wayne, played football, and his mother attended UA too.

  • In time, maybe sooner than later, DeAngelo Gibbs will be a five-star on Scout. The 2017 phenom could push for the top prospect in the Southeast. I saw him play Friday night against Archer and he was the top player on the field -- by a considerable amount. Gibbs is a freak-athlete and he is explosive. He is a true 6-foot-1 plus, over 190 pound athlete with so much upside. He can make the play at wideout, he can cover, and he has range at safety.

    Gibbs is a special player.

  • Hamilton, Ala. junior running back Denzel Mitchell is back home and he is happy. He started on the varsity team as an eighth grader, then left for Jonesboro, Ark. before returning this summer. Mitchell is a thick back with balance and power. He showed good hands while watching him in practice as well. He is a four-star junior with only a handful of offers -- that will change as more schools see him this fall.

  • Clemson stopped in at Jemison High School in Alabama back in the spring -- it did not take them long to offer P.J. Blue. He is a long and lean athlete at close to 6-2 and 195 pounds. He has long arms, the athleticism to be a big safety or grow into an outside linebacker on the next level. He is drawing plenty of interest and Georgia is one of those schools, he visited there Saturday. Blue is a physical player with real upside and versatility.

  • Duke may have a gem in Zach Morris. The defensive lineman out of Ringgold, Ga. was the first 2015 commitment for the Blue Devils and he has changed since he committed almost a year ago. Morris is up to 285 pounds and he committed as an end, he may end up inside at tackle. He is a mobile big man who plays both sides of the ball in high school. He has other schools still recruiting him, but the Peach State senior is solid to David Cutcliffe.

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