Notebook: Touring South Georgia

The future looks bright in South Georgia for recruiting. Scout put an eye on top juniors and sophomores recently and you can read about them here.

There is a lot more talent in South Georgia than Scout could see over a two day period, but a number of talented underclassmen were visited.

Jonathan Battle is a defensive tackle out of Americus-Sumter and he will be one of the top defensive linemen in Georgia's class of 2011. No offers yet for Battle, but Georgia has told him to expect one this fall and many other schools like Florida State, Tennessee, and Georgia Tech are showing interest.

Battle is a 6-foot-1, 280 pound interior lineman that could play tackle or nose guard on the next level. He gets off the ball very well, he plays with good leverage, and he is very strong.

He is a student-athlete out of the small town of Americus that will be well known by the end of the 2009 season.

Jonathan Battle
The town of Albany has some athletes too. Westover, Albany, and Deerfield Windsor all have underclassmen on the radars of many college programs.

Coach Caldwell at Westover lost his top junior Rashad Greene earlier this summer when he transferred down to St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale (FL). Even with Greene gone, the Patriots still have some young talent to keep an eye on.

In the junior class is cornerback Javarris Lewis. He stands 6-feet tall and weighs 179 pounds. He spends much of the time at safety for the Patriots, but he has the hips and speed to be recruited as a corner by colleges. He showed very good hands when scouted and great size. He is not getting a lot of attention yet, but that will change this fall.

Another prospect to watch out of Westover is Kenneth Towns. He is only a sophomore, but he has the tools to be a Division I recruit in 2012.

Towns is a 6-foot-2, 191 pound wide receiver and he is a strong wideout. He has strong hands, very good body control, and solid speed. He still has three seasons to play, so if he continues to progress then look for him to be on many radars by this time in 2010.

Right down the street from Westover is Albany. The Hurricanes have a handful of football players that have a chance to emerge as prospects over the next two years, but the main ones to watch are Jibri Jimmerson and Jontavious Morris.

Kenneth Towns
Jimmerson is a 6-foot-6, 215 pound athletic tight end that could also split out as a wide receiver. He has soft hands and good coordination for a guy his size. He is a junior.

Morris is only a sophomore and he plays both offensive and defensive line for Coach Williams. He is 6-feet 3-inches tall and he weighs a little over 260 pounds at this time. He will likely be recruited as an offensive guard by colleges because of his feet and size.

Coach Williams lost his top recruit recently when Trenton Brown decided to transfer from Albany to Deerfield Windsor.

Brown is a 6-foot-6, 295 pound offensive tackle in the 2011 class. He has the size most college programs look for in offensive tackles and he has potential as well. He is best in pass protection while he needs to work on his knee bend and his first step.

Auburn is the only school he camped at over the summer and they are recruiting him at this time.

The small town of Camilla has some talent as well. One of the top athletes to come out of there was Dondrial Pinkins and he graduated from Mitchell-Baker High School before signing to play quarterback at South Carolina.

He has graduated from Carolina and he is back in Camilla as head coach of Mitchell County High School.

Coach ‘P' now has one of the top juniors in the Peach State playing for him. Justin Scott is a junior athlete that has already been offered by the Georgia Bulldogs. Scott plays wide receiver on offense and he can play just about anywhere on defense.

Justin Scott
His biggest strength is his speed. He is very fluid, he has great feet, and he is a threat with the ball in his hands. Scott is going to be recruited as a wide receiver.

Look for the 5-foot-11, 180 pound junior to have a big season in 2009.

Scott was one of the top skill guys looked at on this trip, but the overall top prospect could have been Shannon Brown. The Adel native plays running back and linebacker at Cook County and he currently holds offers from Georgia and Tennessee with both Alabama and Clemson telling him one if on the way.

Brown is a 6-foot-2, 235 pound jumbo-athlete that will end up on the defensive side of the ball on the next level. He really strikes his opponents and he moves very well for a guy his size. Look for the junior to be recruited as a middle linebacker by most schools, but him putting his hand down in college is not out of the question. It will depend on how he grows physically in the coming years.

He is only a junior, but he has taken over a leadership role for Coach Thompson and he wants to lead the Hornets to the Georgia Dome later this year.

Cook getting to the Dome in 2009 may be easier than Coffee getting there. The Trojans play in the toughest Region in the state of Georgia. They do have some talent though.

Shannon Brown
Pernell Williams and Garrett Scott are seniors that will sign scholarships, but they have two sophomores that could be ACC/SEC recruits in the coming years.

Tony Clark is a 5-foot-11, 186 pound running back that is physical, very physical. He is a strong back that will not start out of the gate for Coach Eldridge, but he will play a lot behind some upperclassmen. Clark is a very strong back with a good burst north-south and soft hands out of the backfield. He is mainly a down hill runner and he will be one to watch closely in the coming years.

Joining him in that class is defensive end Stacy Daniels. He looks like a senior physically and he has very good hands and he really gets off the ball well. He was in the backfield often in practice and he looked to be close to 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds.

Both of these sophomores will be heard from in the coming years.

Scout will be back in South Georgia later this fall to see guys like Ray Drew of Thomas County Central, Tyler Hunter of Lowndes, and Justin Coleman of Brunswick.

Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Analyst for the South Region and he can be reached at

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