Scout.com South - From The Road

The Scout.com South recruiting team was on the road watching some of the top players from around the region. Here is a look at the Scout.com South From The Road report.

Names To Watch
Ricardo Allen – Cornerback – Mainland (FL) - 2010
Final Score: Mainland 32, Osceola 21

Scout's Take: Playing safety again, Allen projects as a corner in college. He once again made some big plays and showed off tremendous hitting/tackling ability. He's a gamer who just happens to come up with his biggest plays when his team needs it most. His cover skills are tremendous but he's been extremely active near the line of scrimmage, thanks to great instincts. -- Mike Bakas

Recruiting: Received more than 20 scholarship offers during the spring and summer, denies a favorite at this point. Has a visit scheduled to Purdue in October.
Stephond Allmon – Wide Receiver – Memphis University (TN) - 2010
Final Score: MUS 20, Olive Branch 15

Scout's Take: Coleman, continues to show great promise as he his feet are as "light" as any linemen in Mississippi and he continues to add bulk to his 6' 7" frame. The Olive Branch offensive tackle provided solid pass protection and opened up good holes for his running backs. -- Yancy Porter

Recruiting: Currently no offers.
Michael Bennett – Wide Receiver – Alpharetta (GA) - 2010
Final Score: Milton 30, Alpharetta 21

Scout's Take: Bennett was on the field much of the game this week. He played wide receiver, corner, punt team, punt returner, and kick returner. Bennett is a gamer and he had a crucial catch on a fake punt, he snatched the ball out of the air for a touchdown, and he showed a lot of toughness. He runs good routes, he catches the ball well, and he is a good blocker at receiver. He needs to work on his quickness. -- Chad Simmons

Recruiting: Committed to Georgia
Martavis Bryant – Wide Receiver – T.L. Hanna (SC) - 2010
Final Score: Gaffney 54, Hanna 26

Scout's Take: When he is able to get up to speed, it is tough to catch Bryant in a straight line. His height and speed combo is a dangerous combination in a vertical passing game and when he has a crease going East and West. Showed off that speed when he caught a short pass and went across the field, setting up his blocks along the way, and outrunning players with angles along the way for a late 30 yard touchdown reception. Not going to be that acrobatic player battling for passes, and hand trouble getting the handle on some balls on a wet night. On a team without a ton of talent around him, Bryant put that team on his shoulders and led a solid comeback against one of his state's most talented and well-coached teams. -- Miller Safrit

Recruiting: Committed to Clemson
Carlos Burse – Wide Receiver – Alpharetta (GA) - 2013
Final Score: Milton 30, Alpharetta 21

Scout's Take: Burse really stepped up his game, especially late in the game when he became the go-to guy for Alpharetta. Burse looks like an upperclassmen physically and he has exceptional hands. He is known more for his basketball skills, but he will be a football prospect if he wants to be. He caught eight passes for over 150 yards in this game and he is one to watch. He needs to work on his quickness and explosiveness, but for a freshman, he is one of the best I have seen in some time. -- Chad Simmons

Recruiting: Currently no offers.
B.J. Butler – Defensive End – Osceola (FL) - 2010
Final Score: Mainland 32, Osceola 21

Scout's Take: It didn't take him long to get involved in the action. He caught about a 20-yard pass down the seam on Osceola's first offensive play and ended up running about 70 yards for a 91-yard touchdown reception. He lined up at tight end on that play and showed decent speed on the play, doing just enough to avoid the Mainland defenders who were closing in fast on him. He also lined up at wide receiver at times but aside from that catch he wasn't really a factor in the passing game. He was more active as a blocker for the Osceola running game. He then had a couple snaps playing quarterback at the end of the game. Defensively, he played a limited role as a defensive end -- the position he's likely to play at the next level. He lacks ideal height for a D-End and needs to learn to keep his motor running more often but his athleticism is very impressive for a kid his size. The Georgia commitment shows some explosiveness coming off the edge and has a nice athletic package for someone his size. Despite having a limited impact on defense, you can see the tools that drew a lot of major college programs to recruit him. -- Mike Bakas

Recruiting: Committed to Georgia
Barry Brunetti – Quarterback – Memphis University (TN) - 2010
Final Score: MUS 20, Olive Branch 15

Scout's Take: Barry Brunetti is clearly the star for the Owls. He is the first player out of the locker room to warm up and he works extremely hard out there in game prep. He has a lot of zip on his passes and he is extremely accurate on the run. He makes the right read more times than not on the zone read and he has the speed to beat linebackers to the corner. His size is not ideal, but in the spread he is more than capable of making the plays. -- Steve Robertson

Recruiting: Committed to West Virginia
Roderick Byers – Defensive End – Northwestern (SC) - 2011
Final Score: Chester 35, Northwestern 27

Scout's Take: A thicker defensive end with long arms and good hand placement off the ball, Byers has plenty of power generated from his lower body but could use a little more power at the point of impact when taking on blockers. Has flashes of good quickness but tends to get high too often and exposes his chest. Needs to become more consistent in the running game when he slants inside as he can get washed down the line and out of the play. -- Miller Safrit

Recruiting: Currently no offers.
Brion Carnes – Quarterback – Manatee (FL) - 2010
Final Score: Manatee 30, Southeast 26

Scout's Take: The box score reads 15-27 for 175 yards with 2 TD's and an interception. He added 23 yards on the ground. However it was a very up and down performance for Brion. There were moments of brilliance like perfect passes thrown in rhythm or using his feet to buy time or get yards. There were also moments when you wonder if it is the same player. He got off to a slow start and was much more efficient in the second half. He has always been a player who needs to 'get going'. The USF commit has improved since last year and he appears to be close to putting it all together on the field. There is just so much to like here: strong build, plus arm, touch, great feet/athleticism. Having watched him for years, he just always seems to leave you wanting a little more. -- Geoff Vogt

Recruiting: Committed to South Florida
Garrett Clark – Offensve Lineman – Mainland (FL) - 2011
Final Score: Mainland 32, Osceola 21

Scout's Take: The best offensive line prospect in this game, Clark was really getting after people. He does a nice job of getting to the second level, ran his feet through defenders, and is one of more flexible big men you'll see anywhere. He's still waiting for his first written offer but it's only a matter of time because he's a future Division 1 football player. -- Mike Bakas

Recruiting: Currently no offers.
Shun Coleman – Offensve Lineman – Olive Branch (MS) - 2010
Final Score: MUS 20, Olive Branch 15

Scout's Take: Coleman, continues to show great promise as he his feet are as "light" as any linemen in Mississippi and he continues to add bulk to his 6' 7" frame. The Olive Branch offensive tackle provided solid pass protection and opened up good holes for his running backs. -- Yancy Porter

Recruiting: Committed to Auburn
Joe Craig – Wide Receiver – Gaffney (SC) - 2010
Final Score: Gaffney 54, Hanna 26

Scout's Take: A slot receiver for Gaffney, that is probably the best place for this track champion as he is a mismatch for any safety or linebacker and most nickle cornerbacks that could be matched up with him. Did not get a ton of chances to touch the ball, but one Gaffney scoring drive was almost exclusively with the ball in the hands of Craig as he took two runs coming in motion from his position and two passes, and he broke tackles on all four touches. -- Miller Safrit

Recruiting: Committed to Clemson
Cortez Davis – Safety – Mainland (FL) - 2011
Final Score: Mainland 32, Osceola 21

Scout's Take: Another week, another interception for the talented free safety prospect. He continues playing corner and doing a nice job of shutting down his side of the field. The interception he made was a thing of beauty and could be a one-play highlight reel to land some Division 1 offers. He and two Osceola players went up for the ball together and Davis just exploded up past both of them and grabbed the ball from the air. He has some serious hops, tremendous ball skills, and he covers a lot of ground. He lacks great speed and you'd like to see him stick his nose in there and mix it up some more but the kid has major Division 1 skills right now and he's only a junior. -- Mike Bakas

Recruiting: Currently lists offers from Florida State, Oregon, and West Virginia.
Kalon Davis – Offensve Lineman – Chester (SC) - 2010
Final Score: Chester 35, Northwestern 27

Scout's Take: Davis looked like he lost a little weight from the preseason when he appeared to be quite a bit bigger than the listed 348 pounds and had trouble even in the second quarter of a scrimmage. He moved well and had the power to move a pair of 2011 prospects off the line of scrimmage for Northwestern when they attempted to come through his gap. Davis injured his ankle early in the game as he got out on the edge for a wide receiver screen. -- Miller Safrit

Recruiting: Committed to Clemson
Quinshad Davis – Wide Receiver – Gaffney (SC) - 2012
Final Score: Gaffney 54, Hanna 26

Scout's Take: Davis made all the catches for Gaffney, including a 12 yard touchdown reception, and they came from all varieties - jump ball, low throws, diving catches, and tough grabs behind the linebacker zone. Not a ton of speed yet, but for a sophomore at 6-3, 180 pounds, he has soft hands and surprising separation from the defensive back. -- Miller Safrit

Recruiting: Currently no offers.
Marc Deas – Safety – Osceola (FL) - 2010
Final Score: Mainland 32, Osceola 21

Scout's Take: The best looking prospect on the field on this night for Osceola, Deas was very involved. He played quarterback the entire night on offense and did a real nice job of running the offense. He gained a lot of yards on the ground. On defense, he lines up at middle linebacker and is around the ball a lot thanks to having good football instincts. He shows some explosiveness at times. He's likely going to play strong safety in college and there's a lot to like. Plus, he's a gamer. He's one of the leaders and turned in a very good performance. The Georgia commitment looked like a solid three-star strong safety prospect. -- Mike Bakas

Recruiting: Committed to Georgia.
Gerald Dixon – Defensive Tackle – Northwestern (SC) - 2011
Final Score: Chester 35, Northwestern 27

Scout's Take: Dixon was a force on the defensive front line and continually brought double teams and chips from the offensive line in pass protection, but he still finished with two sacks and many pressures against an athletic quarterback. He made plays up and down the field thanks to great effort and a motor that continues to get better. Good pop off the snap and is improving on his technique and useage of his hands. -- Miller Safrit

Recruiting: Currently no offers.
Jonathan Dowling – Safety – Southeast (FL) - 2010
Final Score: Manatee 30, Southeast 26

Scout's Take: As a WR he caught 2 balls for 69 yards and a couple of TD's. The second one was simply beautiful, he showed the type of acceleration and ability to go get the ball that few WR's possess. On defense, he had a pick 6 that he returned 40 yards for a TD again showing speed/elusiveness. He had two more chances at interceptions, it is easy to see how he had 15 picks as a junior. He played some CB as well and looked comfortable there. Dowling will need to hit the weight room at UF. The only thing missing from his resume is the 'hitter's mentality'. He is a good tackler, but does not really look to hit. Dowling is a no brainer at FS, he is just that good in space and has a real feel for the game. However, he just may get a look at WR too, his unique skill set could easily be used in the Gator offense.

Recruiting: Committed to Florida.
Giovanni Francois – Defensive End – Southeast (FL) - 2011
Final Score: Manatee 30, Southeast 26

Scout's Take: The junior defensive linemen put constant pressure on Carnes all night. He is a great pass rusher with D-1 athleticism. He made plays sideline to sideline which is rare for a young DLmen. He has good size today, in the 6'2, 240 range, but it is clear he has a bright future. -- Geoff Vogt

Recruiting: Currently no offers.
Jeremy Grable – Linebacker – Milton (GA) - 2010
Final Score: Milton 30, Alpharetta 21

Scout's Take: Grable was used in a lot of different ways in this game. His coach Scott Walker used to coach with Ted Roof on the collegiate level and he uses that same style of defense. Someone is always blitzing and many times in this game Grable was one of the those guys. He has good north-south speed, but needs to work on his lateral quickness and getting off blocks. He finished some plays well, had a sack, and looked better than expected when dropping back into coverage. -- Chad Simmons

Recruiting: Currently lists an offer from NC State.
Jeremiah Jackson – Defensive Tackle – Spain Park (AL) - 2010
Final Score: Spain Park 22, Mountain Book 6

Scout's Take: Jackson is a solid 6-foot-2, 270-pounds and a strong player who is quick off the ball. Jackson saw constant double-teams throughout the night and was a force in the middle. He made several big hits and was able to chase down players from behind. The future Arkansas Razorback has a bright future. -- Andrew Bone

Recruiting: Committed to Arkansas.
Marlin Lane – Running Back – Mainland (FL) - 2011
Final Score: Mainland 32, Osceola 21

Scout's Take: There isn't a more talented running back in Florida right now. He was a horse again in this game, going for well over 100 yards and a few touchdowns. He's a downhill runner who breaks tackles, runs with tremendous balance, can make people miss, has excellent feet, and just gets better and better as the game wears on. The Clemson commitment looks like a high four-star player and could soon be playing his way into an early five-star status for next year. -- Mike Bakas

Recruiting: Committed to Clemson
Eric Lawson – Offensve Lineman – Olive Branch (MS) - 2010
Final Score: MUS 20, Olive Branch 15

Scout's Take: continues to show why he is a prospect on the rise as the 6' 7", 330 pounder has really improved on his pull blocking and footwork in general. He needs to continue to work on his techniques and gain needed experience, as he was switched from DT to OL this season. -- Yancy Porter

Recruiting: Currently no offers.
Wilson Love – Defensive Tackle – Mountain Brook (AL) - 2010
Final Score: Spain Park 22, Mountain Book 6

Scout's Take: I had already seen Love in action this season, but needed to see Jeremiah Jackson. The Mountain Brook/Spain Park game made the best opportunity. The Tide commitment battled through the flu the first time I saw him this year, but he appeared 100-percent healthy Thursday night. Spain Park has a very good offensive line which dominated Mountain Brook throughout the night. Love had a couple big plays in the backfield including some third down stops. -- Andrew Bone

Recruiting: Committed to Alabama.
Josh Manley – Defensive Tackle – Milton (GA) - 2012
Final Score: Milton 30, Alpharetta 21

Scout's Take: Manley has the size and frame that draws attention to him. He just looks like a football player and it may be because of his bloodlines. He is the nephew of former NFL defensive lineman Dexter Manley. The Milton DL is only a sophomore and he is just starting to fill out and still has plenty of room before filling out his frame. He did not make a lot of plays in this game, but he showed he could push the pocket back and he has good feet. He needs to work on his first step, his punch, and pad level. The natural talent is there, so keep an eye on this one. -- Chad Simmons

Recruiting: Currently no offers.
Tony McNeal – Quarterback – Chester (SC) - 2011
Final Score: Chester 35, Northwestern 27

Scout's Take: Very safe and accurate passing against a defensive front line that brought pressure throughout the game going 19 for 29 and 173 yards passing and two touchdowns as his team went up in classification and beat the defending state runner-ups. Probably a little underrated as a passer, McNeal is starting to solidify himself as a viable quarterback recruit at the college level and could pick up some early offers as his junior film begins to get out. Showed off great decision-making not only when throwing the ball to the right receiver, but when to throw the ball away and when to tuck and run for some extra yardage. -- Miller Safrit

Recruiting: Currently no offers, believe Clemson is close to offering.
Jaylen Miller – Defensive End – Gaffney (SC) - 2013
Final Score: Gaffney 54, Hanna 26

Scout's Take: Miller is a superstar in the making if he continues to progress as you would expect from a freshman as he made major impact on the game with a huge third down tip at the line of scrimmage deep in his own side of the field and then picked up a fumble returning it 64 yards for a touchdown as well later in the game. Scoring is not a new thing for Miller as he played running back in middle school at a little bit smaller than his current size of 6-2, 236 pounds. He also caused several quarterback hurries with his speed off the line of scrimmage and finished with two sacks and two tackles for loss on the night.

Recruiting: Currently no offers.
Jake Nicolopulos – Linebacker – T.L. Hanna (SC) - 2010
Final Score: Gaffney 54, Hanna 26

Scout's Take: A sprained ankle put Nicolopulos on the sidelines early, and the absence was more noticeable during the second half of the game as Gaffney gashed Hanna for major yardage on iso plays right up the middle for major gains. During his time on the field, Gaffney tried to spread the field and force Nicolopulos to catch up to the runner as they ran sweeps to the outside but he was up to the challenge and caught most of the plays without much yardage given up but speed is not his forte and needed more help outside. Did a good job of taking on blocks inside the box and does miss many tackles. -- Miller Safrit

Recruiting: Committed to Clemson
Damien Robinson – Offensve Lineman – Olive Branch (MS) - 2010
Final Score: MUS 20, Olive Branch 15

Scout's Take: Robinson possesses the athleticism that college recruiters covet, along with his great frame (6' 8", 330). He needs to get a little more physical at the point of attack at the line of scrimmage. He is a little ahead in pass protection than run protection. -- Yancy Porter

Recruiting: Currently holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Tennessee, to name a few.
O.J. Ross – Wide Receiver – Mainland (FL) - 2010
Final Score: Mainland 32, Osceola 21

Scout's Take: For the second straight week, he showed off his tremendous explosivemess. He a couple touchdowns in the fourth quarter and really took over the game late. He's a big play waiting to happen because he's so fast and knows how to get open and make things happen in the passing game. He looks like an ideal slot receiver and has had two big games in a row. -- Mike Bakas

Recruiting: Denies a leader but favors Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas Tech and Purdue. All of his favorites have offered (18 total).
Ace Sanders – Wide Receiver – Manatee (FL) - 2010
Final Score: Manatee 30, Southeast 26

Scout's Take: Southeast did a good job of limiting his opportunities. Ace ended with 4 catches for 45 yards. He still managed two 'ace' moments; plays where he just makes a defender look stupid. He has tremendous feet and some of the best wiggle in the state. Manatee did have him playing more in the slot than I remember in the past, perhaps because of the depth and size they have outside or perhaps because that is where the diminutive star will play at the next level. Another thing about Ace is that he is a legit, refined WR. He does all the little things, in this one sealing Dowling on a TD, he is a terrific blocker. Crisp route runner. -- Geoff Vogt

Recruiting: Holds offers from Indiana, Purdue, South Florida, and West Virginia.
Lavelle Summerlin – Cornerback – Milton (GA) - 2011
Final Score: Milton 30, Alpharetta 21

Scout's Take: Summerlin was known as a running back last year at Roswell before transferring to Milton. He is now playing corner and he looked very good against Alpharetta. He is tough and loves to support the run. He closes on the ball well, he has very good recovery speed, and he is not scared to play on an island. He had a handful of pass break-ups, he made a couple of solo tackles, and he is a junior to watch. He still needs to work on his back peddle and ball recognition, but he is a Division I corner. -- Chad Simmons

Recruiting: Currently no offers.
Brandon Terry – Wide Receiver – Alpharetta (GA) - 2010
Final Score: Milton 30, Alpharetta 21

Scout's Take: Terry battled cramps and that forced him out of the game much of the fourth quarter. Before that he was hot and cold at wideout. He had a touchdown reception of close to 50 yards in the first quarter, but he had multiple drops on balls that should have been caught. He needs to stayed focused and look the ball in better and learn how to use his big body better to shield defenders. -- Chad Simmons

Recruiting: Committed to Wake Forest.
Justin Worley – Quarterback – Northwestern (SC) - 2011
Final Score: Chester 35, Northwestern 27

Scout's Take: Worley showed flashes of the potential college coaches see in his highlight film, but the young receivers are not doing him any favors with several tipped and dropped passes, three of which were intercepted. Worley made a few other poor decisions as well with two throws that were dropped by the defensive players that easily could have been intercepted. Still, Worley fought through the entire game to keep his composure and led a solid comeback attempt in the second half with accurate passing and more attempts down the field in the spread offense. Will need to work on arm strength and getting the ball out faster as he has a long, looping motion that seems to hurt the rpms on his passes. -- Miller Safrit

Recruiting: Currently lists offers from Florida, LSU, North Carolina, Stanford, and Tennessee.


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