Live From The South

The Scout.com South recruiting team saw some of the nation's top talent for the next two classes last weekend and here is their take from watching the nation's best.

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Jadeveon Clowney – Defensive End – South Pointe (SC) - 2011
Final Score: South Pointe 30, Northwestern 7

Scout's Take: Showed a fire, intensity, and effort on every play that will put Clowney in the mixture for debates over the top overall prospect in the class of 2011. Clowney went through double teams, around much larger tackles, and sometimes was so fast off the line of scrimmage he simply was not touched before getting to the quarterback and finshed with three sacks on the night in addition to several tackles for loss. Burst off the line of scrimmage is elite, strength at the point of contact is getting better, and his long arms wrap up very well for a defensive end. -- Miller Safrit

Recruiting: Lists his favorites as Florida and South Carolina
Watts Dantzler – Offensive Tackle – Dalton (GA) - 2011
Final Score: Sequoyah 38, Dalton 16

Scout's Take: Dantzler is one of the most improved prospects I have covered this year. He is in much better shape, he is stronger, and his footwork has improved more than anything. There were some questions about his potential a year ago at this time, but he leaves no doubt this year that he is one of the top junior offensive tackles in the South. He was battling flu like symptoms all week and he had to take an IV before the game, but he played well. He showed good knee bend, he came out of the shoot well, and really showed good overall technique in run blocking and pass protection. He has really transformed his body over the past year and the play on the field reflects that. He can still work on his hand placement and balance, but he showed he is a legit contender for the top OL in Georgia next year in this game. -- Chad Simmons

Recruiting: Holds offers from Clemson, Duke, Georgia, NC State, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt.
Gerald Dixon – Defensive Tackle – South Pointe (SC) - 2011
Final Score: South Pointe 30, Northwestern 7

Scout's Take: In a three man front against the five-wide passing sets of Northwestern, Dixon had to fight early and often against double- and triple-teams and really was not a huge factor in the passing game. He did a good job in the running game of keeping the middle clogged and disengaged as running backs came near his lane. Probably a defensive tackle in college, needs to get a lot more size added to his frame. -- Miller Safrit

Recruiting: Lists his favorites as Florida and South Carolina
Jalen Fields – Defensive End – Dalton (GA) - 2010
Final Score: Sequoyah 38, Dalton 16

Scout's Take: Fields is an impressive specimen physically, but he did not play up to his looks in this game. He was in on a few plays in the first and second half and he did pressure the quarterback a couple of times, but he did not play as well as he has in the past. He did not play with the fire play after play that is needed for a player of his capability. He stood up after the snap and allowed the smaller offensive lineman to get his hands inside on him. He really needs to work on his hands and disengaging. He also seemed to take plays off from time to time, so he needs to show more consistency. The athleticism, size, and ability is there and he has a very high ceiling, but he still has a ways to go before being able to contribute at Georgia. This was a subpar game for Fields based off what he has done in the past. -- Chad Simmons

Recruiting: Committed to Georgia.
Anthony Gardner – Running Back – Pleasant Grove (AL) - 2011
Final Score: Walker 28, Pleasant Grove 13

Scout's Take: Gardner is a scat back who is explosive out of the backfield. He is only 5-foot-9, 180-pounds, but plays more like a 200-pounder. He ran over a couple of linebackers Friday night and even had a couple of huge blocks in the backfield. He seldom goes down on first contact. He is very quick and has great vision. -- Andrew Bone

Recruiting: Receiving interest from around the Southeast.
Michael Hicks – Wide Receiver – Pleasant Grove (AL) - 2010
Final Score: Walker 28, Pleasant Grove 13

Scout's Take: Hicks is an intriguing prospect who really stood out on the field. He is receiving some recruiting interest, but is looking for the first offer. He is a tall, athletic receiver who displayed great hands and good speed. He is a physical receiver who is a good downfield blocker. -- Andrew Bone

 
Jacquese Kirk – Cornerback – Walker (AL) - 2011
Final Score: Walker 28, Pleasant Grove 13

Scout's Take: Kirk starts at free safety and very athletic, long and rangy. He needs to add some weight, but will rank as one of the top defensive players in the state. He is a field general and has great vision. He can read plays and makes up a lot of ground with his speed. He had a sensational diving interception Friday night and broke up a pair of other pass attempts. -- Andrew Bone

Recruiting: Receiving interest from around the Southeast.
Thomas O'Reilley – Offensive Lineman – Pope (GA) - 2011
Final Score: Kell 21, Pope 20

Scout's Take:O'Reilly can be about as good as he wants to be. He has a very good first step, he has a good flat-back base, and he gets off the ball well. He is a dominant run blocker with very strong leg drive. His leg strength is very good, he showed a lot of drive of the ball, and did a nice job of locking his hands in on his opponent. He needs to balance out his strength and get stronger up top while keeping his weight under control. He weighs around 315 pounds now and he could move a little better if he dropped down to 300-305 pounds. Pulling is something he did well and he could be a very good guard down the road. -- Chad Simmons

Recruiting: Receiving interest from Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Vanderbilt.
Darryan Ragsdale – Safety – Pelahatchie (MS) - 2011
Final Score: Pisgah 42, Pelahatchie 21

Scout's Take: Ragsdale could be one of the top prospects for the class of 2011 in Mississippi. He comes in a solid 5-11, 180 pounds and will probably get his looks at safety on the next level. He has very good instincts and understands you have to find the football on defense. He is a sure handed tackler who looks to make the solid play as opposed to a highlight reel hit which often leads to missed tackles. -- Steve Robertson

Recruiting: Receiving interest from Illinois, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Southern Miss.
Grant Ramsay – Offensive Lineman – Pope (GA) - 2010
Final Score: Kell 21, Pope 20

Scout's Take:Ramsay showed a lot of intensity and leadership for the Pope Greyhounds. He took that pregame intensity and played very aggressive in this game. He really did a nice job of firing off the ball and keeping his pad level low. He lunged a little at times and would get off balance, but he played a solid game. He really needs to work on his hands though and holding his block longer. He had a good initial block, but did not hold it long. Another area of improvement is his strength. Run blocking is definitely his strength and he struggled with his slide step when going against a faster defensive lineman on the outside. I saw some good potential though for Ramsay at guard when he gets to Vanderbilt. He has the size to play tackle, but he is best on the inside. -- Chad Simmons

Recruiting: Committed to Vanderbilt.
Brian Randolph – Safety – Kell (GA) - 2011
Final Score: Kell 21, Pope 20

Scout's Take: Randolph hardly ever came off the field in this game and that gives you an idea just what type of athlete he is. He started at safety on defense, running back on offense, and lined up on special teams as well. He is a very smart football player that stays in his lanes, does his assignments, and rarely gets out of position. He is known for big hits and he made one in this game where he caused a fumble which was scooped up by his teammate and run back for a touchdown. His speed is good, but he needs to react a little quicker on the ball and show more explosiveness. He is a strong and physical player that does his job, but needs to improve his quickness. -- Chad Simmons

Recruiting: Holds offers from Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt.
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