Southeast Road Report

The Scout.com Southeast recruiting team was on the road watching some of the best players in the region last weekend. Here is their report from those games.

Scout.com On The Road Report
Christian Green – Quarterback – Tampa Catholic (FL) - 2010
Final Score: Tampa Catholic 29, Dunbar 13

Scout's Take: We went into the game thinking that Christian Green is a top 5 player in the Florida, all he did was cement that thought. He is a special talent that has the size, speed, amd quickness to be a star at the next level. While he played QB in this one, he probably projects to WR. We love his ability to make plays with the ball in his hands and he showed more wiggle than many give him credit for. It deserves mention, Green could also be a heck of a Safety, probably too good offensively to put him there, but he has star qualities at that spot as well. Bottom line, he is on a very short list of players who could be ranked #1 in Florida. -- Geoff Vogt

Recruiting: Georgia, UF, and FSU are his three leaders.
Chaz Green – Offensive Tackle – Tampa Catholic (FL) - 2010
Final Score: Tampa Catholic 29, Dunbar 13

Scout's Take: The Tampa Catholic OT is the type of athletic talent that OL coaches drool over. He has a lot of athletic intangibles that project well to the college game. He was tested in this one by two undersized, speed rushers and held his own. He is going to need to work on his technique some and we would love to see him play a little more angry, but here is a player that almost every school in the country would be happy to land. He has elite size which makes him a prospect with a very high ceiling down the road. -- Geoff Vogt

Recruiting: Tennessee is the leader, UF amongst others is in pursuit.
Deion Belue – Cornerback – Deshler (AL) - 2010
Final Score: Deshler 32, Midfield 7

Scout's Take: The Tide commitment has been playing at a very high level this season. He returned a punt for a touchdown Friday night in the quarter-finals of the Alabama high school playoffs marking the eighth straight game with a punt or kick-off return for a touchdown. He opened the game with a 66-yard kick-off return, and also added two rushing touchdowns. Belue also stars at the safety position and broke up three passes. He demonstrated great closing speed when coming up to make tackles and his play on the field seemed effortless. -- Andrew Bone

Recruiting: Committed to Alabama.
Jamarious Crusoe – Wide Receiver – Midfield (AL) - 2010
Final Score: Deshler 32, Midfield 7

Scout's Take: It was a tough night for Midfield, but Jamarious Crusoe was one of the bright spots for the team. The senior receiver was the go-to guy on offense and had several nice catches. He is a tough player to tackle after the catch as well. He almost came up with an incredible diving touchdown catch, but the ball popped out as soon as he hit the ground. Crusoe runs great routes and is explosive off ball. -- Andrew Bone

Recruiting: Holds offers from Mississippi State and UAB.
JaMarcus Nelson – Wide Receiver – Midfield (AL) - 2010
Final Score: Deshler 32, Midfield 7

Scout's Take: Nelson didn't have a lot of opportunities on Friday night, but he gave his team a little bit of hope late in the game with an electrifying punt return for a touchdown. Nelson made several defenders miss and had excellent vision to cut back across the field and head to the house. He has great speed and is really quick which was displayed on several plays. -- Andrew Bone

Recruiting: Holds an offer from UAB.
Kenarious Gates – Offensive Tackle – Greenville (GA) - 2010
Final Score: Wilcox County 39, Greenville 19

Scout's Take: Gates is an athletic offensive lineman and he has improved a good bit from 2008 to 2009. He is much better at getting to the second level and he drove his guy off the ball well Friday night. He showed very good initial punch with his hands at the point of attack and at times drove his man eight yards off the ball on running plays. He struggled in pass protection against a small and quick defensive end. He has nice feet, but really needs to improve his slide kick to the outside when setting the pocket. Overall, he had a solid performance and he has a chance to be a solid OL on the next level. -- Chad Simmons

Recruiting: Offers from Kentucky, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Vanderbilt, and Troy with Auburn and Georgia showing interest.
Mario Alford – Running Back – Greenville (GA) - 2011
Final Score: Wilcox County 39, Greenville 19

Scout's Take: Alford plays quarterback for Greenville, but he is not going to play that position on the next level. He is an athlete with great explosiveness in the open field. He was one of the fastest prospects I saw in the open field all year. The defense contained him well most of the time and he handed the ball off much more than he ran it himself, but he is one to watch because of his speed. He could grow into a slot receiver, a running back, or a defensive back. -- Chad Simmons
Dennis Benning – Outside Linebacker – Greenville (GA) - 2011
Final Score: Wilcox County 39, Greenville 19

Scout's Take: Bennett delivered a couple of big hits in this game and that is what he is known for. He is a good tackler and really does a nice job of tackling through his opponents. He is the strongest kid on his team and that strength shows between the lines. He drives running backs back and he was in on a number of tackles Friday night. His most impressive play was when he ran through two blockers and delivered a huge hit as the running back got to the sideline. -- Chad Simmons
Kentavious Caldwell – Wide Receiver – Greenville (GA) - 2011
Final Score: Wilcox County 39, Greenville 19

Scout's Take: Caldwell has the size and athleticism to be a top wideout in Georgia in 2011 if he chooses to. He is already considered a national basketball recruit and he is getting some football love too. He is very fluid when running routes and he gives the quarterback a big target down field. Greenville only threw the ball a handful of times and he had one catch this game. It was easy to see though during pre-game that he has the tools to be a very good receiver on the next level. -- Chad Simmons

Recruiting: Not much football recruiting yet, but that will change.
Nick Marshall – Quarterback – Wilcox County (GA) - 2011
Final Score: Wilcox County 39, Greenville 19

Scout's Take: Marshall is the most natural quarterback I have seen in Georgia this season. There is a number of athletes that can play QB in certain systems, but Marshall has the size, arm, and skills to play in multiple systems in many different major conferences. He finished the game 17-22 for 244 yards and three touchdowns in this game. He showed great arm strength and he has the best arm in the Peach State at this time. He has a quick delivery and bought some time with his mobility as well. He can run, but he doesn't look to run the ball. He did a good job keeping his eyes down field, throwing on the run, and putting the ball where it could be caught by his receivers. He has offers in basketball from Arkansas and FSU, but he is a legit high level football recruit as well. -- Chad Simmons

Recruiting: Hearing from schools in the ACC and SEC, but no football offers yet.
Nyjee Fleming – Running Back – Independence (NC) - 2011
Final Score: Independence 49, Mallard Creek 20

Scout's Take: Very dominant performance on limited carries for Fleming as he rushed for 90 yards on eleven carries and scored three times in addition to a fourth touchdown receiving. Plays like a tougher running back even though he is right at 5-10, 180 pounds and added a lot of yardage after first contact, then he showed speed in short bursts when he got to the second level. Has very few true weaknesses in his game. -- Miller Safrit

Recruiting: Holds offers from Virginia, Clemson, and NC State. Says Virginia is a big leader currently.
Adrian Gamble – Wide Receiver – Independence (NC) - 2011
Final Score: Independence 49, Mallard Creek 20

Scout's Take: Independence loves to throw to their slot receivers as primary targets, so for a true outside receiver like Gamble, his opportunities are normally down the field and he stretches the field well. Did not many chances to catch the ball but you can see the silky smooth receiver that Virginia loves to take and he certainly has shown previously that he can produce. -- Miller Safrit

Recruiting: Committed to Virginia.
Marquis Williams – Quarterback – Mallard Creek (NC) - 2011
Final Score: Independence 49, Mallard Creek 20

Scout's Take: Mallard Creek was more of a running team on Friday, and Williams showed why so many schools are recruiting him as an athlete with a chance to decide on a position later. With the ball in his hands, and at his current size, defenses hold their breath on every play. Mechanically, he has a lot of work to do throwing the ball and even standing in the pocket making sure of ball security, but he has great touch and a very, very strong arm. Running the ball, he has good speed, great acceleration for a quarterback, and very strong making him next to impossible to bring down. -- Miller Safrit

Recruiting: Holds offers from LSU, Maryland, NC State, North Carolina, and Wake Forest.
D.J. Humphrey – Offensive Tackle – Mallard Creek (NC) - 2012
Final Score: Independence 49, Mallard Creek 20

Scout's Take: Athletically, Humphrey may be nearly off the charts for a sophomore at 6-5, 285 pounds. Physically, he looks about like Xavier Nixon did at this age though a little stronger and a little more extra weight. Technically, he has a ways to go to reach that elite level of talent with his footwork, use of his hands, and awareness of blitzes and stunts. Still quite new to the game, as he continues to grow he could turn into one of the top line prospects in the region if not beyond. -- Miller Safrit

Recruiting: Interest from schools around the Southeast.
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