Scouting Talent at GA Dome: Day One

ATLANTA - The first two state championship games were played inside the Georgia Dome Friday December 11 and Scout was there to evaluate the talent. Take a look at the top prospects here.

Buford vs. Calhoun

Vidal Alexander – Buford - 2012 – 6-5/290 – OL

Recruiting: He is only a sophomore, but he is on the radar of many schools already. His two early favorites are Georgia and LSU.

GA Dome Report: Alexander had a good performance in this game against some smaller and somewhat undersized defensive ends. He did a good job of getting his hands on them and while he could have held his blocks a little longer and showed better balance, he did open up holes well most of the night. He has the body coaches look for, but he just needs to work on keeping his feet under him and maintain control of his man.

Jessel Curry – Buford - 2010 – 6-2/215 – LB/FB

Recruiting: Committed to Auburn

GA Dome Report: Curry helped his team in many ways Friday evening. He was in on a number of tackles, he stripped the ball in the second half which led to a turnover, he scored the touchdown (finished with 61 yards rushing) that sealed the deal for the Wolves and he had some excellent punts. Curry is just an all-around football player and leader. He is not the fastest, but he found the ball quickly on defense and he ran tough and downhill out of the backfield.

Ryan Dillard – Buford - 2012 – 5-10/161 – CB

Recruiting: He is already hearing from schools as a sophomore and schools he currently has high interest in are Florida, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Oregon, Tennessee, and USC.

GA Dome Report: Dillard had the job most of the night that nobody probably wants, covering Da'Rick Rogers. Buford had an excellent scheme to keep Rogers in front of them, but Dillard really held his own. He batted down a couple of passes and picked one off late in the game at the one yard line. Dillard showed excellent awareness, he was not intimidated, and he made good breaks on the ball. He was about five inches short than Rogers, but it did not show in this game. He is on his way to being a heavily recruited corner in Georgia.

Seon Jones – Buford - 2011 – 5-8/170 – RB

Recruiting: N/A

GA Dome Report: Jones is a junior running back to watch. He had a good game and finished with a team high 79 yards. He is a little on the smaller side, but he showed some toughness along with quickness in this game. When Buford needed a run on fourth and one late in the game, he got one and a half yards to seal the victory. He showed a very good burst through the hole once he found the crease. He has very good body control, he changes direction well, and he will start getting attention soon.

Paris Head – Buford - 2012 – 5-11/155 – WR/CB

Recruiting: N/A

GA Dome Report: Head was a part of the two biggest plays of the game for Buford on the offensive side of the ball. He was the received on the end of both halfback passes that led to both touchdowns for the Wolves. The first one was in the first quarter and the second was in the fourth quarter. He is a very athletic sophomore with long arms, good quickness off the ball, and he is one to watch. He may end up as a defensive back recruit, but he shined brightest on offense Friday.

Kolton Houston – Buford - 2010 – 6-5/295 – OL

Recruiting: Committed to Georgia

GA Dome Report: Houston had some very nice blocks in this game and while some of Buford's plays have Houston diving at feet, when asked to work a block head on, he took care of business. On more than one occasion, he drove guys more than five yards down the field opening massive holes for Curry or Jones. He showed again very good footwork in this game and was excellent in run blocking. Houston can still improve at the point of attack and hand placement, but he is clearly one of the top OLs in Georgia this year.

Du'Von Millsap – Buford - 2010 – 6-5/330 – OL

Recruiting: Committed to South Carolina

GA Dome Report: Milsap is an OL that really knows how to use his size to his advantage. He was much bigger than most on the Calhoun defensive line and he took advantage of that. When Buford needed a big play, they ran right most of the time behind Houston and Milsap. Milsap needs to work on his technique and his flexibility, but he did get off the ball well and give his back some space to run through. If he can drop a little weight and really shape his body, then he has a chance to be a solid offensive guard in Columbia.

Kedron Aker – Calhoun - 2010 – 6-0/203 – S/LB

Recruiting: Committed to UAB

GA Dome Report: Aker could play offense or defense on the next level, but he showcased his talents on the defensive side in this game. He worked at safety much of the night and lined up in the box a lot while dropping into coverage against receivers and running backs. What stood out the most was how well he read the Buford QB. He was inches away from picking off two passes and really covered his man/area well. He is a strong player that can tackle well and he could end up at linebacker at UAB.

Nash Nance – Calhoun - 2010 – 6-3/205 – QB

Recruiting: Committed to Vanderbilt

GA Dome Report: Nance came out hot and was hitting his targets underneath with good accuracy and quickness, but he could not come up with the big throw down the field. Buford got up 13-3 and it forced Calhoun to force the ball down the field more and Nance seemed to throw it a little short when Rogers had his man beat. He was pressured, so he did not have time to really set his feet some times, but when he did, he was still underthrowing the ball a bit. Nance ran the ball well and showed good mobility, but did not have his best passing performance of the year. He had 159 yards passing, but just couldn't connect deep for the big play they were missing in this game.

Da' Rick Rogers – Calhoun - 2010 – 6-3/208 – WR

Recruiting: Committed to Georgia

GA Dome Report: Rogers had people talking about him on the sideline over an hour before the game started and he got off to a fast start. The first two plays went to him and he had 25 yards receiving right out of the gate. From there he went kind of silent until late in the first half. Buford did a good job of keeping him bracketed much of the night, but he did have his opportunities. He got deep a couple of times, but could not connect with Nance on the deep. He also caught a bubble screen in the fourth where he cut it outside for about six yards where if he would have kept going across the field it could have led to a big play. Rogers finished with 69 yards on 10 carries in this game and he set the new Georgia season receiving yards record (Tavarres King had 1,638 in 2007) with 1,644 for the year.

Sandy Creek vs. Clarke Central

Will Adams - Sandy Creek - 2012 - 6-5/255 - OL

Recruiting: N/A

GA Dome Report: Adams is young, but he has a lot of potential. He has that nasty streak you look for in an offensive lineman to go with long arms and good coordination. He has some nice kick out blocks against Clarker Central and he did well in pass protection as well. Over the next two years he needs to add weight, keep getting stronger, and work on his foot placement, but he has the tools to be an ACC/SEC recruit in 2012.

Ronnie Bell – Sandy Creek - 2011 – 6-0/180 – QB

Recruiting: N/A.

GA Dome Report: Bell managed the game very nicely, made the throws when his team needed him to, and he came out a winner Friday night. He finished the night 6-14 for 188 yards and two touchdowns. He made two very nice throws early on slant routes in between tight coverage. Then in the fourth quarter, he hit Davis for 72 and 37 yard touchdowns to help the Patriots come from behind. Bell showed a live arm in this game and he is a mobile QB as well, but he still needs to control the ball a little better. He seems to be a streaky quarterback, but he will begin to draw attention when spring practice rolls around.

Alex Chisum – Sandy Creek - 2011 – 6-2/180 – WR/S

Recruiting: Kentucky and Mississippi State have already offered and he is getting attention from Georgia and Georgia Tech among others at this time.

GA Dome Report: Chisum did not have a big game statistically, but he showed the ability to get open and he also threw some nice blocks down field for his running backs. Chisum is a lean athlete that spends most of his time at receiver for Coach Walker, but don't be surprised if some schools look at him as a safety in college. He is not afraid to hit, he is a smart player, and he has the speed and athleticism to play on either side of the ball on the next level.

Lacy Coleman – Sandy Creek - 2010 – 6-5/217 – DE

Recruiting: Committed to Louisville.

GA Dome Report: Coleman was on and off in this game off the edge at defensive end. Against the run, he was taken out of the play more times than not, but he did make a big play in the fourth quarter on a two point conversion and he did pressure the quarterback a couple of times throughout the game. The biggest thing for Coleman is to continue to develop strength. He has to get stronger and that will help him at the point of attack. He also can play high at times, so playing with more leverage will improve his game also.

Jarrett Davis – Sandy Creek - 2010 – 5-11/155 – WR

Recruiting: Committed to Louisville.

GA Dome Report: Louisville is getting a steal in Davis, that is what I saw Friday night. This kid made two huge catches in the second half and showed the speed to get behind the Gladiator secondary more times than that. He looks a bigger the 5-11/155 in his profile, but he definitely plays bigger. Davis has very good acceleration off the ball, he catches the ball well, and while he can improve on his route running, he is going to bump up from a two star to a three star on Scout after this performance (182 yards on six catches).

Bruce Dukes – Sandy Creek - 2011 – 5-10/177 – CB

Recruiting: Mississippi State has already offered and look for many more to. He is going to be an ACC/SEC recruit.

GA Dome Report: Dukes did not get tested in this game and that is because he is the best cover corner on the team and the receivers from Clarke Central could not get open on him. Dukes showed he could be physical within five yards and sit back in zone coverage. He has the tools to be one of the top corners in Georgia, possibly the South in 2011.

Isaiah Johnson – Sandy Creek - 2010 – 6-2/180 – S

Recruiting: Committed to Georgia Tech.

GA Dome Report: Johnson was coming off a two interception performance in the semi-finals against Griffin, so it is hard to play like that again, but he still had a good game. Johnson is an all-around safety that puts himself in position to make plays against the run and the pass. He does not have top speed, but he is fast enough and while he is put together up top, he needs to balance that out in the legs. He did not create a turnover in this game, but was in on a handful of tackles and he led the defense for the Patriots.

Rajion Neal – Sandy Creek - 2010 – 5-11/201 – RB

Recruiting: Committed to Mississippi State.

GA Dome Report: Neal just kept on doing what he has been doing all year as Sandy Creek won the state championship. He finished the night with 166 yards and set the tone with a 30 yard score on their first possession. He did have a fumble on a kick-off return, but that was his only blunder. He has really improved his speed in 2009 and he made some excellent cuts in this game. Neal still can run the ball a little harder and make quicker decisions when the original hole is not there, but he has pushed himself into the elite backs group in Georgia and should end up with a fourth star beside his name.

Gavin Rocker – Sandy Creek - 2011 – 6-3/215 – DE/DT

Recruiting: N/A.

GA Dome Report: Over the last two weeks, Rocker has emerged as a junior to watch. He was in the backfield quite often in this game and he has the frame to get bigger while maintaining his speed. Rocker spent a lot of time in the inside against Clarke Central and he really could not be blocked. He has a great first step off the ball, he showed very good hand activity, and you have to keep an eye on this one.

Martay Mattox – Clarke Central - 2011 – 6-1/185 – QB

Recruiting: South Florida has offered and he is hearing from Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, North Carolina State, and some others.

GA Dome Report: Mattox did not have the type of game he would have liked in the state championship. He finished 6-23 for 127 yards, but he did show some nice things in the defeat. His arm strength is above average and he has very good mobility. He did a nice job buying himself some time a number of plays in this game. He needs to work on getting ball out of his hands quicker, not starring down his receivers, and making decisions a little earlier, but he does shows the ability to play on the next level. He will be a dual-threat QB and would fit well in a spread offense.

Alan Posey – Clarke Central - 2011 – 6-5/323 – OL

Recruiting: Auburn and Georgia Tech are the two atop Posey's list early, but no offers are in yet.

GA Dome Report: Posey plays tackle for Clarke Central, but he looks more like a guard on the next level. He had some nice blocks when blocking down to spring the running back to the edge. He is much more efficient as a run blocker than he is in pass protection. Look for him to be recruited as an interior offensive lineman. He could work on his knee bend and his footwork the most.

Scout will be back at the Dome on Saturday, so look for a Scouting Report on the top recruits involved in those games on Sunday.

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

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