ATLANTA, Ga. - Scout hit the road Wednesday to see some top prospects in the metro area in Atlanta and Westlake was the first stop. Here are some notes on their top prospects.
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I stopped by Westlake to see some of their prospects go through practice and I talked to them, some of their coaches, and some parents during the day as well. Here are some quick hitters on their top prospects.
Ronnie Harris: This 2011 corner likes Ole Miss, Stanford and Tennessee right now as his top three. Wake Forest is currently behind that trio. He is looking to take an official visit to Stanford in September and then make his decision shortly after that. Harris may not have elite size, but he has great feet, good hips, and excellent ball skills at corner. His knowledge of the game and position will help him make plays on the next level.
Chris Tavarez: He is a safety playing linebacker for Coach Minnis and the Lions. He is likely going to try to fill the void of Florida signee Michael Taylor in the middle of the defense, but that will be hard to do. Tavarez does have good instincts, he plays with a lot of energy, and he is always around the ball, but I don't see anyone totally replacing Taylor on that team. In recruiting, Duke, Kentucky, and Maryland are three to watch, but he is not close to making his decision yet.
Amir Mustafa: Another 2011 prospect playing a little out of position when talking about projections on the next level. He is a good defensive end in high school, but will move to linebacker on the next level. He showed a good first step at practice on Wednesday and very good athleticism through the drills as well. UAB has offered Mustafa and he has interest in the Blazers.
Carnell Boyd: This 2012 wide receiver consistently runs good routes. He really chops his feet, he knows how to sink his hips, and he runs every route like college coaches from all over are watching. He caught everything thrown his way on Wednesday too. No offers from schools yet, but he will get his share. He needs to improve his separation speed down field.
Charles Purnell: Kentucky has already verbally offered this 2012 running back. The biggest thing for Purnell is to get bigger. He has to gain weight, add muscle to his frame, and show that he can carry the load on the next level. He is not a burner, but he has very good lateral movement, he runs low to the ground, and he has excellent balance. He can also catch the ball well out of the backfield. His size (5-9/170) is what he needs to focus on improving.
Quinteze Williams: This junior lineman is going to play both sides of the ball for the Lions in 2010. He has grown up playing defensive line only, but his future is on the offensive line. At practice Wednesday, he worked at defensive end, offensive guard, and offensive tackle. He has great length, very good feet, and the frame that could make him an elite offensive tackle on the next level. He is currently 6-5/260 and he has offers from Auburn, Florida State, Louisville, and Ole Miss. He will be a top recruit in Georgia next year if he keeps working.
Shaquille Wiggins: He is one to watch in the 2013 class at Westlake. It is early in his career, but after seeing him at a couple of camps and watching him in practice Wednesday, there is no doubt he has the tools to be a Division I recruit in a few years at corner. He is thin and rangy now, but he has a very good understanding of the position for his age, he makes good breaks on the ball, and he plays very aggressive.
DeAndre Wise: This is another sophomore to keep an eye on. Wise started at center for the Lions and he is a true center. He knows that position very well, he is not afraid to lead his unit at a young age, and he is going to be one that gets recruited down the road. He has a very good base, he has good knee-bend, and he works as hard as anyone.
Those are some of the top Westlake prospects and I will continuously be on the road posting updates like this on Scout.
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