Scout on the Town - South Recap

Four-star running back Greg Bryant led the upset of American Heritage over Armwood. Another four-star back was in action in Norcross (Ga.) in Alvin Kamara. '14 linebacker Raekwon McMilliam racked up the tackles in south Georgia while Eddie Jackson is starting to make quite a name for himself in south Florida. All of this and more from the southern region from over the weekend.

Chad Simmons, National Recruiting Analyst
Lilburn (Ga.) Parkview vs Norcross (Ga.)
The highest rated prospect in this one was running back Alvin Kamara out of Norcross. He had a tough night and saw limited action due to an ankle sprain he suffered late in the first half. He did not have big numbers, but he showed quickness, the ability to change direction, and great acceleration when he saw daylight.

The star for Norcross was 2014 athlete Myles Autry. He had a punt return for a touchdown and he is a very fluid athlete that could play multiple positions on the next level.

Another junior to watch at Norcross is Lorenzo Carter. He is a lean defensive end with great length and athleticism. He is in that hybrid mold and he could be an outside linebacker on the next level in a 3-4 scheme.

Parkview's Chris Carson had a nice kick-off return to open the game and he is a good receiver out of the backfield as well. He is the Panther's top prospect in 2013. Bryce Lewis is their guy in 2014. He is a corner close to 6-feet tall and he made some very good nice open field tackles Thursday night. He is going to be an ACC/SEC prospect in 2014.

Baxley (Ga.) Appling County vs Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County
There was one true prospect in this game and he's expected to be one of the best in the country in 2014. Raekwon McMillan was in on 20 tackles for Liberty County Friday night after finishing with 15 tackles the week before. He has all the tools to be one of the top inside linebackers in the next class. When he wants to he can take over a game. He tracks the ball well and can be bring some pop when he makes a tackle. McMillian will be recruited by schools from coast to coast. In this game, he played a little slow at times in the second quarter, but he was strong early and very strong in the second half. I don't think he realizes how good he is yet.

Jamie Newberg, National Recruiting Analyst
Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage vs Seffner (Fla.) Armwood
Greg Bryant (American Heritage) didn't put up lofty numbers but he did have an impressive night. This four-star running back scored on a 25-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and a three-yard touchdown run in the second. He also caught a few passes including a gorgeous 52-yarder on a deep route over four-star safety Leon McQuay. He also played cornerback for most of the fourth quarter and returned punts. Bryant finished the night with 14 carries for 44-yards. Six attempts were for zero yards or he lost yards. That wasn't his fault, as the Armwood defensive front did a nice job of penetrating. More often than not Bryant would often make the first guy miss. He's deceptively elusive and has super feet and balance. Bryant runs with excellent pad level and can run right through defenders. This kid is a powerful runner and has a similar style to Trent Richardson.

Roderick Johnson (American Heritage) is just a big athlete. He starts at right tackle and spot plays on the defensive line, mostly at defensive tackle. Make no mistake about it this kid is an OL recruit and that's where his future is. He stands at least 6-foot-5 and weighs in the 320-pound range. Johnson looks raw but has all the physical tools. He gets off the ball well, has good feet and very long arms. Johnson is your prototype at the tackle position. He just needs to learn the game and play with technique.

Marcus Davis (American Heritage) was one of the few surprises for the Stallions. He plays quarterback but is more of an athlete playing this position. Davis, 5-foot-10 and 170-pounds, had a big night, throwing and running on key downs and making big plays. He's not a quarterback at the next level but more like a [slot] receiver or cornerback. Davis has very good speed including an outstanding burst. He accelerated very quickly and is elusive with the ball in his hands. Davis can make people miss or just flat out run by you. In this game Davis threw for 123 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 99 yards.

Desmond Cain is a sophomore and member of the class of 2015 for American Heritage. In limited touches he did extensive damage for the Stallions returning kickoffs and from his wide receiver position. Cain, 5-foot-11 and 180-pounds, has blazing speed. He took a short pass in the third quarter and raced past the Hawks defense for a 37-yard score. This kid has consistent hands and will block well on the perimeter. Cain's only going to get better, stronger and faster in the future and has a chance to become a big time recruit.

Leon McQuay had a good game defensively roaming the Hawks secondary for Armwood. Leon has good size (6-1/185) and speed. He had a good night tackling, recording six, including one big hit on a receiver that caught the ball over the middle. McQuay also had a pass breakup. He also did give up a long, deep reception to Greg Bryant where he had good coverage. Bryant just made the play.

Alvin Bailey had an up and down evening. The first half he probably wanted to forget about. He fumbled the ball on the quarterback/receiver exchange on an end around and then muffed a punt in the second quarter that eventually led to an American Heritage score. Bailey picked things up in the second half, scoring on a 13-yard corner route and then a 34-yard post. He's not the biggest receiver at 5-foot-11 and 175-pounds. Bailey is not the fastest either. But he's quick and very good in space. Bailey finished with five receptions for 75 yards.

Armwood has a huge signal caller in Darryl Richardson (6-5/230). This kid has good mobility and a big arm. Richardson can move around in the pocket, extend plays with his feet and do damage to the defense by rushing the football. Richardson is a load to bring down in the open field because of his size. It's like trying to tackle a tight end. He's strong and powerful. As a thrower, he has to become more consistent with his throws, work on his accuracy and decision making. This kid is a terrific athlete that may be better suited to moving to tight end in college. Richardson finished this game 12/26 for 155 yards and two touchdown passes. He also rushed for 58 yards and a score.

Aaron Evans is a versatile offensive lineman for Armwood that lined up at guard and tackle against American Heritage. He's 6-foot-4 and 260-pounds. Evans has a good get off and very good feet. He can pull and really run. Evans plays at a good pad level. It looks like he has a good frame where he can bulk up and gain weight.

Kyle Gibson is somewhat of an undersized safety that lines up next to McQuay in the Hawks secondary. He's only 6-foot-0 and 165-pounds. Gibson is only a junior and will have plenty of time to put on some weight. This is a physical kid who's tough in run support. He will really come up and hit you. Gibson can play in the box well and doesn't shy away from contact. He just plays bigger than he is. Gibson also has good cover skills. He will have a chance to become one of the better defensive backs from the Sunshine State next season.

Byron Cowart could be the next big thing at Armwood. He's only a sophomore and already 6-foot-3 and 220-pounds. Cowart started at outside linebacker and made some good plays for the Hawks defense. He can run, attack and find the ball. It's probably very likely that Cowart grows into a defensive end.

Geoff Vogt, Florida Recruiting Analyst
Lauderdale Lakes (Fla.) Boyd Anderson vs Hollywood (Fla.) Hills
Boyd Anderson wide receiver got loose for a touchdown early and pretty much had his way with the Hills defense. Jackson is quickly making a case that he is the state's most under the radar weapon. At 6-foot-0, he has sub 4.45 speed and he is showing that he has a ton of game. With Greg Hankerson at quarterback, Jackson will get plenty of opportunity to put up big numbers. Look for Jackson to see BCS interest the rest of the way and he is the younger brother of former five-star Demar Dorsey.

Darnell Solomon, WR, 2016, Hollywood Hills. Not a lot went right for Hollywood Hills, but it is clear they have a young player to build around in 2016 standout receiver Darnell Solomon. At 6-foot-1, Solomon made a lot of Hills yard. He is a plus athlete that has speed, wiggle, and terrific hands. It is hard to find a freshman with legit size, but Solomon has it and his future is very bright. We could see him at a number of different positions based on how he develops physically.

Safety Justin McDonald stood out to us as a sophomore on a loaded Boyd Anderson. He moved around as a junior and suffered the consequences, but seems to be back on track. At 6-foot-1, he carries 190 plus pounds and fits right in on this fleet team. McDonald had a pick six in this game along with several big hits. He holds a few BCS offers right now and he is another player to keep an eye on going forward. He could be a weak-side linebacker as well as safety at the next level.

Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas vs Weston (Fla.) Cypress Bay
Quarterback John O'Korn, a Houston commit, started slowly with an interception, but he KO'd the unfortunate defender that made that play in the open field soon after. He settled down and made 3-4 perfect throws in rhythm and was a dominant force running the football. He's tough and physical with the ball in his hands. O'Korn has a big arm and is getting his first real chance to lead this team. With wins over Columbus and Cypress Bay he is off to a fast start. He showed the athleticism to have potential at other positions, like tight end.

Running back Fred Coppet put the exclamation point on the game with a long run to ice it midway through the fourth quarter. The speedster is known as a big play weapon and that has not changed. Has the potential to be one of the most explosive players in Florida. Coppet has added some weight, but needs to get bigger to be more than a bit player in an offense.

Wide receiver Alex Montgomery (Cypress Bay), a Wake Forest commit, is one of the most physically imposing receivers you will see (6-foot-1, 195 pounds). He made four-five catches and was loose a couple of times deep, but his quarterback was under relentless pressure much of the night. Montgomery needs to continue working on his speed, but we would look for him to flourish at the next level as he has played in a more run oriented attack much of his career (little more open offense this year).

John Garcia Jr., Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Clinch County (Ga.) at McDonough (Ga.) Eagles Landing Christian Academy
In a game that was over shortly after it started, the best player on the field made his presence felt early and often. Andrew Williams, a 2014 defensive end for ELCA with about a dozen offers thus far, displayed his versatility in the Chargers' easy win. He was quick off the line on defense, pressing the opposing offensive tackle on just about every play before getting in the backfield on routine. Perhaps more impressive, though, was his discipline on the outside. He didn't bite like most juniors do against a read-option scheme, holding his ground during his contain assignment all evening on the way to several tackles for loss. Williams also got the job done on special teams, often powering through blockers on kickoff coverage with his 6-foot-4, 230 pound frame. Once he adds some weight and polishes his pass-rushing moves, "Hulk" Williams could be one of the better defensive prospects in the South come next fall.

Amy Campbell, Florida Field Reporter
Lake City (Fla.) Columbia vs. Gainesville (Fla.)
Gainesville High School took out rival Columbia in an exciting 17-14 victory. Gainesville senior running back Raph Webb rushed for over 100-yards. Webb has a handful of offers including FAU. FAU associate head coach Jeff Simms was on hand to watch Webb play. Florida head coach Will Muschamp was also at the game scouting plenty of talented players. On the GHS side, junior running back Tony James has an offer from Florida and senior wide receiver Chris Thompson is a Gators commit. James also picked up an offer from Florida State Thursday. Thompson injured his foot in the game and thought it might be broken but it's only a strain and he will be fine. The big star on the Columbia side is top offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil. Tunsil says his top two are Alabama and Georgia with Florida in the third spot. He'll be taking official visits to Alabama, Georgia, LSU, USC, and Ole Miss.

Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland vs. Orlando (Fla.) Jones
It was a tough night for Mainland as they took a 40-8 pounding from Jones. The Jones' defense dominated, causing several turnovers that lead to touchdowns. Mainland had a hard time hanging on to the ball, they fumbled the ball a handful of times and had a couple of muffed punts. South Carolina defensive end commit Devin Washington anchored the Jones defense. Offensively, Florida State wide receiver commitment Kermit Whitfield had over 100-yards receiving and continued to show he's one of the fastest kids in town. 2013 wide receiver Tyrian Taylor had 125-yards receiver on six catches. Florida linebacker commit Quinton Powell was clearly the leader of the Mainland team. Powell was evidently frustrated with the beating his team took. He had a decent game and emphasized his desire to step up as a leader on a young and inexperienced team.

Kristen Ledlow, Southeast Field Reporter
Gainesville (Ga.) vs Buford (Ga.)
Gainesville came to town for Friday's matchup at Buford and didn't waste a trip. Not only did the underdog secure a win, but 2014 quarterback Deshaun Watson dominated the field with an impressive passing game and even more powerful running game. When passing options were limited, he possessed the ability to break tackles and secure the first down. The Clemson commit said after the game that he's willing to hear other offers and may take his official visits next season, but that he's focused on his junior year of football now.

Buford's 2013 center Josh Cardiello displayed his explosiveness and finished his blocks well in the loss. The UGA commit is confident in his decision and plans to suit up next season as a Bulldog. For more from the rest of the country please click on the link(s) below.

Mike Bakas, Florida Recruiting Analyst
Deland (Fla.) vs New Smyrna Beach (Fla.)
At 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds,James Clark can flat out run. He's one of the fastest kids in the entire state and he often plays like it. He's quick in and out of his cuts. Even though he lacks ideal size to play on the outside, he's still a legit X-receiver prospect who really has the ability to stretch the field and instill fear into opposing defenses. He's very good after the catch, too. In this game he caught a couple short screen passes, made some people miss, and then outrun everyone for touchdowns. He remains wide open with recruiting but claims offers from schools like North Carolina, Purdue, West Virginia, Duke, and others.

One of the most talented running backs in the central Florida area, JoJo Kemp (5-10, 185) is very good. He runs with good instincts and does a nice of running between the tackles and also showing the ability to cutback and really make some people miss in the open field. He often makes the first guy miss, which helps him rip off a lot of big runs for Deland. He had over 200 yards rushing in this game and showed excellent burst and vision throughout. Kemp has already committed to South Florida.

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