Adidas 2015 Georgia Showcase: News and Notes

POWDER SPRINGS - Matt DeBary's news and notes from the Adidas 2015 Georgia Showcase at McEachern.

Adidas Showcase Notes: Elijah Holyfield:

I spoke with Elijah Holyfield earlier today to catch up on some recruiting. Holyfield is one of the top backs in the State of Georgia for the 2016 class, and has offers from all over the country.

“I haven’t really narrowed down a list, but some of the schools sticking out to me right now are Tennessee, Florida, Auburn, and Michigan. I’m actually going to check out South Carolina later today.”

When asked about Georgia, Holyfield responded with “I like Georgia a lot. Right now they are not recruiting me as hard as the other schools, so I kind of fell back on them. We will see how it goes.”

I think Georgia is still in play here if they continue to recruit him, but they are behind a few schools at this point.

Mecole Hardman:

Mecole Hardman is an extremely fast WR that has multiple offers across the South, including Georgia.

“Right now Georgia is my number 2 school behind Tennessee.”

He told me distance is not an issue, and will go wherever he feels comfortable. Many analysts at the event today said Hardman will end up at Defensive Back, but if you ask him directly, Hardman will say that he is a Wide Receiver who also plays Defensive Back.

Tennessee leads, but Hardman had quite a few good things to say about Georgia.

“What’s not to like about Georgia? Sanford Stadium and the game atmosphere are just crazy. The coaching staff changes they made have been incredible. It’s going good with Georgia.”

Jamyest Williams:

Williams was one of the top DB’s at the Adidas Showcase today, and the 2017 athlete took some time to speak with me after the event was over.

“I’ve got a bunch of offers, but Georgia hasn’t offered me yet. If they offer me, I will look at them like everyone else.”

Williams plays multiple positions for the Archer Tigers, but his plan is to play DB wherever he signs. He is still only a sophomore, so there is plenty of time for Georgia to get in this race if they want too.

JoeJuan Williams:

Arguably the top player in Tennessee for the 2015 class, Joejuan Williams has offers from almost every major program in the country, and will be able to pick his school of choice.

Williams was brought here with about 10 others from the Nashville area by Lamont Ramsey, the father of FSU DB Jalen Ramsey. I spoke with Lamont at length about the boys he brought down, including Williams. Lamont told me “He is a mixture of Vernon Hargreaves and Jalen Ramsey.” At 6’2, Williams plays corner in high school, but both he and Mr. Ramsey told me he would end up playing Safety in college.

I asked him briefly about Georgia, and his face just lit up. He really likes Georgia, especially Jeremy Pruitt, and feels like he can come in and play early at Georgia in 2016. Williams told me he does not have a list of top schools, but Georgia is definitely a school he is interested in.

He is a great kid, and he told me he won one of the top DB awards at the end of the event. He is long, fast, and has good instincts for a DB. He was a guy everyone was talking about at the end of the day.

Chad Clay:

Chad did not participate in the event, but he was on the sidelines wearing a UGA beanie, and hanging out with Georgia signee Jayson Stanley. I caught up with him before the event got started.

“I have my top 4 schools, and right now everyone is even.”

He said he grew up watching LSU, but Georgia might be the team recruiting him the hardest right now. “I like Coach Pruitt a lot.”

Georgia has a very good chance to land the Peachtree Ridge DB, but Florida offered him earlier today, so Georgia will still need to fight off multiple SEC schools for his signature.

Julian Rochester:

The mammoth McEachern DT did not participate in the event, but he really enjoyed himself while hanging out on the sideline.

When I spoke with him, the schools he mentioned first were Auburn, Clemson, and Georgia. “Yes, I still get recruited by Georgia, and they are a team I am still considering for sure. I’m getting recruited by Coach Rockerand Coach Sherrer-- and Coach Richt has stopped by a few times to see me too.”

Georgia is still in this race for maybe the top player in the state for 2016, but I still believe they are currently behind a few schools.

Other player who impressed at the event that are “Under the Radar”

Jai Nunn-Liddell (Pebblebrook High) – Tall but skinny. Runs a good route and has good hands. Holds no offers, but I believe that will change soon. One of the top 5 WR’s at the event today in my mind

Jeremiah Hollaman (Newton High) – Very good size for a 2017 prospect. Made some nice catches in traffic. No offers yet, but they will come.

Ezra Gray (Mosley High School, Fla) – At 5’9 165, Gray was one of the smaller DB’s at the event, but he received the “fastest man award” after running a 4.38 and 4.41 in the 40 yard dash. Very impressive considering how cold and windy it was out there today. He was also awarded the “Best DB” award at the end of the event. I was told he is a 3.5 honors JR. at 5A Mosley High School in Lynnhaven, Florida, where he also received all county and all district in football this past year as an ATH.

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