Insider Report: Mark Richt 7v7 1st Friday

ATHENS - Matt DeBary's insider news and notes from today's Mark Richt 7v7 Camp.

While Friday’s 7-on-7 tournament in Athens today wasn’t exactly a star studded event. But there were still plenty of guys competing today who should go on to have productive collegiate careers. Some of the teams that competed today include Grayson, Langston Hughes, Dorman (South Carolina), Grady, North Gwinnett, Cedar Grove and Calloway. Some of the top guys I saw out there today were Calloway ATH Braylon Sanders, Cedar Grove QB Jelani Woods, Grayson LB Owen Pappoe, Thomson ATH Christian Tuitt and Grady DB Marlon Character.

Calloway ATH Braylon Sanders is a very smooth prospect who made a ton of big plays during the tournament. He primarily played DB when I watched him, but he also lined up at WR at times. The rising junior from Hogansville showed good quickness as he just glided all over the field. He broke on the ball well and early on swatted away multiple passes that were thrown his way. As the tournament went on, teams decided they probably shouldn’t throw his way anymore. Around 11:20 I spotted Brian Schottenheimer watching Sanders and his Calloway team very closely. Shortly after Schottenheimer pulled Sanders aside and the two briefly talked and joked around together. Sanders looks like a top 2017 target for the Bulldogs’ staff.

Cedar Grove’s QB Jelani Woods looked very good early on. He’s about 6-5 or 6-6, and showed a nice quick release on short passes. I also saw him put great touch on some of his throws down the field. Woods definitely overthrew some balls, but he still looked sharp for the most part. He looked really good on the deep and short throws, but he was a little inconsistent on throws in between. Thomas Brown and Jeremy Pruitt were watching Woods and Cedar Grove on the morning. I don’t think he is a Georgia target right now, but I thought he looked like the best QB out there today - certainly the top from the Peach State. Dorman QB Collin Hill also looked pretty good. Hill is a currently committed to Colorado State.

Owen Pappoe is a 2019 LB for the Grayson Rams, and he had a great day today. Physically he looked better than most of his teammates, and yet he’s never played a snap of high school football before. He plays very physical, and kept up with his receiver very well in the slot. He showed very good quickness and closing speed when chasing a guy down. He still has work to do fundamentally, but he is a great athlete who almost came up with quite a few interceptions. He did get beat a few times - letting the receiver break in front of him - but he was always quick to recover to make a nice play a few plays later. The coaches at Grayson are extremely excited about this young man’s future. One coach in particular told me that he was officially offered by Georgia. Right before the lunch break, I saw Thomas Brown talking with Pappoe in the golf cart, and asking Pappoe to bring his dad inside the building to talk further. The sky is the limit for this 2019 prospect.

Thomson ATH Christian’s Tuitt had a pretty good day when I watched him. He was very active at corner and did not get beat by a receiver the entire time I watched him. He broke up multiple passes, and showed he can play physical. Around 11:05 Tuitt went down after breaking up a long pass downfield. One coach told me he got his foot stepped on pretty good. He would end up getting it taped up, and continued to compete after the lunch break. Mark Richt was watching Tuitt and his Thomson team around 10:40, and John Lilly was also present watching Thomson quite a bit.

Grady DB Marlon Character also had a good day today. He didn’t get many passes thrown his way at DB, but he did show some playmaking ability at WR. He beat Cedar Grove DB Tre Shaw multiple times, and grabbed multiple touchdown passes. He had no problem at all getting separation from the defender when I watched him. He looks much bigger than he did when I saw him in December at the Rising Seniors game. Character ended the day with a diving catch in the end zone, which might have been the best catch I saw all afternoon. While Friday’s 7-on-7 tournament in Athens today wasn’t exactly a star studded event. But there were still plenty of guys competing today who should go on to have productive collegiate careers. Some of the teams that competed today include Grayson, Langston Hughes, Dorman (South Carolina), Grady, North Gwinnett, Cedar Grove and Calloway. Some of the top guys I saw out there today were Calloway ATH Braylon Sanders, Cedar Grove QB Jelani Woods, Grayson LB Owen Pappoe, Thomson ATH Christian Tuitt and Grady DB Marlon Character.

Calloway ATH Braylon Sanders is a very smooth prospect who made a ton of big plays during the tournament. He primarily played DB when I watched him, but he also lined up at WR at times. The rising junior from Hogansville showed good quickness as he just glided all over the field. He broke on the ball well and early on swatted away multiple passes that were thrown his way. As the tournament went on, teams decided they probably shouldn’t throw his way anymore. Around 11:20 I spotted Brian Schottenheimer watching Sanders and his Calloway team very closely. Shortly after Schottenheimer pulled Sanders aside and the two briefly talked and joked around together. Sanders looks like a top 2017 target for the Bulldogs’ staff.

Cedar Grove’s QB Jelani Woods looked very good early on. He’s about 6-5 or 6-6, and showed a nice quick release on short passes. I also saw him put great touch on some of his throws down the field. Woods definitely overthrew some balls, but he still looked sharp for the most part. He looked really good on the deep and short throws, but he was a little inconsistent on throws in between. Thomas Brown and Jeremy Pruitt were watching Woods and Cedar Grove on the morning. I don’t think he is a Georgia target right now, but I thought he looked like the best QB out there today - certainly the top from the Peach State. Dorman QB Collin Hill also looked pretty good. Hill is a currently committed to Colorado State.

Owen Pappoe is a 2019 LB for the Grayson Rams, and he had a great day today. Physically he looked better than most of his teammates, and yet he’s never played a snap of high school football before. He plays very physical, and kept up with his receiver very well in the slot. He showed very good quickness and closing speed when chasing a guy down. He still has work to do fundamentally, but he is a great athlete who almost came up with quite a few interceptions. He did get beat a few times - letting the receiver break in front of him - but he was always quick to recover to make a nice play a few plays later. The coaches at Grayson are extremely excited about this young man’s future. One coach in particular told me that he was officially offered by Georgia. Right before the lunch break, I saw Thomas Brown talking with Pappoe in the golf cart, and asking Pappoe to bring his dad inside the building to talk further. The sky is the limit for this 2019 prospect.

Thomson ATH Christian’s Tuitt had a pretty good day when I watched him. He was very active at corner and did not get beat by a receiver the entire time I watched him. He broke up multiple passes, and showed he can play physical. Around 11:05 Tuitt went down after breaking up a long pass downfield. One coach told me he got his foot stepped on pretty good. He would end up getting it taped up, and continued to compete after the lunch break. Mark Richt was watching Tuitt and his Thomson team around 10:40, and John Lilly was also present watching Thomson quite a bit.

Grady DB Marlon Character also had a good day today. He didn’t get many passes thrown his way at DB, but he did show some playmaking ability at WR. He beat Cedar Grove DB Tre Shaw multiple times, and grabbed multiple touchdown passes. He had no problem at all getting separation from the defender when I watched him. He looks much bigger than he did when I saw him in December at the Rising Seniors game. Character ended the day with a diving catch in the end zone, which might have been the best catch I saw all afternoon. Cedar Grove OT Netori Johnson received an offer from Georgia today. I was told that the massive lineman and current Alabama commit is 6’4 and 340 pounds. Cedar Grove OT Netori Johnson received an offer from Georgia today. I was told that the massive lineman and current Alabama commit is 6’4 and 340 pounds.


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