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Elite Junior Classic: Day One Notebook

POWDER SPRINGS - Matt DeBary runs down the top players during practices at the Elite Junior Classic.

Some of the top Juniors and Sophomores in Georgia practiced today at McEachern High School in preparation for the Elite Junior Classic that will be held on Tuesday.  Here are some of the players who stood out at the first practice.

American Team:

Blane Mason, Wide Reciever, 2018, Centennial 

Mason is a prospect that shined during last week’s Elite Junior Showcase.  He was one of the wide receivers picked from the showcase to play in Tuesday’s game.  He showed good hands and great balance making two nice catches on the sideline in the early session.  No offers yet, but they will come eventually.  Definitely a name to remember in the coming years.

Jamar Hall, Defensive Back, 2017, Mill Creek

Hall was the best defensive back during the drills I saw while watching the American team.  He high pointed the ball well, showed good quickness, and looks the part physically.  He is a big reason why Mill Creek shut out an explosive Archer team in the playoffs.  

Leonard Warner, Linebacker, 2017, Brookwood 

 Warner is an explosive pass rusher and one of the top overall players in the state of Georgia for the 2017 class.  He’s easy to notice with his 6’4, 216 lb. frame, and was disruptive throughout the afternoon.  Warner is already a coveted recruit, and has the potential to be an outstanding pass rusher at the collegiate level.  You will be hearing much more on this young man in the next couple of years.

Jalen Pinkney, Defensive End, 2017, Norcross

Pinkney is a recruit on the rise, and had a great practice today.  He was impressive when I watched him earlier this year again Peachtree Ridge, and he has gotten better since then.  He is well put together physically, and showed good quickness getting into the backfield on a consistent basis.  No offers from Power 5 schools just yet, but he might be getting some shortly.  Look for Pinkney’s recruitment to start picking up with a strong performance on Tuesday

Other names to know:

Kemari  Averett, TE/DE,2017, Grady.

Corey Reed, WR, 2017, Mays

JJ Peterson, LB, 2018, Colquitt County

Taivon Palmer, DB, 2018, Archer

Keiondre Jones, OL, 2019, Callaway

Anthony Grant, RB, 2018, Buford

Sean Smith, OL, 2017, Lamar County

National Team

LeAnthony Williams, Defensive Back, 2017, Roswell

Williams is one of the highest rated 2017 prospects playing in the Elite Junior Classic.  The 6’, 175 lb. junior showed good quickness and cover skills during Sunday’s practice session.  Williams has all of the major SEC offers, and is one of the better cornerbacks in a 2017 class that is loaded with talented defensive backs.  

Xavier McKinney, Safety, 2017, Roswell

McKinney is another talented 2017 defensive back that plays for the Roswell Hornets.  The 6’1 185 Alabama commit showed great athleticism, and showed he can hit as well.  After jumping high to deflect a pass, McKinney blasted a receiver on the sideline on the next play.  He was all over the field today and really separated himself as one of the top players at the practice.  Keep a close eye on his recruitment over the next year.  

Deejay Dallas, WR, 2017, Glynn Academy

The former Georgia commit was the most explosive player on offense for team National.  He caught the balls well, broke multiple tackles, but his quickness is what really stood out.  He was not the tallest or biggest guy in the group, but his play stood out immediately.  The versatile athlete should have a bunch of passes thrown his way on Tuesday.

Other names to know:

PJ Harris, WR, 2018, Newnan

Otis Reese, 2018, S, Lee County

Sheldon Evans, RB, 2017, Roswell

Ryan Glover, QB, 2017, Woodward

Caleb Chandler, G, 2017, Jefferson

Christian Armstrong, T, 2017, Warner Robbins

Jalen Holston, RB, 2017, Stockbridge

Myles Sims, CB, 2018, Westlake


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