Chad Simmons

Elite Junior Classic: Day Two Notebook

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

Elite Junior Classic day 2 notes:

Both Bailey Hockman (McEachern) and Chase Brice (Grayson) threw the ball very well during today’s practice session.  Hockman showed good arm strength, better than I remember from a couple of his games this fall..  The ball really zipped out of his hand today.

Clemson commit Chase Brice threw a couple of great deep throws down the field for touchdowns.  His delivery looked a little slow at times, but he showed good accuracy throughout the session.  

Jalen Holston (Stockbridge) and Sheldon Evans (Roswell) looked like the two best backs out there today.  Both ran well between the tackles, and delivered some power at the end of runs.

Deejay Dallas was the best receiver out there today.   There were plenty of other guys bigger than he was, but Dallas made some very acrobatic catches today.  He made a great one handed catch on the sideline from a laser throw by Brice, and then jumped over a defender for a great catch on his next rep.  He got a little banged up after the second catch, but came back in and was able to finish strong.

Other notable receivers who had good days include 2017 Eli Watson (Houston County), 2018 Trey Brown (Macon County), and PJ Harris (Newnan).  Tobias Oliver (Northside WR), was also drawing praise from coaches.  Freshman Dominick Blaylock (Walton) and Jah’Quez Evans (Mays) also showed why there are two of the best freshmen in the state with strong performances.  Overall, the wide receiver group has been impressive for both teams so far in practice.

Austin Smith (Ola) is a big defensive tackle who has really been impressive.  He was unblockable during the Elite Junior Showcase last week, and was invited to come back and be part of practice this week.  He was a force today stopping the run.  The 6-3 260 lb. sophomore showed good quickness and explosiveness against the junior offensive lineman.  No offers yet, but Smith is a guy to keep an eye on in the future.

Another impressive sophomore defender was Otis Reese (Lee County).  He looks very impressive physically, looking around 6’1, and he really had some nice hits on a couple receivers.  He showed good cover skills, and was the only defensive back I saw that could handle Deejay Dallas.  His size and ball skills should help him earn offers very soon.  One to keep a close eye on.

And lastly, we have Aubrey Solomon, who has been one of the top three players so far in the practices along Xavier McKinney and Deejay Dallas.  Solomon was unblockable for the second day in a row, and really looks like a big time prospect.  He showed today why schools all over the country are coming after him.  He’s a big guy, but has the frame to add on more weight and still have explosiveness.  He made play after play today, and will likely have a big game tomorrow at the Elite Junior Class.

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