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Elite Junior Classic Top Performers

POWDER SPRINGS - Matt DeBary breaks down the top players at the Elite Junior Classic.

Bailey Hockman, QB, McEachern:

Hockman was sharp all game, especially in the first quarter.  The former bulldog commit had a great touchdown pass on the first drive where he spun out of two missed sacks, and found a wide open receiver down the sideline for a 59 yard touchdown.  Hockman ended the game with three touchdown passes, with another being called back on a questionable call.  Very good game for Bailey Hockman today.

Aubrey Solomon, DT, Lee County

The four-star defensive tackle from Lee County was dominant all game, just like he was at practice.  At 6’3, 304 lbs., Solomon was one of the larger guys on the field, and showed very good quickness for his size.  He had multiple quarterback hurries and multiple tackles for loss on the day.  He has a Georgia offer and could be a BIG target for Georgia in the 2017 class.

JD King, RB, Fitzgerald.  

King had a great day, and was the most impressive back in the game today.  He showed good hands out of the backfield, and good top-end speed.  He made a one handed catch on the sideline late in the game, as well as a long touchdown catch where he ran away from four-star defensive back LeAnthony Williams.  King had a monster junior year for the Purple Hurricanes, and his recruitment should pick up shortly.  

Xavier McKinney, DB, Roswell

McKinney was the most impressive player throughout practices the past couple days, and had another impressive performance in the Junior Elite Classic.  The Alabama commit showed good cover skills, and laid out some solid hits that really caught my attention.  Listed at 6’1, 185 lbs, McKinney looks the part physically and is also very instinctual. The four-star safety has the potential to be a top 10 player in the state next year.  McKinney told me after practice yesterday that he has spoken to Georgia head coach Kirby Smart multiple times, and was told he is a top priority for Georgia’s 2017 class.  

Tobias Oliver, WR, Northside Warner Robbins

Oliver is a guy to really keep an eye on going forward.  He was a tall target and made some very nice catches all day.  He got separation easily, and really stood out among a very good group of receivers.  No offers yet, but he has the chance to earn tons if he continues to improve.


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