Chad Simmons

Under the Radar: Defensive Backs

It's very clear that the state of Georgia is loaded with top defensive backs in the 2017 class. While some may be the best in the country, there are plenty others who will be earning major offers very shortly. Here are some under the radar defensive back prospects in Georgia.

Trey Creamer, Cartersville (GA):

A guy I was able to watch quite a bit this past season was Trey Creamer.  I knew he was a good athlete, but when I went back and watched the film, Creamer looked like one of the best corners in the state. Creamer has good size for a corner at 6-foot-1, 175-pounds, and has a ton of pure athletic ability.  He was a major part of Cartersville's offense this season running the football, as well as catching passes out of the backfield from five-star quarterback Trevor Lawrence.  Creamer's future might be best at corner-back though, as he shows good instincts, ball skills, and tackling ability.  Wake Forest, Cincinnati, and Central Michigan were the first to offer the talented corner with more offers seemingly on the way.

Troy Simon, Milton (GA):

Somewhat of an unknown in recruiting until recently, Simon made a huge splash two weeks ago at the Atlanta Regional Opening, earning a trip to Oregon as well as taking home the MVP award for the defensive back group.  Simon plays very physical, hes a very good tackler, and showed he had some of the best cover skills of anyone in attendance.  He closes on the ball well, and has a true nose for the football.  He has good size at 6-foot-1 180-pounds, and runs well also.  Look for more attention and more offers to come his way soon.  A name to remember this fall.

Otis Reese, Lee County (GA) 2018:

A guy who impressed me recently at the Elite Junior showcase was safety Otis Reese.  Reese definitely looks the part at 6-foot-2 190-pounds, and on film does a terrific job in run support.  He showed the ability to made plays behind the line of scrimmage, the ability to shed blocks, and good pursuit when chasing down the ball carrier.  During the showcase practices, Reese routinely knocked the ball away from defenders, and made sure they got popped as well during the catch.  This 2018 star doesn't have elite speed, but has good cover skills and is always moving his feet.  He also had the body type to move to linebacker if he keeps growing and adding muscle.  Central Michigan, Louisville, and Troy have offered the four-star safety so far.  Look for that offer list to grow sooner than later.

Jamar Hall, Mill Creek (GA):

Hall is another guy who was impressive during the Elite Junior showcase in December.  The 6-foot-2 190-pound safety stood out physically in his group, and looked good in drills throughout the week.  Hall shows good tackling ability on film, as well as the ability to create turnovers.  Hall was one of the leaders of a strong Mill Creek defense this past season, and plays the game the right way.  Very athletic and very talented.  Look for Hall's name to be mentioned more and more in the recruiting world in the next few months.


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