Dawg Post Notes From Cartersville

If you haven't heard already, something special is going on in Cartersville, Georgia right now. The defending state champion Cartersville Hurricanes are led by five-star quarterback Trevor Lawrence, along with multiple other talented prospects. They have a tough schedule for the 2016 season, but there is a ton of excitement in the program going into this summer. Here are a few more guys who have stood out this spring for the defending 4A champs.

Of course the key to this team is five-star 2018 quarterback Trevor Lawrence.  He had a busy spring throwing at multiple camps, and continues to look better each time I've seen him.  Programs all over the country have sent coaches down this spring to see arguably the best high school quarterback in the country, regardless of classification.  All you have to do really is watch him warm up to see why he is the top-ranked sophomore in the country.  He has such a strong arm, he throws an easy spiral, he's consistently accurate, and has the ability to throw the ball deep downfield.  Lawrence has told me multiple times he wants to continue working on his footwork, but it seems pretty solid me.  He isn't perfect, and he still needs to continue working hard, but he has the size and arm that coaches look for in a quarterback.

 At one point during practice, Michigan passing game coordinator, quarterbacks, and wide receivers coach Jedd Fisch made the statement, "This is the best high school quarterback I've ever seen."  Lawrence is a special quarterback that will continue to hear from some of the best programs across the country.

Trey Creamer is another guy who will be counted on heavily going into the 2016 season.  The versatile 2017 athlete played on both sides of the ball last year, showing that he can make big plays throughout the game.  With the loss of Miller Forristall to Alabama, Creamer will be counted on eve more to help defend  a state championship.  He runs the ball well, but some of his biggest plays could be made catching passes out of the backfield.  

The 6-foot-0 175-pounder looks to have gained more muscle, and most schools are recruiting him as a defensive back.  Creamer hold offers from Colorado State, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Wake Forest, Tulane, among others.  He is ranked as a three-star cornerback on scout.com

One guy who has exploded onto the recruiting scene this spring is 2017 outside linebacker Avery Showell. The linebacker has made big plays throughout practice, and has also shown the ability to make an impact on offense as well.  He is athletic, versatile, and has the size at 6-foot-2 195-pounds to excel on both sides of the ball.  On offense Showell did a great job getting yards after the catch, and was tough to bring down every time.

 Showell has recently earned offers from Mercer, West Virginia, Colorado State, Georgia State, Coastal Carolina, Tulane, and Rutgers.  This is a name to remember going forward, and is even more proof that the defensive back class in the state of Georgia for 2017 is absolutely loaded.  He does not have an SEC offer yet, but it would not surprise me if some came in the future.

The 'Canes also bring in a ton of freshman talent for this 2016 team.  2020 prospects Tee Webb and Reshad Dyer were both very impressive during practice.  Webb is a quarterback and will be Lawrence's backup during the season.  He has great size already at 6-foot-4 180-pounds, and has the potential to be a national recruit later in the recruiting process. Dyer is a quick running back who lacks in size a little bit, but runs hard and was tough to bring down throughout practice.  He showed good balance, and did a good job of catching the ball out of the backfield.  His recruitment could pick up in the next couple of years, especially if he continues to get bigger and stronger.

Rising junior defensive lineman Darian Poellnitz and rising junior wide receiver Bradley Kirk also made multiple nice plays during the two practices I was able to watch this spring.

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