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Under the Radar: 2018

In today's recruiting update, Dawg Post takes a look at three 2018 players who are about to burst onto the recruiting scene.

Zach Williams, WR, Johns Creek (GA)

I saw Williams last summer at the Lassiter MVP camp, and he was arguably the most consistent receiver there along with Walton's Dominick Blaylock.  Williams made the best catch of the afternoon when he made a spinning one handed grab on the sideline during the showcase event.  This 2018 sleeper has good size at 6-foot-3 210-pounds, and has reliable hands.  He is a good athlete, and will start to show up on many coach's radar sooner than later.

He has limited film, but on the film he does have he shows the ability to break tackles after the catch, and shows play-making potential when he touches the ball.  Georgia State and Akron are his only two offers as of now, but more could be on the way with strong camp performances this summer.  Look for Williams to have a breakout junior season in 2016.  I expect him to be one of the higher ranked receiver prospects in Georgia for the 2018 class.

Jaylen Rivers, ATH, Grayson (GA)

The Grayson Rams have had a big spring.  One of the most talented teams in the state got even better as they added some of the top players in the country for the 2017 class.  What people don't realize however is how much talent the Rams have in the '18 and '19 class as well.  One of the guys in the 2018 class that I'm expecting to breakout this season is athlete Jaylen Rivers.  Only 15, Rivers is already 6-foot-2 190-pounds and has excellent speed.  He's a very strong kid who can run you over then he's got the ball.  

His lone offer comes from UTSA, but many schools including Georgia, Clemson, Auburn, Florida State, Tennessee, and Florida are showing interest.  Rivers has a busy summer ahead as he plans to camp at South Carolina on June 4th, Auburn on June 5th, UCF on the 10th, UNC on the 17th, Duke on the 18th, Miami on the 22nd, Vanderbilt on the 24th.  Rivers also plans to attend camps at Memphis, Georgia Tech, and West Virginia in July.  Simply put Rivers is a football player.  He loves to compete and already looks like a collegiate player physically.  I'm expecting a HUGE summer for this 2018 Grayson athlete.

Brayden Hawkins, QB, York (SC)

It's crazy to see how many solid quarterbacks keep popping up in the 2018 class. Georgia natives Trevor Lawrence and Emory Jones are two of the top ranked quarterbacks in the country, and there is another signal caller in the south who is on his way to becoming a national prospect as well.  That guy is York (SC) QB Brayden Hawkins.

Hawkins' recruitment started a little later than most, but he is a 2018 prospect who has some serious talent.  He has good size at 6-foot-3 210-pounds, and he takes extremely good care of his body.  While he shows good accuracy on film, what stands out to me most is his quick feet and pocket awareness.  He moves very well for his size and runs a consistent 4.69 in the 40. He is still somewhat of an unknown recruit at this point, but he won't be for long.  He has been impressive at every camp he attends and has a chance to impress even more during camps this summer.  Hawkins plans to compete at a camp at Greater Atlanta Christian High School in Norcross on Saturday, and compete at a camp at Georgia in the middle of June.

UCLA, Maryland, Penn state, Wake Forest, and N.C State have all shown serious interest in Hawkins, who is absolutely the real deal.  He is one of the top quarterback prospects in the country for the 2018 class regardless of how many offers he currently has.  He has the size and arm talent to become a national name sooner than later


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