Chad Simmons

Dawg Post Wednesday Recruiting Update

Dawg Post takes a look at two prospects from the peach state.

A new name to remember in the 2017 class is Sprayberry (GA) athlete D.J Worthy. What he lacks in size at 5-foot-8 180-pounds, he makes up for with great balance and playmaking ability.  He’s a strong kid who makes plays at linebacker, but also plays running back for the Jackets behind Oklahoma commit Trey Sermon. 

Worthy is a solid player who has still yet to burst onto the recruiting scene.  He has been getting a little mail from Duke, but Worthy is a true sleeper in the 2017 class. On film Worthy shows good instincts at linebacker and can be very tough to block.  He sneaks by blocks and has a natural ability to find his way into the backfield.  He has a true nose to the football and can lay a big hit as well.  He has good speed along with solid muscle.  I’m expecting the rising senior to rack up a ton of tackles and turnovers in the 2016 season.  If he were a few inches taller there would be plenty of small schools in the south showing interest.

On offense, Worthy showed good burst when running the ball, but his balance is what stood out the most.  He does not get tripped up easily and has the speed to break off a big run.  Worthy also has solid hands out of the backfield.  He can change direction quickly, and does a nice job of falling forward when being tackled to pick up a couple of extra yards.

A 2019 prospect that has had a tremendous couple of weeks is Grayson athlete Kenyatta Watson.  The 6-foot-2 180-pound defensive back was offered by Vanderbilt June 21st, right before Nebraska and Tennessee offered.  Watson’s last two offers have come from Central Michigan and Syracuse. 

The latest trip to Nebraska really stood out to Watson.  The visit was “1st class”, and one that really caught his attention.  Watson has visited Tennessee multiple times in the past, and also Georgia in early June with fellow 2019 prospect and Georgia target Owen Pappoe.  The two are very close, and have been playing football together since they were kids.  Look for both to have big careers at Grayson over the next three seasons.

With his great blend of size and athleticism, look for more schools to start showing serious interest in Watson moving forward.  He has the physical look of a solid defensive back prospect, and he has been impressive at camps this spring.  He’s a kid who can jump out of the building and knock the ball away with his 80.5 inch wingspan.  Watson is definitely a name to remember over the next few years.  He currently does not hold a Georgia offer, but one is possible in the future.

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