A 2018 defender that could blow up soon is Central Gwinnett (GA) cornerback Donte Burton. The Logansville (GA) transfer is a solid lock-down corner who was just selected to play in the 2016 Rising Seniors game at the end of the year.
On film, Burton shows quick feet, and the ability to stick with his man. He reacts to the ball quickly and does a good job of knocking the ball away from the defender. He plays with confidence, and knows the has the instincts and the talent to play major college football if he continues to work.
The 5-11 170-pound junior will get more exposure this season at Central Gwinnett, and will be asked to cover some of the top wide receivers in the state. He claims a 4.5 40-yard dash which is a reason why Nebraska, Wake Forest, Missouri, North Carolina, Georgia State, Georgia Southern, and Colorado have all offered. Burton said South Carolina and Florida are two SEC schools that are showing strong interest at the moment.
The 2017 class is loaded at defensive back, but guy like Burton in 2018 are making their case as well. Look for Burton to have a big junior season this fall.
It was a tough day for the Bulldogs yesterday as defensive back target Tray Bishop chose Auburn over Georgia and Florida. There are still plenty of options for the Bulldogs at defensive back, as they have offered Sandalwood (FL) athlete Ameer Speed. The 6-foot-3 195-pound Jacksonville native looks the part physically, and is ranked as the seventh-best cornerback prospect in Florida. The three-star DB towers over his opponents and uses his size to his advantage. He's a physical player who can cover bigger receivers. I't wouldn't surprise me to see the Georgia staff pursue a little harder if they miss on a couple of their top targets.
A 2018 running back to know is Jefferson (GA) back Colby Wood. The 5-foot-10 18-pound back has not burst onto the recruiting scene just yet, but hes a strong back who is tough to bring down. He lacks elite speed and overall explosiveness, but he follows his blocks well and has the ability to make guys miss in a short space. He has great feet and balance, and rarely gets brought down by the first defender.
Wood rushes for 2,119 yards and 33 touchdowns last season as a sophomore, winning the AAA Offensive Player of the Year in Georgia. Look for more schools to start showing interest soon.