Ola (GA) defensive lineman Austin Smith is a guy I've really liked after seeing him for the first time last December. The 2018 lineman plays with an aggressive style and certainly looks the part with his 6-foot-3 277-pound frame and grizzly beard. He has a great first step and can burl right over opposing lineman. Smith was won almost every rep I saw from him this spring and summer. Georgia Tech, East Carolina, Tulane, North Carolina, and Kentucky have all offered the three-star prospect out of McDonough. I'm expecting a big junior season from Smith this fall, with more offers to come his way.
Four-star receiver Xavier Williams told me the Bulldogs have made him a priority this summer. The 2018 pass catcher from Hollywood, Florida and Chaminade Madonna College Prep mentioned Georgia along with Florida, Alabama, Florida State, Clemson, and Miami as teams that are recruiting him the hardest. Williams participated at a Kirby Smart camp this summer, and was one of the most impressive receivers in attendance. He is not the biggest guy at 6-foot 180-pounds, but he consistently finds a way to get open. He's extremely agile and shows good hands as well.
"I love the coaching staff at Georgia." Williams said. "I have a very good relationship with receivers coach James Coley. They tell me I'm one of their top priorities. I like the vibe of the coaches at Georgia and they will always make you feel like you're home and it's not just football with them. It's about everything in life."
Roswell tight end prospect Tyneil Hopper is one of the best at his position in the state of Georgia, and he recently took a visit to Ohio State. Although he did not return home with an offer from the Buckeyes, Hopper said he did get to speak with the coaches because he got their early with his father to speak with them and get a tour of the facilities. The 6-foot-2 215-pound tight end said he performed well at the camp but admitted that Ohio State has currently offered two tight ends in the 2018 class already. Louisville, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Wake Forest have all offered the promising Roswell (GA) product. The Hornets have another great team again, and Hopper has a chance to become a big name with a big 2016 season.
I've mentioned this before, but York (SC) QB Brayden Hawkins is a name to remember. The 6-foot-3 210-pounder is a competitor who has been impressive all summer, and schools like Southern Miss and Marshall are showing serious interest. Hawkins said Alabama and Florida are also showing interest, and he is planning to visit schools like South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida this fall. He was not the starter on his team until late last season, so look for Hawkins to have a breakout junior season this fall.