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Dawg Post Thoughts: Grayson/IMG

Dawg Post was in attendance for last nights Grayson/IMG game and gives some quick thoughts on some of the games top players.

I'll go ahead and start with Georgia commit Robert Beal. The four-star Bulldog commit certainly looks the part in person at 6-foot-4 234-pounds, and was impressive all game. He was quick off the ball and got into the backfield on a regular basis. He looked solid in run support and looked to beat Grayson tackle Tony Gray a couple of times. I'll have to go back and watch the game on tv to really see how he played, but from where I was sitting, Beal looked to be getting the best of his opponent most of the time. Beal is ranked as the 72nd best player in the country and the second-best defensive end prospect in Florida. 

It was an interesting night for Georgia target Deangelo Gibbs. He started the game with a big hit, setting the tone for the ballgame. He showed good pursuit to the ball, and seemed to be around the ball at the end of every play. He runs well, and looks great physically at 6-foot-2 204-pounds. At the end of the game, Gibbs proved that he's a big hitter, but he still needs to work on his overall tackling. He has got to wrap up more instead of just throwing a big shoulder into someone. That won't work against these big power backs in the SEC. There was a play in particular right before the half when Gibbs met the running back at the line of scrimmage, and just threw a shoulder into him. The ball carrier ran right through it, and Gibbs was holding his shoulder in pain after the play. IMG ran no huddle after the play, and Gibbs barely got back into position on the next play, and missing the chance for another tackle. I know it happens from time to time, but it shows he still definitely a work in progress in my mind. He has good athleticism and ideal size to play either safety or corner at the next level, but he still needs to work on his hands and tackling technique.

New South Carolina commit Jamyest Williams also had himself a memorable game. He proved why he's considered a top athlete in the country after his long touchdown reception to start the game, blowing by his defender and breaking a tackle before scoring. Like predicted, he played all over the field and was an integral part of the game-plan. Although he does have speed and explosiveness, he still has to hold onto the football. I still like his chances on the offensive side of the ball at the next level. 

On defense, his size did not help him at all going up against 6-foot-4  LSU commit Jhamon Ausbon, but I still thought Williams was in his back pocket on multiple occasions. He did get beat a few times, and showed that he lacks elite zone coverage awareness. He tends to loose guys in zone coverage and occasionally loses a guy deep. The four-star did show toughness at times getting off blocks, and is still very good in man coverage. Again not his best night at all, but Williams is still a tremendous athlete who has a chance to be a great player in Colombia. 

The most impressive player in my eyes for the Rams was 2019 linebacker Owen Pappoe. The 6-foot-1 208-pounder sure doesn't look like a sophomore, and does'nt play like one either. He has all the tools needed to be a top linebacker at the next level. He has a nose for the football, he's solid in coverage, and can lay a big hit with the best of them. He was all over the field for the Rams last night and got in the backfield more than anyone. He was chasing quarterback Kellen Mond all night, causing chaos for the IMG offense. It will be fun watching the sophomore phenom get better and better the next three years. This kid is special.

On another note, four-star lineman Reuben Unije did not play for IMG last night as he was injured. The transfer from Johns Creek (GA) is a top tackle prospect in the 2018 class. I did not see Grayson senior linebacker Breon Dixon out there either. 

IMG Academy linebacker Dylan Moses is VERY good. I've never spoken with the kid and never seen him play before last night, but that kid is the real deal. He looks the part, he's fast, athletic, and was all around the ball last night. I don't believe Georgia is in the picture for Moses, but he certainly stood out from where I was.

Georgia tight end Isaac Nauta was in attendance on the IMG sideline. He was wearing some goofy attire and black skinny jeans which threw me off, but he's a massive dude. I think he will have a huge career in Athens the next three-four years. He's all muscle and has great hands. Look for Nauta to be a major target for Eason in the red zone.

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