Chad Simmons

Rising Seniors Day One News and Notes:

Dawg Post break down Team Commitment during the first day of Rising Seniors practice.

Wide Receivers:

This was the best group of the day for Team Commitment. Stockbridge receiver Marquez Ezzard really stood out in this group. The 6-foot-1 195-pound receiver was great all day, showing elite speed and great hands. He was tough to cover and made some nice grabs when covered well. Tennessee offered recently and Auburn is a team is interested in as well. He has not heard from the Georgia staff and that needs to change soon. Ezzard is easily one of the best receivers in Georgia for this 2018 class.

Brookwood’s Matthew Hill also had an impressive day. He is a quick guy and a fluid runner. He was another guy who was tough to cover all day. He had a drop or two but he also took a ton of reps throughout practice. He is another prospect the Bulldogs might offer in the future.  

Harrison receiver Steven Patterson stood out as well. The 6-foot-1 170-pound Patterson doesn’t have top end speed, but he’s a good route runner who consistently got open and caught everything thrown his way. He made tough catches in traffic and had some nice grabs falling to the ground.

Mays receiver Abdur-Rahman Amir and Heard County’s Jaden Moreland also looked good in practice.

Grady athlete Jaylen Rivers continues to impress. He worked out mostly with the defensive backs but his position in college I would think will be at receiver. He is a smart player who has good hands and playmaking ability on the offensive side of the ball.


Defensive Back:

This group had some trouble with the receivers at times, but there was still plenty of talent out there.

Quindarious Monday immediately stand out with his 6-foot-3 180-pound frame. He has great size for a safety, but the instincts and tackling ability of a linebacker. He had a couple of hiccups in coverage, but he was still flying all over the field. The coaches made sure to coach him up because it’s easy to see the talent. The Georgia staff is interested but have not offered as of yet.

Westover safety Dan Land III also made some nice plays. He’s a strong kid who was receiving praise for his instincts in coverage. Look for him to have a big game Friday night.

Archer cornerback Taiyon Palmer impressed with solid corner skills. He ran with the safeties a little bit too but he’s a cornerback all the way.


Georgia target Quay Walker certainly looks the part once the pads were on. He was smooth in drills and was a ball hawk all afternoon. Easy to see why he’s a top prospect for many schools in the 2018 class.

Brunswick’s Sharrod Frazier was an animal at practice today. He’s a strong kid with great speed who really stood out. He will play linebacker in the Rising Seniors game but is a safety at the next level. He’s not the tallest guy, but he’s thick and has good instincts combined with his toughness. Cincinnati, Georgia Southern, Tulane, and Appalachian State have offered with more on the way.

Douglass County’s Braelen Oliver was another guy who was all around the football today. Not the biggest guy but showed good instincts and has a nose for the football. Multiple offensive coaches told me how impressive he was today.

Offensive line:

Woodland guard James Ohonba was a force all day. The mammoth guard is listed at 6-foot-4 346-pounds and did not get beat in any of the reps that I watched.

Warner Robins tackle Christian Armstrong also stood out. He’s another kid with great size at 6-foot-5 325-pounds who had some great battles with South Gwinnett defensive end Justin Mascoll. Armstrong is one of the nicest kids you’ll meet, but it was good to see him play with more of a mean streak today in practice.

Defensive line:

Justin Mascoll had a good day today. He needs to tune up his technique and play a little more physical, as well as be more violent with his hands. He’s got the size and potential, but needs to put it all together. He did win a number of 1 on 1 battles and made quite a few tackles, but he has not reached his potential yet.

Newton’s Darnell Jefferies also stood out on the line. He’s a big kid with good strength who won a few reps in the period I was watching. He has a number of smaller schools that have offered but could see some bigger schools start showing more interest with a strong week.

Rome’s Jamarcus Chatman was great today as well. He was quick off the ball and looked great all afternoon. He found his way to the football often, and he’s a guy who doesn’t miss tackles once he gets there. It was a very impressive day for Chatman.

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