Prospect Watch: Weekend at the Dome

ATLANTA - Dawg Post's preview of this weekend's state championships at the Georgia Dome.

Peachtree Ridge

Kevin Minter #7 LB
Class of 2009

Minter committed to LSU some time ago, and he been a little banged up during his senior season. He's the best prospect at the Ridge, but it is a solid team, and Minter is a valuable asset in the leadership department for the Lions. He may wind up at defensive end in Baton Rouge, but he can make plays at linebacker in high school.

Buford

Kolton Houston #56 OL/DL
Class of 2010

Another long line of talented lineman from this powerhouse program. He already has a South Carolina offer as a JR. He will have multiple SEC/ACC offers in a few months in my opinion.

Dallas Lee #64 OL/DL
Class 2009

One of the steadiest linemen in the state, Dallas Lee committed to Georgia earlier this year. Many observers think Lee is a little underrated – you can judge for yourself Friday. One thing is for sure, Lee more than held his own this season without Omar Hunter's help on the defensive line.

Storm Johnson #5 RB/S
Class of 2010

One of the top playmakers in the Peach State for the Class of 2010, Johnson makes plays regularly for the Wolves. Expect every college in the South, and many around the country, to offer Johnson.

Calhoun

Eric McDaniel #58 DT
Class of 2009

A Purdue Commit, McDaniel may be a tad short, but plays with a great motor from the nose guard spot. At times he can be dominant. He had offers from NC State, Louisville among others before choosing Purdue.

Da'rick Rogers WR/CB # 21
Class of 2010

Without a doubt will be the best-looking prospect in pads the entire weekend at the dDome. A freak of a prospect – Rogers is one that makes evaluating talent easy. Rogers is already on every team in the South's radar for 2010. Very physical… some even think he will play linebacker on the next level.

Flowery Branch

Izaan Cross- #44 DE
Class of 2009

Big size as a defensive end at almost 250 lbs. He has offers from Oklahoma, Florida State and South Carolina just to name a few. Cross could grow into a defensive tackle on next level. I love his motor to go along with his size on the edge.

Daniel Drummond #27 RB/DE
Class of 2009

This Georgia Tech commit reminds me of the way Brannan Southerland looked coming out of high school. A big, bruising back who has the speed to get on the edge, keep a watch out for him. He also teams with Cross to give Flowery Branch two great defensive ends.

Conner Shaw QB/ATH
Class of 2010

I first saw this young man last year at the seven-on-seven in Hoover, Alabama. Like his brother Jaybo, Conner is very athletic and controls the offense. He projects as a wide receiver on the next level. Shaw already has Georgia Tech offer… as a Junior.

Camden County

Deangelo Smith #5 WR
Class of 2009

A South Carolina commit, Smith plays on a team that runs 90% of the time. Still, he is a playmaker with the ball in his hands. He's got good size at 6'1" - 195lbs. Smith may be a very raw prospect, but I can see on film what several BCS-level schools saw in him.

Michael Green # 11 WR/DB
Class of 2009

I am not sure why this young man is not all over the recruiting radar. He has done nothing but make play after play. In what is a rare situation at Camden, Green plays both ways. I was very impressed with him in person as I was on film. Keep an eye on him this weekend, because #11 will be all over the field.

Jeremiah Booth #56 DT
Class of 2010

Booth could be the next superstar at Camden. This run stopper will be a D1 prospect next year from what I seen so far. He is 6'3" and in the 275lb range. He played very well against Newnan with great pad level. I was equally impressed with hands and his ability to get off blocks and pursue down the line at his size.

Matt Jackson #40 DE
Class of 2010

Like Da'rick Rogers from Calhoun, Jackson is a physical-looking prospect in pads. He was in the backfield all night against Newnan. He's got a very quick first step and gets up field in a hurry. I would keep my eye on him this weekend. The sports turf at the Dome could be a major plus for this speed rush defensive end.

Tucker

Drayton Calhoun #23 RB/CB
Class of 2009

LSU got one explosive player in Calhoun. He will play corner in college, but his skills on the offensive side of the ball shine in high school. In Tucker's offense Calhoun has the capability to explode at any moment – expect some of that Friday night.

Jonathan Davis #2 RB/LB
Class of 2009

Davis is probably the top overall high school football player in Georgia. Colleges have ignored him for one reason or another up to this point, but big names are getting their offers out to him now. Count how many plays he makes…

James Vaughters #9 TE/LB
Class of 2011

Vaughters may be the top overall prospect at Tucker. He looked like a man as a freshman, and he plays on top of that. Tucker's coaches warned upperclassmen that Vaughters would take their positions, and they were right. Keep an eye on Vaughters next season and beyond.

ECI

Washaun Ealey #3 RB
Class of 2009

Committed to Georgia for nearly a year, Ealey had to deal with an injury that slowed the start of his 2008 season. He blew up the Dome last year with electrifying runs – expecting the same this season may be asking a little much. Still, he's a steady running back, and a very good pick up for the Dawgs.

Dexter Moody DE/WR/TE #9
Class of 2009

The focus has been so much on Ealey because of his career at tailback that perhaps Moody has been overlooked – even undervalued. Someone who should be considered a playmaker, Moody could be scary good at Georgia.

JC Lanier #65 OL/DT
Class of 2009

Georgia Tech is getting a pretty solid defensive tackle in Lanier. He is constantly in the backfield causing trouble for the opposition. He will likely play on defense in Atlanta, but he's not bad as an offensive lineman.


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