Scout on the Town - South Recap

Alvin Kamara and Norcross advance past a great program in Camden County in a big time playoff game in the Peach State. This is one of many recaps in this Scout on the Town south recap.

Chad Simmons, National Recruiting Analyst
Knoxville (Tenn.) Webb vs. Cordova (Tenn.) Evangelical Christian

This game was Webb's from the start (47-14 was final score) and a big part of their success was the play of 2014 athlete Todd Kelly Jr. Scout ranks him and projects him as a safety and he played there on defense and at running back on offense. He finished with a couple of touchdowns and 118 yards on ground and he was in on a few tackles on defense. He showed good range in the secondary, he is a natural with the ball in his hands, and he has a very high football I.Q. He has great ball skills and he could possibly get a look as a big corner on the next level. He is a smooth football player who will be in the Scout300 all year.

On the other team, Walker Jones is their top prospect. He is the younger brother of Barrett Jones and Harrison Jones who play at Alabama and Walker is already committed to play for the Crimson Tide as well. Jones was in on about six or seven tackles in this game and he played a little offense in this championship game too. He played outside linebacker in this game, but he is likely to move inside when he gets to Tuscaloosa. He attacks the ball, he is best when playing downhill, and he is strong at the point of attack.

Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth vs. Memphis (Tenn.) Memphis University School
Ensworth took care of business in this game (31-14) to win their third consecutive state title in the state of Tennessee. Corn Elder was the top prospect in this game as expected and he had 217 yards rushing and he scored three touchdowns on the ground. He is such a quick athlete and if he has the smallest crease to run through, the odds are high he is going to make a big play. He is a small back and he is not a back you see a lot getting big carries in the SEC, but if he is used properly, this young man could have a huge collegiate career. He is so quick, he has the second gear, he is shifty, and he has great vision. He has that toughness too – He likes to hit when playing safety.

The next top prospect at Ensworth is 2015 corner Rico McGraw. He really showed good quickness to the ball and good recovery speed in this game. He is very graceful in his backpedal and he has very good ball skills. He is going to be in the Scout300 in 2015.

Others to watch from Ensworth are 2014 running back D'Andre Ferby, 2014 lineman Xavier Forest, and 2015 corner Donovan Sheffield. Ferby did not carry the ball a lot because of Elder, but he is a bigger back (6-0/210) who is very strong and can punish defenders. When he did get the ball, he ran strong. Forest is a lineman who wore no. 8 in this game and played a lot of tight end and H-back. He is a 6-foot-2, 285 pound prospect that caught a pass for over 30 yards to convert a third down in this game. He is one to watch as a future center, guard, or nose tackle. Sheffield is sophomore corner with good speed and he is committed to Vanderbilt already.

On the MUS side, they have some prospects too, but the top one may be 2015 offensive tackle Drew Richmond. He started at left tackle and he was pretty impressive. He moved his feet well, he has great size (6-6/295), and he looks like he could be a future regional, possibly national prospect. Senior linebacker Ford Howell is committed to Wake Forest and he is a strong inside backer with good instincts. He showed he was a strong and consistent tackler in this game. Junior defensive end James Prather is a prospect to watch too. He was around the ball quite a bit, he made a couple of plays in the backfield, and the 6-foot-4, 230 pound defensive end looks to be a D1 prospect. He has nice moves off the ball and he was in the backfield a lot.

Norcross (Ga.) vs. Kingsland (Ga.) Camden County
This game had so much talent in it and many of the top prospects stepped up and played to the level expected by Scout. Norcross traveled down to south Georgia and they beat Camden County 34-20 in this game. Four-star running back Alvin Kamara led Norcross to victory in this game and he had 158 yards rushing on 27 carries and two touchdowns on the ground. He also threw a touchdown pass and converted on a two-point play as well. He just chewed up yards, broke tackles, and kept moving the chains for the Blue Devils. He just made crucial play after crucial play. He ran hard, he gained many of his yards after contact, and he showed great vision and balance. He is one of the top backs in the country.

His counter-part is junior Myles Autry. He scored the first touchdown of the game on a pass over the middle and he then leaped over defenders into the endzone. He has over 10 offers right now and he is as fluid and smooth as they come. He played safety, wide receiver, quarterback, punt returner, kick returner, and running back. He does so many things well and he could be recruited as a two way player. Shon Akins is another senior and he was a star in this game. He picked off a pass and that led to a touchdown and he also had a big hit that broke up a would-be completed pass. He was solid in coverage all night and he is currently committed to California, but monitoring their coaching situation.

Lorenzo Carter is another big-time junior from Norcross and this defensive was solid in this game, but facing all the mis-direction and running, he did not get to show off his pass rushing skills. On the Camden County side, their top performer was Jarrad Davis on defense and J.J. Green on offense. Davis is an Auburn commitment and he was around the ball all night. He is a very strong inside linebacker and he played faster this year than he did a year ago. He really brings a lot of pop when he makes a tackle. Green is committed to Georgia and he hardly ever left the field and he was a big part of Camden County's offense in this game. He is a very quick athlete that makes guys miss when he has the ball in his hands.

There are plenty of other prospects on Camden County too. Quarterback Brice Ramsey is committed to Georgia, offensive tackle J.P. Vonashek is committed to South Carolina, and juniors Kalvarez Bessent and Chris Williams are two others that are being recruited by numerous D1 schools. Ramsey threw a couple of interceptions in this game and he only threw the ball a handful of times. He was not as sharp as he would have liked to have been, but Ramsey showed good mobility and he boomed a couple of impressive punts as well. Vonashek is a 6-foot-7, 285 pound OL and he did a lot of pulling and getting to the second level in this game. He moves well, he just needs to keep getting stronger and better at the point of attack. Williams and Bessent are two athletic DBs and Williams had a nice touchdown run in this game for 30 yards and Bessent had a couple of nice tackles and pass break-ups. There are more prospects in the 2013 and 2014 class on each of these teams as well. It was an outstanding high school game and Norcross just got it done late in the fourth quarter.

Jamie Newberg, National Recruiting Analyst
Dade City (Fla.) Pasco vs Tampa (Fla.) Robinson

Outside of Bradenton Manatee, Tampa Robinson has been the most impressive team I have seen this season. They are big, fast and very athletic. They don't have any superstars, rather a very good mix of talent in the trenches and on the perimeter.

Up front they are led by seniors Conner Rafferty, Bruce Hector, Justin Madison and Nahshon Simmons. Rafferty and Hector are committed to South Florida and they are the left side of the offensive line for Robinson. Rafferty plays tackle but projects as a guard at the next level. Hector plays on both sides of the ball but looks like he makes more plays on offensive at guard. He moves very well and excels at pulling and blocking in space. Madison was the big play maker on defense, where he had a couple of sacks and tackles for a loss. He also had a sack and strip early in the fourth quarter. This kid is relentless, athletic and gets off the ball well. He has offers from Wake Forest and FIU. Simmons is a 2014 defensive tackle that's hard to move. He ties up offensive linemen and is a run stuffer.

Robinson quarterback Zain Gilmer is very athletic. This kid has an above average arm and speed. He makes plays in the run game and can extend plays in the passing game. He looks like he would make an excellent receiver at the next level. Another under the radar senior is running back Martin Ruiz. This kid runs with power and is tenacious. He has good speed, keeps his legs moving and is a load to handle.

Pasco is led by seniors Janarion Grant, David Emmanuel and Joey Ivie. Grant plays quarterback, receiver and in the secondary. He didn't get a chance to bust loose on offense but did have a few receptions and several nice runs from the quarterback position. This kid is fast and very quick and could play in the slot or at cornerback in college. Emmaunel is a tough, interior runner that can break tackles. Defensively, he's a hard hitting linebacker that made a few plays behind the line of scrimmage. Ivie was held in check on most of the night. He had one tackle for a loss and assisted on a few tackles. But for the most part Hector did an outstanding job of blocking him.

The big surprise for Pasco on this night was freshman Nate Craig. He starts for the Pirates on both sides of the ball at free safety and wide receiver. He's already 6-foot-3 and 185-pounds. This is a fluid and smooth athlete that can fly. He had two touchdown receptions on the night. This 2016 recruit has a chance to be something very, very special.

Kristen Ledlow, Southeast Field Reporter
Atlanta (Ga.) The Marist School vs Stockbridge

Marist High School continues on the path to a Georgia State championship with a win at Stockbridge High School on Friday. Marist's offensive standout was senior Myles Willis, who is committed to Boston College. After the recent firing of Head Coach Frank Spaziani, Willis confirmed his commitment while staying open to options elsewhere. Coach Ted Roof of Penn State visited Willis on Friday. Willis plans to take an official visit to Happy Valley in the coming months. Willis is joined by an impressive tight end in Greg Taboada, who will attend Stanford starting in June. He admits that his recruitment is over as he plans to focus on basketball before moving to Stanford. Marist also boasts junior talent in defensive lineman Kendall Baker. Baker has major offers in the SEC and ACC, but doesn't plan to narrow his options until this time next year.

John Garcia, Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Buford (Ga.) vs Columbus (Ga.) Carver

Buford was able to power their way to a semifinal berth in Class 3A in the Peach State, due in-part, to the power of the offensive line. Led by Georgia offensive line commit Josh Cardiello, the Wolves used a tough ground game to eat up clock and wear down Carver. Cardiello was powerful at left tackle, man-handling most defensive linemen in his way - especially on down blocks.

Mikey Bart, who played tight end, fullback and defensive end, was instrumental in the win. He was a hassle off the edge on defense, ending a pair of Carver drives with big-time sacks by using his speed rush. The current South Florida pledge also proved stout against the run, using his length to separate at the point of attack before diagnosing the play. Bart was serviceable as a tight end, maximizing his chances on play-action using his 6-foot-3, 245-pound frame.

Carver was dominated at the line of scrimmage, but most of their success was over the left side - where Cardiello was and super sophomore defensive end Mekhi Brown was not. The 6-foot-6, 230-pounder played like he already has offers from the Alabamas, Clemsons and Florida States of the world - which he does. Brown uses his length to create and edge against the run, and he has a solid quick-twitch off the line as a stand-up rusher against the pass. Once he adds strength that most prospects do once they're upperclassmen, Brown may be one of the top prospects in all of the Southeast for the class of 2015.

Tony Greco,
Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) University vs Clearwater (Fla.) Clearwater Central Catholic

University School is heading to the FHSAA Class 3A state championship after a 42-0 win over host Clearwater Central Catholic.

Suns quarterback Mike White completed 26-of-30 passes for 324 yards and two touchdown passes. Two of those incompletions were drops, and a third was an incompletion on a Hailmary pass attempt at the end of the first half. Three-star receiver Jordan Cunningham caught 12 of those passes for 178 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore running back Jordan Scarlett rushed for 11 carries for 89 yards in a touchdown, in just one half of play.

On the other side of the ball, Michael Stevenson finished with five catches for 47 yards, and a run that went for 55 yards. He finished with five tackles on defense.

On the defensive side of the ball for University, three-star linebacker Skai Moore finished with 11 tackles, a sack, a pass broken up and a blocked field goal. Rutgers commit Nick Internicola finished with five tackles from his defensive end spot.

Quarterback White for University was flawless. He executed the offense to near perfection, in a game with high-stakes involved. It's hard to believe competing at his level that he doesn't have any offers yet. Scarlett is going to be in the running to be one of the top running backs in the country for 2015. He's listed at 5-11, 195, but looks like he could be 5-11, 220. He has all the tools--physical, has speed, and has great vision. It's not surprise he's attracted the interest he's had this early in his career. Cunningham was in position to make a play every time he touched the ball. With that kind of weaponry on offense, there's very little to worry about if you're University head coach Roger Harriott.

On defense, Moore was a beast. He reads the play very well and has a nose for the ball. He will line up at middle linebacker, the outside, and sometimes defensive end. He projects very well as a middle linebacker at the next level. Internicola is unblockable, and should thrive in Rutgers' 4-3 at end or tackle.

Stevenson does a lot of things well for Central Catholic, and projects as a safety. He doesn't have that elite speed to play on offense, but is certainly a playmaker. He has great field vision on defense, and flies to the ball on almost every play.

Amy Campbell, Florida Field Reporter
Seffner (Fla.) Armwood vs Gainesville (Fla.)

Last year, it was Armwood that ended Gainesville's state championship hopes and this year Gainesville was the one to knock Armwood out of the race in a 42-10 victory. Gainesville's defense, led by senior linebacker Keith Kelsey showed the strength it has all season, but the lack of Armwood offense didn't hurt. Florida wide receiver commit Alvin Bailey stepped in at quarterback for Armwood and struggled to make plays against the tough Gainesville defense. Another Gator wide receiver commitment, Gainesville's Chris Thompson had a 28-yard touchdown catch, but it was really the Gainesville run-game that couldn't be stopped. The Hurricanes ran for 333-yards behind senior running back Raphael Webb who lead the team with 213-yards and three touchdowns. Junior running back Tony James added 123-yards and a touchdown. Gainesville will take on a Navarre (Navarre, FL) team that upset top offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil and his Columbia (Lake City, FL) team Friday.

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