Scout on the Town - South Recap

FOXSportsNext/ recruiting analyst and field reporters were out and about in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Florida over the weekend seeing some of the top prospects in the region.

Chad Simmons
Hoover (Ala.) vs. Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Northridge

Hoover controlled this game from the start and ended up winning this contest 55-7. 2014 athlete Bo Scarborough had a tough time finding daylight to run to in this one. He rushed for 87-yards on his own. He was getting hit behind the line of scrimmage and he had to fight for every yard in this game. He is a big back at 6-foot-2-inches and 225 pounds and he ran with some power in this game. He is coming off a torn ACL and seemed to still run with a hesitation at times. With his size, he may not be a full-time running back at the next level. The Alabama commitment could be more of an H-Back in their offense or he could get a look on defense at linebacker due his size and skill-set. Running back is not out of the question, but there are a few possibilities on the next level when talking position.

Northridge wide receiver James Cox was not a target too often in this game. The Jaguars had a hard time throwing the ball. The pressure made it very difficult and Cox was covered often by future five-star, Marlon Humphrey. Cox also played safety in this game and had a bigger impact on that side of the ball. Cox is a committed to Southern Miss to play wide receiver and he has good size (6-1/185), hands, and the ability to be a real possession receiver on the next level.

The top prospect on the field in this game was 2014 cornerback Marlon Humphrey. He is one of the top corners in the country today and is only a junior. Humphrey is a 6-foot-0, 174 pound cover corner who do it all. He blocked punt, returned a kick-off 72 yards, and had a big hit that broke up a pass in this game. He has great feet, long arms, and is the son of former Alabama/Denver Bronco running back Bobby Humphrey, so he knows the game. Humphrey has the ability to be a top 10 prospect in the 2014 class and is on track to be the best in Alabama next year. Hoover coaches moved Humphrey around and they put him on the best receiver from Northridge much of the time trying to get him some action, but it did not happen often. He does not get challenged and he's just that good.

Jamie Newberg, National Recruiting Analyst
Lakeland (Fla.) Kathleen vs Winter Haven (Fla.)

Three-star running back prospect Adam Lane had a big game in Winter Haven's win over Kathleen. This Gator commit rushed for over 200-yards and a couple scores. Most of those yards came on four carries. Lane got loose on an 80-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. It was a play in which the 5-foot-8 and 210-pound Lane, took the corner on a perimeter play and outraced a speedy Kathleen team to the endzone. On their next possession Lane had a brilliant 54-yard run where he once again won the edge, then weaved his way back across the field. He showed everything on this one – speed, vision, balance, athleticism and elusiveness in the open field. Sure it was only a 54-yard gain but Lane probably ran over 100-yards on the play and even pulled a LeGarrette Blunt and hurdled a defender to cap it off. He also had runs of 29 and 31-yards in the second half. The rest of the night he was bottled up. But he did have some nice short runs where he showed power and great balance. But to me the most surprising thing about Lane on this night was his speed. All his big runs were on the edge against a fast team and I had no idea this kid was that fast. He's not Ryan Green (St. Petersburg, Fla./Catholic) but Lane has very good, deceptive speed in a well-built compact body.

There were two elite 2014 recruits in this game in wide receivers Kendrick Holland (Winter Haven) and Ja'Von Harrison (Kathleen). Holland had a very quiet night. It wasn't his fault but Winter Haven just didn't throw the ball. He finished with two short receptions. This kid has great size and is in the 6-foot-3 and 180-pound range and he runs well. Holland claims a Clemson scholarship offer.

Harrison has already committed to Virginia Tech. He was held pretty much in check except for one play. On that play he had a catch and run of 86-yards for a touchdown that ignited his team. It was a short dig route where Harrison just outraced the Winter Haven defense to the endzone. What I liked was the great burst of speed after the catch. Harrison has very good size at 6-foot-2 and 180-pounds and he's long. It's early but all indications are that he will likely play in the Hokie secondary in Blacksburg. He has safety size but will get a strong look at cornerback. The Kathleen coaches rave about him at this position.

He had no chance on the night but Kathleen quarterback A'Treyu Farrior has some nice tools. He was under quick, heavy pressure on virtually every play. Farrior has above arm strength, good size (6-1/200), and the ability to extend a play. Because of injuries on their offensive front Kathleen did try and move the pocket for Farrior and he showed the ability to throw on the run both to the left and right. This kid is pretty athletic and has good speed. I would have loved to see what he could do with just a little time to throw from the pocket. As of early fall practice Farrior had a scholarship offer from Bethune-Cookman.

Venice (Fla.) vs Punta Gorda (Fla.) Charlotte
Charlotte running back Clyde Newton was the Tarpons workhorse on this night. He rushed the ball 27 times for 181 yards, scoring twice including the game winner on fourth and goal with his team trailing by four with 10 seconds remaining in the game. Newton has good size (6-1/205) and is at his best between the tackles. He's a strong north-south runner who shows the ability to break tackles. This kid does a nice job of running at a good pad level, keeping his shoulders square to the line of scrimmage and keeping his legs moving. On this night Newton had a lot of yards after contact. He's not a blazer and a guy that's going to run away from the defense. Newton has an Indiana scholarship offer.

Juniors Dwayne and Dwight Reynolds are twin brothers at Charlotte that have a lot of ability on both sides of the ball. Defensively, Dwayne plays safety and Dwight mainly plays cornerback (and some safety). On this night they were active on this side of the ball, recording a combined 15 tackles and one tackle for a loss. Offensively, they rotate every series at wide receiver. Dwayne had two receptions for 23-yards and Dwight had two receptions for 35-yards and a touchdown. They are both smooth, fast and athletic, although it was hard to get a read on them on offense because Charlotte threw the ball so little. Defensively both were aggressive and showed good closing speed from their respective positions. Venice rarely threw the ball so it was hard to see what they could do in coverage. Dwayne is 6-foot-2 and 180-pounds and Dwight is a half-inch taller.

Geoff Vogt. Florida Recruiting Analyst
Immokalee (Fla.) vs Lake Wales (Fla.)

NOTE - This game was played in a monsoon from start to finish on a field that had visible puddles. There were no less than 15 D-1 prospects on the field, but conditions were so poor the offenses were horrible and had a tough night because of the weather.

One of Immokalee's stars in junior receiver J.C. Jackson. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound wide receiver did his best to bring Immokalee back late in the game with a series of catches and was close to breaking a kickoff return for a touchdown. The Florida State commit has legit speed and a strong body that could project on either side of the ball.

Bobby Leath (Lake Wales) played on both sides of the ball (OT, DE) and is a tough, old school football player. Very physical, he fights to the whistle and is a very good athlete at 6-foot-2 and 275-pounds. He is getting interest at offensive guard, defensive end ad defensive tackle. It is easy to see why he is regarded as one of the best prospects in Polk County. Linebacker/safety Mackenro Alexande (Immokalee) is the less heralded of the Alexander twins. He settled in at middle linebacker in this game and was active from start to finish. He is a bit of a tweener at 6-foot-1 and 190-pounds, but he played a tough game against a vaunted rushing attack. Alexander likely will end up at weakside or safety in college.

Amy Campbell, Florida Field Reporter
Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake vs. Ocala (Fla.) Trinity Catholic

Trinity Catholic was no match for East Lake as they took a 31-7 pounding in the rain Friday night. Trinity junior quarterback Reid Carlton struggled to gain momentum and threw three interceptions on the night. East Lake junior wide receiver Artavis Scott was back for the first time since injuring his ankle a few weeks ago. Scott had four receptions for 65-yards and didn't play in the fourth quarter. He said his ankle felt great but was a little tired at the end of the game. The 6-foot-0 and 175-pound athlete has double-digit offers including Florida State, Florida, and Ohio State, but says none stand out right now.

His fellow 2014 teammate, offensive lineman Mason Cole, looked solid in the trenches for East Lake. Cole also has a number of big-time offers and says USC is recruiting him the hardest right now. Cole's combination of power and aggressiveness make it easy to see why so many schools want him.

Making big plays on both sides of the ball was 2015 athlete George Campbell. Campbell has offers from Vanderbilt, South Florida, and UCF, but that list will grow tremendously. The 6-foot-5, 180-pound athlete made big plays as a wide receiver, safety, linebacker, and on special teams.

A name to remember from Trinity is 2016 defensive end Jordan Woods. Woods made several nice plays on defense. At 6-foot-3 and 230-pounds this freshman already has the size to turn heads.

John Garcia Jr., Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Atlanta (Ga.) Lovett vs Atlanta (Ga.) St. Pius X

This 24-0 game was won by the St. Pius defense. The unit held Lovett on their own side of the 50-yard line for most of the game. On the one true scoring chance the visiting team had, it was 2014 Georgia commit Nick Glass that made the play of the game with a pass break-up in the end zone. Glass, who stands 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, lined up all over the field for the Golden Lions on the way to making solid tackles and big hits in addition to his good range while roaming free at the back-end. The project safety prospect also nearly sealed the game with an apparent interception return for a touchdown that ended up being ruled an incompletion.

2014 athlete Grant Haley was solid for Lovett in defeat. He lined up as a running back, wide receiver, kick returner and cornerback. Just 5-foot-10, 175 pounds – he plays bigger than his listed size. Haley has speed and elusiveness with the ball in his hands, but his physical nature and good athleticism make him an intriguing cornerback prospect to keep an eye on. The junior currently reports a Florida offer, but other SEC schools are hot on his trail as well.

Yancy Porter, Mississippi Recruiting Anlyst
North Carrollton (Miss.) J.Z. George vs Water Valley (Miss.)

E.J. Bounds (Water Valley) sustained a high ankle sprain week four and missed the game against J.Z George Friday. The 5-foot-11 and 200-pound quarterback/safety suffered the injury in their first loss of the season last Friday against Charleston. He is expected to return next week in division play against Mooreville next week. Through four games of action E.J. has collected seven touchdowns and passed for over 400 yards and rushed for over 400 yards.

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