South: Scout on the Town, National Recap

We were at a handful of games around the Southeast this past weekend, including games in Florida and South Carolina.


Chad Simmons, National Recruiting Analyst
Sumter (S.C.) Dutch Fork vs Aiken (S.C.) South Aiken

Dutch Fork was favored in this game, they were at home, and they got back on the winning track with a 59-28 victory. This game was never really close and the final score is a reflection of this contest.

It was a team effort for Dutch Fork and they may not have a top prospect in the next couple of classes, but they do have one in sophomore Stephen Davis, Jr. He has offers from over a dozen schools and he lined up at safety and linebacker Friday night. He plays off the line of scrimmage a lot, so he was not involved in too many plays, but you can see the size, athleticism, and why schools are looking hard at him early in the process. His father, Stephen Davis played running back at Auburn, then in the NFL, so he has great bloodlines.

On the South Aiken sideline, there are two prospects currently being recruited. Tennessee recently offered Rasool Clemons, a 6-foot-6, 195 pound junior rush end. He stood up some, he played with his hand down, and he was active in this contest. He really chased the ball well, he contained well on the edge, and he is an intriguing long athlete with upside. Senior quarterback Bo Baldwin looks like a college senior physically (6-5, 230 pounds) and he has a big arm. He scored on a 57 yard quarterback draw, so his mobility is not a liability either. His best option at this time is likely a greyshirt opportunity at South Carolina. He could draw offers as we inch closer to signing day as well.

Jamie Newberg, National Recruiting Analyst
Ocala (Fla.) Trinity Catholic vs Tampa Jesuit

Jesuit held on for a hard fought 36-34 victory over Trinity Catholic. Jesuit star, senior Vincent Jackson, played sparingly. He missed last week's game with a bruised sternum and ribs and played less than 20 snaps against Trinity Catholic. When Jackson did play he lined up at defensive end and had a few pressures on the quarterback. He has good size and looks best suited to be a future defensive end or outside linebacker. To be honest, for someone with that kind of injury, Jackson played hard and showed a good motor on the snaps he did take. Jackson could be close to setting up a visit to Alabama and also likes teams such as USF, Notre Dame, USC and Miami.

Trinity Catholic has one of the best recruits in the class of 2016 in defensive end Jordan Woods. He's already close to 6-foot-4, 230-pounds. Woods has a chance to be something special. Right now, he's a raw, big athlete that plays hard. He gets off the ball well and can't get up field and around the edge in a hurry. Woods also showed on Friday night that he's tough to move and can hold his ground. He even made some plays down the line. Woods already holds verbal scholarship offers from teams like Florida, FSU, Miami, Duke, UCF, North Carolina and South Carolina.

One of the big surprises of the game was Trinity Catholic running back/cornerback Dominique Brown. During one two play stretch he scored two times, one on a short run and the other on a scoop and score off a fumble. He's not the biggest height wise (5-9/180) but he's thick, compact and has very good speed and quickness. Brown looks talented enough to play on either side of the ball but more suited as a defensive player. Brown has scholarship offers from Arkron, Florida International and Middle Tennessee State.

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John Garcia Jr., Alabama Recruiting Analyst
Blythewood (S.C.) High vs. Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley

Spring Valley controlled the game from start to finish, and it was all about the Millers doing what they do. Four-star Christian Miller and the Viking defense lived behind the line of scrimmage all night long, and the Alabama commitment put on a pass-rushing clinic with a trio of sacks and about a dozen quarterback hurries. He has a lightning-quick first step, uses his hands well and is a punisher upon contact. Offensively, John Miller (no relation) put up 150 yards and three touchdowns on the ground despite limited action because of a shoulder injury. The senior ran patiently in Spring Valley's option scheme and hit the hole with conviction when things opened up before making defenders miss with ease in the open field.

Blythewood made several plays on defense, but it wasn't enough to slow an undefeated Viking program. Clemson-bound linebacker Jalen Williams made plays on the edge in a similar role to Miller's with Spring Valley, but he didn't have the sacks the elite prospect did. Perhaps the top performer for the Bengals was senior defensive back Aaron Peak, who was the only player that could corral Miller in the open field. On top of flashing the physicality against the run, he wowed with a 90-plus-yard kickoff return for six in the second half to create the last bit of momentum the road team had in the loss.

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Pat Burnham, Florida Recruiting Analyst
Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian vs Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby

Tallahassee Godby cruised past Jacksonville Trinity Christian 42-6 on Friday night in Tallahassee in a game the featured close to two dozen college prospects. Senior outside linebacker Jacob Pugh, an FSU commit, and senior cornerback De'Eric Culver, a Louisville commit, led a suffocating Godby defense that allowed Trinity very little offensive success. Pugh made tackles all over the field and returned a fumble 23 yards for a score in the first half. Culver had two interceptions and made several tackles both defensively and on special teams.

Trinity junior quarterback/wide receiver Kevin Toliver was held in check most of the night totaling just 34 rushing yards on eight carries. Toliver is committed to LSU as a cornerback. Senior wide receiver Isaiah Ford was the lone bright spot on offense for Trinity. Ford, who is committed to Louisville, had two catches for 76 yards including a 27-yard touchdown.

Offensively Godby was led by senior quarterback J.T. Bradwell who completed 8 of 14 passes on the night for 214 yards and two scores. Bradwell who a half dozen offers also had a touchdown reception. Senior running back Kenny Young led the way for the Godby rushing attack. Young, who has several offers, ran the ball 12 times for 88 yards including a 60-yard score.

Defensively for Trinity Christian was led by junior outside linebacker Jeff Holland who was a constant presence in the Godby backfield throughout the game especially in the second half. Holland who has over two dozen BCS offers had several tackles-for-a-loss in the game and also lined up at running back for Trinity.

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Jamie has been covering college football recruiting since 1992 and is entering his ninth year with and FOXSportsNext. He's currently a National Recruiting Analyst and Manager for the state of Florida. Jamie is also covering the NFL Draft for the network.
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