Two of the area's top teams squared off last Friday evening when Wake Forest made the short trip over to Millbrook. With coaches on hand from NC State, UNC and Virginia Tech, the contest had no fewer than seven FBS prospects. Wake Forest ultimately came out on top with a dominating 35-10 victory and Pack Pride was there to take in all the action and evaluate the college prospects that were on hand.
QB Reid Herring has reportedly earned offers from East Carolina and
Miami and he had a decent outing. Herring completed 21 of 31 passes
for 155 yards including a 10-yard touchdown toss. He has decent size
and his mechanics are compact and efficient. Herring doesn't have a
cannon but he has adequate arm strength. Personally I see him as
being a system guy. In other words, he would likely be most
effective in an ECU-style offense that emphasizes quick, short
It was a difficult night to really evaluate RB Marcus Marshall. Wake
Forest boasts a college-like defensive front and they completely
dominated the line of scrimmage all night. This prevented Marshall
from ever having a chance to get it going. On one play he got enough
room to show his acceleration and it was impressive. Marshall is
thicker than Bryce Love or Nyheim Hines but nowhere near as shifty.
He is a solid college running back but a notch or two below the
other top backs in the state.
Physically, DE Kengera Daniel looks the part. However, his
production on the field- at least at this point in his career-
doesn't match up with his physical measurables. You expect Daniel to
produce more and that just hasn't happened on either occasion that
we've evaluated him. As it stands now, Daniel looks like a good
college prospect but is more of a project currently. If the light
finally come on he certainly has the ability to be a
James Smith-Williams is another player that was difficult to
evaluate based on where he lines up and the type of offense he faced
Friday night. Lining up at defensive end tends to neutralize some of
Smith-Williams attributes is he can't take ability of his running
ability or athleticism. He also tends to be more effective against
traditional style offenses where he can pin his ears back and rush
up field. Size-wise Smith-Williams has what you're looking for but
he'll definitely need at least a year to grow into his body.
Wake Forest seems to churn out defensive linemen year after year
and one of their youngest standouts is DE Xach Gill. Listed at 6-5,
270 pounds Gill can be dominant at times despite the fact he is just
a sophomore. He generates good leverage but is more of a plodder
right now. He likely projects inside and definitely has the frame
and size to eat up space an and blocks. Gill isn't on the same level
right now as teammate Dexter Lawrence but he's a very good college
prospect still in the early stages of his football career.
DT Dexter Lawrence completely stoned and disrupted the Millbrook
offensive line all night and that made for a long game for QB Reid
Herring and RB Marcus Marshall. At 6-5, 290 pounds Lawrence reminds
me of DeMario Pressley from a physical standpoint. He's also likely
to be just as highly recruited. We suspect Lawrence will definitely
be a candidate for top player in the state honors next year. He is
cat quick off the ball and runs extremely well. It's still difficult
to fathom that this player is still just a junior.
RB Bryce Love stole the show and he showed that he's improved from
2013. While the speed has always been there, Love is beginning to
play more physical and he showed the desire to cut it up inside and
take on defenders. His vision has drastically improved and Love has
now developed a cut back that is deadly against defenses that over
pursue. He will be best suited in a spread offense that will get him
the ball out in space to take full advantage of his explosion and
shiftiness. Love also has the skills that could make him a Ryan
Switzer-like threat on special teams.
Scouting Report: Millbrook versus Wake Forest
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