Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons spent time on the road late last week and you can find out how top prospects performed on the field and get the latest in recruiting here...
I watched a couple of scrimmage games Thursday and Friday, spent time at a couple of schools on Friday, and here are some notes from the road.
Scout 300 defensive end Dante Sawyer is likely close to committing to South Carolina. He has the Gamecocks as his leader over Auburn and he is closing in on a decision. "I think I will commit in the next two to three weeks," Sawyer told Scout. Deke Adams is Sawyer's leading recruiter at South Carolina.
Tennessee offered 2015 defensive end Anree Saint-Amour over the weekend. The Vols are the second school to offer the 6-foot-2, 220 pound junior out of Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett. Missouri has offered offered.
On Friday, at Woodward Academy, teammates Terry Googer and Arrington Farrar announced their decisions. Terry, a senior committed to South Carolina and Farrar, a junior committed to Stanford. Googer is a big wide receiver who could play some tight end and Farrar is a big safety who could grow into a linebacker.
Marshall commitment Cole Garvin was sharp in the Sandy Creek-Starr's Mill scrimmage Thursday. He is a very smart quarterback who delivers the ball on time and he was very accurate as usual.
Sandy Creek has a number of prospects to keep an eye on that are not seniors. Running back Eric Swinney has over a dozen scholarship offers and he ran for 89 yards on three carries Thursday night. He added a touchdown. He may be their top junior, but wide receiver Jeremiah Relaford and rush end/outside linebacker Javonte Lain are two that could emerge this fall as high level prospects. Lain looked good off the edge and he is very athletic. Relaford should have many opportunities this fall playing across from Clemson commit Demarre Kitt. 2016 offensive tackle Chandler Tuitt is a 6-foot-4, 266 pound offensive lineman to watch. He is raw, but he moves well, and showed good feet. Ronnie Blackmon is a corner in that 2016 class as well and he has already been offered a scholarship by Georgia Tech.
2015 five-star offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt of North Gwinnett and four-star defensive end Chauncey Rivers of Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson had some good battles Friday night in their scrimmage. Rivers got around Hyatt a few times early in the contest with his speed, but as the game went on, Hyatt took over. Rivers has a thick lower-body and he is quick off the ball. Hyatt is so athletic for a tackle and as the game progressed, he showed why he is the top junior in Georgia. He slides well, he mirrors the quick ends, and he has great flexibility. Rivers is a South Carolina commitment and most feel Clemson (family connection) is the school to beat for Hyatt.
Natrez Patrick is a 2015 Scout 100 prospect and he has no favorites at this time. He visited Alabama, Auburn, Florida, and Georgia over the summer. He enjoyed each trip and could be back on each campus for a game this fall. The four-star defensive end out of Atlanta (Ga.) Mays is not ruling out a decision before the end of 2013.
One of the most impressive prospects to the eye that I saw over the weekend was 2014 tight end Montez Sweat of Stephenson. He is a solid 6-foot-5, 210 pounds and he is athletic. He played some at tight end and defensive end, but his biggest play came on special teams with a huge block on the opening kick-off against North Gwinnett. He is being recruited as a tight end and he was once committed to Vanderbilt. He is open right now. As a prospect, he is very raw, but he has real potential.
Hyatt is the top junior prospect in the southeast.
The next prospect at Woodward Academy is likely Elijah Holyfield. He is a 2016 running back at 5-foot-11, 189 pounds, and he has been timed in the 40 yard dash at 4.65 seconds. He could play safety or outside linebacker this year too. He is one to keep an eye on. He transferred over to Woodward Academy from Sandy Creek.
North Gwinnett has a very good receiving core this year. Seniors Nate Brown and Caleb Scott lead the way, then you have juniors Almonzo Brown and Daniel Imatorbhebhe, and sophomore Daniel Imatorbhebhe is another talented prospect. All are Division 1 prospects. Brown and Scott have offered and the other three Will Down the road. Senior quarterback Hayden Sphire is a very accurate passer who will deliver the ball to them. He will sign with someone in February as well.
2014 defensive linemen did not disappoint out of the gates. Sandy Creek's Chris Williams pressured the quarterback numerous times Thursday night and North Gwinnett's Dante Sawyer crashed down the line and pursued the ball well Friday. Williams is a strong commitment to Ole Miss and he may be a little on the short (Between 6-0/6-1) side, but he is disruptive. Sawyer is not your prototypical end either at 6-2 and some change, but he plays hard, he has high energy, he is athletic, and he can be moved around the defensive front.
Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.