The Scouting Report – The Georgia 4
I caught up with Rober Freeman, head coach of the M.L. King Lions in Lithonia, GA, and got a quick thumbnail scouting report on the group teammates that will visit Texas Tech this weekend. Coach Freeman said when the coaching change occurred, that's when he and his players took notice of Texas Tech. Smith has spent some time in Texas, himself, playing with the Houston Texans in 2003 with former Tech All-American Marcus Coleman. Freeman concluded his playing career in the Arena Football League and played twice against current Texas Tech receivers' coach Sonny Cumbie.
"The new coaches at Texas Tech want kids who can come in and play right away," said Freeman. "That's one of the main factors."
As for his prospects, here is what he had to say about each individual player.
Jeremy Tyler S – "He came in as a QB, but really broke out as a defensive back last year. He's a ball hawk. 5 INTs as a junior, 3 this past season. This year, he added the hitting element to his game and became a good open field tackler. Jeremy's got long arms, and big hands, which help him defend passes well. He's a real high character kid."
Jacarthy Mack OLB/DE – "Jacarthy is long and lean. He has the frame where he can add 20-30 pounds of muscle and still run well. He plays linebacker, but runs like a safety. He can also play anywhere. We used him with his hand on the ground or standing up on the outside. We also had to play him at middle linebacker some. He also covered the slot t times. Jacarthy is another high character kid who loves football."
Joshua Outlaw OL – "Joshua is big, athletic, and can run. He has offers from all over SEC country and schools from as far away as Oregon and Utah have come to look at him. He plays with a nasty streak and loves to finish blocks. He knows football and can play any guard or tackle position on the line. A little too tall to play center. Outlaw committed to Florida before the season, but wanted to explore his options."
DeMarquis Polite-Bray (pronounced poll-light) WR – "DeMarquis is a kid who waited his turn behind some really good Division 1 receivers and when his number was called, he stepped up. He is good in space. He can take a 5 yard hitch route 80 yards to the house. He adjusts well to the ball. He goes and gets the ball out of the air. He's also versatile enough to play corner and could play very well there also."
The other telling thing I took from my conversation with Coach Freeman is that this is not a "package deal" situation. Freeman told me that while they would all like to beat the same school together, each player will make the best decision for himself. If everything goes well he could see at least two of these players commit to Texas Tech this weekend.