Maceo Smith is Full of Underclass Prospects

The A. Maceo Smith Falcons finished their season at 6-4 and 4-3 in district play, but out of the playoffs. The Falcons were a very young team this year with four freshmen who played substantial minutes for the varsity squad. Head Coach Elzie Barnett talks about all of his underclassmen.

Coach Barnett has a jack of all trades junior that has many people asking, "What exactly is this guy?"

Jatashun Beachum plays defensive end, defensive tackle, and quarterback. The Falcons list Beachum at 6-1, 250, but Coach Barnett says he is closer to 6-3, 285, but "he can fly. Not only that, he is the best passer in the district. He has a cannon for an arm."

Beachum is getting mail from Iowa, Houston, and Baylor, but has not taken his test yet which explains why he holds no offers yet. Beachum broke his ankle during the year so he missed his team's last three games.

When asked what position he thought Beachum would play in college, Coach Barnett offered yet another potential position saying, "Beachum could be the next Javorskie Lane."

Coach Barnett also has two sensational sophomore prospects in offensive tackle and nose guard Keithon English (6-3, 270) and tight end/defensive end Chris Barnett.

"Keithon is a big boy, a monster. He is a tough kid. He is into cow roping, so you know he is tough. He plays with a nasty attitude," said Coach Barnett.

Keithon's coach thinks he will be an offensive player on the next level, but English posted some impressive statistics on the defensive side of the ball for a guy who only played defense in certain packages. For his sophomore campaign, English posted 7 sacks, 12 assisted and 14 unassisted tackles, and two tackles for loss.

Coach Barnett then talked about his sophomore tight end and defensive end Chris Barnett. Chris plays for his dad at Maceo Smith after transferring from Garland after his freshman year.

"Chris had a decent year, but not a great year. He had to make a transition over to our team," said Coach Barnett, "Chris is 6-5, 230, and runs a 4.7."

For those recruiting fans already assembling a 2012 cheat sheet, Maceo Smith has four freshmen to add to your list. They are safety LaDarrell McNeil (6-2, 190), defensive end Jamal Palmer (6-3, 215), wide receiver/quarterback Damion Lawry (6-1, 175), and defensive tackle Deonte Wortham (6-1, 225).

McNeil started eight of ten games as a freshman and the only reason he didn't start all ten was the team was waiting on a waiver before they put him on the field. In those eight games, he had 31 assisted tackles, 33 solo tackles, 5 pass break-ups, seven tackles for loss, and five forced fumbles.

Palmer had two blocked punts, 32 solo tackles, 24 assisted tackles, seven sacks, twelve tackles for loss, and two forced fumbles for his freshman year.

Barnett said that Lawry will be his #1 all around athlete in the future as he logged minutes at quarterback, wide receiver, and cornerback during his freshman campaign.

Wortham played defensive tackle at 225 pounds, but got rave reviews his coach. "Deonte is special. He played running back in middle school and is all muscle. He would lift three times a day if we let him."

Expect the Falcons to return to the playoffs in short order.

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