Prospect Report: Madison Co. vs. Lake Gibson

In the ongoing debate on whether a 2A school can possibly compete with the larger division schools, there was another victory for the little guy. Madison County made the trip to Lake Gibson and showed the Braves that 2A football is just as good, beating Lake Gibson 26-7. Youth, penalties, and turnovers were the end of Lake Gibson.

Madison County

2011 RB Mike Jones

Jones provided many of the big plays on offense for the Cowboys. He is a quick, shifty, super fast running back. Although he is not very big weight wise, he was able to show a little bit of power to go with his speed by running through some tackles. The most impressive part is his vision and patience to find the hole or let the stretch play develop, and then attack the hole, getting up field for big gains. Jones finished the night with 144 yards and a touchdown.

2011 QB Kelvin Singletary

Singletary did a fine job on the night leading a team that is not known for passing the ball. The 6'2" 185-190lb senior showed he has a strong arm to go with his athletic ability running the football. His decision making was good, but his night would have been bigger if he put a little touch on passes and did not attempt to throw everything on a rope.

2011 LB Lepadre Stevenson

One of the most impressive and exciting players to watch on the night, Stevenson was all over the field. At 6'0" and probably 180lbs, Stevenson could play outside linebacker at the next level where he can use his speed and instincts well. He really excels at covering the field as a result of speed, and is a smart player too. He had several pass break ups on the night to go along with an interception returned for a touchdown in the second quarter and a fumble recovery in the third quarter.

2011 DB Jermaine Hart

Hart did a very good job making this difficult for Lake Gibson's freshman quarterback. He had a pick in the second quarter that ended an important drive for Lake Gibson which could have evened the score at half time. Hart is 5'10" 190lbs, has great speed, and has good cover skills. Like many of Madison County's players, he is not high on the recruiting radar but is a quality player.

2012 RB Deonshay Wells

Wells was the other contributor in the running game and will be the go to guy next year along with Tommie Young who was injured and did not play. He is another quick back, but he is smaller than Jones and really relies on speed to beat defenders around the end. Wells was responsible for the first points of the night for Madison County taking a handoff 14 yards to pay dirt and then he added on a two point conversion run.

Lake Gibson

2011 RB Remi Watson

Watson turned in another big night despite the outcome. When Lake Gibson was down and seemingly backed into a corner, you could see something click in Watson as he began to run with more purpose and aggression. It hurts Watson to have lost Artis, who has done a lot to keep Watson fresh all season, and was the other back in the Wildcat offense. Watson finished the night with 138 yards on 18 carries, but never found the end zone. He continues to show his speed and explosion in every game, and will make an excellent running back for a good D1A program.

2011 OT Errin Joe

There is no doubt that Joe is a big, physical specimen at 6'4" 296lbs that excites you when you look at him. In the running game, he is a dominant run blocker, which explains why Watson runs off the left side so often. The issue is that Joe continues to struggle in pass protection. He is big and strong, but needs to be quicker both off the snap and at getting his hands up to defend. He holds some good offers from schools and has a lot of potential to be very good if he develops in pass protection.

2012 DT Devante Terrell

Terrell impressed me for the second time this season. At 6'0.5" 275lbs, he is right on the cusp of being a defensive tackle. It would be great if he was 6'2" or taller, but from watching him play, I think he can play for a D1A team at the next level as he is a big run stuffing type. While he does occasionally play too high, he is improving when it comes to getting leverage on opposing linemen, getting up underneath them, and penetrating into the backfield. In addition, he has good quickness for a player his size and very good lower body strength. He had a couple of big stops on third and fourth downs.

2012 DE Trent Taylor

As the year has progressed, the 6'3" 250lb defensive end for the Braves has received some offers from very good schools. He continues to show off as a big, strong player who is pretty quick off the end. In some cases he plays better as a run stopper than a pass rusher, so the chance of moving inside is there too if he adds weight. What is most impressive about the junior, is his motor. He does not give up on any play. He will turn and chase down a running back or do his best to chase down a receiver. That is not always a common thing to see in defensive linemen.

2012 OT/OG Glenn Nichols

Nichols gets better every time I see him. Against Lake Wales I was impressed with his abilities in the run game and his size at 6'3.5" 290lbs. Watching him against Madison County, I can see that his kick slide has improved a lot and his feet are much quicker in pass protection. He is still a tremendous run blocker, but as he continues to improve his balance and footwork, he will gain more and more interest. He is a player to watch next year as possibly one of the top two OL in Polk County and a good one across the state.

2013 DE/DT Kennard Swanson

Swanson is going to be a special player by the time he reaches his senior year. He is short at about 6'0" to 6'1" and 255lbs, but he has time to grow as he is only a sophomore. He is the fastest of the Lake Gibson defensive line trio and plays beyond his years. He combines a quick first step with very good use of his hands and moves to get past opposing linemen and get after the ball carrier. Even when he gets blocked well, he does a good job of fighting through and not getting sealed out of the play.

2014 QB Trey Congdon

The 6'3" 190lb Congdon recently took over the reigns of the Lake Gibson offense as their quarterback. He has good height and a strong arm. Congdon can make most of the throws, but he makes a lot of young, inexperienced mistakes. He will develop as he plays more and learn that sometimes you need to use some touch and not throw everything on a rope. It will be exciting to watch his development as he certainly looks like a promising player.

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