Tim Glanton's <a href="http://gavsv.com/fbsch/dispteam.php?team=eastpa"> East Paulding Raiders</a> are a team that went 1-9 in his first
year of rebuilding the program, but they are poised for a good turn around this
year. One of my road trips last week took me to Dallas, Ga., and I put a clock
on the East Paulding boys. I already knew they had one of the best big men in
the south, but they have some good speed to boot.
is as good an offensive line prospect as there is in the south. In
the time I spent at East Paulding last week, coaches from Alabama
, UCF, and more came by. Three of them dropped off scholarship offers
for the big man. At 6-6 and 288 pounds, Duncan wears an 19 shoe. He timed a 5.38
forty yard dash for me. The 40 is fairly meaningless for an offensive lineman,
but still the 5.38 for a player of his size is extremely good. Forget all of the
4.9's that are said by prospects, maybe one in 1,000 will run a 4.9 on a neutral
Duncan is the blue chipper on the team, but he isn't going to be able to win
games by himself. He won't have to. The Raiders have some good looking skill
players returning that will help the Raiders improve on their record of last
Alex Garrido is an athlete that plays on both sides of the ball. He makes
plays for the Raiders, and with his quickness, it's no surprise that he does. I
had him at 4.57 running by himself in his first attempt at the 40. In his third
attempt, he was allowed to race with someone to push himself that much harder.
Two of the coaches that were timing with me had him at 4.39 on their watches.
Patrick Moore is a senior running back that has good size, strength, and speed.
He turned in a 4.69 for me last week, which was a very good time for his frame.
He will be able to out run a lot of his competition as well as run over them.
Moore is going to be pushed hard by a sophomore running back that is one of the
best looking prospects I've seen on the road thus far. I was shocked to find out
that he is only a freshman right now. John Watson
turned in a 4.73 forty,
and his best days are clearly ahead of him. He gives the Raiders several options in
Jerry Hightower helped push Garrido for the fastest time on the day. He was
extremely consistent with his speed. After getting loosened up, Hightower turned
in a 4.55, 4.55, and a 4.52 on his last three attempts.
Corey Lee will be playing defensive back for East Paulding as well as Garrido
and Hightower, and he gives the Raiders even more speed in the backfield. He
turned in a 4.59 forty on his final attempt.
Paul Duncan is getting a lot of attention this spring, but teams lining up
across East Paulding this fall are going to have a lot more to worry about than
just the big man. The Raiders have some size and some speed this year, and they
are not going to finish 1-9.