Blue Ridge-Wade Hampton Notebook

2012 quarterback Caleb Rowe (pictured) and Blue Ridge High traveled down the road to take on Wade Hampton and it didn't match last year's shootout but it provided a chance to see plenty of promising prospects. Guys like DT Nikeem Ladson, LB Caleb Bennett, RB Tyshawn Richardson, WR Bryton Griffin, RB Mikal Robinson, and LB MacKenzie Battle all had solid showings. Come inside for more.

The Wade Hampton Generals hosted the Blue Ridge Tigers on Friday night and we were expecting a shootout after last year's 56-55 offensive explosion. The Generals got some horrible news earlier this week learning that 2012 running back Blake Hayes tore his ACL and will miss his senior season. The game however after some early season miscues was quite competitive and entertaining with the Tigers emerging with a 15-13 victory on the road.

Blue Ridge Players of Note
QB Caleb Rowe- The Maryland commit had quite a few high snaps go over his head from the center and it didn't help the Tigers' cause. When given time he was pretty effective and also showed good mobility moving around in the pocket. He also took some chances trying to recover those bad snaps and running with the ball and caught a vicious chest shot from a defender that we caught in a photo. Looked a little rusty at times but he's got weapons all around him and he'll get in the groove soon we're sure. On the night we had him 5-13 for about 110 yards and a touchdown.

WR Bryton Griffin- We finally got a chance to see Griffin in person and he didn't disappoint. Early on he took a pass across the middle the distance dancing through a crowd of defenders for the Tigers' lone offensive score. He and Rowe didn't seem in sync but their timing should improve as the days go by, we'll be anxious to see him again this season and check in with him concerning his recruitment.

LB Caleb Bennett- His name was called often throughout the game as he made plenty of plays for his team. Good size and instincts in the middle. Wasn't the fastest player you'll see but he always seemed to be in on crucial plays. A player we'll keep a close eye on this season with good solid potential to play on the next level.

RB Tyshawn Richardson- This youngster did some damage early on and showed good pad level and vision finding the hole. Richardson was efficient but suffered an injury which took him out of action. We'll keep tabs on Richardson moving forward as well.

Blue Ridge's Defensive Line-The entire line was very disciplined dealing with the Generals' wing-T attack but their nose guard spear headed the attack and was another player who impressed us. Didn't catch his name but we'll check in on them again later this season to get more intel about him.

RB Mikal Robinson- He spelled Richardson and had a nice showing. Made some nice moves and displayed good lateral quickness and vision. Looks like he'll be the heir apparent for the Tigers next season in the backfield.

Wade Hampton Players Of Note
DT/DE Nikeem Ladson- Ladson was the most impressive prospect on the field on Friday night. He looked to be in midseason form while everyone else was still trying to get things together. He lost some weight this offseason and the improved conditioning showed as he continued to make plays all night for the Generals. He had multiple tackles for loss, a sack, and got plenty of pressure on Rowe at times during the night. Still needs to work on disengaging from blocks but he has improved a great deal since last season. Already has an offer and should land some more in the coming weeks when coaches come to see him play.

RB Sha'heem Stupart- Stupart spent time in the backfield but also played well on defense for the Generals. Had his moments at times sharing duties with a trio of backs. Really liked what we saw of him on defense as he was active and physical. We found out that he's just a sophomore and he's got a bright future ahead of him.

RB Trent Scott- With Hayes out the Generals turned to Scott a great deal of the night. Scott weaved his way in and out of traffic with the Generals wing-T for 61 yards and a touchdown on the night.

LB MacKenzie Battle- Battle is undersized at linebacker for most schools on the next level but we love his heart and fire when he's on the field. He'll stick his nose in there with anybody and is a definite playmaker for the Generals. He made a number of stops and had an interception on the night. Regional schools would be wise to take a look at him as an outside linebacker or safety on the next level.

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