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By Barry Every
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A trio of GISA heavyweights were on display this past Friday night, each looking to hone their football acumen in a controlled scrimmage setting.

Lyons, Georgia – A trio of GISA heavyweights were on display this past Friday night, each looking to hone their football acumen in a controlled scrimmage setting. Both Lyons (Ga.) Robert Toombs Christian Academy and Savannah (Ga.) Memorial Day met twice last season, with the conclusion in the GISA-AA State Championship Game. Also on hand was last year’s GISA-AAA Runner-up St. Simons Island (Ga.) Frederica Academy. Below are some of the top football prospects from Friday’s tune-up scrimmage as seen by Southern Pigskin Recruiting Analyst Barry Every.

Sensier Carnes, RB/LB, 5-11/215, Robert Toombs Christian Academy (2019)

Comments: Carnes is a bit of an unknown on the recruiting front despite putting up huge numbers from the running back position last season. Based strictly on the hoof, he was easily the most impressive looking prospect at this event. On the night Carnes got reps at both outside linebacker and running back. Based on his skillset he may project best as an athletic fullback or inside backer. He is a hard runner that is difficult to bring down one-on-one. He is someone that would be a major asset in short yardage and goal-line situations.

Delvecchio Powell, RB, 5-8.5/190, Memorial Day (2019)

Offers: Wofford

Comments: This young man did not disappoint hitting pay dirt three times, twice from 15 yards or more. Powell is a powerfully built all-purpose back with quick feet and very good balance. This is allows him to pinball off defenders while gaining crucial yards after contact. He also possesses the strength to pull out of ankle tackles. Powell showed a good burst of speed as he bounced it outside twice for scores on the host Robert Toombs Christian Academy. At this time his lone offer is Wofford, but he is receiving strong interest from The Citadel and Furman.

Tyshawn Powell, FB/LB, 5-10/230, Robert Toombs Christian Academy (2019)

Comments: Last season Powell was a standout at defensive tackle and fullback for Vidalia (Ga.). He has since transferred schools while also transitioning to the inside linebacker position. Pound-for-pound, Powell and Carnes were possibly the two strongest competitors on the field Friday night. He proved to be a straight up battering ram as a ball carrier, striking his opponents with reckless abandon. Defensively he has no problems running through ball carriers. He may best project as an old-fashioned slobberknocker fullback at the next level.

Julian Roberts, OLB/WR, 6-2/190, Memorial Day (2019)

Offers: Georgia Southern

Comments: Like most players at this level he saw action on both sides of the ball. Roberts played defensive end and receiver but most likely projects at neither. He has excellent length and demonstrated very good lateral movement. He was able to turn plays inside while also wreaking havoc in the backfield, recording two TFL’s and one sack. Offensively he added a late touchdown grab. Though fairly lean at this time he does have the frame to add more muscle mass. I felt the potential outside linebacker was one of the more active and productive defenders on the evening.

Jashawn Sheffield, ATH, 6-2/180, Frederica Academy (2019)

Offers: Auburn Commit

Comments: Sheffield was the one skilled position player that possessed excellent overall length and a frame that could allow him to project as several positions at the next level. During this scrimmage he worked out at safety and receiver, shining on both sides of the ball. There was no questioning his quickness and top end speed as he got vertical in a hurry on a pair of short passes. Sheffield will also come up in run support and lay the wood. Whatever position he plays at the next level, Auburn is surely looking to take advantage of his elite speed.

Jaylin Simpson, ATH, 5-11/170, Frederica Academy (2019)

Offers: Auburn Commit

Comments: Simpson is the other high-profiled Frederica Academy skilled position athlete. Unlike his teammate Simpson is currently playing two positions he will not play at the next level, quarterback and defensive end. Sometimes at this level you have to put your best athletes where they can help you the most and that is the case with Simpson. One thing was evident about his play and that was his ultra-quick feet. On more than one occasion he was able to make defenders miss in tight spots, like his 10-yard quarterback draw for score. He most likely projects as a cornerback or slot receiver in college.

Winston Wright, WR/ATH, 5-10/165, Memorial Day (2019)

Offers: West Virginia Commit

Comments: The third prominent skilled position player taking part in the scrimmage was Wright. There is no questioning his top end speed and ability to make defenders look silly in space. Wright worked out at receiver and cornerback, but projects as a shifty vertical threat from the slot at the collegiate level. On the first drive he was able to get the edge and make serious yardage on a sweep. Towards the end of the scrimmage he caught a 20-yard touchdown pass while going full stroke. His skillset may also lend itself as a potential return man in the Big 12. He like Sheffield if given a sliver of space are gone.