Back Prospect Review: August 25-26

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Prospect Review: August 25-26

By Barry Every
SouthernPigskin.com
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A look at the top recruits from this past weekend.

Friday

McIntosh County Academy

Michael Campbell, Jr., 5-11/170, CB (2018) – Campbell has been dealing with a wrist injury that kept him out of the fall scrimmages. He drew the assignment of locking horns with 6-foot-7, 200-pound wide receiver Jeremiah Johnson. Campbell displayed smooth hips and the ability to transition from his backpedal to racing vertically down field on long pass attempts. On the night he had one tackle, one PBU and caught a 10-yard pass for a first down. The stellar student-athlete currently has offers from Army and Mercer.

Sleeper: JP Palmer, 5-9/165, ATH (2018) – Palmer is not really a sleeper for fans from the ESPN Coastal coverage area, but somehow he seems ignored by college recruiters. Don’t let his size fool you; this whirling dervish excels on both sides of the ball for the Buccaneers. Versus Clinch County, possibly the top GHSA-A Public School in Georgia, he accounted for 120 yards on 10 touches and the lone Buc score.  Defensively he recorded four tackles, one PBU and an INT. Taking size and skillset into consideration, Palmer probably projects as a slot receiver and return man in college. At the very least he is a space guy at the FCS level.

Clinch County

Charles McClelland, 5-11/185, ATH (2018) – McClelland plays quarterback in a single-wing offense which equates to him being a running back that sometimes throws the ball. On the evening he carried the ball 24 times for 100 yards and two scores while passing for 81 yards with a couple touchdown tosses. McClelland has good size and when he breaks into the open field he can run away from tacklers. He is also has excellent balance and the ability to make defenders whiff. The Cincinnati Bearcat commit could play either safety, all-purpose back or slot at the next level.

John Mincey, 6-4/270, DE (2018) – Mincey continues to fill out his massive frame and could actually grow into a defensive tackle or an offensive lineman. He recorded four tackles, a quarterback hurry and recovered a fumble. On the fumble recovery he was able to display nimble feet while turning the gift 15 yards. He also plays some tight end in the Panthers jumbo package. As a defensive end prospect Mincey should be considered a strong side end. Who knows what position the Arkansas commit will play in college; what we do know is Head Coach Bret Bielema likes massive lineman.

Sleeper: Craig Harris, 6-2/300, DT (2021) – Make no mistake you can’t miss this behemoth out on the football field. When I found out he was only a freshman, I simply shook my head in amazement. Harris already looks the part of a legitimate FBS level defensive tackle. Versus MCA he recorded three tackles and came into the backfield in short yardage situations. He actually carried the ball once for three yards, but is mostly used as a lead blocker. Young athletes blessed with physical prowess need to stay humble and work even harder in the classroom so they don’t dig an academic hole.

Sleeper: Jeremiah Johnson, 6-7/200, WR (2020) – In Homerville, pass is just another innocuous four letter word. But they do have one giant vertical threat in Johnson. On the night he caught two passes for 47 yards. Who knows how big this sophomore will get before he graduates. He could grow into a monster-sized tight end. He has good speed and will high point the ball. There is no doubt that he is one to keep an eye on. Don’t be surprised if he breaks pass receiving records at Clinch County.

Sleeper: Tahj Williams, 6-1/210, OLB (2018) – Williams was the most active defender for the Panthers versus MCA. He racked up nine tackles, two TFLs and one sack. More impressive was the fact that he had three solo tackles on kickoff coverage. This kid can run and possesses the frame to project as a FCS/FBS outside linebacker. Williams has good lateral movement and will run sideline to sideline. Let’s face it Clinch County has a plethora of good looking athletes, more than any single-A team should have.

Note: Trezman Marshall, 6-1/220, ATH (2019) – The national level recruit with offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and others is out till November due to preseason shoulder surgery.

Saturday

Brunswick

Sharrod Frazier, 6-0/200, OLB/S (2018) – He came into the game a little dinged up with a slight hip injury, but he did not disappoint. Frazier paced the Pirates with eight tackles while showing his typical affinity for contact. He will stick his helmet on the ball carrier while in the tackle box and has the ability to run sideline to sideline to make plays. This season he is being used as a running back. If Brunswick is to have a bounce back season and make the playoffs, Frazier will be the athlete that leads the way. He currently has over a dozen FBS offers with Indiana and Washington State being his only Power-5 suitors.

Jaylen Jackson, 5-10/170, CB (2018) – Like Frazier, Jackson will be doing double duty on both sides of the ball. Versus Coffee he had four catches for 44 yards and ran a reverse for seven yards. Defensively he was in on two tackles. Jackson possesses bigtime speed with good ball skills. He spent most of the night locked up on Coffee’s top receiver Dalrone Donaldson. Jackson has quick hips and can really ride out when he comes out of his backpedal. At this time he has FBS offers from Appalachian State, Army, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Liberty and Washington State.

Warren McClendon, 6-5/300, OL (2019) – McClendon towers over his teammates and looks to have put on a lot of solid muscle mass since last season. He proved to be very flexible in the hips and knees while being an adept pass blocker. McClendon does a great job of staying squared up on defenders and moves his feet after initial engagement. What was most impressive was the athleticism and hustle he showed running more than 40-yards downfield to make a tackle after a Pirate interception. This young man currently has the pick of the litter with over 20 major FBS offers.

Sleeper: Alonzo Brown, 5-11/180, WR (2018) – Brown was an unknown coming into the contest versus Coffee. In the game he had four catches for 82 yards. He showed a great burst of speed after the catch. But what really stood out was his contortionist act along the sideline for a 31-yard gain. Brown has excellent body control and really attacks the ball with his hands. He is one to keep an eye on in this quick-paced Pirate offense.

Sleeper: Kam Futch, 6-0/220, ILB (2018) – This kid definitely fills out a uniform nicely for an inside linebacker. He has the size, strength and girth to bounce around the tackle box. But his most impressive play on the night was a huge sack that set up the Pirates first touchdown. Futch displayed excellent closing speed in bringing down the Trojan quarterback. At this time he has offers from Eastern Kentucky, Tuskegee and West Georgia. Look for more offers to come his way with a big season, keep in mind he is academically qualified.

Sleeper: Shaq Robinson, 5-10/170, ATH (2018) – Listed on the depth chart as one of the many running backs on the Pirate roster Robinson actually made a huge difference as a pass catcher. He caught four passes for 44 yards and a score while carrying the ball four times for 30 yards. Because of his size he probably best projects as a slot receiver; he is dangerous in the open field. Look for several skilled position players on Brunswick to increase their visibility with the change of offensive scheme under Coach Sean Pender.

Coffee

Dalrone Donaldson, 6-3/180, WR (2018) – Donaldson continues to improve his route running and how aggressively he attacks the ball with his hands. He is also making his mark on the Trojan defense as a ball hawking safety. Versus Brunswick he caught four passes for around 100 yards while recording one tackle, one PBU and returned an interception for 52-yards. Donaldson currently has FBS offers from Colorado State and Troy to go along with a pair of FCS offers. If he continues to impress versus stiff competition more colleges will come calling.

Sleeper: Jameon Gaskin, 5-10/230, ILB/RB (2018) – College coaches really need to start looking at Gaskin as either an athletic fullback or a big back. For the second week in a row he punished defenders by running behind his shoulder pads like a man possessed. On the night he carried the ball 25 times for 180 yards and three touchdowns. Like a freight train, Gaskin can’t be any fun to tackle. We are talking about a guy that holds every Coffee Football weightlifting record. By the way he also recorded seven tackles from his inside linebacker position.