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Prospect Review: August 31

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

Ware County

Trey Cobb, 6-1/210, OLB (2018) – Cobb appeared to be a little banged up during warmups. Despite not being at full strength the former defensive end turned linebacker was still able to impact the game on both sides of the ball. He recorded three tackles, one sack while catching two passes for 21 yards and a touchdown. Cobb has a frame that will easily hold another 25-pounds of muscle mass, but what really stood out in this game was his ability to read the quarterback’s eyes while dropping in coverage. On more than one occasion the Appalachian State commit was able to take away the underneath option in the Coffee passing game.

Ernest Jones, 6-1/215, ILB (2018) – This was Jones’ first game back full-time after suffering a minor back injury prior the start of the season. Well, he didn’t disappoint pacing the Gators in tackles with eight stops. Jones also had two bone crunching TFL’s in the 21-14 loss versus Coffee. He blends a rare combination of superior lateral movement and the ability to get off blocks within the tackle box. Jones really uncoils from the hips and runs his feet after contact. Even the Coffee coaching staff was utterly impressed with his performance. Jones is verbally committed to South Carolina, and the Gamecock fans should be tickled pink.

Jalynn Strickland, 6-6/305, OT (2018) – Again, I cannot stress how physically impressive this young man looks on the hoof. Though Ware County remains committed to their new spread offense, Strickland excels in the run game. He does a great job using his long arms to seal off the edge and can be devastating at times on the down blocks. Ware County was able to rip off a pair of long runs and a 75-yard screen pass. There are still some growing pains for the whole Gator offense in the passing game. Strickland still needs to work on getting into his pass set quicker while not attacking defensive ends. He must sit in his chair while forcing them outside of their rushing lanes. That being said, he has all the physical tools to develop into a high end offensive tackle for North Carolina State.

Sleeper: Stevie Stewart, 6-1/330, DT (2019) – With more and more college teams going to a 3-4 defense, the search for massive space eaters intensifies. Stewart definitely fits the bill of an interior defensive lineman with the size, girth and strength to take on more than one blocker. He is near impossible to move off the ball and it showed on this night as Coffee struggled for the first time this season with the inside running game. His ideal playing weight is probably closer to 315-pounds, so he will need to continue to improve conditioning while gaining strength. He is one too watch because bodies like this are hard to find.

Coffee

Dalrone Donaldson, 6-3/180, WR (2018) – I cannot stress the improvement this young man has made in his route running and ability to attack the ball. On this night he had four catches for 70 yards and a touchdown, he also added a key two-point conversion catch in the 21-14 victory. The basketball star turned wide out creates serious matchup problems for smaller defensive backs. His long strider’s speed and uncanny body control allow him to make plays on tightly contested balls. After three games he is averaging over 24-yards per catch. At this time Donaldson has offers from Chattanooga, Colorado State, MTSU, North Carolina Central, Troy and Tulane. Look for his stock to continue upward ascension.

Derick Newton, 6-1/268, DE (2018) – Big time players make big time plays when their team needs it the most. Newton had a key TFL that stymied a Ware County drive deep inside Coffee territory in the first half. He later recorded a sack and forced fumble on the Gators final drive of the game. Newton ended the evening with seven tackles, two TFL’s, one sack and the forced fumble. He could project as a strong side end or a potential pass rushing interior defensive tackle. Newton has long arms and very strong hands which compensate for the lack of height college recruiters desire in a pass rusher. Right now he has offers from Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Kansas State and Virginia.

Milton Jackson, 6-0/190, WR (2019) – Jackson had an up and down night, but was still able to be that difference maker in key third down situations. On the evening he caught four passes for 87-yards while adding four yards on his lone carry. Jackson has the knack of finding the soft underbelly of zone defenses. He also possesses the speed and change of direction to make yards after the catch. Jackson is hell bent on turning short passes into long gains, but he must work on bringing the ball in all the way before heading up field. The junior claims offers from Alabama, Cincinnati, Georgia, Georgia Southern, Kentucky, Purdue and West Virginia.

Sleeper: Raekwon Burch, 5-11/180, WR (2018) – After only having 17 catches as a junior, Burch had a career night with six catches for 70-yards and a touchdown. He demonstrated great concentration and body control hauling in a touchdown grab in the left back corner of the end zone. Later in the game he had a key third down grab that set up the winning score for the Trojans. Burch has good speed and does a nice job of catching the ball away from his body. As his confidence grows, so will his production and visibility to college recruiters.