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Prospect Review: Bainbridge at Crisp County

By Barry Every
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Barry Every breaks down some of the top prospects from last week's matchup between Bainbridge and Crisp.

Cordele, Georgia – Defending GHSA-AAAAA State Champion Bainbridge (Ga.) edged GHSA-AAA Cordele (Ga.) Crisp County 14-9 in non-Region action this past Friday Night. To give someone understanding how close this game was the Bearcats edged the Cougars in total yards 275 to 273 while running just two more offensive plays. 

Junior signal caller Quayde Hawkins hit highly coveted sophomore athlete Deyon Bouie for a 72-yard scoring strike on the fourth play of the game. It was also the only score of the first half. Crisp County crossed the Bainbridge 30-yardline three times in the first half but failed to connect on three field goal attempts of just over 40-yards.

Midway through the third quarter a special teams gaffe put the Bearcats in business at the Cougar 34-yard line. This led to another Hawkins scoring toss, this time connecting with sophomore Braxton Johnson from 13-yards out.

Crisp County made a frantic fourth quarter comeback adding a 25-yard field goal. On the very next possession they converted a crucial fourth and long as sophomore Jack Carter hit a blazing Fredrick Royal from 54-yards out with 5:19 left on the clock.

The Cougars would again threaten, reaching the Bearcat 17-yardline with 36 tics left on the clock. But the Bainbridge defense came up huge, as it did all night, forcing a fumble on the very next play to end this highly contested contest between two of the best defensive units in the Peach State.

Below are my top performers from each team based on their performance and athletic potential. Though only six players were chosen, more than a dozen players from this contest were included in the weekly XOS Digital Prospect Report. This report is distributed to over 200 DI through DIII colleges.

Bainbridge Bearcats

Deyon “Smoke” Bouie, 5-11/165, CB/WR (2022)
Offers: (12) Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, North Carolina State, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee
Comments: One of the most heavily recruited sophomores in the country didn’t disappoint catching five passes for 93 yards and one touchdown. Defensively he added three tackles and two PBU’s. Though his blazing speed that enabled him to get behind Cougar defenders was impressive; it was his key touchdown saving pass breakup late in the second quarter that impressed more. Bouie has very good size for a potential Power-Five cover corner.  He also has the ball skills and body control to project as a receiver at the next level. He did not get the opportunity to show off his return skills as it was evident Crisp County was not going to kick it to his side of the field.

Rashad Broadnax, 5-8/165, RB (2021)
Offers: None
Comments: Broadnax, one of the leading rushers in all-classifications in South Georgia, did not have a monster night. Every yard counted when the Bearcats needed to convert a third and short, Broadnax came through with the necessary yardage.  He finished the night with 87 yards rushing on 19 carries while catching two passes for 24 yards. He may not be the biggest back, but make no mistake, Broadnax has excellent overall body structure and enough wiggle to make defenders miss in the open field. His ball skills will be an attractive asset in the eyes of college recruiters.

Eric Sanders, Jr., 6-0/195, DL/LB (2021)
Offers:  None
Comments: Talk about playing a position in high school you don’t project at in college. Sanders played mostly defensive tackle with a few reps at defensive end. This young man was giving up 50 to 75 pounds to his adversary, but that did not stop him from having a major impact on the game. On the night he recorded six tackles while taking part in three sacks. Sanders is extremely quick off the ball and proved stronger than the behemoths he faced. It doesn’t hurt that he has very good closing speed and lateral movement. The Bainbridge defensive unit is predicated on speed and Sanders epitomizes that philosophy. That being said he projects as a backer at the next level.

Crisp County Cougars

Jayren Fox, 6-0/195, OLB (2020)
Offers: None
Comments: One of the more under recruited players in South Georgia is having a huge senior season. This hybrid SS/OLB recorded four solo strikes, 10 assisted tackles and two TFL’s in this defensive slugfest.  Fox possesses very good closing speed and seems to excel with making solo tackles in the open field, outside the tackle box. His ability to run sideline to sideline while being able to breakdown in space is what sets him apart from the average high school football player. He is currently the second leading tackler on the team with 64 stops while leading the Cougars in tackles for loss with 11.

Preston Lavant, 6-1/200, OLB (2021)
Offers: (4) Akron, Nebraska, West Virginia
Comments: Lavant is the bigger of the two outside backers from Crisp County. Versus Bainbridge he took part in 14 tackles and three QBH’s. He also doubled at tight end adding two receptions for 11 yards while throwing several key blocks. Lavant possibly had his best game of the season by coming downhill and chasing plays to the boundaries. He takes great angles and explodes from the hips just before contact. Couple his football acumen with his 3.7 GPA and you have a potential national level recruit that can be recruited by all colleges regardless of their academic standards.

Chris Paul, Jr., 6-1/217, ILB (2021)
Offers: (9) Akron, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Nebraska, Texas Christian, UCF, West Virginia
Comments: There was some doubt that the most heavily recruited underclassmen for Crisp County would even play in the game. A hamstring injury left Paul in treatment most of the week and early in the contest it showed. But when the Cougars were down 14-0 a switch clicked into overdrive and the prototypical inside backer rose to the occasion, racking up 12 tackles, one QBH, one FF and one FR. His ability to bounce of blockers while keeping his balance allows him to make plays for little or no gain. Even the 11-year old ball boy for Bainbridge, who didn’t know Paul from Adam, commented on how impressive his play was in this game.