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Prospect Review: Dr. Phillips at Lee County

By Barry Every
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Barry Every looks at some of the top prospects from last week's Dr. Phillips-Lee County clash.

Leesburg, Georgia – In this much anticipated battle of reigning state champions Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County overcame three first quarter fumbles and cruised to a 35-3 win over Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips. The Trojan defense held their opponent to a mere 31 total yards, while sacking the quarterback seven times.

Offensively the Trojans were led by sophomore running back Preston Simmons’ three rushing touchdowns, while senior defensive back Zach Mason accounted for a 15-yard scoop-and-score early in the third stanza to put the game out of reach.

Below are some of participants in this contest that demonstrated their football acumen and physical attributes on the gridiron. They are all deserving of attention by college recruiters despite playing at schools isolated within the state. All prospects are listed in alphabetical order by team

Dr. Phillips

Stephen Dix, Jr., ILB/OLB, 6-1/215 (2020)
Without a doubt the best prospect I have seen so far this season. Dix has long muscular legs and arms that can reach the sky. He was one of the few bright spots for Dr. Phillips recording double digit tackles, two TFL’s, one sack, one FF and one FR. He possesses excellent lateral movement and the speed to track down plays from behind. Not only is he a threat versus the run, but an excellent pass rusher who could double as a defensive end on passing downs. He is closing in on 20 offers already, some of his suitors are Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. There is no doubting his ability and potential to become a dominant player at the next level.

Japerri Powell, ATH/SS, 5-10/190 (2019)
Powell was the other tackling machine for Dr. Phillips taking part in double digit defensive stops. He plays sort of a hybrid SS/OLB position and is never far away from the box. The question is whether he can play safety or is he a slightly undersized backer at the next level. Powell has excellent body structure and the propensity to lift ball carriers out of their shoes. At this time he does not have any FBS or FCS offers, but that could change soon. Simply put this kid is a football player, as is his twin brother Jaquarri.

Lee County

Griffin Carder, OG, 6-4/290 (2019)
The Georgia Southern commit is back at his left guard position paving the way in the run game, while protecting first year starting quarterback Kyle Toole’s backside. Carder was the tallest and possibly the heaviest lineman in the contest, but what set him apart from the others is his tremendous overall body structure and long arms. He has improved the width of his base from last season and does a great job with hand placement in pass protection. Carder will have to be the leader of the O-Line if Lee County is to repeat as State Champions. Georgia Southern has really done a great job of signing massive offensive lineman in this recruiting class.

DeAngelo (Griffin) Carter, DT, 6-1/290 (2019)
Griffin recently transferred in from Cordele (Ga.) Crisp County and it doesn’t look like he lost a beat. The behemoth took part in five tackles, one sack and showed off his athleticism when batting down a pass. Personally Minnesota got a steal in my opinion, though Griffin admitted months ago he had a desire to play in the Big Ten. He possesses a wide powerful base with arms the size of a polar bears limbs. Griffin already has the ideal size and strength to play at the next level. He can take on more than one blocker and chase plays run away from him. He just has to keep his motor going on every rep.

Baron Hopson, ILB, 5-11/195 (2021)
Last year’s freshman phenom left off where he was taking part in 15 tackles, two TFL’s, one sack and two FF’s. On one play alone Hopson brought the quarterback to the ground while striping the ball; he was then able to get up, pursue and tackle the offensive player that scooped up the fumble. That play alone displayed extreme intensity, determination, athleticism and heart; simply put it was a Herculean effort. Hopson already has offers from Duke, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska and Vanderbilt. Though a tad undersized, he has the strength and girth to bounce around the tackle box and make plays. On top of all his football accolades he boasts a 4.0 GPA.

Chauncey Magwood, WR, 5-11/190 (2021)
In one half of play Magwood caught six passes for around 80 yards; he was forced to leave the game after taking a vicious high hit. But in that short time he was able to display superior ball skills, excellent top end speed and incredible change of direction. Magwood is not only a playmaker but someone that should be classified as a difference maker. How he ever held onto the ball after absorbing that big hit, no one will ever know. This is a tough kid that is definitely a national level recruit. It’s hard to believe he has all of this year left and then two more. At this time Magwood has received offers from Georgia Tech, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Pitt and Vanderbilt.

Tavian Mayo, CB, 5-10/180 (2019)
The first thing that stands out about Mayo compared to last season is the extra muscle mass he has added; you can see it through his neck, chest and arms. Versus Dr. Phillips he recorded three solo tackles and one PBU. He is definitely not afraid to come up and submarine ball carriers while running at full speed. Mayo did allow one receiver to beat him deep, or was the pick-master simply baiting the quarterback. Either way he used excellent closing speed to close the gap and knock the pass away. Mayo is one of the most heavily recruited players in all of South Georgia with 25 offers. He was a bit coy when asked about a timetable on making his college intention known. “It could be September or December, you’ll just have to wait and see,” Mayo said.

Jammie Robinson, S, 5-11/190 (2019)
Robinson is the other transfer from Cordele (Ga.) Crisp County that is a heavily recruited playmaker. While at Crisp County Robinson did double duty at running back and defensive back. As of now at Lee County he is only playing defense while also returning punts. Personally I have always felt his best fit at the next level is on the defensive side of the ball. Why? Because this young man not only has an affinity for contact, he thrives on it. Versus Dr. Phillips he racked up four solo tackles and one assisted stop. Is he a punt returner at the next level?  My first thought is simply to say no, but he does have that fearless mentality when deciding whether to return any given punt. Robinson has well over 20 offers which include Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Tennessee.