Back Prospect Review: Dutchtown at Crisp County

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Prospect Review: Dutchtown at Crisp County

By Barry Every
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Five defensive prospects on display Friday night already possess multiple Power Five offers.

Cordele, Georgia – For the third week in a row I witnessed a defensive donnybrook. This was expected as five defensive prospects on display Friday night already possess multiple Power Five offers. Hampton (Ga.) Dutchtown pulled out a 19-17 road win over Cordele (Ga.) Crisp County.

Alabama commit William Anderson led the Bulldogs defensively with 10 tackles, five TFL’s and three sacks. His first quarter tackle for loss in the Cougar end zone would be the difference in the contest. His performance allowed Dutchtown to overcome two first half interceptions by Crisp County junior safety Sirad Bryant.

With Bulldogs holding a slim 12-10 lead early in the fourth stanza, Anderson would come up huge again. His crucial sack forced a Cougar punt which setup Shemar Nelson’s long punt return to the Crisp County 19-yard line. One play later junior signal caller Arendez Fedd galloped into the end zone, delivering the crucial blow.

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

Trust me when I say there were some darn good looking ballers in this matchup. The short synopsis below is based solely on this contest, not the body of work these young men have accumulated over their high school careers. It’s possible that there were double digit FBS prospects on display Friday night in Cordele, Georgia.

Dutchtown (3-0) will be on the road this coming Friday versus McDonough (Ga.) Ola (3-0) while Crisp County (1-2) hosts Tifton (Ga.) Tift County (1-2).

Dutchtown Bulldogs

William Anderson, 6-4/230, DE (2020)

Offers: (41) Alabama Commit
Comments: This long stemwinder surely lived up to his billing. Anderson proved to be a dominating pass rusher with an explosive get-off; NHRA legend John Force would be envious of Anderson’s reaction time. Even when Anderson took too far of an outside rush; he was still athletic enough and fast enough to catch runners from behind. He could end up a 265-pound defensive at the next level or a long and athletic outside linebacker in a 3-4 front. Watching from behind you would think Anderson was offside by how quickly he got out of his stance. But it was strictly an illusion as he proved much quicker off the ball than his opponents.

Corey Minner, Jr., 5-10/165, CB (2020)

Offers:  None
Comments: Minner, the smaller of the two Dutchtown corners, proved to be a very proficient open field tackler. He also played some safety in the contest while displaying very good closing speed and lateral movement. This heat seeking missile finished the contest with six solo tackles, none bigger than his upending stick in the first quarter on a Crisp County run. He could project as a true cover corner or slightly undersized free safety in college. Though no offers at this time, he is worthy of attention from FCS to Group-of-Five schools. Defensive backs willing to crush ball carriers are simply hard to find.

Crisp County Cougars

Sirad Bryant, 6-1/190, S (2021)

Offers: (4) Akron, Nebraska, Troy, West Virginia

Comments: Man, oh man is this one good looking long safety on the hoof. Bryant came up with two spectacular first half interceptions. The first was a contorting, diving grab off of a deflection and the other a shortstop dig on a ball near the turf. Bryant would also record three tackles while catching three passes for 36 yards. You have to love safeties with serious ball skills as they have the ability to change the outcome of a game. He shows good closing speed and has an elegant long stride that allows him to gobble of real estate. Look for his to stock to take a national level ascent.

AJ Lofton, 5-9/160, ATH (2021)

Offers: None

Comments: I love guys that do a little of everything, as versatility is the key to long term success on the gridiron. Lofton played quarterback, receiver and safety in this matchup. Defensively he recorded seven tackles, two PBU’s and one TFL. Though undersized for a safety he showed no fear in his willingness to come up in run support. He also carried the ball 12 times for 46 yards and one score while catching four passes for 28 yards. His skillet lends itself to projecting as a possible all-purpose back or a slot receiver at the next level. Lofton has very quick feet and excellent top end speed.

Kamron Moate, 6-1/252, DT (2021)

Offers: None

Comments: He may not be the biggest interior defensive lineman, but one look at his incredible body structure will leave you slack jawed. Moate looks like a massive inside backer chock full of quick-twitch muscle fiber. Unofficially I had him with eight tackles, two TFL’s, one sack and an impressive batted pass. He is quick off the ball and willing to chase plays outside the tackle box. Moate will engulf ball carriers and pummel them to the turf, like an old car at the salvage yard. He is definitely worthy of attention from FCS and FBS colleges.

Chris Paul, Jr., 6-1, 217, ILB (2021)

Offers: (9) Akron, Austin Peay State, Cincinnati, Kentucky State, Michigan State, Nebraska, Texas Christian, UCF, West Virginia

Comments: Every time I see this young inside backer he looks longer and more muscular. The team’s leading tackler did not disappoint recording ten stops and one TFL. He possesses the strength and girth to mix-it-up in the middle and has the athleticism to angle downhill on plays run outside the tackles. He is constantly looking for that big stick to change the outcome of the contest. He did his best to dislodge the Dutchtown back from the ball late in the fourth quarter, but time simply ran out on the Cougars. Paul is definitely a national recruit that will soon be draped with double digit offers.