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Prospect Review: Islands-Jenkins

By Barry Every
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SP Recruiting Expert Barry Every breaks down the top prospects from last week's matchup between Jenkins and Islands.

Savannah, Georgia – In a battle for SCCPSS superiority, Savannah (Ga.) Jenkins used a smothering defense to take down previously unbeaten and shorthanded Savannah (Ga.) Islands 20-7. The Warrior defensive unit recorded 17 tackles for loss, three sacks, one interception and blocked a punt in claiming rights as the top public football school in Chatham County.

The Sharks were no slouches on defense either holding Jenkins to a mere 51 yards passing, less than half their season average, while intercepting one pass. But the Warrior second half ground attack played a huge role in the outcome of the contest as junior Damozzio Harris proved to be the real dagger. Harris gained 81 of his 129 yards rushing after intermission.

Islands (5-1/3-1) looks to rebound from their first loss of the season as they host Savannah (Ga.) Johnson (1-4/1-2) this Friday at Garden City Stadium. Jenkins (5-1/4-0) heads outside the city limits to take on Brooklet (Ga.) Southeast Bulloch (2-3/1-2) as both teams continue Region 3-AAA play.

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.

Islands Sharks

Tre’ Brown, 6-3/170, WR (2022)
Offers: (1) Mercer
Comments: This very long and lean skyscraper caught three passes for 60 yards and had the lone touchdown for the Sharks. His length definitely causes matchup problems. But what really stands out is his ability to adjust to the ball once it leaves the quarterbacks hand. He looks to have good speed for his size and age. His frame will easily hold more muscle mass. What’s really amazing is the fact that Brown has grown three inches since last year. Once he fills out he could become a household name in the recruiting world.

James Shellman, 6-3/190, ATH (2020)
Offers: (17) Appalachian State, Colorado, East Carolina, Georgia Southern, Michigan, Ole Miss, North Carolina State, South Florida, Syracuse, Tulane, Wake Forest, West Virginia
Comments: With the team shorthanded, Shellman has been forced into playing quarterback while still running the alleys as a fulltime safety. On the night he completed three of six passes for 32 yards and one touchdown while carrying the ball 17 times for 81 yards. On the defensive side of the ball he recorded four tackles and one PBU. Shellman could project as either a receiver or safety at the next level. He has good length but more impressive is his silky smooth running style. There is even a chance that he could project as that coveted long corner at the next level. Though he is already one of the most highly recruited players in the Savannah/Coastal Region more offers could be on the way.

Jenkins Warriors

Joah Cash, 6-2/210, OLB (2020)
Offers:  (12) Akron, Colorado State, Florida Atlantic, Liberty, Navy, North Carolina-Charlotte, South Florida
Comments: Cash came into the contest as the Warriors leading tackler and his play surely did not disappoint. On the night he recorded seven tackles, three TFL’s while blocking a punt. Cash also had some of the biggest sticks of the night, lifting one poor soul out of his shoes. He could project as an outside or inside backer at the next level. His closing speed is very good and he explodes at contact, swinging for the hips. He skillset lends itself not only as a bone crunching linebacker, but a potential difference maker on special teams at the next level. Despite a dozen offers I would consider him a bit under recruited as he shows Power-Five ability.

Daylon Dotson, 6-2/230, ILB (2020)
Offers: (3) Alabama A&M Commit
Comments: Based solely on this game, I can tell you that Alabama A&M is getting a steal at inside linebacker. Dotson played a lot of defensive end last season but is proving doubters wrong with his ability to play in space. He recorded ten tackles, 2.5 TFL’s, one sack and forced a fumble as the leader of this destructive defensive unit. Dotson has the size and strength to bounce around the tackle box while proving to be nimble on his feet. He is simply an attacker with an aggressive nature. It wouldn’t surprise me to see his recruiting pick up despite his early commitment.

Damozzio Harris, 5-8/185, RB (2021)
Offers: (1) Mercer
Comments: Some people may think Harris is a small back, but he runs like a rhino. He showed good wiggle and has the bounce of a juiced up jumping bean. On the evening he carried the ball 15 times for 129 yards and a pair of third quarter touchdowns. On his second trip to the zone he bulldozed an Islands defender to hit paydirt. Through six games Harris has rushed for 732 yards while averaging 9.2 yards per carry. He does possess ball skills out of the backfield and should be considered an all-purpose back that can stick it up the middle.

Akelo Stone, 6-3/235, DE (2020)
Offers: (21) Georgia Tech Commit
Comments: Stone really impressed, especially considering he is playing on one wheel with a slight injury. The strongside defensive end showed excellent lateral movement and good closing speed in recording seven tackles, 1.5 TFL’s and a sack. He was extremely quick coming off the edge using his hands to swat offensive lineman off his body. Possibly the most impressive play was his spin move and hustle to catch an offensive player downfield. The Georgia Tech commit can be unstoppable at times. Stone has that rare body type that will enable him to play in a three-man or four-man front as a defensive end or a defensive tackle.