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Prospect Review: November 3rd

By Barry Every
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A look at the top recruits from this past Friday.

Coffee (6-3)

Milton Jackson, 5-11/185, WR (2019) – Coffee managed just 156 passing yards on the night, 74% of those yards came from Jackson. His seven receptions topped all receivers on either squad. Jackson projects as a shifty slot receiver, not afraid to make plays over the middle of the field. He is dangerous in space and has the strength to make yards after contact. Over the past two seasons Milton has hauled in a whopping 123 passes making him one of the most prolific receivers in Douglas (Ga.) Coffee Football history. His dominance on the gridiron has not gone unnoticed earning an invitation to the US Army All-American National Combine in San Antonio.

Derick Newton, 6-1/268, DE/DT (2018) – Newton continues to shift around the defensive line playing both inside and end. In the Region Championship game versus Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County he recorded six tackles and three TFL’s giving him a whopping 32 tackles behind the line of scrimmage in just nine games. Newton is quick off the ball and plays with solid pad level. But his biggest asset may be his long arms and massive hands; which he uses like an angry Grizzly knocking its prey to the wayside. At this time he has offers from Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Kansas State and Virginia; the official visit to the Wildcats has been set for later this month.

Sleeper: Jameon Gaskin, 5-10/225, RB/ILB (2018) – Gaskin had an extremely solid two-way performance, earning Coffee Player of the Game, voted on by his coaches. Offensively he carried the ball nine times for 42 yards, while racking up a team high 11 tackles, two TFL’s, two QBH’s and one PBU. Gaskin displayed a serious fervor for contact with the capacity to breakdown in space. Simply put, he will flat out run through ball carriers. His lone offer remains Lincoln University a DII School located in Jefferson City, Missouri. His skillset allows him to project as an inside backer or big running back in college. More FCS and DII coaches should take interest. Why? Because not only does he lead Coffee in total tackles on the season, but also rushing yards all accomplished playing in the infamous Region of Doom.

Lee County (9-1)

Quin Geer, 6-1/215, ILB (2018) – Geer paced the Lee County defensive unit with 14.5 tackles and a tackle for loss. He is the prototypical inside backer that constantly appears to be around the ball carrier. Geer, aka “The Hammer” only seems in harmony with the sweet sound of smacking pads. His frame will allow him to eventually play at around 235-pounds in college. He has recently picked up his fifth FCS offer, the latest coming from Charleston Southern. At this time Geer definitely plans on taking official visits to Mercer and his latest suitor in South Carolina.

TJ Harris, 6-1/190, S (2018) – The Troy commit came up huge in the most pivotal point of the fourth quarter. On back-to-back plays he had a touchdown saving tackle and then followed that up with a 70-yard fumble return that sealed the Region Championship for the Trojans. In all Harris accrued eight and a half tackles, one of which was a bone crunching strike that brought the Lee County faithful to their feet. Most impressive was the speed he demonstrated chasing down Jackson to keep Coffee off the scoreboard. Harris has more than enough size and growth potential to project as a strong safety at the next level.

Tavian Mayo, 5-11/170, CB (2019) – Being left on an island is what really separates the men from the boys. Mayo was locked up most of the night versus 6-foot-3, 185-pound Central Michigan commit Dalrone Donaldson. He finsihd the contest with six tackles and three pass breakups, none bigger than his touchdown saving knock-away in the third quarter. Mayo possesses hips on a swivel and excellent top end speed. At this time he has offers from Ball State and Chattanooga. He has also been invited to take part in the GACA All-Star Classic in December.

Griffin McDowell, 6-4/275, OT (2018) – McDowell faced his toughest competitor in pass rushing monster Derick Newton. On his first snap from scrimmage he was beaten off the edge, forcing an errant throw. But that ended up being the lone pass protecting mistake he would make all night. McDowell has excellent hip and knee bend and is extremely feisty. His mobility and quick feet will allow him to project at more than one offensive line position at Mississippi State. But what makes him really standout amongst his peers is the fluid synchronicity between his foot movement and hand fighting.

Otis Reese, 6-3/220, S/OLB (2018) – Physically, Reese was the most impressive looking player on the hoof for either squad. But he is much more than a statuesque defender as he racked up 13.5 tackles, two TFL’s and a thundering sack in the contest. There is no doubt in my mind that Reese will eventually play outside linebacker in college. He could one-day play at around 245-pounds making him the ideal run stopper that can excel as a pass rusher. Reese reaches terminal velocity in just a few steps, making him a quarterback’s worst nightmare. The Michigan commit is a difference maker and his talents are still being courted by several SEC Schools. As a matter of fact he made an unofficial to Athens, Georgia this past Saturday.

Ty Terrell, 5-11/190, WR (2018) – Terrell was again the leading receiver for Lee County, nabbing four passes for 92-yards. Though he has very good top end speed, his muscular body structure make him most dangerous running routes over the middle of the field. Terrell’s biggest asset is his ability to make yards after contact. At this time he is verbally committed to Ball State as a receiver, the position he desires to play at the next level. Most other schools had interest in his skillset as a defensive back. Remember, recruiting doesn’t end till the dotted line is signed. Terrell picked up his sixth offer this past weekend – Marshall. Former Lee County quarterback Garet Morrell is a sophomore for the Thundering Herd.

Sleeper: Cameron Covin, 6-4/275, OT (2018) – This is the young man’s first season as a starter, having come out for football for the first time last year. Covin possesses a lean frame and long arms, ideal for pass setting. He will one-day be able to play at around 300-pounds. With a shortage of potential offensive tackles in the Peach State, Covin could be a late gridiron bloomer that blows up soon on the recruiting scene. Last fall he was the fourth leading scorer and second leading rebounder on the Trojan Basketball team. The athleticism is there, he just needs more experience to reach his full potential as a football player.

Sleeper: Griffin Carder, 6-5/290, OG (2019) – In the decisive second half the Trojans had success running the ball up the gut, largely in part of Carder’s ability to run his feet after engagement. Carder has excellent length and a tremendous foundation to add more muscle mass. According to Head Coach Dean Fabrizio, Carder will most likely slide over to the left offensive tackle position for his senior season, a position vacated by the graduation of McDowell. Though he still needs to improve hip and knee flexibility a tad, his natural position at the collegiate level may end up being right offensive tackle. Don’t ever underestimate the importance of versatility for the development of young offensive lineman. Carder’s achievement have not gone unnoticed recently picking up an invitation to the GACA All-Star Classic.