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Prospect Review: October 27th

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

Prospect Review: October, 27

Brunswick (6-2)

Kam Futch, 6-0/225, ILB (2018) – This thick linebacker played inside and covered receivers in the slot racking up six tackles and one PBU. His biggest hit came midway through the second quarter. Futch came barreling off the edge and nailed the running back for no gain, which ended up being the key play that forced a three and out. Later in the second half he showed the ability to drop in coverage nearly intercepting a pass in the fourth quarter. The powerfully built future inside linebacker has recently picked up offers from Albany State and Lenoir-Rhyne. With several DII schools already begging for his services, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that an eventual FCS college could come calling. His grades are in order.

Jaylen Jackson, 5-10/175, CB/WR (2018) – Jackson proved to be a jack-of-all-trades making an impact in almost every facet of the game. His performance was so impressive even Head Coach Sean Pender gave the young man kudos in front of the whole team after the game. Jackson caught three passes for 108 yards and two scores, recorded two tackles, three PBU’s and one INT. The Cincinnati commit laid it all on the line Friday night giving the Pirates at least a share of the Region 2-AAAAAA Title. His tremendous top end speed and ball skills will allow him to project at corner, but he could end up a serious vertical threat in the passing or as a return specialist. Bottom line – the Bearcats got a South Georgia Gem.

Warren McClendon, 6-5/295, OL (2019) – McClendon is one of the most sought after offensive lineman in the country, with over 20 Power Five offers. Known for his ability to get into his pass set quickly and stonewall defenders, McClendon was able to show his prowess as a run blocker versus Richmond Hill (Ga.). Apparently the Brunswick (Ga.) coaching staff saw something on film, as the pass happy Pirates gashed the Wildcats in the running game Friday night. McClendon proved devastating on the down block giving his backs huge holes to run through. He demonstrated the ability to get to the second level. His versatility will allow him to project at several offensive line position at the next level.

Sleeper: John Cano, 6-0/280, OL (2018) – Earlier in the season Cano was forced to fill in at left offensive tackle due to an injury to a teammate. But now he is back in his natural position at right offense guard. The combination of Cano and McClendon on the right side of the line allowed the Pirate offense to pound the ball at will, while racking up 56 points. Previous to this game the Wildcat defense was only rendering 12 points per contest. Cano has a powerful build and knows how to keep his feet churning after engaged with a defender. He plays with good pad level and is athletic enough to get to the second level. High academic DII and FCS colleges should take a look at this young man as a potential center. Cano sports a 3.5 GPA and a 26 on the ACT.

Sleeper: DJ Whitfield, 5-11/180, WR (2018) – Whitfield made the most of his opportunities, catching four passes for 89 yards and two scores. With the score 28-20, late in the second quarter, Whitfield was able to show off his top end speed returning a kickoff 47 yards, setting up the final sore of the half. But the most amazing play was his 35-yard catch down the right sideline over top a defender. He has good top end speed and the ability to adjust to balls once they’re in the air. Whitfield could be a steal for a DII or FCS level college looking for a nifty slot receiver with ball skills.

Special Note: Sharrod Frazier, 6-0/190, LB/S (2018) – The heart and soul of the Pirate defense did not play due to a minor injury. Frazier is one of the most heavily recruited players on the team with more than a dozen offers.

Richmond Hill (7-1)

Sam James, 6-0/170, WR (2018) – James was held in check most of the night but did manage three catches for 58 yards while returning kicks and punts for the Wildcats. His most impressive play of the night was a 22-yard reception on fourth and six. He also returned a punt 30-yards, reversing his initial direction, then outracing several Pirate defenders. James has incredible straight line speed and a frame that will one day allow him to play at 190-pounds. Though he had the Wildcat faithful cheering him on during homecoming, his two biggest fans on the night may have been the two gentlemen standing along the sideline sporting their West Virginia gear.

Sleeper: Maurice Smith, 5-10/190, RB (2018) – According to Merriam-Webster a workhorse is a person who performs most of the work of a group task. Smith carried the load in the first half touching the ball 28 times for 143-yards and two scores, keeping Richmond Hill in the contest. He ended the night with four touchdowns, three from the actual Wildcat-Formation. Smith has a good burst and enough wiggle to make defenders miss. More importantly he showed good leg drive when in scrums, gaining yards after contact. Smith has a good build and will eventually play at over 200-pounds. At least one DII school was in the house Friday night and came away impressed with his ability to run the rock.