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Prospect Review: September, 29

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

Glynn Academy

Hunter Hall, 6-0/195, ILB (2018) – This hard-nosed run stopper is back at it again for the Red Terror. Hall led Brunswick (Ga.) Glynn Academy with double digit tackles in the huge road win over Jesup (Ga.) Wayne County. He also recovered a fumble deep in Yellow Jacket territory and recorded a PBU. Hall is seeing doing double duty as a fullback in short yardage situations, he finished the game with four carries for ten yards and a score. Hall is a very instinctual linebacker that takes good angles and seems to always be around the ball. At this time his lone offer is West Georgia, but with exceptional grades and a 26 on the ACT he could eventually attract offers from colleges that require higher academic standards than the NCAA minimum.

Randon Jernigan, 6-0/175, ATH (2018) – The Georgia Baseball commit is, without a doubt, one of the top overall athletes in the Peach State. Jernigan carried the ball ten times for 126 yards and three touchdowns, despite missing the entire third quarter due to leg cramps. The two-sport star possesses elite breakaway speed, allowing him to project at either receiver position or as a kick/punt returner at the collegiate level. Before committing the Dawgs he had racked up over a dozen non-power five offers for his football acumen. Make no mistake the base stealing Phenom has major FBS talent; He also has stellar academics with a 3.9 GPA and a 22 on the ACT. Jernigan is the type of athlete that school like Stanford should consider allowing to play both sports.

Sleeper: Marlon Taylor, 6-3/250, DE (2019) – If a player doesn’t show-up on the Maxpreps or Hudl roster for his respective school than they are without a doubt a true sleeper. Taylor has incredible lower body structure with thick arms and plays with good pad level at the point of attack. Versus Wayne County he recorded six tackles and a key fourth quarter sack. His frame could easily hold another 30 to 40 pounds of muscle mass allowing him to either project as a strong-side defensive end or defensive tackle at the next level. Taylor has good lateral movement and can really run for his size. He is one that FCS and FBS colleges should put on their radar.

Wayne County

Weston Franklin, 6-3/255, OL (2021) – Seldom will you find a freshman starting offensive lineman at the GHSA-AAAAA level or higher. Franklin is an impressive looking prospect on the hoof and it’s almost unfathomable to think he is only 14-years old. But even more impressive is the fact that he was visibly the most natural hip and knee bender of all lineman that played in the contest. Franklin does a great job of getting into his pass set while using his long arms to keep defenders from having a free run to the backfield. His athleticism will allow him to project at all three interior line positions, if he grows another inch he could be a left offensive tackle. I predict he will become one of the most heavily recruited players in the Peach State over the next six months.

MJ Fuller, 5-8/205, RB (2019) – Fuller has the perfect build to become a legitimate FCS/FBS running back recruit. He has incredible lower body structure with the calves of a body builder. Unfortunately the early hole that the Yellow Jackets dug in this contest made them abandon the running game. Fuller finished the contest with only eight totes for 50 yards. He did have an impressive 82-yard kick return that set up the first Wayne County score. He has the quickness and speed to bounce it to the outside while possessing a deadly stiff-arm. Though only 5-foot-8, Fuller still has the build to be an every down back at the next level. Though he has no offers at this time he should be on the recruiting radar for all FCS and FBS colleges interested in South Georgia speed.

Billy Parker, 6-5/265, OL (2019) – At this time Parker has offers from Stetson and a pair of DII schools. He is definitely under-recruited in my opinion considering the fact that there is a shortage of quality offensive tackles in Georgia for the class of 2018. The other factor that should play a key role in his recruitment is the fact that he boasts a 4.0 GPA and a 1,200 on the SAT. Parker has incredible length and a frame that can easily house more muscle mass. He is athletic enough to get to the second level, but does need to add upper body strength. Schools that require higher standards like Furman, Rice or even Patriot League schools should take a long look at his kid.

Sleeper: Ashby Cribb, 5-11/175, WR (2019) – If you don’t have updated highlights on your Hudl than you will definitely fall under the guise of a sleeper, which is strange considering his father is the Head Coach. Cribb is the quintessential slot receiver that runs precise routes and attacks the ball with his hands. He also has very good speed, on multiple occasions he was able to get behind the Red Terror defense. In this game he caught four passes for 50 yards and two scores. No catch was more impressive than his fourth quarter touchdown grab over two Glynn Academy defenders. Right now he should be considered a solid FCS prospect that has a chance to develop into a legitimate FBS prospect.

Sleeper: Patrick Rogers, 6-1/245, DE (2019) – Rogers may not have the ideal length for a potential college defensive end, but his body structure is pristine. This is one yoked-up prospect that could eventually project as an interior defensive lineman. More amazing is his lateral quickness. Twice he was able to track down the speedy Glynn Academy backs along the boundary. Rogers plays with good pad level, and it was evident that he is a weight room monster. He has the power to impede offensive lineman from getting any push. At the very least he should be considered a high level FCS defensive line prospect, trust me when I say he physically stands out amongst his peers.

 

*Recruiting Tip: It is imperative in this day in age to have updated film on your Hudl profile. Though social media can be a double edged sword, twitter now plays a pivotal role in a prospects visibility to college recruiters.