Scout on the Town - South Recap

Robert Nkemdiche

Here's a recap of Scout on the Town - South Recap from this weekend's high school football action. This includes Robert Nkemdiche, the nation's top prospect.

Chad Simmons, National Recruiting Analyst
Loganville (Ga.) Grayson vs Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer

This game was over fairly quickly and Grayson won 48-0 in the end. Grayson had much more talent and they put up many more points. The Rams are known for their defense and they played fast, strong, and downhill in this contest.

Robert Nkemdiche got off to a good start and the nation's No. 1 prospect was always accounted for in this game. He was getting cut, chopped blocked, and double-teamed at times, but still was in on a number of plays and pressured the quarterback a handful of times. He was an emotional leader on the field and he played hard and with a lot of fire. A lot of eyes were on him, like always, and he did not disappoint.

Many others made plays on defense in this game. Wayne Gallman is known more for his play at running back and he scored two touchdowns at that position, but he added one on defense too. He took an interception back to the house and he had an outstanding game. He is a little bigger this season, he is playing quicker, and the Clemson fans should be excited about having him on their team in the future. Cornerback Ryan Carter had a nice interception for a touchdown and he was solid in coverage all evening. He could be a real sleeper in the state this season. Penn State commitment Kasey Gaines controlled the secondary at safety. He is a smart player that stayed in position and was involved in a handful of tackles and was part of a pass break-up as well. Tennessee commitment Zach Barnes spent more time at offensive tackle than on the defensive front. He missed a lot of time last season with an injury, so he is helping any way he can this year.

Antonio Riles is the top prospect for Archer and he played on both sides of the ball in this game. He could play defensive line at Florida, but he also could be an outstanding offensive tackle too. He is a versatile lineman with size that showed good quickness up the field in this game.

Trey Cheeks is committed to California and Deondre Singleton is a sleeper, both are corners for Archer. Singleton is one of their top overall athletes and he has good length, quick feet, and he is waiting for the offers to come in. Cheek is a solid cover corner with good hips, good ball skills, and a high football I.Q.

Atlanta (Ga.) Marist vs Chamblee (Ga.)
Marist took control of this game early and really dominated from start to finish to win 24-0. Boston College commitment Myles Willis plays quarterback for Marist and he led the way. He threw for a touchdown and picked up around 100 yards on the ground. He will play running back on the next level and he is very strong, he has good quickness, and he is a natural leader.

Other prospects on Marist are Stanford commitment Greg Taboada, running back Gray King, and junior lineman Kendall Baker. Taboada is going to Stanford to play tight end, but he shines more at defensive end for Marist due to their style of offense. He is mainly a clocker there, but on defense, he is aggressive, he shows his agility, and his strength. He is going to be a very good tight end for the Cardinal. King is garnering a lot of interest from schools including Georgia Tech and Air Force. He is very fast, he is durable, and he has great hands out of the backfield as a running back. Baker plays defensive tackle and he takes up a lot of space in the middle for the Marist defense, but he is projected as an offensive lineman on the next level. He is ranked now as a tackle, but he may be best as a guard. He has great size and is strong at the point of attack.

Chamblee has a lot of athletes, but one really steals the show. Florida State commitment Davin Bellamy is that guy. He is a rush end that is a great natural athlete. He realy did a nice job of playing his assignment against the option offense and he made some plays on the edge, he showed speed to the ball, and he is getting better each game.

Jamie Newberg, National Recruiting Analyst Admiral Farragut @ Cambridge Christian
The major recruit for Admiral Farragut is 2014 linebacker/running back Cortavious Givens. This 5-foot-11 and 225-pound two-way standout was slowed by a hamstring injury and that certainly affected his play on Friday. He was limited on offense except for pass protection duties. Defensively, he showed some range from his middle linebacker spot. This is a physical player with a high motor. He's strong at filling the hole and is a sound tackler. Certainly his better days are ahead and he looks fully recovered from a 2011 ACL injury. Look for him to be a major BCS recruit.

The same can be said for his classmate in athlete Napeleon Maxwell. The question is at what position? He's 6-foot-1 and 190-pounds. Maxwell plays a variety of positions but looks best suited at safety. He runs well, is aggressive and athletic.

Senior running back Todd Macon is one of the more underrated recruit from the Tampa Bay area. You have to love his size (5-10/200), speed and style. This is a power back that can move. He strong between the tackles and has enough speed to get around the perimeter. Macon has two long touchdown runs against Cambridge. According to his coach he has offers from Ball State, Stoneybrook and Liberty.

Senior receiver Brad Muhammed-Hyman is one of the statistical leaders in all of Florida in receptions, yards and touchdowns but he missed this game with an ankle injury. Therefore sophomore Keveon Woods became the go-to guy for Admiral Farragut. He had three touchdown receptions on the night and also started at defensive end. He's big (6-foot-4) but skinny (170-pounds). He runs well, has good hands and shows some quickness in the open field. If he catches up to his body and fills out this kid has a chance to become an elite recruit.

John Garcia Jr., Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Hazel Green (Ala.) vs Huntsville (Ala.)

Hazel Green was able to ruin the senior night of Alabama offensive line commit Grant Hill and Auburn linebacker commit Cameron Toney. Parker Cothran had as much to do with The Trojans' upset as any player, especially when Hill went down with an ankle injury. The Purdue defensive end pledge helped to dominate the game off the edge, coming up with one tackle-for-loss after another, adding a big strip-sack to seal the 24-3 win. At 6-foot-5, 230-pounds, Cothren not only shows a high motor and good closing speed, but he punishes ball-carriers when he arrives at the point of attack.

Toney, the three-star linebacker, held his own for the Panthers in the loss. He wasn't making the game-changing plays that Cothren was, but the future Tiger was solid in the middle and in pursuit during a game in which he was on the field a lot. Toney has good tracking skills and is a solid tackler. He continues to prove his worth in coverage as well, which may be his biggest strength.

Douglas (Ala.) vs New Hope (Ala.)

Vanderbilt commitment Johnathan Ford was questionable heading into the game because of an ankle injury, but he gutted it out on senior night. In his last game sporting the New Hope uniform, he made the most of it immediately by sprinting 52 yards for a score on his first touch. The running back wouldn't find pay dirt anymore in a shootout win, but he accounted for big plays all night long as the Indians held off Douglas. Ford has an unreal first step and he can get into his top-end gear as quick as any back I've seen this season. He made plays both inside and out on the way to having over 100 yards at the half and 168 for the night, all on just 14 carries.

Ford was hot early, but Douglas' Mr. Everything Carlton Peppers stole the show late. The senior, who is more of a baseball prospect than a football one, played quarterback, cornerback and returner for the Eagles. He threw enough to keep the defense honest, ran for a pair of scores - including a 69-yarder - and even returned a punt for six. Peppers showed great acceleration and elusiveness with the ball in his hands, and wasn't afraid to mix it up with physical defenders as well.

Mike Bakas, Florida Field Reporter
Kissimmee (Fla.) Osceola vs Orlando (Fla.) Gateway

Osceola, one of the best teams in all of central Florida this year, won its district championship with a 28-0 win here. Osceola is led by two of the top prospects in the greater Orlando area in the 2013 class – running back Stafon McCray and defensive back Hassan Childs. Both players were very impressive in this game.

McCray ran for just over 100 yards and two scores. At 5-foot-11 and 200-pounds, he has enough size and toughness to get a lot of his yards between the tackles. He's a downhill runner who has as much ability to run you over as he does making you miss. He initiates contact and that should help his game translate well to the college level. He has enough wiggle to his game to make people miss but his game is more geared to go between the tackles and to move the chains. He lacks breakaway speed to really take his game to another level and doesn't offer much as a pass-catcher in the receiving game. Still, he's one of the best running backs in the area and is considering several Division 1 offers – Marshall, Memphis, Iowa State, FIU, Ohio, and Cincinnati are some of them.

Childs is one of the top defensive backs in the Orlando area. At 6-foot-1 and 175-pounds, he plays cornerback and does a nice job of shutting down his side of the field. He plays safety times, too, and could end up playing there at the college level. He has good football instincts, he's physical for his size, and seems to be around the ball a lot. He likely lacks great foot speed to play cornerback at the major college level so he'll have to bulk up some before being ready to play safety. He projects best as a free safety, as he has excellent ball skills. He plays some wide receiver on offense and is also a dangerous punt returner. He's arguably the best overall player on the field. Childs made a summer commitment to North Carolina State but is still getting recent offers from schools like Purdue, Indiana, and others.

Amy Campbell, Florida Field Reporter
Glen St. Mary (Fla.) Baker County vs Jacksonville (Fla.) Bishop Kenny

Baker County sealed the district title Friday night in a 49-35 win over Bishop Kenny. Sophomore CeCe Jefferson played defensive line, offensive line, and occasionally fullback. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Baker County standout also blocked two punts. Jefferson already has eight offers including Alabama, Florida, Florida State, and Clemson. Bishop Kenny's Ahmad Fulwood had 92-yards receiving on six catches and one touchdown. The solid Florida commitment also played safety and had five tackles and a 44-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Fulwood remains solid to Florida and isn't talking to any other schools at this time.

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