Scout on the Town - South Recap

Shaq Wiggins

Shaq Wiggins and Tyrone Sandy Creek are gunning for another state title in Georgia while in Florida and Alabama there were a handful of state championships decided.

Chad Simmons, National Recruiting Analyst
Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek vs. Monroe (Ga.) Monroe Area

This game was tight for a quarter, but like most expected, Sandy Creek took control, and went on to win the game 35-0 to return to the championship game the third time in four years. The defense pitched a shutout and two of the Patriots' top prospects play on that side of the ball. Georgia commitment Shaquille Wiggins is a corner and he was not tested in this game. He made a nice tackle in the backfield, but in coverage, the receivers could not get away from him.

Monroe Area is also a heavy run team. The heavy run game allowed 2014 defensive tackle Chris Williams to be very much involved in the game. He is a strong interior DL with good lateral movement, and good pursuit. Ole Miss and Texas A&M have offered him. On the offensive side of the ball, 2014 wide receiver made plays. He had a nice 40 yard touchdown catch in the second quarter and he finished with 112 yards on six catches. He is very fluid, he tracks the ball well, and he has that extra burst to get to it. He has any big offers.

The quarterback for Sandy Creek is Junior Cole Garvin and he throws a nice ball, he has shown the ability to throw the underneath routes and the long ball, and he is a natural leader at his position. Protecting Garvin up front if big offensive tackle Alan Knott. The South Carolina commitment had a nice game against Monroe Area. He got to the second level, he finished some blocks, and he is that old school OL that leaves it all on the field. A couple other seniors that will sign D1 scholarships are safety Corey Griffin (Scout likes him as an outside linebacker) and wide receiver Kyle Wilson.

The Patriots have a couple of backs to watch in the 2015 class. They are Eric Swinney and Delvin Weems. Monroe Area's top prospects are all juniors. Quarterback Stanton Truitt, running back Kwan Brooks, and wide receiver Michael Gallop. Truitt is the most intriguing prospect out of that trio and he could play quarterback, slot, or corner on the next level. He is likely to be recruited most as a corner. Gallop is a good looking receiver on the hoof, but in their offense, not many balls are thrown his way. He is one that could emerge more in the combine and camp circuit. All three look like they will draw significant attention in recruiting though.

Jamie Newberg, National Recruiting Analyst
Trenton (Fla.) vs Century (Fla) Northview<
1A State Championship

Safety Neiko Robinson had a super game for Northview, as they won the Florida single A state title over Trenton on Friday night. Robinson finished with 11 tackles and a key early interception. That pick gave Northview early momentum and they never looked back.Also key in the win were several early big hits by this Penn State commitment, as he set the tone for the night. Robinson was terrific in run support, showing an aggressive and hard hitting game. Sometimes though, he's a tad overly aggressive and over runs some plays. Robinson has good speed and covers a lot of ground in a hurry. He's fearless in the secondary. Robinson mainly plays free safety but sometimes lines up near the box. Unfortunately, Trenton didn't pass the ball much, so it was hard to get a gauge of what he's like in coverage. Only 6-foot-0 and 170-pounds, he certainly will need to bulk up for the Nittany Lions.

Trenton's Cedric Stokes rushed for a game high 192 yards and two scores on 35 carries. This kid is flying under the radar when it comes to recruiting and he is certainly one of the top seniors in 1A in Florida. Stokes is a smaller back that's compact. He has good speed, quickness and can run with some power.

Miami (Fla.) Dade University vs Jacksonville (Fla.) University Christian
2A State Championship

Dade Christian senior wide receiver/defensive back/return man Terrance Alls is quite the versatile athlete that excels in all three phases of the game. Alls is a smooth receiver with good speed, quickness and hands. He has the ability to make the first guy miss and make big plays. Alls is committed to Duke.

University Christian defensive lineman Marquis Haynes is committed to North Carolina and the Tar Heels are getting a very active player. He's quick off the ball and can rush the passer. Against Dade Christian he played both inside and out and made a handful of plays behind the line of scrimmage.

Chase Moody and Jeremiah Hamlin are two seniors for University Christian that have the ability to play college football somewhere. Moody is a two-way guy playing running back and linebacker, although he better suited size wise to play safety at the next level [for defense]. This kid runs hard on offense and he's a ball-hawking playmaker on defense. Meanwhile, Hamlin is a big-bruising type of runner with deceptive speed.

Freshman running back/ defensive back Hassein Howe scored University Christian's first two touchdowns against Dade Christian. The first was a scoop and score and the second was a long touchdown run. He looks like one to watch in the 2016 class.

Madison (Fla.) Madison County vs. Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) University School
It was a huge Saturday afternoon for University School quarterback Mike White. After leading the Suns to a 24-17 state championship over Madison County he received a scholarship offer from USF [post game] and committed on the spot to become new Bulls head coach Willie Taggert's first pledge. White has size (6-5/195) and an above average arm. Given time in the pocket where he can set his feet and fire away White shows the ability to make all the throws. This is a kid with a lot of tools that needs reps and experience. Against the Cowboys he finished 21/31 for 282 yards and two scores.

Jordan Cunningham, D.J. Taylor, and Emmanuel Soto are a trio of receivers that each had big games with big plays for University. They combined for a total of 18 catches for 246 and two touchdowns. Cunningham and Taylor are both coveted seniors. They both have speed and very good quickness after the catch with the ball in their hands. They can make defenders miss in the open field. Soto is a 2014 recruit who had a chance to show what he could do on this big stage after Cunningham missed some time with a leg injury. Soto made some huge plays in the second half, including the game winning score. This kid is a good route runner with great hands. He has a chance to really develop into a good one that's coming out next season.

Sophomore Jordan Scarlett is the type of back that gets better as the game goes on and he really started to pick up his pace in the second half. He scored on a 14-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and finished with 18 carries for 73-yards. This kid runs with tremendous power. Scarlett is at his best between the tackles but can turn the corner with good speed for a 200-plus pounder. He's only a sophomore and should be one of the most coveted players in the '15 class.

Maquedius Bain is a four-star defensive tackle prospect that played both offensive tackle positions in this game. Bain is deceptively agile for a kid his size (6-4/290). He can really move his feet and was impressive in pass pro. Bain can slide side to side with ease. He can bend, is athletic and long. Bain state after the game that all schools are recruiting him for defense but I can certainly see him on the offensive side of the ball.

Skai Moore was perhaps the player of the game. He finished with a game high 14 tackles and also had a critical sack and pressure on back-to-back plays very late in the fourth quarter to help seal their victory. Moore has good size (6-2/210) and is physical and aggressive. He plays with a nasty attitude and can find the ball. He looked very good against the run. And when Madison decided they had to go to the air in the final few minutes he showed he could rush the passer. There's no question that Moore is one of the most underrated recruits from the Sunshine State and one of the top linebacker prospects overall.

Jalen Battle had a big game in the secondary for the Suns. He had a fumble recovery and interception and the latter was turned into seven key points. Battle is a long safety that could eventually grow into a hybrid, where he can play closer to the line of scrimmage on one play and be a safety on the next. Battle is committed to Kentucky.

Ira Denson can move for a big man. This four-star guard headed to Florida State was a bull in the middle of the Cowboy offensive line. Denson has good feet and can really get out of his stance and pull like someone 50 pounds lighter. He has to be 6-foot-4 and 320 plus pounds. Denson is physical and nasty, especially when run blocking.

Shedrick Williams scored on a forty-yard touchdown reception. This cornerback prospect is also a wide receiver. He has very good speed and quickness. Williams had to man up against some outstanding University receivers all game long and made some plays in the Madison secondary. This kid is just a good all-around player.

Jacksonville (Fla.) The Bolles School vs Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington
Treon Harris was phenomenal for BTW showing why he will be one of the most coveted recruits from the Sunshine State next season in the 2014 class. He passed for 245 yards and three touchdowns and added 74-yards more on the ground with two scores. Harris showed a big and accurate arm and unbelievable speed and quickness in and out of the pocket. At times he was electric and was clearly the best player on the field.

Matthew Thomas had a big night for the Tornado defense. This five-star outside linebacker finished with nine tackles and two sacks. This kid attacks the football and is very physical. He's long, with a terrific frame that should add a lot of bulk once in college. Thomas is fast and tough. He can take on and defeat blocks and go get the ball. Thomas's ceiling is ridiculously high.

Chad Thomas is a junior defensive end that has a chance to pull in scholarship offers from all over. Right now he stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 240-pounds. The thing is he doesn't look it. Thomas is has an outstanding frame and long arms. He gets off the ball and can really rush the passer. Thomas can also move down the line, showing good lateral movement.

Nigel Pattton and Michael Johnson are two of the standouts in the BTW secondary. It was Patton that stole the show here. This junior cornerback prospect made a dazzling interception in the first quarter where he went fully extended to catch the football. He was also in on three pass breakups and six tackles. Patton can really break on the ball. He's not the biggest cat out there (5-9/170) but has terrific ball skills. Meanwhile, Johnson is an undersized (5-10/175) safety that is always around the ball. On this night he played well in run support against The Bolles School that comes right at you. He can strike you and Johnson runs well.

John Garcia Jr., Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Madison Academy (Ala.) vs. Fayette County (Ala.)

Madison Academy 2015 RB/DB Kerryon Johnson (6-foot, 185 pounds) was not only the game's MVP, but he may have been the most impressive and versatile player in the entire Super 6 Championships. The super sophomore is an impressive runner with combo of good speed and cut-back ability. He has a spin move, jump-cut and finishes each run with power. On the other side of the ball, he's a rangy defender with good ball skills that can sky to knock a ball down if needed as he showed multiple times Thursday including on a 68-yard pick-six and another interception he snagged one-handed. Johnson also lines up as wide receiver as well and may project best there or as a defensive back. He finished the game with 135 yards rushing and two scores on offense. SEC schools are beginning to line up to get a hold of him, and it will only increase going forward.

Brantley (Ala.) vs. Marion County (Ala.)
Though a bit undersized for his current nose guard/defensive tackle position at 6-foot-2, 265 pounds, Brantley's Taylor Driggers oozes talent and productivity on both sides of the line. He has a high motor on defense and is more athletic than he looks. Offensively, he's a relentless blocker that can make plays in space to spring runners. Driggers finished with eight tackles, including a pair for loss of yards in leading his team to a state title. The senior has FBS offers and may be on the cusp of a BCS extension sooner than later.

McAdory (Ala.) vs. Spanish Fort (Ala.)
2013 quarterback Joel Poe started off very slow before leading the Toros to the title, missing on some throws that should have been intercepted, but he stayed with it and ended up tossing two dimes for six. The first was on a seam-route to get the Toros on the board, and the other was the product of accuracy despite scrambling for his life. Poe capped his career with 177 yards passing and four total touchdowns, including one on the ground. He is gritty and flat-out has gotten the joob done in his career. Couple it with a 30 on the ACT and he will be a sleeper to snag for programs looking for a signal-caller late in the 2013 cycle.

Oneonta (Ala.) vs. UMS-Wright (Ala.)
Not very big, but UMS-Wright 2015 running back Troy Dixon is a problem when the smallest of creases is created by his offensive line. He has top-notch burst to break away and he can sustain long runs with his third-gear as evidenced on a trio of 50-plus yard touchdown runs en route to a championship and an MVP trophy. The first showed great vision, the second was all about explosion and speed while the third was pure top-speed for 74 yards. The speedy sophomore ended up with 232 yards and three scores on 23 carries. He isn't reporting interest just yet, but that will likely change sooner than later.

Tanner (Ala.) vs. Washington County (Ala.)
At 6-foot, 180 pounds, and young, 2015 athlete Jonathon Fletcher can simply do it all. He lines up all over the field, but is especially gifted with the ball in his hands as a runner. As a quarterback, he scrambled to make plays both for himself and his teammates all night long, seemingly breaking multiple tackles each time he tucked the ball. Defensively, he's a raw talent that has a high ceiling considering his size and athletic ability on the edge, though he flashed brilliance on a pair of interceptions that were the product of him breaking on the ball instinctively at cornerback. Fletcher's defensive night featured a pick-six and four tackles while his offensive numbers were 41 yards rushing including a 5-yard score and another 17 as a passer. Look for intrigue in him to spike in the offseason.

Hoover (Ala.) vs. Opelika (Ala.)
Going into the game, all eyes were on 2014 five-star Marlon Humphrey of Hoover, and he didn't disappoint. You just can't teach some of the things that the 6-foot, 180-pounder can do at the cornerback position. Just two passes flew his way all game long, and he made a play on each ball. On the first, he broke off his zone coverage for an easy interception, though he could not come up with the grab. Minutes later, he more than atoned for it with a cat-like break on the ball that resulted in an interception return for 42 yards, and nearly for six points. Humphrey's will to get the ball out of the receiver's hands coupled with his ability to separate exemplify why he's so sought after.

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