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Prospect Review: Creekview at Lee County

By Barry Every
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Here are some of participants from this contest that displayed the size, athleticism and football acumen worthy of attention from college recruiters.

This quarterfinal matchup pitted the last two unbeaten teams from GHSA-AAAAAA. Creekview came into the contest as one of the state’s most prolific rushing teams with over 3,000 yards and 33 touchdowns on the ground. Lee County on the other hand had only allowed its previous 12 opponents 284 total yards rushing for the season. In the end the defending State Champions reigned supreme with a 42-20 victory.

The Grizzlies did manage a season high 140 yards rushing against the unforgiving Lee County defensive unit. Unfortunately for Creekview the total yardage difference was too much to overcome on unfriendly turf as they were outgained 466 to 165.

Creekview (12-1) reached new heights in 2018 earning its first Region Title while making their deepest playoff run in school history. Lee County (13-0) will now host Lanier (10-3) with a trip to the Mercedes Benz Dome at stake.

Below are some of participants from this contest that displayed the size, athleticism and football acumen worthy of attention from college recruiters. Some of the standouts are not household names, but could be in the near future.

Though only nine players were chosen for this piece, 19 potential prospects were included in the XOSDigital Weekly report. This report is sent directly to 200-plus college coaching staffs, most of which are FBS or FCS. The bottom line is college coaches are the ones that need to embrace your skills, not fans.

Creekview

Andy Davis, SS/OLB, 6-0/195 (2019)
Having already seen Citadel commit and current Waycross (Ga.) Ware County linebacker Logan Braucht, watching Davis was like seeing brothers separated at birth. Each led their respective schools in total tackles and both have an affinity for contact. Davis may be a bit faster and probably projects as a strong safety at the next level. Versus Lee County the heat seeking missile recorded eight tackles and scooped up a fumbled punt for score. He also added one catch for 13 yards. Davis has tremendous overall body structure and can close the gap quickly on ball carriers. This is a solid pickup for the Bulldogs.

Nicholas Pendley, OL, 6-5/295 (2019)
Up until about a month ago this behemoth had 16 offers, none from Power Five Schools. Since then he has picked up offers from Indiana, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina and USC. And I feel if other colleges make the effort to stop by his school that list will only grow. Pendley plays offensive tackle for his squad, but could easily project at three of the five line positions in college. He has incredible size, strength and most importantly is an athletic hip and knee bender that can get to the second level. He does a great job of winning the hand position battle while driving his feet after initial engagement thus rendering defenders obsolete.

Cade Radam, RB, 6-0/205 (2019)
Radam is one of the top rushers in the Peach State finishing his senior year with over 2,000 yards on the ground. He had his work cut out for him this past Friday night battling the state’s top defensive unit. Lee County was giving a mere 40.3 rushing yards per contest, but Radam managed 80 yards and two scores on 23 carries. This rocked up back is like a bull in a china shop churning his feet and making mass yardage when none is insight. His powerful lower legs make it hard for defenders to knock him off his pedestal.  He is also an asset out of the backfield having caught 25 passes for 273 yards and four scores on the season. He currently has offers from Air Force, Army, Morehead State and NAIA power Reinhardt.

John Williams, OT, 6-5/270 (2020)
Williams is probably the most noticeable name on the Creekview Roster as he gave Clemson a verbal commitment back on September, 1. He chose the Tigers over Maryland, Memphis, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin. Williams projects as an offensive tackle thanks to his long lean frame and nimble feet. Like Pendley, this gridiron grinder knows how to run his feet after initial engagement. He possesses the ability to get to the second level and pick off linebackers. Look for him to be the cornerstone of Creekview’s 2019 squad. His leadership and football acumen will be needed for the Grizzlies to continue their unprecedented success.

Lee County

Dashawn King, SS, 5-10/192 (2019)
King was harbinger of destruction on special teams, in the open field and behind the line of scrimmage. Versus Creekview the strong safety recorded 14 tackles, one TFL, one PBU and recovered a fumble. Though he lacks the coveted length, King makes up for any deficiencies with superior lower body structure and the ability to breakdown in space. He is one of the best kept secrets on the Lee County football team. King is currently the third leading tackler for the state’s top defensive unit and could project as a hybrid safety/linebacker at the next level.

Baron Hopson, ILB, 5-11/200 (2021)
The leading tackler for the tyrannical Trojan defensive unit did not disappoint in this quarterfinal showcase. Hopson took part in 12 tackles, one sack and forced a fumble. He had possibly the biggest strike of the night. Midway through the second quarter a hole opened for Radam only to be filled with a whole lot of Hopson. He displays excellent closing speed and seems to always be creating crucial turnovers. On the season he has racked up 105 tackles, 13 TFL’s, six sacks, seven QBH’s, four FF’s and four FR’s. Hopson also boasts an eye opening 4.33 GPA to go along with offers from Duke, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska and Vanderbilt.

Jammie Robinson, FS, 5-11/185 (2019)
Robinson is one of the most heavily recruited athletes in Georgia with over 20 Power Five offers. Watching him comedown hill in run support versus Creekview would make almost any offensive player squeamish. On the night he racked up five solo and five assisted tackles. His ball skills were also on display as he slapped an errant pass out of the air and raced 30-yards to paydirt in a blink of an eye. Robinson has very good top end speed and has excelled as a return man this season. He is currently the second leading tackler on the team with 82 stops, four TFL’s and two INT’s. Robinson has yet to let his intentions known where he will be playing next fall.

Daveon Sanders, ATH, 5-10/170 (2019)
Lee County possesses an abundance of team speed on both sides of the ball, but perhaps the quickest of them all is this young man. Sanders feet are like a salsa dancer leaving defenders grasping at thin air. Though he only touched the ball eight times offensively he was able to gain 67 yards and reach the end zone once. Several of his carries went for pivotal first downs. He most likely projects as a space guy which translates to an all-purpose back that could double as a slot receiver. For the season Sanders is averaging over 10 yards per carry and over 15 yards per reception. Simply put he is making the most of his opportunities and is a big reason why the Trojans closest game of the season was a 17 point victory.

Kyle Toole, QB, 6-2/195 (2020)
Toole came into this battle of unbeaten having not thrown a single interception on the season. Unfortunately that streak was broken, but at the same time this pro-style quarterback was able to show off his ability to make unscripted yards with his feet. Toole finished the contest 13 of 24 for 213 yards and one touchdown versus his lone interception. More importantly he carried the ball seven times for 55 yards and a pair of scores. No play was bigger than his fourth down touchdown scramble of 25-yards. Toole weaved his way through the Creekview defense pushing the Trojan lead to 28, thus ending any chance of a comeback by the Grizzlies. He possesses good height and can see the whole field. Don’t feel sorry for his streak coming to an end; his touchdown to interception ratio is now 32 to one. Toole currently has an offer from Howard.