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Prospect Review: Islands at Calvary Day

By Barry Every
SouthernPigskin.com
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Barry Every breaks down a matchup that saw a handful of future ACC players compete.

Savannah, Georgia – In a battle pitting a trio of future ACC stars, Savannah (Ga.) Calvary Day outpaced Savannah (Ga.) Islands 28-6. Calvary held the Sharks to a very modest 113 total yards. Cavalier bookends D’Quan Douse and Sayyid Stevens combined for nine tackles, six TFL’s, two sacks and two QBH’s. Douse recently gave Georgia Tech a verbal commitment while Stevens has chosen Duke to further his education and football career.

Specials team gaffes also led to a pair of scores as Islands muffed a punt return which was recovered in the end zone for a Calvary Day touchdown. Islands lone tally came late in the contest when Michael Robertson, Jr. corralled a snap that sailed over the Cavalier punter’s head.

Below are some of participants in this contest that displayed the size, athleticism and football acumen worthy of attracting attention from college recruiters. Some of the standouts are already household names in the Greater Savannah Area, while others are still looking to garner recognition. Prospects are listed in alphabetical order by team

Islands

Kalen Deloach, LB/ATH, 6-1/202 (2019)
Deloach the most notable name in the contest recently chose Florida State over 30 other suitors. Versus Calvary Day he recorded six tackles and one TFL while seeing some duty at running back. The most amazing aspect of his performance was the versatility he displayed. Deloach also saw reps as a punter, long snapper and punt returner. He is lean and chalked full of quick-twitch muscle fiber. Deloach possesses very good lateral movement and should be able to add another 25 to 30 pounds to his frame. His most impressive play was the tackle for loss in the third quarter. He moved effortlessly to his right closing the gap quickly while making a solid open field tackle. These are the type of plays that attracted schools like Florida State to offer him a scholarship.

Deion Duncan, FS/CB, 5-11/170 (2021)
As alluded to in the third paragraph of this article, Duncan is probably not on many recruiter’s radar at this time. Based on his performance in this contest he should be getting some looks soon. On the night he recorded eight tackles and one TFL from his safety position. What stands out most is his closing speed and willingness to come up in run support. This young man can flat out fly and may have the skillset to project as a corner. He does a great job of shucking blockers and then finding the ball carrier. His two most impressive plays were a solo tackle on a swing pass in the flats and a touchdown saving tackle late in the second quarter.

Thomas Garner, DE/ATH, 6-3/190 (2020)
He is actually listed on the Maxpreps roster as a receiver, but he made his mark in this contest on the defensive side of the ball. Garner is long and lean with a great frame for adding more muscle mass. Versus Calvary he played defensive end and running back recording seven tackles and one TFL while carrying the ball five times for 12 yards. Garner has the speed to catch plays from behind and the track numbers to back it up. He most likely projects as an outside linebacker at the next level. He is raw at the point of attack and needs to use his hands more violently when disposing blockers. But if you simply line this kid up on the edge and let him chase, he will make plays. Adding more strength and muscle mass will be imperative to his future development.

Michael Robertson, Jr., SS, 5-11/190 (2020)
Robertson surely looks the part of a highly sought after gridiron commodity. This is one thick and muscular safety that has the tools to bring the hammer. Right out of the gate on the first play from scrimmage he came screaming from the secondary to limit Griffin for no gain. He ended the contest with five tackles while having the longest play from scrimmage for Islands, a 42-yard run in the fourth quarter. He also scored the lone touchdown for the Sharks chasing down a snap that sailed over the punter’s head into the end zone. Though listed as an athlete he most likely projects as a strong safety at the next level. Robertson currently boasts over a dozen FBS offers.

Calvary Day

D’Quan Douse, DE, 6-2/250 (2019)
Douse did not disappoint playing both ways almost the entire game. Defensively he racked up five tackles, three TFL’s and one QBH while helping pave the way as a blocking tight end for Calvary’s potent rushing attack. Douse is very powerful at the point of attack using his giant grizzly paws to control his offensive adversary. Once he locks on he is not letting go unless that is what is required to make the play. Douse is quick off the snap and does a nice job of releasing on plays run to the boundary. He could project as an H-Back, strong-side defensive end or may even grow into a pass rushing defensive tackle one day. One thing is for sure, Tech got them a darn good football player who epitomizes the term student-athlete.

Rocko Griffin, RB, 5-9/185 (2020)
This is a name that college coaches need to get on their recruiting radar ASAP. Griffin is finally healthy after suffering injuries his freshman and sophomore seasons. Friday night he split carries with Leary and still managed 122 yards and one touchdown on 18 totes. This young back is really rocked-up with perfect muscle structure from head to toe. The two plays that stand out most are his 30-plus yard carry just before the end of the half that set up a late touchdown score. The other was his 23-yard touchdown jaunt where he literally left the turf scorched beneath his feet. Griffin will eventually play at around 205-pounds, which makes him the ideal size for a college back.

Jalen Leary, RB, 5-8/175, (2019)
Leary is possibly the most underrated prospect in Savannah and he makes his presence known on both sides of the ball. Offensively he carried the rock 11 times for 72 yards while recording four tackles and an interception on defense, all this while missing a good chunk of the third quarter due to cramps. Yes he may be considered a little undersized, but he does not lack for ability or physical resolve. Not only does he have the finesse to make tacklers miss, at least twice during the contest he was able to carry multiple defenders for extra real estate. Leary likely projects as an all-purpose back of boundary corner at the next level. For me Leary looks to be at least a high level FCS type prospect.

Fuches Lewis, II, DT, 6-2/255 (2021)
Like Douse, Lewis did the double dip along the line playing defensive tackle and offensive guard most of the contest. He already has the prototypical body build to project as an interior lineman on either side of the ball at the next level. He plays with good pad level and fires of the ball with immense power. Though I truly believe he will end up on the defensive side of the ball, he could possibly project as an offensive center. Lewis possesses a great powerbase for hunkering down and not allowing opponents forward progress. Let’s not forget, this two-way standout is just a sophomore and his best days are yet to come.

Sayyid Stevens, DE/OLB, 6-2/217 (2019)
Of the three standout Calvary Day linemen, Stevens is the most athletic. He comes off the edge with his hair lit a fire, charging like a raging rhino. He is in the backfield before offensive linemen can even get out of their stance. The pass rushing specialist recorded four tackles, three TFL’s, two sacks and one QBH. Early in the contest he all but beheaded the poor Islands signal caller, forcing him to temporarily leave the game. Soon after that he greeted the backup with the same bitter rancor. Stevens’ projects as an outside linebacker or 4-3 pass rushing end with extreme speed, he is a legit 4.5 40-guy that Duke Blue Devil fans should be ecstatic about his verbal commitment. His skillset also lends itself to being a tremendous coverage team’s superstar.