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Prospect Review: November 10th

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

Fitzgerald (4-7)

Montreil Harris, 6-2/190, WR (2018) – Harris is a long receiver with good top end speed, he finished the evening with four catches for 51 yards. No reception was more impressive than his diving grab along the Purple Hurricane sideline. Harris was able to find the ball quickly then went completely horizontal to make the grab. On more than one occasion he was able to get behind the Lyons (Ga.) Toombs County defense, but no connection. Harris possesses the size to create matchup problems for smaller defensive backs. His long strider’s speed is ideal for projecting as kick returner. Earlier this year he was claiming offers from Cincinnati, Georgia State, Troy, Tulane and Western Kentucky, but not much has been heard from him on the recruiting front lately.

Sleeper: Damien Devine, 6-0/190, RB/WR (2019) – The former running back is now being used as a slot receiver in the Fitzgerald spread attack, but he is still receiving some touches out of the backfield. Versus Toombs County Devine caught three passes for 30-yards and carried the ball eight times for 40-yards. He is the longer of the two junior all-purpose athletes and also fills in at cornerback. Devine showed excellent quickness and change of direction. His skillset and size will allow him to project at several positions at the next level.

Sleeper: Ethan Gordon, 5-10/180, APB (2019) – Gordon was the most effective offensive weapon in the Hurricane offensive repertoire. On the night he carried the ball 21 times for 114-yards and two touchdowns. He demonstrated excellent change of direction and the ability to make yards after contact. Gordon possesses quick feet and can cut on a dime, but his biggest asset is acceleration. He can change gears quickly making him difficult to tackle in the open field. Sledding was tough versus the Bulldog defense, but Gordon was able to make the most of his carries. Both he and Devine have the athletic talent to project as legitimate FCS/FBS prospects.

Special Note: James Graham, 6-2/190, QB/ATH (2018) – Virginia Tech commit did not play due to injury.

Toombs County (10-1)

Keshawn Morgan, 6-0/225, RB (2018) – Talk about tough sledding, Fitzgerald stacked the box to thwart the power running game of Toombs County. No player took more punishment on the evening than Morgan, though at times it looked like he was the contact aggressor. His six-yard run on the game winning drive was like watching a gladiator slaughter his adversary. At least eight different Cane defenders took their best shot to bring him down in the backfield, but somehow he overpowered his attackers. Morgan finished the contest with 21 carries for 106 yards and one score. Perhaps his biggest play was a 42-yard kick return with the Dogs’ down ten points late in the third stanza. Morgan has incredible vertical speed for his size. Several colleges are still awaiting his pending SAT score, which should be back any day now. He currently has offers from MTSU, Tulane, UAB and USF.

Sleeper: Ervin Mincey, 6-1/230, DE (2018) – This hybrid defensive end/linebacker was able to wreak havoc on the Purple Hurricane hopes of making another long run in the playoffs. He recorded eight tackles and a sack. But, his two biggest plays may have been on punt block. Though he did not officially get credit for a block, his herculean effort forced a 5-yard and a 15-yard punt which resulted in excellent starting field position for the Bulldogs. The resulting drives started on the Fitzgerald (Ga.) 35-yard line and ended in touchdowns. What really stood out about Mincey’s athletic talents was his ultra-quick feet which he used to sidestep offensive lineman. At this time he has no offers, but several FCS and DII schools have strong interest. According to Head Coach Richie Marsh, Mincey is very close to qualifying academically.