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Prospect Review: November 17th

By Barry Every
SouthernPigskin.com
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Breaking down some of the top prospects that Barry Every saw last week.

Jones County Greyhounds (11-1)

Ja’darien Boykin, 6-1/225, DE/OLB (2019) – Boykin came into the contest leading the Greyhounds in sacks with 13. Though he was held in check most of the evening from wreaking havoc in the backfield, he did manage a game ending sack thwarting the Jacket’s comeback. What really stands out about this hybrid DE/OLB is overall body structure. Boykin is simply chalked full of quick twitch muscle fiber from head to toe. He also has long muscular arms, ideal for bypassing offensive tackles off the edge. Right now he lacks the ideal height to project as a 4-3 defensive end, but he could play either outside or inside linebacker at the next level. This is someone high level FCS and FBS colleges should put on their recruiting radar.

Sleeper: Kain Monds, 6-5/235, DE (2018) – As a junior Monds only played in seven contests, but through the first 11 games his senior year he has racked up 59 tackles, 13 TFL’s, 8.5 sacks, six QBH’s and one INT. One thing you can’t coach is incredible length, and this defensive end may have been the tallest player on either team Friday evening. Monds did not disappoint in the win over Jesup (Ga.) Wayne County recording seven tackles, one TFL and a PBU. He needs to improve his hip and knee flexibility a tad, which should help with pad level at the point of attack. But what he does have is quick feet and the lateral dexterity to stretch plays out to the boundary. This behemoth is near impossible to throw over, as his arms reached into the nightly abyss. College coaches looking for length in a pass rusher should put a call into Greyhound Head Coach Justin Rogers about this young man.

Sleeper: Jontavis Robertson, 5-11/170, WR (2020) – No player on either team had a bigger impact on the outcome of the game then this rising superstar. The Hounds entered the second round away playoff game without the services of Teldrick Ross, then minutes into the contest their leading rusher Drake Bolus went down with an injury. Like a dramatic Broadway play Robertson made his stage entrance with much grandeur. He has very good body control possessing the ability to adjust to the ball once it was in the air. Robertson also possesses the speed to stretch the field vertically and the elusiveness to make tacklers miss in the open field. When the dust had cleared this whirling dervish had gashed the Yellow Jacket defense for eight receptions and 207 yards while crossing the goal line twice. To give his performance gravity, Robertson doubled his total receiving yards and touchdowns on the season in this game.    

Special Note: Teldrick Ross, 5-11/175, QB/ATH (2018) – Ross, one of the fastest rising prospects in the Peach State, missed the game due to a high ankle sprain. In the last month alone he has picked up offers from Coastal Carolina, ETSU, Kennesaw State, Mercer, MTSU and Samford. Ross recently received a 980 on the SAT, which should further the fury for his signature.

Wayne County Yellow Jackets (9-2)

MJ Fuller, 5-8/200, RB (2019) – Fuller again had a solid night, carrying the ball 14 times for 126 yards while handling kick return duties. The powerfully built back shocked the Greyhound defense late in the second quarter, breaking off a 66-yard run with under a minute to play. Once Fuller hit the edge, he was able to pull away from defenders with his exceptional acceleration. He also showed good balance and the ability to make yards after contact. Fuller has the tools to project as an every-down back at the next level. With the 2018 signing class almost in the books, look for Fuller’s name to soon be in the forefront as college coaches scour South Georgia for difference makers.

Billy Parker, 6-5/265, OT (2018) – Still a bit shocking that this potential college offensive tackle has yet to gain the recruiting attention customary of the position. There is simply a shortage in the Peach State of quality longer offensive lineman with the frame and athleticism to project at tackle. Then you add to the formula as 1,200 SAT and a 4.0 GPA. Parker went one-on-one versus the Hounds top pass rusher, Boykin, and held him without a TFL or sack for over three quarters. He was able to use his arm length and quick feet to stonewall his opponent. His frame will easily hold another 30-pounds of muscle mass. Recruiting can be like dominos, once a few bigtime players announce their intentions, some colleges will scramble to fill spots at hard to find positions (offensive tackle, defensive tackle and defensive end).

Sleeper: Ashby Cribb, 5-11/175, WR (2019) – Second time seeing the quintessential slot receiver in person, and have come away impressed both times. Versus Jones County, Ashby hauled in six passes for 92-yards and two touchdowns. Not sure how many touchdown grabs he has on the season, but the number has to be jaw-dropping. Cribb has extremely quick feet which allows him to release off the line of scrimmage unimpeded. He then has the ability to stop on a dime, throwing defensive backs off balance trying to react to his movements. Cribb attacks the ball with his hands and can really contort his body to make difficult catches look mundane. He also has solid body structure and will most likely play at around 190 to 195-pounds by the time he reaches college. The question that needs to be asked, is Cribb a Wes Welker clone?