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Prospect Review: November 24th

By Barry Every
SouthernPigskin.com
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Barry Every breaks down some of the top prospects from Mays at Lee County (GA).

Benjamin E. Mays Raiders (11-2)

Antonio Grier, Jr., 6-0/215, ILB (2018) – It was clear from the start, watching Grier in warmups, that he was not only the vocal leader of the Raider defense but the emotional backbone. On the night he recorded ten tackles, two TFLs, one sack and a forced fumble. This thick inside backer knows how to stand his ground between the tackles and showed the foot dexterity to sidestep blockers. Grier also doubles as the long snapper and had a nice solo tackle on punt coverage. There is no question that he is one of the more underrated prospects in the city limits of Atlanta. Grier is currently verbally committed to USF over offers from Eastern Michigan, Georgia Southern, Marshall and UAB. The Bulls are getting a grinder that will bring his lunch pail every day to practice.

Amir Abdur-Rahman, 6-4/215, WR (2018) – This is one of the biggest wideouts I have seen all season, looking almost like a hybrid TE/WR. Abdur-Rahman was one of the few bright spots on a Raider offense that was held to 260 yards of total yards. Versus a stout Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County defense he managed six catches for 121 yards and one touchdown. Abdur-Rahman is a total mismatch for smaller defensive backs. He does a great job of attacking the ball with his hands while using his large frame to shield defenders from the ball. Abdur-Rahman was also able to show off his elegant long strides on his 81-yard touchdown reception. At this time he has 15 FBS offers and that list should continue to grow.

Sleeper: Kendell Wimberly, 6-2/190, WR (2018) – Wimberly did not come into the 2017 football season with the same fanfare as other receiving targets on the Raider squad. But, the bottom line is this young man ended up being the second most productive wide out on the season for Atlanta (Ga.) Mays. Versus Lee County he had four grabs for 96 yards and a score. Like the rest of the Raider receiving corps, Wimberly has very good size and top end speed. But what really stood out was his ability to make tough catches over the middle of the field. Wimberly has excellent body control and really does a tremendous job attacking the ball with his hands. College coaches still in search of bigger receivers should check this young man out.

Special Note: Maleak Bryant, 6-6/225, TE (2018) – The Maryland commit did not play due to a lower extremity injury. No worry Terp fans, though wearing a boot he was still able to walk all over the field prior the game, so the injury is minor.

Other Standouts: Jahquez Evans, QB/ATH (2019), Jazz Hawkins, DT (2018), Tyrone Mixon, ILB (2018), Desmond Traylor, DE/DT (2018), Daniel Troutman, S (2018)

Lee County Trojans (12-1)

TJ Harris, 6-0/200, S (2018) – I’m not sure what it is about the second half, but this guy really comes on in the crunch. Harris recorded six tackles, one PBU and had a key interception early in the fourth quarter to thwart any possible comeback by Mays. The Troy commit has excellent overall size and again showed off his excellent top end with another touchdown saving tackle. Harris does not shy away from contact and seems to have a real nose for the ball. Look for the future Trojan to play at around 210-pounds at the next level with the ability to be an enforcer on defense.

Tavian Mayo, 5-11/170, CB (2019) – Mays was sitting on the 50-yard line late in the second quarter, when Mayo picked off an errant pass returning 60-yards with 6.7 seconds left in the half. His incredible individual performance ended up being the dagger in the heart of the Raiders’ hopes to reach the semifinals. On the very next play Lee County pushed their lead to 17-0. Mayo also impressed with his tackling physicality versus much bigger receivers. He ran his feet after contact and simply would not let go. Mayo is a true ball hawking cover corner that can change the outcome of a game in split second, He currently has offers from Ball State and Chattanooga. His stock should continue to rise. 

Otis Reese, 6-3/225, S/OLB (2018) – What can be said about one of the most heavily recruited players in South Georgia that hasn’t already been said. The Michigan commit has all the physical tools to become a serious defensive difference maker at the next level. Reese led the Trojans in tackles with 11 stops, to go along with a QBH, TFL and a forced fumble. Reese will simply light up ball carriers with teeth shattering missile strikes. His biggest asset is his quickness coming off the edge; he is a disruptive force in the offensive backfield. Despite his commitment to the Wolverines multiple SEC schools are still trying to sway his services.

Ty Terrell, 6-0/190, WR (2018) – I was finally able to see the top end speed everyone has talked about as a kick returner. But what really stood out was the body control he displayed on his touchdown catch on the final play of the first half. He finished the contest with five receptions for 61 yards. Terrell could project as a physical slot receiver with the ability to be that kick returner that will stick it up the middle. Right now he is verbally committed to Ball State as a receiver, but other colleges may try to come in late on one of the most prolific receivers in Georgia’s second highest classification.

Sleeper: Baron Hopson, OLB, 5-11/190 (2021) – Yep, only a freshman and 13-years old to boot. According to Head Coach Dean Fabrizio, Hopson has already skipped a grade in school because of his prowess in the classroom. This young man has been a true disruptor on the defensive side of the ball all season. Versus Mays he racked up 9.5 tackles, three QBH’s and a PBU. He shows great instincts and is willing to stick his hat on the ball carrier. Hopson is quick off the edge and shows excellent lateral quickness. Right now he would be considered a hybrid S/LB, but again he is only 13-years old. When Coach Fabrizio says this kid has a bright future, you can take that to the bank.

Sleeper: Andy Kirt, OLB/SS 5-11/190 (2018) – Most teams have a guy that is somehow always around the ball forcing turnovers and recovering fumbles. Well Kirt is that guy for the Trojans, and he also excels on coverage teams. On the biggest stage this young man came up huge recording nine tackles, three sacks, one PBU, one FF and 1 FR. And this wasn’t an anomaly, as he has done this all season. The biggest question is what position can he play at the next level? He is either an underside outside backer or a strong safety. You can’t question his ability to wreak havoc in the aggressive Trojan defensive front seven. I have to think an FCS or DII school could seriously use his services. Kirt sports a 3.2 GPA and a 1,080 on the SAT.

Other Standouts: Joshua Asbury, WR (2018), Griffin Carder, OG/OT (2019), Cameron Covin, OT (2018), Nikko Cruz, RB (2018), Quin Geer, ILB (2018), Chauncey Magwood, WR (2021), Griffin McDowell, OL (2018), Jase Orndorff, QB (2018)