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Prospect Review: Rockledge at Ware County

By Barry Every
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The much anticipated interstate matchup between Rockledge (Fla.) and Waycross (Ga.) Ware County turned out to be a defensive slugfest.

Waycross, Georgia – The much anticipated interstate matchup between Rockledge (Fla.) and Waycross (Ga.) Ware County turned out to be a defensive slugfest. Four big plays determined the outcome with the Raiders walking away with a 19-7 victory.

Four-Star standout Ladarius Tennison showed why he has over 30 FBS offers by returning the opening kickoff 92-yards to paydirt. The senior would end the game with over 170 all-purpose yards, two scores while chipping in six tackles and an interception on the defensive side of the ball.

Tennison was not the lone standout for the Raiders as the junior linebacker tandem of Zachary Lovett and Kenard Snyder combined for over a dozen tackles, five TFL’s and one sack.

Ware County was led defensively by seniors Johnny Lattimore and Kevin Weatherspoon. The pair accounted for 18 stops in keeping the Gators within striking distance throughout the contest.

Rockledge (1-0) will now host Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln (1-0) this Friday. The Trojans knocked of city-rival Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby 32-12 to start the season.

Ware County (0-1) will again be the host this Friday versus Waynesboro (Ga.) Burke County (1-0). The Bears outpaced traditional state power Savannah (Ga.) Benedictine 55-42.

Below are my top performers from the week one contest. That being said each team has more than three potential FBS/FCS prospects. Rockledge came into the contest with at least eight players holding multiple FBS offers. Statistics used in story are rough stats as official numbers were not yet available.

Rockledge Raiders

Zachary Lovett, 6-2/210, LB (2021)
Offers: (8) Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Miami, Missouri, North Carolina-Charlotte, Purdue
Comments: Easily one of the best looking prospects on the hoof for the Raiders. Lovett is that hybrid OLB/DE that plays with good leverage and showed excellent use of hands in keeping offensive lineman off his body. On the night he recorded six tackles, two TFL’s and one sack. He could project as an OLB, ILB or possible DE in a 4-3 front. Lovett possesses good closing speed and excelled on punt coverage teams. A versatile defender whose stock will only continue to rise could end up a 20+ offer type prospect.

Kenard Snyder, 6-2/220, LB (2021)
Offers: None
Comments: A recent transfer from Melbourne (Fla.) Palm Bay where he played defensive line and ILB. He and Lovett could pass for twins as they both clearly pass the eye ball test. Had a huge night racking up seven tackles and three TFL’s. Showed excellent closing speed and lateral movement. Can drop in coverage and is explosive coming on the blitz. Though he currently holds no offers, he definitely looks and played the part of a legitimate FBS level prospect. I expect him to start picking up offers very soon.

Ladarius Tennison, 5-10/195, ATH (2020)
Offers: (36) Auburn, Baylor, Boston College, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Pitt, South Carolina, Texas A&M, West Virginia, etc.
Comments: Tennison, the most high-profile recruit entering the matchup Friday night, did not disappoint accounting for over 170 all-purpose yards and two scores. He also chipped in a half dozen tackles, one PBU and one interception on the defensive side of the ball. This young man is chalked full of quick-twitch muscle fiber and proved to be the most versatile athlete on the field. Though many colleges are recruiting him as a safety, Tennison displayed the skillset to possibly project as a running back in college. His 92-yard opening game kick return for score shocked the Ware county faithful, but his prowess as a striker on the defensive side of the ball and special teams is worthy of mention.

Ware County Gators

Johnny Lattimore, 6-0/185, OLB/SS (2020)
Offers: None
Comments: As a junior played mostly safety but this season he is playing much closer to the box as a hybrid SS/OLB. Proved to be an aggressive tackler versus the run, taking part in ten tackles. Would be considered a little undersized for a linebacker but possesses excellent size of a potential strong safety. Is able to break down in the open field and had more than one major strike that wowed the crowd. Really surprised that someone with his size and closing speed still lacks an offer at any level. Definitely has FCS or high level DII ability in my opinion. 

Michael Mincey, 6-1/210, ILB (2021)
Offers: (1) Mississippi State
Comments: Talking about a good looking prospect on the hoof; Mincey clearly passes the eyeball test amongst his peers. Took part in seven tacklers from his inside linebacker position. Does a good job bouncing around the tackle box while showing the ability to run sideline to sideline. Most impressive play was his effort running to the boundary on a pass play to drive the offensive player out of bounds. As a whole the Gators proved pretty stout versus the run all night. Look for Mincey’s stock to take off with a good junior season.

Kevin Weatherspoon, 6-0/190, SS/FS (2020)
Offers: None
Comments: Last year Weatherspoon mostly lined up at corner, leading the Gators in picks. But in this contest he was the deep safety in charge of the middle third of the field. Unfortunately he was not able to show off his coverage skills because the majority of Raider passes were outside the hashes. What he did have a chance to show off was his aggressive attacking style versus the run. He took part in eight tackles, many of which were within three yards of the line of scrimmage. Still shocked that this young man has no offers at any level. Could project as a free safety or the possible corner at the FBS or FCS level.