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Prospect Review: Salem at Coffee

By Barry Every
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SP Recruiting Expert Barry Every breaks down some of the top prospects in this matchup

Douglas, Georgia – Last year’s GHSA-AAAAAA State Runner-up Douglas (Ga.) Coffee kept Conyers (Ga.) Salem out of the end zone offensively in Friday’s 23-6 non-region win. The lone Seminole score came on a 50-yard pick six; the contest was also marred with double digit pre-snap penalties. Junior athlete BJ Hodge hit pay dirt twice for the hosts on runs of 28 and three yards to pace the Trojans.

Below are some of the participants in this contest that demonstrated their football acumen and physical attributes on the gridiron. They are all deserving of attention by college recruiters despite playing at schools isolated within the state. All prospects are listed in alphabetical order by team

Salem

Keevan Bailey, S, 6-0/177 (2019)
Bailey is the son of future Hall-of-Famer and former Folkston (Ga.) Charlton County standout Champ Bailey. Versus Coffee, Bailey took part in over ten tackles from his safety position. He proved very aggressive in run support as he ran the alleys with reckless abandon. For the most part he went untested in the passing game as Coffee struggled to complete any vertical passes. Bailey possesses good top end speed and has the frame to easily hold more muscle mass. At this time he has over 20 offers which include Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Minnesota, Syracuse, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Artemus McCorkle, S/CB, 5-11/180 (2019)
McCorkle is projected as a corner at the next level but is currently playing the other safety position for Salem. He has excellent top end speed which on display during his 50-yard interception return for score. He also took part in four tackles. McCorkle not only possesses that coveted speed, but has hips on a swivel. His versatility in the defensive secondary will come in handy depending on what defensive package his future school is in at any given time. McCorkle is sitting with nearly 20 offers that include Appalachian State Cincinnati, East Carolina, Georgia Southern, Louisville and Syracuse.

Devon Reaves, DE/OLB, 6-3/240 (2019)
Let’s face it; college coaches love prospects that look the part. Reaves was easily the most impressive looking player, on either team, on the hoof. He has a muscular powerbase and long arms, ideal for playing defensive end at the next level. It’s also not out of the realm of possibility that he may project as a 3-4 outside linebacker. Reaves showed good lateral movement and has the speed to chase plays down the field. On the night he recorded seven tackles. He currently has 15 offers with Boston College, Bowling Green, East Carolina, Georgia State, MTSU and Troy making their intentions known for his services.

Tyler “Smoke” Smith, WR, 6-0/180 (2019)
Smith is your prototypical sure handed shifty wide out that moves the chains. He caught four passes on the evening, two of which went for first downs. He does a nice job of attacking the ball with his hands and proved unintimidated by playing in heavy traffic. Look for Smith to have a big year, perhaps passing his previous two-year total in receptions. It also appeared that he has the top end speed to stretch the field, but the Seminoles were unable to make a connection past 15-yards on the night. Smith is the other heavily recruited player on Salem as he also possesses 20 offers. His list of suitors includes Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, South Florida, Southern Miss, Troy, Western Kentucky and Tulane.

Coffee

Jaymin Speight, OL, 6-1/304 (2019)
Speight was easily the biggest and best offensive lineman that played in the game. The two-year starting left offensive tackle does a great job using full extension and getting his hands inside the shoulder pads. He is then able to run his feet after engagement. Speight also does a great job of staying squared up on opposing defenders when in pass protection. Look for him to project as a potential guard or even a center at the next level. Right now he possesses a pair of DII offers from Tusculum and Valdosta State. Don’t be surprised if a high academic FCS school gets involved considering that Speight is an excellent student taking AP/Honor courses.

Malachi Williams, DE, 6-2/245 (2020)
Williams is possibly the most physically impressive prospect on the hoof for the Trojans. He has good length, long arms and a frame that will easily house another 30 to 40 pounds of muscle mass. Williams took part in seven tackles and two sacks, one of which resulted in two-points. On top of his defensive exploits he doubled as a blocking tight end. What stands out about Williams’ game is his ability to win the hand placement battle. He is then able to release and chase plays to the boundary. He may be a new name for many colleges but is worthy of putting on the recruiting radar. He may grow into a potential interior defensive lineman with pass rushing ability.