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Prospect Review: Valdosta at Glynn Academy

By Barry Every
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Here are some of participants from this contest that displayed the size, athleticism and football acumen worthy of attention from college recruiters.

In a battle of conflicting offensive schemes Valdosta’s quick strike air attack outpaced Glynn’s option attack 35-24. The pair combined for a whopping 876 yards of offense with the Wildcats holding a 24 yard advantage.

Junior signal caller Tate Rodemaker became the Wildcat single-season passing record holder after completing 12 of 21 passes for 267 yards and one touchdown. Fellow juniors Jaheim Bell and Tarrell Roberts combined for ten receptions for 259 yards.

For the Red Terrors all-purpose back Nolan Grant carried much of the load. The junior toted the ball 21 times for over 140 yards and a score while also catching two passes for 32 yards.

Glynn Academy finishes the season (8-4) while also laying claim to their third consecutive Region Title. Valdosta (8-4), the two-seed from Region 1-AAAAAA, now heads north for a quarterfinal matchup versus Dacula (10-2).

Below are some of participants from this contest that displayed the size, athleticism and football acumen worthy of attention from college recruiters. Some of the standouts are not household names, but could be in the near future.

Though only seven players were chosen for this piece, 15 potential prospects were included in the XOSDigital Weekly report. This report is sent directly to 200-plus college coaching staffs, most of which are FBS or FCS. The bottom line is college coaches are the ones that need to embrace your skills, not fans.


Jaylin Alderman, LB, 6-1/205 (2021)
Despite the fact that this game experienced an offensive explosion there were still defenders flying all over the field. Alderman was one of those busy bees as he racked up nine tackles and two TFL’s. He possesses the body type of a hybrid safety/linebacker with plenty of quick twitch muscle fiber. Alderman came up with a huge tackle for loss just before the half that forced the Terrors to go to the air. On the very next play the Wildcats ended half with an interception. During the contest he demonstrated excellent lateral movement and good closing speed. Valdosta has a very young defense that at times has been maligned, but next year it will be a different story.

Jaheim Bell, WR, 6-3/205 (2020)
The only way to describe this jumbo athlete is to imagine a giant outside linebacker playing receiver, and yes his ball skills are stellar. Bell completely dominated the first quarter snagging four passes for 77 yards. But no play was more impressive than his 27-yard catch to start the third quarter. Bell was able to make a nice catch near the boundary then overpower several defenders with his size, strength and speed. He currently boasts nine offers which include Michigan, North Carolina State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. I think it’s just a matter of time before SEC Schools make their intentions known. He is currently the team leader in receptions and second in receiving yards. Bell is one of the most physically dominant players I have seen this year regardless of position.

Rajaez Mosley, RB, 5-6/180 (2019)
Many forget about Mosley’s exploits with air attack so prevalent at Valdosta. He flashed big play ability in the win over Glynn Academy with touchdown runs of 30 and 50-yards. He finished the contest with 149 yards on the ground on 17 carries while also catching one pass for three yards. Though not the tallest back, he does possess extreme muscular structure which allows him to bounce off tacklers. Mosley has good speed and has proved throughout the season to be a threat coming out of the backfield as a passing outlet. For the season he has over 20 receptions. He recently picked up his first offer from Lincoln University of Missouri. Look for more DII in and FCS schools to take interest in his talents.

Tarrell Roberts, WR, 5-7/155 (2020)
Most recruiters are aware of the accomplishments by wideout tandem of Aalah Brown and Jaheim Bell. Well, there is another underclassmen pass catcher starting to make waves on the Wildcat roster. Roberts is your whirling dervish slot receiver with incredible top end speed. On the night he caught four passes for 154 yards and one score. He also added a 21-yard run to his body of work. For the season Roberts is averaging almost 20 yards per reception on 37 catches. He is ideal for any pass happy offense looking for a space guy that is nearly impossible to jam near the line of scrimmage. It’s safe to say that the prolific passing attack of Valdosta is truly a trident of choices.

Tate Rodemaker, QB, 6-4/190 (2020)
At the start of last season Rodemaker found himself third on the depth chart; he is now the single-season passing record holder in school history. He has also laid claim to the touchdown passing record with 31 strikes to the end zone while completing 64% of his pass attempts. Rodemaker will be classified as a pro-style quarterback, but he is pretty nifty in the pocket constantly keeping his eyes downfield. No throw was more impressive than his second quarter 360 with a hard roll right and with a flick of the wrist he was able to hit a wide open receiver for a first down. Rodemaker has ideal height and a frame that will one day hold well over 200-pounds. His lone offer is from DII power Valdosta State, but I expect that to change drastically by the end of the spring evaluation period.

Glynn Academy

Nolan Grant, RB/ATH, 5-8/160 (2020)
Smaller backs have to separate themselves from the pack in order to get any recruiting traction. Well on this night Grant surely did his best to meet that standard by carrying the rock 21 times for over 140-yards and catching two passes for 32 yards. He has extremely quick feet and can change directions on a dime. His top end speed is also very good, but more importantly he is an asset in the passing game. Down 28-10 early in the third quarter Grant almost single handedly took over the drive accounting for 48 yards of offense on five plays. The drive resulted in a game tightening touchdown. What made his performance even more impressive was the fact that he appeared slightly injured but was still able to overcome in a herculean effort.

EJ Thomas, LB, 6-0/220 (2019)
Thomas was possibly the most dominant defensive player on either team on this night. He took part in nine tackles, two of which were on kickoff coverage. But more importantly he proved to be a thorn in the side of the Valdosta aerial attack by breaking up three pass attempts. Thomas was simply able to take away his side of field, sniffing out passes in the flats. But what also stands out about this outside backer was his long muscular arms and affinity for contact. He has the girth and power to also project as an inside linebacker at the next level. There were at least two strikes where he swung from the hips and exploded through the ball carriers. I implore colleges looking for a true defensive tush hog to contact Head Coach Rocky Hidalgo and inquire about Thomas.