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Prospect Review: Windsor Forest at Benedictine

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.

Pooler, Georgia – Missed first half opportunities by Savannah (Ga.) Windsor Forest quashed any chance of an upset bid over regional power Savannah (Ga.) Benedictine as the Cadets walked away with a 37-12 victory. Two failed fourth down attempts deep in Cadet Territory along with a missed field goal, from a makeable distance, sealed the Knights fate.

Benedictine was able to shake-off a slow start that included several penalties and a mishandled punt. By night’s end the Cadets racked up over 350 yards rushing, led by first time offensive starter Carter Morgan, They also managed 155 yards through the air.

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 still deserving of recognition.

Though only eight players were chosen for this piece, double that number was included in the XOSDigital Weekly report which goes to over 200+ DI through D3 colleges. The bottom line is college coaches are the ones that need to embrace your skills, not fans.

Windsor Forest

JaMario Blige, SS, 5-11/170 (2021)
Without a doubt the heart and soul of the Knight’s defensive unit on the evening. Blige took part in a dozen tackles, 2 PBU’s, one TFL’s, one QBH and a forced fumble. The slightly undersized strong safety showed no signs of fear coming up in run support. He is able to decipher the run-pass option very quickly displaying his natural instincts.  Blige has very good recovery speed and could possibly project as a corner at the next level. No play was more impressive then when he dropped in coverage, with his back to the ball. Somehow he knew the ball was thrown short and to the outside, Blige simply flipped his hips while changing directions and stopped the receiver in his tracks.

Damozzio Harris, RB, 5-8/180 (2021)
If Blige was the heart and soul of the defensive unit, then Harris displayed the honor and courage worthy of knighthood for his offensive effort. Harris bounced, bolted and bludgeoned his way to 140-yards rushing on 21 carries, whiling catching one pass for 16 yards. One cannot use words to express the herculean effort this young man gave on the gridiron. On numerous occasions there wasn’t an inch of space, somehow Harris ended up in the Benedictine secondary. He runs with great balance and simply keeps those legs a churning. He can be elusive in the open field and appears to have very good ball skills. With more than two years of high school ball left, Harris could end up becoming a coveted recruit.

Eric Phoenix, QB, 6-2/200 (2019)
One of Savannah’s 2019 standouts has made immense improvement from his junior year to senior year. Phoenix did have an up-and-down performance but still managed to complete eight of 14 pass attempts for 163 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. At times he seemed to be the most elusive player on the field as he sidestepped Benedictine defenders throughout the night. But, eventually the size and depth of the Cadet defensive line wore down the Knight offensive line. There is no questioning his arm strength and ability to see the middle of the field, as both touchdown passes were darts between the hashes in tight space. Phoenix is a blossoming dual-threat signal caller that should garner more attention from FCS and DII programs still looking for an athletic quarterback.

Benedictine

Trent Broadnax, WR/ATH, 6-0/175 (2021)
This very athletic young athlete does a little of everything right now for Benedictine. Versus Windsor Forest Broadnax caught two passes for 24 yards, returned a kickoff 44 yards and recorded three tackles. He possesses good length and can change directions of a dime. His skillset and body type will allow him to project on either side of the ball. His best catch of the game was ruled out of bounds after a late toss. Broadnax was able to stick his foot in the ground and create instant separation while meticulously doing his best to haul the pass in while in bounds. Look for him to be the next bigtime Cadet recruit.

Jakeen Harris, SS/ATH, 5-11/190 (2019) 
Harris did not rack up his customary tackle total because he played cornerback rather than strong safety in this contest. But make no mistake he was still able to manipulate the outcome of the game from the offensive side of the ball, toting the rock eight times for 40 yards while catching two passes for 43 yards. Though recruited to NC State as a defensive back Harris ran the ball like a bull in a china shop wreaking havoc and strewing bodies to the wayside. He was the one back that ran with a full head of steam into harm’s way for Benedictine. Pound for pound this is one of the most viscous contact guys in all of Georgia. The Wolfpack got a Savannah Gem!

Jaden Hardy, DE, 6-3/280 (2020)
Wow, what a difference a year makes. I loved this kid’s potential last year. But now he is really starting to come on as a likely national level recruit, despite suffering a knee injury back in February. Hardy had himself a game recording seven tackles and four TFL’s versus the Knights. Without a doubt Hardy may have the best body type of any lineman I have seen on either side of the ball this year. He has absolutely no bad body weight and arms the size of an average person’s legs. He has improved his pad level and the gear he uses coming off the snap count. His rare physique will allow him to project as a SDE or DT in any defensive front. Hardy currently has offers from Kentucky, Louisville and Virginia. Of course that may change before this story runs.

Eric Hicks, Jr., DT, 6-3/285 (2018)
Hicks recorded five tackles and one sack from his interior defensive line position. The senior is similar in size to Hardy, but doing his dirty work inside. A tight compact space where contact from all sides occurs is not an easy way to make a living. Hicks has been doing this for three years now and there is something to be said about a prospect with this type of toughness. He plays with good pad level and is near impossible to push off the ball at the high school level. He currently has 19 offers from the likes of Arkansas State, Army, Central Florida, Central Michigan, Georgia Southern and Rutgers. One would have to think more Power 5 schools will offer, especially since he is in excellent academic shape.

Rico Powers, Jr., WR/ATH, 6-2/180 (2020)
Powers currently leads the Cadets’ in rushing, receiving and total touchdowns. Though he had a slightly quiet night by his standards he still impressed. He ran the ball 13 times for 73 yards and one score while making a beautiful over-the-shoulder catch on a 38-yard pass. He may lead the team in rushing but his projected position is still receiver in my opinion. He has a long lean frame and that oh-so elegant elongated stride, ideal for sneaking up on the toes of defensive backs. Powers’ prowess on the gridiron has not gone unnoticed as he already boasts double digit offers which include the likes of Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Ole Miss and Tennessee. Look for his stock to grow exponentially.