October 20, 2007

Friday Night Notes

Cameras were all over the state of Georgia Friday night and one was down in Florida taking a look at many top prospects in action. We previewed the games in our Games of the Week feature Thursday many of those top prospects we mentioned there played well Friday night.

Here are some quick notes on some of the top prospects we covered Friday night

Frostproof (Fla.) - Clearwater Central @ Frostproof

(The game I covered)

The featured prospect in this game lived up to the hype. Many is Florida talked about Carlton Thomas being underrated and he showed why some think that in his hometown tonight. He was not the only prospect to shine under the light in Frostproof though - a sophomore by the name of Nickell Robey is one we will hear more from in the future as well.

Thomas: He is every bit of 5-foot-7 and he is a jacked up 172-pounds. He has defined arms, nice traps, muscular calf muscles and he is a very strong young man. You add his strength to his quickness and he is hard for anyone to latch onto to tackle.

The versatile athlete made plays on both sides of the ball Friday night and he even made a big play on special teams as well. Thomas had 183 yards rushing on 19 carries and 2 touchdowns. He also had a fumble recovery where he picked it up and ran it in from 22 yards out and an interception from cornerback as well.

Thomas is a very shifty player with great change of direction. He is exceptionally quick and can really hit the hole as soon as it opens. He broke tackles, he spun away from defenders, he made big hits on defense and he fought his way to the end zone. He had a very strong showing in front of Rivals.com Friday night.

Robey: This Frostproof Bulldog is similar to Thomas, but he could be even a tad quicker. He is not as put together as Thomas or shifty, but he is very fast and plays bigger than his 5-foot-9, 170-pound body.

His first big play of the night came on defense when he went up against a receiver well over 6 feet and pulled down an interception deep in Frostproof territory. He showed his leaping ability there, but we saw his quickness too later in the game too.

The first play of the third quarter, Robey went the distance for a touchdown as he blazed up the middle past defenders over 60 yards. Robey will be a corner on the next level more than likely and he had an interception, 1 tackle and 5 pass break ups Friday. He was matched up with a 6-foot-4 receiver most of the night.

If corner does not work, then he very well could be a dangerous receiver or special teams threat. He had 75 yards rushing on 2 carriers and 2 touchdowns and he had 86 yards receiving on 3 catches and another touchdown. Keep an eye on Robey over the next couple of years.

Frostproof dominated this game and won it easily 47-7.

Mt. Airy (Ga.) - Clarke Central @ Habersham Central

(UGASports Staff Writer Kipp Adams covered this game)

The marquee player in this match up came to play Friday night and Tavarres King continued to have a monster senior season. We have notes on his performance and Clarke Central offensive lineman Trevino Woods as well.

King: In the first half alone, King had 108 yards on 5 receptions and he continued to have success in the second half as well against Clarke Central. On the night, he had 8 catches for 198 yards and 1 touchdown.

On one drive Habersham Central went 90 yards in 3 plays and all 3 plays were passes to King. When Kipp was asked to describer T.K.'s play, he said, "unstoppable".

Woods: The former Kentucky commitment had an on and off night, but that is what is expected when it is only his second season playing football. He would sometimes lock on to the opposing player and then sometimes get beat by a weaker end.

Woods started off as a basketball player and he still needs to turn his body into a football body from a basketball one. He does not show great strength, so he needs to add muscle and power to his frame.

He is raw and sometimes a prospect that looks out of place, but he has potential and someone will take a shot at this 6-foot-5, 300-pound lineman out of Athens.

Habershal Central won the game 42-14.

Griffin (Ga.) - Riverdale @ Griffin

This was a game that was supposed to feature to of the top prospects in the state of Georgia going head to head, but it did not quite work out Friday night. Toby Jackson showed up and brought his A game, but four star offensive tackle Cordy Glenn was not in uniform because of an altercation in last week's game.

With or without Glenn, Jackson stole the show and once again turned in a dominant performance on the defensive side of the ball, but a new sophomore may have emerged as well. Tank Sessions is a big target right now, but could grow into a down lineman down the road.

Jackson: He is now in his fourth game at middle linebacker and made his presence known often Friday evening. Jackson had at least 4 big hits that left the crowd buzzing and he ended up with around 11 total tackles.

He played in front of UGA Recruiting Coordinator Rodney Garner Friday night and Coach Garner had to be excited about what he saw. Jackson had a couple of tackles for loss and he had another exceptional game.

He is explosive player that plays with fire, desire and passion each down for four quarters. Jackson is one of the best in Georgia this fall.

Sessions: He is around 6 feet, 6 inches tall and he weighs around 230 pounds. He is lining up at tight end for the Bears and he caught 4 passes for 60 yards against the Raiders.

He is a long bodied agile prospect that has a lot of room to grow. He is one that could turn into an offensive or defensive lineman down the road, so we will keep you posted.

Griffin defeated Riverdale 49-10.

Cussetta (Ga.) - Stewart Quitman @ Chattahoochee County

Juniors were the main focus in this game, but a senior that is sliding under the radar made a few plays as well. Two juniors most either know about already or will know about soon are Cedric Wilson and Jacovi White of Chattahoochee County. Those were the main two attractions Friday, but senior wide receiver Octavious Staton did not go unnoticed either.

Wilson: Wilson started off the game with about a 30 yard run that set up his only score of the night. He did not play the second series on offense and he had a couple more runs early before ending the evening with around 55 yards.

On defense, where Wilson will likely play on the next level, he had 3 tackles. He plays safety, so he was not around the ball too much as Chattahoochee County controlled the line of scrimmage.

White: White scored twice and his first score sent oohs and ahs to the crowd. He caught a short pass and made a guy miss before taking it 44 yards for a touchdown.

His second scored was on a screen route and it went for 5 yards. White talks a big game and he backs it up too. Not only did he score twice, but he was delivering some big blocks down field too.

Staton: The senior scored on a quarterback keeper after he went in for the injured starter. He also caught a couple of passes and this 6-foot-1, 175 pound receiver is one to watch late in the recruiting season.

He is thin and wiry, but he has nice hands, great savvy and his play is good enough to play in the ACC or SEC. Keep an eye on this one as someone could get a steal come February.

Chattahoochee County won 40-6 and it could have a lot worse.

Atlanta (Ga.) - Cedar Grove @ North Springs

The Cedar Grove duo of Joshua Jarboe and Xavier Avery were the top recruits participating in this game and one showed why he was being pursued by many top programs in the country. Jarboe put on a show while Avery did the little things to help his team win.

Jarboe: Offensively, Jarboe had a big game with big plays. The first play of the game, he scored on a 60 yard catch, but it was called back because of a penalty. So instead of 60 yards, he took it 70 yards on the second play on a flanker screen.

Later on in the game, Jarboe made a spectacular grab when he fully extended in the end zone for a 45 yard touchdown. The route was on early and Jarboe was a big reason why.

Avery: Jarboe's 70 yard flanker screen was set up by a big block in the flats by Avery and that is what he did most of the night. Avery is still bothered by a stinger in his shoulder, so he is not carrying the ball much at running back right now.

He played receiver and had a couple nice runs, but his big plays were blocks setting up his teammates. Avery had a couple of tackles, but the starters were pulled in the second quarter because of the score.

Cedar Grove was up 39-0 at the half and went on to win the game.

I will be out on the road Saturday evening also taking a close look at 2009 safety Darren Miles as he leads Carver Atlanta into action.

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