Brooks Pangle (RG Profile) passing to Davin Driskell (RG Profile) the last two seasons has held defensive coordinators captive late at night finding ways to stop the dynamic class of 2022 combination. For Lakeside-Evans, their defensive coordinator will continue to have flashbacks to last week’s game-deciding touchdown.
There was just 40 seconds left on the clock and Greenbrier was on their own 38 yard line. It was 3rd down and 15 yards to go, they needed some magic and the two seniors stepped up in the biggest way possible.
Pangle took the snap out of the shotgun and immediately had a linebacker accelerating through the gap with a straight shot at him. The 2022 signal-caller hit the jets and rolled out to his right with a good portion of the front 7 in pursuit, and just as the senior approached out of bounds, he uncorked a 40-yard rope downfield to his longtime target, Davin Driskell. The 6’6″ pass-catcher hauled in the pass, high-stepped out of a tackle, and galloped the rest of the way for a 62-yard score, and a crucial go-ahead lead.
The play earned top 3 in the state of Georgia for Week 3, and demonstrated the great connection the two seniors have built over the years.
“It’s great to get the first one. Lakeside is our biggest rival and to have a game-winning play like that was really special, looking forward to the remainder of the season,” Pangle said.
Driskell also added, “It feels pretty good to get our first win under our belt especially after a close loss from the previous week.”
Both players are focused on the bigger picture and have goals for a postseason push.
“The main goal for the team is to stay consistent with our wins and get a good position in the state playoffs after region play,” Driskell said.
Pangle also mentioned that they want to win the Region Championship to get the best positioning for the playoffs. That’s certainly doable, especially with one of the best QB/WR tandems in all of 5A at their disposal. The two have a long history of playing on the same field and built a real connection over time.
“Me and ‘Drisk’ played against each other in middle school, and became teammates and friends freshman year, since then we have been building chemistry and becoming better friends which has definitely helped our game,” Pangle said.
Driskell also added, “Like Brooks said, we’ve been playing together since our freshman year and have gotten closer ever since. I would say that it does give us an advantage since we know how each other plays and that has led to us making it easier for each other to be successful in the game.”
We have seen the two develop since their freshman year when they attended one of the first-ever Recruit Georgia Combines. Both tested out as two of the top freshman at the event that day, and showed the upside to be D1 athletes. Driskell even won Underclassmen MVP at the combine.
Their recruitments have garnered more and more interest over the years, and we think both seniors are prime to breakout with offers this fall. So we asked how is life on the recruiting front?
Driskell replied, “For recruiting, I still have 3 D1 offers currently and have interests from multiple schools but offers wise it has been a little quiet on that end.”
Pangle followed up, “My recruitment has picked up some, I have my fair share of NAIA and D2 offers. I’m in contact with a bunch of D1 teams, however, I’m still looking for my first D1 offer.”
The dynamic duo look to rack up a lot of yardage this fall. Driskell, at 6’6″, has a long running stride and is a versatile prospect who can eat up yardage, making him a legit vertical threat as a receiver. He’s also got some legit upside as an edge defender at the next level where his length will give traditional spread offenses a whole lot of trouble. Driskell truly has elite physical attributes, but still needs time to fill out.
Pangle is an uber-quick quarterback who is twitchy (roughly 38″ vertical) in the pocket and throws a fantastic ball with an excellent trajectory. At 6’2″ and 180 lbs., Pangle has continued to fill out his frame growing 3 inches in the last few years, and shows the upside to be at 200 lbs. at the next level. He’s got a good feel reading a defense, going through his progressions, and finding the open man. Pangle in our opinion is one of the top uncommitted quarterbacks in the class of 2022, and reminds us of a taller version of Stetson Bennett out of Pierce County and UGA – maybe it’s the curly hair or the elite throws?
Both athletes have a ton of upside still to add weight and will blossom at the college level. Personally, I have both projected as FBS talents.
With it being their last year playing high school football, we thought it would be a fun way to end the interview by asking what they enjoy about playing on Friday nights.
“My favorite part about Friday nights is the crowd and the competitiveness during the game, but winning on those nights with the team is always the best feeling,” Driskell said.
Pangle also said, “My favorite part about Friday nights is the atmosphere that we get to play in and being out there with the guys.”
Well, both seniors still have a long journey ahead of them before their season comes to an end. Building on last week’s late rivalry-win could be a key moment for the program and potentially spur on momentum to a region championship like the two seniors hope. Of course with that kind of success on the field, there should be some recruiting success, so be sure to follow @RecruitGeorgia on Twitter to see the latest on Pangle, Driskell, and the rest of the football players across the Peach state.