Welcome to another edition of the recruiting recap! I hope everyone is having a great start to the day. This feature will have all of yesterday’s offers and commitments tallied up, three players who are heating up and of course our sleeper of the day.
But real quick, I want to take a moment for all athletes and parents/guardians to understand that this extended dead period has created an opportunity that is ripe for corruption from the self proclaimed recruiting gurus. I understand that these are difficult times, and that many players are starting to feel uneasy about how the process might turn out. There will be companies that will leverage their short-list of friends who are college coaches to go along with some top recruits to create the appearance of a legit recruiting service, but from prior experiences, a lot of those offers are never committable, and if they are, it is going to a recruit that did not need the recruiting assistance in the first place. The reality is there are much, much, much bigger companies out there that have a significantly larger impact, and in many cases these guru’s love to take credit for anything and everything. So what do I propose? Be your own brand and do not let an organization represent who you are. Running your recruitment, networking and building an online footprint is a great learning experience for a young man, and if anyone ever has a question please feel free to DM on Twitter or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m not going to say that I have an answer for every situation, after all these are unprecedented times, so I’m learning on the fly as well, but I will always answer in truth with honesty.
Thanks for reading my Recruiting Ted Talk. Now back to our regular recruiting content.
2021 Windsor Forest
Notre Dame College
2021 South Forsyth
2021 North cobb
2021 Douglas Co.
Three Heating Up
The rising sophomore stands tall, I mean really tall at 6’6″ and 205 lbs. Spurlin is part of a budding program that will be a contender the next few years here, and he already showed some huge upside in 2019 as a freshman. College have not waited long, and just in the last 40 days Spurlin has received offers from Nebraska and Charlotte. He’s got a quick release already, and since last fall has continued to grow. There is little doubt that Spurlin will be one of the top tight end prospects in his class, and should see P5 interest continue to increase dramatically here this summer.
Smith was a sleeper of the day just about a month ago, and since then both Charlotte, his most recent first FBS offer, and Charleston Southern have come in with interest. Smith continues to grab interest from high academic programs holding several offers from Ivy League programs and also holds another FBS offer in East Carolina from way back in January. At 6’3″ and 300 lbs. with a strong wrestling background too, Smith is one of our top OG prospects in this class for a reason, and we think more FBS programs will offer here shortly.
Williams was at Lithia Springs all of last year, but in 2020 he is suiting up for Valdosta. The quick cornerback was tested out with a 10.8 100m time and already holds offers from Navy and Army. Both offers have had some time to marinate here, and if there was a typical camp season going on, we think Williams would have done very well in terms of landing offers. He has long arms, good timing with his break-ups and plays the corner spot with a lot of confidence. I think D1 programs will be particularly interested in the first part of his SR season, but Williams might not need to wait until then before he lands some additional offers.
Sleeper of the Day
2021 Mt. Zion-Jonesboro
Brett reminds me of Dayton Wade from a few recruiting classes back. He is a pretty good route runner with excellent hands and excellent hand-eye coordination hauling in a pass. No doubt, he has ball skills and does a very good job of squaring up on the pass. Nice natural forward lean when running and he comes out of his breaks pretty well. Pretty quick feet, but would like to see him become more explosive during this offseason. Brett shows some upside as a route runner, he is pretty deliberate with his breaks and does a good job of selling his routes, and when coupled with his above average running after the catch; I can see him being a versatile receiver in a spread offense. Slot receiver is the obvious spot for Brett. He makes some touch catches down the middle where he shows very good hands digging out passes. In fact, some of his film later in his JR highlight indicates where he will be more effective at the next level where a QB can locate difficult catches that only he can snag. Needs to work on first step, getting faster and more explosive as a leaper. At 5’9″ and 165 lbs. is on the smaller end for even a slot, but if he progresses athletically in the right direction, then D1 programs should be interested. Currently, Brett only has an offer from Albany State, which came in back early May.