Welcome to another edition of the Recruiting Recap! Yesterday was the lightest offer day yet, but we got a Furman commit, three players who are heating, and of course our sleeper of the day.
I hope everyone is having a great week so far! I’ve seen a few high school programs going beyond the regulations outlined by the GHSA, and obviously it is tempting to go beyond those measures when you see 3rd party camps hosting 100 person events, but better minds should prevail over those reckless decisions. We are in the middle of a pandemic, and the safety of older population need to be remembered, so I urge every high school program to adapt to the times. We saw that Winder-Barrow have some athletic face scarfs for their players, and suspect more programs will be following suit here.
So that’s my mini-soap box opinion on all of that, but you guys are here on yesterday’s recruiting news, so take a gander down below.
2021 Johns Creek
2021 Chapel Hill
Thomas O’Ryan IV
2022 Johns Creek
Grinnell & Centre
Three Heating Up
2021 Crisp Co.
Paul decommitted to Nebraska just earlier this month and earned his first P5 offer since the decommit, granted Tennessee offered just a few days before too. The interest has been strong for Paul since he broke his commitment with the Cornhuskers with Colorado, Cincinnati and Louisville showing good interest. Paul has long since been a favorite of ours in this recruiting class dating back to his freshman ranking on the site being among the top players in the state. He made our All-State team last fall. At 6’1″ 235 lbs. he can pack a punch in the middle, and it’s worth mentioning that the 2021 recruit has been working on flexibility this offseason. Look for a big senior year up ahead, but the added P5 interest might already be in play before he straps up.
The Ivy League offers are starting to stack up for Holifield. The 2021 safety out of Roswell now holds offers from Dartmouth, Pennsylvania, Cornell and Yale. The 6’1″ 195 lbs. safety sports a 3.7 GPA and a 26 on the ACT, so the high-academic interest comes to no real surprise. Holifield is a smart safety on the field too, taking good pursuit angles and getting proper depth in his zone defense, which allows him to break on the football then use his bigger frame to break up the pass. I can see more strong academic programs going after the Roswell senior, and he should even get some G5 interest too.
Lamber has some good offensive linemen at the school, and the 2022 offensive tackle certainly checks a lot of boxes. Mains earned his first P5 offer yesterday from Kansas. At 6’5″ and 265 lbs., Mains has a good frame to work with. He holds a 3.7 GPA and is a Jr Olympic All-American with the javelin while also participating in the shot put and discus. Point being, Mains is going to be one of the top 2022 o-linemen in this class, he was a recruit we instantly requested his info back in November, and we think he is set for steady college interest over the next year here.
Sleeper of the Day
2021 Rockdale Co.
Jones just keeps growing and is up an inch and gained 15 lbs. since last fall. The 2021 offensive linemen does a very nice job of driving his legs through the defender. Hand placement is pretty good, but would like to see him get even better leverage. His best film comes against Grayson, where he was going head to head against an EKU commit, doing a very good job of knocking him off the ball. Looking pretty good in pass coverage too. He has good length, and does a nice job of getting under the shoulder pads of the defender in passing scenarios. Jones needs to finish his blocks more consistently and work on strength in general. He does a very good job of moving with the defender when engaged but would like to see a little better body control too. He also had a very good game against Discovery, which has one of the top pass-rushers in the 2021 class on their squad. Jones is a tough blocker and works hard to get the defender down. He has a solid motor, and just needs to work on his fundamentals. I like his frame to play OG at the next level, and he should be around 300 lbs. in college no problem. Jones holds offers from Clark Atlanta and Tennessee State at the moment – in our opinion his recruitment is prime to take off here soon.