Recruiting Recap 9/29

Recruiting Buzz

Justin Fields is probably the hottest recruiting name in the state of Georgia. The Harrison QB has his Hoya squad undefeated after routing last year’s state champion Allatoona last weekend. The 2018 signal-caller has 1,035 yards passing, 10 touchdowns and only two interceptions while also rushing for 478 yards and six TDs. Fields now has over 20 offers, his most recent from Indiana, Louisville, Ole Miss, Arizona State, Missouri and Georgia Tech. Fields also boasts a 4.0 GPA.

Wheeler WR TJ Smith has been playing very well so far this year. The 6’5″ senior has 633 yards receiving, 27 receptions and 10 TDs so far this year. Smith has very good body control, and his length makes him a dominant red-zone target.

McEachern NT Montayo Hood (6’3″, 320) is new to the state of Georgia and has filled in nicely at Julian Rochester’s DT spot. Hood is a run-stuffer and has helped his McEachern team be dominant on the defensive side of the ball. He updated his SR film to his profile.

Read this article on 6’4″, 264-pound Jefferson County SR defensive lineman Melton Brown. He has received nine offers and four in the last month.

Hiram linebacker Kevin Cole (5’10”, 207) was named MVP in a rivalry game versus Paulding County, where he had 10 tackles and one sack. The JR linebacker has made a switch to MLB this season and had 14 tackles in his first game. He might lack prototypical height but has outstanding speed.

Watch the first four games of the season for Johns Creek running back Matthew Taylor. In just four games, the SR has rushed for 505 yards and averages 9.1 yards per carry. He shows light feet moving between the tackles, solid vision and good size at 5’11”, 195 pounds.

Tough start to the season for Collins Hill, and it looks like a QB change early on in the year has had a slight effect on Braxton Curry’s receiving numbers. Curry has 172 yards receiving on 16 catches and four TDs. Even with the lack of targets, Curry has been very efficient, scoring a touchdown one out of four times he makes a catch. At 6’5″ and 215 pounds, Curry is one of the most physically impressive WRs in the state. Take a look at his early SR film HERE.

Lovejoy junior running back Zion Custis currently leads Class 6A is rushing with over 700 yards. Read more about Custis HERE.

Grady junior ATH Jaylen Rivers (6’3″, 195) was just offered by Louisville tonight. Rivers played for the Grayson JV last year and transferred over to Grady, where he is lining up at OLB and WR. Rivers looks really good at OLB coming off the edge, where his explosive speed wreaks havoc in the backfield. The Cardinals join UTSA and Tulane as his lone offers, but that list should be growing very soon. Rivers has freakish athleticism, so it will be interesting to see what position colleges offer him at.

Norcross OLB Monty Montgomery has been playing out of his mind this season so far, making countless tackles. The SR’s early-season film displays his ability to play out in space and how secure of a tackler he is. The Norcross athlete has great instincts reading the play. Over the summer, Montgomery earned offers from Tennessee Tech, Tulane, Georgia State, Mercer, Elon and Gardner-Webb.

Jack Mangel was GPB Player of the Week after throwing for 200 yards and 2 TD’s in a blowout victory over Cedar Shoals. Read more about Mangel HERE.

A lot of buzz around Joe Burke from Jenkins. The 2017 athlete has seemingly come out of nowhere this fall and looks like a prospect to watch for. Burke is built like a brick house at 6’1″, 220 pounds while also showing an explosive burst. We made his profile earlier this week and were very impressed with his ability to break tackles and maintain balance. Burke was announced as the Savannah Morning News Player of the Week on September 27th. His season is very reminiscent of that of Arkeem Byrd, who played last year at Jenkins, and ended up committing to Wake Forest despite late offers from Tennessee and Georgia Tech.

Brock Mattison is getting into the rotation at Buford and was recently announced as a 3-star recruit. He is fully recovered from a foot injury he suffered last season. The 6’2″, 225-pound junior LB visited UNC last weekend and plans to take in the GT vs. Miami game this Saturday.

Mill Creek kicker Brenton King might be the best in the state of Georgia and plans to visit UGA this weekend. He is also hearing from Louisville.

UGA has another kicker visiting this Saturday, and it’s Cole Phillips from Cairo. Phillips is playing his first year at K and has seen a good deal of success. He was Class AAAA player of the year in soccer last spring too.

Beach junior OLB Kareem Bailey let us know that he will be visiting Coastal Carolina this weekend. Watch film on the hard-hitting 5’9″, 215-pound LB HERE.

Mike Barrett, a Lowndes junior quarterback, plans to visit Georgia Tech this weekend. He let us know that the Jackets are recruiting him at QB, RB and SS so far. Barrett had a very impressive performance a few weeks back against Newton, when he went 15-of-18 passing for 243 yards and rushed for 112 yards.

Kurt Taylor was named the Gwinnett Touchdown Club Player of the Month. The Grayson senior committed to Michigan over a year ago and took his official visit to Michigan last weekend; he plans to enroll early. Another quick note: Taylor recently bench repped 225 x 28, which would have put him the highest of any player who participated in the NFL combine last spring.

The new running back at Newton after Taylor transferred in the offseason is Nuru Tinch, and the 3-star back was announced as Newton Citizen Player of the Week after his three-TD performance. Tinch is only a junior and really showed out at various camps this summer.

Former UGA linebacker commit Breon Dixon of Grayson was offered by Mississippi State today.

North Paulding WR Brian Mitchell will be visiting Vanderbilt this weekend. He’s had a very good start to the season and made a miraculous one-handed reception in the corner of the end zone last weekend. His teammate Tyler Bird also let us know that he will be in attendance. The junior OLB has a natural skill in pass coverage and reading the offensive play call. 

Jeremiah Bundrage from Newton HS will be visiting Samford on 10/1. The JR is 6’1″, 220 pounds and brings the boom in his early JR FILM.

Elon commit Cole Neely was offered by Wofford. That makes another option team (Navy, Air Force and Army) that has offered the SR lineman from Sandy Creek, and if you watch the film on his profile, you will see why. Neely explodes out of his stance and gets to the next level with urgency.


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