— ²³ (@courtneyslocum3) October 6, 2020
Adairsville senior Courtney Slocum is having himself a career year with 35 tackles, 1 sack, and 5 pass breakups to go along with 644 all-purpose yards and 9 touchdowns on offense. No doubt about it, Slocum is having an impact in almost every aspect of the game for the 5-2 Adairsville squad. Well, last Friday the 2021 recruit made another game-breaker.
Catching just a routine screen pass on the right sideline at the 20-yard line, Slocum certainly had a long way to reach his eventual destination, the endzone. The Sonoraville CB had him lined up, but a quick juke move made left would-be tackler with nothing but air. As the senior made it 10 yards upfield, there were 4 defenders closing in, but that’s when Slocum cut back against the grain towards the middle of the field, leaving the opposition in the dust. With almost half the defense now missing their opportunity to stop the Adairsville star, Slocum sprinted the rest of the way into the endzone for an 80-yard touchdown.
Seriously, it is plays like last Friday’s that has Adairsville as one of the surprise teams in the state. This upcoming game against Rockmart is obviously a huge test for the program, but regardless, there have been positive improvements over the last year.
“It was actually one of my better offseasons,” Slocum said. “I got a lot smarter in a football sense and a lot quicker. My knowledge for the game is what I think separates myself from other defensive backs. I think my game is a lot like Jamal Adams because of my ability to play in the box and also cover any spot on the field.”
Slocum has always been a 2021 recruit that we have liked, giving him a D1 grade back when we originally evaluated him earlier this year. He has a good frame, wide shoulders to continue to add weight and be a rock-solid strong safety at the next level. The senior has solid instincts in coverage, and the added agility has surely helped from last year.
Over the offseason, both Bucknell and Marist College have offered Slocum, but right now his recruitment has gone cold. Those offers are in line with our grade, and personally think when more college see his senior film that interest will go spiking up. The senior has certainly made himself a more explosive player and is really making defenders miss in the open field on offense while making effective individual tackles in the open field too.
Over the last year, Slocum has added 10-15 lbs., and we firmly believe in both his football instincts and his progression arch dating back to his sophomore year when we first started watching his film. A lot of seniors have seen their recruitment upended by Coronavirus creating an extended dead period, but fortunately, there is still plenty of time to garner college interest, especially with so many D1 and D2 programs looking to fill out their recruiting classes.
Much can happen until now and National Signing Day, so be sure to continue to keep track of Slocum’s latest film and recruiting news to go along with the rest of the state on Twitter at @RecruitGeorgia.
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