Scouting: Mendenhall vs. Brandon
Posted Sep 16, 2010

The Tigers of Mendenhall picked up a big win over Brandon in a match-up that saw some tremendous defensive play. The Bulldogs of Brandon are a very scrappy team that has had some tough luck this season, but better days are ahead for Coach Brad Peterson and his staff.

Trae Johnson - Linebacker Mendenhall: Trae looks like a college player right now. He has the frame and physique most college programs want in their players after a year or two in the weight room. Johnson is already there.

Johnson is a very instinctive player who is great in pursuit. He is very difficult to block and he never appears to be out of the play. He uses his long arms to keep people away from him while he diagnoses the play.

Trae has a lot of confidence in his teammates and that is not always a good thing. There are times when Johnson should clean up the play and be sure the down is over rather than expecting a teammate to finish the play.

I expect Trae to become a more sought after commodity as the process moves forward to signing day. He has shown some improvement over last season and he continues to be evaluated by several programs including some from the SEC.

Joseph Martin - Linebacker Mendenhall: Martin is a big hitter who likes to dominate physically. He is quick to the ball and he is a solid tackler who does a nice job wrapping up.

Joseph does not have the height a lot of college programs are looking for, but he is a playmaker. He drives through the ball carrier and does not get caught up in the trap of trying to arm tackle.

Maurice Norwood - Linebacker Mendenhall: Norwood is just a junior, but he completes what may be the best looking trio of linebacker prospects anywhere in the state of Mississippi.

Maurice has learned well from watching Johnson and Martin. He has good size and great athleticism. He is very good at tracking the ball carrier and then exploding at the point of impact.

He needs to continue to work on his drops in coverage, but he has the physical skills to handle his responsibilities against the pass. He will learn more discipline.

Nelson Adams - Defensive end Brandon: Adams has great length which helps him on the basketball court as well as the football field.

He works hard and has a good motor. The talented junior has good feet and mobility. As he continues to learn the position he should become an even better pass rusher.

Adams has a bit of an awkward gait, but it does not appear to hurt his pursuit. He has a great frame to work with, so with a commitment to football Adams could turn into a fine prospect.

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