Scouting: Provine vs. Clinton
2012 OL Cordaryl Gaines
2012 OL Cordaryl Gaines
Posted Sep 16, 2010

The Arrows from Clinton are off to a great start this season. Last week the Rams from Provine paid a visit and gave the Arrows a game before two defensive touchdowns in the fourth quarter put the game out of reach. A handful of players on the field will likely find their way onto a college roster in the not so distant future.

Cordaryl Gaines - Offensive lineman Provine: Gaines has great size. He is very strong and has great ankle flexion. He may be the first offensive lineman I have seen all year that can keep all of his cleats in the ground when crouching into a three point stance.

Gaines is very good at run blocking, but dropping 15 to 20 pounds would make him even better. He has good mobility, but trimming up would make him a better pass blocker.

He uses his hands well and he has the mean streak college recruiters look for an in offensive lineman. Several schools have begun making inquiries into Cordaryl and he should be one of the more intriguing in state prospects for the 2012 class.

Andante Nelson - Defensive tackle Provine: Nelson is a junior to really watch as we get deeper into the season. He has good size and he does a good job winning leverage battles.

Nelson has good hand placement and he does a nice job shedding blocks. When he is unable to make the play, he does his best to cause a stalemate forcing action outside where a teammate can clean up.

He has very nice core strength and a very competitive attitude. He does not like losing even in small doses.

Jadarius Hicks - RB/LB Provine: Jay Hicks is a lot of fun to watch. He is very active on defense. He can make the stop on 3rd down and then get right back out there to gash the opposing defense from his running back position.

He comes in at 5-11, but he plays much bigger. He tackles through the ball carriers and he brings that same level of physicality to offense when he runs through arm tackles on the way to the secondary.

Elliot Brashier - QB Clinton: Elliot is a very good decision maker. He takes what the defense gives him and manages the game every well.

He throws a nice pass and he does not lock in on his primary receiver like a lot of high school quarterbacks have the tendency to do. You can tell he has been well coached.

Brashier does not have elite size, but he is big enough and talented enough to get it done. He keeps the offensive players happy by spreading the ball around and keeping the chains moving.

Herbert Harris - Linebacker Clinton: Harris has the size to be a very good player. He takes on blocks and wins more times than not.

He appears to know his assignments and he rarely gets out of position. He brings a load across the middle in pass coverage, but he is just as good against the run.

Caleb Smith - Linebacker Clinton: Smith is a bit of a tweener who plays out of position on the high school level. He could play weakside linebacker in the right system, but with his size and skill set he seems more natural as a safety.

Smith is not scared to put his nose in there and make things happen. He is good at rushing and harassing the passer. When he gets the chance to make a big play in the backfield he doesn't miss.

Gaige Washington - Safety Clinton: Gaige has good ball skills, but size is the question mark with him. He has good length, but he needs to pack on some muscle in order to make plays above the high school level.

He is very active on defense and is always around the ball. Even when the plays are made in front of him he is normally a step or two away from the action.

Akiko Thompson - Running back Clinton: Thompson was the best senior prospect on the field Friday night. He has good size and deceptively good speed. He is a bit of a long strider, so he is down the field before you realize it.

Thompson made some plays from the Wildcat formation even connecting on a long pass play to set up the decisive score late in the game.

It is clear Akiko wants the football and he wants to be involved. He lines up at a variety of positions and that allows him to display his versatility.

He is a playmaker who is better than his recruitment shows. He is not one who blows you away with a first impression, but he continues to make solid plays and before you know it he is in the end zone.

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