GA Junior Bowl: West Offense
Kenyan Drake
Kenyan Drake
South Recruiting Manager
Posted Dec 20, 2010
Chad Simmons is set to put on the first Georgia Junior Bowl on January 8, 2011 at Hallford Stadium in Clarkston, Georgia. Regional Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons introduces you to the West Offense right here.


There is a good mixture of quarterbacks and athletes at this position for the West. Will Gardner is a 6-foot-5, 190 pound quarterback that can throw and run out of Coffee. Kaleb Nobles is 5-foot-10, 170 pound quarterback that can throw a nice deep ball out of Fitzgerald. Both Gardner and Nobles can make plays with thier feet too.

While those two are athletic, the top athlete out of the trio of West quarterbacks is probably Ricky Parks out of Callaway. He is a 6-foot-4, 220 pound junior that threw for over 1,000 yards and ran for another 700 yards this season. Clemson, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina have all offered Parks as a tight end.

Running Backs

Mike Hilton of two time defending state champion Sandy Creek, Kenyan Drake of Hillgrove, and Charles Purnell of Westlake are the running backs for this squad.

Hilton is a very exciting player that is very quick and he has the ability to make the big play at anytime from anywhere. Purnell is a shifty back that makes guys miss in one on one situations and is more quick than fast. Drake is a versatile athlete that has the size of a running back and hands of a wide receiver. He will be one of the fastest prospects in this game.

Drake is the only back with offers at this time and he has them from Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Tennessee.

Wide Receivers/Tight End

Amba Etta-Tawo of McEachern, Carnell Boyd of Westlake, Kenneth Towns of Westover, and Nigel Matthews of Darlington rounds out the receivers for the West. All are drawing attention from major colleges, but Boyd is the only one with an offer and that one is from UCF. Etta-Tawo and Towns are more of the vertical threats on the outside with Boyd and Matthews more of the inside guys.

At tight end is Zach Gordon out of Carrollton. He is an excellent blocking tight end with good hands. He is a very tough football player on many radars. Ricky Parks will also see some time at this position.

Offensive Linemen

Jacob Southerland of Northwest Whitefield, Joe Faraj of North Cobb, Preston Mobley of Colquitt County, Will Adams of Sandy Creek, Jeremy Lanier of Lanier County, Adrian Jacklyn of Westlake, Jamal Covington of Lovejoy, Harrison Davis of Walton, and Zed’rious Wright-Starks of Creekside are the bigs on the offensive side of the ball.

A number of these guys can play inside or outside, but the true tackles in this group are Adams, Jacklyn, Lanier, and Covington. Wright-Starks will likely end up at center and he is very good there. He worked out there at the MVP Camps earlier this year and was one of the best.

No offers yet for anyone out of this group, but it is only a matter of time for quite a few of them.

Special Teams

The kicker for the West is Adam Griffith out of Calhoun. He already has been offered by Alabama and LSU and will be one of the most highly recruited kickers in the country.

West Coaches

Head Coach: Randy McPhearson – Lowndes
Robert Edwards – Arlington Christian
Maurice Freeman – Brooks County
Randy Hill – Lowndes
Robby Pruitt – Fitzgerald
Steve DeVoursney – Griffin
Tim Glanton – South Paulding
Richie Marsh – Thomasville
Tom Fallaw – Cairo

  • Introduction to the East Offense: Click Here is putting on the Georgia Junior Bowl on January 8, 2011 at 1pm at Hallford Stadium. Scout will be on hand to cover the event, so stay tuned for updates.

    Chad Simmons started out with Scout in 2003 covering top talent in Georgia and other areas in the South. He then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become Southeast Recruiting Manager.
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