GA Juniors Bowl: East Defense
Leonard Floyd
Leonard Floyd
South Recruiting Manager
Posted Dec 21, 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 East Offense right here.

Defensive Line

Starting on the inside, the East has Jonathan Taylor out of Jenkins County, Quayvon Hicks out of Pierce County, Jordan Barge out of Grayson, and Shaquille Huff out of Eastside. Leading the way in this group is Taylor. He is a 6-foot-4, 307 pound athletic lineman with offers from schools like Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, South Carolina, and Tennessee. He is expected to be one of the top defensive recruits in the state of Georgia next year. Hicks has offers from Duke, Miami, and Tennessee at this time as well.

On the edge, Leonard Floyd out of Dodge County, Sheldon Rankins out of Eastside, Carlos Hood and Jarontay Jones out of Stephenson, and Josh Dawson out of Tucker will look to do damage off the edge. All of these juniors other than Rankins already have multiple scholarship offers with Floyd being one of the top juniors in the state of Georgia. Alabama, Florida, and Georgia have offered the 6-foot-5, 225 pound athlete that could also play some outside linebacker.

This group across the front is very strong for the East defense.


The East has a good mix of speed and size on the second level of defense and Buford’s Dillon Lee will be leading the way. The 6-foot-4, 226 pound junior could play inside or outside and he is considered to be one of the best in Georgia at his position. Joining him will be Markuss Eligwe of Stone Mountain, Darreon Herring of Stephenson, Jacob Sealand of Tucker, Byran Attaway of Camden County, and Raphael Kirby of Parkview.

All of these linebackers can run and many are long with good range. Attaway is a very physical linebacker at 6-foot-4, 250 pounds and he could get some reps on the defensive line too. Lee, Eligwe, and Sealand have offers already.


A number of teammates will be playing together back in the secondary for the East squad. Buford teammates C.J. Moore and Paris Head, Peachtree Ridge teammates Alex Lakes and Christian Goodlett, Charles Drew teammates Jardarius West and Devon Miller, will be joined by North Gwinnett’s Tim Hill on the third and final level of defense.

Moore, West, Miller, and Hill are all corners with Head, Lakes, and Goodlett locked in at safety. Goodlett could move down and help at corner while Hill could drop back and help at free safety if needed

Moore, West, and Miller have all been offered by Division I schools already.

Special Teams

Austin Hardin of Marist will be responsible for the kicking duties for the East Team.

East Coaches

Head Coach: Franklin Stephens – Tucker High School
Ed Dudley - Ware County High School
Jeff Herron - Camden County High School
Kevin Whitley – Stockbridge High School
Loroy Ryals – Clarke Central High School
Mike West – Metter High School
Terry Crowder – Chattahoochee High School
Tom Hall – Flowery Branch High School
Victor Floyd – Brunswick High School

Meet the East Offense: Click Here
Meet the West 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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