Peanut City Shootout: Top Performers
Melvin Vaughn
Melvin Vaughn
Scout.com
Posted Jun 25, 2012
Michael B. Clark


Suffolk, Va. -- Close to 30 teams were on hand Saturday for the Peanut City Shootout 7-on-7 tournament. Oscar Smith High (Chesapeake, Va.) took home the championship for the second year in a row. Find out who stood out in Scout’s eyes below.

Melvin Vaughn (6’2/220)

Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.)

Physically, there was no one more impressive that Melvin Vaughn on Saturday. Vaughn, a 2013 prospect, was an All-State tight end last fall, but also started outside linebacker for the Tigers. He could play those positions, along with wide receiver at the next level. However, with his frame and natural ability, I think he is best suited to play outside linebacker. Vaughn made plays all over the field and on each side of the ball all day long. He currently holds five offers, but look for bigger schools to start to pursue him more aggressively in the near future.

Zack Jones (6’/180)

Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.)

Jones is a big-play wide receiver. He makes tough catches across the middle, but can also beat the defenses deep. The 2013 Virginia commit has great quickness and is very shifty playmaker. He made play after play and showed why he is one of the top wide receivers in Virginia. I expect him to be a major contributor for the Cavaliers in the future.

Andre Dessenberg (6’2/185)

Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, Va.)

It is hard to believe that Dessenberg has not gotten more attention. The 2013 wide receiver currently holds offers from Delaware, Hampton, and Norfolk State. Saturday was my second time seeing Dessenburg live and he just makes plays. He is not a burner (4.6-second 40-yard dash), but he finds ways to get open. Dessenburg is fluid athlete, who runs good routes. He also showed good concentration and soft hands. He was Corwin Cutler’s favorite all day and I expect him to have a huge senior season for the Dolphins.

Corwin Cutler (6’4/190)

Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, Va.)

Cutler impresses me more every time I see him in action. It is rare to see a high school quarterback so polished. His footwork and mechanics are very impressive. The 2013 quarterback has a big-time arm, but also shows good touch on the deep ball. The Dolphins’ signal-caller showed good poise and did a nice job going through his progressions to find the open receiver. The Virginia commit is a leader and a winner.

Jahvoni Simmons (6’1/225)

Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, Va.)

Surprisingly, Simmons will only be a sophomore this fall. He showed great agility and quickness all day. Many middle linebackers struggle in pass coverage, but not Simmons. It was clear that 2015 prospect is already becoming one of the leaders of Dolphins’ defense. Simmons is a big-time talent and will be pursued by college programs all over the country.

Jalyn Holmes (6’5/230)

Lake Taylor (Norfolk, Va.)

Holmes is one of the several talented 2014 prospects in Virginia. While he will likely play defensive end at the collegiate level, Holmes is also a very good tight end, and showed Saturday that he could even play linebacker. Holmes is a long prospect, who looks to be pushing 6-foot-6. He is a quick-twitch athlete with a huge upside. The rising junior already has double-digit offers and will likely be one of the defensive ends in his class.

Nhyre Quinerly (5’11/180)

Lake Taylor (Norfolk, Va.)

I knew Quinerly was good, but I was even more impressed after watching him in person. He was a varsity starter from day one of his freshman season at Lake Taylor. The cornerback is extremely physical and plays with a confidence that is not usually seen in prospects his age. Several receivers had trouble getting off the line against Quinerly and struggled even more to get open. No matter who he matched up with on Saturday, Quinerly was not intimidated and never backed down from a challenge.

Kwamane Bowens (6’2/195)

Salem (Virginia Beach, Va.)

Bowens tweaked his ankle is the first game on Saturday. However, he played through the pain and showed great toughness. Bowens, who is being recruited as a wide receiver, made plays on both sides of the ball. One play that stood out to me was a one-handed catch he made against Ocean Lakes. On an underthrown pass, Bowens boxed out his defender and caught the nose of the football with one hand for a touchdown. He has been one of the more impressive 2013 prospects in the region over the past couple of months.

Bucky Hodges (6’6/220)

Salem (Virginia Beach, Va.)

You would be hard-pressed to find a better athlete at the quarterback position than Hodges. Although he is still raw and needs to work on his mechanics, Hodges is a tremendous talent. He showed off great poise and just has that “it” factor at quarterback. Hodges has great size and a strong arm. Right now, the 2013 Virginia Tech commit is most dangerous outside the pocket. However, as he continues to develop, look for Hodges to become better pocket passer, and ultimately be a big-time player for the Hokies.

Vincent Lowe (5’8/170)

Grassfield (Chesapeake, Va.)

Lowe is arguably the fastest player in Virginia, regardless of class. This year, the 2014 running back has run multiple sub-4.3-second 40-yard dashes at college camps. Lowe is smaller back, but has a solid build. His footwork and quickness make him a nightmare in the open field. He left several defenders shaking their heads on Saturday.

Davon Grayson (6’2/180)

Kings Fork (Suffolk, Va.)

Grayson is a prospect who has been generating a buzz on the recruiting trail lately. There is a lot to like about his game. He is a smooth athlete, who is wiry strong. Grayson’s season was cut short last year due to a broken hand, but if this past Saturday was any indication, look for him to have a big senior campaign. The 2013 prospect showed the ability to play offense and defense, but will play wide receiver on the collegiate level. Grayson is a kid with tremendous upside and someone to keep an eye on this fall.

Kevin Privott (6’3/190)

Hertford (Hertford, N.C.)

The recent Old Dominion commit certainly impressed Scout. It is shocking that more schools were not knocking on Privott’s door. The 2013 recruit is one of the most underrated players in The Tar Heel State. The Bears’ star anchored both the offense and defense all day. He is an extremely gifted athlete that could probably play several positions at the collegiate level, but will play wide receiver at ODU. The Monarchs got a steal in Privott.

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