Scout: Randy Taylor
This is the third in my series of reports that will run throughout the football season. Each week I'll report on the top prospects from the high school and junior college games I attend.
As a part of my job as a scout, I like to see prospects in person to check body type, confirm height and weight and get an overall feel for the player, i.e. how he carries himself, is he a tough kid, can he move his feet, etc.
My notes on the top prospects from these games will be reported here for you to learn more about some of the special players in California.
Friday, September 15, 2006 – University HS (Los Angeles) vs. Washington HS
*Lavon McCoy – Offensive Line, 6-4 325, Washington HS, Junior
Lavon has the tools to be a top prospect, he's quick, runs well and is athletic-all this and he's a huge kid. What McCoy needs is to learn how to play the game He has to use his hands more and get his big arms extended, play in a football position and finish his blocks. There's time to develop his technique to be a top recruit but he'll need to work on these things as they don't just happen. Coaches talk about a player's upside and this kid has one.
Friday, September 15, 2006 – Dominguez HS vs. Crenshaw HS
*Brian Price – Defensive Tackle, 6-1.5 275, Crenshaw HS, Senior
Price is a quick, active and athletic lineman. He does a very good job of getting penetration using his quickness and then can redirect to make plays in the backfield. He's tough to block one on one, especially if the play is going away. He will get bigger, stronger and faster at the next level and should get better at defending the point of attack. Committed to UCLA.
*Raymond Carter – Running Back, 5-11 185, Crenshaw HS, Senior
Raymond is a slasher; especially good at the cut back can accelerate and is a smooth athlete. Not a power player but is tough enough. He can lower his shoulder but looks more comfortable making you miss or running by you. He needs to improve his pass blocking, which is pretty much nonexistent but not rare for a high school back. Plays corner and has pretty good feet, but is a running back at the next level. Carter is one of the best backs in the west and maybe the best true tailback in California. Committed to UCLA.
*Kemonte Bateman – Cornerback, 5-11 175, Crenshaw HS, Junior
Kemonte is a top prospect as a junior and will be high on most college's recruiting lists. He has excellent body control and can adjust to the ball in the air. Bateman does a nice job of getting off bump coverage using his hands and quickness. He catches the ball well with his hands.
*David Ross – Cornerback, 6-1 185, Dominguez HS, Senior
Ross has good feet and quickness is athletic and runs well. He also plays quarterback and is a competitor and leader. David has the skills to play corner but should get bigger and could be a good free safety covering slot receivers while patrolling the middle of the field. This young man has a really good upside as long as he takes care of business on and off the field.
*Brandon Johnson – Running Back, 5-10 190, Dominguez HS, Senior
Brandon is an underrated running back in the state, mostly because his top end speed is a question mark, but he's one of those kids from Dominguez that has his best days ahead of him. In my opinion, Johnson is one of the top 5 backs in California. He has the toughness to run between the tackles, he's quick and runs downhill, he has good vision, can change direction and will block. His upside is very good and a lot of teams will pass on him due to his current speed but will not want to play against him in a couple years.
*Maurice Simmons – Linebacker, 6-0.5 200, Dominguez HS, Junior
Maurice is another in the long line of Simmons brothers who have played football at a high level in Southern California and in college. He is active, will hit you and can run. Simmons is still just a junior but has been making plays for Dominguez for a couple of years. College programs are already doing what they can to make an impression on this kid. Speaking of making an impression…wait until you see Maurice's younger brother Marquis play the game. He's the last of the Simmons clan but might be the best. He's a sophomore and plays with a great intensity and fire. I guess that's because he's had to battle his eleven siblings for everything he gets-including dinner.
Saturday, September 16, 2006 – East LA College vs. LA Southwest College
*Theo Scott – Quarterback, 6-2 200, LA Southwest College, Redshirt Freshman
Scott has a very strong arm can spin it and is athletic. He as long arms and really looks the part. The bounce back from CAL and originally from Long Beach Poly, is a talented kid who has to find a rhythm, while sharing time with freshman, Kurios Alexander (all name team). He looks to be a little inconsistent with his motion and delivery; he has a tendency to be an arm thrower and throw off his back foot but can still make all the throws. His accuracy will suffer with this inconsistency but with reps and constant work on his fundamentals he has a chance due to his physical skills.
*Tyquan Knox – Wide Receiver, 5-11 185, East LA College, Freshman
Knox the freshman from Crenshaw HS, is a talented kid. He has very good hands, good body control, adjusts to the ball well is quick and explosive. He can get off the ground well and get the ball at its highest point. Tyquan could play at a high level if he takes care of business off the field as he's only a freshman, which means he'll have four years to play three if he transfers after this year.
Saturday, September 16, 2006 – Golden West College vs. Pasadena City College
*David Pittman – Quarterback, 5-11 185, Pasadena City College, Freshman
David isn't your prototypical quarterback, as he's only 5-11ish, but he can spin it. He's a good athlete, has good arm strength and throws well on the move within the offensive system at PCC. David's originally from Brookwood HS, Snellville, Georgia and has benefited from the coaching of offensive coordinator, Marguet Miller and head coach Ken Lawler who have allowed him to do what he does best…move the pocket and put pressure on the defense. So far this year, he's put up some good offensive numbers on a young team.
Saturday, September 16, 2006 – Santa Monica City College vs. Citrus College
*Bryan Waggener – Quarterback, 6-3 220, Citrus College, Sophomore
What you see right away with Bryan is his foot work; he has pretty quick feet and good fundamentals. He throws on timing well; he's accurate, has good touch on the ball, can spin it and has good arm strength. He also throws well on the move, is an ok athlete and won't beat you with his feet. Waggener has a good body on him…good thickness. The former Ayala High School product is committed to the University of Florida, which is unusual for Florida to come to Southern California for a JC quarterback, but Bryan will give the Gators some depth at the position. He's a guy who's still developing and has improved quite a bit since last fall.
*Martin Lane – Defensive Tackle, 6-1 275, Citrus College, Sophomore
A packed up kid with long arms, plays with good leverage and strength, uses his hands well, moves his feet and is an ok athlete. Martin will be a good nose guard at the next level where he can stop the run and use his motor to chase the ball.