Laurel vs. Raymond

Laurel QB Akeem Davis

Laurel High School advanced their record to 6-0 after a 41-6 win over Raymond High School. Both teams appear to have some prospects who have the talent to sign division one scholarships this year and next.

Laurel Seniors

Anthony Jackson - Jackson certainly knows where the weight room is. Anthony is very advanced in his physical development and he uses his strength on both sides of the ball. He is a very punishing tackler from his safety position and he is intimidating enough to make some would be receivers think twice about going over the middle. Jackson is also a very gifted receiver and he is very tough to beat vertically.

Akeem Davis - Akeem is a very good high school quarterback, but he is not expecting to take snaps in college. Akeem throws a crisp, catchable ball, but his accuracy could be better. He is being recruited as an athlete, but with his hands he will likely get his first looks at receiver.

Raphael Pollard - Wide receiver Pollard is fast enough and is good in space. He has good hands, but his size will likely have him playing inside in the slot rather than out wide. Raphael also returns kicks where he shows very good vision and change of direction. He is a a threat on every play.

Kenderick Kennedy - Kennedy's future appears to be runing the football. Kennedy shows good toughness between the tackles and he is fast enough to take it the distance when he breaks containment. He needs to add some bulk.

Laurel Juniors

Robert Jones - Jones is not afraid of contact and he looks to really strike the ball carrier. He appears to have very good instincts and he reacts well as the play develops. Very good closing speed.

Ladarius Portis - Portis may have the most upside as any of the prospects on the field. He has good ball skills and he had a very nice 75 yard interception return during the game. Portis displayed very good skills in both pass coverage and in run support. He is a sure handed tackler and he plays with a lot of passion. He is certainly one to keep an eye on for next year.

Ronnie Ducksworth - Ronnie is named after his late uncle, a former High School All-American running back from West Jones High School. Ronnie is a very hard nosed runner and unlike a lot of high school ball carriers he is not shy about blocking. Ducksworth needs to add some upper body strength, by his own admission, but he has huge legs. It is difficult to see where his calf ends and his ankle begins.

Raymond Seniors

Bobby McGowan - Bobby is in great physical condition and he is expected to qualify easily. McGowan plays linebacker in high school, but he has the speed to play strong safety at the next level if necessary. He gets off blocks well and he plays until the whistle blows. Bobby is a real competitor.

Bruce Nix - Nix really stands out on Raymond's defense. He is always near the play and more times than not he is the player making the stop. He is in great physical condition and he has the frame to add some mass if necessary. He trusts his instincts and he makes very good decisions especially on pursuit angles.

Raymond Juniors

Kolby McFarland - McFarland is eager to make contact with receivers and he enjoys mixing it up. He is very agressive getting up in run support. He has very good speed and he does not shy away from contact.

Jeremy Williams - Jeremy gets double duty as a receiver and a defensive back. He has good ball skills and he has the competitive nature you need in a defensive back. He is eager to see the ball come his way and he has the confidence to make the play.

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