Alabama commitment Blake Sims showed up in Knoxville and he got a lot of attention from the…
Will Hall be like his Uncle? A prospect that jumped out physically early Thursday morning in Athens was Greg Hall out of North Oconee High School. He has not turned into that star on the gridiron yet on the high school level, but he feels his time is coming. "I played on the Junior Varsity team last year, but I am going to be playing Varsity football this year," said Hall. "I played linebacker and tight end last year, but I think I am going to be playing mainly tight end this season. That is my best position – I have good hands and I like to catch the ball." That is the opposite side of the ball that his Uncle played when he starred at the University of Georgia before moving on to a successful career in the NFL. Will Witherspoon played linebacker and he was a good one when playing between the hedges a little less than 10 years ago. His Uncle has pushed him and he feels he could be like him one day. "He really gives me a hard time and pushes me to work even harder because he wants to make me better. He means well, but he really pushes me. I have watched him work hard, I have watched him do what he had to do to make it, and I think I can do that too. He has been a real good influence on me and I think I can go where he is, just at another position." Sims is still looking at Georgia and Tennessee. Hall is a class of 2012 prospect and he is already 6-feet 3-inches tall and he currently weighs 182 pounds. At Georgia on Thursday, he showed soft hands and nice athleticism. Him moving down to Georgia from Virginia has caused him to take a liking to the Bulldogs. "I really didn't grow up with a favorite school, but I like the atmosphere at Georgia and there are Georgia fans around here all the time. I have been to a couple of games and I really like it down here. My uncle has really talked to me much about them yet, but I think we will talk about Georgia one day." "I have really started to like them and just all the schools in the SEC." This rising sophomore still has three years of high school remaining, but put him on your radar as underclassmen to watch. He has great size, soft hands, and very good bloodlines. Sims was Everywhere Alabama commitment Blake Sims was first at Tennessee this week camping on Tuesday and he was in Athens on Thursday taking part in the UGA 7on7 tournament. He shined in both places. In Athens, Sims started off a little sluggish throwing the ball when he missed a few guys high while working with a wet ball, but late in game one, he got going. After hitting some nice passes in the rain, he moved to wide receiver and caught a number of touchdowns. At the same time, he moved over to defense and played some cornerback. He knocked down a number of passes there too. The 6-foot 180 pound athlete out of Gainesville was all over the field and he gave the Dawgs a lot to look at. Throughout the day, Mark Richt, Mike Bobo, Tony Ball, Willie Martinez, Bryan McClendon, and John Jancek had their eyes on one of the best in the Peach State. He is still committed to Bama at this time, but Georgia is not totally out of it. He will be in Tuscaloosa next Sunday and Monday at Alabama's camp before returning to Athens later that week to take part in the Mark Richt prospect camp. Tennessee made a big impression on Sims earlier this week, he had to impress Georgia's coaches on Thursday, and now it will be Alabama's turn to try convince him that they are the best school for him. Keep and eye on Franklin. Whatever school Sims decides to sign with in the end, they will be getting a very shifty, quick, versatile, and talented athlete. He is one of the top athletes in Georgia and he can run, throw, jump, and cover. Marietta ATH on UGA Radar The Marietta Blue Devils Head Coach James Richards said, "he is why we are here" Thursday morning in Athens while pointing at his 2010 athlete Greg Franklin. Coach Richards went on to say, "Georgia is recruiting him, Georgia wants to see him, and I believe he is why we are here today." Franklin did not play today in the 7on7 because he is not 100 percent back from a wrist injury. He was there though and Defensive Coordinator/Secondary Coach Willie Martinez was sizing him up throughout the day. He is hearing from many programs out of the SEC and he likes Georgia and Georgia Tech as his top two at this time. Some schools like him as a running back, but the Dawgs like him as a defensive back. He gets the brace off his wrist in the coming days and he plans to participate in Georgia's prospect camp on June 13. He has yet to pick up offer one, but Louisville may be close. Quick Hitter from Athens - Tai-ler Jones was there supporting his Gainesville teammates, but he did not play today because he is resting his knee before his leads Gainesville into Oregon later this summer for the NIKE 7on7 invitational. Where he was much of the day, UGA coaches were often close by. He is still giving UGA a look and they still may get an official visit from the Stanford commit. He knows he will visit Stanford and Notre Dame at this time. - Gainesville 2011 linebacker A.J. Johnson seems to be close to pulling in an offer from the Georgia Bulldogs. John Jancek coaches the linebackers and recruits Gainesville for UGA and he had a close eye on the rising junior all day. He will be back next week to attend UGA's camp. - Union County athlete Blake Gowder made some nice catches in the morning session. He made back to back diving catches and the second one went for a touchdown. Gowder has yet to pick up an offer, but he plans to hit many camps this summer, so things should heat up for him soon. He plays receiver for Union County, but he is better suited for a fullback/H-back role in college. Johnson will be one of the best in GA's 2011 class. - Connor Shaw from Flowery Branch looked impressive throughout the day. He threw a nice spiral, he made quick decisions, and it looks like South Carolina got them a very good signal caller. He is the leader for the Falcons and the team really responds to his direction. - Keep an eye on 2011 corner Frank Agyei out of North Oconee. He is around 5-feet 10-inches tall and he showed good quickness out on the edge today. Good athlete that will be one some radars by the end of the 2009 season. - Geremy Davis of Norcross had a solid day at wide receiver. He is not a burner, but he uses his size (6-1/195) to shield defenders very nicely. His hands looked to be solid and he is beginning to show that he can be the next Division I receiver to come out of Coach Maloof's program. - Flowery Branch has a couple of cornerbacks to keep an eye on this fall. Rodney Young and Javonte Meadows both had strong performances in Athens and both showed they should be considered Division I corners. They both have good instincts, they break on the ball well, and they should be a very good pair for Coach Shaw at The Branch. - Keep an eye out for Stephon Tuitt from Monroe-Area High School. He was not in Athens for the 7on7 tournament because of a basketball commitment, but his team was there and Coach Fligg praised his rising junior. Tuitt is close to 6-feet 6-inches tall and he weighs around 240 pounds. He is a tight end/defensive end prospect that is already on the UGA radar. Tuitt plans to be in Athens June 13 for the camp. Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Analyst for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.
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