The stars played hard, the game was full of emotion, and the better team that night won the game 13-9. M.L.K. defeated Southwest Dekalb in a defensive showdown.
Nobody’s stock was really affected much in this game. Brown will still be a five-star back, he still showed the wiggle and ability to make guys miss in space, and the future Florida Gator has star on the next level written all over him.
Stripling is a nightmare for opponents when he has the opportunity to get into chase mode. He has trouble fighting off blocks head on at times, but that should improve as he adds weight. He could bump up slightly in the next rankings after this performance.
Mincy and Golightly will hold tight while Malcome showed he will be a very good fit in Athens. The SEC is a physical conference and he will bring a lot of power to the Dawgs. He looks quicker than last year, he showed very good vision, and he really drug people for about 80 percent of his yards in this game. He will likely bump up a bit, but remain a four-star on Scout.com.
The Star of the Game
M.L.K. quarterback Cameron Myers made the big plays Friday night. While he was hot and cold with his arm, he made the plays when needed the most. He threw two touchdown passes, he threw the ball very well outside the pocket, and his legs allowed him to keep many plays alive when many would have been sacked.
He kept his eyes down field when Stripling had him running for his life at times from sideline to sideline. Myers made some big runs, big throws, and he made some good decisions.
Corey Jarvis (M.L.K. Head Coach) has to be proud of the way he managed the game. Even though it was a season opener, it was played in the atmosphere of a state championship game.
Look for Myers to receive some attention this fall. He is a very good athlete that could also play safety on the next level.
Underclassmen to Watch
Terrance Smith is a 6-foot-3, 210 pound linebacker/defensive end out of Southwest Dekalb that is going to be their top recruit in 2011. He was held at bay much of the night, but he showed good quickness, nice range, and he did make two plays in the backfield. He is the son of former Clemson running back Terry Smith.
M.L.K. has three future top recruits to keep an eye on for multiple years.
Blake Tibbs is an athlete that is close to 6-feet 1-inch tall and 170 pounds and he is a receiver to watch in the class of 2012. Tibbs has great length, he is a long strider with speed, and he has the skills to be the next top tier recruit out of Coach Jarvis’ program.
Jarvis has a couple of tackles to put on the radar as well. Both saw significant time against Southwest Dekalb and the two were lining up on crucial plays in the fourth quarter against Stripling and Smith.
Joshua Outlaw is a 6-foot-4, 275 pound freshman that took care of business on the left side in this game. He is a little stiff, but he showed very good feet and toughness. Julian Williams is over 6-feet 5-inches tall and close to 280 pounds while wearing a size 20 shoe. Alabama has already called Coach Jarvis about this young man.
Those two look to be future marquee recruits for the Lions.
Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Analyst for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.