One of the top linebackers in the southeast for the class of 2011 was on hand Saturday for Clemson's…
Southeast Road Report
Scout.com On The Road Report Connor Shaw – Quarterback – Flowery Branch (GA) - 2010Final Score: Gainsville 49, Flowery Branch 17Scout's Take: Shaw never got into any kind of rhythm Friday night because he was running for his life most of the game. The Gainesville defense brought pressure all night and he was flushed from the pocket and throwing while getting hit much of the night. He showed good mobility outside of the pocket, he threw a few nice passes under distress, and he held his composure. He can throw a nice ball on the run and most of his throws were like that if not quick deliveries without taking a drop. He finished with over 300 yards passing on 32 completions, but most were short quick passes because of the pressure he faced. -- Chad SimmonsRecruiting: Committed to South Carolina Rodriguez Frazier – Cornerback – Flowery Branch (GA) - 2010Final Score: Gainsville 49, Flowery Branch 17Scout's Take: Frazier is a long athlete that played corner and wide receiver in this game, but he may be best at free safety on the next level. He is not a true corner and if he ends up on defense, then it will bat safety. He has good ball skills, he caught a few passes and he is a fluid athlete. He is not super quick, but quick enough when combining that with his length. He had a solid performance in this game. -- Chad SimmonsRecruiting: Holds offers from UAB and Indiana. Rodney Young – Cornerback – Flowery Branch (GA) - 2010Final Score: Gainsville 49, Flowery Branch 17Scout's Take: Jenkins had a solid game at corner, but looked most impressive at wide receiver. He made an outstanding leaping catch in traffic in the first half that was probably the brightest moment for the Falcon offense in the first 24 minutes. He is very good in space – he is quick, he is shifty, and he makes people miss. He is ideal for a slot receiver and should get some interest from schools late in the process. -- Chad SimmonsRecruiting: No offers yet. Imani Cross – Running Back – Flowery Branch (GA) - 2012Final Score: Gainsville 49, Flowery Branch 17Scout's Take: Cross looks the part physically and it is hard to believe he is only a sophomore. What you see is what you get in Cross though. He is not explosive, but he is a very strong runner with good balance. He had a 10 yard touchdown run for the Falcons in the second half and he got to the edge on that one, but he really needs to work on his hips and flexibility. He is stiff and a north-south runner that looks to be a fullback on the next level at this time. -- Chad SimmonsRecruiting: Verbal offers from Central Florida and South Carolina. Blake Sims – Quarterback – Gainesville (GA) - 2010Final Score: Gainsville 49, Flowery Branch 17Scout's Take: Sims played like he has every time I have seen him – great. He is one of the top athletes in the South and he showed that Friday night. He had over 300 yards of total offense and three touchdowns. He threw two and caught one. Sims just made plays with his arm and legs all game. If they brought pressure, then he hurt them with his mobility and if they didn't, then he used his strong arm. He will likely not play QB on the next level, so he will likely end up at receiver or safety. He actually looked a lot like a running back at times Friday night spinning out of tackles, making guys miss, and getting to the corner. -- Chad SimmonsRecruiting: Committed to Alabama. Tai-ler Jones – Wide Receiver – Gainesville (GA) - 2010Final Score: Gainsville 49, Flowery Branch 17Scout's Take: Jones got open, caught passes, scored touchdowns, and had another big game against Flowery Branch. He just knows how to get open against man or zone and really understands the wide receiver position. Jones finished with 135 yards receiving with two touchdowns while throwing another one. He also had a 68 yard TD called back. He made an outstanding one-handed grab for a touchdown and threw a couple nice blocks for his teammates on the outside also. He is just a natural wideout that catches everything, make nice adjustments on the ball, and knows how to find the soft spots to get open. -- Chad SimmonsRecruiting: Committed to Notre Dame. Daunte Carr – Safety – Gainesville (GA) - 2010Final Score: Gainsville 49, Flowery Branch 17Scout's Take: Carr did not make any plays that will stand out on a highlight reel, but he was part of a secondary that kept the high-powered Flowery Branch offense at bay most of the night. Carr is a smart football player and did a good job in coverage this game. He was in on a couple of tackles, but his main focus was covering receivers and he did well. -- Chad SimmonsRecruiting: Committed to Stanford. A.J. Johnson – Linebacker – Gainesville (GA) - 2011Final Score: Gainsville 49, Flowery Branch 17Scout's Take: Johnson played outstanding from the beginning to the end. He ended the game with double-digit tackles and three sacks and he could have had more. He missed on a few tackles in the open field and overran a couple of plays also. When he is turned loose going north and south, then he is dangerous. He plays linebacker for the Red Elephants but this performance showed he could be a monster defensive end on the next level. His size combined with his hips, change of direction, and lateral movement makes him a likely end in college. He hustled every play for four quarters and was chasing the ball all over the field. It was one of the better defensive performances I have seen by an underclassman in 2009. -- Chad SimmonsRecruiting: Committed to Tennessee. Thomas Niles – Defensive Tackle – Gainesville (GA) - 2011Final Score: Gainsville 49, Flowery Branch 17Scout's Take: Niles was in on some plays and did some damage at times. He, like a lot of defensive tackles, seemed to take plays off every now and then and he would go missing for a bit. When he was going hard he showed a nice burst off the ball, above average hands, and the ability to push the offensive lineman back into the backfield. He needs to work on his strength at the point of attack, playing lower, and just putting it all together consistently. -- Chad Simmons Adrian Gamble – Wide Receiver – Independence (NC) - 2011Final Score: Butler 31, Independence 24Scout's Take: Not the go-to receiver on the day as Independence tried to attack the seam with smaller, faster slot receivers, Gamble still made several big catches on the edge. Long receiver with great hands and athleticism to be a #1 receiver in college for some teams. Does a good job finding soft spot in zone but does not settle down very well into the zone's pocket for the quarterback. -- Miller SafritRecruiting: Committed to Virginia. Nyjee Fleming – Running Back – Independence (NC) - 2011Final Score: Butler 31, Independence 24Scout's Take: Very hard runner behind his pads and certainly looks bigger than his listed size with the way he runs. Not going to be an ankle breaker off the edge, but has the potential to be a big-time back in college if he can get the ball twenty or more times a game as he can wear down a defense. Caught several balls out of the backfield on screens and swing passes where he showed soft hands and did well getting extra yardage after first contact. Also impressive in pass blocking. -- Miller SafritRecruiting: Holds offers from Clemson, NC State, and Virginia. Courtland Carson – Linebacker – Independence (NC) - 2010Final Score: Butler 31, Independence 24Scout's Take: For a linebacker against a running team, it seemed as though Carson played pretty far off the line of scrimmage. It could have been a scheme to make sure offensive linemen could not get their hands on him as Carson has very good closing speed and wraps up pretty well. Got caught a few times trying to hit the big Butler running back too high and could not bring him down. Very good at dropping into pass coverage and was a leader for the Indy defense off the field sa well. -- Miller SafritRecruiting: Holds an offer from Marshall. Anthony Carrothers – Quarterback – Independence (NC) - 2010Final Score: Butler 31, Independence 24Scout's Take: Threw for nearly 400 yards passing and three touchdowns, but his four interceptions in the fourth quarter built a hole that was tough for Independence to come out of. Tried to force many throws, especially those to the outside of the numbers where the safety was able to get over for a second defensive back. Playmaking abilities are still unquestioned when he can buy time and get outside the pocket where he is able to see downfield a little better. -- Miller SafritRecruiting: Interest from Akron, East Carolina, Kansas State, and Louisville. Christian Lemay – Quarterback – Butler (NC) - 2011Final Score: Butler 31, Independence 24Scout's Take: Calm and poised from the quarterback position, though at times it seems to be too calm as his footwork becomes a little lazy and just stands almost like a statue until the pocket breaks down. Certainly has the athleticism to gain extra time in the pocket and showed a brillian playfake on a key fourth down in Independence territory to find an open tight end for a touchdown. Also audibled late in the game into a 80 yard touchdown pass as well. -- Miller SafritRecruiting: Holds offers from most of the Southeast early in the process. Jahwan Edwards – Running Back – Butler (NC) - 2011Final Score: Butler 31, Independence 24Scout's Take: Rumbled for 170 yards rushing as the workhorse up the middle for Butler. At 5-10, 240 pounds, those yards were not of the quick variety but rather with some great playcalling of counters where he could cut back to the edge and put his shoulder into a defensive back or two for several 15+ yard gains. Should see interest next year as a fullback with his lower body strength and blocking abilities on film. -- Miller SafritRecruiting: Early interest from several schools in the Southeast. Deion Walker – Running Back – Butler (NC) - 2011Final Score: Butler 31, Independence 24Scout's Take: Missed Butler's recent game against Kell with the flu, so first time I got a chance to see him live. Played as a wingback for Butler and showed a combination of balance, hands, and awareness in the few touches on the ball as much of the offense went up the middle with Edwards. Loved seeing him play in space on the edge making some players miss and his acceleration is certainly one to want for college. -- Miller SafritRecruiting: Interest from Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, NC State, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech.
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