December 27, 2012

What players will emerge?

ATLANTA - In 2011 a number of players went into the Georgia Rising Seniors week without an offer. As a matter of fact, two five-star recruits, Milton defensive end Carl Lawson and Dooly County defensive end Montravius Adams, had one offer between them (Adams had been offered by Clemson) when the week ended.

As practice kicks off on Friday for the 2012 group of juniors, players such as defensive end Lorenzo Carter (Norcross), defensive back Nick Glass (Peachtree Ridge), wide receiver Demarre Kitt (Sandy Creek), quarterback Deshaun Watons (Gainesville) and linebacker Raekwon McMillan (Liberty County) are already household names in recruiting circles.

Below, UGASports takes a look at some names that we expect to emerge by the end of the week.

The East Roster

Alex Cason (Valdosta) - At 6-foot-2, Cason has excellent length and plays in a system at Valdosta that has taught him to run most if not all of the routes on the tree. Cason will come into the Rising Seniors practices as polished as any receiver except for Kitt, and due to the fact the offensive schemes will be pass heavy, he will have plenty of opportunities to show off his skill set.

• DB Cameron Albright (North Cobb) - Albright has excellent size at 6-foot-2 and slightly over 200 pounds. He has the speed to cover a lot of ground at the safety position, and he has the quickness and instincts to break on the ball and make a play on it. His length is one of his biggest strengths at this point, and he has the body style to lay the big hit on a receiver or come up in run support. Albright has gotten little attention up until this point, but could make a big name for himself this week.

• DL Dante Sawyer (North Gwinnett) - Sawyer already has an offer from North Carolina, but has the combination of size and athleticism to get many more. At 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, Sawyer had his way with 2012 Colquitt County offensive lineman and Florida commitment Octavius Jackson in the Corky Kell Classic to start the 2012 season. One talent evaluator believes that Sawyer has the chance to be a big time tight end at the next level, but it is hard to argue his production on defense. It will be interesting to see how the slightly undersized defensive end performs against big offensive linemen this week in practice.

• DB Kalvaraz Bessent (Camden County) - Bessent has three offers from North Carolina, Ohio State, and Ole Miss, but few have heard about the South Georgia standout. At 6-foot-1, Bessent has elite height and length for a cornerback, and he definitely has the hip turn and instincts to play the position at a high level. A number of offers are sure to come for Bessent in the future, and he will be challenged this week in coverage and in his ability to come up and tackle.

• Other Players to keep an eye on: Wheeler defensive back Allen Artis, South Gwinnett wide receiver Coray Keel, Collins Hill offensive lineman Christian Harris, Stratford Academy offensive lineman Caleb Samuel.

• LB Kevin Mouhon (Norcross) - Mouton's name started to circulate during Norcross's state championship run this season, and Tennessee has already jumped in an offered. At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, Mouton has a very stout, muscular build and is an excellent down hill linebacker. He has the ability to flip his hips and run sideline to sideline, but his best attribute is his physicality. He is extremely physical as a tackler and in taking on blocks, and has a strong nose for the football. Mouhon is slightly bigger at this stage in his development, but is very similar to 2012 four-star South Gwinnett linebacker and Georgia commitment Reggie Carter.

The West Roster

• OL Chavis Dickey (Peach County) - Dickey hasn't gotten much attention at this stage in his recruitment, but that could change at any moment. Dickey projects as an interior offensive lineman at the next stage as he stands 6-foot-4, 300 pounds, but he is a strong blocker at the point of attack. He has some hip tightness and needs to improve his footwork, but has plenty of athleticism and strength to be effective on the interior. Tennessee and Georgia have shown interest and Dickey visited Athens this season when the Bulldogs took on Georgia Tech.

• DL Chris Williams (Sandy Creek) - Williams had a dominant junior season at Sandy Creek but still hasn't gotten much love. He is a tad short for a defensive tackle at 6-foot-1, but he plays with excellent leverage and is one of the quickest defensive tackles in the Peach State. He currently holds two offers from Ole Miss and Texas A&M, but a number of other schools are likely to jump in on Williams due to his ability to make plays.

• TE Cole Cook (Douglasville) - Cook has a tremendous frame at 6-foot-6, 235 pounds. At this stage, he has shown that he is a more than willing blocker, and has the strength to get movement on the edge. He does an excellent job of positioning his body to seal the edge, and has the athleticism to work in the middle of the field and make plays down the field. A number of SEC schools have shown interest, but Cook is still looking for his first offer.

• LB Demarquis Gates (Lovejoy) - Gates is a name that not many have noticed, but we believe he is one of the top players at his position in the state. He is still a little raw and relies on athleticism, but he has the size/speed combination that many programs drool over. Gates also has excellent length and plays with a fearless attitude that is necessary at linebacker. At this point, he is very similar to 2012 Central Gwinnett four-star linebacker Trey Johnson.

• LB Juwon Young (Albany) - Young was extremely impressive at the Mark Richt Mini Camp this summer, and will now get a chance to show what he can do with the pads on this week. At 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, Young is an athletic and physical linebacker on the inside at Albany, and he has the ability to play in space as well. Young also showed the ability to sink his hips and rush off the edge as well, and could project as an inside linebacker or a rush end/outside linebacker at the next level.

• Other players to watch: Chapel Hill defensive lineman Josiah Coatney, Milton running back Treyvon Paulk, Warner Robins offensive lineman Jermaine Abron, Brooks County wide receiver Deric Herring.

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