It’s Friday afternoon and that means it’s almost time for “Friday Night Lights.”
There are a lot of good games are on tap tonight as far as getting a look at the best prospects in the city and state, none better than the North Gwinnett-Norcross game.
There will be a lot of attention on North Gwinnett’s JaWuan James since the big offensive tackle backed off his commitment to Alabama and reopened his recruitment last weekend. But the Bulldogs’ opponent has a few D-1 prospects of its own.
The Blue Devils’ high-powered offense is anchored by 6-foot-4, 265-pound tackle Max Garcia. Garcia has more than a dozen D-1 offers but appears to be garnering the most interest from and showing the most interest in Maryland, Clemson and Vanderbilt, according to coach Keith Maloof.
Another intriguing prospect for Norcross is tailback Delino DeShields Jr. DeShields, rushed for 803 yards on 83 carries for Woodward Academy last year before transferring to Norcross, has been somewhat held in check this season as the Blue Devils have stumbled out of the gate to a 1-2 record. But he has still managed 228 yards on 32 carries (7.1 ypc). He’s intriguing as a football prospect because, like his famous baseball-playing father by the same name, the younger DeShields is of course a baseball prospect. He has five or six football offers, according to Maloof, including Georgia Tech, Ole Miss and Central Florida.
The Blue Devils have a wide receiver named Geremy Davis (thanks “AJC Fan”) those most intense recruitment is probably ahead of him. Louisiana-Monroe is his biggest offer so far but, with 16 catches for 300 yards, more are likely on the way. Memphis coaches will be on hand tonight. Another Norcross prospect turning heads is “athlete” Arius Wright. The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder plays safety and wideout for the Blue Devils but it’s raw speed that is attracting attention. Maloof said he’s timeed him in the 4.3s. To date, only Tulane and Western Kentucky have offered.
Of course, No. 3-ranked North Gwinnett is brimming with talent, led by junior quarterback sensation C.J. Uzomah.
“They’re great on offense,” Maloof said. “They have those big ol’ tackles (James and Alabama commitment Austin Shephard), that quarterback and some good young backs. A very good team.”
Senior Cordero Dixon (6-0, 155) is a speedy wide receiver who is getting looks from mid-major schools.
Here are some other prospects and games to keep an eye out for over the weekend:
Other games to watch in the dry comfort of your own home:
Tell me where you’re going to be and who you want to see.