Top performances from state’s blue-chip prospects

There’s a very good chance the state player of the year could come from Gainesville this season. Just which player is another question.

The Red Elephants, ranked No. 1 in Class AAA, feature a pair of AJC Super 11 selections in quarterback Blake Sims and wide receiver Tai-ler Jones. Both had them have lived up to those distinctions. Then there’s the matter of their lesser-known teammate Tyson Smith. As far as big plays per opportunity, his ratio is out of this world.

All their talents were on display this past Friday as Gainesville rolled to a 55-12 victory over North Hall.

>The quarterback Sims — an Alabama commitment — completed 14-of-21 passes for 275  yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another.

>The wide receiver Jones — a Stanford commitment — caught 10 passes for 239 yards and three touchdowns and added a fourth TD on a 47-yard fumble return. A 58-yard punt return TD was called back for a penalty.

>Then there’s Smith, a running back that coach Bruce Miller likes to run at quarterback out of their “wildcat” formation. Smith threw a 90-yard TD pass to running back Teryan Rucker in the fourth quarter on Friday. That made Smith 3-for-3 for 264 yards and 3 TDs as a quarterback this season. That’s a quarterback rating of 1,169.2, according to Bill Murphy of the Gainesville Times.

Those performances topped a weekend full of star-studded performances by major college prospects across the state. Here’s some others of note:

  • Lassiter QB Hutson Mason: Set a Class AAAAA state record with 449 yards on 30-of-39 passing with four touchdowns in a win over Campbell. Mason has completed 73 percent of his passes for 1,235 yards with 12 TDs and 3 INTs this season. Follow this link for a story on Mason’s recruitment.
  • Collins Hill RB Charles Perkins: The Georgia Tech commitment keeps on trucking. Had 252 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries in a  51-10 over Northview. That’s 788 yards (197 ypg) and 7 TDs in four games.
  • Soutwest DeKalb RB Kendrun Malcome: The Georgia commitment rushed for 113 yards and 3 TDs in a little over two quarters of play in a 48-17 win over Lakeside.
  • Stephenson RB Raymond Sanders: The Kentucky commitment rushed for 202 yards and 4 TDs  on 18 carries in a 34-13 win at Ware County. He also caught three passes for 48 yards and ran in two two-point conversions.
  • Southwest DeKalb DB Jonathan Mincy: The Auburn commitment had two interceptions and an 89-yard kickoff return for a TD.
  • Hillgrove QB Synjyn Days: The Georgia Tech commitment was 10-of-15 passing for 190 yards and 2 TDs and ran for two others in a 51-20 win over Decatur.
  • North Clayton RB Clarence Jackson: The Ole Miss commitment rushed for 226 yards on 28 carries and had touchdown runs of 52 and 34 yards in a 27-0 win over Ola.
  • Sandy Creek RB Rajion Neal: The Mississppi State commitment rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. He has 599 yards rushing this season.
  • Flowery Branch QB Connor Shaw: The South Carolina commitment passed for 201 yards and 3 TDs in a 48-12 win over Chestatee.
  • Jefferson County QB B.J. Bostic: The Georgia Tech commitment and Super 11 selection scored TDs passing, rushing and receiving in a 48-3 win over Blcokley County. Another 80-yard TD run was called back.
  • Grayson RB Ean Pemberton: The 5-foot-4, 155-pounder had 37 carries for 175 yards and 2 TDs in a 26-16 win over South Gwinnett.
  • McEachern RB Rajaan Bennett: This uncommitted prospect had 182 yards on 25 carries with 2 TDs.
  • North Gwinnett QB C.J. Uzomah: The 6-foot-5, 225-pound junior accounted for 268 yards of total offense, including 178 yards on 19-of-28 passing, with one TD run and one TD pass, in a big win over Norcross.
  • Loganville RB Storm Johnson: The former LSU commitment had 150 yards and 2 TDs in a 31-27 loss to Habersham Central.
  • Peachtree Ridge PK Justin Watts: The junior place-kicker made field goals of 31, 35, 32 and 47 yards in wet, sloppy field conditions.
  • Carver-Columbus RB Isiah Crowell: Georgia and Florida have offered this top junior prospect, who rushed for 201 yards and 2 TDs  in a 28-19 win over Baldwin.
  • Washington County RB Montravious Gladden: Rushed for 220 yards and scored five touchdowns in a win over Troup.
  • Westside-Macon RB Robert Brown: Recorded his second straight 200-plus rushing game with 231 on 23 carries in 27-7 win over Jones County.
  • Wesleyan RB Kyle Karempelis: Rushed for 182 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries in 30-0 win over Walker.
  • Charlton County QB Chris Milton: The junior had 313 total yards — including 203 passing, in a 30-14 win over Tattnall County.
  • Savannah Country Day QB Tate O’Connor: 16-of-24 passes for 270 yards and 3 TDs in upset win over Class A No. 30ranked Wilkinson County.
  • Lowndes RB Robert Anderson: Rushed for 141 yards on 16 carries in 31-6 over Colquitt Co.
  • Johnson County QB D.J. Rozier: Accounted for318 total yards and 5 TDs — four rushing — in a 52-20 win over Metter.

Hey, that’s just some of the standout performances I heard, saw or read about. I’m sure there were others. Let me know about them.

21 comments Add your comment

Paddy

September 21st, 2009
8:32 am

Charles Perkins looks like the real deal.

Geori

September 21st, 2009
9:03 am

How many yards per game is five star “wonder boy” Mack Brown averaging? Probably at least twice as much as GT commitment Charles Perkins. Right!?

Perkins obviously cannot be four or five star talent since he wants to be a Yellow Jacket.

SC Fan

September 21st, 2009
9:34 am

You cant look at just yardage,teams might have a more of a balanced offense.If a back carries the ball 25 to 30 times a game with at least 5 yards a carrie he is gonna have a desent game.Backs like Mack Brown and Rajion Neal dont touch the ball 25 to 30 times a game because they dont even play in the second half,BUT THESE GUYS GET IT DONE WHEN THEY DO TOUCH THE BALL AVERAGING 8 T0 9 YARDS A CARRY.So if they touched and ran the ball the whole game like Perkins and Bennet they to will have the same or even better numbers than those guys.

Wiley

September 21st, 2009
9:56 am

Perkins is a great back whose should get another star added to his profile at least. But the recruiting sevices base alot in who offers the prospect, and since Perkins committed to GT so early other schools are not offering and pursuing him. I think he is one of the top two backs in the state and is just what this offense needs….a workhorse who can take a great number of carries.

juvenal

September 21st, 2009
9:58 am

some of these kids may actually be hoping for a real education-i would love for my kid to go to Stanford!

Skee bo

September 21st, 2009
10:18 am

Wiley i think that’s true is some cases,but you do have kids like Rajion Neal and Rajann Bennet that didn’t have a lot of offers from big name schools but prove themselves in elite camps and have had a great year so far.Evaluating talent is a hit or miss.You have to look at what type of talent you are playing against and for as backs look at the o-line.Some of these kids are running behind a very young line that is out manned and still putting up #’s. Where as other backs have lines that weigh 230 to 285 lbs and blowing guys off the ball.There is a big difference but you must read between the lines.

i love football

September 21st, 2009
10:25 am

Enter your comments here Hutson Mason of Lassiter had 449 yards passing (30-41) and 4 passing tds in Lassiter’s 42-10 win over Campbell. Lassiter is 4-0 on the season. Mason has over 1,200 yards passing in 4 games, 73% accuracy rate with 12 tds and 3 ints on the season. 449 yards in one game sets an all-time class AAAAA passing record in Georgia for a single game.

YPC

September 21st, 2009
10:25 am

Pekins had 23 carries and still averaged over 10 yards per carry. The D’s know where the ball is going to be and still can’t stop him. That’s impressive.

Matt

September 21st, 2009
11:06 am

Storm Johnson was never actually an LSU commitment. Good night running the ball though.

H.S. Coach

September 21st, 2009
11:23 am

Hutson Mason is a good QB but I want to see him play a tough D. So far Lassiter has beaten teams that are a combined 3-13. I know it’s not fair but I want to see it against a playoff caliber team.

bluedevilsfan

September 21st, 2009
11:27 am

Geremy Davis, Norcross High School is leading Gwinnett Cty in recieving through four games……He is the diamond in the rough this year. This kid can flat out catch the football no matter how its thrown…Stay Tuned!

Stats

September 21st, 2009
11:33 am

Storm also had 90 yd kickoff return for TD. I hope the kicker is ok, Storm gave him a mean stiff arm!!!

Dekalb Football

September 21st, 2009
12:41 pm

Enter your comments herewould love to hear more about Aaron Wimberly of South Gwntt, and Devin Scott of Tucker. anyone know Aaron’s stats against Grayson ?

collegeballfan

September 21st, 2009
1:05 pm

Perkins had a single A rating prior to committing to Tech. Just as soon as he committed Rivals & Scout raised the rating to 3A. I just checked & they both have him rated 3A.

Question? So what? Several years ago someone with more time than sense went over every NFL roster that year & looked back at the high school ratings for every player. A high 40%+ had ratings of 2A or less.

Whatever that says.

Chip Towers

September 21st, 2009
1:43 pm

DeKalb Football: Aaron Wimberly had 34 yards on 10 carries against Grayson’s stout D. Not sure about Devin Scott right off but I’ll find out.

Dekalb Football

September 21st, 2009
2:06 pm

Thanks Chip. Aaron is another Tucker Youth Football product, as Raymond Sanders and James Vaughters, Devin etc….

WHOA

September 21st, 2009
11:33 pm

EAN PEMBERTON HAS ABOUT 30+ CARRIES A GAME..
SO DOES PERKINS..
BY THE TIME THEY GET TOO COLLEGE (OR THE PLAYOFFS) THERE WONT BE ANY GAS LEFT IN THE TANK…
CALL ME WHAT YOU WANT BUT I’VE SEEN THIS FOR MANY YEARS

JAG FAN

September 22nd, 2009
1:50 pm

RAYMOND SANDERS #25 OF STEPHENSON HIGH SCHOOL IN 3 GAMES HAS 8TDS.,2 2PTS. CONVERSION,AND 403 YARDS RUSHING ON 30 CARRIES. HE ALSO HAS 7 CATHCHES FOR OVER 100YDS. IN 3 GAMES.

RedandBlack

September 24th, 2009
12:53 am

You need to check out the receiver from Roswell who is heading to Vanderbilt, the starting QB, and the RB- Smith. They are a potent trio for the Hornets this year.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

September 24th, 2009
12:46 pm

Just look at the official visits Lattimore has lined up to figure out where he is going – Florida State. He is not going to South Carolina or Georgia and he just wants to see Oregon for fun and Penn State – no way. Florida State appears to be his most likely destination.

BIG BLUE

September 26th, 2009
11:00 am

NORCROSS HAS ONE OF THE BEST WIDE RECIVERS IN GWINNETT COUNTY …KEEP A EYE OUT FOR HIM… #2 GEREMY DAVIS….HE CATCHES EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!