If you follow college football recruiting, you may want to check out Friday’s game between Grayson and Lowndes. It will be broadcast live at 7:30 p.m. on WSB-TV’s digital channel 2.2, several local cable channels (Charter channel 126 and Comcast channel 248.) and via in the Internet on this link. A rebroadcast of Lowndes-Grayson also runs Friday at 1:06 AM on WSB-TV, Channel 2.
What’s so special about this game?
It’s the No. 1-ranked junior in the USA vs. the No. 1 senior in Georgia.
Grayson DE Robert Nkemdiche vs. Lowndes S-LB Josh Harvey-Clemons.
It’s unprecedented to see two Georgia recruiting superstars to play against each other in the same game – with the state never producing a national No. 1 overall before Nkemdiche. Now they won’t go head-to-head on Friday, but their paths will cross. Both 5-star recruits play both ways.
How good are these guys?
Let’s start with Nkemdiche or “the boy would who be king.” He may be the best prospect ever out of high school in Georgia, which is saying a lot. He’s obviously the first to be ranked No. 1 overall nationally. The 6-foot-5, 270-pounder has a list of his top five schools, with UGA also “in the mix.”
What about Harvey-Clemons? He’s good, too – ranked by one recruiting service as the state’s No. 1 overall senior. Now he’s not the same caliber of Hollywood leading man as Nkemdiche but neither is any other senior college football prospect in Georgia.
Is Harvey-Clemons the best prospect out of longtime powerhouse Lowndes? That would probably go to Greg Reid, with Randall Godfrey also in consideration. It makes for a good conversation about the trio.
Back to Harvey-Clemons or JHC: He’s 6-5, 200 pounds and has UGA, Florida and Alabama as his leaders, according to Rivals.com’s Keith Niebuhr. JHC so talented that UGA and Florida are recruiting him to play OLB, while Alabama wants him at WR. That’s a very usual range of projected positions, but an surreal amount of credit to JHC’s athleticism and versatility (article continued below photo …)
Grayson’s coach thinks Josh Harvey-Clemons is worthy of his recruiting reputation.
“How tall is he? 6-6 or 6-7? He’s huge,” Mickey Conn said. “He’s a big, tall kid that started the season at free safety and all of a sudden he’s moved to inside linebacker. He can do a lot of things to hurt you. You can put him at safety, linebacker, wide receiver and quarterback. He plays them all for Lowndes. He’s every bit as good as advertised.”
What about Nkemdiche vs. JHC? It will most likely happen when Nkdemiche plays RB and JHC is at inside linebacker. And that leads to another interesting story: How did Grayson get to the point where it put a 270-pounder at running back?
“It started with his brother last year,” explained Conn, referring to Denzel Nkemdiche, who is a freshman cornerback at Ole Miss. “We weren’t getting as much production as I would’ve liked at running back so I moved his brother over there. It was like, you know what? As good of an athlete as Robert is, maybe he can be a lead blocker over there. So I put him over there initially to block and started handing him the football. It was like … what in the world? I’ve got a 270-pound running back like Bo Jackson but 30-40 pounds heavier? I’ve got to give him the ball more. So this year, at the start of the season, we started out real slow because we wanted Robert to get comfortable at the DE position first. We gradually did more and more until he’s now become a big part in what we do with running the football. Truthfully, it has made him a better defensive end because he’s really into the game. He’s running the ball, then goes to defense. There’s no resting time. He kind of stays hyper. It has been really beneficial to the defense. That was the question I was asking the defense the other day: What do you think about his defense since he has been running the ball so much on offense? They said, ‘Coach, his defense was better. Keep it like it is.’”
AJC Super 11 video of JHC …
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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