5 prospects to watch in RisingSeniors game at 1 p.m. Monday
The state of Georgia has another strong crop of football prospects for next year.
Around 100 high school juniors will be on display for the RisingSeniors.com Bowl, which will be played at 1 p.m. Monday at Grady High School. Tickets are $20 for the all-star game that will also be broadcasted on ESPN3.com.
Here’s a look at the top five prospects in the game:
- Deshaun Watson, quarterback, Gainesville: The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder has looked like the state’s No. 1 prospect in practices. Watson has prototypical size, he possesses outstanding composure, he’s a running threat, and he can throw on the run with velocity. Watson has been just about perfect on short to intermediate throws in the cold and rainy weather. “He’s as gifted as anybody I’ve seen,” said Blessed Trinity coach Tim McFarlin, the East team’s offensive coordinator. Watson nearly holds all of the state’s major passing records, and he led Gainesville to its first state championship earlier this month. Watson committed to Clemson on last year’s signing day but he’s still looking around at Ohio State, Auburn and Tennessee. He also wouldn’t mind an offer from Georgia, which he thought he was going to get last summer.
- Raekwon McMillan, linebacker, Liberty County: The 6-2, 249-pounder is the early frontrunner as the state’s top prospect for 2014. He has more than 50 scholarship offers, and he’s ranked as a 5-star by 247sports. McMillan has been slowed in practices by an ankle injury but he’s still made some bone-crushing hits. “Being ranked high doesn’t go to my head because it can all be gone in one day,” McMillan said. “You’ve got to keep your head on a swivel because someone is always looking for your spot.” McMillan has five favorites in Ohio State, Clemson, Georgia, Alabama and USC, with the Buckeyes as his leader. “Even though Ohio State is far away, they still make me feel like home,” McMillan said.
- Nick Chubb, running back, Cedartown: Perhaps no one has benefitted more from this week than the 5-11, 210-pounder. Everybody wondered if Chubb was the “real deal” or another small-town superstar who posted Nintendo-like numbers against inferior competition. Chubb may be better than advertised, dominating the practice sessions more than the other high-profile running backs. “He reminds you of an Alabama tailback; he’s got big legs, he’s hard to tackle, he runs hard and he runs behind his pads,” said Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker, the West team’s head coach. Chubb has early offers from Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Purdue and Ohio State but his life is likely to radically change after this week. Chubb will probably be rated as the state’s No. 1 running back for 2014 and appear in the national rankings. He is a childhood fan of Georgia.
- Demarre Kitt, wide receiver, Sandy Creek: The 6-1, 195-pounder has put some distance between him and the rest of the field as the state’s top prospect at wide receiver. Kitt has nice size, he isn’t afraid to go over the middle, and he has an extra gear to get past the safeties. “He just makes plays,” Walker said. “He’s smooth. He catches everything thrown to him. He’s got better speed than people think he does. He’s a complete wideout.” Kitt is listed as questionable for the game after suffering a hamstring injury on Saturday. Kitt was formerly committed to Georgia but reopened his recruitment. He now has Ohio State and Clemson as his leaders.
- Christian Harris, offensive lineman, Collins Hill: The 6-5, 266-pounder was “discovered” this week. He got an early scholarship offer from Ohio but will likely have 20 or more by the spring. Harris has ideal size and athleticism at left tackle, he gets off the ball well, and he is very physical. Harris said he would commit to Georgia if he gets an early offer. “I’ve been raised to be a Georgia boy and my family loves them to death,” Harris said. “It’s close to home, so I would have to consider committing.”
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