Who are some of Georgia’s most overlooked high school seniors?
Football in this state, by all accounts, is outstanding. But because there are so many high school teams (around 500) and because college football recruiting is so accelerated, there are always 20-30 seniors who seemingly come out of nowhere to get last-minute scholarship offers from major colleges.
Who are some of Georgia’s top overlooked high school seniors who could get last-minute D1 offers before this year’s signing day? Here are five to watch from Rusty Mansell, the recruiting analyst from 247sports.com:
Jabari Zuniga, DE, 6-3, 265, Sprayberry: He’s only played varsity football for two years. He does have some early offers, but seeing him in person he is long, with at least 6-foot-6 wingspan. He is physical and strong at the point of attack against running teams. He is going to play at probably 6-foot-4, 280 pounds in 2-3 years and be a good defensive lineman for somebody. Link to film.
Isaiah Showers, WR, 6-2, 175, North Clayton: He’s playing in his first year of football at North Clayton. He’s under the radar because he had been playing only basketball. The thing you like on tape on him is how instinctive he is. To only have played one year of football, he is exceptional at breaking on balls while making picks and showing ball skills on offense. With his length and size, I expect schools to come calling once the coaches get back on the road in December. Link to film.
Dorian Walker, DB-RB, 6-1, 178, Mt. Paran Christian: I fully expect this 2015 athlete to have a big month of December. Every year it seems a young man plays on TV in the Georgia Dome and everybody finds out about him. Walker could be that guy. I have known Mt. Paran coach Mitch Jordan since he was 7 or 8 years old. He is a no non-sense type guy and the way he talks about Walker is all I need to know on him. Walker has Purdue, Cincinnati and others on him, but if Mount Paran gets to the Georgia Dome as expected, the entire state will see how good Walker is. He also projects as a next level CB with his ideal size. Link to film.
Chase Middleton, ILB, 6-2, 217, Brookwood: Playing at one of the state’s largest high schools, Middleton has benefitted as much as any prospect in the state from a position change. He is now playing LB instead of defensive end and is one of the top tacklers in the state. Against Central Gwinnett he had 16 tackles (12 solo), 4 TFL’s, 2 QB hurries, 1 interception and 1 pass defender. Middleton is verbally committed to Georgia State, but they are going to have to hang on as Auburn, UGA and others have recently started calling. Link to film.
Trent Levell, OT, 6-4, 275, Langston Hughes: He has more than held his own against several highly-rated players he faced this year. Levell plays with chip on his shoulder and plays to the whistle every play. Some opposing staffs have told me he is borderline “dirty,” but they all agreed he is a very good football player — and that you better be able to hold your own or he will put you on the ground every single play. At 6-foot-4, 275 pounds, Levell is going to see his attention pick up after his complete senior tape gets out. Link to film.
Ed Note: Every year when we start doing these lists, we get bombarded with emails about other overlooked prospects. If you have a kid we should know about, please post his information in the below comments. Here’s what we need: His first and last name, his position, his height and weight, his high school, and a link to his high school film. We’ll look at everything, and post another list of five at the beginning of the December. One final thing: We know every team has good high school “players.” If that’s your son, congrats. But we’re looking for good “prospects,” kids who are good players AND have exceptional size and speed that would project them to playing at the highest level of college football. Again, please list all the information in the below comments.