Duluth vs. Norcross
Norcross, Georgia- The battle between towns that border each other ended in a one sided affair. Norcross waltzed its way to a 36-7 victory. The Blue Devils not only won on the scoreboard but also on the stat sheet outgaining the Wildcats 426 to 58 in total yardage. Duluth did not convert on third down in the first half leaving a goose egg in the first down column. By games end the Blue Devils has 22 first downs to the Wildcats five.
Norcross struck first with a 31-yard touchdown catch and run by super junior Myles Autry with 3:08 left in the first quarter. The Blue Devils then road the back of major BCS recruit Alvin Kamara as he punched it in from one yard out pushing the score to 14 to 0. Kamara would then add another touchdown on a nine yard scamper around the outside with 5:26 left in the half giving the Blue Devils a 21 to 0 halftime lead.
Speedy junior receiver Clifton Lynch would set up the first score in the second half with a 37-yard catch. This was followed by a huge sack and caused fumble by long and lanky pass rushing specialist Lorenzo Carter. His defensive effort would set the stage for a 50-yard punt return by Autry making the score to 34 to 0. DI sleeper Jahmal Jones would then tack on the last score for the Blue Devils sacking the Duluth signal caller in the end zone with 2:59 left in the third quarter.
An uneventful fourth quarter saw Norcross empty the bench getting every player in the game. Duluth was able to take advantage of off the backups by picking a pass off for a score with just 2:22 left in the contest. Norcross is known for its explosive passing attack but it was its defensive acumen that won this contest 36 to 7.
Myles Campbell, WR, 5-7, 155 (2013)
Stats/Highlights: He had three catches for 31 yards and an eight yard run which doesn't seem like much but it was over half of the total offensive output by the Wildcats.
Assets: Campbell was clearly the only offensive player for the Wildcats that had the ability to make positive yardage. He proved to be dangerous in space and a very adept route runner with soft hands. He may not be the biggest competitor but he plays with the most fight. Campbell is at his best in the slot finding the holes in the defense. His skill set is ideal for the spread offense.
Development: The biggest knock on this diminutive box of dynamite is his size. He does have excellent overall body structure but he is just small and will need to be in space to do damage at the next level.
Recruiting: He has offers from Cincinnati, East Carolina, FAU, and MTSU.
Julian Williams, OL, 6-6/300 (2013)
Stats/Highlights: He was the only bright spot on the Wildcat offensive line. He looked good at both pass pro and run blocking from the guard position.
Assets: I actually came away very impressed with this young man's performance. He already has the size and strength to compete at the next level. He uses excellent hand placement and has some power in his punch. Williams is also very flexible in the hips and knees for a big man. He is at his best when run blocking.
Development: He may need to shift some bad body weight around because he is already at his ideal size in my opinion. Williams has to work on his ability to move his feet laterally while pass protecting.
Recruiting: He has an offer from East Carolina.
Shon Akins*, CB, 5-9/170 (2013)
Stats/Highlights: Akins was in on two solo tackles, three assisted tackles, two PBU's, and returned a kickoff 49 yards.
Assets: Akins has tremendous change of direction and very good overall speed. He has no problems coming up in run support and sticking a hat on the ball carrier. Akins did a really nice job of shedding blocks for a smaller corner. His speed looked very good on his 49-yard kickoff return.
Development: He is not the biggest corner and may struggle covering bigger receivers at the next level without gaining at least 15 pounds of muscle mass. It was tough to evaluate his cover skills because the Duluth passing game was just horrid on this night. But he clearly can change directions on a dime.
Recruiting: He is currently committed to Cal.
Myles Autry, WR/ATH, 5-11, 180 (2014)
Stats/Highlights: Autry had two carries for 20 yards and four receptions for 40 yards and a score. In addition he returned a punt 50 yards for a score.
Assets: There is no question about this receiver's ability to make yards after the catch. He proved to have very good change of direction and excellent top end speed. Autry looked like he was shot out of a canon on his 50-yard punt return for score. He definitely projects as a solid slot receiver that has the ability to make contributions as a return man in college.
Development: He is a tad thin and will need to add some muscle mass in order to make yards after contact. This will also help with durability at the DI level. Though he did not play any defense he does have the skill set to become a big corner.
Recruiting: Autry already has more than seven FBS offers.
Lorenzo Carter, DL, 6-4/225 (2014)
Stats/Highlights: Carter had four solo tackles, one assisted tackle, three TFL's, one sack, and a caused fumble in the game.
Assets: No player looked better on the hoof than this tall and rangy defensive end. He has the size and body structure to play either linebacker or defensive end at the next level. Carter has the length and long arms which cause offensive tackles problems. His long elegant strides allow him to cover real estate in a blink of an eye.
Development: Carter could work on getting the hands of the offensive lineman off his body quicker. This could be aided by working on counter pass rushing moves rather than just an outside rush. Outside of that he is clearly a major DI recruit that will gain national attention.
Recruiting: Carter already has more than nine FBS offers.
Trenton Jenkins, OL, 6-5/310 (2014)
Stats/Highlights: Jenkins was by far the best run blocker on the Blue Devil squad as they put up 426 yards of offense.
Assets: Jenkins is one huge offensive lineman for a junior. He played left offensive tackle most of the night and was at his best firing off the line on running plays. Jenkins has a nice flat back in his stance and when he uncoils he brings a whole lot of pop. He also does a nice job of running his feet after contact. His best position at the next level will most likely be as an offensive guard.
Development: He could trim a few pounds which should help him with his foot quickness in pass protection. Jenkins also needs to stay squared on the defender pass rushing by not opening the door.
Recruiting: He has no offers at this time but is a definite DI player.
Jahmal Jones, LB/DE, 6-1, 205 (2013)
Stats/Highlights: Jones had two solo tackles, four assisted tackles, three TFL's, and two sacks one of which was a safety.
Assets: Jones played defensive end opposite of Carter most of the night. He was the other really impressive looking Norcross prospect on the hoof. His size and skill set make him an ideal outside linebacker at the next level. He also can cover a lot of ground in a short period of time.
Development: Learning to play in space on two feet is the area he will need to work on most. Right now college coaches will have to project him as a linebacker despite the fact that he plays with his hand on the ground. He also needs to be more aggressive with ridding the hands of offensive lineman.
Recruiting: He has offers from Colorado State, Georgia State, MTSU, Southern Miss, and several FCS schools.
Alvin Kamara*, RB, 5-10/190 (2013)
Stats/Highlights: Kamara carried the ball 17 times for 89 yards and two scores while also catching two passes for eight yards.
Assets: Kamara definitely runs downhill as he hits the hole pretty darn hard. He also flashed soft hands out of the backfield which is a must if he wants to be an every down back at the next level. You have to love how he accelerates just before contact inflicting the force on the defender. He proved to be a real workhorse for the Blue Devils as he touched the ball 16 times in the first half.
Development: He could add more muscle mass which will help with yards after contact. He had a tendency to seek out contact rather than avoid it in the open field. Sometimes it is best to side step defenders once downfield.
Recruiting: He currently has more than a dozen FBS offers.
Clinton Lynch, WR, 5-10, 175 (2014)
Stats/Highlights: Lynch had four catches for 134 yards in the game.
Assets: Lynch was one of those neat surprises you find if you keep your eyes open as an analyst. He possesses the speed to get behind defenders stretching the field vertically for the offense. He did a nice job of attacking the ball with his hands away from his body.
Development: He is a bit slim right now so adding more muscle mass will help him break simple arm tackles. And though he has really good speed he could work on his running form when carrying the ball.
Recruiting: No offers at this time but he looks like a legit DI prospect.
Others who impressed: Maaseiah Francis, WR, Norcross (2014); Cedric Long, LB, Duluth (2014); Kevin Mouhon, LB, Norcross (2014); Horatio Walker, OL, Norcross (2014)