November 24, 2007

Brown, Jones make defenders pay

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Rivals.com Recruiting Analyst Barry Every scouted some of the top wide receiver prospects in the country in recent matchups between Alabama's Foley and Murphy high schools and Ocean Springs vs. Hattiesburg in Mississippi.


Check out the breakdown on Rivals100 receivers DeAndre Brown and Julio Jones as well as the other Division I prospects in the game.






Expert's View of Foley vs. Murphy





Julio Jones, 6-4, 215, WR, Foley

Class of 2008


Assets: Tall and fast with some wiggle in his step that helps him avoid tacklers.

Areas of improvement: He needs to have the attitude that every ball in the air is his. He is extremely talented in almost all phases of the game.


Most Impressive play: Late in the third quarter, he took a short pass in the flats and wormed his way to a 23-yard touchdown when he was surrounded by tacklers and up against the sideline.


Conclusion: He should have an immediate impact at whatever school he decides to go too.







Robert Lester, 6-2, 205, S, Foley

Class of 2008, Committed to Alabama


Assets: He has great body structure and has a willingness to make the big hit.

Areas of improvement: If he wants to be a free safety, he will need to work on his back peddle.



Most Impressive play: He made a nice solo tackle on punt coverage in the second quarter.


Conclusion: He needs a bump up in his rating. He played this game sick, and still had an impact in the game that not only I noticed, but Steven Campbell, the head coach at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College noticed as well.






LaVance Mitchell, 5-9, 190, RB, Foley

Class of 2010


Assets: Very powerful base, and a lot of wiggle in his movement.

Areas for improvement: Unfortunately it looks like he will have to go the JUCO route. He needs to finish strong academically, and work on upper body strength.


Most Impressive play: He took a direct snap from the personal punt protector position and made a key first down in the second quarter when the game was still in question.


Conclusion: He has really come on in his senior season to make himself a player that almost any junior college would want around for a couple seasons.






Jacoby Thomas, 6-0, 212, LB, Murphy

Class of 2008


Assets: He is a football player that hustles all over the field.


Areas of improvement: Work on getting just a tad faster laterally.

Most Impressive play: He missed a tackle, got up and ended up still making a solo tackle on the same play. That is a football player.

Conclusion: He has offers from South Carolina and Purdue. This kid can play and should get more offers if people will look past his 5-foot-11-to-6-foot height. Thomas was another player coach Campbell from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College was very impressed with.


Expert's View of Hattiesburg vs. Ocean Springs





DeAndre Brown, 6-6, 208, WR, Ocean Springs

Class of 2008


Assets: Has tremendous size at 6-foot-6, 210 pounds, and has the speed to get deep.

Areas of improvement: Needs to stay focused on the game at hand, and not all the hype.


Most Impressive play: Changed direction on a bubble screen that was sniffed out by the defense for a 33-yard score that ended up being the winning touchdown.


Conclusion: He is a Plexico Burris clone with loads of potential.







Marcquese Hosey, 5-7, 175, RB, Hattiesburg

Class of 2010


Assets: Only a sophomore, Hosey runs with authority and has good speed.


Areas of improvement: At only around 5 feet 7, he will need to continue to get stronger.



Most Impressive play: Took a dump pass on third and ten for 53 yards to the house to tie the score late in the third quarter.

Conclusion: He is a very good all-purpose back. He will fit great in the spread offenses that are taking over the college game.




Barry Every is a Football Recruiting Analyst for Rivals.com. He comes to Rivals.com after working in recruiting offices for Mark Richt at the University of Georgia, Bobby Bowden at Florida State University and Mack Brown at the University of North Carolina. He can be reached at bevery@rivals.com


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