Chris Carson has back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.
As is the case every recruiting cycle, the Southeast is loaded with talent and that means there are always “sleepers” that emerge. Here’s a look at five of the best in that category from the region in the 2013 class.
Chris Carson, RB, Parkview (Ga.)
Ratings and Rankings - 247Composite- 0.8331 (3 stars), No. 75 RB, No. 95 Georgia; 247Sports 87 (3 stars), No. 45 RB, No. 62 Georgia
Scouting Report - The 6-feet, 200-pound Carson is a bruising player that has put together several 100-yard games for his team in 2012. He even has had a few 200-yard games. Carson isn't particularly fast, but has decent feet for a big back, can get the tough inside-the-tackles yardage and is a load to bring down in the open field. He typically isn't brought down by arm tackles, has better-than-average one-cut ability and will lower his shoulder into a defender when he needs to. Carson has strong legs that keep moving until the whistle blows.
Eyeball Test - Carson has a really nice frame, one that probably would allow him to add a few more pounds without giving up too much speed.
Rececruiting nuggets - At one time, he called Miami his leader. Then, it looked like Indiana was the team to beat. After that, he hoped to land with South Florida. For whatever reason, it didn't work out with any of those teams. Auburn likes Carson as a safety, and perhaps other schools might give him a look at that spot as well. It's our understanding, he is down the board at running back for a few teams. He should benefit from the trickle-down-effect as signing day approaches.
Chris Jordan, RB, Thomson (Ga.)
Ratings and Rankings - Jordan has not yet been rated.
Scouting Report - Jordan is having a big-time season for an excellent team. Entering the playoffs, he has rushed for about 1,800 yards in 10 games. The 5-feet-10, 210-pounder is a strong, physical player with a low center of gravity. He bench presses 320 pounds and squats 495. Jordan runs with a purpose, cuts well and does a nice job of keeping his balance. For a bigger back, he's also quite good at changing direction. He starts and stops very well in tight spaces. In a nutshell, Jordan is difficult to bring down.
Eyeball Test - Jordan has a thick build, particularly in the lower body. He really has a prototypical running back body.
Rececruiting nuggets - Jordan's recruitment hasn't taken off yet, but it might be about to. His senior film just got out. Georgia Southern has offered and Vanderbilt has reached out to him. Interest should start to grow.
Bobby Mitchell, WR, Saint Augustine (Fla.)
Ratings and Rankings - 247Composite- .8156 (3 stars), No. 185 WR, No. 201 Florida; 247Sports 82 (3 stars), No. 189 WR, No. 184 Florida
Scouting Report - The 6-feet-2, 170-pound Mitchell is a big receiver with a good bit of athleticism. He has 12 touchdown catches in 2012 and has amassed 1,000 receiving yards. This is someone that has been productive throughout his prep career. Mitchell does a nice job stretching the field and catching the ball with his hands. He also can get off the ground to make difficult receptions, which is a nice asset in the red zone in particular. Mitchell isn't a track star but his speed is relatively good. We think this is someone that could end up in a BCS-AQ conference.
Eyeball Test - Physically, he looks pretty good. He's not chiseled, but he's not a rail either. Basically, Mitchell just isn't entirely filled out. Mitchell has good height, and the frame to add weight and muscle.
Rececruiting nuggets - At this point, Mitchell's best offers have come from the likes of Arkansas State, Middle Tennessee State and Western Kentucky. We're told Wake Forest also is giving him a look.
Willie Police, ATH, Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter
Ratings and Rankings - Police has not yet been rated.
Scouting Report - Police, who plays running back and receiver, is having a monster season for an unbeaten team that is putting big-time offensive numbers on the board. With over 1,000 receiving yards, he has been the top target through 10 games of Missouri quarterback commit Eddie Printz. Police isn't big, but is very fast (his speed is comparable to that of Lassiter receiver Ryan Jenkins, a Clemson commit) and has solid cutting ability. Basically, he's a guy that can get open and make people miss. He is particularly dangerous in the open field, and has the ability to take a 5-yard pass and go the distance.
Eyeball Test - Police isn't tall and is a little lanky. That's probably one of the reasons why college teams have been hesitant to offer. He could stand to add 10 or 15 pounds of muscle, which shouldn't be difficult once he gets to college.
Rececruiting nuggets - A lot of nibbles. No bites. That pretty much sums it up for Police. Missouri has shown interest. UCLA showed a little. We're told Appalachian State likes him a lot, so that's someone to watch. Police has interest in Florida International and Florida Atlantic, and is hopeful it is mutual. He still has to take the SAT.
Terrence Summers, DT, Springfield (Tenn.)
Ratings and Rankings - 247Composite- .7600 (2 stars), No. 125 DT, No. 66 Tennessee; 76 (2 stars), No. 114 DT, No. 66 Tennessee
Scouting Report - Summers is a strong, stout, athletic and physical defensive tackle that probably could line up at nose or as a three-technique. One thing that stands out on film is his quick first step. Despite his wide build he can get skinny and slide by a center or guard with pretty good frequency. Summers, who has massive arms, is strong enough to push many high school linemen backward, and that helps him collapse pockets often. In camps, he showed excellent aggressiveness and a very high motor.
Eyeball Test - Summers is listed at 6-feet-2, 268 pounds. The last time we saw him, he looked closer to 6-1 but that's not a huge issue because he has a stout body and solid power base. This is someone whose lower body is built like a tank. With his frame, though, he might only be able to max out as a 280 to 290-pound kid.
Rececruiting nuggets - Summers has only an offer from Tennessee State at the moment. At last check, he still had some work to do in the classroom, and that has a tendency to keep colleges away. As signing day approaches, if schools feel comfortable he'll make it, it wouldn't be a shock to see some FBS offers come his way.