The Georgia Dome played host to the Corky Kell Classic on Saturday, which featured some of the top prospects in the state. While nation’s No. 1 prospect in the 2013 class Robert Nkemdiche (Buford, Ga./Grayson) received the majority of the headlines headed into the five game event, the stage was perfect for many others to improve their stock and burst onto the radar.
Auburn commitment Jarrad Davis returned to the field for the first since fracturing his ankle in the spring. Athleticially, theoutside linebacker more than impressed.
Here is a look at some of the top performers from the day.
Kalvarez Bessent, CB, Kingsland (Ga.) Camden County – class of 2014
The 5-foot-11 corner burst onto the scene Saturday with an interception for a touchdown, and tight coverage throughout the win over Peachtree Ridge. Bessent was fluid in his pedal, was quick in his reactions, and closed on plays in front of him with quickness out of a T-step. Bessent, who attended Florida’s Friday Night Lights in July, lists Georgia, Florida and a number of others as programs he has an interest in.
Jalen Brooks, OLB, Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett
The Maryland commitment made an interception on the first series of the North Gwinnett vs. Colquitt County game, and proceeded to make numerous other tackles. The 6-foot-2.5, 215-pounder bends well, is an athlete in his stance and showed the ability to take on blocks, and get off blocks with aggressive hands. Brooks had the look of a prospect that will see increased interest in the coming months, despite his commitment.
Tymashian Clemons, Ath./QB, McEachern (Ga.) – class of 2014
Clemons was a name starting to make the rounds in the business in recent weeks, but on Saturday he showed that he will be an FBS prospect in the 2014 class. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Clemons made a number of impressive runs from the quarterback position, including two or three that were second and third effort maximizing runs.
Jarrad Davis, OLB, Kingsland (Ga.) Camden County
The Auburn commitment is coming off a fractured ankle, and looked like he has done anything but lost any of his quickness. He moved with bounce and fluidity throughout the blowout win over Peachtree Ridge. In coverage he was fluid in his pedal, was aware and reacted to plays in front of him with acceleration. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder will have to add more than 20-pounds of muscle/weight to maximize his potential, and especially in the lower body.
Wayne Gallman, Ath., Loganville (Ga.) Grayson
The Clemson commitment has been talked about as a possible running back or defensive player on the next level, and on Saturday the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder had the look of an intriguing outside linebacker prospect. Gallman was fluid in his pedal and in coverage, made plays in space, took on and got off blocks at the point of attack making tackles for loss. At running back, his ability to stick the foot in the ground and get vertical on limited chances showed up. Whether on offense or defense, he moved with fluidity and with control.
Mitch Hyatt, OT, Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett – class of 2015
Hyatt is a class of 2015 prospect that jumped onto the radar Saturday. The 6-foot-5, 265-pounder was athletic in his stance, showed excellent ankle flexibility, and reacted to change of direction with above average body quickness. The sophomore’s feet were active, he set in pass pro with balance and played through the whistle. Look for Hyatt to become a nationally recruiting prospect in the next couple of years.
Tyren Jones, RB, Marietta (Ga.) Walton
The Alabama commit impresses on video, and in person in the same ways. The 5-foot-8.5, 200-pounder has terrific feet, elite balance, and ran with second and third effort on every carry. While the Walton offensive line cleared the path for a number of runs in which Jones didn’t have to make a move until well into the second level, he maximized nearly every touch on the night. He continues to show the ability to run low to high in traffic, take contact and find a way to lean to finish runs. While Jones is the No. 62 prospect in the country, he’s one of many in the 2013 class that has the chance to ascend throughout the season.
South Carolina commitment Brendan Langley proved to have terrific "pad speed" Saturday morning.
Brendan Langley, CB, Marietta (Ga.) Kell
The South Carolina commitment had a terrific game in the opener of the Corky Kell Classic Saturday. The 6-foot-1. 180-pounder came into the game having missed much of the pre-season due to a bout with mono, but one could not tell in the opening half. Langley showed, again, that he has football pad speed, making plays at a different speed than anyone else on the field – on either side of the ball. Langley said following the game that he is looking at taking visits to Miami, UCLA, Tennessee and possibly Florida in addition to South Carolina.
Shaun McGee, OLB/WDE, Snellville (Ga.) Brookwood
The Georgia commit was one of the prospects we had circled as a potential riser in the 2013 class entering Saturday, and he didn’t disappoint. While Walton rolled the pocket away from the 6-foot-3, 235-pound high school defensive end the entire game, his quickness was on full display. The Georgia commit, who projects as a 3-4 outside linebacker at the next level, was not only quick, but physical at the point of attack. He showed the ability to play with extension and hold his ground playing technique, as well as making the occasional tackle in space with the understanding he will play without his hand on the ground at the next level.
Brice Ramsey, QB, Kingsland (Ga.) Camden County
Ramsey just keeps getting better every time we see him. He’s a very natural athlete, behind only Penn State commitment Christian Hackenberg in terms of a natural throwing motion. His feet were quick, fluid and active as usual today. The 6-foot-2.5, strong-armed passer made several terrific throws in the blowout win over Peachtree Ridge, including two sensational throws down the field with pressure in the face. While Ramsey is already the No. 75 ranked prospect in the class, look for the Georgia commit to keep ascending in 2012-13.
Dante Sawyer, DE, Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett – class of 2014
The class of 2014 weak-side defensive end certainly had his moments on Saturday, with a few coming at the expense of Florida commitment Octavious Jackson. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Sawyer showed a quick first step, fires off the ball with low pads for the most part, understands how to gain a leverage advantage and is a finisher with acceleration and natural snap in the hips. Sawyer is currently the No. 196 ranked prospect in the class of 2014, with a rating of 90. Georgia is his favorite.