September 26, 2007

Expert's View: Tallahassee Lincoln vs. Valdosta

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Rivals.com Recruiting Analyst Barry Every was in Valdosta, Ga., last Friday for Valdosta's 21-17 win over Tallahassee Lincoln. There was plenty of talent on the field and Every breaks down the performance of the game's top prospects.





Expert's View of Valdosta vs. Tallahassee Lincoln





T.J. Bryant

6-1, 175, CB, Tallahassee Lincoln


When you watch a five-star player, you expect him to stand out - or at least come through in the clutch. That wasn't the case with Bryant. He really made no plays on defense or returning kicks. He also dropped a sure touchdown pass when he was wide open.


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Jabaris Little

6-4, 240, TE, Tallahassee Lincoln


Looks great in pads and was better than I thought going in. He's listed as a tight end in the database, but played linebacker. He runs well for a big kid and hustles. Could project as a defensive end or a tight end. Could see a small bump up in the rankings based on his play.

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Steven Robinson

6-3, 305, OG, Tallahassee Lincoln


Robinson looks shorter than listed and very stocky. He looks to be about 6-foot-1 and 310 pounds.


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Kirkland Gainous

6-2, 225, LB, Tallahassee Lincoln


Played defensive end, but he will have to be a linebacker in college. He looked to be around 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds. He did make some plays.


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B.J. Daniels

6-1, 203, QB, Tallahassee Lincoln


Coming into the game, I didn't think he could play quarterback. I was wrong. He is put together like a muscular Chris Leak. He has a very strong arm. His mobility is OK, but sometimes he lets his elbow drop and the ball will sail. It's still not clear how he reads defenses. He doesn't have a great set of receivers, and he had several drops in the game. He showed that he probably deserves a bump up in the rankings.


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Shauntez Bruce

6-4, 285, OT, Tallahassee Lincoln


An impressive looking 2009 offensive line prospect. He had very good feet, even though I only got to see him pass block. He also has a quick first step backward. He covered a punt, looked to be between 6-foot-3 and 6-foot-4, and 285 lbs. He's for sure a potential four-star prospect and a national top 250 recruit next year.


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DeAndre Byrd

5-10, 170, CB, Tallahassee Lincoln


A junior cornerback that's a slim 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds. He really did not make many plays, and you have to wonder if he likes contact.


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Jawanza Starling

6-2, 190, S, Tallahassee Lincoln


Another good-looking 2009 prospect. He's a safety that looks to be about 6 feet 2 and 185 pounds. He likes to hit and made a great stop when the quarterback ran the option down near the goal line. Like Bruce, Starling is a potential four-star recruit that could end up in the top 250.


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David Arnold

5-9, 185, RB, Valdosta


His coach said before the game Arnold was one to watch, and he did not disappoint. He was easily the star of the game. He ran for more than 100 yards and caught passes for about 50 yards and two touchdowns in Valdosta's 21-17 upset victory. About 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds, it looks like Arnold has about 4.55-second speed in the 40-yard dash. He runs well in the hole and has good vision and hands. He could be the best kept secret in the Southeast. He has picked up offers from Illinois and N.C. State.


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Michael Gilyard

6-2, 190, LB, Valdosta


Came very highly recommended by the Valdosta coaches, but really was not a factor in the game. He played linebacker and Lincoln ran out of the shotgun all night throwing the ball. When he blitzed he was picked up by Shauntez Bruce. Looks to be 6-foot-2, 190 pounds.


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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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