The following is a list of offensive prospects in the Mobile/Baldwin Area for football fans to keep an eye on nest fall.
1. Joshua Casher – OG – 6’ ,280 – St. Paul’s Episcopal
(He’s my personal favorite amongst local guys). He’s not just good because of the plays that end up on his highlight reel - when you watch him in person, he never gets beat. He’s been a starter at SPS since his freshman year.
2. Jamarcus King – WR – 6’1,175 – Blount HS
He’s a crisp route runner, a natural ball catcher and elusive in the open field. In short he’s a dangerous receiver.
3. Demarcus Bingham – WR – 6’3,210 – Foley HS
Big, athletic and physical, isn’t that what everyone is looking for in a WR these days? He could play TE in certain systems, but he looks like a big WR to me.
4. Devin Adams – QB – 6’2,222 – Vigor HS
Adams is a big, physical QB with serious arm strength. He’s also proven over the past two years to be a solid decision maker. He took over the starting job during the 2011 season and led Vigor the 5A State Finals.
5. Keontae McCants – WR – 6’3,183 – Vigor HS
Another long, physical receiver, McCants has a knack for out-fighting defenders for the ball.
6. Jerry Gibson – TE – 6’3,206 – Theodore HS
(My favorite under the radar guy). Gibson is a very interesting athlete. He plays TE and WR, and pilots Theodore’s wildcat offense. He would be an excellent fit in the Jags offense in the mould of TE Greg Hollinger.
7. Roverters Barron – FB/RB – 6’ ,240 – Vigor HS
Barron is probably the most unique athlete on this list because at somewhere around 6 feet and somewhere around 240 pounds, he can really move. It makes him a very disruptive NT on the high school level. It also makes him an absolute thumper at FB and a very hard to tackle customer with the ball in his hands.
8. Kameron Maye – WR/RB – 6’ ,170 – Murphy HS
More quick than he is fast, Maye is super elusive in the open field and dynamic with the ball in his hands.
9. Malik Rosier – QB – 6’1,190 – Faith Academy
He’s dangerous on the ground and through the air. He needs to continue adding muscle and arm strength. He has a chance to be really dangerous in college in the right system.
10. Jordan Cagle – OC/OG – 6’3,290 – Mobile Christian School
Cagle is a brawler who excels at run blocking. He plays with leverage, is pretty good with his hands and does a good job getting to the second level.
11. Rodney Stafford – WR – 6’5,190 – Vigor HS
Stafford is lower on this list than he probably should be because he missed the 2012 season. He had a great sophomore season, though and can really go up and get the ball.
(For anyone who hasn’t guessed yet, Vigor’s offense in 2013 will be explosive.)
12. Lee Defur – OG – 6’3,285 – Saraland HS
Defur has good balance, nifty feet and he moves well. He slides well in pass protection and does a good job taking advantage of blocking angles he creates through his athleticism.
13. Matthew Jordan – QB – 6’1,180 – Jackson HS
Matthew Jordan, who posted a 4.72 forty at Nike’s SPARQ Combine in the spring of 2012, can obviously run. That’s clearly what he excels at now. This fall was his first as a full time QB and he does have some arm skills. Given coach Danny Powell’s history of QB throwing the ball out of the spread, I’d expect Jordan to have a big senior year.
14. Chris Tucker – OL – 6’4,340 – Baker HS
Tucker is still under the radar, but he’s a massive OL. He needs to reshape his body and he’s very raw, but he has good enough feet and athleticism to garner looks from some FBS schools.
It’s a good year for offensive players in the area. UMS-Wright QB Gunner Roach, Spanish Fort TE Hunter Wood and OL Ian Bjuro,Murphy RB/WR Sam Dixon, McGill-Toolen Catholic WRs Chris Knowles and Will Young, Vigor OL Roderick Flowers, LeFlore WR Corey Lee, Blount OL Quenterrious Locke and Foley WR Volontai Adams all got serious consideration for a spot on the list.