September 13, 2008
Friday Night Notes: 2010 DE Steals Show
We were back on the road Friday night with cameras on some of the top talent in the state of Georgia. We covered over 15 prospects that are already listed on Rivals.com or will be in the near future. You can read about them all in this edition of Friday Night Notes.
We had cameras in five different locations this weekend for five games loaded with top talent.
Game One: Early County at Dougherty
The top prospect involved in this game without a doubt was Georgia commitment Shawn Williams. The senior led the Bobcats of Early County up to Albany, but they were defeated 24-7.
The offense could not get anything going as the Dougherty D-line pressured Early County all night. Williams played both sides of the ball, but they could not get the ball to him once on offense. He was the primary receiver a handful of times, but once it was overthrown and the QB could not even get it off the other times.
On defense, the 6-foot-1, 195 pound safety was up close to the line most of the night. He was in on about eight tackles and when he dropped back into coverage, he was not tested. The ball was thrown the other direction.
He is known as a physical player and he showed that even on offense. He was delivering some nice blocks at receiver when not involved in the play. Williams would play until the whistle blew and help his team in any way.
On defense, he made a play that showed why we think he is the top safety in the state. Early County had Dougherty pinned at their own two yard line and Williams came with a blitz from the right side. The QB hit his receiver down the left sideline as he got behind everyone. Williams was in the backfield, but he never gave up on the play and he turned and hawked the receiver at the three yard line with his blazing speed.
That play alone shows why Georgia offered him early and why they are high on the South Georgia athlete. He can run, he can hit, and he can make plays. Early County could probably get more use out of his talents, but he gave it his all in the loss this week.
Game Two: Cartersville at Calhoun
This game featured one of the best in the class of 2009 and one that could be one of the best in 2010. Cartersville did not expect to have Donavan Tate on the field this season about a month ago, but he returned last week and he made some big plays Friday night.
The 6-foot-2, 185 pound four-star athlete played mainly at safety and he showed why he is one of the best athletes in the state. Tate had a sack in the first half, he broke up a couple of passes, and he recovered a fumble in the second half. He had a strong game in the defensive secondary.
On offense, he did not get a lot of touches, but he did throw a halfback pass for about 35 yards in the first half.
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