December 2, 2007
Plenty of star power in Ga. shootout
On a very cold night in Northeast Georgia last week, the visiting Chamblee Bulldogs edged the hometown Toccoa (Ga.) Stephens County Indians 58-57, in an old-fashioned backyard shootout that included 1,042 yards of offense and 41 first downs.
Senior running back and Tennessee commit Tauren Poole was the workhorse most of the night for Stephens County, but Chamblee countered with several star performers of its own, including junior tailback Warren Norman who finished with 268 yards and five touchdowns on just 16 carries.
Rivals.com Recruiting Analyst Barry Every scouted all of the action and breaks down the Division I prospects in the game.
Expert's View of Chamblee vs. Stephens County
Omoregie Uzzi, 6-4, 298, OG, Chamblee
Class of 2008
Assets: Great size and body structure at 6 feet 4, 290 pounds, with a quick first step. He is also an excellent student.
Areas of improvement: Has a tendency to leave his feet. He needs to keep his feet and keep them churning while he is locked onto a defender.
Most Impressive play: In the third quarter, he blew open a huge hole that allowed the quarterback to keep the option and run 40 yards before he got caught.
Conclusion: I think he will be an excellent offensive guard or possibly a center at the major Division I level. He reminds me of Georgia three-year starter Fernando Velasco, but he has slightly better body structure.
Taylor Loftley, 6-2, 247, DE, Chamblee
Class of 2008
Assets: He has great upper body strength and long arms.
Areas of improvement: He struggled with being blocked below the waist.
He needs to work on getting off of the cut blocks.
Most Impressive play: He kept real good pad level for most of the game both from his defensive end position and tight end position.
Conclusion: Reminds me of South Carolina defensive end Eric Norwood. Loftley will either play weakside defensive end or possibly nose tackle at the DI level.
Malcolm Beyah, 5-11, 182, RB, Chamblee
Class of 2008
Assets: Fast, fast, fast - and showed excellent hands in the clutch.
Areas for improvement: He seems a little stiff in his lateral movement, and he needs to gain some size in the weight room.
Most Impressive play: Made an unbelievable two-point conversion catch while getting one foot down in bounds late in the fourth quarter, without this key catch Chamblee loses the game.
Conclusion: It is hard to believe that Georgia Southern is his only offer. This kid has major DI speed to burn, and showed he could make big time catches in the clutch.
Warren Norman, 5-9, 185, RB, Chamblee
Class of 2009
Assets: He has big time breakaway speed, and can get tough yards up the middle.
Areas of improvement: Needs to get stronger because he is only around 5 feet 9, 180 pounds at this time.
Most Impressive play: He had so many with 268 yards on 16 carries, but I would have to say his first carry of the game when he set the tone for this shootout with an 80-yard run, showing off his blazing speed.
Conclusion: He reminds me of a very fast Thomas Brown of Georgia. He is not quite as strong, but he is similar in size with the same running style. He will be a top 30 recruit in Georgia next year.
Tauren Poole, 5-10, 194, RB, Stephens County
Class of 2008, Committed to Tennessee
Assets: He is a very tough runner that keeps his feet moving at all times, and he has excellent hands out of the backfield.
Areas of improvement: Needs to continue working on his breakaway speed. I'm not sure whether he runs track, but that would help.
Most Impressive play: He made an unbelievable 31-yard grab with six seconds left in the second quarter to set up Stephens County's go ahead score just before halftime.
Conclusion: He should be a really good running back for Tennessee. He reminds me of Kenny Irons who finished off a great career at Auburn last year, and was a second round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals.
Ethan Martin, 6-3, 195, QB, Stephens County
Class of 2008, Committed to Clemson (baseball)
Assets: He has a super strong arm, and the ability to make several different kinds of throws.
Areas of improvement: Not sure how much football he has played being a big-time baseball prospect.
Most Impressive play: Executed a beautiful fake field on the last play of the second quarter and threw a 20-yard pass to his brother for a touchdown.
Conclusion: I have not seen all the quarterbacks in the state of Georgia, but I will go out on a limb and say Martin has the best potential to be a major college quarterback in the state of Georgia. There were many times he reminded me of Matthew Stafford.
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 [email protected]
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