2014 NUC All-South Senior Game
East vs. West
Bradenton, Florida- The first annual All-South Classic Senior Game took place this past Monday on the campus of IMG Academy. It would be the East squad that would hold on late capturing the inaugural victory 20-14 thanks in part Jaquan Williams (Fox Creek, SC) game saving interception.
Coach Sturgill and the West squad were thrown a bone early in the first quarter as the East failed to convert on fourth and short on the West 40-yardline. But the defensive pressure by Brenten Wimberly (Westover, GA) proved to be too much and the opportunity was squandered.
On the very next possession Jake Barrett (Huntsville, AL) would set he West up in good field shape with an interception. But Wimberly would tally a sack and force a fumble as the West failed to take advantage of good field position again.
That was enough time for the East squad to get there offensive unit going behind signal caller Jonathan Williams (Americus-Sumter, GA). Williams would hit Zeke Edmonds (Royal Palm Beach, FL) in the back left corner of the end zone for the first score of the game with just 32 tics left in the first quarter.
In the second quarter the West would take the ball all the way down to the five yard line thanks in part to the tough running of De'Mon Anderson (Carroll, AL). But four tries later and the East found themselves with the ball back thanks to a great goal line stand.
After an exchange of possessions the East would fumble the ball away on the West 44 yard line with 47 seconds remaining in the half.
Dennis Vinson, II (Cape Central, MO) would then hit on successive passes one to Ty Reynolds (Crystal River, FL) for 35 yards. The second to Jonathan Allen (Erwin, NC) for a 21 yard score with just 25 seconds left in the half. The game would be knotted at seven at the break.
Orlando Boone's Austin Jones would put the east back on top with a 42-yard field goal early in the third quarter.
The East would then get defensive pressure from Raland Brewer (Manatee, FL) forcing a quick three and out. Edmonds would return the ensuing punt 60-yards for score going untouched giving the East a 17-7 lead with 9:01 left in the third.
Hunter Sheffield (Arlington, TN) would then lead the West on its best drive of the game. He would hook up with Tristan Reaves (Harmony, FL) twice none bigger than the key third down conversion to keep the drive alive.
Two plays later Sheffield would find Reynolds on a 20 yard scoring play in the back right corner of the end zone closing the gap to 17-14.
The game would then become a little testy as both squads would be flagged for a multitude of penalties.
Brewer and Wimberly would keep the defensive heat going as they pressured the West signal callers into bad throws.
After several exchanges Jones would get an opportunity from 47-yards out. He did not disappoint nailing his second attempt right down the middle giving the East a 20-14 lead with 6:45 left in the game.
All-purpose back Marcelis Logan (Lexington Catholic, KY) would then take over the game bouncing several runs to the outside for big gains and setting the West up with a chance to win the game.
With 1:34 left on the clock Williams would deliver a huge blow to the West stealing the victory with a pick in the end zone. But that play was not without drama as he fumbled on the return only to have Brewer land on the loose ball.
Interim Head Coach Chuckie Simmons was then able to hoist the trophy high after the victory. It was in honor of his best friend, Head Coach Michael Dowdy, who was forced to leave the day before due to an illness in the family.
Below are the games top performers as seen by NUC National
Analyst Barry Every.
Raland Brewer, DE/LB,
Comments: Brewer is built like an outside linebacker but is at his best rushing the signal caller from a three-point stance. This gridiron warrior wreaked havoc all night long spending more time in the backfield then the West running backs. He is relentless in his pursuit of the ball using his hands like weapons to dispatch offensive lineman. Brewer finished the game with six tackles, four TFL's and two sacks earning Defensive MVP for the East Squad. It looks as though he will have to go the JUCO route. I would highly recommend him for any school looking for a hybrid DE/LB pass rushing specialist.
Zeke Edmonds, ATH,
Royal Palm Beach, FL
Comments: Edmonds is an excellent overall athlete that could project at several positions on either side of the ball. He possesses excellent change of direction and top end speed. Edmonds attacks the ball with his hands and has the balance to snag balls near the sideline. On this night he caught three passes for 37 yards and one score. He returned a punt 60 yards for a score along with several other returns that were a fraction from going the distance. For his effort he was honored as the East Offensive MVP. The bottom line is this kid has big-time talent and Coastal Carolina has to be excited about out-recruiting a multitude of FBS programs.
DE/LB, Taravella, FL
Comments: Goodman took reps at inside linebacker and defensive end in this game. He has the size and girth to bounce around the tackle box and make plays. As a defensive end he proved quick off the edge and a nightmare for offensive tackles to handle. I was impressed with his lateral quickness and pursuit of the ball. Goodman recorded four tackles; one of which was on kickoff return. He would be a steal for any top end FCS programs as a middle backer.
Austin Jones, K,
Comments: Jones was perfect on the evening nailing both extra points and both field goal attempts. What really stands out about this kicker is his operation time. He wastes little time once the ball is snapped getting his kicks off before the defensive unit can really make an attempt to block it. The field goals were good from 42 and 47 yards going right down the middle. On kickoffs he was able to get good hang time allowing his coverage team to get downfield and make a play. For his performance he was honored as the games Special Team's MVP. I would say he has FBS ability as a field goal kicker.
Josh Price, OL,
Comments: Price was easily the most impressive offensive lineman on the hoof. He has a huge barrel chest with long arms and big hands. But it's his athletic lower body that allows him to win the leverage battle and get to the second level. As a run blocker his hand placement is superb getting his mitts inside then using his legs to continue driving defenders backwards. Price is a natural hip and knee bender that looks great in pass set. His size and length will allow him to project at several offensive line positions. He also took a few reps at defensive end playing with good pad level and hand usage. I was impressed with his vocal leadership. Price is a major DI prospect but may have to go the JUCO route.
QB/ATH, Americus-Sumter, GA
Comments: Thomas' time in the game was limited due to an injury in the second quarter. But in that short time he made his presence known. He was very effective running the wildcat using his excellent change of direction and burst to gain positive yardage. He also proved to be an accurate signal caller hitting his targets. His skill set would best be used at receiver for safety with some wildcat mixed in. Thomas may have to go the JUCO route but he definitely has DI talent.
DE/LB, Westover, GA
Comments: Wimberly is an undersized defensive end that will need to project as a weak side linebacker in college. He is a terror coming off the edge during passing downs. His first step is amazing as he gets deep into the backfield before the offensive tackles can get out of their stance. He has a great frame for adding additional muscle mass. Wimberly recorded five tackles, three TFL's, two QBH's and two sacks in the game. He also did a nice job at staying home on running plays. His academics are in order and he would make a great high end FCS player.
De'Mon Anderson, RB,
Comments: This player looks the part of an every down back. In this game he carried the ball six times for 35 yards; most of it coming after initial contact. He has the height that makes it hard to see him as he hits the line of scrimmage. But he also has the muscle mass and strength to break simple arms tackles. Anderson is a downhill runner that thrives on contact. He clearly has the ability to play at the high FCS level as a running back.
Grayson Boyce, FB/DE,
Comments: Boyce did a little of everything on this evening. He played fullback, defensive end and was on punt coverage. As a fullback he is a straight up battering ram that will clear out a path for the tailback. But what really impressed me were his two game saving tackles, on Edmonds, during punt return. Let's face it Edmonds alluded everyone but Boyce on a couple of occasions. His size and skill set will allow him to project at several positions in college (FB, TE, DE). He currently has two FBS offers and a plethora of FCS offers.
Larry Grimm, LB,
Franklin Senior, LA
Comments: Grimm was a straight up tackling machine in this game. He was the only player to reach double digit tackles with ten stops. Grimm was most impressive chasing plays to the boundaries demonstrating excellent lateral movement. This backer swings from the hips exploding into ball carriers with massive force. He then keeps his feet moving getting as much bang for his buck as possible. Grimm was honored as the West Defensive MVP in this game. His frame will easily hold another 30 pounds of muscle mass. Grimm is clearly a very good football player and it is a little surprising that he does not have any FBS offers at this time.
Marcelis Logan, RB,
Lexington Catholic, KY
Comments: Logan is a space-guy that can really make defenders miss tackles in the open field. You cannot underestimate his tremendous top end speed as he goes from zero to a 100 in a blink of an eye. In this game he carried the ball seven times for 69 yards. He is at his best when bouncing it outside beating ends and backers to the edge. His skill set is ideal for playing some slot receiver and returning kicks. Logan currently has offers from Akron and Kent State.
TE/DB, Harmony, FL
Comments: Reaves proved to be a versatile player for the West squad. He caught two passes for 20 yards while recording a tackle and PBU on defense. His size makes him a mismatch for defensive backs and he is more athletic than most inside linebackers. But what really stood out was how hard he came up to make plays on the ball from the safety position. Right now he is set to walk-on at South Carolina but he would make a great FCS level hybrid TE/WR.
Tyran Reynolds, WR,
Crystal River, FL
Comments: Reynolds was by far the most polished receiver in this game. He was the game's leading receiver with five catches for 83 yards and one score. This wide out runs sharp routes and does a nice job of attacking the ball with his hands. Reynolds also has very good top end speed and change of direction. But it's his body control that really sets him apart from the average receiver. This superior body control aids him in changing directions and adjusting to underthrown passes. He was honored as the West Offensive MVP. Right now he has a Bethune-Cookman offer but he definitely proved this week to have FBS ability. College coaches really need to take a hard look at his film and meet him. On top of that he is already qualified with a 3.0 core GPA and a 1010 on the SAT.
Other Top Performers: (East Squad) Keandre Brooks, DL, Dunnellon, FL; Nekari Jones, WR, Victory Christian, FL; Jaquan Williams, DB, Fox Creek, GA (West Squad) Jonathan Allen, WR, Erwin, NC; Jake Barrett, DB, Huntsville, AL; Drew Irwin, DB, Arlington, TN; Marquel King, DB, Overhills, NC; Trumane Nieves, LB, Trenton, NJ; Sam Stidwell, DB, Garner, NC