Keeping up with the Class of 2016: Playoff Edition

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By Garrett Shearman:

In this week’s edition of Keeping up with the Class of 2016, we’ll review what some of UGA’s top targets accomplished in the first round of the playoffs.

Committed Prospects:

Jacob Eason, 5* QB, Lake Stevens HS (Lake Stevens, WA)

In a win against Issaquah, Jacob Eason continued his outstanding senior season by going 24 for 37 passing for 284 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. He also showed off his legs with a 12-yard touchdown run. For those of you keeping track at home, it is now only eight weeks until Eason begins classes at the University of Georgia.

Elijah Holyfield, 4* RB, Woodward Academy (Atlanta, GA)

Elijah Holyfield had a big day in keeping his team both undefeated and alive in the state playoffs, rushing for a whopping 133 yards on just 15 carries. He’s poised for another big name this Friday as Woodward Academy will host Spalding in the second round.

Charlie Woerner, 4* ATH, Rabun County HS (Tiger, GA)

Woerner had a monster day receiving in a blowout first-round win. The senior had eight catches for 185 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-14 win over Brennan. The Bulldog Legacy’s big night catapults Rabun County into the second round of the playoffs, in which they will host Early County.

Randrecous Davis, 3* WR, Mays HS (Atlanta, GA)

Randrecous Davis continued to put up big numbers in his senior season, hauling in six catches for 98 yards and a touchdown in a shutout win over Creekside. Mays will play at Houston County this week in round two.

Chad Clay, 3* CB, Peachtree Ridge HS (Suwanee, GA)

Chad Clay broke open the game with a 40-yard punt return touchdown in a 51-3 win over West Forsyth. The Lions will host Westlake in the second round of state playoffs.

Tyrique McGhee, 3* DB, Peach County HS (Fort Valley, GA)

Two-way player Tyrique McGhee had a big day in a 42-0 blowout win over Josey, setting up a scoring drive with a long punt return and breaking up several passes as a cornerback. Just to provide a little context on how ridiculous of an athlete the young McGhee is, his season totals now surpass 800 yards PASSING (with four TD’s), 370 yards rushing (9 TD’s), and almost 100 yards receiving. It usually is the greatest athletes that make the best defensive backs.

Uncommitted Prospects:

Derrick Brown, 5* DT, Lanier HS (Buford, GA)

Derrick Brown is a grown man. In a first-round win over East Paulding, the senior finished with ten tackles, two of which for loss, and a quarterback hurry. Oh, and he had a touchdown catch to add to the touchdown run he had earlier in the season. Take a second to imagine a

Kyle Davis, 5* WR, Archer HS (Lawrenceville, GA)

Kyle Davis recorded just one catch for 30 yards, but his game film shows him making a series of very critical blocks. I’d imagine it’d be pretty hard for your average-sized high school defender to clip past a 6’3” 230-pound receiver like Davis, who, let’s face it, looks cut from stone.

Mecole Hardman, 5* ATH, Elbert County HS (Elberton, GA)

Mecole Hardman had what some would call a pretty good day. In a 17-7 win over Central Carrollton, the young man finished with 269 yards rushing and both of his team’s two touchdowns. Hard to believe a player with such offensive capability is even better as a cover corner.

Devwah Whaley, 4* RB, Central Senior HS (Beaumont, TX)

For those unfamiliar with Devwah Whaley, he’s a wonderful mixture of speed and power running seen in players like Georgia commit Elijah Holyfield, and then a couple of guys named Sony, Nick, Keith and Todd. Maybe you’re more familiar with them. Whaley is a frequent visitor to Georgia’s campus, and has talked about how Holyfield’s commitment to Georgia doesn’t change anything—in fact, he noted how successful the Dawgs have been in recruiting pairs of highly-touted backs (again…remember Nick and Sony, Keith and Todd). In a first round loss, Whaley put up 133 yards and three touchdowns on just 17 carries.

Personally, I thought Whaley was sold on Oklahoma’s program…until yesterday. On Monday, Whaley named his top 3: the Georgia Bulldogs, the in-state Texas Longhorns, and the Arkansas Razorbacks. Picking up Holyfield AND Whaley would be huge in continuing the Dawgs’ long-standing tradition of running game excellence.

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