Every Sunday, SECCountry.com will unveil its offensive and defensive recruit of the week based on their weekend performance. In order to qualify, recruits must have at least two SEC offers. This week’s SEC Country Defensive Recruit of the Week goes to Derrick Brown, the No. 1 player in the state of Georgia.
SEC Country’s Defensive Recruit of the Week: Derrick Brown
Derrick Brown, the No. 1 player in the state of Georgia, continued his dominating start to the 2015-16 campaign on Friday, as Lanier High School (5-0) secured a 21-6 victory over Loganville High School.
The 6-foot-4, 322-pound 5-star defensive tackle put up a stat line worthy of this week’s honors:
- 10 tackles and one assist
- Four tackles-for-loss
- One sack
- Two quarterback pressures
- One interception returned for a 31-yard touchdown
- Five batted passes
“We didn’t think it was possible, but he continues to play better every week,” said Lanier coach Korey Mobbs. “His progress, obviously throughout his career for us, has been pretty unbelievable. He’s playing exactly how you would want the No. 1 player in the state to play. He was all over the field with 10 tackles. Really, the biggest impact that he had was getting into throwing lanes of the quarterback. I think he had five batted passes, which were huge. Most were in critical situations. He really just gets after it on every play. It’s really impressive.”
A week ago, Brown confirmed to the AJC’s DawgNation.com that he would be making a change to his official visits. Originally, he was scheduled to visit UGA, Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi State. Brown last took an unofficial visit to UGA on Sept. 19.
Best of the Rest
DB, Marlon Character, Grady High School, Ga. (committed to South Carolina) — The 4-star defensive back had himself an outing on Friday despite Grady’s 28-8 loss to St. Pius X Catholic. Character registered 12 tackles and returned an interception for 25 yards. He also flashed his athleticism on offense, where he recorded a single carry for 50 yards. Character, who has been committed to South Carolina since July, unofficially visited Auburn over the weekend. His father told the AJC’s SECCountry.com that the Tigers are a “very” close No. 2.
LB, Donta Evans, Archer High School, Ga. (committed to Ole Miss) — Archer High School put Parkview away easily on Friday, 42-14, and the Ole Miss commit was active on the field. Evans, a 3-star linebacker, recorded six tackles, two sacks, three tackles-for-loss, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Evans, who committed to the Rebels last month, unofficially visited South Carolina on Sept. 12. According to 247Sports.com, he’s keeping tabs on the Gamecocks.
LB, Breon Dixon, Peachtree Ridge High School, Ga. (Undecided) — The 4-star linebacker returned an interception for a touchdown in Peachtree Ridge’s 35-7 win over Mountain View on Friday, extending his streak of consecutive games scoring a touchdown to three. Dixon also added five tackles and a fumble recovery to his stat line.
LB, Ben Davis, Gordo High School, Ala. (Undecided) — The 5-star linebacker is a tackling machine. Last week, Davis registered 15 tackles and even flashed on offense. This week, though, the Alabama product recorded 14 tackles, a forced fumble, two pass breakups and two catches for 21 yards as Gordo topped Sipsey Valley, 52-6. Davis last unofficially visited Alabama on Sept. 19.
DE, Emmit Gooden, Haywood High School, Tenn. (Undecided) — Gooden, a 4-star defensive end, recorded 11 tackles and a sack in Haywood’s 19-14 win over Crockett County. Gooden unofficially visited Kentucky over the weekend. The 6-foot-3, 285-pounder told the AJC’s SECCountry.com that Tennessee, LSU, Mississippi State and Alabama round out his top five. LSU, however, appears to be the early favorite.
CB, Jamyest Williams, Archer High School, Ga. (Undecided) — Jamyest Williams has been arguably the most productive player in the state of Georgia this season. Against Parkview High School on Friday, the 4-star cornerback scored four touchdowns, including a 94-yard interception returned for a touchdown in the first half, and registered four tackles. Williams unofficially visited Auburn this weekend.
DE, Marlon Davidson, Greenville High School, Ala. (committed to Auburn) — It’s not often that a defensive lineman records an interception. But 5-star defensive end Marlon Davidson is not your average player. Against Georgiana High School, the Auburn commit recorded 10 tackles, three tackles-for-loss and an interception, per Drew Champlin of AL.com. Davidson, who committed to Auburn earlier this month, unofficially visited Alabama last week.
LB, Lyndell Wilson, Carver-Montgomery High School, Ala. (Undecided) — Lyndell Wilson’s recent transition to inside linebacker hasn’t stopped him from making plays. Against Prattville High School (Ala.), the 5-star linebacker registered 11 tackles, three tackles-for-loss, one sack and a forced fumble, per Drew Champlin of AL.com, as Carver-Montgomery fell, 25-7. Wilson, who unofficially visited Alabama on Sept. 19, was scheduled to take a visit to Florida this weekend but failed to make it.
DB, Nigel Warrior, Peachtree Ridge High School, Ga. (Undecided) — Warrior, who is known for his hard-nosed play, had a relatively productive night against Mountain View High School. The 4-star defensive back recorded six tackles and a fumble recovery in Peachtree Ridge’s 35-7 win. Warrior last unofficially visited Alabama for its game against Ole Miss. A week ago, Warrior spoke with the AJC’s SECCountry.com and said Tennessee was doing a “great job of reeling me in.”