Players To Watch in The Metro-Atlanta Area
Players Featured: Jalil Irving, Zion Custis, Matavion Brooks, and Nick Manson Jalil Irvin– Stephenson G #51 The Stephenson Program is known for putting it’s talent into some of the top schools in the country and Jalil Irvin is another player that has been added to that list. The Auburn verbal commit headlines the Stephenson […]
Players Featured: Jalil Irving, Zion Custis, Matavion Brooks, and Nick Manson
Jalil Irvin– Stephenson G #51
The Stephenson Program is known for putting it’s talent into some of the top schools in the country and Jalil Irvin is another player that has been added to that list. The Auburn verbal commit headlines the Stephenson offensive line and the Jaguars will look to run behind him all season. Irvin is a match up nightmare for most defenders due to his size. At 6’4 265 Irving usually leaves his completion on the their backs when the lights come on. Great explosiveness off the ball, often seen beating defenders to the point of attack. Irvin also does a very good job setting the edge which allows backs to run to the outside for extra yards. When run blocking, Irving wont stop engaging into his opponent until the whistle blows. Pass blocking is efficient for a high school guard but I feel he’ll need to work on that when going up against top completion at the next level. That being sad Irving is definitely on of the top guards in the Metro Atlanta area if not in all of Georgia and I expect him to have another great season.
Zion Custis– Lovejoy RB #2
Good things can come in small packages. The 5’7 170lb running back for the Wildcats is just that, a good thing. He may not be your 5 star running back that we all want to see but he still finds a way to do the small things very well. One of the things that I saw from Custis that I like was his vision. He is able to find holes and cutback lanes for him to extend plays. His small size can be an advantage, defenders seem to have a hard time locating him behind the line of scrimmage. A very physical runner, Custis isn’t afraid to initiate the contact when engaging a defender. Custis also shows the ability to catch the ball out of the back field and beome a pass blocker in passing situations. Officially clocked at a 4.5 40-time and a 39 inch vertical. Custis is currently undecided but is drawing interest from a number of schools on the FCS and FBS levels.
Matavion Brooks– Jonesboro ATH #1
Matavion Brooks may possibly be the best player on the team for Jonesboro this upcoming season. Listed at 5’9 175. Brooks really looks like one of those backs that can do it all for you. He utilizes his speed to separate himself from the rest of the competition. Clocked at a 4.5 4o time, you can see the evidence of this speed when he plays to. His running style could best be described as being a one cut back. He likes to plant his foot into the ground and cut back across the defense which makes it hard for defenders to key in on him and make a tackle. Brooks also has a very effective juke move. Because of his speed, in one on one situations he is able to lull defenders to sleep and make them miss tackles. Brooks also shows the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, utilizes the screen pass very well. I do however thinks that Brooks needs to show better vision when running the football. He likes to cut back at times when he should just extend the play outside. Brooks is currently undecided as to where he will play football at the next level and it does appear that he has any offers as of yet.
Nick Manson- Mundy’s Mill WR #2
Listed at 6’2 195 the Junior WR for Mundy’s Mill may not be the flashiest of receivers, however the tigers still find a way to utilize his skill set. I consider Manson to be more of the possession receiver. I say that because he runs the short routes very well. Specializing in out routes and crossing routes, He uses his speed on underneath routes to stretch the field from sideline to side line. He is 6’2 so he can be used in jump ball situations as well. I believe his speed is underrated as well, he’s been clocked with a 40 time of 4.6 which tell me that Mason can fly. I believe that he could be utilized better in the short passing game rather than being considered a deep threat. Still much room for improvement, I would like to see more elusiveness from Mason, I don’t see him making defenders miss to often. I also haven’t been able to see him in run blocking situations either. A solid WR and still just a junior Manson has yet to decide on a college to attend following his senior season