December 7, 2007

Georgia juniors lead postseason run

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Twin City (Ga.) Emanuel County Institute earned its first trip to the state playoff round in the Georgia Dome behind the impressive play of a trio of talented junior prospects in a 34-17 victory over Warren County last week.


Rivals.com Recruiting Analyst Barry Every scouted all of the action and breaks down Class of 2009 Rivals100 lineman J.C. Lanier and the rest of the Division I prospects in the game.






Expert's View of Warren County vs. ECI





J.C. Lanier, 6-3, 235, DL/OL, Emanuel County Institute

Class of 2009


Assets: He is a very powerful big man at 6-foot-3, 320 punds, and has lots of punch.

Areas for improvement: Has already lost noticeable weight since this summer. If he continues to lose weight, he will be a big-time defensive tackle.


Most Impressive play: In the second quarter I counted at least five solo tackles.


Conclusion: He is already a big-time offensive guard. After he plays basketball this season I would love to see how his body continues to transform. He will be one of the most wanted players in Georgia next year as either a defensive tackle or offensive guard. Lanier reminds me of a slightly smaller A.J. Harmon.






Washaun Ealey, 5-11, 205, RB, Emanuel County Institute

Class of 2009


Assets: Only needs a sliver to make a big gain. He has tremendous cutback ability and unbelievable acceleration when he sees an opening. Also has breakaway speed once he gets in the secondary.


Areas of improvement: Needs not to dance around so much and just hit the hole hard every time.


Most Impressive play: In the third quarter, he gained five yards before contact, then pushed and muscled his way for another 15 yards.


Conclusion: He will be a top five recruit in the state of Georgia. He will also be one of the top two or three backs within the state. Everybody down there said he looked like Garrison Hearst, who by the way came from a 1A school in Georgia.






Dexter Moody, 6-2, 205, LB, Emanuel County Institute

Class of 2009


Assets: Looks great in his uniform, and is a special teams warrior.

Areas of improvement: Will need to learn to play in space, he currently is a stand up defensive end.


Most Impressive play: He had the biggest crushing tackle in a game that had a lot of big hits. He decleated the Warren County return man early in fourth quarter.


Conclusion: Believe it or not he is the third junior at ECI that is a legit D-I prospect. He reminds me of Florida freshman Dustin Doe.






Tommy Seals, 5-11, 180, QB/ATH, Warren County

Class of 2008


Assets: He is the leader of this team. Seals possesses very good quickness and change of direction.

Areas of improvement: Needs to work on his upper body strength, it will help him break more arm tackles.


Most Impressive play: In the second quarter, he rolled out and saw nothing was open and glided to a 14-yard gain and a first down.


Conclusion: He has a little work to do academically. He should make a fine safety or wideout at the MAC or Conference USA level. Athletically, he reminds me of former Georgia Tech QB Reggie Ball, and he is willing to play another position besides quarterback.







Jonathan Lewis, 6-1, 240, LB, Warren County

Class of 2009


Assets: Moves very well for someone in the neighborhood of 6 feet 1 and 240 pounds. He will also sink his hips and deliver a serious blow.

Areas of improvement: Will need to start working with his hand down. I see him projecting as a defensive end or nose tackle.



Most Impressive play: He had two vicious hits, one that caused Washaun Ealey to come off the ground.


Conclusion: If he is tall enough, he definitely has the demeanor to play defensive line at the D-I level. He played hard the whole game and doubled as an offensive guard. He even looks mean, just look at his photo.




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 bevery@rivals.com


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