Team Georgia 2017 – Defensive Line Breakdown
Now we are less than two weeks from the start of the 2017 Florida-Georgia Future Stars Game. We have been breaking down the position groups for Team Georgia and today we look at the defensive line group. Will we see the next 5 star All-American emerge like for Future Star Game participant Nolan Smith?
Other than the running backs, if there was one position that as a group this 6th grade team could have a big day, it will be on the defensive line. This is a 6th grade group that averages 190lbs and is extremely athletic. In all-star games like this, Christopher Morris of McDonough and a long athletic defensive lineman that could have an MVP quality game with his skill set. One to keep an eye on is 6-2 215lbs Darnell Sapp out of Lindale. Sapp has some skill sets that once refined could have him playing on Sundays. If coaches get him going early, it will be a long day for the Florida offensive line. Everette Roussaw of Atlanta could be a good compliment to Morris off the end and Kendrick McDaniel should hold his own in the middle. Young Jaden Dean should sharpen his teeth and help this group with a lot of potential
This 7th grade group is defined by speed. There are no big run stopping two gappers here, just some extremely talented players that come off the ball with bad intentions. The name to watch is 6-3 245lbs Xavier Agostino of Stockbridge. This 245lbs kid ran a 5.2 in the 40 at FSG Camp, to put in perspective, that was the top one third of all 7th graders this year. He is on the watch list for player of the game. But, not to be overlooked is the explosive Jack Nickel of Alpharetta who had multiple sacks in last year’s game to go along with a touchdown catch. Two first time participants to watch with big time ability are 6 ft. 210lbs Johnny Everson of Jonesboro and the extremely athletic Cedric Washington of Cedartown. Everson plays with passion and is as talented a defensive player as anybody on the field. Washington is a 174lbs athlete that could dominate at DE, but is athletic enough to play every position on the field. Latrell Bullard is a returning player that could leave his impact on this game.
Demarion Williams of Cordele, Zion Hall of Fairburn are both first time FSG participants that won’t back down from anybody. Jamari Earls appearing in his second FSG adds depth to a group of defensive linemen that are two deep with quality and should make a big difference in this game. Florida offensive line will have to be talented and deep to keep up, because they will see a lot of fresh legs and great talent.
The Georgia defensive line will be key to this game, as they are going to have to play big, get a lot of penetration to keep Florida’s All-World running back Amari Daniels from getting started. Funches “Duece” Lewis is one that could lead this charge. This returning player has returned with vengeance. He used last year’s Future Stars Game as a motivational tool to improve his game, and he has simply gone out and won MVP after MVP at every camp this spring. Look for this 225lb kid from Savannah to have a huge game. Last kid I saw in FSG with as much of a desire to win every snap was another kid from Savannah, and now 5 star DE Nolan Smith.
But, he is not alone, Jacobie Baugh of Atlanta, Giancarlo Riley of Dallas are two returning players that could wreak havoc at defensive end. The 260lbs Demarius Jackson of Decatur and the big 325lbs Rashad Green of Savannah are returning players that can plug the middle and demanding double teams. They are joined by a couple of first time Future Stars participants that could make a huge impact. The 5-11 230lbs Marcel Hudson of Union City and the 6-2 and 260lbs Charles King of Leesburg have potential to change the line of scrimmage and control this game up front. These two could be a huge key to this team avenging 6th and 7th grade game loses. Add in the 240lbs athletic Corder Ward of Stone Mountain and this team has a defensive front capable of ending this losing streak they have to Florida.