5-Star Marlon Humphrey and Top Recruits to Watch for on ESPN Friday Night
This Friday night, 5-star cornerback Marlon Humphrey will be on center stage, as his Hoover High School (AL) team will take on Colquitt County (GA) in an anticipated early season match up seen on Watch ESPN at 8:00 EDT on August 30th.
Humphrey is one of the best prospects in the country, but this game also features several other talented prospects. Colquitt County will not lay down for the Bucs, as it features strong talent in the trenches.
An interesting sub-plot in this game is the return of former Hoover coach Rush Propst, who will be leading the Packers into familiar territory.
Humphrey also has several underclassmen teammates who figure to be top 2015 recruits and will be looking to burst onto the national radar on Friday night.
C.J. Johnson, S—Colquitt County (2014)
C.J. Johnson is a 3-star defender for Colquitt County who can play safety or outside linebacker. He lacks explosive athleticism and speed, but his size and instincts allow him to be a factor in the box.
Johnson, who is 6'1" and 200 pounds, will be a key player to watch due to his ability to play on all three levels of the defense. He flashes good vision when aligned deep, but is even better when attacking the line of scrimmage on a blitz or to support the run.
He is committed to Southern Alabama.
Gabe Mobley, C—Colquitt County (2014)
After spending extensive time at right tackle last season, Gabe Mobley now anchors the Packers' offensive line as a center.
A 2-star pivot prospect, Mobley is a 6'2", 250-pound blocker who can punch a target quickly with his hands, use his flexibility to get in good position and out-works his opponents at the point of attack.
He is not going to win many battles by over-powering massive defensive linemen, but his quickness and solid technique are assets. It will be interesting to watch how Mobley leads Colquitt County's offensive line versus a talented Hoover defense.
He is committed to Georgia State.
Jamiyus Pittman, DT—Colquitt County (2014)
Hoover's offensive line is going to have problems blocking Jamiyus Pittman. He is a war-daddy in the trenches for Colquitt County and is its unquestioned best player.
Pittman, a 6'2", 282-pound 3-star prospect, has great strength at the point of attack. He can jump on top of blockers, punch his opponent with power, extend his arms and shed blocks.
He's going to be fired up for this game, so the Ole Miss commit's athleticism and short-area quickness to pursue running backs will be on full display all night. Watching to see if Pittman has improved his technique will be fascinating to evaluate during the game.
Bradrick Shaw, RB—Hoover (2015)
Hoover will be handing the ball off to Bradrick Shaw, a talented 2015 running back prospect. Although he is an underclassman, Shaw will not be timid on the big stage.
Mississippi State has already offered Shaw a scholarship.
At 5'11" and 185 pounds, he displays a no-nonsense running style and slashes through alleys with deceptive strength. Shaw looks to follow his blocks, has the quickness to skate to the edges and can be creative in the open field.
If the Bucs can put multiple hats on Jamiyus Pittman, Shaw could have have a big game.
Christian Bell, OLB/DE—Hoover (2015)
Bell, who is already a 4-star recruit for the 2015 class, has excellent speed to chase running backs and attack passers. He shows good strength at the point of attack, finds the football in a flash and has the range to make plays sideline to sideline.
However, Bell, who is 6'4" and 215 pounds, is at his best when he can pin his ears back and fire upfield to pressure the quarterback. He needs to develop a better rushing arsenal, but he has the makings of a great 3-4 outside linebacker prospect.
Colquitt County will have to slide its protections to Bell, as he is a terror on the edge. He already holds several offers, including South Carolina and Mississippi State.
Justin Johnson, WR—Hoover (2015)
Justin Johnson is a 6'4", 205-pound receiver for the Bucs with a large catch radius. He possesses sticky hands, can pluck balls from any body-position and understands how to adjust his hand positioning to each throw.
Johnson does not appear to have elite speed, but has adequate quickness for a tall receiver. He is not going to pose much a threat to safeties in college, but Johnson will move the chains in the intermediate passing game.
His hands, leaping ability and ball skills allow him to be open even he appears covered. Mississippi State has already offered the junior a scholarship.
Darrell Williams, OLB—Hoover (2015)
A 4-star 2015 prospect, Darrell Williams already displays the traits of a potential starter in college. He has excellent ball-location skills, does not panic or over-pursue misdirection plays and can be explosive around the box.
Williams, who is 6'3" and 205 pounds, also displays above-average strength at the point of attack. He can take on lead-blockers, shed and strike running backs with forceful hits.
Williams has the speed and range to buzz into coverage, locate an offensive player, flip his hips and carry them through his zone. He'll add more bulk as he physically matures.
Florida State, Tennessee and Mississippi State have already offered.
Marlon Humphrey, CB—Hoover (2014)
With several talented recruits playing in this game, the best player on the field will be 5-star cornerback Marlon Humphrey. He has advanced awareness and instincts for a high school cover man, along with great athleticism.
Humphrey, who is 6'1" and 175 pounds, has long arms, solid hip-flexibility and great short-area quickness. He can shoot out of transition in a flash, does not waste steps and will crash off the perimeter to support the run.
Humphrey is a smart player who will be well prepared for Colquitt County's offense. He recognizes routes, stays patient during plays and doesn't panic when he is trailing a receiver.
It may be smart for the Packers to avoid throwing to Humphrey's side. He is expected to sign with Alabama according to the experts at 247Sports.
2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map
Although Marlon Humphrey is the only prospect in Friday night's game in the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map, several of Hoover's 2015 prospects will likely be featured in next year's version.
This mobile-ready tool is a valued resource for 2014 recruiting information.