Archer traveled to Mill Creek for a final preseason tune-up before the Corky Kell Classic next week. The Tigers held a 14-7 lead at the half even with liberal substitutions in the second quarter. Mill Creek tied it up at 14 after the half and that’s where the score remained.
Senior 5-star receiver Kyle Davis shared a couple nuggets with DawgNation in the above video. Check it out. That’s where you’ll learn why he chose Oct. 23 as his recruitment date, what he plans to do to make his commitment official and whether he plans to take any more visits after he names his school.
Davis also discussed the important stuff to him in his mind: That’s how his feels about his Tigers heading into the start of the 2015 regular season.
5 takeways from Archer’s scrimmage at Mill Creek
1. What did Davis do?
The senior wideout caught four balls. The biggest of those was an approximate 35-yard catch that carried the Tigers deep into Mill Creek territory. Another two catches were on short screens.
“The only big thing with that one was the sun was in my eyes real bad,” Davis said. “I couldn’t really see the ball on its way in. Other than that it was just a routine catch.”
2. 4-star OT E.J. Price lined up at guard. That’s his spot on the Archer O-line.
“We need him at left guard,” Archer coach Andy Dyer said. “In our region and our league you need to be able to run the football. We need to be able to run the ball well. We have a lot of good defensive tackles in our league and we need E.J. inside to be able to block those guys so we can run it effectively.”
Price de-committed from UGA back in June, but still has the Bulldogs among his Top 8.
3. Senior ATH Dylan Singleton is vital to what Archer does.
Singleton has told DawgNation he plans to choose between UGA and Duke. His older brother is at Duke so that’s a draw there, but take a straw poll of coaches around Gwinnett County and they’ll name him as not only the best overall player on his team, but also put him up there with anyone in the state.
He’ll catch a touchdown pass and then come in an deliver a shoulder-rattling hit from a safety or cornerback spot. His football instincts are the sort no coach can teach. Yet then his football intelligence is an example of him ingesting every little nuance of the game he’s been trained to pick up during his young career.
Its no wonder Archer named him a team captain this year.
4. Look for the 4-and 5-stars to play all over the place.
Dyer says they don’t train prospects at Archer, but just good football players. Those type of kids understand the game and are able to be highly effective on both sides of the ball in varied roles. 4-star cornerback Jamyest Williams ran the ball and caugh a touchdown pass, but his forte’ is locking down receivers.
Isiah Pryor is a 5-star safety, but will play some receiver at times this year. I’m betting he keeps adding weight and he’ll eventually be a linebacker at Ohio State. That’s where the junior committed to this summer.
The aforementioned Singleton will do a little bit of everything. He might not stir up the Gatorade, but he would. He’s just busy making sure he’s always on the field making plays.
5. Quarterback Will Bearden will be an asset
Bearden was also named a captain. Look for the first-year starter to play like a veteran this season. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder can also generate some college looks of his own throwing to Davis, Singleton and Williams, among others.
Its clear he has the respect of his coaching staff and team. He might put in more hours trying to help Archer win than any other player on the team. That’s what a QB at a big-time program should do.
Jeff Sentell covers UGA recruiting for AJC.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges.