The state’s No. 1 overall prospect continues to have himself quite a season. Lanier senior defensive tackle Derrick Brown continued his wrecking ball of a season so far with an inspired performance in honor of teammate Ashton Barnes. Barnes is out for the season with a torn ACL.
He had six tackles, four stops for losses and two sacks in a 35-0 rout of Cedar Shoals. He was also about to sack the Cedar Shoals quarterback two times and forced those wayward passes into interceptions. That continues an impressive string of performances to start his 2015 campaign.
Brown now has 21 tackles and 11 tackles for losses over his last three games. Here’s the really impressive part: He’s done all that at less than 100 percent health so far this month.
“He had his burst back after playing with a bit of an ankle issue the last two weeks,” Lanier coach Korey Mobbs told the AJC’s DawgNation.com.
The 5-star will unofficially visit UGA on Saturday for the South Carolina game. It’s believed that UGA is the favorite to land the defensive lineman. He will take official visits to UGA, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee and Mississippi State.
How did the rest of the state’s top prospects do? Check out DawgNation’s honor roll list below and keep coming back to this page throughout the night as it will be constantly updated as stat reporters from all across the nation roll in.
The entire roll call is below but here’s DawgNation’s Top 5 from Friday night
- Senior DL Derrick Brown, Lanier, Ga. (undecided) — He had six tackles and two sacks but his constant harassment of the quarterback forced the opposing quarterback into throwing two interceptions. He also played inspired football for a fallen teammate.
- Senior ATH Grant Holloway, Grassfield, Va., (undecided) — Holloway scored on a 62-yard INT return, a 35-yard punt return and also on a 72-yard reception.
- Sophomore RB Zamir White, Scotland County, N.C. (undecided) — The nation’s No. 1 RB for 2018 piled up four touchdowns in the first half of a 48-28 win against New Hanover.
- Junior DL Chase Young, DeMatha Catholic, Md., (undecided) — The junior DE registered 15 tackles, 4 sacks and 4 tackles for loss
- Senior QB Jacob Eason, Lake Stevens, Wa., (committed to UGA) —Eason was 14 of 18 through the air for 245 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-0 win.
UGA’s 2016 commitments
WR Darion Anderson, Houston County (Ga.) — Anderson and his Bears won 34-14 over Warner Robins. Anderson registered five tackles and had three pass breakups. He did not register any offensive stats. “It was a big-time win for us. We knew they were going to give us all they got, so we had to bear down and fight through it.”
DB/WR Chad Clay, Peachtree Ridge (Ga.) — Clay had four tackles in a 44-0 romp against Meadowcreek. He even put points on the board with an interception return for a touchdown.
WR Davion Curtis. Temple (Tx.) — The 3-star had four receptions for 55 yards and scored two touchdowns in the 38-10 win over Heights. “I am a player who makes plays and I work my butt off, so when big plays come my way, I can make those,” Curtis told the AJC’s DawgNation.com
WR Randrecous Davis, Mays (Ga.) — Davis and his Raiders are in action on Saturday.
QB Jacob Eason, Lake Stevens (Wa.) — Eason was 14 of 18 through the air for 245 yards and two touchdowns. He only played one series in the second half of a 49-0 thrashing of Mount Vernon in the first league game of the season.
RB Elijah Holyfield, Woodward Academy (Ga.) — Holyfield did not play against Clarkston with an injury. He was spotted walking the sidlelines in a walking boot.
TE Garrett Walston, New Hanover (N.C.) — Walston had three catches for 41 yards in a 48-28 loss to Scotland County. He also added a 2-yard scoring run as a “Wildcat” quarterback in the first half.
TE/WR Charlie Woerner, Rabun County (GA.) — Woerner had five catches for 71 yards and a touchdown in a 42-0 drubbing of Riverside. His 15-yard touchdown catch opened the scoring and he also added three tackles on defense.
UGA’s uncommitted 2016 targets
DT Derrick Brown, Lanier (Ga.) — Brown had another monster game on Friday night in a 35-0 win against Cedar Shoals. He had six tackles, four for losses and two sacks. He was also about to sack the Cedar Shoals quarterback two times and forced those wayward passes into interceptions.
CB Baylen Buchanan, Peachtree Ridge (Ga.) — The Louisville commit had two interceptions in Peachtree Ridge’s 44-0 win over Meadowcreek. The son of former NFL star Ray Buchanan will reportedly visit UGA on Saturday for the South Carolina game.
DE Brian Burns, American Heritage (Fla.) — American Hertiage defensive line coach Mike Conrad said Burns blocked a punt and had at least two sacks in a huge 41-20 district win against Coconut Creek.
ATH Marquez Callaway, Warner Robins (Ga.) — Callaway had four receptions, 46 yards and scored one touchdown. Callway is considering UGA and Tennessee.
ATH Shyheim Carter, Kentwood (La.) — According to Rivals.com’s Jake Reuse, Shyheim Carter threw a touchdown pass, ran for a TD, kicked an extra point and played defensive back in Kentwood’s 34-22 victory against Amite, which is the school of 2017 UGA commit Devonta Smith. Carter and Smith will visit Alabama this Saturday for the Ole Miss game.
LB Ben Davis, Gordo (Ala.) — According to the Pickens County Herald, 5-star Ben Davis had four catches, 48 yards and registered 15 tackles. Davis will visit Alabama this weekend for the Ole Miss game.
WR Kyle Davis, Archer (Ga.) — Davis and his Tigers did not play on Friday night.
ATH Mecole Hardman, Jr., Elbert County (Ga.) — Hardman was credited with an unofficial tally of 17 carries for 191 yards and three touchdowns in a 32-19 home win against Laney. He completed 2-of-8 passes for 28 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
WR Grant Holloway, Grassfield (Va.) — According to the Virginian-Pilot, Grassfield’s Grant Holloway scored on 62-yard INT return, 35-yard punt return and 72-yard reception. Holloway will take an official visit to UGA this weekend for the South Carolina game.
Which one of those plays was his best?
“The punt return because my team had my back the whole way,” Holloway told DawgNation.com.
Is this kind of performance what we should expect when he gets to college?
“Most definitely,” he said. “I owe it all to God for blessing me with this ability.”
TE Isaac Nauta, IMG (Fla.) — Nauta and his Ascenders will play at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
OL E.J. Price, Archer (Ga.) — Archer did not play on Friday night.
ATH Demetris Robertson, Savannah Christian (Ga.) — According to an online report from the Savannah Morning News, Robertson scored two touchdowns in a 49-24 win against Treutlen County. He found paydirt on a 33-yard run and also on a 54-yard punt return.
WR Tyler Simmons, McEachern (Ga.) — Tyler Simmons scored three touchdowns in the Indians’ 38-0 win over Lovejoy. Simmons will unofficially visit Alabama Saturday for the Ole Miss game. He is reportedly deciding between UGA, Alabama, Georgia Tech and Texas A&M.
DB Nigel Warrior, Peachtree Ridge (Ga.) — Warrior and his Lions beat Meadowcreek 44-0 on Friday night.
RB Devwah Whaley, Beaumont Central (Tex.) — Whaley and his Jaguars were idle on Friday night.
UGA’s 2017 commitments
QB Bailey Hockman, McEachern (Ga.) — Hockman’s stats were not immediately available, but he did lead his Indians to a 38-0 victory Friday night against Lovejoy.
ATH DeeJay Dallas, Glynn Academy (Ga.) — Dallas and his Red Terrors were blanked 22-0 by Coffee County. He was not happy with his play and did not feel he played up to his potential.
WR Devonta Smith, Amite (La.) — According to 247sports.com’s Kipp Adams, Smith caught a 14-yard touchdown pass and also added an impressive one-handed interception in a 34-22 loss to Kentwood.
UGA’s 2017 uncommitted targets
WR Nico Collins, Clay-Chalkville (Ala.) — According to a game story on AL.com, Collins had four catches for 119 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 65-10 win against Pinson Valley.
ATH DeAngelo Gibbs, Peachtree Ridge (Ga.) — Gibbs had six catches for 101 yards as his Lions routed Meadowcreek by a 44-0 margin. It was his first action of the season after he missed the first three games of the year with a high ankle sprain.
“It felt good (to knock the rust off) and I was about 90 percent tonight,” Gibbs said.
DE Malik Herring, Mary Persons (Ga.) — Herring registered six tackles, four assisted tackles and two sacks in a 16-13 win over LaGrange. Herring will unofficially visit UGA this Saturday for the South Carolina game. “He pretty much reeked havoc,” statistician Nolan Howard told the AJC’s DawgNation.com “They ran away from him pretty much all night.”
DB William Poole, Hapeville Charter (Ga.) — Poole was held out of action on Friday night as he was suspended.
“It was not a good feeling at all to sit out. I regret my actions that led me to have to sit out this game. Everybody has a lesson they have to learn, and that was mine. While sitting out, I was right on the sideline cheering on my team and coaching up the defensive backs on anything they needed. It was a humbling experience.”
Poole will unofficially visit UGA this Saturday for the South Carolina game.
RB Brian Robinson, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (Ala.) — Robinson — who picked up a UGA offer last Friday — ran 27 times for 87 yards and two touchdowns in a 23-20 overtime victory against Bessemer City.
RB Trey Sermon, Sprayberry (Ga.) — Sermon rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-7 win against North Springs. He also reeled off an 89-yard touchdown, which you can check out below.
RB/DB Tre Shaw, Cedar Grove (Ga.) — Shaw had five carries for 33 yards and a touchdown in a 48-7 win against Douglass.
DL Aubrey Solomon, Lee County (Ga.) — Aubrey Solomon had four tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack in a quarter of play in his team’s 50-0 win over Terrell County. Solomon told DawgNation a couple of weeks ago that UGA and Ole Miss were his leaders.
DE MJ Webb, Morgan County (Ga.) — Webb registered 12 tackles, two sacks and four hurries. He also played tight end all game. Webb told the AJC last month that UGA had some catching up to do in his recruitment.
ATH Jamyest Williams, Archer (Ga.) — Archer was idle on Friday night.
DE Chase Young, DeMatha Catholic (Md.) — Chase Young dominated in a 32-12 win over La Salle. He registered 15 tackles, 4 sacks and 4 tackles for loss. Young will unofficially visit UGA Saturday with his teammates 5-star RB Anthony McFarland, Jr. and 4-star DE Austin Fontaine. “It feels good to do what my coaches have been teaching me since day one,” Young told DawgNation.
UGA’s 2018 uncommitted targets
CB Derrik Allen, Lassiter (Ga.) — Allen and Lassiter fell to Milton 18-12. The 4-star CB didn’t allow any catches against him, registered one tackle and blocked a field goal. “We just got to work harder, own up to the mistakes and fix them,” Allen said.
RB Lyn-J Dixon, Taylor County (Ga.) — Dixon only ran six times for 60 yards in a 49-13 win against Schley County. He had one rushing touchdown and added a 42-yard kickoff return on a night in which the Taylor County offense only had the ball four minutes in the first half. The starting until played just three quarters in the victory.
QB Trevor Lawrence, Cartersville (Ga.) — Cartersville was idle on Friday.
RB Zamir White, Scotland County (La.) — The nation’s No. 1 RB for 2018 piled up four touchdowns in the first half of a 48-28 win against New Hanover.
UGA 2016 tight end commitment Garrett Walston plays for New Hanover and he added a touchdown run in that setback.
Not after stars just playing for my boy @Abarnes_20 since he got his season taken away?
— Derrick Brown9⃣0⃣ (@DerrickBrown90) September 19, 2015
— Temple ISD (@TempleISD) September 18, 2015
4* DT Antwuan Jackson (No. 52, at DE on this snap) splits double team to record 1/2 sack pic.twitter.com/j0dlJFI8Ha
— Keith Niebuhr (@Keith247Sports) September 19, 2015
— David Wooderson (@1dreamsports11) September 18, 2015
Moments after his 14-yd TD reception, Amite (LA.) 2017 Top247 ATH and #UGA commitment DeVonta Smith makes a one-handed leaping INT.
— Kipp Adams (@KippLAdams) September 19, 2015
— Mecole Hardman Jr. (@iiAm_Mesho) September 18, 2015