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August 26, 2014

Five Sleepers in Georgia

Dominick Sanders, Isaiah McKenzie, and Brendan Douglas all have two things in common: they all will play vital roles in the success of the Bulldogs this season and they all almost fell through the cracks in the recruiting process. Luckily for Georgia, its coaches found them right at the last minute and sign all three. In this article, I highlight five recruits in the state of Georgia whose names might be falling into those same cracks. These recruits, just like the three listed above, will all find major college football homes.

Fundrail Quimbley - WR

Lee County HS

5'10" - 180 pounds

I dare you to watch Fundrail Quimbley's highlight tape. The 5'10" Quimbley is lightning fast with an amazing quick first step. He has one offer (Marshall) and I still can't wrap my head around how he has flown under the radar for so long. He reminds me of Ace Sanders. The ability Sanders possessed to make defenders miss is something at which Quimbley excels. Quimbley and teammates were able to play on the national stage Saturday on ESPNU, taking on Trenton Thompson and Westover High School. Quimbley put up big numbers. Look for him to be one of the biggest surprises on the end of the year rankings.

Obe Fortune - ATH

Milton HS

6'1" - 180 pounds

The first thing I did after watching Obe Fortune's tape was call his coach at Milton. Scott Walker said, "Obe came to Milton from Heritage with zero offers this summer, now he has over ten." This just goes to show you what a big time program like Milton can do to help out a recruit that was being overlooked at his previous high school. Fortune seems to me like the type of player that you have to play on both sides of the ball in high school because of the talent he possesses. I eventually see Fortune leaning towards a safety position at the next level and Walker agreed saying, "He is versatile enough to play wide receiver, but if I was recruiting him I would play him at safety." Walker also said, "He's very instinctive on the defensive side of the ball. He can easily tell if it will be a run or a pass, and he adjusts accordingly." This is one of the things that intrigued me the most about Fortune is that he looks so fluid on the field. It also doesn't hurt that Fortune can bench over 350 pounds and can lay the hit stick on just about anybody that steps foot into the secondary.

T.J. Warren - CB

Rockdale HS

6'0" - 190 pounds

I've watched T.J. Warren's highlight tape, game tape, and everything in between. He is solid all around. He has the size to be a dominant corner in college, but needs to work on his strength. With that being said though, Warren's legs make up for lack of upper body with a 4.4 forty-yard dash time and a 36-inch vertical jump. Warren only holds offers from Georgia Tech and Indiana, but I expect a few more big name schools to come into the mix very shortly.

Kwan Stallworth - OL

Martin Luther King HS

6'4" - 280 pounds

Kwan Stallworth, the big three star offensive lineman from Martin Luther King High School, is currently being recruited heavily by Wake Forest, Louisville, Ole Miss, and Purdue. So how does a player getting recruited by big D1 programs make a sleeper list? I spoke with head football coach Nicholas Kashama and he told me that Stallworth lost over 27 pounds this summer and now weighs a healthy 280 pounds. That shows me that Stallworth is only getting better, and his versatility is something that a lot of teams didn't think would be possible at the weight he carried. When I asked Kashama what position he thought best suits Stallworth moving forward he responded,"I'm seeing him playing guard or center at the next level even though he is playing left tackle for us." Kashama also told me to look for Stallworth to play every position on the offensive line this year for the Lions so that colleges can get a visual on how he could fit into their programs. Kashama told me that Stallworth is still looking for more offers before making a decision. I think he has the ability to crack the starting lineup of any SEC team after a few years of strength and conditioning in college.

Davonta Jones - WR

Newton HS

6'2" - 205 pounds

Davonta Jones is the second wide receiver to make the list of Top-5 sleepers in Georgia, and for good reason. Jones is an amazing athlete with a bench press max of 315 and a vertical of 38 inches. Jones' leaping power and ability to catch the ball away from his body at the highest point were the first two things that stood out to me while watching his film. I have evaluated a lot of wide receiver prospects in this class and Jones can hang with just about all of them. Jones holds offers from Georgia Tech, Minnesota, and UCF, but don't be surprised when the list grows exponentially in the coming months.



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