Prospect of the Week
There were some big-time performances by some of the stars in the Scout 300, but Auburn commit Devan Barrett took these honors this week. Barrett is the No. 12 athlete and No. 178 prospect in the country on Scout, and the star out of Tampa (Fla.) Tampa Catholic rushed for 314 yards and five touchdowns on 29 carries Friday night. The future Tiger can do a little bit of everything on the field. He is a slashing runner with instincts and bursts, but he also can catch the ball well and plays defense in the secondary. Not too many offenses are playing better in the country right now than Auburn, so Barrett will fit in nicely to their scheme, and give them another weapon to use in the SEC.
Underclassman of the Week
Derion Kendrick is a four-star 2018 prospect out of Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe who is ranked at the No. 97 junior in the country. He projects at wide receiver or safety on the next level, but for his team now, he is lining up at quarterback. He had a huge game Friday night. Kendrick threw for 238 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 84 yards and another score. The South’s No. 1 junior athlete’s lengthy scholarship list includes Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida (favorite growing up), Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee. The in-state Tigers may be the school to beat now at this time.
Prospect on the Rise
In the near future, Brenton Cox will be a four star on Scout. The 6-foot-4, 230 pound junior defensive end out of Stockbridge (Ga.) is making plays all over the field this season. He has over a dozen sacks despite facing double-teams many plays, and if he is not sacking the quarterback, he is applying pressure, he is getting his hands up in passing lanes, he is stopping the run or hew is chasing the ball down on the other side of the field. With his ability, some schools could like him as a stand-up linebacker. He is long and athletic with a burst off the ball. The last school to offer was Clemson. Before that is was Ohio State. Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and many others have offered the soon-to-be Scout 300 prospect. He is a 2018 prospect who will be able to go where he wants to go.
Visit of the Week
Is he visiting Baton Rouge (La.) to look at LSU or is five-star linebacker VanDarius Cowan visiting to see who the Tigers are playing? He is committed to Alabama, and yes, Cowan plans to take numerous official visits, but it appears it will take something monumental for him to change his commitment status with the Crimson Tide. The senior is set to enroll early, and this is the national game of the week, so this visit for Cowan likely will be for him to get another close look at his future team — Alabama. We will see if LSU can make any type of move here, but the Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) linebacker seems set on playing for Nick Saban, starting in January.
Keep an eye on the South’s No. 22 offensive tackle K’Rojhn Calbert out of McMinnville (Tenn.) Warren County. He is coming of his first official visit — to South Carolina, but right before he left for Columbia (S.C.) late last week, in-state Tennessee offered. He is considered to be a big Vols lean. Calbert has had a strong senior season after not playing last year, and missing most of his freshman and sophomore seasons due to injury. Now that he is healthy, he is an athletic offensive tackle. He has not set a date, and he enjoyed his time with the Gamecocks, but keep an eye on Tennessee here, because a commitment could be on the horizon.