Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Gauging impact of All-Observer players

The All-Observer high school football teams are chosen on players’ high school performance, not college potential.

But, it is interesting to see where this season’s All-Observer squad signed last week to play in college.

Which seniors do you think will have the greatest impact in college?
Post your thoughts in the comments section below.

2007 All-Observer High School Football Team
QB: Darius Thomas, West Charlotte (Gardner-Webb)
RB: Rod Chisholm, Independence (Appalachian State)
RB: Eric Breitenstein, Watauga (Wofford)
WR: Brenton Bersin, Char. Latin (Wofford)
WR: Jarrett Boykin, Butler (Virginia Tech)
WR: Ray-Ray Davis, Sun Valley (he is a junior)
OL: Ryan Thompson, Independence (he is a sophomore)
OL: R.J. Mattes, Concord Robinson (N.C. State)
OL: Daniel Spisak, Vance (Furman)
OL: Alex Johnson, Sun Valley (N.C. Central)
OL: Andrew Wallace, Olympic (N.C. State)
P: Michael McClendon, Char. Catholic (he is a junior)
K: Wil Kamin, Char. Christian (he is a junior)
DL: Jarvis Pierce, Independence (Highland, Kan. Comm. College)
DL: Lawrence Williams, Independence (undecided)
DL: Prince Shembo, Ardrey Kell (he is a sophomore)
DL: Lanston Tanyi, Shelby (Appalachian State)
LB: Austin Johnson, Hickory (Tennessee)
LB: Devin Johnson, East Mecklenburg (Garnder-Webb)
LB: Corey Brooks, Shelby (undecided)
DB: Ross Cockrell, Char. Latin (he is a junior)
DB: DeVonte Holloman, Independence (he is a junior)
DB: Robert Blanton, Butler (Notre Dame)
DB: Brandon Robinson, Char. Christian (Liberty)
KR: Jameze Massey, Monroe (undecided)

-- Cliff Mehrtens


mg1cigar said...

Also wanted to let you know of another big play maker who's also going places.

Gilbert brings big play ability to Kent State

by Steve Hare
Talk about it in The Locker Room

Things happen fast for Chris Gilbert. On the field, the 6-foot, 185-pound athlete from Hopewell High in Huntersville, N.C., uses his blistering speed to make big plays and off the field, he wasted little time after his official visit to Kent State deciding that's where he wanted to play his college football.

Chris Gilbert posted over 2,000 yards of offense last season.

Gilbert made an official visit to Kent State on Feb. 1 and last week he signed a National Letter of Intent with the Golden Flashes.

"I liked what I saw and I liked what I heard about playing time," Gilbert said. "We had a long seven hour drive home and I talked it over with my parents. We decided it was the best fit for me and I committed."

A three-year starter, Gilbert started his high school career at wide receiver but moved to quarterback as a junior. As a senior he passed and rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored 32 touchdowns. He also added three touchdowns on kick returns.

"It was kind of weird, my coach didn't want me to (return kicks)," Gilbert said. "You don't see many quarterbacks returning kicks let alone returning them for touchdowns."

It's that big-play ability that attracted the Kent State coaching staff. Gilbert runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4-seconds and has run a 10.6 in the 100-meters.

"One thing that is evident on his tape is speed," said Kent State offensive coordinator A.J. Pratt. "We're excited about him. He gives us a chance to make big plays on the perimeter."

A three-time all-conference performer, Gilbert was all-state last season as a kick returner.

At Kent State Gilbert will have to make the transition back to wide receiver. That's a move he's not too worried about.

"I have the experience at quarterback and that's probably the hardest position on the field," he said. "I know how to read defenses and I know the role of the other positions and I can pick things up easy.

"(The Kent State coaches) told me they needed a deep threat and with my speed I can split the defense and be that guy."

Gilbert said he is scheduled to arrive in Kent on Aug. 1, unless he can get to Ohio earlier to get a head start on his training with the team.