October 29, 2007

Scouting the talent at DeSoto-Arlington Lamar

Rivals.com Recruiting Analyst Barry Every was in Texas last week to evaluate the top prospects at some of the week's best matchups.

After a taking in the Rockwall-South Garland matchup, Every's next stop was to Arlington for the DeSoto-Arlington game. Check out the breakdown on prospects like DeSoto running back Cyrus Gray.

Expert's View of DeSoto vs. Arlington Lamar

Tony Jerod, 6-3, 249, DE, DeSoto

Class of 2008, Committed to Texas A&M

Assets: He is very tall and has long arms. Could play a multitude of positions.

Area's for improvement: Needs to work on lateral movement.

Most Impressive play: Delivering two separate crushing blows on the quarterback. On the second hit, even the crowd flinched.

Conclusion: An excellent pickup for Texas A&M. Jerod projects as a strongside defensive end, but has the frame to play defensive tackle or offensive tackle. You can't sign enough players like this.

Cyrus Gray, 6-0, 188, RB, DeSoto

Class of 2008

Assets: Great change of direction, and changes speeds extremely well. Also has excellent vision. Best back I've seen live this year, bar none.

Area's for improvement: Adding lower body strength to be more durable and able to take the punishment at the next level.

Most Impressive play: So many, it was hard to pick one. He ran for 298 yards on 30 carries and scored five TDs.

Conclusion: He is one of the premier backs in the country, and an excellent student. He should be a great pickup for whoever he signs with.

Chris Atchinson, 6-3, 275, OG, DeSoto

Class of 2009

Assets: Very light on his feet, and uses his hands real well. Also gets great arm extension.

Area's for improvement: Moving feet all the way through the whistle and not giving up on play after initial block.

Most Impressive play: Most of the yards gained by Gray were on Atchinson's side of the field.

Conclusion: I think he will be an exceptional guard or center at the major Division I level.

Jeff Clermond, 6-1, 270, DT, DeSoto

Class of 2009

Assets: A real run stopper who takes on two blockers almost every play.

Area's for improvement: Gaining more muscle mass and increasing lateral quickness.

Most Impressive play: Was able to take on multiple blockers which allowed Jerod to do his thing coming off the edge.

Conclusion: Has a chance to be a Division I guy. Nose tackles with grades are a sought-after commodity.

Chandler Spence, 6-4, 232, DE/TE, Arlington Lamar

Class of 2008

Assets: Has great lower body structure and strength, an all-around football player. Plays defensive end, tight end and handles punting duties.

Area's for improvement: Work on upper body strength.

Most Impressive play: Showing great lateral movement coming down the line against the read option and making a stop on Gray.

Conclusion: After watching him closely in warmups, I really think he can be a quality tight end at the next level. He ran crisp routes and showed soft hands.

Shawn Harrison, 6-2, 185, WR, Arlington Lamar

Class of 2008

Assets: His height and ability to get behind defenders.

Area's for improvement: Working hard in the classroom.

Most Impressive play: Having back-to-back catches of 27 yards and 40 yards in the third quarter.

Conclusion: This was his first game of the year. He is a definite Division I prospect. He really showed no rust in catching 10 passes for 164 yards.

Lazarus Anderson, 6-0, 162, WR, Arlington Lamar

Class of 2008

Assets: Has great hands and good speed.

Area's for improvement: Needs to get to the point where he can be more physical when fighting off a defender for a pass.

Most Impressive play: Made a nice catch and run of 32 yards on third down and eight in the first quarter.

Conclusion: Has three offers right now and I can see more coming his way after coaches get this game film and see his 10 catch, 169-yard, one TD performance against DeSoto.

Brian Medlock, 6-1, 185, SS, Arlington Lamar

Class of 2008

Assets: He has great height and good speed for safety.

Area's for improvement: Gaining muscle mass and strength in order to be a more physical force in the secondary.

Most Impressive play: He was the only one who could catch Cyrus Gray once he broke free.

Conclusion: Has a chance to be a mid-level Division I safety.

Ben Sherrard, 6-4, 205, QB, Arlington Lamar

Class of 2008

Assets: Throws a nice fade pass that was always on the outside shoulder of receiver.

Area's for improvement: Needs to work on foot speed and arm strength.

Most Impressive play: Being able to get back up after being hammered by Tony Jerod on two separate occasions.

Conclusion: If colleges get this film, where he breaks the school record by passing for 363 yards, he may get some looks at lower to middle Division I colleges.

Barry Every is a Football Recruiting Analyst for Rivals.com. He comes to Rivals.com after working in recruiting offices for Mark Richt at the University of Georgia, Bobby Bowden at Florida State University and Mack Brown at the University of North Carolina. He can be reached at [email protected]

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