June 24, 2012

Sunday evaluations



ATLANTA - Most of the Rivals.com national analysts stated on Saturday that they wanted to see how Sandy Creek cornerback Shaquille Wiggins matched up against the bigger receivers in the 7on7 tournament on Sunday.

While Wiggins didn't dominate the invent, he, at the very least, showed that be belonged in the event. In the three games he played he was beaten three times and had six pass break ups.

At 5-foot-10, 160 pounds, Wiggins is at a size disadvantage most of the time, but he does a good job of making up for that size with excellent quickness and ball skills.

He is rarely caught out of position with his hips, and surprised many with his strength and ability to be physical at the line of scrimmage.

Wiggins did not participate in the final two games of the 7on7 tournament due to a groin injury, and told UGASports that he doesn't believe it will affect him for very long going forward.

McNeil great, again

We said on day one that Hillside (Durham, N.C.) tight end Josh McNeil looked great on day one, but he may have looked even better on Day 2.

It is easy to see why McNeil was invited to the Rivals100 Five Star Challenge and The Opening, but it is still amazing that he earned such honors after only one year playing the game. McNeil is an excellent athlete with all of the potential in the world.

There are tight ends out there that are stronger and more polished, but few have the frame and over athleticism as the four star prospect from the Tarheel State.

McNeil's confidence also stood out as he stated several times that he could not be covered one-on-one, and most of the time he was correct.

McMillan is a quick study

On Day One, 2014 Liberty linebacker Raekwon McMillan's youth was evident. He lacked technique in one-on-one drills against running backs and tight ends. He looked a little unsure during drills.

On Day 2, however, McMillan showed great improvement.

He wasn't where he will need to be just yet, but it was clear that McMillan had made some adjustments and accepted the instruction given to him by the camp staff.

McMillan did a much better job working with his teammates in the 7on7 tournament, and he also did a better job of rerouting running backs and making them go where he could do a better job of defending the pass.

By the end of the day, he was taking a leadership role and helping Central Gwinnett linebacker Trey Johnson call the defense for the Southeast team as it finished second in the tournament.

Johnson at Dawg Night

Central Gwinnett head coach Todd Wofford was at the Rivals Challenge on Sunday, and told UGASports that his linebacker would be attending Dawg Night on July 13.

Wofford said that Coach Kirk Olivadotti wanted to get an up close and personal look at his star linebacker, and that if Georgia offered, they could enter the race for Johnson.

The Peach State defender is already committed to Auburn, but his ability to play in space and direct a defense are two qualities that might be tough to overlook when discussing whether or not to offer.

Johnson's teammate, 2015 running back Johnathan Hawkins will also be attending Dawg Night.

Davis is competitive

Lincoln (Tallahassee, Fla.) wide receiver Reggie Davis didn't take over the 7on7 tournament, but a few analysts did take note at how competitive the speedy receiver was on each play.

Davis was the victim of several no calls on holding penalties, and it caused him to struggle to get open. Despite being taken out of his game a bit, Davis adjusted and helped the Southeast team reach the finals by adapting to the offense and catching more underneath routes.

His high school teammate, wide receiver Taj Williams was also a huge reason for the Southeast team's success.

Williams proved to be an iron man by playing cornerback and wide receiver and did a great job of locking down his side of the field and making several crucial catches on offense.

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