Leon McQuay is making interceptions in Southern California colors and Alvin Bailey is catching footballs with ex-professional receivers. The stars have left the building as they do each year. But usually at Armwood, it does not take long for another star to emerge.
This year, the 2014 class is slim (from the players we are aware of, prior to attending spring practices). OT Thomas Bartley, RB Greg Newton and WR Austin Gallon will all receive some recruiting attention. But safety, Kyle Gibson is the big dog of the 2014 class. Over shadowed by the well deserved attention Leon McQuay received, Gibson held his own. A physical, big hitting defensive safety, Gibson is our #2 ranked safety prospect for good reason. He would rather knock a receiver off his feet than make an interception. He plays fast and furious with intentions of eliminating the opposition.
Gibson tops the 2014 recruiting class for Armwood and we are sure there are others we are unaware of at the current time. But the 2015 class looks twice as deep for the Hawks.
After you notice head football coach, Sean Callahan juggling college coaches and offensive coordinator Evan Davis throwing darts with the quarterbacks, you should notice 6-5 sophomore defensive lineman Byron Cowart. Looks and sounds like a grown man. Played defensive end and even some outside linebacker this past season, his upside is huge with potential out of this world. Likely to move inside at defensive tackle at the college level.
Caylon Holloway and Kayalun Edwards and double the trouble for lots of teams. Both have speed and hips. Holloway was a pleasant surpirse at RB after the departure of Matt Jones. Does a lot of things well, but making people miss is his specialty. Edwards will be recruited as an athlete beacsue he can do several different things. Plays slots, but I like him to be moved to the defensive backfield at the college level because of his speed and long arms.
Jordan Griffin is a typical Armwood line backer. A downfield player, who is very athletic and makes plays. Good instinct and gets over trash to find the ball. Will grow and should be a solid college prospect. Also keep an eye on LB Bryan Thomas.