Friday was round 1 of the LOADED Georgia State Playoffs. On a rain soaked filled at Lassiter High School the Trojans hosted powerhouse Peachtree Ridge, whose roster is littered with major D 1 talent and they took full advantage of that talent disparity with a 59-20 thumping on the Lassiter Trojans. Peachtree Ridge has as balanced an offense as any HS team I’ve seen in years. Their QB, Senior Chance Thrasher, is a dual-threat who had over 2000 yds and 19 TD passing and over 300 yds on the ground coming into the game. Thrasher has good size and arm strength and as a QB he obviously is athletic. I was told Thrasher was MVP at the Miami QB camp this summer. Thrasher threw for 200+ with 1 TD as his team leaned heavily on the running game led by UVA RB commit Jordan Ellis and Tennessee OL commit Orlando Brown. Mike London will be lucky to hold on to Ellis for the Cavs because his stock is gonna shoot through the roof as February closes in. This kid has tremendous talent. He is 5’10″ 215 lbs. He runs violent, has good vision, is an above average Receiving RB and he CAN block. What a night this kid had. 15 totes for 250 and 4 TD in the 1st half.alone and finished the night with 275 and 6 TD for the game. He also had a 30 yd rec. Tennessee fans will be glad to know they have a future NFL OL in Orlando Brown. At 6’8″ 340 he was just DOMINANT the entire night. He is a FINISHER. When he gets those big meat cleavers on you IT’s OVER. On one of Ellis’ TD runs he pancaked the DE and LB as Ellis followed him on his way to a 20 yd score. Last time I saw Brown he struggled a bit in pass protection but last night he looked miles ahead of where he was. I predict him to be a starter for UT as a true freshman next season. Peachtree Ridge has a STUD WR/KR in SR Myron Burton. Burton had a quiet night as the run heavy plan dictated and he was being mirrored by just announced Arkansas commit Chris Murphy for Lassiter. Murphy is a good looking cover corner with ideal size (6’0″ 185) for an SEC CB. He doubles as an outstanding return GUY as well. Murphy is a good take for Bielema and the Razorbacks. They need size in their defensive backfield and you can never have enough return guys as Arkansas fans well know. The Pigs have had a slew of them over the years. Peachtree had a solid 2014 DB/KR in Waldon Davis. He was 6’0″ 190 with over a dozen D-I offers from BCS schools. Arkansas, Auburn, Vandy and S. Carolina showing the most interest as far as SEC is concerned and Baylon Buchanan, son of former Atlanta Falcons great Ray Buchanan is a budding superstar. Buchanan is 5’11″ 165 Sophomore whom reminds me of Bama’s Geno Smith. He will be rolling in BigTime offers by the end of these playoffs. Peachtree actually started a freshman at one CB slot. Kid’s name was Deangelo Gibbs and on the hoof he looked the part but was injured very early and I wasn’t able to evaluate him. A freshman starter for Peachtree Ridge in the playoffs says it all though in my opinion. Biggest disappointment of the night was I didn’t get to see Nick Glass. He did not play and I was truly looking forward to watching him. Oh well.
I was, also, extremely impressed with Lassiter QB Will Anderson. Lassiter’s last two QBs have went on to SEC schools, Hutson Mason (UGA) and Eddie Printz (Mizzou) and I fully expect Anderson to follow suit. He is 6’1″ 195 and came into the game having thrown for 2300 yds and 21 TD. He had in my opinion an outstanding performance. His completion % was skewed as his WR dropped over a dozen passes and he was under constant pressure from the Peachtree Defense. He still had close to 300 yds and 3 TD and his only true mistake of the night was when he tried to force a pass into coverage on the far side of the field and it was returned for a 95 INT pick six. Anderson can make ANY throw and he is intelligent. He knows how to read a defense. He really goes thru his progressions when target WR is covered and he doesn’t mind to check down and that is something that most HS QB struggle with. So another Friday night has come and gone and the season is winding down. This is where hero’s are made. The playoffs seperate the good from the ELITE and these next few weeks are personally my favorite time of the year. God willing I’ll be somewhere full of top talent each Friday night and my recap will follow. Again, hope you enjoy. @chaz5502 #BTF