This year’s version of the Dragons has three high-level talents and at least four to five other players who will likely also play football on Saturdays, but perhaps at the 1-AA level. With coaches from Kansas State to Appalachian State stopping by to see the Dragons in person lately I decided to see them in person myself and they did not disappoint.
The Dragons took the opening play – an onside kick – and never looked back as they defeated region foe Rockmart, who also had a division one prospect in Brandon Heywood, 48-14.
Here is a breakdown of Pepperell’s 2010 Trio:
Jonathan Watters – QB
Positives – Watters is a true 6' 4" drop-back passer with a great frame and effortless throwing motion. I wanted to see him throw the long ball and also be able to throw the 20-yard out across the hash against cover two in between the safety and corner. When I saw that it confirmed that he could make both of throws – that is what makes him a big-time prospect.
Negatives – I would have liked to see Watters throw the ball 20 to 25 times a game, but right now Pepperell is beating teams so bad that he is barely throwing it eight to ten times a game. Trust me… this is being picky at this point.
What He Said: "I have visited Alabama and Georgia so far this year and those two schools are at the top right now for me. After that it would say I am interested in Clemson, Georgia Tech and Florida.”
Marcus Jackson – ATH
Positives – Speed, Speed, Speed. That is what this young man brings to the table. He holds a 3.5 GPA and gets to school every morning at 6:30 to lift weights before classes start.
Negatives – Right now Jackson is playing out of position as he will have to play cornerback or wide receiver on the next level. The spring and summer combines and camps will decide if this young man goes to a BCS-level program.
What He Said: "I have been hearing the most from Georgia and Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech is really trying to sell me on their new offense"
Drew Pearson – TE/DE
Positives – A very good blocker with a very big frame (6'5"), Pearson could carry 255 pounds easily. He transferred from Rome this summer – where he started there as a sophomore for all 13 games at offensive tackle. He Also had a great performance at the Under Armour Combine at the Georgia Dome last summer in the tight end group.
Negatives – Playing on a team with 20+ seniors, Person is splitting playing time right now. I would like to see how far a long he is in week ten and in the playoffs.
I almost refuse to cover or even worry about a freshman, but Friday night I was blown away by a 6'2", 215lbs defensive tackle – Dakota Ball. This young man has cracked the starting line up for a team that is ranked in the Top 3 in the state. Write that name down – he is a star in the making.
As a team, Pepperell made it to the Quarterfinals last year, they are a legit threat to play their final game of this season in the Dome.