Today and next Wednesday, I’ll run a list of the high school players who have committed and/or enrolled at Georgia State or Kennesaw State.
I’m not going to provide any analysis of each player because I haven’t seen any of them play. Any video posted on online will be only highlights and won’t provide an accurate glimpse of their strengths and weaknesses because would you want your worst plays online if you were trying to earn a scholarship?
I will provide my thoughts on what each team needs based upon what I saw last year, the players returning, the players left, etc.
We will start with Georgia State, which went 6-7 last year and appeared in its first bowl game.
The Panthers need to add depth and talent on the offensive line, defensive line and at wide receiver.
Two of the three starters on the defensive line are seniors. The third is a redshirt junior. The wide receivers need depth because there aren’t many of them. The offensive line needs depth and talent because it has yet to play as consistently well as the coaches expect.
If the commits hold (see below), the Panthers seem to be on their way to meeting needs at each of these positions.
Kennesaw State, which went 6-5 in its inaugural year, needs help everywhere because it is a young program that played mostly redshirt freshmen and freshmen last season. The group did suffer injuries along the offensive line and B-back, and will need to find depth at wide receiver.
Here are the Georgia State commits/enrollees, courtesy of panthertalk.com:
Clifford Amazan, DT, 6-2, 305, Archer
Tra Barnett, APB, 5-10, 170, Elbert County
Bryson Duckworth, WR, 6-5, 210, Charles Drew
Eric Elder, WR, 6-1, 180, Stephenson
Shamarius Gilmore, OT, 6-3, 270, Charles Drew
Kendrec Grady, S, 6-2, 190, Norcross
Jonathan Ifedi, WR, 6-1, 195, Vance (Charlotte), already enrolled
Nick Meyer, OT, 6-5, 270, St. Xavier (Cincinnati)
Peyton Moore, OLB, 6-3, 235, Mill Creek
Zeke Pernell, OT, 6-7, 265, Jackson (Jackson, Ala.)
Cedric Stone, CB, 5-11, 180, Independence (Charlotte), already enrolled
Darius Stubbs, APB, 5-10, 187, Luella
Terry Thomas, DE, 6-3, 245, Luella
Kwon Williams, ATH, 6-0, 200, West Hall
Here are the Kennesaw State commits/enrollees, courtesy of ksuowlhowl.com:
Adesola Abisoye, CB, 5-10, 175, Grayson
Bryson Armstrong, LB, 5-11, 195, Kell
Chris Byrd, LB/RB, 5-10, 190, Gainesville
Daniel David, QB, 6-1, 192, Appalachian State
Jai’len Edwards, CB, 6-0, 175, Greene County
Nick Eldridge, OL, 6-3, 308, Hoover (Ala.)
Forrest Evans, OL, 6-3, 290, Walton
Allen Johnson, DE, 6-3, 225, Allatoona
Christian Kinsley, K, 6-3, 215, Lexington (S.C.)
Malik Oliver, QB, 5-11, 175, Douglas County
Sam Outlaw, RB, 6-1, 200, South Forsyth
Bronson Rechsteiner, OLB, 6-0, 205, Etowah
Brandon Simmons, RB, 6-0, 224, Pleasant Grove (Ala.)
Shaquil Terry, ATH, 5-9, 180 McAdory (Ala.)
Zach Thompson, OT, 6-4, 295, Emmanuel County Institute