When it comes to junior standouts McDonough (Ga.) Union Gove High School has a trio to watch out for in defensive end Anthony Williams, linebacker Dareon Mayes and slot back Donavan Johnson. All three visited Georgia Tech this past weekend for this home game against Florida State.
"Anthony has pretty much been the leading tackler in every game for us this season," said Union Grove head coach Steve Collins. "He does it all from rushing the quarterback, he stops the run, he knocks down passes, and blocks kicks. Like I said, he does it all. Anthony is versatile, rangy and tenacious. He is also very strong for his size and has good quickness and speed. (Offensive) tackles have a hard time getting their hands on him."
Williams, 6-4 and 235 pounds, will likely emerge as one of the top defensive end prospects from the Peach State for the Class of 2010. He has unofficially visited Georgia Tech, Florida, Alabama, Auburn and Clemson (camp) in the past few months. He does not have any scholarship offers at this time.
Mayes, 6-0 and 220, plays middle linebacker. He has also been to see Tech, Auburn, and Alabama. Mayes also camped at Clemson this past summer. They plays a 3-5-3 ad he's a perfect fit for that defense.
"He's a plugger," said coach Collins. "Dareon is a down hill play. He's B-gap to B-gap and good against the pass. He runs well, is physical and very strong."
Johnson is there running back that projects as a slot back at the next level. Johnson, 5-9 and 175 pounds, had over 1,100 yards rushing over the first seven games of the season.
"He's the type of kid that excels in space and I could see his future being at the slot."
Union Grove is 7-1 on the season. They play Atlanta (Ga.) Martin Luther King this weekend. The winner will host their first playoff game while the loser will have to hit the road.