- Kipp Adams, Reporter, RecruitingNation
ATHENS, Ga. -- Day two of the Mark Richt 7-on-7 tournament saw double digit FBS prospects compete on the intramural fields at the University of Georgia. We listed the top performers here, but there were several players who caught the coaches' attention. Here is a by-no-way-complete list of honorable mentions from Friday.
QB Brooks Barden (Cartersville, Ga./Cartersville) In the first couple of games on Friday, Barden was on fire, showing a live arm and making some impressive deep throws. But in front of Mark Richt, Mike Bobo and Will Friend, the rising junior struggled a bit on his timing with his receivers in the intermediate passing game. Still, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound quarterback has the tools to play at the next level, and should get a long look from Georgia over the next year.
OL Josh Cardiello (Buford, Ga./Buford) Cardiello worked mainly at center during 1-on-1 competition, and had his ups and downs in pass protection. As is the case with most linemen from Buford, the 6-3, 280-pound Cardiello is more advanced in run blocking at this stage. But with a new offensive line coach at Buford, Cardiello expects the Wolves’ to open things up this fall, giving Cardiello a possible development advantage over former school standouts Dallas Lee and Kolton Houston.
OL Nikita Fair (Washington, Ga./Washington-Wilkes) Passing the eye test for a rising sophomore at almost 6-3, 260 pounds, the game of football is still new to Fair, who played for the first time as a freshman after moving to Georgia from the Ukraine. He is raw, but Fair is also one to keep an eye on for the next few year.
DE Cornelius Jones (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King) The 6-4, 230-pound defensive lineman was one of the most impressive looking prospects at the camp, and he more than held his own against Maurice Swain (LaGrange, Ga./Troup) and Josh Outlaw (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King). Tulane and Akron have offered Jones so far, but BCS programs would do well to get Jones to camp this summer to evaluate him further.
SS Cortez Leonard (Hoganville, Ga./Callaway) Playing in 7-on-7 competitions is not playing to Leonard’s strengths, as the 5-11, 195-pound defensive back is known more for his ability to lower his shoulder and make the big hit on the ball carrier. But Leonard showed he is more than just an in the box player, making a couple interceptions and showing solid ball skills in the process. Louisville, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and USF are a few of the offers for Leonard so far.
DE Cliff Moulton (Fairburn, Ga./Creekside) Here's another physically impressive defensive lineman. Creekside head coach Johnny White says Moulton, a Jamaican native, has offers from Troy and Western Kentucky, with plans to camp at MTSU and Kentucky this summer. Standing at close to 6-5 and weighing 225 pounds, Moulton's play as a senior could give him a chance to earn several more options to play at the next level.
OL Josh Outlaw (Lithonia, Ga./MLK) The University of Florida commitment worked most of the time at left tackle, showcasing good agility. Outlaw has some work to do on improving his overall strength, and he is still raw in his pass blocking technique, but no lineman in attendance showed more nastiness than the 6-4, 275-pound offensive lineman. Outlaw has the mean streak needed to excel at the next level, and his frame should allow him to add solid weight in a college strength program.
ATH Tez Parks (Hoganville, Ga,/Callaway) Like his older brother Ricky Parks, a 2012 Auburn signee, Tez plays quarterback, and the 2014 prospect made several nice reads on offense. At 5-11, 185 pounds, the younger Parks could play linebacker in high school, but he has the perfect size to play safety in college. Either way, he should combine with the aforementioned Leonard and 2015 athlete Terry Godwin (Hoganville, Ga./Callaway) to form a solid defense this fall.
LB Korie Rogers (Buford, Ga./Buford) The 6-2, 215-pound rising junior was all over the field, showing impressive range in covering running backs. Before his first trip to Athens ended, Rogers was given the news that he had an offer from Georgia, joining Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County) as linebackers in the 2014 class with offers from the Bulldogs. ECU, Florida and Penn State have also offered Rogers, who like 2012 standout and Alabama signee Dillon Lee, could play inside or outside linebacker in college.
WR Chis Sanders-McCollum (Fairburn, Ga./Creekside) Standing at 6-5, he toyed with most defensive backs, simply calling for his quarterback to throw the ball up and allow him to use his height and leaping ability to easily beat out the physically outmatched defensive backs. Cincinnati, Pitt and Tulane have offered Sanders-McCollum, but he could be on the verge of picking up additional BCS offers soon. He is camping at Kentucky this weekend, and will be at Clemson on Tuesday.
ATHENS, Ga. -- Day two of the Mark Richt 7-on-7 tournament saw double digit FBS prospects compete on the intramural fields at the University of Georgia.