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September 19, 2011

Southwest wrap: Devall impressive

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Rivals.com Southwest analyst Brian Perroni ranks his top performers, along with his analysis of other D-I prospects, from games he covered over the weekend.

Perroni's Top Performers
1. DENZEL DEVALL, WDE, BASTROP, LA.
Devall is listed as a defensive end but mans the middle linebacker spot for Bastrop in its 4-3 defensive front. He is very physical against the run and is not afraid to play downhill and fill the gap. When he wrapped up for a tackle there was no escaping. Surprisingly, the 6-foot-2, 236-pound defender moved pretty well from sideline to sideline and was able to cover the slot receiver well. Devall is a vocal leader on the field and flies to the ball on every play. He forced a fumble with a big hit in the third quarter that turned the tide in the game. After seeing him play linebacker, it is not out of the question at all to see him there at the next level as well.

2. CHRISTOPHER ROBINSON, DT, SHREVEPORT (LA.) WOODLAWN (2013)
The 6-foot-2, 250-pound junior may be undersized but he has a motor to make up for it. Despite playing out of position as a 3-4 noseguard most of the game he still made a lot of plays. He was able to get a good push against the interior offensive linemen and made it into the backfield quite often. Woodlawn moved to a 4-3 later in the game and Robinson bounced out to defensive end where he did a very good job of collapsing down on the runner. He also played left tackle on the offensive line the entire game so his stamina is a definite plus. He has an early offer from Mississippi State but will definitely see plenty more come his way.

3. DAMIAN WILLIAMS, DQB, METAIRIE (LA.) RUMMEL (2013)
The 6-foot-1, 215-pound junior is already a three-year starter for Rummel. He is not the tallest quarterback prospect but he shows poise in the pocket and does not bail out too early. He has a very smooth release when rolling out right though. Williams does tend to wind up a bit if he needs to put a lot of velocity on the ball and that is a bit of a concern. His running ability is the most impressive aspect of his game though. He is not flashy and will not break off huge gains but he simply lowers his shoulder and grinds out the yards. He does a good job of reading the defenders on quarterback draw plays to find the right lane to run through. He has no offers yet but should garner interest this spring.

4. LEONARD FOURNETTE, NEW ORLEANS (LA.) ST. AUGUSTINE (2014)
The 6-foot, 210-pound sophomore looks and plays a lot older than his age. He is a very big back but has deceptive speed and feet. He reversed field at one point and scored on a 69-yard touchdown where he outran all the defensive backs. Fournette gets to the edge quickly and is tough to bring down with the combination of size and speed. He needs to work on running between the tackles, though, as he tries to dance too much and doesn't simply lower his shoulder to gain a couple extra yards each time. He also runs a little tentatively along the sideline and steps out of bounds earlier than needed. Regardless, he already has close to double-digit early offers and will be a big-time national recruit in two years.

5. TORSHIRO DAVIS, OLB, SHREVEPORT (LA.) WOODLAWN
Davis played a little bit of defensive end in Woodlawn's 3-4 front to start the game but moved to outside linebacker after a couple of series. At end he struggled to get much push upfield against double teams. He was not much of a factor against the run either. He looked more comfortable at linebacker, his likely position in college. He had a couple of opportunities to pin his ears back and get after the passer but mostly dropped back into coverage. He did not follow the ball very hard at times but he has the physical tools to play the position. It will likely take him a couple of years on campus to be ready though.

Other Division I prospects
Here is Perroni's analysis of other Division I prospects, listed alphabetically, scouted over the weekend.

V.J. Banks, S, Bryan, Texas (2014): Banks has great size for a sophomore at 6-foot-1, 175 pounds but he needs to learn to take better angles and always pursue the ball.

Dominick Bilich, OG, Metairie (La.) Rummel: The 6-foot-2, 285-pound Louisiana-Lafayette commit plays left tackle for Rummel. He is very physical and is a surprisingly good pass blocker.

Lorenzo Doss, WR, New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine: The Tulane commit did not get much of a chance to show what he can do as St. Augustine struggles in the passing game but he did have two receptions that he caught in stride over the middle. He could play outside or in the slot.

Dwayne Eugene, S, Metairie (La.) Rummel (2014): The 5-foot-11, 188-pound sophomore is very good in pass coverage. He read the quarterback's eyes and came up with a great interception in the first quarter.

Tim Hines, OT, Bryan, Texas: The Oklahoma State commit can de dominant at times. Hines tends to play very high at others, simply relying on his size. He could also end up as a guard in college.

Chris Johnson, DQB, Bryan, Texas (2013): There is talk of Johnson being one of the top junior quarterbacks in the state but he does not seem to have too much confidence in his arm and he struggled mightily running the ball.

Patrick Kliebert, OT, Metairie (La.) Rummel (2013): The 6-foot-7, 270-pound junior certainly has a lot of work to do to turn himself into a Division I prospect but he has the ideal frame for a left tackle.

Sydie London, TE, New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine: The 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior is only in his second year of football as he previously concentrated on basketball only. He has good size and very good hands and could be a great reward for a team that takes a flier on him late.



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