Throughout the season, each Saturday, I will look at the best prospects from the FCS (or lower level) prospects I watched the weekend before. Or, I will look at the 2023 NFL Draft prospects from the Sun Belt schools I watched the prior weekend. During week five I saw one game involving Sun Belt teams and a few others with FCS prospects.
SUN BELT SATURDAY
GEORGIA STATE PANTHERS
It was slim pickings for Georgia State prospects in this game. 5th-year corner Quavian White, who has become a favorite of mine as a late-round secondary prospect, did not play in this game. White has been a PBU machine this year.
Another defensive back target as a priority free agent is safety Antavious Lane. Lane (and for that matter White) are likely headed back to school next season. Lane also missed the game against Marshall.
MARSHALL THUNDERING HERD
Rasheen Ali returned to the Marshall lineup last week and has been as good as expected. The 4th-year back had 17 touches for 107 yards and a score against GSU.
In his stead, this season has been Florida State transfer Khalan Laborn. Laborn had a huge game in their upset of Notre Dame earlier this year. Laborn is more the thunder to the lightning of Ali. Against the Panthers, he ran the ball 11 times for 100 yards and two scores. This includes an 83-yard dash.
Defensively for the Herd, Koby Cumberlander was impressive. The 6th-year linebacker recorded seven tackles and sacked the Georgia State QB three times. His fellow LB, 4th-year prospect Eli Neal added eight tackles, a sack, and three TFLs.
Potential day three corner Steven Gilmore received an invite to the Hula Bowl this week. Gilmore has versatility in the back end that will serve him well trying to make an NFL roster next year.
I will be back with more Sun Belt Saturday next week.