Week Twelve of college football has come and gone. I watched four games during the slate of contests.
I will look at the top prospect performances from the games I watched the previous week.
WEEK TWELVE PROSPECT REWIND
TOLEDO @ BOWLING GREEN
It is rare to use the term “lockdown” corner these days. But that may be the term you have to use for Toledo CB Quinyon Mitchell. You would have an easier time getting a fly off of manure than getting Mitchell separated from a receiver. He has great hand usage and ball skills. Mitchell has one pick and 16 PBUs this season. In 2022, he had five picks and 19 PBUs. Mitchell has a chance to work his way into the first round conversation. The chance will come in Mobile when he comes to Mobile for the Senior Bowl.
It’s official!!! Welcome DB Quinyon Mitchell @QuinyonMitchell from @ToledoFB to the 2024 Reese’s Senior Bowl! #TeamToledo #MACtion #TheDraftStartsInMOBILE™️@JimNagy_SB @PaniniAmerica #RatedRookie pic.twitter.com/VnTabYrhG8
— Reese’s Senior Bowl (@seniorbowl) November 18, 2023
KENTUCKY @ SOUTH CAROLINA
South Carolina QB Spencer Rattler has been under duress all season due to poor OL play. His poise has shown through for most of the season. Rattler is going to get drafted…likely early on day three. The league is desperate for backup quarterbacks who can start in a pinch. in the 17-14 win over UK, Rattler was 19/27 for 207 yards and 2 TDs.
Rattler got back his tight end Trey Knox this week. Knox had missed the last games with an injury. The former WR has impressed me this season with his blocking and ability to find the soft spots in coverage. Knox is solid after the catch as well. He caught all four of his targets for 35 yards against the Wildcats.
Xavier Legette continues to draw the attention of NFL teams with his tremendous play this year. In his fifth year, Legette has become Rattler’s go-to target. He is widely considered to be a day-two prospect at this stage. Against Kentucky, Legette caught 6 of his 10 targets for 94 yards and two scores.
Kentucky safety Maxwell Hairston has incredible range. The 3rd-year defender had five interceptions coming into the game and played a great centerfield against South Carolina. Hairston is one to file away for 2025.
Speaking of filing away for 2025, the best defensive player in this game was Kentucky DL Deone Walker. Walker is only in his second year but he was unblockable in this game. Walker ate up the Carolina O-Line. He finished with 9 tackles (8 solos), one sack, and 2 TFLs. Walker is a mammoth defender as well at 6’6″ 348 pounds.
SYRACUSE @ GEORGIA TECH
CB Miles Brooks hasn’t had the season I anticipated he would have. You see the tools but he hasn’t put it all together yet. Brooks has the size and length (6’2″ 184) you want. He is physical in the run game as a tackler. Brooks flashes the desired ball skills. He has 6 PBUs and one pick on the year. Brooks didn’t register either of those against Syracuse as they threw about two passes beyond the line of scrimmage. He did record six tackles (four solos).
TEXAS @ IOWA STATE
Iowa State CB TJ Tampa is a big and physical corner that excels in man coverage. The 4th-year player did a great job of locking out the Texas WRs Xavier Worthy and Adonai Mitchell when he was in coverage on them. Tampa finished the game with seven tackles (two solos).
This was my first official look at Texas QB Quinn Ewers. And my impression was…meh. You can see the arm and physical ability but his pocket presence left a little to be desired. The rumor is that he will return to Texas for the 2024 season and that is probably a good idea.
Longhorns DL Byron Murphy is a strong defender. He ripped down the ISU passer with one hand on a sack. Murphy has quick hands and penetrates in the backfield quickly. He finished the game with two tackles and 1.5 sacks.
I don’t think Mizzou QB Brady Cook is going to be in this draft class but showed off a pair of brass balls on this drive to beat Florida.
4th and 17 from their own 33.
38 seconds left.
Down by 1.
— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) November 19, 2023
Another reminder that Washington’s Rome Odunze is WR2.
Yeah, this was absolutely sick from Odunze pic.twitter.com/lbeUOTTv9A
— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) November 19, 2023
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