December 27, 2011

Rising Seniors notebook



ATLANTA - Rivals.com on Saturday named Troup County linebacker Reuben Foster as a five star prospect for 2013, and he showed why in the Georgia Rising Seniors practice on Tuesday.

The blue chip linebacker already has the body of a college junior already, and he is constantly doing little things to get better. When other guys are standing around watching, day dreaming or waiting to be told what to do, Foster is staying loose, working on technique, and perfecting his footwork.

A couple of defensive coaches singled him out as a leader during practice because of how the attitude changes when he enters the mix. He automatically becomes the vocal leader of the defense when he is on the field.

Mathis impresses at linebacker

Thomasville linebacker Mario Mathis is a sleeper prospect that looked very impressive in Tuesday's opening practice.

Mathis is a legitimate 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, and he is one of the most physically impressive players present in Atlanta. The South Georgia linebacker played defensive end/outside linebacker in a five-man front in his junior year for the Bulldogs, but he expects to play inside linebacker next year.

"I'll get some work as a true linebacker next year," he said. "I played mainly as a containment type player last year, but this year will be different. I like to be in coverage and I am good at it.

Mathis and Foster are also good friends.

"Reuben and I talk a lot," he said. "I am excited to be up here playing with him and beside him really. It's going to be fun."

Wiggins hearing from Georgia.

Sandy Creek defensive back Shaq Wiggins experienced his first loss of his career in the Georgia High School playoffs this season, but he knows he has plenty to look forward to going forward.

"I'm wanting to be a really good student and get better as a player," said Wiggins. "I'm not the biggest guy out here, so I'm just working on getting stronger where I can play more physical."

Wiggins has several offers from Big 10 schools, but has also been hearing from the home state Bulldogs.

"I've been getting some hand written mail and calls from Coach (Rodney) Garner and Coach (Scott) Lakatos," he said. "They are keeping in contact with me but no offer yet. I want an offer from both in-state schools though."

Despite being a fairly small corner at 5-foot-9, 165 pounds, Wiggins has no problem working against bigger receivers.

"I love going against the bigger guys," said Wiggins. "They are so big that you can just feel them there and they can't lose you. You always know where they are."

Tidbits

Newnan safety and UGA commit Tray Matthews is an intimidating force for the West as he had coaches and players asking him to take it down a notch. ... Tri Cities defensive tackle Dominique Threatt looked very impressive and was often praised for his quickness and explosiveness by the West coaches. Threatt and Walton center Brandon Kublanow had some very physical battles in the trenches as well. One of the most impressive defensive backs was Arlington Christian's Demetrius Monday who is 5-foot-10, 185 pounds and maintained tight coverage all practice.

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