A scrimmage at Stephenson High School is just a few cameras and Under Armor jerseys shy of being an all-star game, and ESPN was in Stone Mountain two weeks ago to see it firsthand. ESPN Recruiting’s Jamie Newberg was at the high school’s spring scrimmage and came out with a piece called “Stephenson loaded with prospects”. Those prospects include two Florida-bound players, a defensive lineman going to South Carolina, a linebacker going to Miami, and several other undeclared D-1 players. Yet, among all of these stud recruits, Shawn Blaylock really caught Newberg’s eye:
Another surprise standout was two-way player Shawn Blaylock. He’s a 6-foot, 180-pound cornerback/receiver prospect with scholarship offers from Arkansas State and Middle Tennessee State. Yet on a field with a lot of high school stars and future college football players, he stood out by hauling in a TD pass and also making an interception and breaking up a pass.
“Shawn was terrific,” Gartrell said. “He’s had a great offseason for us. I have wanted to see him turn it loose. I wanted to see some other stars star out there. He and Jarontay really had a strong scrimmage for us.”
(via ESPN – May 18, 2011)
Although he only held offers from Arkansas State and MTSU, Blaylock sounds like a great pickup for Kentucky. He and DeMarcus Sweat should have a whole new focus going into their senior season at Stephenson with the recruiting process out of the way, and as Newberg pointed out, Blaylock is already standing out on a field of stars.
Go Stephenson Jaguars. Keep ’em comin!
(Hat-tip to Brent Carney for the find)