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Georgia State Recruiting: Panthers Have a Big Week, Add Six Commits

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The Panthers had a much-needed phenomenal week in recruiting.

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In just the last week, the Georgia State Panthers added six new recruits to their 2016 class right before National Signing Day.

Kendrec Grady (6-foot-2, 190 pounds)

Position: Safety

Ratings: Rivals (3-star, 5.5) 247Sports Composite (3-star, 0.8217)

High School: Norcross (Norcross, Ga.)

Main Recruiter: Defensive Coordinator Jesse Minter

Other Notable Offers: Appalachian State, Boston College, Iowa State, Louisville

Analysis: Grady is a pretty solid all-around safety. Watching his film, it looks like he has the capability to play either safety position, even though he played a lot of center field (single-high safety) in high school. I think he projects better as a strong safety at the next level. He's got the coverage and catching skills that he could play free safety if he needed to, but I think he lacks the speed to be a great free safety. At strong safety, Grady's coverage skills would be emphasized and he would be fantastic in run support as he is a sure tackler that takes good paths to the ballcarrier.

Kwon Williams (6-foot, 200 pounds)

Position: Athlete

Ratings: Rivals (3-star, 5.5) 247Sports Composite (3-star, 0.8189)

High School: West Hall (Oakwood, Ga.)

Main Recruiter: Defensive Coordinator Jesse Minter

Other Notable Offers: Cincinnati, N.C. State, UCF, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest

Analysis: Kwon Williams is a guy who could play in quite a few different places, mainly running back, receiver and safety (specifically strong safety). As a running back, Williams has good, but not great speed and has a knack for being able to find a hole. He can also drag a couple of guys with him while he's running. He's very good at fighting for extra yards. That also comes in handy as a receiver. What also helps him as a receiver is the fact that he is more often than not a "hands receiver," which means he doesn't need to pull the ball to his chest to make the catch. I think he ends up at strong safety, though, which would allow Kendrec Grady to play free safety. At strong safety, Williams is a good form tackler and has great closing speed on the ballcarrier. Being a good receiver will also allow him to get his chance at being a ballhawk there.

Nick Meyer (6-foot-5, 270 pounds)

Position: Offensive Line

Ratings: Rivals (Unrated) 247Sports Composite (Unrated)

High School: St. Xavier (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Main Recruiter: Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach Harold Etheridge & Linebackers Coach P.J. Volker

Other Notable Offers: None

Analysis: Nick Meyer is more of a prospect than most of the guys on this list. He's very raw as a blocker, but has ideal size and frame for an offensive tackle. His film looks pretty impressive at first glance, but there are a couple of issues in his game. He was getting destroyed on some inside moves. He's got the size to keep up with some of those guys, but he is going to need to keep getting better. If he develops well, though, he could be a very good right tackle for the Panthers.

Bryson Duckworth (6-foot-5, 210 pounds)

Position: Wide Receiver

Ratings: Rivals (Unrated) 247Sports Composite (Unrated)

High School: Charles Drew (Riverdale, Ga.)

Main Recruiter: Wide Receivers Coach Tim Lappano

Other Notable Offers: South Alabama

Analysis: Duckworth is a receiver that shows a lot of promise. He's got a massive frame at 6-foot-5, so there is definitely potential for him to move to tight end if necessary. He's got a nice long stride, which makes him appear faster than he actually is. The two things that I really loved about him were that he is a full-on "hands receiver," which is perfect for tight ends. I also loved the clips at the end of his highlights that showed him blocking. The thing with him is that he'll need to find a position between wide receiver and tight end, but I think he ends up at tight end.

Shamarius "Quion" Gilmore (6-foot-3, 270 pounds)

Position: Offensive Line

Ratings: Rivals (Unrated) 247Sports Composite (Unrated)

High School: Charles Drew (Riverdale, Ga.)

Main Recruiter: Wide Receivers Coach Tim Lappano

Other Notable Offers: Alabama State, Charleston Southern

Analysis: Joining Bryson Duckworth from Charles Drew High School, Gilmore is a pretty solid offensive lineman, though I don't think he'll stick at tackle with his lack of length. He should be likely to slide into guard, where he could be a good run blocker. You can see a lot in his film is focused on run blocking. He brings good quickness and ability to get to the second level. He's pretty susceptible to spin moves, but can still do a good job of getting them out of the way so that spin move doesn't do much to help. In pass blocking, he's fairly solid, though he is susceptible to holds to finish the block.

Zeke Pernell (6-foot-7, 265 pounds)

Position: Offensive Line

Ratings: Rivals (Unrated) 247Sports Composite (Unrated)

High School: Jackson (Jackson, Ala.)

Main Recruiter: Outside Linebackers Coach Larry Knight

Other Notable Offers: None

Analysis: Pernell will be another project player for the Panthers. He's got a great frame at 6-foot-7, but still needs to finish filling it out. As a blocker, he's very raw and has a lot of trouble finishing his blocks. He's got good quickness and can get to the second level, but until he learns to finish blocks, he won't be seeing a ton of snaps. In filling his frame, Pernell really needs to hit the weight room.