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Ashley Brown: Offers piling up for Knights duo

Posted: July 4, 2017 - 8:00am

Evans running back Corey Watkins and linebacker/defensive end Coby Germany have spent the summer fielding offers from colleges all over the country.

Watkins burst onto the scene last season. He came into the season as a bit of an unknown, but he quickly established himself as one of area's most explosive players. He finished the season as the Columbia County Player of the Year after rushing for more than 900 yards and 11 touchdowns, while averaging 42.7 yards per kickoff return and 23.9 yards per punt return. His speed and game-breaking ability has attracted plenty of college scouts. It certainly did not hurt that he ran a blistering 4.38 in the 40 at Appalachian State this offseason. So far, Watkins has scholarship offers from Army, Navy, The Citadel, Elon and Air Force. With those offers, it is clear he gets it done in the classroom, too.

While Watkins was a surprise a year ago, everyone expected a big year from Germany. The defensive standout has been turning heads since he stepped foot on Evans' campus in 2014. That season, Germany earned National Freshman All-American Honors from MaxPreps. Unfortunately, a knee injury caused him to miss almost his entire sophomore season, but he bounced back last year with 81 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, and six QB sacks. Germany has offers from Georgia State, Samford, and Elon and he is still getting interest from Auburn, Clemson, FSU, UGA, Georgia Tech, Navy, Louisville, LSU and South Carolina.

Speaking of Scholarship Offers: Greenbrier right-handed pitcher Bryce Melear got a bit of good news recently. The talented young pitcher received a scholarship offer from the University of Georgia. Not bad for a kid that still has two years remaining at Greenbrier. As a sophomore, he was Columbia County's Co-Pitcher of the Year after going 5-1 with an ERA of 2.02 and 62 strikeouts in 55 innings of work. Congrats to Bryce. I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do for the next two seasons.
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Not to Be Outdone: One of the pitchers who shared the Pitcher of the Year honors in the county this season was Lakeside sophomore Will Childers. Childers is also getting plenty of looks from college scouts. After all, his dad, Matt Childers, was a star at Westside High School before being selected in the ninth round by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1997. The younger Childers has been clocked at 87 mph. He finished his sophomore campaign with a 5-1 mark and a sizzling 1.03 ERA. He was injured late in the season or the Pitcher of the Year honors may have been his alone. He has already gotten interest from Alabama, UGA, Kennesaw State and Clemson. He is playing with Todd Greene's Rawlings Southeast Team this weekend at a huge Perfect Game Event in Atlanta.
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Hoover Off To Solid Start as a Pro: Former Greenbrier standout Connor Hoover wrapped up an incredible three-year college career earlier this month when he was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 21st round. While at Greenbrier, Hoover was a speedy leadoff hitter who served as a table-setter for the big sticks in the middle of the order. While at North Georgia University, he transformed himself into one of the middle-of-the-order sluggers. As a junior this spring, he hit .361 with 16 doubles, 5 triples, and 18 homers. He also drove in 74 runs, scored 74 runs, and posted a .480 on-base percentage. He led North Georgia to a 46-12 mark and a spot in the D-II College World Series. He was also named as a finalist for the Tino Martinez Award as the Nation's Top Division II Player.

Last week, he left for Arizona to join the Rookie League Arizona Mariners. He is hitting .286 with 5 runs scored, 2 RBI and an astonishing .688 on-base percentage. And, in his third professional game, Hoover went deep with a 2-run HR. Not bad for a player known more for his glove and speed just a few years ago.

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