John Copenhaver - 6-3, 220-pound senior who is committed to North Carolina. Copenhaver chose the Tar Heels over 15 other offers. He is a 247 Sports Composite 3-star and No. 13 ranked tight end in the nation. Copenhaver has yet to play a snap this season because of injury but the Hornets are hopeful that tonight is the night they’ll get him on the field. You might remember, he had his “coming-out party” last season on GPB when Roswell upset Walton in a great game that went down to the final minute. And for all of you wondering how you get discovered, Copenhaver never went to any football camps or combines, he did it all just playing high school football.
Trey Zimmerman - 6-6, 280-pound senior who is also committed to North Carolina. He picked the Tar Heels over 18 other offers. Zimmerman is a 247 Sports Composite 3-star offensive tackle. Last season Kemper joked with us that Trey shaved once a month and that was just for practice but as a senior he has started to really fill-out and mature. Kemper says Trey “has the signature of an offensive lineman. A gentleman 9-to-5 but mean and nasty when the lights come on.”
Doneiko Slaughter - 6-2, 190-pound senior who is committed to Arizona State. Doneiko chose to play for Coach Herm Edwards and the Sun Devils over 12 other offers. He is a 247 Sports Composite 3-Star safety but plays outside linebacker for the Hornets. Slaughter is an incredible physical specimen with three-percent body fat and runs a 4.6 40. Kemper says he thought he was the best defensive player in Region 4 last season. Slaughter has 11 solo tackles, a quarterback sack, pick-six and forced fumble in Roswell’s first two games
Jacob Jarrett - 6-3, 190-pound, senior wide receiver with four offers including Troy and South Alabama. Everybody you talk to acknowledges that Jarrett has a tremendous upside and his best football is still in front of him, as they like to say. Roswell legend Jermaine Phillips, who starred at Georgia and then went on to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, told me Jarrett is just starting to scratch the surface. One college head coach (who I can’t name because he’s not supposed to be talking about an unsigned prospect) loves his length and believes his speed will get even better. Kemper says Jarrett has an uncanny ability to track the football and get in position to make the catch. Kemper believes that comes from Jarrett’s great baseball skills, another sport at which he excels. Three of Jarrett’s four receptions this season have gone for touchdowns.
So, this is going to be a fun one for sure. I invite you to join us tonight at 7:30 p.m. for the first of our 13 Football Fridays in Georgia. I’ll be joined in the booth this season by former Auburn Tigers All-American, NFL First-Round Draft Pick and 15-year pro Wayne Gandy who played for the Rams, Steelers, Saints and Falcons. I think you’re going to enjoy his insight.
As always Jon Nelson will be working the sidelines and Hannah Goodin will be our in-game and halftime host. We’ve got a great team and I’m so proud to call them my friends and colleagues as I start my sixth season with GPB and my 22nd season calling live high school football on television in the state of Georgia.