Bessemer City (Ala.) is creeping up on many people this season during a 5-0 start, and a trio of players have plenty to do with the Purple Tigers' progress.
Scout took in Thursday's game against Birmingham (Ala.) Woodlawn and spoke to three talents that have the chance to play FBS football.
Brandon Byner | 5-foot-10, 165 lbs | Athlete | Class of 2014
Skinny: Byner is as smooth as it gets with the football in his hands. Whether it's as a running back, wide receiver or return man, the senior gets the job done in the open field and made it look easy on a pair of scores Thursday night. Versatility is the name of his game, and he proved such as a physical cornerback despite his small stature and frame. He showed grit, excellent conditioning and the potential to be a weapon wherever he ends up at the next level.
Byner, who has offers from South Alabama and Presbyterian, would fit best as a gadget wideout and tailback in a wide-open spread offense similar to how West Virginia utilized Tavon Austin of late. He has good enough speed to play cornerback in college, if needed, but getting the ball in his hands should be a school's priority with him based on this night.
John Wilkerson | 6-foot-1, 172 lbs | Safety/ Wide Receiver | Class of 2014
Wilkerson can play safety or wideout at the next level.
Skinny: The South Alabama commitment draws attention with his length as a wide receiver and his leadership as a free safety. He wasn't used much on offense during this game, but he made a big impact during limited playing time, scoring a touchdown on a reverse in the second-half in which be broke three tackles before issuing a burst to break the plane.
Wilkerson also skied for a pass reception in the first half in which the ball was thrown well ahead of his pace, though he corralled it anyway with soft hands after a solid route. Defensively, he made several tackles in traffic, more than willing to come up and fill the "alley." The senior's strengths on D are his range and ball-skills, and it could lead to a program like Auburn coming in late with an offer. USA will have to work to keep him on the commitment list.
Darryl Williams | 6-foot-3, 285 lbs | Offensive Lineman | Class of 2015
Skinny: Though inactive for Thursday night's game, Williams may end up as the top prospect on the 2013 Bessemer City roster. The junior offensive lineman is raw, according to his coaches, but he has performed consistently against top competition including against national power Hoover (Ala.) High, which features several talented prospects on its defense like SEC-bound defensive end Christian Bell and linebacker Darrell Williams (no relation). Williams reports holding his own against the Bucs last season despite the Purple Tiger suffering a 38-7 loss.
At 6-foot-3, 285 pounds, Auburn, Tennessee and Kentucky are already courting Williams, who has always dreamed of playing in America's top conference. Should the Tigers and Vols both offer the junior, he admittedly would likely wait until 2015 to make a final decision.
For more on Williams, who Scout profiled this week, click the link HERE.