Auburn Commitments Gearing Up For Playoffs

Most of Auburn's 2012 commitments have their teams in the playoffs as the high school seasons are coming to a close in most states.

Cassanova McKinzy
Woodlawn won just two games in 2010, but finished 7-3 overall and 4-3 in 5A region 4 and earned a playoff bid in 2011. McKinzy played tailback, fullback, defensive end and linebacker for the Colonels. They closed out the regular season with a 20-6 victory over Central-Tuscaloosa on Friday, but have a tough order in the first round of the playoffs. Woodlawn travels to #4 in 5A St. Paul's, which finished 9-1 overall and 6-0 in region play.

Darrion Hutcherson
With a 46-6 victory over Tarrant, Hutcherson and the Dadeville Tigers finished with yet another undefeated regular season. The victory over Beauregard (9-1) gave Dadeville the 4A Region 3 Title in week 9. The win over Tarrant was icing on the cake. The #2 Dadeville squad will have 6-4 Straughn at home in the first round of the playoffs. If everything goes to plan, the Tigers will have a chance to avenge last year's epic semifinal battle against Thomasville. This time it will be in round two, and it will also be on Dadeville's turf. Thomasville is ranked #4 in the state after suffering a week 9 loss to Jackson, the only team ranked ahead of Hutcherson's Dadeville team. This season he has 23 catches for 470 yards and seven touchdowns in 10 games.

Darrion Hutcherson

T.J. Yeldon
Week 9 was a huge week across the state as Daphne fell to region foe McGill 38-28. The win for McGill and first-year coach Bart Sessions broke Daphne's 23-game winning streak and relegated the Trojans to the #2 seed. It kept McGill undefeated, but for just one more week as it lost to an average Murphy team to finish the season. It didn't matter as McGill had already locked up the #1 seed. Meanwhile, Daphne rebounded with a 41-7 win over Baker as Yeldon continued to have the hot hand. He had all four touchdowns in the loss to McGill. He followed it with 143 yards on 17 carries against Baker, including an 18-yard touchdown run and a five-yard touchdown pass. He has rushed for 1,921 yards and 24 touchdowns on 178 carries this year.

Daphne's loss in week 9 set up perhaps another monumental round two playoff matchup. The #3 Trojans draw 7-2 Opelika at home in the first round while the #6 Prattville Lions get the fortune of playing 3-7 Alma Bryant in the first round. If Daphne and Prattville take care of business then there will be an unheard of amount of college prospects on the field in Prattville in round two.

Tyler Nero
Playing in a region with #1 Jackson, #4 Thomasville, UMS-Wright, which is receiving votes for the top 10, and Saraland, that didn't leave room for Escambia County in the playoffs. However, Tyler Nero finished the season strong playing in front of Auburn head coach Gene Chizik on the sidelines. Escambia County defeated Baldwin County 24-9 as Tyler Nero knocked a pair of opposing quarterbacks out of the game. Escambia County finished 5-5 overall and 3-4 in a tough, tough region with some of the best coaches in the state.

Zeke Pike
Auburn quarterback commitment Zeke Pike will miss his second game of the season because of suspension as the playoffs begin for Dixie Heights. Pike is one of three players suspended for the game, and the season and high school career for the future Auburn QB will likely be over. Dixie Heights finished the regular season at 3-7 but earned a playoff bid by going 2-2 in 6A District 6. The opponent on Friday is 7-3 Lafayette.

Josh Holsey
In an 11-team region where everybody plays everybody, and that's it, Creekside lost to Region 4 champion Lovejoy 24-0 on Friday to drop to 5-4 on the season. The Seminoles will play North Clayton on Friday with an outside shot of the playoffs, but need help. Heading into Friday they are in 6th place in the region but stand a chance to force a three-way tie for the #4 seed. Holsey has been used in many roles this season because teams have learned to not throw his way when he lines up at cornerback.

Jaquay Williams
Loaded on offense and defense the Sandy Creek Patriots keep marching along in hopes of a three-peet in Georgia AAA. Currently ranked #1 in the state after a 31-0 victory at Fayette County, the biggest game to this point lies ahead on Friday. Stockbridge (8-1, 6-1) visits Sandy Creek (9-0, 7-0) for a chance to win Region 4 and get the #1 seed. The teams would have equal records and Stockbridge would have the head-to-head tie-breaker. That may be easier said than done. Williams is an incredible talent at receiver and punt returner. Sandy Creek also has a handful of other Division I players on both sides of the ball and are well coached.

Jonathan Jones
In week one Carrollton traveled over the state line to Oxford and walked away with a loss. Jones left Alabama with a concussion. However, Carrollton has been on a roll ever since. Since the 34 points allowed to Oxford, Jones and the defense held the next seven opponents to single digits. Columbus finally cracked the 10-point barrier on Friday, but that was in mop-up duty after giving up 42 Carrollton points in the first quarter. Carrollton is ranked #3 in the state in is already AAA Region 6 champs. Jones has been a lockdown corner and also contributes in the run game as a wingback. The Trojans play Central-Carrollton in the regular season finale.

Ricky Parks
Parks sat out Callaway's 41-19 victory over Temple because of injury, but Callaway is in second place in AA Region 5 at 5-1 and 6-3 overall. The only region loss was on Oct. 13, a 28-14 decision at Carver-Columbus. Callaway closes out the regular season at Jordan on Friday. Parks has contributed to the team mostly at quarterback but plays sparingly at tight end and defensive end.

T.J. Davis
Davis is one of three Auburn commitments on a currently undefeated team as Godby defeated Tate High School 43-19. It was the first time all season anyone scored double digits on Godby, which has its fair share of high profile prospects. At 8-0 overall and 2-0 in district competition, Godby travels south to Wakulla (6-2, 2-0) for the 5A Region 1 District 2 championship. Ranked #3 in 5A, the regular season finale for Godby should be a classic as it travels across town to Lincoln to take on the fifth-ranked team in 7A.

Ricardo Louis
Miami Beach led from start to finish against Coral Park in a 58-13 as Louis returned the opening kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown. The win improved Miami Beach to 6-2 overall, 1-1 in 7A Region 4 District 16. Louis' team plays Miami Springs on Thursday for a chance to lock up the #2 seed. For the season Louis has 44 rushes for 451 yards at 10 touchdowns to go along with 17 receptions for 272 and touchdown grab in 8 games.

Shane Callahan
Chaparral High School won its last three games by a combined score of 117-0 to improve to 6-3. Most importantly, those three wins were in region play. It earned Callahan and his Chaparral team the #18 seed in Class 5A of the 32-team bracket and a first-round game against Westminster.

Jovon Robinson
Wooddale lost 38-30 to Germantown on Friday to finish the season at 5-5. Robinson rushed for 64 yards on 13 carries.

Gimel President
Wando High School dropped to 5-5 with a 28-10 loss at Fort Dorchester and will finish the season at Stratford on Friday.

Will Latu
College of the Canyons dropped a 48-42 double overtime decision on Saturday to fall to 3-5 on the season. The Cougars have remaining games against Ventura and Bakersfield.


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