National Recap:Scout on the Town, South

We were at a handful of games around the Southeast this past weekend including games in Georgia, Florida and North Carolina.


Chad Simmons, National Recruiting Analyst
Auburn (Ala.) vs Montgomery (Ala.) Lanier

This game was not close and the final score was 52-26 Auburn over Lanier. Lanier scored 20 of their points in the fourth quarter and the Tigers of Auburn was already putting in their second and third team before the first half was over. The first touchdown of the night was scored by Scout 100 outside linebacker Rashaan Evans on a fade route from just over 20 yards out. Evans scored two touchdowns on the night, he pressured the quarterback when on the field, and he showed what type of athlete he is. He is set to visit UCLA officially and Alabama, Auburn, and Georgia are the other schools still in the mix. He could play outside linebacker or rush end on the next level. UCLA commit Antreal Allen of Auburn had a solid night when tested. He had a couple of nice pass break-ups and he was never really pushed to make many plays. Lanier had no time to throw the ball, so Allen did his job, covered his man, and made the play when it came his way. He plays with a lot of confidence and was solid on and off the ball. LaQuavious Hunt and Tyus Flakes both ran for over 100 yards and both are sophomore running backs for Auburn. Hunt is about speed and Flakes is more about power. Both are players to watch.

Madison (Fla.) Madison County vs Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy
It was all about defense at Boot Hill Stadium Friday night. Madison County, a very strong and dominant program in the panhandle over the years entered the game 1-2 while Trinity Christian Academy came into the contest 2-0 loaded with playmakers. This one went down to the wire.

Madison County broke the scoring with a field goal early in the fourth quarter and it looked like the Cowboys would hold on for a 3-0 win. But five-star cornerback Kevin Toliver took over late at quarterback and made something out of nothing to help the Conquerors steal one at the buzzer.

Toliver threw the ball the best he had all night in the fourth quarter and he made two huge runs on that final drive in the final seconds of the game. On fourth and 15, Toliver, an LSU commitment scrambled for 16 yards to get the ball inside the Madison County 15 yard line. Then on third and goal with less than thirty seconds remaining, he picked up a fumbled snap, raced to the edge, and scored a touchdown. Trinity Christian took a 6-3 lead and they won by that score.

Toliver, the top junior cornerback in the country was not tested on defense. At quarterback, he was on and off. He played his best when the game was on the line. The star on offense for Trinity Christian was 2016 running back Jalin Buie. The sophomore is 5-foot-7, 170 pounds, so he is small, but he is quick and he runs with power. He finished the game with just under 180 yards on 23 carries. He has early offers from Auburn, Duke, South Carolina, and Tennessee among others. On defense, 2015 Scout 100 Jeffery Holland was strong. He chased the ball well, he pressured the quarterback a lot, and he showed why he is such a high profile recruit. Trinity Christian has plenty of talent on defense and a number of the starters will sign scholarships in 2014 or 2015. The defense won this game for them.

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Geoff Vogt, Florida Recruiting Analyst
Punta Gorda (Fla.) Charlotte vs Venice (Fla.)

Venice jumped out early with a pair of early touchdowns and the Indian's never looked back as they rolled Charlotte 41-14 on Friday night. Senior running back Terry Polk sliced through the Tarpon defense for 4-5 big plays. Polk is not being heavily recruited right now, but he made a strong case that spread based schools are missing the boat. He likely will have to slide to the slot at the next level. Charlotte twins Dwayne and Dwight Reynolds had uneven nights, Dwight appears to be further along and is one of the top athletes in the state. A pair of junior offensive linemen are worth watching: Charlotte's Grant Polk (6-foot-6, 273-pounds) and Venice's Ty Gauthier (6-4, 280). Both are nimble big fella's with a chance to develop. Polk's length can't be taught and he has the type of frame that can be sculpted at the college level. Venice hits the road in a big way this week travelling to Texas to take on Plano East while Charlotte has one final tune-up before opening district play.

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Amy Campbell, Southeast Field Reporter
Friday: Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy vs Ocala (Fla.) Trinity Catholic

IMG Academy remains undefeated after putting a 47-23 beat-down on Trinity Catholic. Bo Scarborough was absolutely incredible for the Ascenders, scoring five touchdowns. The 2014 running back rushed for over 150-yards on 18 carries, and had three catches for 43-yards. After the game, the Alabama commitment said he plans to take officials to Notre Dame, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, and Alabama. Penn State quarterback commitment Michael O'Connor struggled throughout the game, but still threw for over 150-yards and a touchdown. For Trinity, senior defensive back Dominique Brown stood out as the best defender. He had double-digit tackles and a couple of pass breakups. Sophomore defensive lineman Jordan Woods was disruptive on the line. He had one sack and several tackles in the game.
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John Garcia Jr., Alabama Recruiting Analyst
Raleigh (N.C.) Panther Creek vs. Raleigh (N.C.) Leesville Road

The top prospect heading into the game was Braxton Berrios from Leesville Road, who does everything for the Pride. He electrified as a run-first quarterback, where he is able to make defenders look silly either in traffic or especially in the open field. The projected slot-receiver had well over 100 yards on the ground and a score in the first half before going down with a left ankle injury and not returning to the tilt. Berrios' jump-cuts are second to none but it's his ability to make cuts without slowing down that makes him a mismatch for nearly all the defenders he sees at the prep level.

After Berrios went down, Panther Creek went on a major run and ran away with the game on the legs of Dorrel McClain. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound senior running back is a blur and he broke the game open with a 90-yard score in the second half, one of five touchdowns he managed on the night. The more than 200-yard performance looked easy at times because of his explosion and top-end speed, but McClain proved he could break tackles in the open field during the long score while running through the second and third levels of the defense. He's one to watch going forward considering he doesn't yet hold an offer to his name.

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Bob Redman, Managing Editor of
Jacksonville (Fla.) Ribault vs Macclenny (Fla.) Baker County

The star of the 2014 class on hand was Ribault quarterback D.J. Gillins. The strong armed signal caller was harassed all night by a very tough Wildcat defense and was running for cover most of the night. Still, when the time came to do his thing, Gillins made the plays that had to be made. He hit on a 32 yard bomb to receiver Tyrell Mitchell as time ran out in the second quarter. Gillins has plenty of mobility and a lively arm and looks to be able to make all the throws. The Wisconsin commitment told me after the game that he was getting interest from Tennessee among others, but is solid in his commitment to the Badgers. I really liked what I saw in Mitchell. He is really fast and blew by the defender as time ran out for the first half closing touchdown. Mitchell also plays free safety for the Trojans and seems to be a tough and heady player as well.

For Baker County all eyes were on 2015 5-star defensive end CeCe Jefferson including the eyes of Gillins who told me after the game that Jefferson seemed like he was everywhere. The Wildcat staff indeed had Jefferson playing everywhere, he constantly lined up like a middle linebacker and rushed Gillins from all over the field. Jefferson had three sacks on the night but his team came up short in the 17-9 loss as the offense couldn't put it in the end zone. On offense, I actually liked the play of 2015 quarterback Jacob Carter. He's 6-2 and probably 200 pounds or so and can run. He's a very physical player. He also kicks and punts for the Wildcats and can hit regularly from 40 yards. He had all nine points for the Wildcats on field goals. Carter threw two interceptions and no touchdowns, but he had two beautiful long balls bounce off of the hands of his receivers and both would have been touchdowns. He can throw it well in the short and medium range. It's only his first year of varsity ball (3 games so far) and I like his growth potential as we move along.

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Jamie has been covering college football recruiting since 1992 and is entering his ninth year with and FOXSportsNext. He's currently a National Recruiting Analyst and Manager for the state of Florida. Jamie is also covering the NFL Draft for the network.
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