Scout On The Road

The recruiting team continues to cover the entire country to scout the top talent in the class of 2010. Here is this week's report of Scout on the road.

Names To Watch
Ricardo Allen – Cornerback – Mainland (FL)
Final Score: Mainland 37, Treasure Coast 0

Scout's Take: One of the state's premier cover corner prospects was back at strong safety making a difference again. He's playing safety because the Mainland coaches believe he can be more involved from there and he's definitely involved. His cover skills are top notch so you're not throwing much on him. The most impressive part about Allen's game on Friday was how much he was around the football, how physical he was in delivering big hits, and how many plays he made for the second straight week. He's a big time football player who continues playing at a very high level. It's no surprise that he's being recruited hard nationally and has two of Florida's Big 3 recruiting him. -- Mike Bakas

Recruiting: Received more than 20 scholarship offers during the spring and summer, denies a favorite at this point. Has a visit scheduled to Purdue in October.

A.J. Cann – Offensive Tackle – Bamberg Ehrhardt (SC)
Final Score: Bamberg Ehrhardt 17, Barnwell 6

Scout's Take: Playing on both sides of the ball, Cann plays with a high intensity and a high motor even in the fourth quarter. Cann made two straight tackles for loss on the defensive side of the ball in a tight game during the opponent's final drive and then came back to block two key runs to help run out the clock. Plays very well on the edge in space as an offensive tackle, but his height and overall size will require him to move inside in college and it will be determined how he works inside. -- Miller Safrit

Recruiting: Committed to South Carolina, says he make take visits

Marcus Coker – Running Back – DeMatha Catholic (MD)
Final Score: DeMatha 56, Gilman 35

Scout's Take: In a game that was almost cancelled let alone postponed Coker left the Gilman squad dazed as he rushed for almost 400 yards and five touchdowns in a 56-35 victory. Coker's final numbers were 24 rushes for 392 yards and five touchdowns. Coker is a bruising back with enough speed to break the long runs. He runs through arm tackles easily and has good athleticism. He makes good cuts and runs with attitude. His first to choice is to run over and through before running around. On his 80 yard run Coker was caught at the line by a defender but powered free and took it to the house. -- John Wallpher

Recruiting: Committed to Iowa.

Billy Cosh – Quarterback – Arundel (MD)
Final Score: Arundel 37, Severna Park 9

Scout's Take: Billy Cosh continues on another record-breaking year. After setting state records for passing yards and touchdowns last year Cosh is off to a great start again. Cosh was 19 for 29 with 308 yards and five touchdowns. Although you would think the sloppy conditions from a day long rain would slow Cosh down he would have none of it. He is so comfortable in his spread offense he seems to do anything he wants. He has good zip on the ball and is pinpoint accurate. He is athletic enough to be a threat to run and can get himself out of trouble moving around the pocket as necessary. -- John Wallpher

Recruiting: Committed to Kansas State.

Steele Devitto – Outside Linebacker – Don Bosco Prep (NJ)
Final Score: Don Bosco 30, De La Salle (CA) 6

Scout's Take: Devitto will be making a move upward in the next rankings. He first impressed us back in january at the U.S. Army All-American Combine, but he was even better in pads. Devitto was everywhere and DeLaSalle had no answer for him. It would not surprise me if he is an All-ACC performer by the time he leaves there. -- Bob Lichtenfels

Recruiting: Committed to Boston College.

Andy Gallik – Offensive Tackle – Brother Rice (IL)
Final Score: St. Rita 35, Brother Rice 14

Scout's Take: The Illinois commitment was very impressive. He plays left tackle, but projects to guard at the next level. He plays with a lot of intensity and had a number of pancakes on the night. When he got his hands on the defender, it was all over. He will be at his best in short areas in college, although he did get out front and lead a screen pass, I still feel his forte will be mauling the man in front of him. He is an impressive run blocker. -- Allen Trieu

Recruiting: Committed to Illinois.

Bruce Gaston – Defensive Tackle – St. Rita (IL)
Final Score: St. Rita 35, Brother Rice 14

Scout's Take: Gaston definitely passed the eye test. For a bigger kid, he is in good shape and looks more slimmed down than when we saw him in the summer. He has good quickness and plays with good pad level. That said, he had a relatively quiet game and did not make as much of an impact as we would have liked to see in this big game. However, he physically has the tools to be a fine college player. -- Allen Trieu

Recruiting: Recently listed Iowa, Purdue, Wisconsin, Arizona and Notre Dame as his top five schools. Recently received a Boston College offer.

Jay Guy – Defensive Tackle – Eisenhower (TX)
Final Score: Eisenhower 14, Elsik 7

Scout's Take: Guy had double digits in tackles from his defensive tackle spot. Plays very hard and was camped in the backfield for most of the game, he had close to six tackles for losses and that does not count the plays he blew up in the middle. Double teams rarely fazed him and he was facing 300 pound blockers. -- Alan Zepeda

Recruiting: Soft commitment to California, has visits scheduled to UCLA, Minnesota, and Nebraska.

Jake Holland – Middle Linebacker – Pelham (AL)
Final Score: Mt. Brook 34, Pelham 19

Scout's Take: Holland is having a solid start to his senior season. I told his dad before the game I expected at least 15 tackles (his average on the year) and he accounted for 14.5 tackles on the night despite playing with turf toe. Holland has great vision, great at reading plays and a very physical player. He performed at a very high level Friday night against Mountain Brook and even had a pair of forced fumbles in the game. -- Andrew Bone

Recruiting: Committed to Auburn.

Shane Johnson – Offensive Guard – DeMatha Catholic (MD)
Final Score: DeMatha 56, Gilman 35

Scout's Take: Johnson was tremendous Saturday afternoon leading the way for running back Marcus Coker's record-breaking day, Johnson wasa relentless opening up holes all game long. Johnson has the frame to play guard or tackle in college. He has a good base and good drive blocking ability. Displayed great effort and good stamina. -- John Wallpher

Recruiting: Has not set up any official visits and recently narrowed it down to Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, Boston College, Virginia and California.

James Kittredge – Defensive End – Don Bosco Prep (NJ)
Final Score: Don Bosco 30, De La Salle (CA) 6

Scout's Take: Kittredge made a couple of plays, but there weren't a lot to make with Murphy and Steele DeVitto flying around. Kittredge is solid and will likely grow into a defensive tackle at the next level. -- Bob Lichtenfels

Recruiting: Committed to Vanderbilt.

Arie Kouandjio – Offensive Tackle – DeMatha Catholic (MD)
Final Score: DeMatha 56, Gilman 35

Scout's Take: Kouandjio's efforts helped DeMatha to a 56-35 victory as hisrunning back had 392 yards rushing and five touchdowns, most of which came behind his massive left side of the line. Even Coker's backup added over 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Kouandjio is the bigger of the two and will play tackle in college. He has long arms and very good feet. He is athletic enough to protect the quarterback in pass blocking as well. -- John Wallpher

Recruiting: No official visits set and recently said he favors a mix of California, Alabama, Notre Dame, Maryland, Miami, Tennessee, Wake Forest and New Mexico.

Wilson Love – Defensive Tackle – Mountain Brook (AL)
Final Score: Mt. Brook 34, Pelham 19

Scout's Take: Wilson Love had the flu, but still played in Friday night's game. Love contributed on several tackles and caused Pelham's quarterback to scramble several times in the game. He is a big, strong player who will likely end up on the offensive line on the next level. -- Andrew Bone

Recruiting: Committed to Alabama.

Jeff Luc – Middle Linebacker – Treasure Coast (FL)
Final Score: Mainland 37, Treasure Coast 0

Scout's Take: Physically, you'll have a hard time finding a linebacker prospect with a better build for his height. He's only 6-feet but he's jacked and looks like he has an NFL body when going through warm-ups. Luc runs really well straight-ahead, especially for his size, but struggles sometimes when trying to run laterally. He's extremely physical and can knock the smack out of you but he's a lot less effective when running from sideline to sideline or having to play in pass coverage. We thought he'd do a better job of taking on blockers and filling holes since he wasn't real active as far as making plays. He did have a blocked kick in the game. Luc has a lot of physical tools you look for in a major college linebacker prospect. He runs well straight ahead but we expected him to be around the ball more and to do some other things. He definitely looked like one of the top MLB prospects in Florida, though, and he has a big upside because of his physical tools. -- Mike Bakas

Recruiting: Offers from around the country, has yet to narrow his list.

Jared Morse – Defensive Tackle – Oxford (AL)
Final Score: Oxford 39, Huffman 7

Scout's Take: Vanderbilt has a big time player committed in Morse. He might end up ranked as the No. 1 defensive tackle in Alabama. He had a great game Thursday night and even returned a forced fumble for a touchdown. He is a very aggressive player and knows how to use his hands. He is quick off the ball and an absolute monster in the backfield. -- Andrew Bone

Recruiting: Committed to Vanderbilt.

Bryan Murphy – Defensive End – Don Bosco Prep (NJ)
Final Score: Don Bosco 30, De La Salle (CA) 6

Scout's Take: The Pittsburgh commit is non-stop action. He was playing defensive tackle against DeLaSalle and he was a disruptive force from tackle to tackle. he looks to have really spent some time in the weight room since we saw him last season. He could end up as a DT in college, but with his speed and athletcism DE is a possibility. He is excellent in pursuit and he plays the game with an attitude. -- Bob Lichtenfels

Recruiting: Committed to Pittsburgh.

Da'Rick Rogers – Wide Receiver – Calhoun (GA)
Final Score: Calhoun 38, Cartersville 10

Scout's Take: Rogers is off to a great start this season and he had a solid game on Friday. He is one of the most impressive wide receivers I have seen from a looks standpoint. He is a 6-foot-3, 208 pound athlete that is explosive. At times he would disappear in this game, but when the ball came his way he made plays other than his one drop. He hurdled a guy on the sideline and that was one of the most talked about plays of the game. One play after that he went up over a corner on an under thrown ball to catch a touchdown pass. All in all it was a good performance. He shows more explosion this year than he did as a junior and he is constantly commanding double teams. His upside is as high as anyone's out there in the South. -- Chad Simmons

Recruiting: Committed to Georgia.

O.J. Ross – Wide Receiver – Mainland (FL)
Final Score: Mainland 37, Treasure Coast 0

Scout's Take: After an off performance against Miami Central the week before, Ross proved on Friday why he was the fastest and most explosive player on the field. He got to full speed much quicker on kickoffs and wasn't dancing around as much. He hit holes hard and make things happen. He opened the scoring as well with a 77-yard touchdown reception on a play when he flat out ran right by the cornerback. He finished the game with five catches for 120 yards along with numerous return yards on special teams. He's an ideal slot receiver prospect and played like a major college prospect last Friday night. -- Mike Bakas

Recruiting: Denies a leader but favors Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas Tech and Purdue. All of his favorites have offered (18 total).

Brandon Sacco – Offensive Tackle – Don Bosco Prep (NJ)
Final Score: Don Bosco 30, De La Salle (CA) 6

Scout's Take: Sacco was playing right offensive tackle for the Ironmen. He will be best suited to play the interior in college. He also played a lot of defense in the second half. Sacco will not wow you with size or measurables, but his consistency is what impresses you. He is a very cerebral player that doesn't miss blocks. The Pittsburgh commitment's technique is flawless and his footwork is very good as well. -- Bob Lichtenfels

Recruiting: Committed to Pittsburgh.

Marcus Shaw – Running Back – Desoto (FL)
Final Score: Desoto 38, Booker 28

Scout's Take: The talented senior showed why he is one of the top RB's in Florida for 2010. He rumbled for 251 yards on 31 carries including two TD's and several key runs on the game winning drive. Shaw is tough as nails, he runs with authority and dishes out some punishment. He reaches top speed as quick as anyone and consistently shows plus vision. He took advantage of cutback lanes and consistently maximized yardage. While he did not bust a long one(several 20-30), he was very close on 3-4 occasions and projects to be a BCS feature back at the next level. He made an impact on the game as a LB as well. -- Geoff Vogt

Recruiting: Took an official visit to Ohio State after the game on Friday, still plans to visit Florida, LSU, and Notre Dame.

Nigel Terrell – Outside Linebacker – Pelham (AL)
Final Score: Mt. Brook 34, Pelham 19

Scout's Take: Terrell suffered an early ankle injury in the game which sidelined him for most of the night. Terrell has a lot of athletic ability and plenty of speed to burn. -- Andrew Bone

Recruiting: Committed to Florida State.

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