This game was billed as the battle of top running backs and it did not disappoint. Five-star Joseph Yearby of Miami Central made plays early and often and Scout breaks down the top prospects here...
This game was close until late in the fourth quarter when Miami Central put American Heritage away winning 42-20.
Many prospects performed well.
Edgar Cerenord is a strong interior defensive lineman. He played with very good power and leverage in this game and he made some plays in the backfield. He is strong at the point of attack, he played with good pad level, and he showed the ability to chase the football. He played hard and although he may not be 6-foot-2 like listed on Scout, he is strong, he is a force in the middle, and he is a player that plays hard. Tennessee recently offered him and schools like Arkansas, Duke, Indiana, and South Florida are after him as well.
Where will Torrance Gibson play on the next level? His biggest play in this game was a 70 yard touchdown run, so is he a quarterback? He is tall enough, he has a live arm, and he has great mobility in the pocket, but he struggled throwing the ball in this game. If his first receiver wasn't open, he would tuck and run. He was not sharp in the accuracy department either. The 6-3, 175 pound junior is an elite athlete and he can make plays. His best position down the road may be wide receiver due to his size, speed, athleticism, and upside.
Cincinnati commitment Carter Jacobs is a good get for the Bearcats. This young man is a football player. He gets his teammates lined up, he takes good angles to the ball, and he has better range in the secondary than some may think. He has good hands, he tackled well, and he will lay the wood. He played with no fear in this game, but while under control. May not be flashy, but gets the job done.
Will Tavarus McFadden be a corner or a safety on the next level? The 6-2, 180 pound 2015 prospect lined up at safety all night and he had a good game. He made several nice one-on-one tackles, he had a couple of pass break-ups, and he showed good speed to the ball. He played off the receiver a lot, so he did not show a lot of press coverage, but that may be an area he can improve on. He is long and that helps, but foot quickness and his ability to turn and run with top receivers is still in question when it comes to being a top corner in college. He has plenty of offers and LSU currently leads.
This young man just keeps making plays when given the opportunity. Isaiah McKenzie is an athlete, likely a slot receiver on the next level, and he is elusive with the ball. He had a kickoff return for a touchdown in this game that shouldn't have gone for more than 10 yards. He can stop and go on a dime, he slides to the side to make tacklers miss, and he has good speed. The 5-9, 175 pound senior is set to visit Notre Dame in November. The Irish may lead.
Many felt leading up to this game that Sony Michel could have a hard time gaining big chunks of yards. Those people were right. He only carried the ball 11 times and he finished with 55 yards and it was hard for him to find daylight against Central's defensive front. He had a 60-plus yard touchdown called back as well as another 30 yard run, so his top two plays were called back due to penalties. He showed great body lean, good power, and when he had the long touchdown, nobody from Central closed on him, and that said something about his speed. He is a very balanced back and he showed why so many schools pursued him. The five-star is committed to Georgia.
Michel has been talked about for four years now and the next big thing at American Heritage is Tedarrell Slaton. The freshman offensive tackle started at left tackle and the 6-5, 311 pound 15 year old is a big-time prospect. He moves well, he has good strength, he is a natural bender, and he is one to watch. Schools like Alabama, Louisville, and Miami have already called about Slaton. Offers will start coming soon.
Clemson recently offered 2015 safety Calvin Brewton and he is a four-star on Scout. Brewton is an athlete who can cover and he is likely a free safety on the next level. He has good quickness and could be lined up at nickel some on the next level. Brewton was solid in this game running with the American Heritage receivers and making a few tackles as well.
Dalvin Cook has speed to burn and he showed it in this contest averaging close to 11.5 yards per carry. He finished with 149 yards and four touchdowns. He accelerates quickly, he gets through the hole in a blur, and he ran well on the perimeter. He was strong in the return game as well. The Florida commitment has gotten bigger, stronger, and faster over the past few years.
Trevor Darling is the anchor for the big Central offensive line unit. When Darling and company stand at the line of scrimmage getting ready to drop into their stance, they look like a college group. Darling was strong in this game and he controlled the man in front of him much of the night. He can play a little high at times and he could start off a little lower and with more flat back consistency. He has good feet, long arms, and he is a true tackle. The Miami commitment could play left or right tackle on the next level.
The smallest offensive lineman is Raul Diaz, but he is one of the most sound. The 2014 center is strong, he makes the calls, and he is sound play after play. He also played defensive tackle some and he played with fire and energy there. He is definitely an offensive lineman on the next level, he is a true center, and he will be a good get for someone.
The 2015 Florida commitment Da'Vante Phillips was the go-to receiver for Central. He has good size, he has been known as a high level recruit for a couple of years, and he had a handful of catches in this game. He needs to improve on quickness off the ball, but he showed very good speed down the field in this game. Most of his receptions were underneath and shorter routes, but he did accelerate and get yards after the catch. He got behind the defense once and the ball was overthrown, but he showed the ability to separate down the field there. He is a big body, he caught the ball very well, and the future Gator had a nice showing.
Another junior to keep an eye on is Fermin Silva. The rush end is long and rangy with quickness and he had two sacks in this game. He has long arms he got in the passing lane, he showed good speed to chase the quarterback down, and he is a junior that will emerge this season. Fermin is 6-1, 215 pounds and he will likely be recruited to play outside linebacker on the next level.
Five-star running back Joseph Yearby kind of stole the show. He finished with 238 yards on 25 carries and he scored two touchdowns. He had run after run that amazed people showing elite foot quickness, great change of direction, and he make cuts without ever slowing down. He may be on the smaller side (5-10, 184 pounds) and he reminded me of Warrick Dunn in this game, but he is a player. He knows how to avoid the big hits, he is so quick to the hole, and he may not have that elite second gear, but he is plenty fast enough. He has shown great durability and he was the top performer in this game.
Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.