Top Performers: Great eight

Andrew Bone started the 2011 season at four high school games this past weekend with eight teams fielding numerous prospects.


Thursday: Northridge 34 Walker 19
Friday: Florence 13 Vestavia 7
Saturday: St. Thomas Aquinas 34 Prattville 31
Saturday: Hoover 24 South Panola 13

Tony Conner

(South Panola, safety/running back): Conner was an absolute beast in South Panola's loss to Hoover on Saturday. Conner made his presence felt early in the game delivering several vicious hits from the safety position. He demonstrated great speed in the third quarter with a 72-yard punt return for a touchdown. He also had 21 carries for 122 yards on the ground and a five-yard touchdown reception.

Recruitment: Conner is a member of the class of 2013 and projects as a five-star prospect. He will rank as the top recruit in Mississippi. Conner has several scholarship offers including Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Texas A&M. He was sporting houndstooth gloves in Saturday's game.

Bo Scarborough

(Northridge, running back/linenbacker): The class of 2014 already has an elite prospect to keep a watchful eye for the next couple of years. The talented sophomore rushed the ball 10 times for only 35 yards, but had four receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound athlete is physical, strong and fast. He will take Northridge a long way this season.

Recruitment: Scarborough has a verbal offer from Mississippi State, but should have numerous options by the time signing day rolls around in a couple of years. He is the early favorite for the top prospect in the state of Alabama for his class.

Justin Thomas

(Prattville, quarterback): Thomas split reps as the signal caller with Arkansas State commitment Jalen Whitlow. The Tide commitment passed for 92 yards and rushed for 139. He was wearing a knee brace, but Thomas looks faster than he did a year ago. Recruitment: Thomas committed to the University of Alabama in November of 2010.

Jelani Hamilton

(St. Thomas Aquinas, defensive end): Hamilton didn't play in the first quarter, but he was a difference maker when he made his appearance. He is a big, physical defensive lineman who is an aggressive pass rusher. He is relentless and his motor was always running. He sacked Prattville quarterback Justin Thomas on fourth down to preserve a 34-31 win.
Recruitment: Hamilton committed to the University of Miami in May, but several schools are staying in his ear including Florida, Florida State and LSU.

Bryan Cox, Jr.

(St. Thomas Aquinas, linebacker): Cox made the play of the weekend when he intercepted Prattville quarterback Justin Thomas and returned it 61 yards to the one yard line. St. Thomas Aquinas scored on the next play to take a 34-21 lead. Cox had an overall great performance in front of the national audience.
Recruitment: Cox has several scholarship offers including Florida, Iowa, Louisville, Miami, Michigan State, North Carolina and Syracuse. He is the son of former NFL star Bryan Cox.

Sam Gillikin

(Hoover, quarterback): Gillikin is a first year starting quarterback for the Bucs and had a big game against South Panola, the defending national champs. Gillikin completed 18-of-30 for 181 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran 13 times for 82 yards. Gillikin really took control of the game and gives Hoover a strong chance to compete for the Class 6A title once again. Recruitment: Gillikan is committed to Auburn University to play baseball.

Marlon Humphrey

(Hoover, cornerback): Humphrey is a physical defensive back who had a big showing in his first game for the Bucs. He did a great job fighting off blocks and coming up to make tackles. He blocked a punt on South Panola's first possession, a couple of pass break-ups, and a key interception late in the fourth quarter to help preserve a 24-13 win for Hoover.

Recruitment: This is Humphrey's first year starting for the Bucs and should rank as one of the top cornerbacks in the Southeast in the class of 2014. He is the son of former Tider, Bobby Humphrey. His brother, Maudrecus, plays for Arkansas.

Fred Coppet

(St. Thomas Aquinas, running back): Coppet helped lead St. Thomas Aquinas to a 34-31 win against Prattville. Coppett rushed for more than 100 yards in the first half and finished with 113 yards for the day. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound was slippery and tough to tackle.

Recruitment: The class of 2013 prospect does not have any scholarship offers at this time. He should see things change and become a highly recruited back in the state of Florida.

Other notable players from the weekend: Beniquez Brown (Florence), Kivon Coman (Florence), Kendrick Doss (Florence), Max Lescano (St. Thomas Aquinas), Joey Bosa (St. Thomas Aquinas), Jay Minor (Prattville), James Cox (Northridge), Laronji Vason (Prattville), George Rowe (Prattville), Jamarcus Howard (Northridge).

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