Egg Harbor Township (N.J.) vs. Oakcrest (N.J.) Mays Landing
Egg Harbor Township defensive end Eric Wiafe is in experienced, having played sparingly at the varsity level, but he does have tools. Wiafe played tight end and defensive end throughout the game and showed good explosion and a quick first few steps. He is strong, but struggles getting off blocks and you can see he is still thinking through the game as he keeps containment but doesn't continue after the ball carrier all the time. The Rutgers commit has room to grow, but his raw ability and 6-foot-4, 260-poundframe suggests he could develop into a very good college player.
Penn State commit Brandon Bell, a middle linebacker for Oakcrest, was a tackling machine while on the field, but he missed most of the second half with cramps. Bell was impressive in making double-digit tackles in a 14-9 loss. Hegets off blocks well, pursues plays aggressively and was able to get to the sideline make tackles. He was involved in nearly every tackle in the running game and was strong and physical. Bell didn't do much in coverage, but Egg Harbor didn't throw the ball much.
Sam Hellman, Northeast Recruiting Analyst
South Brunswick (Monmouth Junction, N.J.) vs. East Brunswick (N.J.)
T.J. Taylor (South Brunswick) displayed many of the tools he will need at Rutgers next season while playing safety in his team's opener. Facing a lower caliber opponent, the 6-foot-3, 185-pound athlete dominated against the run at strong safety. Taylor was quick to the ball and showed a strong understanding of his role in the defensive scheme, which essentially was to read the play, burst through the running lane and make the hit. Speed and agility are questions for Taylor at safety, who may project better as an outside linebacker if he continues to grow into his frame. He finished with eight tackles and 2.5 tackles for a loss on defense and three receptions receptions for 35 yards on offense.
Michael Clark-Atlantic Recruiting Analyst
Statesville (N.C.) Statesville vs. Lexington (N.C.) North Davidson
Statesville quarterback Carlis Parker finished the Friday night with 380 total yards (194 rushing and 186 passing). While quarterback may not be his position at the next level, it is clear that Parker is an elite athlete. On top of his physical abilities, Parker showed great leadership. Early in the third quarter, Statesville trailed 27-7, but by the middle of the fourth the Greyhounds had taken the lead 28-27. In the end, Statesville lost 37-35. However, the Virginia Tech commit played as hard and as well as anyone I have seen this season.
Breon Borders showed why he is one of the top cornerbacks in North Carolina. The Duke commit shut down his side of the field. In the first half North Davidson tested him, but was unsuccessful. The Statesville defensive back had three or four pass breakups in The Opening half. As the second half went on, it was clear that North Davidson was not going to throw to Border's side any more. He showed good technique and was very physical. He also made a tremendous catch in the fourth quarter that led to a Statesville touchdown. He will play early when he gets to Durham.
Statesville's Tristan Mumford is a physical football player. The future East Carolina Pirate was around the football all night. He did a nice job reading and reacting to plays. He also impressed with his ability to take on blocks and find the football. His ability to play sideline-to-sideline and high football I.Q. will allow him to contribute early in his college career.
2015 North Davidson defensive tackle Shy Tuttle definitely lived up to the hype of arguably being the top sophomore in North Carolina. At 6-foot-2, 290 pounds, Tuttle is a game-changer. Late in the fourth quarter, with Statesville driving, Tuttle made what proved to be the play of the game. Statesville's Carlis Parker took off and ran nearly 20 yards downfield, but Tuttle caught him from behind and forced a fumble. The play in the fourth quarter was a culmination of a tremendous performance by Tuttle. He is explosive off the ball and does nice job using his hands. The North Davidson star also plays with great leverage and his motor never stops. Look for him to be one of the best players in the country in two years.
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