Scout on the Town - National Recap

The FoxSportsNext/ recruiting team and field reporters were at 50 high school games over the weekend scouting recruits all over the country. Here's a condensed version with regional links of what we saw including the sensational Joseph Yearby, 2014 running back from Miami Central High School.

Chad Simmons, National Recruiting Analyst
New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr vs. Destrehan (La.) Destrehan

LSU commitment Rickey Jefferson got things started for Destrehan when he took a bubble screen 64-yards for a touchdown. He ended up getting rolled up on and sprained his ankle late in the second quarter. He showed a lot of athleticism and he really can accelerate quickly. He looks like a natural wide receiver with hands, speed, and big-play ability.

Edna Karr has two elite 2014 prospects and they are defensive lineman Gerald Willis and athlete Devante Noil. Willis was arguably the most impressive player on the field in this game. He has a good first step, violent hands, and can turn that corner and attack the quarterback. He has offers from all over and he is the younger brother of 2012 Alabama signee Landon Collins. Noil played quarterback most of the night, but when they moved him to wide receiver, he caught a 40-yard touchdown on the first play. He is an elusive athlete who is very quick, and he plays as fast as he needs to. He is a left-handed quarterback in high school, but will likely be a slot receiver on the next level.

Jamie Newberg, National Recruiting Analyst
Miami Central vs Bradenton Manatee

Mississippi State bound signal caller Cord Sandberg looks like the perfect fit for Dan Mullen's spread offensive attack in Starkville. He can run the zone-read very effectively. While he doesn't have blazing speed like Denard Robinson at Michigan, he has good enough speed to be a threat within this scheme. He deceptively athletic and has good size (6-3/211). Sandberg does take some un-necessary chances in the option game. As a passer, he throws a nice, catchable ball. Sandberg doesn't have that lights out arm but has good enough velocity. He can also throw with touch. Sandberg does need to improve his accuracy with the longer throws. He missed a few wide open receivers on Friday against Central. Overall though, it was a good performance against a very talented Rockets team. Manatee won 44-34 and Sandberg had three touchdown passes on the night. Sandberg is a three-star prospect.

Joseph Yearby (5-9/190) had an outstanding night. He played quarterback and running back and actually made some nice throws. But Yearby did his damage running the zone-read, pounding the ball between the tackles or bouncing things to the outside. This kid is so deceptive and he will do whatever the situation dictates. If he needs to run by a defender Yearby will use his great speed to do so. If he needs to run through a defender, he will lower his shoulder and use his power. In the open field he can also be so elusive with his outstanding quickness. This kid has balance, super feet and vision. He doesn't dance around, rather runs north-south and at a good pad level. Yearby has it all.

A future star is emerging for the Rockets in 2015 wide receiver Devonte Phillips. He's a 6-foot-1 and 190-pound wide receiver that has a chance to turn himself into a truly elite wide receiver. Phillips can do it all. He has good size and is very long. Phillips can really run, creates separation and shows good quickness. And he has good hands and will block down field for his teammates. He was open all night long and it didn't matter the route he was running or the situation. It's just unfortunate that his quarterback missed him on several open routes. There is no question that this kid has a chance to be truly special in the 2015 class.

John Garcia, Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Oxford (Ala.) vs. Gadsden City (Ala.)

Several seniors on the field in this one are already committed to SEC schools, but each was looking up to 2014 Oxford running back Racean Thomas in terms of impact. Despite coming up short in the end, the elite prospect racked up 255 yards and a pair of scores on the ground. While he blazing speed isn't much of a surprise based on his 6-foot, 197-pound frame, his power and talent in between the tackles is just as vital to his game. Thomas was patient in waiting for lanes to develop, then he displayed excellent burst through the hole before making several defenders miss in the open field with quickness and power. It often took two or three Gadsden City defenders to slow him, much less bring him down. The most impressive run on the night was an 82-yard scamper that was eventually called back despite Thomas breaking a tackle in the backfield before stiff arming a defender on the sideline and outrunning the rest. Alabama leads for him at the moment, but the rest of the SEC is right on his heels and he isn't in a particular rush to make a decision.

Kristen Ledlow, Southeast Field Reporter
Sharpsburg (Ga.) East Coweta vs Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek

With a decisive win over East Coweta, Sandy Creek continued its impressive run toward a promising postseason. 2014 wide receiver Demarre Kitt stole the show, setting the pace in the first half with a layout catch in the end zone to improve Sandy Creek's lead to 14-0 before halftime. Just a junior, Kitt is committed to the University of Georgia, but is being recruited "hard" by Auburn, Clemson, Florida and USC and plans to take his visits.


Greg Biggins, National Recruiting Analyst
Mater Dei Santa Ana(Calif.) vs Santa Monica (Calif.)

Monarch two-way standout Thomas Duarte was tremendous and is easily among the top handful of players in the region. Mostly known as a pass catching tight end/receiver, Duarte had his moments catching the ball and is a brutal matchup for defenses. Duarte has slimmed down and looks noticeably quicker. He's still too big for an opposing corner or safety and way too athletic for a linebacker to check. On defense, he really had an impact with four sacks in the first half and was relentless at outside linebacker. The 6-3, 225 pound athlete is still open in his recruitment but Oregon, Notre Dame, UCLA, Washington and USC are on his short list.

Monarch offensive lineman Dave Bright is a big, right tackle prospect who looks all of 6-foot-5 and 285- pounds. Bright moves pretty well, plays with great technique and finishes his blocks. He doesn't show elite athleticism right now but is much improved from a year ago in his lateral mobility and has some definite upside to him. San Diego State along with Pac 12 schools Arizona State, Oregon State, Washington State and Utah have all offered.

Brandon Huffman, National Recruiting Analyst
Mountlake Terrace (Wash.) vs. Lynnwood (Wash.)

Devante Downs (Mountlake Terrace, Wash.), is an intriguing two-way threat from the 2014 class. While he looks like an ideal linebacker, he was a little stiff for the position, not getting a great push coming off the edge, or showing real explosion. Offensively, though, Downs looks like an optimal power-back. With decent speed, and good size (6-2, 230), he's a load to handle up the middle and does a good job of keeping his legs going and gaining yards after contact. He rushed for 125 yards and four touchdowns, and had two touchdowns called back. Originally we had him as an outside linebacker, but his best position in college, at this stage at least, is likely as a power back, fullback type.

Jake Worthen, Northwest Recruiting Analyst
Seattle (Wash.) Kings vs Everett (Wash.) Archbishop Murphy

BYU quarterback commit Billy Green took the game over for Kings. The 6-foot-2, 196-pound prospect tallied six total touchdowns, including 5 through the air. Kings won the game 40-15, knocking off the top ranked team in 2A, making it the first time they had beaten Archbishop Murphy in thirteen years. Green showed great accuracy and patience in the pocket.

Annabel Stephan, West Coast Field Reporter
Downey (Calif.) vs. Fountain Valley (Calif.)

Fountain Valley offensive tackle J.D. Hinnant (6-5, 270) already looks like he can play college ball, having put on about ten pounds of muscle during the off-season. Though in the past he had played on both sides of the ball, there were only a select number of series in which Hinnant played defense in the Barons' 24-10 win over Downey. After the game, Hinnant confirmed he will be taking an official visit to Nebraska on September 29th, when the Huskers host Wisconsin. Hinnant also said he will be taking an official visit to Oregon on October 17th, the only other visit he has planned. He holds offers from the majority of the Pac-12, among others, and says he's also seriously talking with Oregon State, Duke, and California.


Greg Powers, National Recruiting Analyst
Plano (Texas) Prestonwood vs. Royse City (Texas)

Prestonwood rolled to a 44-7 victory and Top 100 middle linebacker Mike Mitchell had a huge game in the win. He racked up 29 total tackles and caused the offense fits. He was all over the ball all night. His brother and Class of 2015 dual-sport recruit Mickey Mitchell was the leader of the offense from his quarterback spot, but it was running back Grayson Warren who was the start of the show with 243 rushing yards and three scores. With the success the team had on the ground four-star tight end Christian Morgan was limited to two catches for nine yards, but he was an impressive looking specimen.


Brian Dohn, East Recruiting Analyst
Paramus (N.J.) Catholic vs. Wayne (N.J.) DePaul Catholic

The field was chock full of 2014 talent. Cornerback Jabrill Peppers (dozens of offers) led the way in a 34-13 Paramus Catholic win. He is physical, has great closing speed and likes to get involved in the running game. He played cornerback and safety and did well at both. Once he gets his hands on a receiver, it's over. He did a nice job filling the hole as well as a safety. So much so that may be his better position in college.

Michael Clark-Atlantic Recruiting Analyst
Woodbridge (Va.) vs. Norfolk (Va.) Granby

2014 Woodbridge defensive lineman Da'Shawn Hand is likely going to be the top prospect in the 2014 class and he did not disappoint. Although his team lost 7-6, Hand controlled the line of scrimmage. He has the rare combination of power and speed. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Hand was double-teamed the entire game, but still dominated. He had a few sacks, tackles for loss, and was in the backfield all night. Over the next few years, it will be interesting to see how his recruitment plays out. He has over 60 scholarship offers right now.


Allen Trieu, National Recruiting Analyst
Grand Rapids Christian (Mich.) vs Hudsonville (Mich.)

Michigan State commit Drake Harris showed why he will be a highly ranked member of the 2014 class. The future Spartan is a smooth route runner who uses his 6-foot-3 frame and basketball player athleticism to go up and catch passes in traffic. He also is better after the catch than most receivers his size. He still has to add some weight, but he has all the natural tools.

Bill Greene, Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Hubbard (Ohio) vs Warren (Ohio) Howland

Howland won a tight game 28-24, thanks to the fourth quarter domination of four-star tailback DeVeon Smith. The Michigan commit was held in check for three quarters, before finishing the game with 199-yards rushing and four touchdowns. Smith had over 130 rushing yards in the fourth quarter, when he simply took over the game the way great power backs do.

Dave Berk, Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Cincinnati (Ohio) Roger Bacon vs Kettering (Ohio) Alter

Nebraska pledge Greg Hart shows great improvement to his overall game as he's fully recovered from a previous ACL injury that slowed him last season. The Huskers project Hart as a tight end or H-back when he arrives on campus; however, we also feel he could be a high level defensive end or linebacker with his quick first step and ability to dip his shoulder or swim to get around offensive tackles.


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