Belle Glades (Fla.) Glade Day vs Yulee (Fla.)
It was a grand night for a high school football game in north Florida as five-star running back Derrick Henry and Yulee hosted high four-star running back Kelvin Taylor and Belle Glades Glades Day in front of a packed house.
In the end, the massive Henry stole the show, rushing for 369-yards and six touchdowns, in routing the Gators 42-6. Henry, who committed to Alabama on Friday afternoon, celebrated in grand style. He scored on runs of 65, 37, 30, 5, 19 and 26-yards. The previous week he rushed for 502-yards and six touchdowns. For the season he has 1,760 yards and 23 touchdowns in Yulee's first five games. He now has 39 consecutive 100-yard games and is closing in on 10,000 career yards and the national career mark which stands at 11,232. Henry now has 9,723 yards.
The thing that's so impressive with Henry is the defense knows what's coming and they still can't stop him. He's a freight train who happens to be 6-foot-3 and 243-pounds. He had 35-carries on the night and one reception and didn't seem to lose a step in the second half or late in the game. Henry runs with power and has very deceptive speed and athleticism. He can change directions for a big back and has nice balance and vision. Sure he runs high but what 6-3 running back wouldn't?
Taylor finished with a quietest 235 rushing yards I have ever seen. His longest run was 37-yards and he also had runs of 30, 21, 20 and 19-yards. In his defense the Yulee defense did a nice job most of the night surrounding him and not really letting Taylor get loose.
Like Henry, Taylor had 35 rushing attempts and he also caught two passes out of the backfield. He had the Gators lone score on a short run in the first quarter. This future Florida Gator is impressive. He runs with speed and power. Taylor is blessed with outstanding instincts, vision and balance. But what sets him apart is his feet. He has tremendously quick feet and it's that quickness that sets up everything he does.
Chad Simmons, National Recruiting Analyst
Florence (Ala.) Florence vs Oxford (Ala.) Oxford
Oxford got up 28-0 in the first half and the game was over after that. The final was 35-7 and 2014 running back Racean Thomas led the Yellow Jackets to victory. He finished with two touchdowns (one rushing and one receiving) and he continued to show why he will be considered one of the best at his position in 2014. He has quick feet, he runs very tough on the inside, and he has the speed to get to the edge. He really kept his legs driving all game and got a lot of yards after contact.
John Garcia Jr., Southeast Recruiting Analyst
South Gwinnett (Ga.) at Central Gwinnett (Ga.)
A pair of linebackers each held their own in the game as well. Central's Trey Johnson, who is a soft verbal to Auburn, finished with the game-high in tackles. He will take official visits to Ohio State and Florida State in the coming months. Johnson always seems to be around the ball no matter the situation, and he showcased his explosion as a blitzer in the loss. When the senior gets to the ball, he brings the lumber more times than not. South's Reggie Carter, a firm Georgia commit, played defensive end more times than not. He projects as a middle linebacker at the next level - and he showed all the tools while leading his defense to a big performance. Carter has excellent bend off the edge and a strong burst in tight spaces to go along with a eye-test-passing 6-foot-2, 230-pound frame.
Mike Bakas, Florida Recruiting Analyst
Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland vs Sanford (Fla.) Seminole
Simply put, Ronnie Moore was far and away the best player on the field in this game. At 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds, Moore does it all for his team. He plays some running back, some receiver, some defensive back, and is always a big play waiting to happen. He scored as a slot receiver on the first offensive play of the game for Seminole. He later scored on a touchdown run to the outside. He has above average speed for his size as a major college prospect but he does a tremendous job of making people miss in the open field. Most of the times he touches the football, he's making at least one defender miss. While he's at his best in the open field, he does get the ball between the tackles and runs like he's much bigger than he is. He's tough, explosive, and a flat out playmaker. Because of his size and short-area quickness, he projects best as a slot receiver at the college level. Cincinnati is his only BCS offer right now but he'll likely add more once his September senior film goes out. His brother plays at Tennessee-Chattanooga,
Geoff Vogt, Florida Recruiting Analyst
Miami Southridge vs Miami Northwestern
Artie Burns (Northwestern) is playing mainly free safety this season and has added 10-15 pounds of muscle. It looks more and more like that will be his position at the collegiate level, although he has the tools to play cornerback as well. The 6-foot-1 and 195-pound Miami commit can run like the wind and has improved both his tackling/hitting and ball skills, and we think he is a candidate to make an early impact in college. While he took an official visit to FSU for the Clemson game, Burns is still considered a solid Miami verbal commitment.
Kristen Ledow, Southeast Field Reporter
Woodstock (Ga.) vs Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter
Lassiter took a commanding 30-7 win at home over Woodstock on Friday night. The win sealed a 5-0 start to the season for Lassiter, while Woodstock fell to 0-5. Eddie Printz, senior quarterback at Lassiter, was recently committed to UCLA and has reopened his recruitment. Printz is now in discussions with Missouri, Wake Forest and Yale, and plans to officially visit each this fall. Seniors Ryan Jenkins and Juwan Dickey were both sidelined from the game, Jenkins with two fractured ribs and Dickey with a bruised right knee. Both plan to return in the coming week. Junior Chris Murphy is one to keep an eye on in the class of 2014, with impressive cornerback play and major collegiate interest. Lassiter faces Marietta Walton on Friday.
Amy Campbell, Florida Field Reporter
Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer vs Dacula (Ga.)
Dacula fell 17-14 at home to Archer on Friday night. Archer seemed to have the win locked up until Dacula senior running back Marcus Cox stepped up with a couple of big plays to keep it close. Cox had a 50-yard punt return for a touchdown and an 81-yard touchdown catch in the second half to keep his team in the hunt. Cox has several offers and has named Appalachian State as his leader.
Allen Trieu, National Recruiting Analyst
Crete-Monee (Ill.) vs Chicago Bloom (Ill.)
Laquon Treadwell, a four-star receiver lived up to his billing in this game, catching three touchdowns and making numerous big plays besides those scores. He has great size, strength and hands. He uses his frame and ball skills to outmuscle and out-body receivers for jump balls. He has good speed and quickness for a bigger guy. He has the suddenness to create separation. Bloom tried to press him and he easily got off the line. After the catch, he was able to make tacklers miss with some big time elusiveness in the open field. His run after the catch ability is underrated.
Junior linebacker Nyles Morgan is a great athlete who gets to the football quickly. His speed to the sideline was impressive. He's more of an outside guy than inside, even though he plays that right now. His versatility will allow him to play in a number of systems and a number of potential roles in those systems though. He still has to get stronger, but his ability to find the football and get there in a hurry is why he has the BCS offers he has.
Bill Greene, Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary vs Canal Fulton (Ohio) Northwest
St. Vincent-St. Mary linebacker Dante Booker is one of the top prospects in the class of 2014 in Ohio, and he certainly showed why Friday night. Even though he went up against a weaker opponent, Booker showed the lateral quickness that has enabled him to attract offers from the likes of Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, and others. Booker (6-foot-3, 215-pounds) has everything needed to be a success at the college level, and only needs to play with more aggressiveness to take his game even higher.
Cuyahoga Falls (Ohio) at Shaker Heights (Ohio)
Shaker Heights is loaded with top prospects, and the headliner is four-star senior defensive tackle Donovan Munger, who holds multiple offers, including UCLA, Notre Dame, West Virginia and Ohio State. Munger, who played both ways, dominated from his defensive line spot, both stopping the running game and sacking the quarterback. He has power at 6-foot-4, 285-pounds, and the quickness to overpower offensive linemen. Junior tailback Ramses Owens and junior defensive end Joseph Henderson also impressed greatly for Shaker Heights, and will be top 2014 prospects in-state.
Dave Berk, Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Cincinnati (Ohio) Summit Country Day vs Cincinnati (Ohio) Hills Christian
Summit Country Day ended a long losing streak against CHCA with a 10-6 win. Leading the way for Country Day was junior quarterback Antonio Woods (6-0/ 170) who projects more as a receiver or cornerback at the next level. Woods is also a standout basketball player and could look to go in that direction in college. Defensive lineman Michael Barwick Jr. (6-2, 275) played both ways and at times took plays off on defense. Watching Barwick over the past few months I see a player who needs more burst off the line to be considered a higher level recruit on the defensive side. However, some college programs should look at him as a center as he bends well and has a good base to work with. We we're surprised by tight end/defensive end Daniel Bruns (6-4, 180) who showed good hands and the ability to come off the edge. Bruns needs to fill out his frame and get stronger in the winter and attend camps to earn serious looks. CHCA sophomore offensive lineman Jacob Halter looks to have the highest ceiling as the 6-foot-4, 239-pound tackles has improved his technique since we saw him in week one. If Halter hits the weight room and adds more weight over the next two years he'll be a highly sought after prospect.
Simone Scott, Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Bishop Hartley (Ohio) vs. Bishop Watterson (Ohio)
Senior running back Marcellus Calhoun was a big reason Bishop Hartley was able to get the 24-14 win. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder ran for a three yard touchdown, followed by a 17 yard touchdown. Whenever Hartley needed a big play, Calhoun was there.
Beth Long, Midwest Field Reporter
Monona Grove (Wisc.) vs Milton (Wisc.) High
This match-up was a tune up for Big Ten play. Nebraska commit and Milton four-star defensive end A.J. Natter took on Wisconsin 2014 commit and Monona Grove offensove lineman Jaden Gault. Monona Grove and Gault took the win 49-22 over Milton. Gault showcased his run blocking ability as he provided the lead block for most of the night. Natter showed his speed and ability to pressure the quarterback nearly the entire game, but it wasn't enough to keep Milton in the game.
Greg Biggins, National Recruiting Analyst
Redlands (Calif.) East Valley vs. Mission Viejo (Calif.)
USC defensive end commit Kylie Fitts was one of the headliners in this game but had a pretty quiet night. Mission Viejo ran away from him most of the game and he sat out most of the second half as REV was down big. Physically, Fitts is an impressive looking player. He showed good quickness off the ball and uses his hands very well. He plays with great technique and pursues well. Depending on how much weight he puts on will determine if Fitts stays outside or inside but he definitely brings a lot of versatility to the Trojans.
Mission Viejo DB and USC commit Max Redfield had a quiet game and sat out the second half. Physically, the athlete looks great and has the ideal frame for a college free safety. He moves very well and isn't afraid to come up in run support. The Diablos front seven was in control most of the night and Redfield didn't have many opportunities but just looking at his frame and watching him run, it's easy to see why he's a coveted prospect.
Tacoma (Wa.) Bellarmine Prep vs Tacoma (Wa.)
Quarterback Sefo Liufau (Bellarmine Prep), had a workmanlike, albeit brief outing on Friday night. Bellarmine easily dispatched Stadium 56-7, the entire second half played with a running clock. The three-star Colorado commit, looked the best we've seen in three years, poised in the pocket, more command and very accurate. Liufau threw a 35-yard touchdown pass on his first snap, and was 7-for-8 for 173 yards and three touchdown passes, while also rushing for an 11-yard score. Liufau has filled out more too, looking about 210 pounds on his 6-foot-4 frame.
Jason Jewell, Southwest Recruiting Analyst
Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain vs Phoenix (Ariz.) North Canyon
The Desert Mountain duo of wide receiver Mark Andrews and quarterback Kyle Allen were fantastic in their win. Allen was 14 of 17 for 378 yards and 4 touchdowns. Andrews caught 7 of those passes for 185 yards and 2 scores.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Allen is the real deal and looks like he could be the top 2014 quarterback on the West Coast. He is accurate, has a strong arm, is very good in the pocket and has plenty of zip on the football. Allen already has scholarship offers from 9 schools including UCLA, Boise State, Arizona State, Arizona, Oklahoma State and North Carolina.
Andrews also is an elite level prospect with 13 offers. Schools such as Michigan, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Ohio State have already offered. At 6-foot-6 and weighing 220-pounds, Andrews creates match-up problems against any defender. He can out physical any defensive back and is faster than any linebacker attempting to cover him. Just a junior, Andrews is only going to grow, could potentially end up being a tight end.
Kevin Carden, West Coast Recruiting Analyst
Vista (Calif.) Murrieta vs. Palisades (Calif.)
It was big night for the Vista Murrieta offense on Friday night against Palisades, and no player looked more impressive than senior quarterback Nick Stevens. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound quarterback got off to a quick start, completing his first pass attempt for a 30-yard touchdown, and never looked back. Stevens' accuracy was on display by completing 10-of-12 attempts for 203 yards and three touchdowns. Stevens, who is a considered a dual-threat quarterback on the high school level, showed very good athleticism and will be able to avoid the rush and get out the pocket at Colorado State.
USC commit Su'a Cravens is listed at 6-foot-1, 205-pounds but he looks like he has added some good weight to his frame since the offseason and is likely closer to the 215-pound range. On the night, Cravens had two quarterbacks sacks and two other tackles-for-loss while sitting out most of the second half in a 42-6 blowout win. Cravens showed good play recognition from his safety spot, has good speed and was the hardest hitting player on the field. He is the true definition of a football player in that he plays with great intensity, relentless effort and does everything well.
Annabel Stephan, West Field Reporter
Culver City (Calif.) vs La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat
There is little question that the player of this game was Bishop Amat athlete Dionza Blue (6-0/175) whose sole offer is San Diego State, though he's also hearing from the likes of Wyoming, San Jose State, Colorado State, Duke, and Colorado. Blue started off the game with a bang, intercepting the ball in the end zone on Culver City's first drive. He also scored a touchdown in the third quarter, getting the ball in the end zone on a short run and helping contribute to Bishop Amat's 31-7 victory. Though Blue impressed at running back, he was possibly even more dynamic at corner, breaking up passes and staying on Culver City's Julius Wilson throughout the night. Lancers receiver Darren Andrews (5-10, 160), a Duke commit, also had a good game, including a twenty yard run in the third quarter that led to another Bishop Amat touchdown. Andrews has said he is "100% committed" to the Blue Devils. The Lancers' offense was led by 2014 quarterback Koa Haynes, a bit of an under the radar player. Next to Blue, Haynes had one of the most impressive performances of the night, throwing for just under 250 yards with three touchdowns.
Jake Worthen, Northwest Recruiting Analyst
Burien (Wash.) Kennedy vs. Renton (Wash.) Hazen
Burien (Wash.) Kennedy tight end and defensive end Cole Madison was the most highly rated prospect in the game. Madison is committed to Washington State as a tight end, though there is a good chance he ends up on the offensive line. Madison showed flashes of dominance at defensive end, but could have been more consistent. He has enough athleticism to play tight end, but is not a elite pass catcher. Madison has a great frame and the strength to move opponents off the line of scrimmage.
Greg Powers, National Recruiting Analyst
Prosper (Texas) vs Frisco (Texas) Heritage
It was the two major BCS recruits as Torii Hunter Jr. and Davis Webb starred in Prosper's win 45-14 on Thursday night. Hunter Jr. rarely left the field playing receiver, cornerback and on special teams. It did not take long for him to make an impact as he caught the game's first score and would score two more times and collect 129 yards. Webb had a hand in all six scores. The big-framed and big-armed gunslinger walked off the field with 301 total yards.
Mansfield (Texas) vs Mansfield (Texas) Timberview
This was a fun game as both teams were hungry for a win in the cross-town rivalry. Timberview played especially chippy after being knocked off at the last second one year ago. The defensive backfield led by the BCS trio of Trevor Walker, Edward Paris and Brandon Simmons kept the Mansfield offense in check for the most part. Simmons laid a bone crushing hit on the goal line and Paris returned an interception 98 yards on the games last play. Mansfield was led on offense by Oklahoma State commit Zach Crabtree, while TCU commit George Baltimore was the all-around team leader. Keep an eye on sophomore Julius Lewis, who is an all-around playmaker.
Ahmard Vital, Midlands Recruiting Analyst
Houston (Texas) Mayde Creek vs Katy (Texas) Seven Lakes
Due to press box overflow, we decided to change our Friday game up to check out a Texas Top 100 player in Seven Lakes offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch. And the player who was recently awarded his fourth in the FOX Sports NEXT rankings did not disappoint. Playing a lot in the right tackle position, Benenoch was a big factor in the Seven Lakes rushing attack, which had 448 yards on the ground. He came off the ball with good pop and drove his man out of the play on most occasions. He did have to step out for a few series (looked as though he may have gotten a little stinger), but when the game started getting close late in the second half of the game, he was strong again. Benenoch has great feet for a guy his size (6-foot-6, 320-pounds) and is an ideal left tackle on the next level.
Seven Lakes is known for having a solid offensive line this season, which is heart of the team and fellow lineman Davis Beard was another player proving his worth on Friday night as he was dominant as well. The two of them plus the other great offensive lineman were opening plenty of holes for a player you will hear more of in sophomore running back Braeden West, who had 296 yards on the night. Right now he is only about 5-foot-9, 170-pounds, but he has a slippery, yet upright running style which helps his keep his feet under him and limiting the tough blows that many backs take. He's not a kid with blazing speed, but does get vertical quickly as he does not waste time with a lot of unnecessary moves.
On the other side, Mayde Creek running back Trey McCormick is one tough player in his 5-foot-9, 180-pound frame. He runs with a chip on his shoulder and hits the holes faster that most linebackers can react. McCormick, who ended with 21 carries for 148 yards and a score, does have the breakaway speed to be a nice slot receiver or situational back on the college level. He's perfect for the popular jet sweeps which is used a lot in college football.
Brian Dohn, East Recruiting Analyst
Williamstown (N.J.) High vs Erial (N.J.) Timber Creek Regional
Four-star defensive tackle Greg Webb (North Carolina commit) said he is a few weeks away from retuning from a torn ACL he suffered in the winter, but there was still plenty of talent on the field for Timber Creek in a 26-18 loss. It was led by Rutgers commit Myles Nash, who brings athleticism and burst to the outside linebacker position. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Nash got up the field quickly and was able to run plays down from behind.
Four-star defensive end Dajaun Drennon (UNC commit) played on the edge, and at times was able to push up the field and get in the backfield but he was neutralized by Williamstown's option offense. Still, Drennon has very good explosion and at 6-foot-4, 230-pounds, has a rare mix of size, speed and athleticism. Class of 2014 receiver Adonis Jennings (Rutgers, Delaware offers) was quiet after a game-opening catch in the flat, but mostly because Timber Creek struggled at quarterback as four were used.
Michael Clark, East Recruiting Analyst
Virginia Beach (Va.) Salem vs. Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes
Bucky Hodges had 400 yards of total offense (275 passing and 125 rushing) and two touchdowns (one rushing and one passing). Despite those numbers, it wasn't enough, as Salem fell to Ocean Lakes 21-15. There is no denying Hodges' athletic ability. While the Virginia Tech commit put up big numbers, there were several times when I felt like he should have stayed in the pocket rather than pulling the ball down and running. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound Hodges will have to work on his mechanics when he gets to Blacksburg, but he has a world of potential and should be a special player for the Hokies down the road.
Andrew Motuapuaka continues to impress me. Virginia Tech is definitely getting a good football player in Motuapuaka. The 6-foot, 220-pound Salem linebacker is very instinctive and runs well. He also plays with good pad level and does a nice job using his hands to shed blockers. Motuapuaka showed the ability to play the run and pass. I expect him to play early at Virginia Tech.
Sam Hellman, Northeast Recruiting
William Allen (Allentown, Pa.) vs. Stroudsburg (Pa.)
Rutgers commit Sebastian Joseph (Stroudsburg) displayed explosive physical tools as a defensive lineman. He plays a mix of 3-tech and end for his high-school squad and excelled in his burst and handwork off the line of scrimmage. William Allen significantly altered its game plan to address the 6-foot-4, 265-pound lineman, but he still caused three turnovers with his ability to get into the backfield. Joseph's closing speed is a concern. He rarely came off the edge fast enough to get to the quarterback and often times over-pursued. He is better suited as a defensive tackle at the next level.