Milford Academy (New Berlin, N.Y.) vs Princeton (N.J.) University JV
Tight end and Alabama commit Josh McNeil wasn't at the game because he had to return home due to a family situation, but Milford Academy still have plenty of talent to display in a 14-7 win. The top player was safety and Rutgers commit Delon Stephenson, who spent all the time in a Cover-1 defense playing man-to-man against the slot receiver. He covered well and showed very good closing speed, plus did a nice job in run support.
Pittsburgh commit Tyrique Jarrett, who plays defensive tackle, was a strong run stopper and was hard for the Princeton offensive line to move, but the Panthers' staff will have to get him to chase plays when they are bounced to the outside.
Temple was represented by a trio of commits, including running back Brandon Peoples. He has very good vision and balance, and although he lacks top-end speed, he is a solid running back who is comfortable between the tackles. He also lined up at fullback and understands that aspect, but will have to add size. Defensive tackle Averee Robinson was quick inside but needs to add strength. The third Owls commit, Miser Terry, plays inside on the defensive line so the Falcons can use his quickness, but he projects to an outside linebacker/defensive end for the Owls. He has good length and athleticism, and can run along the line of scrimmage.
There were also a few interesting uncommitted prospects, led by former Central Connecticut State commit Keith Foster. He played quarterback and receiver, and made a very nice leaping touchdown catch and also showed very good elusiveness. Foster is being looked at by Syracuse, and while he needs to spend time in the weight room, his 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame matched with his athleticism and versatility -- he could play receiver, safety or even grow into an outside linebacker -- should make Division I schools notice.
Michael Clark, East Recruiting Analyst
Chapel Hill (N.C.) East Chapel Hill vs. Durham (N.C.) Hillside
Hillside won its sixth game in a row Friday night when they defeated East Chapel Hill 54-23. The Hornets moved to 7-2 overall and 5-0 in the PAC 6. Khris Francis showed why he is one of the top running backs in the Tar Heel State, rushing for 160 yards and two touchdowns in just three quarters of action. The North Carolina commit ran extremely hard on senior night. The 5-foot-9, 193-pound Francis ran over and around East Chapel Hill defenders. I have said it many times over the past several months, but every time I see Francis, I am more impressed. He is a patient runner and has good vision. Once Francis sees the hole, he attacks it and does a nice job running behind his pads. I believe he will be a good player for the Tar Heels down the road.
Korrin Wiggins is another player who always impresses me. The Hillside safety is the team's defensive leader. Wiggins flies around on defense and really understands the game. The North Carolina commit is a complete defensive back that plays both the run and pass extremely well. Wiggins was in on several tackles and also had an interception. The interception came as East Chapel Hill was driving in what was a 20-17 game at halftime. While he does not have great speed, Wiggins plays fast and is very physical. He gets in and out of his backpedal quickly and takes good angles when pursuing the football. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Wiggins has a knack for making big plays and is one of the most underrated defensive backs in the country. He should get on the field early when he gets to Chapel Hill.
Javien Knight finished with three catches for 70 yards and a touchdown. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound tight end is not flashy, but always makes plays. Knight is a big target and has soft hands. While the senior is does a nice job catching the football, his pass blocking should not be overlooked. He does a good job of using his size to his advantage. He really fires off the ball and plays with good leverage. On a team full of big-time Division l recruits, Knight often gets overlooked. However, if Hillside makes another deep playoff run, Knight will be a big reason why. Not surprisingly, Knight is up to 15 scholarship offers, and I would not be surprised if some bigger schools made a late push for him.
It is hard to imagine that any high school football team in North Carolina has a better backup running back than Hillside's Donte Williams. Williams is one of the top juniors in the country. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Williams is a prospect with high ceiling. It should come as no surprise that he already has 11 scholarship offers, a number that will likely double over the next several months. Williams has everything college coaching staffs are looking for. He has good size, is extremely strong, and very fast. Look for Williams' stock to continue to rise as he is just scratching the surface on how good he can become.