Scout on the Town - Midlands Recap

There was a big battle in Big D in the Lone Star State and FoxSportsNext's Greg Powers was there. Meanwhile, Ahmard Vital checks out an in-state rivalry that goes back 50 plus years.

Greg Powers, National Recruiting Analyst
Lake Highlands (Texas) vs Dallas (Texas) Jesuit

Lake Highlands controlled the fourth quarter and scored 10 unanswered points to pull out a 20-17 win in the district clash. Big offensive lineman Kent Perkins, a 6-foot-6, 300-pound Scout.com Top 100 member was a bully up front and showed why he is so highly touted. Quarterback Trent Jones was very efficient and completed 12-of-14 passes for 122 yards and a score. He has the complete package of size and skill. On the other side of the ball, Jesuit wide receiver Jake Oliver hauled in 15 passes for 175 yards. He now has collected 274 passes in his career, which sets a a new state record. There were a lot of D1 talents on the field for Jesuit, like Oklahoma commit Jordan Mastrogiovanni, Iowa State commit J.D. Waggoner and Texas A&M commit J.J. Gustafson, but it was junior Orion Salters who was the star of the offensive show. He scampered 16 yards for the game's first score and was a factor as a runner and as a receiver. He rushed for 85 yards and two scores and hauled in nine passes for 101 yards.

Ahmard Vital, Midlands Recruiting Analyst
Deer Park (Texas) vs La Porte (Texas)

In this Border Battle that has been going on for more than five decades, it was the La Porte team that came out on top with a 20-16 win over Deer Park. Want to take a guess how that was able to happen? It was largely due to the play of FOX Sports NEXT early five-star recipients in 2014 outside linebacker Hoza Scott, who played out of his mind on Friday. Not only did he have 10 tackles, two sacks, two quarterback hurries, but he logged in two-thirds of the La Porte points. One came on a 20-yard touchdown on the offensive side when he won on a jump ball in the end zone just before halftime to tie the game up and the other was a 26-yard strip and return for touchdown game-changing play that proved to be the game winner. When Scott is ready to ball, he is nearly unstoppable. At 6-foot-3, 225-pounds he is the versatile defender that any college football system could use in a number of positions. LSU, Texas A&M (he was present for the game this past weekend at College Station, TX) Alabama and Texas are a few of the programs in pursuit of his services. And know that, there are and will be plenty more before this upcoming spring.

As for the offense, three-star running back Keith Whitely certainly caught our attention as well. He has 128 yards on the ground and has developed much over the years as being more of a relentless runner. When there was no hole, he made one despite holding only about 175 pounds. His most impressive was a 90-yard punt return, which was called back due to one of the most senseless penalties we have seen all season. Whitely caught the ball and eluded two defenders at the point of attack, broke a couple of tackles and weaved in-and-out of traffic for a great return. Right now, North Texas, Colorado State, San Jose State and UNLV are a few of the programs checking in on him, but there are some schools he would like to hear more from. Check out our breakdown with Whitely this week for more details. Massive offensive lineman Maurice Morris, a Division I guy with offers from Colorado State and Navy, did not get in on many snaps in this contest.

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