Scout on the Town - National Recap

Scout.com and FoxSportsNext recruiting analysts and field reporters saw some great recruits in action this week like offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, defensive lineman Montravius Adams, running back Thomas Tyner, and some elite juniors in next year's 2014 class.

Chad Simmons, National Recruiting Anlayst
Lake City (Fla.) Columbia vs. Middleburg (Fla.)

This game was over very early after Columbia got up 35-0 in the first quarter. Laremy Tunsil, the top offensive tackle in the country was the top recruit in this game and while he was not challenged by the big and physical ends, he had to deal with the smaller guys on the edge that give the big men trouble at times. It was no trouble for Tunsil though. He had a few pancake blocks, he drove a guy over 10 yards down the field on one play, and he showed great feet and balance when in pass protection. A lot of the big offensive linemen have a tough time with those 6-foot-1, 190 pound ends because of their size and quickness, but Tunsil dominated. He has all the tools you look for, he played to his ranking, and he has so move room to still improve. He only played around 25 snaps in this game because of the score. Rakeem Battle has moved to corner and this 2014 prospect looked good. He is very quick and he picked a pass off and had a couple of nice open field tackles. He is a Division 1 prospect at corner because of his quickness, feet, toughness, and ball skills. Another junior for Columbia is safety Trey Marshall and he was held out of this game.

Buena Vista (Ga.) Marion County vs. Vienna (Ga.) Dooly County
This was a tough game that went down to the wire, but Marion County pulled out the win 12-7. Montravius Adams is a marked man and he faced double teams all night and he still made some plays. He showed some frustration at times because of the attention he received and he was even chop-blocked some, but he still made his presence known. The first play of the game, he shot into the backfield, and made a tackle four yards deep. He then made a big play in the fourth quarter when he again shot a gap, hit the running back as he was taking the hand-off, and Dooly County recovered the ball inside the Marion County 10 yard line. The offense could not capitalize though. He showed great quickness off the ball and he chased the ball well, but he still played high at times, and was ran away from a good bit of the time. He had his ankle rolled up on midway through the fourth quarter and he did not return. Marion County has a 2014 kicker to watch in A.J. Wells. He connected on 38 and 34 yard field goals in the game and he had another 15-20 yards on each with good height. He also put all but one kick-off into the endzone.

Jamie Newberg, National Recruiting Analyst
Eagle Lake (Fla.) Lake Region vs Davenport (Fla.) Ridge Community

One of the biggest hidden gems in the Sunshine State is a terrific athlete from Ridge Community High School in central Florida. His name is Shykeem Pitts and he plays quarterback, receiver, safety, cornerback and returns kicks and punts. Pitts, 5-foot-10 and 170-pounds, did a little bit of everything on Friday against Lake Region. He scored a rushing touchdown, caught a few passes, threw a few passes, had an interception on defense and had one long kick return to set up a score. When Pitts touched the ball he was very effective. This kid has very good speed and even better quickness. Pitts is very elusive with the ball in his hands and is dangerous in the open field. It's almost as if he toys with defenders. He looks best suited to play the slot receiver position in college. He said after the game that Tennessee and Marshall have offered him a scholarship.

John Garcia Jr., Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Dothan (Ala.) Northview vs Foley (Ala.)

Defensive standouts Marquez White and Darius Paige were the headliners coming into the game, and each impressed. White, who is committed to Florida State, was asked to shadow Foley's Demarcus Bingham throughout the game. He was up to the task, playing physical with the big wideout when needed. Most impressively for the swift cornerback was how he diagnosed plays and reacted to each. White was aggressive in run support and made some impressive stops in the open field for Northview. Paige, who is committed to Alabama, spent time on both sides of the ball. He was his usual disruptive self on defense, even proving he could rush the passer off the edge on occasion. Paige was equally impressive in Foley's "Hulk" package, which features him playing some H-back in short-yardage situations. The 6-foot-4, 292-pound presence sealed the edge on multiple scores, though the Lions fell short in an exciting 41-39 affair.

Geoff Vogt, Florida Recruiting Analyst
Miami Central vs. Miami Carol City

Central is now in the driver's seat in THE most talented district in the country after a 49-32 win over the Chief's. Junior running backs Dalvin Cook(12 rushes for 170 yards) and Joseph Yearby(24 rushes for 172 yards) were the difference in the game. Cook (6-0/ 190) has true game-breaking speed and the Clemson commitment also played quite a bit on the defensive side of the ball. Cook is a Darren McFadden type running back and is a threat to go the distance every time he touches it. Yearby, an FSU commitment, gets the tough yards with his outstanding feet, balance, and toughness. He reminds many of Frank Gore.

Carol City was led by senior QB Akeem Jones who continues to improve every time he steps on the field. He threw for four touchdowns and was asked to shoulder much of the load as Central shut down their rushing attack. At 6-foot-2, Jones has a strong arm and the athleticism to play a number of different positions. We would hope that he continues to attract attention. Sensational junior athlete Trayon Gray played through pain and his is a name that you will hear plenty about over the next couple of seasons. He will likely replace Jones at quarterback next year, but figures to be a wide receiver/cornerback recruit. He has an elite skill-set.

Steve Robertson, Mississippi Recruiting Analyst
Stringer (Miss.) vs Bogue Chitto (Miss.)

With his team trailing Stringer 21-7, Brandon Wells saw his quarterback, Brock Roberts, limp to the locker room. Once Bogue Chitto took the field in the second half, Wells found himself behind center. What happened next may have saved Bogue Chitto's shot at an overall No. 1 seed in the state playoffs.

Wells led a furious comeback highlighted by his own 70 yard touchdown run down the far sideline that got the Bobcats within a score. Wells later threw an 11 yard TD pass to answer a Tevin Moore touchdown. Moore had three touchdowns on the night for Stringer.

Bogue Chitto completed the comback when Roberts connected with Germie Martin for a 62 yard touchdown that gave Bogue Chitto it's first lead of the night. Wells scored on a two point conversion to cap the scoring for both teams.

Kristen Ledlow, Southeast Field Reporter
Jonesboro vs Spalding County

Cameron Sutton of Jonesboro High School did not disappoint in a decisive win over Spalding County. The senior receiver and cornerback spent the evening, like most, facing both sides of the ball. Sutton is currently committed to the University of Tennessee and visited the campus this weekend as the Vols welcomed Alabama to Knoxville. With rumors of coaching changes at Tennessee, Sutton says he would be willing to hear other offers. Another Jonesboro standout was senior Taurean Ferguson, who is currently committed to Vanderbilt. Ferguson says his commitment is solid and has been impressed with James Franklin's progress with the Commodores.

Amy Campbell, Florida Field Reporter
Bushnell (Fla.) South Sumter vs Interlachen (Fla.)

Interlachen was no match for South Sumter, it didn't even seem fair. South Sumter started strong with a touchdown on the second play of their first possession and didn't let up. They lead 46-0 heading into the half. Interlachen couldn't get anything going on offense, they turned the ball over four times and didn't even get a first down until the end of the first half. The clock ran for the second half and South Sumter took the 53-0 victory. Florida safety commit Keanu Neal only played the first half for South Sumter. Neal was dealing with some hamstring soreness and thought it was best to rest with the game pretty much in hand. The Florida commitment is still fully solid to the Gators and has no plans to take any other visits.

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Brandon Huffman, National Recruiting Analyst
Beaverton (Ore.) Aloha vs. Portland (Ore.) Jesuit

Thomas Tyner (Beaverton, Ore./Aloha) had his quietest game of the year, being held under 100 yards. While he did score a pair of touchdowns, Jesuit did an excellent job of bottling him up and shutting him down. His two best plays were a kick return where he broke around six tackles, and brought it back about 60-yards, which set up his first touchdown. His other one was an 11-yard run where he trucked a pursuing linebacker to get inside the five, where he scored the next play. But between those was just an ok game. He didn't show the burst we know he has in this one, didn't do a great job of cutting it up field, and really didn't break many tackles. Part of it was Jesuit stacking the box so much, he really had no where to run, but with his size and speed, he rarely used it.

Greg Biggins- National Recruiting Analyst, West Coast
La Jolla Country Day (Calif.) vs Solana Beach (Calif.) Santa Fe Christian

La Jolla Country Day junior offensive lineman Jordan Poland is ranked the top lineman in the 2014 West Coast class. He's all of 6-8, 335 pounds and moves around pretty well for a player his size. He flipped between left and right tackle all game and probably projects best as a right tackle in college. Poland plays hard and is an intriguing player. He doesn't physically manhandle opposing lineman like you would expect him to but he's almost impossible to beat because of his size and feet. He's still raw in terms of technique and mostly relies on just pushing opposing lineman rather than using his lower body to explode in to the defender. If you're looking for a comparison, Poland plays and looks a lot like current USC freshman OL Zach Banner.

Jason Jewell, Southwest Recruiting Analyst
Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle vs. Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain

Pinnacle won the game, throwing a touchdown pass with 14 seconds left and left tackle Billy Nichols provided the protection. Nichols is a player that has made dramatic improvement in the last year. In 2011 he was a part time starter but has worked hard this off-season and now stands 6-5 250 pounds. Nichols is super athletic, running sub 4.9 in the forty, has great feet and a big frame. Utah has offered by the Ivy Leagues may grab a great prospect as he sports a 4.5 GPA.

Desert Mountain has two of the state's top juniors in quarterback Kyle Allen and wide receiver Mark Andrews. Allen was great all night and showed why he has double-digit offers. He is poised in the pocket, can make all of the throws, has a quick release and has good size. He threw for 339 yards and 2 touchdowns Friday night.

Kevin Carden, West Recruiting Analyst
West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade vs Studio City (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake

Chaminade tailback Terrell Newby put together one of the best single-game performances that I have ever seen in person. The 5-10, 180-pound running back rushed for 360 yards and eight touchdowns in just 16 carries. Newby had seven touchdowns in the first half alone, and only played one series of the second half, which resulted in a 79-yard TD run. Newby, who has interest in Cal, Nebraska, Oregon, Washington and UCLA, showed great speed, good hands out of the backfield and the ability to run inside and outside.

Colorado wide receiver commit Elijah Dunston also had a nice night pulling in three long passes from 2014 QB Brad Kayaa, who showed great touch on his deep and intermediate throws.

Jake Worthen- Northwest Recruiting Analyst
Tumwater (Wash.) vs. Lacey (Wash.) River Ridge

Tumwater (Wash.) defensive tackle and Washington commit Jaimie Bryant put in a solid performance. At 6-foot-5, 260-pounds, Bryant has the size that coaches are looking for on either the offensive or defensive line. He is still very slender and will definitely need to add weight no matter which side of the ball he ends up on. Bryant doesn't dominate like you would hope for a player with his size and offer list. He plays tight end for the Thunderbirds and shows above average athleticism, but needs to improve his strength and explosiveness. While the Husky coaches have told him they like him on the defensive line, he appears to be a project player that has an equal chance of landing on either line. Bryant did score a second half touchdown on a two yard run from the fullback position.

Annabel Stephan, West Field Reporter
Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde vs. Riverside (Calif.) JW North

Rancho Verde took the lead and never looked back in Thursday night's 34-13 victory over JW North. Offensive lineman Poasi Moala (6-5/ 265), who faced JW North's Marcus Baugh for most of the night, held his place on the line. Moala, a UCLA commit, said he was set in his decision to commit to the Bruins, though Washington (where he was once committed) was still recruiting him hard. Receiver Demorea Stringfellow didn't have the ball in his hands often, but impressed with his blocking and ability to read the field. Stringfellow (6-3/215) is sticking with his commitment to the Huskies and said he's continuing to talk up Washington to Moala.

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Allen Trieu, National Recruiting Analyst
Ann Arbor Huron (Mich.) vs Westland John Glenn (Mich.)

Glenn has a senior prospect who is receiving a lot of late BCS attention and I believe, will end up with BCS offers in wide receiver Da'Mario Jones. He's 6-foot-2, 195-pounds and has speed, elusiveness and great ball skills. The weather and the fact that Glenn jumped out to a huge lead limited his touches, but he scored on his first two touches, a long touchdown run where he lined up at tailback and took a pitch and the second on a 36-yard pass. He later had a jump ball in the end zone where he was ruled out, but outjumped the defender and came down with the ball. He has the physical tools you want, and I like what he can do in the open field in addition to what he does when the ball is in the air. I also found him to be a tough kid who blocked well and is also willing to hit on defense. Definitely a sleeper right now, but he's a name to pay attention to for bigger offers as we move towards February.

Dave Berk, Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Dayton (Ohio) Christian vs Dayton (Ohio) Belmont

Dayton Christian's Mr. Everything, Heath Harding (5-foot-10, 170-pounds) did not disappoint showing great versatility playing running back, wide receiver, safety and corner on the night as well as returning kicks. The combination of high end speed makes Harding a player that projects to multiple positions and on this night he helped his team stay unbeaten with three touchdown runs (25, 2, and 5) in a 46-0 victory. Two players from Belmont who could find some interest from lower level programs are senior linemen Kendric Dorsey (6-2, 254) and Markus Houston (6-2, 235). Both players have nice physical builds and show above average athletic ability. Technique work is needed with both players but they do have an upside.

Beth Long, Midwest Field Reporter
Lincoln Way East (Ill.) vs Joliet West (Ill.)

Lincoln-Way East topped Joliet West 42-0 Friday night in the last weekend of the regular season. Lincoln-Way East was led by Northern Illinois 2013 quarterback commit who scored touchdowns both through the air and on the ground. 2013 wide receiver Justin Corbett also had a big game for the Griffins, seeing time at wide receiver and running back. Another bright spot for Lincoln-Way East was 2014 center Nick Allegretti who dominated the center of the field for the night, fresh off of earning his first offer from Cincinnati.

Simone Scott, Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Grove City (Ohio) vs Lancaster (Ohio)

It was easy to see why junior offensive tackle Kyle Trout has schools across the country coming after him. He was a menace on both sides of the ball with his blocking and tackling. Lancaster has minimal threats on offense, so Trout had his hands full all night during their 12-31 loss.

Leading the way for Grove City was junior Cameron Meece. The running back was always there to make a play for his team whenever Lancaster was close to getting back into the game. With touchdown runs of 55, 56 and 65 yards, Meece alone out-rushed Lancaster's team as a whole. His quickness and elusiveness could help bring in some offers for him.

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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.

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Brian Dohn, East Recruiting Analyst
Milford Academy (New Berlin, N.Y.) vs Princeton (N.J.) University JV

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.

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.

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