National Recap: Scout on the Town, East

Part two of the National Recap, Scout on the Town, reviews the East. This past weekend was on hand for 116 games.


Brian Dohn, East Coast Analyst
Pittsburgh Mt. Lebanon vs. Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny

Mt. Lebanon's Alex Bookser, a four-star uncommitted offensive tackle, was impressive in that he played on both sides of the ball throughout the game despite a 55-7 loss. He was powerful and explosive and he was able to get underneath defenders. Penn State commit Troy, Apke, who played receiver and safety, was neutralized on offense and did not catch one pass down the field. He also dropped a screen pass that was intercepted and returned for a touchdown.

Pittsburgh commit Elijah Zeise starred for North Allegheny on both sides of the ball. He will go to the Panthers as a receiver. He was quick in short space and he also tracked the ball well.

Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt vs. Harrisburg (Pa.)
It was a disappointing Saturday for Rutgers commit and Harrisburg running back Robert Martin, who left the game in the third quarter with a right knee injury. Martin stood out as a linebacker shooting the gaps and getting into the backfield and also showed an ability to get through the hole quickly as a running back. Bishop McDevitt class of 2015 running back Andre Robinson ran with great balance and has thick thighs and was hard to arm tackle. He had quick feet and was able to accelerate after making a cut.

Aliquippa (Pa.) vs. Ambridge (Pa.)
Four-star cornerback Dravon Henry wasn't asked to do much on defense since Ambridge only through one pass his way, and it was nearly intercepted. He also spent time on safety, but watching him at running back showcased his acceleration (closing speed on defense) and his foot speed. Defensive tackle Jaleel Fields was able to get a strong push into the Ambridge backfield and was able to run down the line of scrimmage to make plays.

Meanwhile, 2016 running back Kaezon Pugh is a kid to watch. He was the third running back used, playing behind Henry and Swanson. Pugh, 6-foot, 190 pounds, is shifty and smooth, and has the speed to finish runs. He glides through holes and could turn into big-time recruit.

Baltimore St. Frances vs. Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate
It was a hot, hot afternoon game and it left many of the starters on the bench for much of the second half for a loaded FCA. Arizona commit Jonathan Haden, a running back, plays with a low center of gravity, is shifty and has good vision. Four-star cornerback Jalen Tabor wasn't tested in coverage but he did come up in run support a few times.

Class of 2015 offensive lineman Quarvez Bouleware played right tackle but looks like a guard. He moves well and plays low, and he has the athleticism to pull as an interior lineman. Safety Daejuan Funderburk, who said he de-committed from Temple, moved forward and was able to fill holes in the running game.

Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga vs. Cocoa (Fla.)
Gonzaga is loaded in the 2015 class and four of those prospects showed out in a big way. Offensive lineman Richie Petitbon showed his athleticism and grit, and he opened several big holes in the running game. Cornerback Marcus Lewis wasn't tested much in the passing game but he is an imposing figure at 6-foot-1, 180-pounds, on the outside. He drives on the ball well and is physical at the line of scrimmage. Quarterback Nick Johns made nice throws on the run and showed poise under pressure. He had good arm strength and has a nice delivery.

Cocoa defensive tackle Freddie Booth-Lloyd is a big body in the middle. He is quick off the snap and was tough to block unless he was double teamed. But the kid to jump out in the game was 2017 athlete Bruce Judson, who plays quarterback but will be recruited as a running back.

Baltimore The Gilman School vs. Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee
Gilman's Troy Vincent, a Penn State commit, turned and moved on the ball well was able to drive forward well out of his backpedal, but the impact on the running game was minimal. Defensive end Melvin Keihn had trouble disengaging from blocks and his reaction time wasn't as quick as it was a week ago against Good Counsel. Missouri commit Trevon Walters, a running back for Manatee, was elusive and showed very good acceleration. Defensive tackle DeMarcus Christmas, a Florida State commit, was tough to block. He beat defensive players off the snap and has the speed to track down players along the line of scrimmage.

Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha vs. Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby
DeMatha is loaded, especially at the skill positions on offense, but one player who is easy to notice is 6-8, 310-pound left tackle Brock Ruble. He is big and long, and he did a nice job of extending his arms and making it miserable for the Godby defenders to get around him. He did reach in the running game and that impacted his balance, but the more he works on moving his feet, the further his game will develop. The Stags also have running back Taiwan Deal, a Wisconsin commit. He is a big running back who is a one-cut and go back. He plays downhill and got through the hole quickly, and is a perfect fit for Wisconsin's offense. Receiver Cameron Phillips, a Virginia Tech commit, was able to get open often and he is quick coming out of breaks. He also showed good hands. Defensively, a standout was linebacker JaWhaun Bentley, who used his speed and anticipation to shoot gaps and make plays at or behind the line of scrimmage.

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Michael Clark, Atlantic Recruiting Analyst
Havelock (N.C.) vs. New Bern (N.C.)

This rivalry was close early, but Havelock eventually pulled away and won convincingly 31-13.

With Havelock, it all starts with four-star running back Derrell Scott, who is down to South Carolina, North Carolina State, Ohio State and Tennessee. New Bern geared their defense towards stopping the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Scott and although he did not have a huge game statistically, his presence enabled several of his teammates to make big plays. Scott has added about 10 pounds of muscle and runs with a lot more power than last season. He has also not lost any of his speed or quickness. As the season goes on and new playmakers continue to develop, look for Scott to put up some big numbers. He finished with 23 carries for 119 yards.

Senior running back/safety Taylor Woods was a key performer on both sides of the ball for Havelock. Like Scott, Woods has added some good weight and gotten stronger during the offseason. The 5-9, 180-pound Woods ran very hard on offense and was physical on defense. He finished with eight carries for 48 yards, one reception for seven yards and made some nice plays in the secondary.

2015 Havelock wide receiver Michael Bowman was impressive. Bowman finished with two catches for 69 yards. Although the 6-2, 190-pound Bowman only had two receptions, he was very good after the catch and ran crisp routes. He also had several nice blocks which led to big plays by his teammates.

This contest was somewhat of a breakout game for 2016 Havelock linebacker Keion Joyner. The 6-4, 200-pound sophomore was all over the field. He finished with several tackles, a forced fumble and an interception. Joyner is a long, lean athlete, who has tremendous range on defense. Down the road, he could play linebacker or defensive end in college. Regardless, if he continues to grow and develop, the sky is the limit for Joyner. He will likely be a national prospect.

2015 prospect Mike Hughes will play cornerback in college, but plays quarterback for New Bern. He is clearly playing out of position, but he is the team's best athlete. And playing him at quarterback, gives his team the best chance to win. Hughes, who has gotten noticeably bigger since last season, is a tremendous athlete with great speed. The 5-10, 170-pound Hughes completed 14 of 25 passes for 159 yards and had a four-yard touchdown run.

New Bern's Cody Purdie, who is committed to ECU to play safety, spent much of his time at running back on Friday. He is a physical, hard-nosed player. The 5-10, 175-pound Purdie ran pretty well between the tackles, finishing with 10 carries for 73 yards. Purdie should be a good player for the Pirates down the road.

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Jacquie Franciulli, East Field Reporter
Jacquie Franciulli, East Field Reporter
Midlothian (Va.) Cosby vs. Chester (Va.) Thomas Dale

Thomas Dale is trying to bring pride back to Chester, Virginia, and the defense certainly is helping instill "this is our house" mentality. In the first half, the defense held Cosby to three-yards rushing with the help from Virginia Tech commit C.J. Reavis, 2015 defensive tackle Darvin Taylor, and 2015 linebacker Marco Carrabotta.

Reavis led the Knights with 11 tackles, showing some good football instincts. But with man to man coverage he sometimes lacked the speed. Taylor, however, dominated the line with eight tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery. Taylor has size, and for a big guy, he can definitely get off his feet quick. He's definitely one to watch in the state of Virginia this year. Also another one to watch is Carrabotta. He was one that certainly got my attention Thursday night. The linebacker had eight tackles and landed a crucial sack in the fourth quarter to help his team hold off Cosby in the dying seconds of the game to win 21-14.

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Tony Greco, Panther Digest Publisher
Upper St. Clair (Pa.) vs Woodland Hills (Pa.)

Upper St. Clair prevailed over Woodland Hills 16-10

Pitt commit Rori Blair returned to action after suffering a life-threatening stroke in April of 2012. Blair was granted an extra year of eligibility and returned with five tackles, two for losses and a sack. Blair blocked a punt in the second quarter that went out of the end zone for a safety.

In a losing effort 2016 running back Miles Sanders rushed for 104 yards on 10 carries with a first quarter touchdown. Harry Randall rushed for 84 yards on 15 carries. Cornerback Trevon Mathis finished with five tackles on defense.

Pittsburgh (Pa.) Seton-LaSalle vs McKeesport (Pa.) South Allegheny
Seton-LaSalle opened play on Saturday with an impressive 40-3 win over South Allegheny. Running back Tom Rizza stole the show with five total touchdowns; three rushing and two passing.

A pair of Seton-LaSalle prospects made their football debuts. Senior Malik White had a 21-yard reception. Whit is a converted basketball standout and already holds an offer from Massachusetts. Junior Danzel McKinley-Lewis--a converted baseball player--caught three passes for 62 yards in the win.

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