East Recap: Scout on the Town

Here is the East recap of the Scout on the Town with links to other parts of the country. We were at games in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Brian Dohn, East Coast Analyst
Somerset (N.J.) Franklin at Lawrence Township (N.J.) Notre Dame (scrimmage)

There wasn't much offense as Notre Dame scored a late touchdown for the only points of the scrimmage, but the top player was Franklin outside linebacker Jameer Outsey, who is committed to Iowa. Outsey moved well in space and was able to drop into coverage, but needs to use his athleticism to chase plays down on the other side of the field.

In an interesting twist, he moved from tight end to left tackle this season to help a young unit, and he did well there. He was solid in his blocking and it was fun to watch him get to the second level in a heartbeat, but make no mistake about it, he's not a future offensive lineman. Tight end? Perhaps because he can block and get out in on routes.

Whitehall (Pa.) High at Bethlehem (Pa.) Liberty
Syracuse four-star receiver K.J. Williams made his season debut after missing the first game with a knee injury. He was effective on short and medium routes, but Whitehall bracketed him when he tried to get down the field and he couldn't get open. Williams made a few nice adjustments on passes and showed very good hands, and as the game progressed, he became more comfortable and confident with his knee and played at a faster pace.

Meanwhile, Whitehall 2015 running back Saquon Barkley put on quite a display being scoring on four long runs in the win. He showed very good acceleration, top-end speed, elusiveness and vision. He was able to make yards out of nothing, and when the play was blocked, he found the hole and made it a big play. A day later, he went public about his month-long commitment to Rutgers.

Baltimore The Gilman School at Paramus (N.J.) Catholic
Paramus Catholic right tackle Billy Ray Mitchell, a Virginia Tech commit, and left tackle Juwan Bushell-Beatty, a Michigan commit, helped Paramus Catholic control the line of scrimmage and pound the running game as the day progressed. Five-star cornerback Jabrill Peppers, a Michigan commit, scored on a pair of touchdown catches, but was the focus of Gilman's defense, sometimes drawing triple coverage. Defensively, he wasn't asked to do much because Paramus Catholic's defensive line, which included an active Terrence Harris (Iowa commit), held The Gilman school to less than 30 yards of offense. Paramus class of 2015 receiver Najee Clayton (Rutgers offer) did a nice job of getting open on the outside and in the seams and running back Keyon Washington (James Madison and Villanova interest) showed very good feet and found holes, and even broke a 72-yard touchdown run in which he pulled away from the secondary.

Gilman defensive end Melvin Keihn (uncommitted) pursued well, and he showed his athleticism by doing a fantastic job getting down the field on punt coverage and making tackles. Cornerback Troy Vincent (Penn State commit) didn't have much influence on the game but did have a nice pass breakup on a deep corner post.

Class of 2015 standout Kai Locksely (six offers, including Wisconsin and Tennessee) began the day at quarterback but couldn't make yards with his feet and struggled to find open receivers, so then was shifted to receiver but didn't have much impact.

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Michael Clark, Atlantic Recruiting Analyst
Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor vs. Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith

More than 5,000 fans were in attendance for what was supposed to be a showdown between two of the premier programs in Virginia. However, Oscar Smith knocked out Lake Taylor's first and second-string quarterbacks and blew out Lake Taylor 42-2.

It was a dominant performance by Oscar Smith and leading the way was five-star defensive tackle Andrew Brown. Brown, who is committed to Virginia, finished with nine tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Brown used his combination of power and quickness to completely overwhelm the Lake Taylor offense. Brown is the top defensive tackle in the country and showed why on Friday.

Also, giving Lake Taylor headaches was 2015 four-star defensive end Josh Sweat, who finished with two sacks. Even when he could not get to the quarterback, Sweat, who was offered by Ohio State last week, used his speed and quickness to disrupt several plays.

Offensively, it was a total team effort for the Tigers. But the one player that stood out was wide receiver Jaylen Bradshaw, who finished with three touchdown receptions and also intercepted a pass in the redzone. The 6-foot, 175-pound playmaker has great speed, quickness and tremendous hands. Virginia Tech got a steal in Bradshaw.

2015 Oscar Smith running back DeShawn McClease had some nice runs. The 5-10, 170-pound McClease finished with 70 yards rushing and a touchdown. The junior ran very hard and showed good speed and quickness.

Last but not least, Oscar Smith freshman quarterback Shon Mitchell, who was playing in his first high school game, threw three touchdowns and showed great composure. He is going to be very, very good and Oscar Smith is set at quarterback for the next four years.

As far as Lake Taylor, it was hard to find many bright spots. But defensive end Jalyn Holmes, who is committed to Ohio State had four tackles, three tackles for loss and a sack before he was ejected late in the third quarter for unsportsmanlike conduct.

One other Lake Taylor player that played well was 2015 wide receiver/safety Nhyre Quinerly. Offensively he had 40 yards receiving and he finished with seven tackles and a tackle for loss on defense. Quinerly is a great athlete and very physical. Despite his team's struggles, he showed why he is one of the top juniors in Virginia.


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Jacquie Franciulli, East Field Reporter
Chester (Va.) Thomas Dale vs. Chesterfield (Va.) L.C. Bird

For L.C. Bird, running back Earl Hughes had a big game for the Skyhawks. Hughes, who is getting interest from Norfolk State, rushed 24 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns. Hughes' speed looked good, but his size is a bit small. At 5-foot-9, 165 pounds, he is not a guy who will run over the defensive line. The Skyhawks adjusted and did a good job using their trench men on Dale's defensive tackle Darvin Taylor II to create gaps.

The Thomas Dale defense struggled on the night, with Taylor making just a handful of tackles and linebacker Marco Carrabotta making a crucial sack in the second quarter to keep it close. But the Knights looked winded by the end, as the Dale offense only had four first downs the entire game and was plagued with turnovers (two interceptions and two fumbles). Carrabotta, however, remains one to keep a close eye on as the season continues on. He did play both sides of the ball, but he never lacked the intensity you would want from a linebacker.

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Sam Hellman, Northeast Recruiting Reporter Newark (N.J.) Shabazz vs Union City (N.J.)
Union City has two top 2015 prospects out of New Jersey in offensive lineman Steven Gonzalez and defensive back Daiquan Kelly. Gonzalez has eight offers and lines up at left tackle for Union City, which is coached by former Miami Hurricane Wil Valdez. Gonzalez is light on his feet as a lead blocker and pulled efficiently to both sides. He excelled as a run blocker, but at 6-foot-2, he projects better as a guard at the next level. Gonzalez has the mobility and toughness to play guard, but needs to improve his strength. Rutgers, South Carolina and Louisville are his most high-profile offers.

Kelly plays safety and receiver for Union City. Kelly already has Division I size at 6-foot-4, 200 pounds but could grow into an outside linebacker or tight end. Defensively, Kelly hits hard and brings impressive athleticism. He plays free safety for Union City and was too hesitant to move into the box on running plays. He has sideline-to-sideline speed but needs to close faster when the play is in front of him. Kelly has Rutgers and Virginia offers and will visit Piscataway, N.J., next week with Gonzalez for the Eastern Michigan game. He finished with eight tackles, a forced fumble and a touchdown reception.

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Jamie has been covering college football recruiting since 1992 and is entering his ninth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext. He's currently a National Recruiting Analyst and Manager for the state of Florida. Jamie is also covering the NFL Draft for the network.
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