Jamie Newberg, National Recruiting Analyst
Seffner (Fla.) Armwood vs Tampa Hillsborough
It was blowout city in this rivalry game between Armwood and Hillsborough. Armwood thoroughly dominated the lines of scrimmage from the start to win easily 37-2.
Offensively, Armwood did whatever they wanted to do, as the Terriers had no answer whatsoever. On the other side of the ball, Hillsborough just couldn't keep up. Armwood did a sensational job of getting to 2015 Hillsborough quarterback Dwayne Lawson. This four-star junior had zero time to throw the football all night long. That's actually probably an understatement. He showed pretty good pocket presence evading at least a half-dozen sacks. This is a big and very athletic signal caller who has a big arm and a bright future. Only on this night, you couldn't really get to see the former. Lawson finished 5/12 for 55 yards with two interceptions. He only got to really turn his arm loose on an occasional pass or two all night. The Armwood pass rush was that good and they were that dominant. It was like a jail break on every attempt.
The leader of that rush was 2015 four-star defensive end Byron Cowart. His tag-team mates were Hyriam Frederick and Devonte Myles. Cowart lined up everywhere on the defensive front, from five-technique, to zero technique and even one-technique. Cowart lined up on the right side and the left side. He was everywhere.
I thought he played hard. He looks much more active than when I saw him at this time one year ago. He has great size (6-4/255) and a very good motor. There was one play where he pressured Lawson and should have sacked him. But he missed out and Lawson took off down field. Before you knew it, Cowart chased him down for the tackle. He had a sack on their second possession and narrowly missed another. This kid has speed and power and I noticed he was active with his hands.
Another 2015 standout defensive player for Armwood is Aaron Covington. He really didn't get tested because his front was too busy chasing Lawson all over the field. But Covington did have an impressive interception on a deep pass where he showed some ball skills to go up and get the ball. Then, he zigged and zagged for a nice return. I am telling you, this kid is going to be a big time cornerback recruit next season.
Vanderbilt commitment Kyle Gibson lined up at safety all night. He made a play or two in run support and had a pass breakup on the night. As always with Gibson he plays bigger than his size. He's one of those guys that could likely end up playing anywhere in the Commodore secondary.
Corey Bender, USFNation.com
Tampa Alonso vs Gibsonton (Fla.) East Bay
Turnovers, turnovers and more turnovers haunted Eastbay throughout the night against Tampa Alonso. The Indians coughed up the pigskin 6 times on Monday night, one of them getting snagged off the grass by Alonso's Roosevelt Lawrence for a 70 yard touchdown to give Alonso a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
The Indians were desperately trying to get their run game going with the triple option, but rarely had success with it. Every other play, Alonso was in the backfield blowing up plays up.
Alonso was led by senior running back, Ish Witter (5-8/190). Witter, who's garnered, offers from the likes of Rutgers, Syracuse, Missouri and more, provides great balance and quickness as a stout back.
Following East Bay's lone points they scored, which was a field goal by Eric Morgan from 25 yards out, Witter took a kick return 70 yards all the way to East Bay's 10-yard line, giving them terrific field position. Following the explosive return, Witter took it in from 10 yards out to give Alonso the lead, 14-3 with 22 seconds left in the first half.
Anchoring the offensive line up front for Alonso was 6-foot-2, 285-pound, Gary Brown. Brown, who's fresh off an official visit to Indiana, displayed great pad level and initial strength throughout the night against the Indians, but had his hands full at the same time.
Eastbay has a 2015 defensive end named, Marques Ford. Ford, who's a slender 6-foot-4, 215-pounds, is an explosive pass rusher off the edge and glared Brown's weakness of foot quickness and speed, beating him regularly throughout the evening. He's a guy I would certainly keep my eyes on for the next year and a half.
Early in the second half, Alonso quarterback Chris Oladokun threw a laser to Brandon Robinson for a 42 yard touchdown and the PAT was good with 10:31 left in the 3rd quarter.
Following a three and out for the Indians, Alonso had the ball back and Oladokun connected with Robinson once again to make it 28-3 after the extra point. To seal the game off, Derrick Walker returned a 50 yard punt for a Ravens touchdown with 4:29 left in the 4th and that's all she wrote. The Ravens beat Eastbay, 35-3. East Bay falls to 2-1 on the season and Tampa Alonso improves to 2-1.
Alonso's senior tight end Marcus Mosley was fairly quiet on the evening, catching one pass for 10 yards in the first quarter, but has a good body to pack more mass onto his frame at 6-foot-4, 210-pounds. Mosley currently has offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Indiana, Syracuse and more.