National Recap: Scout on the Town, East

Here's a look at some of the games we attended this weekend from around the East. We were at games in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina.


Brian Dohn, East Coast Analyst
Hamilton (N.J.) Nottingham vs West Windsor Plainsboro (N.J.) North

Rutgers commit Saquan Hampton stole the show with a punt return for a touchdown and two interceptions, including one for a score, in a win. Hampton has a big frame (6-foot-1, 180 pounds) and is a smooth, long strider. He played cornerback but is better suited for safety at the next level. He accelerates well on plays in front of him and can play physical. He needs to work on his hip turn and gain flexibility there, and picking up a bit more of a burst would elevate him to the next level as a prospect.

Philadelphia St. Joseph's Prep vs Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood
There was plenty of talent in the game, and much of it was in the 2015 class. Four-star cornerback John Reid, whose offer list includes Penn State, Notre Dame, Maryland and Boston College and, was very loose with his hips and ran well in the few times Wood through the ball down the field. Reid was also eager to attack the line of scrimmage in the running game.

Michigan offensive line commit Jon Runyan Jr. is intriguing because he just turned 16 and at 6-4, 250, could grow into an offensive tackle, but he has the athleticism to play guard and be able to pull. He was explosive and showed good bend to help him win the leverage battle. St. Joseph's Prep also has running back Olamide Zaccheus (Miami, Pittsburgh and Temple offers), who showed a good change of direction and ran with a low center of gravity. He was difficult to bring down and accelerated well.

Wood was led by offensive tackle Ryan Bates, another 2015 prospect, and he has plenty of talent. Bates, who holds a Penn State offer among others, got to the second level with incredible speed and was able to locate his targets quickly.

Wood linebacker Jake Cooper (Pittsburgh and Temple offers) was at his best filling gaps in the running game. Also, 2015 running back Jarrett McClendon (5-8, 170) accelerated well and showed good vision. He can changed direction well and was slippery.

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Michael Clark, Atlantic Recruiting Analyst
Charlotte (N.C.) West Mecklenburg vs. Charlotte (N.C) Providence

West Mecklenburg went into Friday's game against Providence as a heavy favorite. However, the Panthers upset the Hawks 31-27.

Four-star West Mecklenburg quarterback and North Carolina State Jalan McClendon got off to a hot start, but struggled down the stretch, throwing three interceptions. Despite the turnovers, there is no doubt that he is one of the most talented signal-callers in the country. He will bounce back next week and has the potential to become a big-time college quarterback .

Duke commit Shaun Wilson has had a great senior season and played extremely well Friday. The West Mecklenburg running back finished with 216 yards rushing and four touchdowns. He showed great vision and tremendous quickness. I think he will make an immediate impact for the Blue Devils.

Four-star junior safety Van Smith showed great athleticism and versatility. Besides safety, the Clemson commit lined up wide receiver, running back, wildcat quarterback and cornerback. He has a great combination of size and speed. It is hard to believe he has another year of high school left to play. He is a big-time prospect.

Four-star offensive tackle and North Carolina commit Bentley Spain played a major role in Providence's strong offensive performance. The Panthers moved the ball on the ground and through the air. Spain is far more advanced than most offensive lineman his age. He moves extremely well and has good technique. He will play early in Chapel Hill and should become a special player at the next level.

Providence wide receiver and North Carolina commit Austin Proehl showed why he is one of the most underrated prospects in the state. Proehl caught two touchdowns and was able to get separation from defensive backs all night. The Tar Heels got a steal in Proehl.

2016 Providence linebacker Jack King is a prospect to watch over the next couple of years. King was all over the field Friday night, making several tackles. It is early in the recruiting process, but it will not be long before his recruitment gains momentum.

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Tony Greco, Panther Digest Publisher
West Mifflin (Pa.) vs Elizabeth Forward (Pa.)

A game with conference positioning involved. West Mifflin defeated Elizabeth Forward on Thursday night.

Senior running back James Wheeler singlehandedly stole the show for West Mifflin, rushing for 257 yards on 30 carries, with six rushing scores--every West Mifflin touchdown.

The Titans led 7-0 15 minutes into the game before the game went in to a one-hour, 51-minute rain delay.

Elizabeth Forward's JaQuan Davidson committed to Pittsburgh prior to the start of the second quarter. He is being recruited as a receiver, but is quarterback this year. Davidson rushed for 170 yards on the nights on just eight carries, including a 77-yard touchdown run on a quarterback draw.

With Wheeler's performance, he has now rushed for 1,569 yards in seven games this season. He's also closing in on 4,000 career rushing yards, with 3,795 yards in just two seasons as a starter.

With Davidson's performance, he has thrown for 581 yards and nine touchdowns this season, along with 562 yards rushing and four rushing score.

Gateway (Pa.) vs North Allegheny (Pa.)
In a game that had six Division I prospects in it, Gateway avenged a regular season loss to North Allegheny last year in a 35-32 win.

Delvon Randall, among several key performances, stole the show from his first touch of the game. He opened as the 'Wildcat' quarterback, taking his team's first offensive snap for a 56-yard touchdown. Randall finished with 104 yards rushing and two touchdowns, with another 90 yards and a touchdown catch. Randall is a Temple commit.

Pittsburgh commit Elijah Zeise finished with five catches for 118 yards and a touchdown, often drawing double coverage from three-star corner Anthony Davis and four-star safety Montae Nicholson.

Davis, who will take official visits to Pitt and Temple later this fall, finished with a 32-yard touchdown reception. Nicholson added 99 yards receiving on four catches. He added 61 yards on three kick returns, six tackles on defense and three passes broken up.

Temple commit Brenon Thrift was a factor in the defensive line, making six solo stops, a sack, a hurry and a pass broken up.

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Jamie has been covering college football recruiting since 1992 and is entering his ninth year with 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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