East: Scout on the Town, Recap

We were at a handful of games in the Northeast this past weekend, including games in New Jersey, Virginia and North Carolina.


Michael Clark, Atlantic Recruiting Analyst
Apex (N.C.) Middle Creek vs. Cary (N.C.)

Despite heavy rain and standing water on the field, Middle Creek and Cary were able play on Friday night. In a game of offensive struggles, Middle Creek was able to prevail 14-0.

For Middle Creek, Friday's game was the first time wide receiver Curtis Burston played an entire game since earlier in the year. The East Carolina commit, who broke his foot at the start of the season is back to 100 percent. In a game where passing the ball was very difficult, the 6-foot-2, 212-pound Burston caught two passes, one of which went for a touchdown. His touchdown catch was extremely impressive, as he took a quick slant and broke three tackles before getting into the endzone. He is a big, physical receiver with great hands. He is one the most underrated players in North Carolina and should be really god player at the next level.

Warren Messer is a player whose stock is on the rise. The 2015 6-foot, 215-pound middle linebacker was all over the rain-soaked field Friday. He is very instinctive and his motor never stops. Although he is a little undersized, he does a nice job of reading and reacting to plays very quickly. He is also very strong and does a really good shedding blockers to make plays. It should be interesting to see how his recruitment develops because I think he could be an asset to many college football programs.

Junior defensive tackle Anthony Rush played extremely hard, Despite being double and sometime triple-teamed, the 6-4, 280-pound Rush controlled the line of scrimmage for most of the night. Rush had multiple tackles for loss and was very disruptive. He is very quick of the ball, extremely powerful and has a great motor. Rush has all the tools to become a big-time college football player. Look for his recruitment to really pick up steam in the next couple of months.

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Jacquie Franciulli, East Field Reporter
Richmond (Va.) Jefferson vs. Henrico (Va.) Douglas Freeman High School

It was an ugly game but Douglas Freeman High School moves on to 8 and 1 on the year after defeating Thomas Jefferson 38-18 on Friday. The night started with an 85-yard kickoff by Evan Tyler, who then added two more rushing touchdowns on 17 carries and 137 yards. Rebels' linebacker Trent Young had a great day defensively with seven tackles, two tackles for a loss and two interceptions. The first pick was for 79 yards and he also punched it in for a touchdown on the ensuing drive.

But 2015 two-way lineman Cody Banks is who really impressed me on Friday night. The first thing you notice is he towers over everyone. At 6-foot-6, 270 pounds, he isn't a small guy, but he also can move. Banks did a great job blocking, and it was him along that made sure Tyler had a lane open to run in a 21-yard touchdown. I could see why Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech are all already showing interest. Banks was also getting back from an injury on Friday, he had dislocated his shoulder the week prior, which is why he didn't play on defense-so in short the 2015 prospect is tough.

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Sam Hellman, Northeast Recruiting Reporter
South Brunswick (N.J.) vs Parlin (N.J.) Sayreville War Memorial

Sayreville's shifty Myles Hartsfield holds a Rutgers offer as a defensive back, but continues to display electricity on the offensive side of the ball. The 6-foot, 170-pound junior plays running back and receiver in a run-heavy offense. Hartsfield is fast going sideline to sideline, and makes the cuts to get up field quickly. As a defensive back and in run blocking offensively, Hartsfield is willing to be physical but lacks the size to have a consistent impact at the next level. He is quick, and a strong finisher with the ball in his hands. In an easy Sayreville win, he averaged 5.3 yards per carry with two touchdowns.

Sayreville senior running back and linebacker Deion Miller does not have ideal size at 5-foot-10, 200 pounds, but he is strong with deceptive speed and could be a walk-on name to watch.

South Brunswick 2015 athlete Dontae Strickland played at a high level as a strong safety with Cincinnati Bengals receiver Mohamed Sanu cheering him on from the South Brunswick stands. Strickland already holds offers from Rutgers and Virginia, and will visit Maryland and Penn State before the end of the season. Strickland takes good angles to the football in run support, and did not get beaten in his cover-two help role defensively. Strickland is a running back first at the next level, but did not get many opportunities offensively. South Brunswick ran a triple option using Strickland as the tailback but rarely saw plays last long enough to get him open for a pitch.

Strickland's quarterback, 2015 classmate Amir Johnson, will be a name to watch as a corner, slot receiver and special teams player. Undersized at 5-foot-9, 160 pounds, the quickness, awareness and speed will get him looks during the spring evaluation period. Johnson was responsible for 154 yards of the team's 194 from scrimmage.

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