Scouting: Chicago Mt. Carmel vs Benet Academy

Several major college prospects squared off at Gately Park on Friday night when Chicago Mt. Carmel took on Benet Academy in the first round of the IHSA playoffs.

Chicago Mount Carmel was dominant, building a 42-0 halftime lead and ultimately defeating Benet Academy 49-6 on Friday night.

The most impressive prospect on this night was Minnesota commit Steven Richardson at defensive tackle. He had two sacks and several plays at or behind the line of scrimmage. He's quick off the ball, has a great motor, and was unblockable. He is undersized, but he's going to be a disruptive kid for the Gophers.

His linemate, Enoch Smith Jr., a Michigan State commitment, was limited by an injury which forced him to play with a cast on his hand.

Illinois commit Matt Domer had a nice game. He's an instinctive runner with good vision and is a one cut back who doesn't waste a lot of time going East-West. He may not be a 4.3 burner, but he has a good burst and he runs hard. He had the benefit of running behind Nate Oquendo, who is a technically sound interior prospect. He's not the biggest guy, but he plays very hard and is a good, dependable player.

Senior receiver Christian Searles had a big night with two touchdown receptions and an interception returned for a touchdown. He's a fine athlete, who may not be real big, but is worthy of scholarship attention.

Western Michigan commit Deontae Brown had a solid showing. He's a good, reliable tackler who took smart angles and did his job all night.

For Benet, highly regarded junior quarterback Jack Beneventi was dealing with the elements and a very tough defense. He throws a nice ball. He does not have a cannon, but is accurate, has good size and puts nice touch on his passes. He locked on to the first guy at times and paid for it once with the interception by Searles. He's a good prospect, and it was not his best game, but his tools were evident.

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