South, Scout on the Town Recap

We were at a handful of games around the Southeast this past weekend, including games in Florida and Alabama.


Chad Simmons, National Recruiting Analyst
Ironside (Ala.) Shades Valley vs Hoover (Ala.)

This game was tight in the first half even after Shades Valley threw two interceptions two of their first three possessions on their side of the field. Hoover went to half with a 10-7 lead, but it opened things up in the third quarter. Shades Valley scored late in the game, but Hoover won 33-14 to move to the third round of the playoffs.

The top prospect in this contest is 2014 five-star Marlon Humphrey from Hoover. The top cornerback was not thrown at any in this game and Shades Valley kept the ball out of his hands on special teams too, except for once. He returned a free kick 80 yards for a score. He showed elite speed. Plenty of other Hoover prospects shined and Bradrick Shaw, a junior running back with Ole Miss and Mississippi State offers had 134 yards on the ground and two scores. He has two more touchdowns called back as well. On defense, four-star junior outside linebacker Darrell Williams had a couple of tackles for loss, an interception, and multiple pressures. Sophomore cornerback P.J. Hall had a late interception and he is a corner with good size (5-foot-11, 175 pounds) and ball skills.

Shades Valley's top performer was 2015 athlete Keith Mixon. He returned a kickoff 96 yards yards in the first half and he finished the game with 274 total yards. He is small (5-8, 169 pounds), but very elusive and quick. He was the Shades Valley offense. Five-star junior defensive tackle Daron Payne only played about half the game due to an ankle sprain. He is very strong and he pushed the pocket back, but he was not a huge factor in this game. When in the game, he faced constant double-team blocks.

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Jamie Newberg, National Recruiting Analyst
Dade City (Fla.) Pasco vs Citra (Fla.) North Marion

This was a game filled with several outstanding Division 1 prospects in the classes of 2015 and 2016. Heading this group was five-star sophomore wide receiver Nate Craig from Pasco. He's certainly bigger (6-4/205), stronger and faster than when I saw him explode in their playoff loss to Tampa Robinson one year ago. Craig only managed three receptions but that was not his fault, as the Raiders just couldn't accurately get him the ball. His first two catches were key third down conversions in the second quarter. On the first, he ran an out and got leveled by a Colts defender. On the second, Craig ran a go route and made a very nice catch with the defensive back draped all over him. This kid is so smooth, runs so well and he knows how to use his body to his advantage. Craig already holds [verbal] offers from teams like FSU, Florida, Ohio State, Clemson, Tennessee and a host of others. When it's all said and done he will be able to name his school.

The big name recruit for North Marion is linebacker De'Amontae Jackson. He told me after the game that Florida State and Alabama were his two favorites and that both programs have offered. Jackson is roughly 6-foot-0 (may be a tad shorter) and that will turn into a concern with colleges who believe size (height) matters. For me, it won't because this kid that flat out play ball. I love his versatility. On Friday he lined up at outside and inside linebacker and put his hand in the dirt to play defensive tackle. Jackson also lined up over the slot. This is a physical kid who has some explosiveness for a defensive player. He gets off blocks well and is a punisher. At 240-pounds or so he plays well in space. There's no doubt he will be one of the top middle linebackers in Florida in the 2015 class.

Jackson's teammate, James Allen, is a superb looking running back. He's 6-foot-0, 187-pounds and is another member of the class of 2015. Allen has that smooth style for the position. He has good speed and deceptive power. I think his best attribute are his feet and lateral movement. I would love to see what he could do at the cornerback position. There were a few runs where he got in the open field and you can see him open up his hips, change direction and accelerate. Don't get me wrong, I like his upside on offense but he could turn himself a big corner and those guys are so hard to find. Allen told me after the game that he grew up dreaming of playing for the Gators. Florida is recruiting him along with most of the schools in the SEC, ACC, as well as USF and UCF.

Another impressive underclassmen for North Marion was sophomore wide receiver Freddie Swain. He had a huge play in the first half with a 50-yard catch and run. In fact, that's his sixth straight game with at least one reception of 50 yards or more. He has good height at 6-foot-1 or so and plenty of time to fill out his lanky frame. Heck, he's just a sophomore. He catches the ball well and shows elusiveness with the ball.

There were prospects in the senior class. Malik Johns from Pasco had a huge game. He returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. Johnson lined up everywhere on offense, playing quarterback, running back and wide receiver. He also played in the secondary. He's a tough, gritty kid with speed and quickness who certainly has a future at the next level, likely as a slot wide receiver. FAU, FIU and Appalachian State have offered Johns.

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Geoff Vogt, Florida Recruiting Analyst
Miami Central vs Boynton Beach (Fla.)

The Miami Central running back duo of Joseph Yearby and Dalvin Cook scored five touchdowns, ran for over 200 yards combined, and Cook housed a punt return as the Rocket's coasted to a first round playoff victory. Cook's potential is through the roof and we are not surprised that FSU, Texas, Arkansas, and Miami are trying to turn the UF commitment. Yearby produces every time he touches it. He is one of the most consistent running back's the state has produced in a decade (against big-time competition).

Boynton Beach quarterback Lamar Jackson had a huge game with almost 250 yards passing and 200 yards rushing. He ran away from a very fleet Central secondary at times. The junior showed that he could be a major prospect for the class of 2015.

Next up for Central is Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Dillard.

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Amy Campbell, Southeast Field Reporter
Tampa (Fla.) Wharton vs Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips

Both teams got off to a bit of a slow start on offense. Wharton did a great job stopping the Dr. Phillips run at first, but DP got going in the second quarter and went into halftime with a 14-3 lead. They went on to take the 37-10 playoff win. Wharton quarterback Chase Litton was 24-42 for 165-yards, two interceptions, and no touchdowns. The Dr. Phillips defense lead by corners Davin Pierce and Vernon Walker, was solid and suffocating. On offense, senior receiver Roderick Proctor was 6-8 for 73-yards receiving and a touchdown. Athlete Deionte Gaines was 2-2 for 64-yards receiving, and rushed for 22-yards and a touchdown on four carries. Dr. Phillips takes on Tampa (Fla.) Plant next week in Tampa.

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Patrick Burnham, Florida Recruiting Analyst
Perry (Fla.) Taylor County High School at Tallahassee (Fla.) Florida High School at 7:30 p.m.

After swapping opening possession turnovers Florida High cruised to a 41 to 6 win over Taylor County on Friday night in the first round of the state championship playoffs. Junior quarterback Ronnie Harrison, who is committed to North Carolina, was the star of the game. Harrison ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns, including an 77 yard run that gave Florida High an early 14 point lead from which it never looked back.

Taylor County wide receiver Moral Stephens who has several BCS offers and is being actively recruited by Florida was ineffective only catching two passes for 10 yards in the first half including a 12-yard reception. Harrison and Stephens matched up head-to-head several times when Taylor County ventured into the red zone. In those situations Florida High brought Harrison in at cornerback to play Stephens man-to-man with Harrison not allowing Stephens a single reception.

Florida High's defense was suffocating and led by senior defensive tackle Connor Jackson who spent has much time in the Taylor County backfield as Taylor County's quarterback. Jackson, who is committed to Furman, also had a dominant performance playing center on offense. Florida High senor offensive tackle Garrett McGhin continues to develop and is an outstanding prospect who is currently committed to South Alabama.

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John Garcia Jr., Alabama Recruiting Analyst
Calera (Ala.) High vs Dadeville (Ala.) High

It was a battle of dual-threat senior quarterbacks, and C.J. Tolbert of Dadeville held off Ronnie  Clark of Calera in a back-and-fourth 35-24 second-round playoff action. Both QBs are run-first guys, and it was a track meet despite steady rain. Tolbert accounted for all five Tiger scores (four rushing), flashing excellent burst and good top-end speed on many big runs en route to 193 yards on the ground. Clark answered more times than not, finishing with 222 yards on 30 carries, including two scores in addition to one through the air early on. Clark, an Alabama commitment projected to play defense at the next level, did it with vision and power at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds or so.

Dadeville's defense slowed the four-star when it counted most, and a pair of brothers led the way. Junior three-star defensive end Anfernee Jennings, already with offers from Arkansas and Mississippi State to his name, strung out Clark early in the game and had the most success at bringing him down without the help of multiple teammates. His younger brother Shawndarius Jennings is an emerging safety prospect at 6-foot-1, 205 pounds. The sophomore is a downhill, in-the-box talent that likes to bring the lumber upon contact. He's a name to watch among Alabama's underclassmen.

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Bob Redman, Managing Editor of
Jacksonville (Fla.) Providence vs Ocala (Fla.) Trinity Catholic

The game was a bit wet with a very light drizzle on the field and that made for an excellent defensive effort for most of the night. Providence would strike first with a score, but it was Trinity Catholic that went on to put the game away with a final score of 30-13.

Providence of course is home to 4-star offensive tackle David Sharpe who with his size isn't exactly a perfect fit for the wet field and weather. Sharpe is so massive and if he gets his hands or body on someone he destroys them, but he is sometimes a bit cumbersome while playing a left tackle. It is easy to see his athletic prowess on some plays and then others, you wish he would use it more and go after someone on the field. His younger teammate is Andrew Boselli, a class of 2016 sophomore who also is the son of former NFL super star offensive tackle Tony Boselli. The younger Boselli is still growing into his body but at his age looks like he will be a future star. He has great technique for his size using his hands like an older more polished player would and he plays both ways, never coming off of the field. This kid is about 6-foot-3 and 280 pounds or so but will grow immensely, absolutely one to watch and it will be interesting to see how well he develops on both sides of the ball.

The player that caught my eye that I wasn't expecting was running back Jamauri Wakefield, another sophomore in the class of 2016. Wakefield had 102 yards on the night including a 60 yard run in the third quarter. With two more years of high school, Wakefield looks to be the real deal.

A big sturdy quarterback, Trinity Catholic's Reid Carlton can throw the ball and has a bit of athleticism. He was bottled up from running most of the night and threw a pick six to start the game, but he settled down and hit some key passes in the rain. He doesn't have a big time arm, but he is a quality passer who can put the ball in tight spaces. He hit 2014 senior receiver Rudi Outar on a long pass where Outar fought off the defensive back, hit the ground and weaseled his way into the end zone after anther defender was there to try and stop him. Outar has a nice build at about 185 pounds and stands about 6-foot-0. Not a burner, but a quality possession receiver for sure at the next level. The star on offense was sophomore (2016 class) running back Johnny Taylor who ran 26 times for 180 yards on the night including three touchdown runs of 15, 32, and 33 yards. Taylor is a downhill runner even at maybe 180 pounds and when he gets the hole he hits it hard with the ability to make someone miss in the open field. TC has a pair of good looking junior (2015) class linebackers in Marquis Hendrix and Ulysees Gilbert. Both are in the 220 range and both can really motor. On the night Hendrix was extremely active and finished with 13 tackles and two sacks while Gilbert finished with 10 tackles and two sacks.

The play of the night won't go in the record books because it was called back by holding, but sophomore (2016 class) defensive end Jordan Woods picked up a blocked field goal attempt and cut to the right only to see no room, he cut back to the left and around everyone with his long stride form and outraced every player on the field for a 92 yard return. It was exciting to see a guy that big (6-foot-4, 245) move that well. He was also in the backfield all night harassing everyone that had the ball. TC has a really big group of kids on the defensive side of the ball and they are all going to be back next year.

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Wayne McGahee, III, Field Reporter
? Jacksonville Harvest Community vs Tallahassee North Florida Christian

2014 three-star running back and Florida State commit Johnathan Vickers led the way for North Florida Christian in their 48-21 blowout of Harvest Community. The first half was fairly close with Harvest executing with their triple option offense. 2014 running back/ linebacker Lonnie Marts had 131 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries. The first half ended with North Florida Christian up just 27-21. After that it was the Johnathan Vickers show. He had 93 rushing yards and three touchdowns on eight carries and 73 receiving yards and one touchdown on three receptions. Two of those touchdowns came in the second half.

2015 three-star Christian Philpott only had one catch on the evening, but Philpott made it a good one. He beat his defender deep and pulled down a 55 yard reception. Harvest Community's season is over with a 6-4 record. North Florida Christian improves to 8-2 on the season and will play University Christian (8-2) next weekend.

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Corey Bender, Field Reporter
Tampa Jefferson vs Largo (Fla.)

Future South Florida Bull and Tampa Jefferson quarterback Deiondre Porter put Tampa Jefferson on his back late in the fourth quarter, trailing by five points against Largo. Pushed back to their own 5-yard line, Porter drove the Dragons 95 yards, and accounted for runs of 28, 25 and 10, including a 5-yard touchdown run to give Jefferson their first lead of the game.

Largo possessed much of the momentum throughout the game against Jefferson. After a succesfull onside kick to start the second half, Largo quarterback Donovan Hale connected with stud wide receiver Raheem Harvey from 62 yards out to give Largo a 17-6 lead. The momentum quickly shifted, with Largo punting five consecutive times following the Largo score. Following the 95-yard drive by the Dragons, Porter put the exclamation point on it and ran it in again - this time from 25 yards out.

The elusive Porter, who projects as a defensive back at the next level, finished with 203 yards rushing, 128 yards passing, and accounted for all four of Jefferson's touchdowns in the 25-17 Class 6A region quarterfinal win.

Jefferson wide receiver Derrick Ingram remains committed to Ohio University, but plans to take a visit to Temple in the near future.

Largo wide receiver Cordell Hudson has visited Iowa State, and plans to officially visit Syracuse from Dec. 6-8 and Rutgers, Dec. 13-15.

Reggie Campbell, a versatile offensive weapon at Largo, holds one offer from Middle Tennessee as a junior and is receiving interest from Mississippi State, Missouri, Louisville and Indiana.

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