*QB Tate Martell ('17)- Martell, who transferred in from Poway (Calif.) and committed to Washington as an 8th grader, was the player of the game and the single biggest reason Gorman took control in the 2nd half. He was simply electric the second he stepped on the field and killed the Friars with his arm and his legs.
Martell ran the read option to perfection and when he had to throw, he was decisive and threw with great touch and accuracy. At 5-10, 180 pounds, Martell may be undersized but he has plenty of arm strength and was poised beyond his years. To play so composed in such a huge game on the road speaks volumes about Martell and what kind of potential he has. I never saw Johnny Manziel play as a sophomore in H.S but I bet he looked a lot like Martell did Friday night.
*WR Tyjon Lindsey ('17)- Lindsey transferred from Poway with Martell and has lived with his family the last two years. As just a sophomore, he was the most electric player on the field. He had a 92 yard punt return for a score where he made a couple quick moves and then showed his explosive speed running away from several Friar player who had an angle on him.
Lindsey, who's about 5-8, 165 pounds, added two more touchdowns receiving and drew a few DeSean Jackson comparisons following the game. He's not just a speed guy, he's a natural pass catcher, runs clean routes and will be a national recruit in two years.
*DE Haskell Garrett ('17)- Staying with the sophomore theme, Garrett was dominant along the defensive line for Gorman. He's already 6-2, 270 pounds, is very strong, uses his hands and showed a relentless motor. He's a physical kid and projects as a national recruit in two years as well.
*LB Ikem Okeke ('16)- Okeke looked about 5-11, 195 pounds and he was all over the field. He's a hyper athletic 'backer who can really run and hit. He has more of a safety frame right now but plays with a linebacker mentality and loves contact. With two years to go before he can sign, Okeke is a promising prospect and someone who should be on everyone's radar right now.
*WR Cordell Broadus- Broadus is a nice complement to Lindsey as the big 6-3, 200 pound outside receiver. Every time we see Broadus, he looks a little bigger and could end up in that 6-4 range by the time he gets to college. The receiver is a smooth route runner with very good hands. He's not a burner and never will be but he uses his size to create separation and has excellent body control as well.
*DB Jabari Butler- Butler physically looks the part at a shade under 6-0 and a well built 170+ pounds. He's athletic, runs well and tackles well. He went man on man much of the game with Friar standout WR Equanimeous St. Brown and although he got beat deep for a late touchdown, more than held his own in that matchup.
*DB Nicco Fertitta- Fertitta is a head hunter and a true enforcer on the field. He loves to hit and plays with a big time edge to him. He's a smart, instinctual player that is always around the ball and a true leader of a defense. There has been some debate about whether he's big enough to play safety at the next level but Fertitta is starting to put those doubts to rest, simply because of his toughness and how hard he plays.
TE-DE Alize Jones- Jones only played in the 1st half due to a knee injury. He told us after the game it was a swollen bursa sac and he should be fine in a week or so. Physically, Jones looks great, with a college body right now. He's all of 6-5, 225 pounds and can move. He was only targeted once on offense but applied nice pressure on the pass rush and forced an interception late in the 1st half chasing down Travis Waller from behind and it's worth noting, Waller can run like a deer.
*DB Alex Perry ('17)- The Gorman sophomore class is loaded and Perry is yet another high Div I recruit who should be heavily recruited when he's a senior. He has very good speed and has great film at running back but DB could be where he projects best. He has all the physical tools to be a lockdown corner and assuming he continues to grow and fill out, he could be a special talent.
*OL Jackson Perry- Perry plays on both sides of the line but we like him as an offensive guard. He's a road grader who shows good feet, can get to the second level and is very strong at the point of attack. Defensively, he can take on a double team and stand his ground and was very tough to move around in the interior of the line.
*RB Russell Booze- Booze had a very efficient night as he carried the ball just nine times but had three touchdowns and 100 yards. Booze looked about 5-10, 170 pounds, showed good quickness getting around the edge and finishes off his runs. He's probably more quick than fast but is a decisive runner and has a nice feel for the position.