Scout On The Road

High school football opened in force around the country, and the recruiting team was on the road watching some of the nation's top prospects in action.

Names To Watch
Robert Bolden – QB - #1 – St. Mary Prep (Mich.)
vs East Grand Rapids (Mich.): Bolden went 10 of 20 for 145 yards, one rushing touchdown and an interception. He was under a heavy rush for much of the night. When given time, he showed the arm strength and accuracy which has made him a highly regarded prospect. We will see how he handles pressure the rest of the season, but that is one area the Penn State commitment can continue to work on. In terms of pure passing skill though, Bolden can make all the throws and has a bright future. -- Allen Trieu
Mack Brown – RB - #33 – M.L. King (Ga.)
vs. Southwest Dekalb (Ga.): Brown went up against a stacked box all night in this game and every one of his yards were earned. He finished with 66 yards on 20 carried and was kept out of the end zone. He is a better back when in space, but the majority of his carries in this game were between the tackles. He ran hard and broke a fair share of tackles to get tough yards after contact. Even though the defensive linemen and linebackers were on him quickly, his quick feet were still able to make guys miss and get positive yards a number of times. -- Chad Simmons
Devon Carrington – S - #5 – Hamilton (Az.)
vs. St. Mary's (Az.): Carrington has really bulked up from last year and that is going to help him in run support. When I first saw him last year, I really liked his versatility in that he could play either safety spot but felt he need the extra bulk to play around the line of scrimmage at the college level. He has put on 15 pounds and his frame will allow another 10-15. Like I said, he plays well around the LOS and is an effective blitzer but he is also very smooth in the secondary. He is a bit up a long strider so his speed is deceptive but he covers a lot of ground and has great ball skills. Carrington is committed to Stanford and they got a good one. He lived up to his four-star status in this game. -- Jason Jewell
Josh Fulton – TE - #88 – St. Mary's (Az.)
vs. Hamilton (Az.): Fulton plays at a high level on both sides of the ball (is an end on defense) but his future is at TE. Big kid with great hands. He lines up in the slot a lot and can create matchup problems, especially in the redzone. Runs good routes for a big man, getting in and out of his breaks. Will make the catch in traffic and will go up and get the ball at it's highest point. Does need to imprve on his run blocking skills to be a more complete TE. That will come as he bulks up and just has more experience doing it. does not line up with his hand on the ground a lot now. Current three-star prospect that is committed to Arizona State. -- Jason Jewell
Sam Gibson – QB - #2 – Prattville (Ala.)
vs. North Gwinnett (Ga.): Gibson was really a non-factor in this game. The LSU commitment is an athlete that plays quarterback for Prattville and he did not get comfortable in this game. He was pressured all night, he did not scan the field very well, and he was just flustered for four quarters. He did make a crucial third and long conversion after escaping a blitz late in the fourth quarter that led to a touchdown, but that was about it for him. He looked the part physically and maybe he had an off game, but he was really not the force expected in this one. - Chad Simmons
Andrew Hendrix – QB - #12 – Moeller (Ohio)
vs. Winton Woods (Ohio): Hendrix made sure the recruiting process didn't get in the way of his senior season and after watching his team get off to a rough start it was Hendrix's who used his leadership skills to bring his team back from a 21-point deficit. While his stats weren't great (8-22-0, 89-yards 0 TD) Hendrix is the major reason his team held things together and came back for the 45-34 victory. -- Dave Berk
Jordan Hicks – LB - #32 – Lakota West (Ohio)
vs. Northmont (Ohio): Hicks did everything in his power to give his team a victory in a hard fought season opening battle against Clayton (Ohio) Northmont. With Lakota West trailing 7-0 and only 5:44 left in the game, Hicks blitzed from the right edge leaping to knock down quarterback Tyler Kerlin's screen pass. The end results showed why Hicks is considered one of the top players in the country. After tipping a Northmont pass, Hicks caught the ball and took it 23 yards giving his team possession of the ball on the 4-yard line. Lakota West would score but have the extra point blocked and lose 7-6 in a game that saw rain and lighting that would delay it for about 35 minutes. Jordan finished the night with 12 total tackles (9 solo). -- Dave Berk
JaWuan James – OT - #70 – North Gwinnett (Ga.)
vs. Prattville (Ala.): James and the Bulldogs did a very nice job as a group against the number five team in the country on Saturday. He has gotten stronger and he still showed very good feet as a senior. He can still play a little more physical, but he did a nice job of keeping the defensive end out of the play the majority of the time. His slide-kick was nice and his length helped him. He did not hold his block as long as he should have at times, but overall he played a solid game. The defense he went against is probably the best they will see all year and they won 13-9. -- Chad Simmons
Marcus Lattimore – RB - #21 – Byrnes (S.C.)
vs. Central Gwinnett (Ga.): Lattimore was Lattimore over the weekend. The Black Knights really made it tough on him to break the big one, so he just kept carrying the ball, carrying the pile, and moving the chains. He finished with 133 yards on 26 carries and he scored three touchdowns in the Rebels 43-7 win. He is just a running back that just keeps coming at you and he looks the same, if not better in the second half than he did fresh in the first half. He showed great vision, he showed very good leg drive, and he showed a nose for the end zone on Saturday. -- Chad Simmons
Ken Malcolme – RB - #34 – Southwest Dekalb (Ga.)
vs. M.L. King (Ga.): Malcome was in the same situation as Mack Brown as they went head to head. M.L.K. put eight to nine guys in the box and really focused on shutting down the running game. Malcome finished with 75 yards on 17 carried and he had some runs where it looked like he would be stopped for a loss that ended up going for seven or eight yards. He is a down hill back and he showed a lot of power, he kept his feet moving, and he had nice body lean in this game. -- Chad Simmons
Corey Miller – DE - #80 – Byrnes (S.C.)
vs. Central Gwinnett (Ga.): When Miller was turned loose he was pretty much unstoppable. There was not a lot of passing in this game on the Central Gwinnett side, but when there was Miller was back there. They would double team him at times, but that did not slow him down. He showed much more punch than a year ago and he still closed on the ball very quickly. Miller has added about 15-20 pounds this year and he is a much more complete defensive end. He had a very good performance over the weekend. -- Chad Simmons
Demarcus Milliner – CB - #2 – Stanhope Elmore (Ala.)
vs. Hewitt-Trussville (Ala.): The top cornerback in the country did not disappoint. Milliner started at safety and rotated at the running back position with his younger brother. Milliner didn't have any picks for the night, but had several tackles. He laid numerous big hits and was in the right place during pass coverage. Milliner was always in the backfield when a big play was needed on offense. -- Andrew Bone
Alec Ogletree – S - #39 – Newnan (Ga.)
vs LaGrange (Ga.): Ogletree had a strong season opener against LaGrange. He played both ways for the first time in his career and he made plays on both sides of the ball. He had two typical bone-jarring hits from safety and he made a couple of big plays at receiver on hitch routes where he made guys miss and drug defenders for yards after contact. He could have been a little more aggressive, but he plays a smart safety knowing he is the last line of defense. He closed on the ball very well, he took good angles to the ball, and really locked down his receivers down field in coverage. -- Chad Simmons
Nick Perry – S - #15 – Prattville (Ala.)
vs. North Gwinnett (Ga.): Perry showed Saturday against North Gwinnett what he shows on film quite often – closing speed. A number of times Perry would just come into the play out of nowhere and be the first to make a hit or to finish up a play. He really did a nice job of striking the opponent and flying into the box for run support. He was solid in coverage against the spread, but he got turned the wrong way a few times, but it never ended up costing Prattville. Perry is a physical force and he sent a couple of oohs and aahs into the crowd Saturday night. -- Chad Simmons
Kelcy Quarles – DT - #84 – Greenwood HS (S.C.)
vs. Emerald (S.C.): Quarles has certainly gained a lot of weight from last season, up to 275 pounds and playing what should be his future homk e in college of defensive tackle. Up from 245 pounds as a junior, Quarles showed the strength and initial power off the snap that he had last season, but he does not have to show the speed that was a hinderance on the edge. For his size, he is now above average and moves very well on the interior; he just needs to get used to the cut blocks from other interior linemen. Injured himself celebrating a quarterback sack in the first quarter and was not the same the rest of the game. -- Miller Safrit
Alex Smith – TE - #85 – Lakota West (Ohio)
vs. Northmont (Ohio): Smith showed great improvement in his willingness to block on the line and is starting to get a feel for his bigger frame after gaining several pounds since the end of last season. While we don't have official stats Alex continues to impress with his soft hands and shows the skills colleges look for in a complete tight end. A good route runner Smith looks ready to take his game to the next level and his recruiting will continue to be a hot topic in the weeks to come. -- Dave Berk
T.J. Stripling – DE - #15 – Southwest Dekalb (Ga.)
vs. M.L. King (Ga.): Stripling had a solid performance against the Lions. He finished with one sack, eight tackles, and close to double-digits in quarterback pressures. There is no doubt that he is one of the quickest defensive ends in the country, but he still needs to gain weight, get stronger, and play the run better When plays go right at him is when he is at his weakest. When the ball goes away from him, he is at his best. He pursues the ball with such great speed and he really closes on the ball well. -- Chad Simmons
Terry Talbott – DT - #90 – Wayne (Ohio)
vs. Princeton (Ohio): If you get a chance to watch Terry Talbott play this fall make sure you do so. Talbott uses his hands very well and gets great leverage against offensive linemen. He also does a great job of shedding blockers and making tackles. One of the top defensive linemen in Ohio for the Class of 2010 Talbott plays with a high motor and flies all over the field. -- Dave Berk
Spencer Ware – QB - #11 – Princeton (Ohio)
vs. Wayne (Ohio): Word started to spread prior to Ware's game against Huber Heights Wayne that he was at the hospital early in the day. Some reports had Ware playing while others had him out. By game time we learned Ware wouldn't dress and that there were still questions about him dressing at all during the season. No official word was issued on Ware's condition but he was at the game and led his team in warm-ups. -- Dave Berk
Jaylen Watkins – CB - #7 – Cape Coral (Fla.)
vs. Riverdale (Fla.): The Florida commit had exactly the type of game you would expect. He plays QB and gets by with his great athleticism, often buying significant time with his feet. He busted off an 80 yard TD run that showed his pure speed and play-making ability. He also played safety where he made several big hits and picked off a pass showing great awareness and quick hips. He will be an early entry next January and looks ready to go. -- Geoff Vogt
Alex Welch – TE - #8 – Elder (Ohio)
vs. East St. Louis (Ill.): Alex Welch made the most of the chances he received and did a solid job blocking from the tight end position. While he didn't get to show a lot of his receiving ability he did have a chance to block some very athletic defensive players. -- Dave Berk

Brandon Willis – DE - #88 – Byrnes (S.C.)
vs. Central Gwinnett (Ga.): Willis had a strong game at defensive end and stopped the running game when it came his way and disrupted the passing game when the opportunity presented itself. The Black Knights are a running team, so Willis was able to show his ability against the running game. He did a nice job and reading the play and reacting to where it went. There was some misdirection plays and he was always in his gap to make the play. He closed down the line nicely and he showed very good hands throughout the game. -- Chad Simmons
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