South Region: Five-Stars' Game Recaps

Scout.com takes a closer look at the five-star rated prospects who played in their season opener or jamborees this past weekend. A few got banged up a little, a few egos bruised and several displayed their lofty ranking. Reviews, stats and updates in recruiting of the nation's best.


South Region Five Stars
Jay Rome – 6-6/240 – TE
Valdosta (Ga.) High School: The Wildcats defeated Brooks County 35-0. Rome had four catches for 62 yards. FULL ARTICLE HERE. ValdostaWildcats.com provides an outstanding website HERE.

Recruiting: Uncommitted. Rome holds scholarship offers from across the country, but has the Crimson Tide and Georgia Bulldogs on top. "First of all, I know I'm going to take one [official visits] to Georgia and Alabama. After that, we'll see where it goes," Rome told Scout.com.

Tim Jernigan – 6-2/275 – DT
Columbia High School, Lake City, Fla. Jernigan starts his senior season September 3. Follow the Tigers HERE.

Recruiting: Jernigan reported a top five in July with Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU and Michigan all in the running for his signature. The No. 1 defensive tackle in the country does not have a time-frame for a decision.

Jadeveon Clowney – 6-5/235 – DE
South Pointe High School, Rock Hill, S.C.: The Stallions were defeated 42-20 by Northwestern. FULL ARTICLE
Clowney interviewed at the game about his top two teams HERE.
Follow the team HERE.

Recruiting: The No. 1 recruit in the country with scholarship offers from coast-to-coast has Alabama and South Carolina as his top two schoola. Clowney plans to take all five official visits before announcing a decision.

James Wilder – 6-2.5/180 – OLB
Plant High School, Tampa, Fla.: The nationally ranked Panthers got whipped by Manatee 48-10 in the Kick-off Class. FULL ARTICLE HERE. Stay tuned September 16th when Plant hopes to re-group to face Abilene, Texas on ESPN. Follow the Panthers HERE.

Recruiting: Committed to Florida State. Wilder committed to the Seminoles in late August with a host of schools across the country vying for his signature. The Gators and UGA Bulldogs were in the final three for the future running back in Tallahassee.

Tony Steward – 6-1/215 – MLB
Pedro Menendez High School, St. Augustine, Fla. The Falcons defeated Englewood in the Kick-off Classic 34-0. Steward will play both ways the rest of the season. "He's not coming off the field for us," Menendez coach Keith Cromwell told staugustine.com. "We have to find a way to use that athleticism at all times."
FULL ARTICLE HERE. Follow the team HERE.

Recruiting: Steward has set three visits. Video interview HERE.

HaSean Clinton-Dix – 6-2/190 – S
Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando, Fla. The Panthers won big on the road 42-0. FULL ARTICLE HERE. Follow the team HERE

Recruiting: Committed to Alabama. The No. 1 safety in the country gave his verbal pledge to the Tide in April after receiving scholarship offers from across the country.

Jeff Driskel – 6-4/225 – QB
Hagerty High School, Ovideo, Fla. The Huskies came back home licking their wounds after a 21-0 thumping by Edgewater in the pre-season Kick-off Classic. The game was called due to bad weather. FULL STORY HERE AND HIGHLIGHTS. Follow the team HERE.

Recruiting: Committed to Florida. Driskel decided to stay in the Sunshine State when he announced his decision in April. "I'm a big, tall quarterback who is fast and can make plays in the pocket. I can run too, and I feel like I can make any throw. I can do pro-style or the spread, and I'm really versatile."

Isaiah Crowell – 6-0/210 – RB
Carver High School, Columbus, Ga. The Tigers defeated Spencer 63-0. Crowell had touchdown runs of 21, 14, and 30 with total offensive yardage of 136 yards in the first half of play. FULL ARTICLE HERE
Follow the team HERE.

Recruiting: Uncommitted. The Crimson Tide and Bulldogs will battle for the signature for one of the Peach State's best. Georgia holds the lead heading into Crowell's senior season. He is in no rush to make a decision. Florida State and Clemson are likely to receive official visits as well.

Sammy Watkins – 6-1/180 – WR
South Fort Meyers High School, Fla. The Wolfpack defeated Collier 23-2 with a game which moved to Saturday due to weather. FULL ARTICLE HERE/PHOTO GALLERY.
Follow the team HERE.

Recruiting: Uncommitted. Watkins named a top three in July consisting of Clemson, Miami and Michigan. Florida and Tennessee also remain in the mix for his signature. He does not plan to announce a decison anytime soon.

Nick O'Leary – 6-4/230 – TE
Dwyer High School, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The Panthers defeated Carol City 25-20 in the Kick-off Classic. O'Leary had two receptions for 40 yards. FULL ARTICLE
Stay tuned to see Dwyer on ESPN September 6th in the ESPN/Kirk Herbstreit Classic against Cleveland Glenville. Follow the team HERE.

Recruiting: Uncommitted. O'Leary favors Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Miami. All three schools in the Sunshine State are heavily in the mix for his signature. No time-frame for a decision.

La'el Collins – 6-4/275 – OT
Redemptorist, La. The Wolves defeated Catholic Friday night in a jamboree which ended in a 6-6 tie. VIDEO INTERVIEW
Redemptorist remains at home next week against Southern Lab.
Follow the team HERE.

Recruiting: Committed to LSU. Collins gave his verbal pledge to the Tigers last September along with teammate Jeremy Hill. The No. 1 player in the state help jumpstart the talented class of 2011 for the Tigers.

Charone Peake – 6-3/175 – WR
Dorman High School, Spartanburg, S.C. The Cavaliers defeated Gaffney 21-12, but loses Peake to a sprained ankle before half-time. FULL ARTICLE HERE. Follow the team HERE

Recruiting: Committed to Clemson. Peake had scholarship offers from coast-to-coast and gave his verbal pledge to the Tigers in mid-June. He joins teammate Adam Humphries who also committed in June.

Anthony Johnson – 6-2/296 – DT
O.Perry Walker High School, New Orleans, La. The Chargers open their season at home September 4th against Clark. Follow the team HERE. (website under construction)

Recruiting: Committed to LSU. 'Freak' Johnson committed to the Tennessee Volunteers last May, but decided to stay closer to home last December when he switched his commitment to the Tigers.

Jermauria Rasco – 6-3/250 – DE
Evangel Christian Academy, Shreveport, La. The Eagles will face an out-of-state match-up September 3rd against Tulsa-Union, Okla. Follow the team HERE.

Recruiting: Uncommitted. Rasco is not naming favorites, but Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Texas and UCLA are the schools on his radar. He plans to make a decision after official visits.

Stephone Anthony – 6-3/220 – OLB
Anson High School, Wadesboro, N.C. The Bearcats lost to Pageland-Central, S.C. 20-7. Anson will go on the road this week to Richmond Co. with kick-off at 7:30. Follow the team HERE.

Recruiting: Uncommitted. "It goes Florida, Virginia Tech, Clemson, North Carolina, Georgia and N.C. State," Anthony reported to Scout.com this week. "Everything is in that order."

Teddy Bridgewater – 6-3/192 – QB
Northwestern High School, Miami, Fla. The Bulls had a come-from-behind win against Norland in a pre-season game. 'Bridgewater-style' pulled the win 35-34. FULL ARTICLE/PHOTO GALLERY.
Northwestern will host Carol City Friday, September 3rd at 7:30pm. Follow the team HERE.

Recruiting: Committed to Miami. Bridgewater committed to the Hurricanes in June. He took his show on the road this summer winning top awards at every outing. "I'm like Vince Young when he was at Texas. I can carry a team with my arm and my legs. I'm good at throwing on the run, and I'm very mobile."

Mike Bellamy – 5-10/175 – RB
Charlotte High School, Punta Gorda, Fla. The Tarpons went up 17-0 against Lemon Bay before the game was called due to bad weather. Learn more of Bellamy with full article HERE. Follow the team HERE.

Recruiting: Committed to Clemson. Bellamy gave his verbal pledge to the Tigers in June becoming the second running back to commit to the Tigers in the class of 2011. Marlin Lane is also from the Sunshine State.

Brey Cook – 6-7/310 – OT
Har-Ber High School, Springdale, Ark. The Wildcats defeated Tulsa-Union 21-20. FULL ARTICLE HERE
Follow the team HERE.

Recruiting: Committed to Arkansas. Cook committed to the Razorbacks in July over scholarship offers from across the country including Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, UCLA and USC.

Brandon Shell – 6-7/310 – OT
Goose Creek High School, S.C. The Gators defeated Irmo 49-28. Shell helped lead the way for a Goose Creek offense which gained 378 yards rushing. Follow the team HERE.

Recruiting: Uncomitted. Shell favors the Georgia Bulldogs and South Carolina Gamecocks with interest in Alabama, Clemson and Miami. He has not set a time-frame for a decision.


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