Scout on the Town - National Recap

Here's a Scout on the Town recap for this weekend's playoff action from around the country, including Tennessee commitment Riley Ferguson and his talented Butler squad in North Carolina.

Brian Dohn, East Recruiting Anlyst
Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic vs. Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep

Bergen Catholic ended an 11-game losing streak against the Ironmen and also ended their run of state titles at six with a 28-14 win, and class of 2014 prospect Garrett Dickerson was a force on the field. He plays tight end and defensive end, but made his mark in a big way on the defensive side of the ball. Dickerson explodes well at the snap and covers ground quickly in his first three steps. He gets up the field and also recognizes plays well. Several times he either tipped or altered a pass, and he showed a very good vertical. He was able to come off blocks and move to the inside to get to the running back and showed why he already has offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Rutgers and others. Northwestern commit Kyle Queiro played safety and did a nice job of breaking on the ball. He came up to the line of scrimmage in run support, and while he wasn't an aggressive tackler but he did make plays in the running game.

Michael Clark, East Recruiting Analyst
Fayetteville (N.C.) Jack Britt vs. Matthews (N.C.) Butler

On Saturday, Butler (15-0) showed why they are one of the elite teams in the country. The Bulldogs overwhelmed Jack Britt (13-3) in the North Carolina 4AA championship game. It was a mismatch from the beginning, as the Bulldogs won their third state title. Butler dominated early and led 42-14 at the half.

Offensively, the Bulldogs scored at will in the first half. They led 42-14 after two quarters of play. Butler quarterback Riley Ferguson (Tennessee commit) completed 20-29 passes for 301 yards and five touchdowns. The senior showed great poise and leadership.

Ferguson did not do it by himself on offense. Running back Josh Glisson finished with 140 yards rushing, 53 receiving, and four total touchdowns. Senior wide receivers Uriah LeMay (Georgia commit) and Kameron Billings both made several big plays. Lemay finished with 5 catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns, while Billings had four catches for 102 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore quarterback Anthony Ratliff, who lined up at receiver, threw the ball twice on trick plays and completed both for 84 yards and a touchdown. He also had two catches for 30 yards.


Chad Simmons, National Recruiting Analyst
Norcross (Ga.) vs. Kingsland (Ga.) Camden County

This game had so much talent in it and many of the top prospects stepped up and played to the level expected by Scout. Norcross traveled down to south Georgia and they beat Camden County 34-20 in this game. Four-star running back Alvin Kamara led Norcross to victory in this game and he had 158 yards rushing on 27 carries and two touchdowns on the ground. He also threw a touchdown pass and converted on a two-point play as well. He just chewed up yards, broke tackles, and kept moving the chains for the Blue Devils. He just made crucial play after crucial play. He ran hard, he gained many of his yards after contact, and he showed great vision and balance. He is one of the top backs in the country.

His counter-part is junior Myles Autry. He scored the first touchdown of the game on a pass over the middle and he then leaped over defenders into the endzone. He has over 10 offers right now and he is as fluid and smooth as they come. He played safety, wide receiver, quarterback, punt returner, kick returner, and running back. He does so many things well and he could be recruited as a two way player. Shon Akins is another senior and he was a star in this game. He picked off a pass and that led to a touchdown and he also had a big hit that broke up a would-be completed pass. He was solid in coverage all night and he is currently committed to California, but monitoring their coaching situation.

Jamie Newberg, National Recruiting Analyst
Dade City (Fla.) Pasco vs Tampa (Fla.) Robinson

Outside of Bradenton Manatee, Tampa Robinson has been the most impressive team I have seen this season. They are big, fast and very athletic. They don't have any superstars, rather a very good mix of talent in the trenches and on the perimeter.

Up front they are led by seniors Conner Rafferty, Bruce Hector, Justin Meredith and Nahshon Simmons. Rafferty and Hector are committed to South Florida and they are the left side of the offensive line for Robinson. Rafferty plays tackle but projects as a guard at the next level. Hector plays on both sides of the ball but looks like he makes more plays on offensive at guard. He moves very well and excels at pulling and blocking in space. Meredith was the big play maker on defense, where he had a couple of sacks and tackles for a loss. He also had a sack and strip early in the fourth quarter. This kid is relentless, athletic and gets off the ball well. He has offers from Wake Forest and FIU. Simmons is a 2014 defensive tackle that's hard to move. He ties up offensive linemen and is a run stuffer.

Kristen Ledlow, Southeast Field Reporter
Atlanta (Ga.) The Marist School vs Stockbridge

Marist High School continues on the path to a Georgia State championship with a win at Stockbridge High School on Friday. Marist's offensive standout was senior Myles Willis, who is committed to Boston College. After the recent firing of Head Coach Frank Spaziani, Willis confirmed his commitment while staying open to options elsewhere. Coach Ted Roof of Penn State visited Willis on Friday. Willis plans to take an official visit to Happy Valley in the coming months. Willis is joined by an impressive tight end in Greg Taboada, who will attend Stanford starting in June. He admits that his recruitment is over as he plans to focus on basketball before moving to Stanford. Marist also boasts junior talent in defensive lineman Kendall Baker. Baker has major offers in the SEC and ACC, but doesn't plan to narrow his options until this time next year.

John Garcia Jr., Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Buford (Ga.) vs Columbus (Ga.) Carver

Buford was able to power their way to a semifinal berth in Class 3A in the Peach State, due in-part, to the power of the offensive line. Led by Georgia offensive line commit Josh Cardiello, the Wolves used a tough ground game to eat up clock and wear down Carver. Cardiello was powerful at left tackle, man-handling most defensive linemen in his way - especially on down blocks.

Mikey Bart, who played tight end, fullback and defensive end, was instrumental in the win. He was a hassle off the edge on defense, ending a pair of Carver drives with big-time sacks by using his speed rush. The current South Florida pledge also proved stout against the run, using his length to separate at the point of attack before diagnosing the play. Bart was serviceable as a tight end, maximizing his chances on play-action using his 6-foot-3, 245-pound frame.

Tony Greco,
Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) University vs Clearwater (Fla.) Clearwater Central Catholic

University School is heading to the FHSAA Class 3A state championship after a 42-0 win over host Clearwater Central Catholic.

Suns quarterback Mike White completed 26-of-30 passes for 324 yards and two touchdown passes. Two of those incompletions were drops, and a third was an incompletion on a Hailmary pass attempt at the end of the first half. Three-star receiver Jordan Cunningham caught 12 of those passes for 178 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore running back Jordan Scarlett rushed for 11 carries for 89 yards in a touchdown, in just one half of play.

On the other side of the ball, Michael Stevenson finished with five catches for 47 yards, and a run that went for 55 yards. He finished with five tackles on defense.

Amy Campbell, Florida Field Reporter
Seffner (Fla.) Armwood vs Gainesville (Fla.)

Last year, it was Armwood that ended Gainesville's state championship hopes and this year Gainesville was the one to knock Armwood out of the race in a 42-10 victory. Gainesville's defense, led by senior linebacker Keith Kelsey showed the strength it has all season, but the lack of Armwood offense didn't hurt. Florida wide receiver commit Alvin Bailey stepped in at quarterback for Armwood and struggled to make plays against the tough Gainesville defense. Another Gator wide receiver commitment, Gainesville's Chris Thompson had a 28-yard touchdown catch, but it was really the Gainesville run-game that couldn't be stopped. The Hurricanes ran for 333-yards behind senior running back Raphael Webb who lead the team with 213-yards and three touchdowns. Junior running back Tony James added 123-yards and a touchdown. Gainesville will take on a Navarre (Navarre, FL) team that upset top offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil and his Columbia (Lake City, FL) team Friday.


Brandon Huffman, National Recruiting Analyst
Sammamish (Wa.) Skyline vs Tacoma (Wa.) Bellarmine Prep

Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline), the nation's top-quarterback, cemented himself as one of the finest players in state history, setting the state career passing record, and, more importantly, leading the Spartans to their second straight 4A state title, and their fifth in the last six years. Browne threw for 384 yards, the most ever in a state championship game, and four touchdowns, in the win. As usual, Browne did a great job looking for open receivers, and diversifying the offense. And most notably, he engineered a win on the biggest stage. The best play of the night he made, was his last touchdown pass of his storied career, stepping up in the pocket against a big rush, and tossing a 54-yard touchdown pass, the final nail for the Spartans. And Browne did it with quite an audience, one that include his future coach, Lane Kiffin from USC, as well as quarterbacks coach Clay Helton.

Greg Biggins, National Recruiting Analyst
Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei vs. Long Beach Poly (Calif.)

For Poly, athlete John Smith had a big game on both sides of the ball. Just a junior, Smith could be an elite recruit at WR or safety but I love him on defense.Smith looked good over summer on the 7 on 7 circuit and he just looks the part, the kind of athlete you see in the SEC. Smith has a great frame, is very physical, has good ball skills, runs well and is a play maker. He definitely projects as one of the elite prospects in the West next fall.

Kevin Carden, West Recruiting Analyst
West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade vs Gardena (Calif.) Serra

When you cover a game you hope the big-time players make a major impact on the game, and that is exactly what happened in the star-studded Chaminade-Serra showdown. Serra pulled out a 30-28 win thanks in large part because of the play of standouts Adoree Jackson and Dwight Williams. Jackson, one of the top 2014 prospects in California, got Serra on the board with a fake punt that he ran in for a long touchdown. Linebacker Dwight Williams was all over the field, coming up with two interceptions, and returned one for a 48-yard score. Sophomore tailback Malik Roberson stands just 5-foot-6, but he had a terrific night running the ball and will get plenty of attention from college coaches the next few years.

Annabel Stephan, West Field Reporter
Palos Verdes Estates (Calif.) Palos Verdes vs. Torrance (Calif.) West

Many factors played a role in this championship match up, including the abundance of rain. However, the Palos Verdes Sea Kings managed to rally and pulled out the 35-14 victory. Running back Matt Lopes was the player of the game, finishing the night with close to 200 yards yards for three touchdowns. Lineman Andrew Bucklin, who plays on both sides of the ball for the Sea Kings, is the team's most highly touted prospect, with an offer from Colorado and some more Pac-12 interest, as well as interest from Ivy League programs. Bucklin was ecstatic after the win, crediting the team's discipline and heart for leading them to their first CIF title win (Northern Division Champs) in almost fifty years.


Ahmard Vital, Midlands Recruiting
Katy (Texas) vs. La Porte (Texas)

After last year's let down (from the Katy side of things), Katy was not going to let that happen once more. Sure La Porte was down with the loss of its star running back three-star running back Keith Whitely, but this was all Katy with a 55-10 rout at Reliant Stadium.

Katy held La Porte to under 50 yards of total offense and racked up over 400 yards of its own. On the defensive side, Oklahoma defensive end commit Matt Dimon was playing on another level, staying in the backfield despite taking on double teams for most of the morning. Concentrating on mostly the run game, Dimon was able to be effective here being one of the first two on the scene for loss yardage. From the 2014 class, linebacker Jake Blomstrom was playing well too, getting in on plenty of action.

As for player of the game (if there were one), four-star running back Adam Taylor would be it. The Nebraska commit had over 200 yards and three touchdowns. His style of running will bode well in Big 10 country with a nice combination of power and vision. Baylor receiver commit Kyle Fulks caught a couple of passes, but this game was more about getting the ball in the hands of Taylor and letting him go to work.


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