Scout on the Town - National Recap

It was Jordan Cunningham and the Bomb Squad that upended a tough Madison County team for the 3A State Championship in Orlando, Fla. Plus, evals and more from games in Georgia, Alabama, New Jersey and California.

Chad Simmons, National Recruiting Analyst
Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek vs. Monroe (Ga.) Monroe Area

This game was tight for a quarter, but like most expected, Sandy Creek took control, and went on to win the game 35-0 to return to the championship game the third time in four years. The defense pitched a shutout and two of the Patriots' top prospects play on that side of the ball. Georgia commitment Shaquille Wiggins is a corner and he was not tested in this game. He made a nice tackle in the backfield, but in coverage, the receivers could not get away from him.

Monroe Area is also a heavy run team. The heavy run game allowed 2014 defensive tackle Chris Williams to be very much involved in the game. He is a strong interior DL with good lateral movement, and good pursuit. Ole Miss and Texas A&M have offered him. On the offensive side of the ball, 2014 wide receiver made plays. He had a nice 40 yard touchdown catch in the second quarter and he finished with 112 yards on six catches. He is very fluid, he tracks the ball well, and he has that extra burst to get to it. He has any big offers.

The quarterback for Sandy Creek is Junior Cole Garvin and he throws a nice ball, he has shown the ability to throw the underneath routes and the long ball, and he is a natural leader at his position. Protecting Garvin up front if big offensive tackle Alan Knott. The South Carolina commitment had a nice game against Monroe Area. He got to the second level, he finished some blocks, and he is that old school OL that leaves it all on the field. A couple other seniors that will sign D1 scholarships are safety Corey Griffin (Scout likes him as an outside linebacker) and wide receiver Kyle Wilson.

The Patriots have a couple of backs to watch in the 2015 class. They are Eric Swinney and Delvin Weems. Monroe Area's top prospects are all juniors. Quarterback Stanton Truitt, running back Kwan Brooks, and wide receiver Michael Gallop. Truitt is the most intriguing prospect out of that trio and he could play quarterback, slot, or corner on the next level. He is likely to be recruited most as a corner. Gallop is a good looking receiver on the hoof, but in their offense, not many balls are thrown his way. He is one that could emerge more in the combine and camp circuit. All three look like they will draw significant attention in recruiting though.

Jamie Newberg, National Recruiting Analyst
Trenton (Fla.) vs Century (Fla) Northview<
1A State Championship

Safety Neiko Robinson had a super game for Northview, as they won the Florida single A state title over Trenton on Friday night. Robinson finished with 11 tackles and a key early interception. That pick gave Northview early momentum and they never looked back.Also key in the win were several early big hits by this Penn State commitment, as he set the tone for the night. Robinson was terrific in run support, showing an aggressive and hard hitting game. Sometimes though, he's a tad overly aggressive and over runs some plays. Robinson has good speed and covers a lot of ground in a hurry. He's fearless in the secondary. Robinson mainly plays free safety but sometimes lines up near the box. Unfortunately, Trenton didn't pass the ball much, so it was hard to get a gauge of what he's like in coverage. Only 6-foot-0 and 170-pounds, he certainly will need to bulk up for the Nittany Lions.

Trenton's Cedric Stokes rushed for a game high 192 yards and two scores on 35 carries. This kid is flying under the radar when it comes to recruiting and he is certainly one of the top seniors in 1A in Florida. Stokes is a smaller back that's compact. He has good speed, quickness and can run with some power.

Miami (Fla.) Dade University vs Jacksonville (Fla.) University Christian
2A State Championship

Dade Christian senior wide receiver/defensive back/return man Terrance Alls is quite the versatile athlete that excels in all three phases of the game. Alls is a smooth receiver with good speed, quickness and hands. He has the ability to make the first guy miss and make big plays. Alls is committed to Duke.

University Christian defensive lineman Marquis Haynes is committed to North Carolina and the Tar Heels are getting a very active player. He's quick off the ball and can rush the passer. Against Dade Christian he played both inside and out and made a handful of plays behind the line of scrimmage.

Chase Moody and Jeremiah Hamlin are two seniors for University Christian that have the ability to play college football somewhere. Moody is a two-way guy playing running back and linebacker, although he better suited size wise to play safety at the next level [for defense]. This kid runs hard on offense and he's a ball-hawking playmaker on defense. Meanwhile, Hamlin is a big-bruising type of runner with deceptive speed.

Freshman running back/ defensive back Hassein Howe scored University Christian's first two touchdowns against Dade Christian. The first was a scoop and score and the second was a long touchdown run. He looks like one to watch in the 2016 class.

Madison (Fla.) Madison County vs. Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) University School
It was a huge Saturday afternoon for University School quarterback Mike White. After leading the Suns to a 24-17 state championship over Madison County he received a scholarship offer from USF [post game] and committed on the spot to become new Bulls head coach Willie Taggert's first pledge. White has size (6-5/195) and an above average arm. Given time in the pocket where he can set his feet and fire away White shows the ability to make all the throws. This is a kid with a lot of tools that needs reps and experience. Against the Cowboys he finished 21/31 for 282 yards and two scores.

Jordan Cunningham, D.J. Taylor, and Emmanuel Soto are a trio of receivers that each had big games with big plays for University. They combined for a total of 18 catches for 246 and two touchdowns. Cunningham and Taylor are both coveted seniors. They both have speed and very good quickness after the catch with the ball in their hands. They can make defenders miss in the open field. Soto is a 2014 recruit who had a chance to show what he could do on this big stage after Cunningham missed some time with a leg injury. Soto made some huge plays in the second half, including the game winning score. This kid is a good route runner with great hands. He has a chance to really develop into a good one that's coming out next season.

Sophomore Jordan Scarlett is the type of back that gets better as the game goes on and he really started to pick up his pace in the second half. He scored on a 14-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and finished with 18 carries for 73-yards. This kid runs with tremendous power. Scarlett is at his best between the tackles but can turn the corner with good speed for a 200-plus pounder. He's only a sophomore and should be one of the most coveted players in the '15 class.

Maquedius Bain is a four-star defensive tackle prospect that played both offensive tackle positions in this game. Bain is deceptively agile for a kid his size (6-4/290). He can really move his feet and was impressive in pass pro. Bain can slide side to side with ease. He can bend, is athletic and long. Bain state after the game that all schools are recruiting him for defense but I can certainly see him on the offensive side of the ball.

Skai Moore was perhaps the player of the game. He finished with a game high 14 tackles and also had a critical sack and pressure on back-to-back plays very late in the fourth quarter to help seal their victory. Moore has good size (6-2/210) and is physical and aggressive. He plays with a nasty attitude and can find the ball. He looked very good against the run. And when Madison decided they had to go to the air in the final few minutes he showed he could rush the passer. There's no question that Moore is one of the most underrated recruits from the Sunshine State and one of the top linebacker prospects overall.

Jalen Battle had a big game in the secondary for the Suns. He had a fumble recovery and interception and the latter was turned into seven key points. Battle is a long safety that could eventually grow into a hybrid, where he can play closer to the line of scrimmage on one play and be a safety on the next. Battle is committed to Kentucky.

Ira Denson can move for a big man. This four-star guard headed to Florida State was a bull in the middle of the Cowboy offensive line. Denson has good feet and can really get out of his stance and pull like someone 50 pounds lighter. He has to be 6-foot-4 and 320 plus pounds. Denson is physical and nasty, especially when run blocking.

Shedrick Williams scored on a forty-yard touchdown reception. This cornerback prospect is also a wide receiver. He has very good speed and quickness. Williams had to man up against some outstanding University receivers all game long and made some plays in the Madison secondary. This kid is just a good all-around player.

Jacksonville (Fla.) The Bolles School vs Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington
Treon Harris was phenomenal for BTW showing why he will be one of the most coveted recruits from the Sunshine State next season in the 2014 class. He passed for 245 yards and three touchdowns and added 74-yards more on the ground with two scores. Harris showed a big and accurate arm and unbelievable speed and quickness in and out of the pocket. At times he was electric and was clearly the best player on the field.

Matthew Thomas had a big night for the Tornado defense. This five-star outside linebacker finished with nine tackles and two sacks. This kid attacks the football and is very physical. He's long, with a terrific frame that should add a lot of bulk once in college. Thomas is fast and tough. He can take on and defeat blocks and go get the ball. Thomas's ceiling is ridiculously high.

Chad Thomas is a junior defensive end that has a chance to pull in scholarship offers from all over. Right now he stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 240-pounds. The thing is he doesn't look it. Thomas is has an outstanding frame and long arms. He gets off the ball and can really rush the passer. Thomas can also move down the line, showing good lateral movement.

Nigel Pattton and Michael Johnson are two of the standouts in the BTW secondary. It was Patton that stole the show here. This junior cornerback prospect made a dazzling interception in the first quarter where he went fully extended to catch the football. He was also in on three pass breakups and six tackles. Patton can really break on the ball. He's not the biggest cat out there (5-9/170) but has terrific ball skills. Meanwhile, Johnson is an undersized (5-10/175) safety that is always around the ball. On this night he played well in run support against The Bolles School that comes right at you. He can strike you and Johnson runs well.

John Garcia Jr., Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Madison Academy (Ala.) vs. Fayette County (Ala.)

Madison Academy 2015 RB/DB Kerryon Johnson (6-foot, 185 pounds) was not only the game's MVP, but he may have been the most impressive and versatile player in the entire Super 6 Championships. The super sophomore is an impressive runner with combo of good speed and cut-back ability. He has a spin move, jump-cut and finishes each run with power. On the other side of the ball, he's a rangy defender with good ball skills that can sky to knock a ball down if needed as he showed multiple times Thursday including on a 68-yard pick-six and another interception he snagged one-handed. Johnson also lines up as wide receiver as well and may project best there or as a defensive back. He finished the game with 135 yards rushing and two scores on offense. SEC schools are beginning to line up to get a hold of him, and it will only increase going forward.

Brantley (Ala.) vs. Marion County (Ala.)
Though a bit undersized for his current nose guard/defensive tackle position at 6-foot-2, 265 pounds, Brantley's Taylor Driggers oozes talent and productivity on both sides of the line. He has a high motor on defense and is more athletic than he looks. Offensively, he's a relentless blocker that can make plays in space to spring runners. Driggers finished with eight tackles, including a pair for loss of yards in leading his team to a state title. The senior has FBS offers and may be on the cusp of a BCS extension sooner than later.

McAdory (Ala.) vs. Spanish Fort (Ala.)
2013 quarterback Joel Poe started off very slow before leading the Toros to the title, missing on some throws that should have been intercepted, but he stayed with it and ended up tossing two dimes for six. The first was on a seam-route to get the Toros on the board, and the other was the product of accuracy despite scrambling for his life. Poe capped his career with 177 yards passing and four total touchdowns, including one on the ground. He is gritty and flat-out has gotten the joob done in his career. Couple it with a 30 on the ACT and he will be a sleeper to snag for programs looking for a signal-caller late in the 2013 cycle.

Oneonta (Ala.) vs. UMS-Wright (Ala.)
Not very big, but UMS-Wright 2015 running back Troy Dixon is a problem when the smallest of creases is created by his offensive line. He has top-notch burst to break away and he can sustain long runs with his third-gear as evidenced on a trio of 50-plus yard touchdown runs en route to a championship and an MVP trophy. The first showed great vision, the second was all about explosion and speed while the third was pure top-speed for 74 yards. The speedy sophomore ended up with 232 yards and three scores on 23 carries. He isn't reporting interest just yet, but that will likely change sooner than later.

Tanner (Ala.) vs. Washington County (Ala.)
At 6-foot, 180 pounds, and young, 2015 athlete Jonathon Fletcher can simply do it all. He lines up all over the field, but is especially gifted with the ball in his hands as a runner. As a quarterback, he scrambled to make plays both for himself and his teammates all night long, seemingly breaking multiple tackles each time he tucked the ball. Defensively, he's a raw talent that has a high ceiling considering his size and athletic ability on the edge, though he flashed brilliance on a pair of interceptions that were the product of him breaking on the ball instinctively at cornerback. Fletcher's defensive night featured a pick-six and four tackles while his offensive numbers were 41 yards rushing including a 5-yard score and another 17 as a passer. Look for intrigue in him to spike in the offseason.

Hoover (Ala.) vs. Opelika (Ala.)
Going into the game, all eyes were on 2014 five-star Marlon Humphrey of Hoover, and he didn't disappoint. You just can't teach some of the things that the 6-foot, 180-pounder can do at the cornerback position. Just two passes flew his way all game long, and he made a play on each ball. On the first, he broke off his zone coverage for an easy interception, though he could not come up with the grab. Minutes later, he more than atoned for it with a cat-like break on the ball that resulted in an interception return for 42 yards, and nearly for six points. Humphrey's will to get the ball out of the receiver's hands coupled with his ability to separate exemplify why he's so sought after.

Brian Dohn, East Recruiting
Williamstown (N.J.) vs. Manahawkin (N.J.) Southern Regional

The most intriguing prospect was Class of 2014 SouthernRegional's Mike Gesicki, who lines up at tight end. He is 6-foot-5, 220 pounds,and showed very good hands. He also tracks the ball well, but projects to at tight end that can cause mismatch problems by lining him up in the slot.

Williamstown, which won the South Jersey Group V title, was led by 2014 running Marques Little. He needs to work on his burst, but showed good top-end speed and was able to get to the corner several times.

Temple commit Buddy Brown played outside linebacker and showed an ability to get up the field. He is also more comfortable in space than he was earlier in the season.

Carneys Point (N.J.) Penns Grove High vs. Woodbury (N.J.)
Woodbury cornerback and Alabama commit Anthony Averett was nullified in the game because of Penns Grove's game plan. Averett played cornerback, and Penns Grove ran time and again to the other side of the field.There were a few plays were Averett showed his speed running across the field to chase down a ball carrier, and he came off the edge on a blitz one time with excellent burst, but he was not a factor.

He also needs to work on playing more physical in the running game. When he did chase a play down, he didn't wrap up or make a tackle, but rather guided the ball carrier out of bounds.

(Westville, N.J.) WestDeptford vs. (Egg Harbor City, N.J.) Cedar Creek Regional
This featured a pair of big-time players, with the first being class of 2014 running back Gerald Owens. He led West Deptford to the title with his physical running. He is 6-1, 240 pounds, but has tremendous balance and leg drive. He also has speed. While not a burner, he is fast enough to play running back at a major program.

Cedar Creek was led by Damon Mitchell, a Georgia Tech commit, who finished his second year as a quarterback. He threw three interceptions, but that was a result of trying to guide the ball rather than let his strong arm do the work. Mitchell stays in the pocket instead of looking to run, but he is a true dual-threat player because he is fast and elusive as well. He is also going to visit Iowa and Rutgers, and there's a reason schools are still recruiting him.

Cedar Creek running back Gary Melton is getting FBS interest, and he showed flashes of why. He had good vision and a few times demonstrated very good acceleration, but was not consistent.

Cedar Creek also has a pair of underclassmen worth watching in class of 2015 defensive tackle Trey Blackwell and 2016 receiver/safety Ahmir Mitchell, Damon's brother.

(Franklinville, N.J.) Delsea vs. Northern Burlington(N.J.)
The South Jersey Group III title game was a blowout as Joshua Awotunde and Delsea rolled. Awotunde plays defensive end and quarterback, and said he wants to play quarterback in college. He projects as an option quarterback and would be a physical runner, but he needs to work to develop a more succinct throwing motion. However, he said he is leaning toward accepting a track scholarship for discus.

(Erial, N.J.) Timber Creek Regional vs. Woolwich Township (N.J.) Kingsway
North Carolina commit and Timber Creek defensive tackle Greg Webb was back in action after missing time with an ankle injury, and he was a dominant run stuffer in the win.Webb still needs to get in better football shape, but he was explosive and busted through double teams to disrupt the running game in limited action.

His teammate and fellow UNC commit, Dajaun Drennon, was able to get up the field quickly and pressure the quarterback. He had three sacks, and his length also created an issue.

Rutgers commit Myles Nash, who plays defensive end, is a phenomenal athlete would will be either a strong-side linebacker or hybrid defensive end in college. He is 6-5, and he moves like he is 6-foot-2.

Class of 2014 receiver Adonis Jennings had a few catches, and showed his athleticism by making a catch along the sideline and then raced to the corner of the end zone,diving to stretch the ball over the goal line. He should be more active in the offense next season.

Another player to keep an eye on in the 2014 class is offensive tackle Lamont Bradford. He plays offensive tackle but will be a guard in college. He needs to lighten his feet a little more, but he has good length and power.

Kings way class of 2014 running back Ray Lawry was able to keep his team in the game early with a few big runs, and showed he is a FBS-caliber player. He was able to get through the line of scrimmage and outrace an athletic Timber Creek secondary on a pair of long runs. If he increases his explosion through the hole, he will be a big-time recruit.

Sam Hellman, Northeast Recruiting
Piscataway (N.J.) vs. Elizabeth (N.J.) in the NJ North 2 Group 5 State Final

A duel of quarterback athletes, Nadir Barnwell (Piscataway) is headed to Rutgers and P.J. Walker (Elizabeth) is likely headed to Temple. Barnwell, who will enroll next month, played through a shoulder injury and was the only defender that could compete with Walker's athleticism. He displayed top-level speed by catching Walker from behind multiple times and was never tested in coverage.

Walker, expected to win multiple MVP honors in New Jersey, has the athleticism and size (6-foot-1, 180 pounds) to play at any level but he has his heart set on being a quarterback. He threw for 350 yards and four touchdowns in his final high-school game and should be able to compete at the position at a Temple-level program.

Delbarton (N.J.) vs. St. Joseph's Prep (Montvale, N.J.) in the N.J. Non-Public Group 3 State Final

St. Joe's sports two clear Division I football players in 2013 receiver Ricky Jeuene and 2014 defensive back Kiy Hester. Jeune's best asset at receiver is his aggressiveness going after the jump ball. He is not a burner, but has enough speed to be competitive. Jeuene caught two touchdowns in the St. Joe's victory – the first went for 82 yards (55 after the catch) and the second was an example of Jeuene out-leaping a defensive back in the end zone.

Hester will be one of the top 10 players in New Jersey next season. A safety or cornerback, Hester has loose hips, good speed bursts and double-digit BCS offers. His task in the offseason will be to improve strength, especially if he wants to be an every-down defender.

Middletown South (N.J.) vs. Sayreville (Parlin, N.J.) in the N.J. Central Group 4 State Final

Under-the-radar athlete Elijah Smith (Middletown) displays Division I speed and makes up for size problems with a willingness to hit and play physical in coverage. Smith's speed alone will make whatever school he chooses happy with the pickup.

Athlete Isaiah Cureton (Sayreville) suffers from a lack of exposure, but the two-time state champion quarterback deserves recognition. Cureton does not have top-end speed, but he does have impressive acceleration and a strong change of direction ability with the ball in his hands.

South Brunswick (Monmouth Junction, N.J.) vs. Manalapan (N.J.) in the N.J. Central Group 5 State Final

Athlete T.J. Taylor (South Brunswick) dramatically improved his closing speed to the ball since the beginning of the year. Committed to Rutgers with the idea of playing safety and growing into a linebacker role, he should be able to do exactly that. Taylor embraces contact and was the hardest hitter in all four games at Rutgers Saturday. Taylor lines up at free safety and was rarely tested in coverage. He broke up both passes sent his way.

For Manalapan, 2014 receiver Saeed Blacknall will be a top prospect in the state. The 6-foot-3 receiver brings track speed and football strength to the position. Blacknall turned a bubble screen into a 46-yard touchdown with pure speed. He runs post and fly routes with precision, but the lack of pass protection prevented him from getting involved down the field. Blacknall has verbal offers from Rutgers, Pittsburgh and Boston College.

Greg Biggins, National Recruiting Analyst, West Coast
Corona (Calif.) Centennial vs. Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne

Narbonne QB Troy Williams had an incredible game showing why he's the top signal caller in the state. He threw for 367 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for another 107 yards and one more score. His poise and pocket presence were on point, he showed off his always tight release and he can spit it like no other quarterback in the area. His arm strength was slightly affected by a separated shoulder in his AC joint but he still made some big time throws down the field.

Narbonne receiver and California commit A.J. Richardson is a big, physical receiver with great hands. He has increased his speed quite a bit in the last year and he's now able to run away from opposing players. He has great body control and the ability to go up and out jump smaller defensive backs.

Narbonne defensive end Paulo Lepua struggled at times getting off blocks but still made several plays. He's a physical defensive player and can usually out-quick an opposing lineman. Centennial double-teamed him quite a bit and took him out of the game in the 1st half. He came alive in the second half and made several plays behind the line of scrimmage and was much more disruptive.

Centennial OL Cameron Hunt dominated his man the entire 1st half but left the game early due to body cramps that caused his body to go in to shock. Hunt plays with a nasty streak and had several Narbonne players trying to get after him after almost every play. Hunt moves very well and plays with great technique. His best asset is his toughness and compete level. If he continues to mature physically, he could be very good.

Centennial junior quarterback Robert Webber is an undersized player but has a lot ability. He made plays with his arm and legs and came up huge down to the stretch to get the Huskies the win. He threw for 317 yards and four touchdowns including the game winner with 22 second left. Webber is a gamer and a natural leader. He shows toughness and plays under control. He threw the ball on time, with accuracy all night and has under-rated arm strength as well.

Annabel Stephan, West Field Reporter
San Diego (Calif.) Madison vs Monrovia (Calif.)

The game between San Diego (Calif.) Madison and Monrovia (Calif.) was a nail-biter, as the teams traded off taking the lead, but the Madison Warhawks pulled off the 21-17 win, sealing the victory as Michael Garner picked off Monrovia with less than twenty seconds left in the game.

The first half was a match-up of two talented teams, and the score after two quarters was 7-7. Madison linebacker Jamie Gomez brought the score to 14 for the Warhawks with a pick-six in the first few minutes of the third quarter. Monrovia answered with a field goal made by Mason Bryant, who also had a solid night at receiver for the Warriors. Penalties were abundant in the fourth quarter, as were interceptions, as Gomez had another early in the fourth.

The play of the game was a kickoff return by Madison receiver Lee Walker, an Arizona commit, who returned a kickoff for just over a ninety yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. An elated Walker said post game that he would be taking his official visit to Arizona in January with his friend and teammate, running back Pierre Cormier, who is also committed to the Wildcats. Though Cormier didn't get the ball much in the match up, it's clear the Wildcats are getting quite the offensive duo, who both are solid to the program.

Though they weren't able to nab the win, Monrovia had a few players make a big impact in Saturday's game, including Bryant, who holds a good number of offers, including six from Ivy League programs, and linebackers George Frazier (Colorado commit) and Brett Walsh (Northwestern commit). Anthony Craft, who plays both receiver and corner and holds an offer from San Jose State, had a 15-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter.

Madison, the CIF Southern Section Regional Division-III Champs, will face Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic next Saturday for the Division-III Championship at the Home Depot Center.


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