National Recap: Scout on the Town, South

We were at a handful of games around the Southeast this past weekend, including games in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Louisiana.


Chad Simmons, National Recruiting Analyst
Rivers Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian vs New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr

This game had a lot of hype and it lived up to it. John Curtis Christian jumped out to an early 23-0 lead in the first quarter, but Edna Karr then scored came back to take a 33-30 lead in the fourth quarter. With under a minute to go, John Curtis Christian scored the go ahead touchdown and they held on to win 38-33. These are clearly two of the top high school teams in the country and the stars showed up. On the losing end Devante Noil threw for 273 yards and four touchdowns. He is electric with the ball in his hands, but he was not able to use his legs due to a sore groin. Others that shined for Edna Karr were five-star defensive lineman Gerald Willis (close to double-digit tackles and multiple pressures), wide receiver Glenn Irons (two touchdown receptions), and Oklahoma State commitment Juwann Offray (solid in coverage and a caused fumble).

The winning team was John Curtis Christian and they did what they do best, run the football. They finished with over 300 yards and the leader out of the backfield was senior George Moreira. He had 160 yards on 19 carries finishing with a couple of touchdowns. He ran hard and broke tackles. Moreira is going to be a steal for someone. The starting quarterback went down in the first half with a collarbone injury and sophomore Myles Willis stepped in to run the team. He is one to watch, not as a quarterback, but as a running back in 2016. Five-star wide receiver Malachi Dupree doesn't put up huge numbers playing in the John Curtis Christian system, but he had a key 18 yard run late in the game to set up the final score. On defense, Kenny Young, a four-star linebacker led the way and was constantly around the ball. Safety Mattrell McGraw was solid at safety as well.

West Monroe (La.) vs Bossier City (La.) Airline
The talk all week leading up to this game was about defense and how the offenses would likely struggle in this contest. Well, one offense didn't get that memo and it was West Monroe. West Monroe jumped out to a 44-0 lead at the half and cruised to a 44-14 win. Many different prospects had highlights in this one, but this was the best game of the season for 2016 quarterback Jon Randall Belton. He tossed a couple of touchdown passes, he had a high completion percentage, and he felt good about his performance. Top offensive lineman Cameron Robinson was a machine on the field. He had a few pancakes, he played right and left tackle, he opened big holes, and he impressed. He is committed to Alabama and Airline defensive tackle O.J. Smith is as well. Smith was in on a few plays in this game, but neither he or his teammates had an answer for the West Monroe offense this night.

Metarie (La.) Rummel vs Baton Rouge (La.) Catholic
This was a battle between two top 10 teams and the lower school won this contest. Rummel defeated Catholic 32-7 and they controlled the game all four quarters. Catholic could not get anything going on offense and Rummel controlled things in the trenches on both sides of the ball. They are bigger and more athletic up front. Little (5-foot-5) scatback Ivan Phipps had close to 100 yards and three touchdowns for Rummel and he was tough to touch in space. Houston commit Steven Dunbar had a nice game with over half a dozen catches and just under 100 yards. He did not score a touchdown, but helped set up a couple of them. The top prospect on the field was 2015 Scout 100 running back Derrius Guice of Catholic. He did not have many, if any holes to run through Saturday night, but ran hard and finished with 96 tough yards on 16 carried and a touchdown. He also had a nice kickoff return for the Bears.

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Jamie Newberg, National Recruiting Analyst
Tampa Plant vs Tampa Bay Tech

Tampa Bay Tech upset Tampa Plant 14-7 in this defensive struggle. Tech was led by two-way standout senior Tajee Fullwood. This South Florida commitment had a roller coaster of a game. He lined up at cornerback, safety, wide receiver, punter, and returned kicks and punts. And that was in the first quarter alone. Fullwood did finish with three receptions, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a few tackles. On the other side of this he also had two fumbles and missed at least five tackles from the safety spot. This was the position I thought he was destined to play but he will need to become more consistent in run support and tackling in general. I do believe he could play receiver. He has size, speed and soft hands. But Fullwood believes he will be a cornerback in college. At 6-foot-2 he would certainly big a big one at that and those guys are hard to come by. Fullwood told me after the game he's still committed to the Bulls but wants to make his visits. He went to Orlando on Saturday for the South Carolina/UCF game. Fullwood also wants to make official visits to Rutgers and Syracuse.

The other big prospect for the Titans is junior quarterback Deon Cain. This 2015 recruit plays quarterback but appears to have more upside at wide receiver or even safety. He got loose on one long run in the first quarter and showcased his elite speed. He also has good quickness. As a quarterback, Cain is just raw. If he really wants to play this position in college then he has his work cut out for him. FSU, UCF and USF have all offered Cain up to this point.

Tampa Bay Tech running back Deon Thompson is a nice talent at running back. He just lacks great size. He's only 5-foot-8ish. Thompson is cat quick with super feet. He also has good speed. He had several nice runs on the late including two touchdown runs, one of which was a 28-yarder. Thompson just picked up at Florida A&M offer on Friday. Marshall and Bethune-Cookman had previously offered him. He will visit the Thundering Herd this weekend.

Lastly for the Titans is Florida International bound linebacker Fred Russ. He's a tiny linebacker that plays much bigger than his size. He stands 5-foot-10 and plays on the inside. This kid is physical and not shy of contact. He's sound against the run and is quite the linebacker surprise. Pound for pound Russ is a terrific player.

For Plant, they just couldn't get into an offensive rhythm despite having super size on the offensive front. Here they are led by bookend tackles Ray Raulerson and Jake Fruhmorgen.

Raulerson, a Tennessee commitment, may project better on the inside at guard. He's big, has good length and good feet. At times he got in a little trouble in pass pro blocking the smaller, quicker defensive end on the edge.

Fruhmorgen is a good looking junior tackle that is huge and has a terrific frame. He's a long tackle with quickness and athleticism. He can bend and move. You can see why he has a handful of impressive offers from teams like Florida, Florida State, Miami, Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Tennessee and others.

Texas-bound senior linebacker Andrew Beck from Plant had a solid but unspectacular game. He was in on a handful of tackles and had a reception from the tight end position. Beck has good size and should develop nicely in his frame once he gets to Austin. He moves well, whether it's playing the run or dropping in coverage. He's disciplined, aggressive and one of the Panther leaders.

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Geoff Vogt, Florida Recruiting Analyst
Naples (Fla.) Palmetto Ridge vs Naples (Fla.) Lely

Palmetto Ridge senior running back Ron Johnson eclipsed 100 yards for the fifth straight game as Palmetto Ridge held off Lely for a hard fought 13-10 win. A 5-foot-11, 205 pounds, Johnson has really come on as a senior and showing the type of talent that should land him at the BCS level of football. Johnson showed some toughness running inside. Lely junior linemen Marcus Brown is a player to keep an eye on. At 6-3, 330 he lined up at left tackle where he showed every tool there is athletically. He played some defensive tackle in goal line situations and we can envision him at nose guard at the next level, like Terrance Cody (Alabama) who also came from Southwest Florida. Quarterback Karbiel Dirogene is a play-maker, but will need to change positions at the next level.

Fort Myers (Fla) vs Naples (Fla.) Barron Collier
Fort Myers is well known for running the football, but it is a new year and a new offense for the Green Wave. Junior quarterback Dylan DeGroot is having an excellent season and junior athlete James Brunson is a special athlete. Look to hear more from both going forward, particularly Brunson who is capable of playing on either side of the ball (wide receiver/cornerback). We were very impressed with Barron Collier Michigan commit Brady Pallante as he plays the game 100 miles per hour on every play. He has added more weight and is a physical presence on every play. Fort Myers won this one with a series of big plays in the second half.

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Amy Campbell, Southeast Field Reporter
Decatur (Ga.) Southwest DeKalb vs Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson

Stephenson had its way with Southwest DeKalb, taking the 35-7 victory. The Stephenson defense was solid, nearly getting the shutout, and Southwest DeKalb couldn't get anything going in the air or on the ground against them. Stephenson cornerbacks Cameron Glenn and Jared Tucker locked down the Southwest DeKalb receivers. Sophomore cornerback Khalil Ladler is another name to remember. The 2016 standout was great on defense and special teams. On offense, Stephenson running back Dallas Rivers was the star of the game, and he only played the first half. The Vanderbilt commit rushed for 116-yards on 14 carries and three touchdowns. The offensive line gave him plenty to work with, lead by Mississippi State commits Tyler Jones and Jordan Harris.

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John Garcia Jr., Alabama Recruiting Analyst
Bessemer City (Ala.) vs. Birmingham (Ala.) Woodlawn

In a 50-0 rout, this one was all about Bessemer City. Senior safety prospect John Wilkerson, a South Alabama commitment, proved solid on both sides of the ball. Defensively, he led the secondary and made plays against both the run and the pass. On the other side of the ball, he corralled a diving catch that he probably shouldn't have and found the end zone on a reverse play in which his speed was the story of the play. Teammate Brandon Byner also proved versatile, touching the ball as a running back, receiver and returner on this night. The 5-foot-10, 165-pounder also starts at cornerback for the Purple Tigers, but Scout believes he should play offense at the next level with his combination of speed, elusiveness and versatility en route to potentially becoming a dynamic weapon. Byrner scored on the ground and via the air on Thursday night.

Vestavia Hills (Ala.) vs. Hoover (Ala.)
The top player in the state of Alabama, Marlon Humphrey, was one of several SEC-type talents on display for Hoover. He held his own at cornerback, not giving up a single reception all night long and he atoned for a muffed punt with a great return on his next chance, which set up the Bucs for their game-clinching final score in a 17-7 defensive battle. Humphrey's return led to a pair of bull-dozing runs for junior running back Bradrick Shaw, who added an offer from Cincinnati immediate after the game to go along with a previous extension from Mississippi State. The 6-foot-1, 203-pound tailback showed incredible patience all night, then necessary burst when the hole opened up.

Hoover's defense was led by junior's Christian Bell and Darrell Williams, who simply controlled the Vestavia running attack throughout this one. The only Rebel score came on the short field after Humphrey's sole blunder, and they could barely mange a first down otherwise. The next top Hoover player is also emerging on that stout defense, opposite Humphrey. Sophomore P.J. Hall starts opposite the five-star and holds his own despite the demands of playing man coverage against Class 6A wideouts all season. At 5-foot-11, 170 pounds, he has all the tools to be a future star.

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Bob Redman, Managing Editor of
Citra (Fla.) North Marion vs Gainesville (Fla.) Eastside

This was a hard fought defensive struggle between a very hardnosed Eastside team and a very fast and skilled North Marion squad. In the end, The Rams from Eastside bullied their way up front on defense to win a close 13-10 matchup.

The Colts played a tough brand of defense themselves led by Scout300 linebacker De'Amontae Jackson. At 6-0 and 245, Jackson is a load in the middle of the defense but can also run very well. He has offers from Miami and Florida State at this time. The 2015 prospect was in on several tackles on the evening and plays in the backfield a lot. Fellow junior linebacker Alex Williams is also a load at about 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds. They both line up as inside backers a lot and take away the middle of the field.

On offense, sophomore quarterback Caleb Seiler showed an arm, but was a little too stationary for the blitzing and aggressive Eastside defense. The Colts couldn't get anything going until the substituted receiver Jack Reed at quarterback and he was able to use his legs as well as his arm to do damage. Reed is a jackrabbit on the field and may have been the fastest player on the field which says a lot with all of the speed that was present. He threw a 40-yard touchdown bomb to sophomore speedster Freddie Swain midway through the fourth quarter to make it a three point game. Swain is raw, but explosive. The Colts got solid running from senior Cameron Mackey, but fared better when they turned to 2015 speedster James Allen and let him do his thing. Allen isn't exactly a text book runner, but he is explosive and can make big time plays with his feet.

The player of the game for me was Eastside's Barry Johnson. The 6-foot-3, 260 pound Johnson made a living in the backfield of North Marion and just wreaked havoc all over the field. To really slow down the super athletic Colt offense and have six starters suspended tells you how well the senior Johnson and his defensive mates played. Johnson has offers from several schools that are not BCS programs, but he is good enough to play at that level in my opinion. Look for a story on him soon.

Running back and fellow senior Dontez Willis was a real surprise. Standing 5-foot-8, he is well put together at 180 pounds or so. Nick named ‘Tow Truck' I got to see firsthand why. On a 30-yard gain near the end of the game, Willis hit the hole hard and got into the middle of the defense, about 20 yards down field a quartet of defenders jumped on him and he carried them the remaining 10 yards. This kid isn't blazing fast, but some small colleges and even BCS programs need to take a hard look. He played both ways and was dominant on defense often times rushing in the backfield to make a tackle from his cornerback position. He played all but a a few plays and finished near the 100 yard rushing mark to go with several tackles on defense.

A couple of Ram juniors also stood out. Keiandre McCray made the game saving interception for Eastside. He's a reliable receiver that has good size (6-foot-3), he continues to improve from film I have already seen on him and becoming more of a natural receiver. He also plays corner where he made the interception in the closing minute of the game. The other junior is Octavius Simmons. He split time at running back with Willis and looked good doing so. He is a two way threat where he played some at corner and safety on defense.

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Jamie has been covering college football recruiting since 1992 and is entering his ninth year with and FOXSportsNext. He's currently a National Recruiting Analyst and Manager for the state of Florida. Jamie is also covering the NFL Draft for the network.

Jamie has been covering college football recruiting since 1992 and is entering his ninth year with and FOXSportsNext. He's currently a National Recruiting Analyst and Manager for the state of Florida. Jamie is also covering the NFL Draft for the network.
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