The stars shine

Chris Garrett is closing in on another school record and Russell Shepard had a big night, as well as did some of LSU's other commitments. Here is a look at how some of the top prospects that LSU is recruiting fared on the gridiron this past week along with a look ahead.

LSU Commitments

 

Chris Garrett was good on 17 of 25 passes for 171 yards in leading Tupelo (Miss.) to a 39-12 win over Columbus. The 3-star signal caller fired two touchdown passes of 5 and 8 yards, and also ran for a 1-yard score.

 

Garrett is only four completions away from setting an all-time school record and he already holds career records for passing yards and touchdown passes.

 

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Houston (Texas) Cy Ridge was in a shootout on Friday but the Rams pulled out a 43-41 win over Cy Woods behind the running and passing of Russell Shepard.

 

The 5-star signal caller ran 30 times for 257 yards and three scores that covered 55, 50 and 11 yards. He also threw for 169 yards on 8 of 20 passing with two touchdowns. The first scoring toss was from 25 yards out but the big one was a 99-yard pass and run where he avoided a sack in the end zone to find Arick Jones and then Jones took it to the house.

 

In three games, Shepard has completed 35 of 67 for 587 yards with five touchdowns and one interception. He also has 481 yards and five scores on the ground on 64 rushes.

 

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Rantavious Wooten continues to make big plays for Belle Glade (Fla.) Glades Central and he made two big ones in a 43-0 demolition of Clewiston. The 4-star wide out had a 63-yard touchdown reception and added another long one from 83 yards to finish with four catches for 175 yards and two scores.

 

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Not to be outdone by Wooten’s performance, Kenny Bell came up big for Rayville (La.) in a 38-6 victory against Franklin Parish. The 4-star receiver hauled in six passes for 136 yards and two scores. Bell scored on a 22-yard pass and then followed that up with a 57-yarder that broke things open.

 

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Junior college punter Derek Helton punted 11 times and averaged 34.2 yards a kick in Fort Scott Community College’s 20-0 win over Hutchinson Community College. For the season, the 3-star prospect has punted 19 times and is averaging 33.2 yards a punt with a long of 57 yards.

 

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Due to a minor Achilles’ tendon injury, Willie Ferrell took the night off in FAMU High’s 46-0 win over Cottondale (Fla.).

 

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After missing the last two weeks due to Hurricane Ike, Dexter Pratt and his Navasota (Texas) squad made a strong return by defeating Bryan Rudder High School 58-3. The 4-star back ran for 235 yards and scored four touchdowns on only 14 carries.

 

With that performance, Pratt now has 376 yards and six touchdowns on 37 carries in three games.

 

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Scout.com 4-star running back Michael Ford of Leesville (La.) ran for 248 yards on 28 carries in a 54-28 win over LaGrange.

 

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Bastrop (La.) defeated Reserve-East St. John 22-18 and the Rams’ defensive line had a big hand in the win. Joshua Downs was all over the field for the Rams and logged six tackles with one quarterback sack and two quarterback hurries.

 

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Janzen Jackson picked off two passes and returned one for a 35-yard touchdown in Barbe’s 51-7 win over Sam Houston.

 

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Offensive linemen don’t find their names in scoring summaries too often but Carneal Ainsworth earned it after recovering a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in Parkview Baptist’s 48-0 win over Springfield, La.

 

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Chris Davenport and Stavion Lowe were both held out of action on Friday as both recover from minor knee injuries. Both have said they could return in 2-3 weeks.

 

 

 

2009 Prospects

 

Rueben Randle came up big in the second half to lead Bastrop to a 22-18 win over East St. John. On the evening, the 5-star prospect completed 12 of 25 passes for 189 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Randle also had several nice runs that totaled 52 yards and he also hauled in a 2-point conversion late in the fourth quarter.

 

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Scout.com 4-star defensive tackle Darrington Sentimore logged 18 tackles and two sacks in Destrehan’s win over Higgins.

 

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After running wild in the first three games, Trent Richardson was tamed for the first time this season in Pensacola-Escambia’s 27-14 loss to Alma Bryant (Ala.). The newly crowned 5-star running back rushed for 82 yards on 14 carries but failed to get into the end zone for the first time this year.

 

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Lamar Miller toted the rock 22 times for 102 yards and two touchdowns in Miami (Fla.) Killian’s 40-12 triumph over Homestead.

 

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Josh Johns picked off a pass for Central (La.) in a 38-0 win over Northeast.

 

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Plano East (Texas) product Toben Opurum ran for a touchdown and also threw for one but the Panthers were on the short end of the stick in a 51-20 loss to Plano Senior. The 3-star fullback ran for 89 yards on 16 carries.

 

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Tulsa commit Alex Singleton ran 28 times for 117 yards as East St. John fell to Bastrop (La.) 22-18.

 

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The nation’s 4th ranked tight end Orson Charles is flourishing in his new role and he came through again for Tampa (Fla.) Plant in a 63-7 win over Riverview. The 4-star tight end scored on a 49-yard pass play for the game’s first score and added a 77-yarder later in the first quarter. Charles finished with three catches for 138 yards and the two scores.

 

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Richard Wilson scored three touchdowns as Spanish Fork (Utah) defeated American Fork 34-13. The 4-star tight end recovered a fumble for a score and added two touchdown receptions from 31 and 45 yards out.

 

 

 

2010 Prospects

 

 

Kurt Killens of Austin (Texas) McNeil racked up 13 tackles, including two for loss, and recovered a fumble in a 27-2 loss to Round Rock. In three games, Killens has 40 tackles (17 solos and 20 assists), with three for loss, and he has forced two fumbles and recovered two more.

 

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Trevon Reed led Thibodaux (La.) to a 28-0 victory over Assumption. Reed lined up in the shotgun several times and finished with 127 yards and two touchdowns on 12 runs.

 

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Sterlington (La.) signal caller Logan Dobson completed 17 of 26 for 187 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in a 56-32 loss to Oak Grove. Dobson fired scoring passes for 66, 14 and 45 yards.

 

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Jeremy Meyers led Baton Rouge-St. Michael’s to a 27-14 win over Live Oak with his 188 yards passing and three rushing touchdowns.

 

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Central’s high-powered passing game was kept in check but it was too much defense for Northeast to contend with as Central won big 38-0. Central quarterback Will Briscoe was limited to only 71 yards on 9 of 16 passing but he did fire two touchdown passes and ran for another.

 

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Houston (Texas) Second Baptist signal caller Connor Wood accounted for 272 yards of offense and scored three touchdowns in a 31-20 win over Lutheran North. He completed 12 of 19 for 231 yards and a score, and added 41 yards and two touchdowns on 10 rushes.

 

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Sam Carter of Houston (Texas) Sharpstown was responsible for four of his team’s five touchdowns in a 34-0 shutout of Waltrip High School. Carter completed 10 of 23 for 143 yards and two touchdowns, and ran 14 times for 120 yards with two more scores. Carter’s touchdown passes were from 49 and 19 yards out, while his scores on the ground covered 10 and 75 yards.

 

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Temple (Texas) dropped another close one with A&M Consolidated prevailing for a 21-14 win. Lache Seastrunk did his part with 165 yards combined through the air and on the ground. He caught three passes for 107 yards and two scores, and ran 15 times for 58 yards.


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