Gopher FB recruits and targets continue to impress

Friday night was the third week for most high school football teams. Several Minnesota recruits and recruiting targets shined in their third contest of the 2003 season. The following is a look at some of the performances by Minnesota commitments or recruiting targets.

QB Johnny Carlson rushed for two touchdowns and passed for two more as Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins (2-1) defeated Robbinsdale Cooper 41-17. He rushed for 100 yards on 10 carries and completed 12 of 18 passes for 163 yards. He threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Joe Abellera and a six yard score to Brent Lindbery. Carlson committed to Minnesota in June.


Dominique Barber of Wayzata (3-0), who committed to Minnesota last week, had an 81-yard interception in the Trojans' 27-7 win over Edina. Barber had touchdown runs of 1, 16 and 13 yards in Wayzata's previous win. Wayzata is ranked #7 in Class %A.


Barber received some big holes behind the Wayzata offensive line, led by Tony Sparkman, who is being recruited by Minnesota and Illinois. 


#10 Mahtomedi (1-2) lost to Hill-Murray 27-24 despite a rushing touchdown by Jerod Arlich. He is a standout fullback and linebacker who just received a scholarship offer from Colorado. Minnesota had offered him and he attended the Tulsa game. 


Armstrong defeated Minnetonka 38-35 as Everette Pedescleaux had three rushing touchdowns. He scored from 27, 3, and1 yards out. Pedescleaux is a two-sport standout who plays fullback, tight end and defensive end. He has been offered a scholarship by Minnesota and Kansas State and has narrowed his list to ten schools in basketball.


Hutchinson QB Tony Mortensen, who committed to Minnesota last weekend, led the Tigers to a win over Northfield 20-13 as he scored on a game-winning 79-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.


Liam O'Hagan threw three touchdown passes to Brandon Robinson as Breck, ranked #1 in Class AA, scored 34 points in the first half of a 41-8 victory over Blake. O'Hagan has thrown for twelve touchdowns in his first three games. He completed 17 of 22 passes for 215 yards. His brother is a pitcher at Stanford and the Cardinal, Boston College and Minnesota are among the schools recruiting him.


Teammate Brandon Robinson has nine touchdowns in the three wins, three in each contest. He caught six passes in the win over Blake for 95 yards and made five extra points. Robinson has 17 cathces for 415 yards and Boston College, California, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Stanford, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin have all offered him a scholarship and he is considering Boston College, California, Stanford, UCLA, Minnesota and Colorado among his favorites. Robinson is one of the country's top defensive back prospects. He has set up a visit to Stanford Dec. 6.


Darrel Davenport rushed for three touchdowns of 45, 8 and 4 yards as Sibley (3-0) defeated Richfield 21-0. The senior running back rushed 24 times for 272 yards. He is averaging 213.3 yards rushing per game. Davenport and offensive lineman teammate Ryan Knoll both attended the Gopher-Tulsa game last weekend. Davenport is also an outstanding sprinter.


Jack Simmons of Carmel (IL) High, who committed to Minnesota, had an interception as the Corsairs Carmel, ranked #1 in the state by the Chicago Tribune, defeated Marian Catholic 37-22 in their East Suburban Catholic Conference opener to improve to 3-0.


Matt DeGeest of Harrisburg (SD) High committed to Minnesota in August. The Tigers had the week off and will face Gregory next Friday. They are 1-1 this year.


Minneapolis Washburn (2-0) will face Minneapolis South (0-2) tomorrow. They defeated Patrick Henry 53-0 last week as they have outscored their first two opponents 95-7. The Millers' standout Tommy Leavitt plays tight end, defensive end and linebacker. He has been offered a scholarship by the Gophers.


Darrell Jackson of Webster Groves had the week off. He opened the season last week as he threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores in their 35-17 win over University City. He rushed 14 times for 36 yards and completed eight of 16 passes for 210 yards. He threw touchdown passes of 34 and 63 yards to Landon Fitzgerald. Jackson was the Post-Dispatch All-Metro offensive player of the year last fall. Jackson has scholarship offers from Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, Kansas, Ball State and Northern Illinois.

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