Gopher FB recruits and targets continue to impress

Friday night was the fourth week for most high school football teams. Several Minnesota recruits and recruiting targets shined in their fourth 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 one touchdown and passed for two more, but it was not enough as Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins (2-2) lost to Edina 35-25. He rushed for 46 yards on 11 carries and completed 9 of 20 passes for 225 yards. He threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to Joe Abellera and a 74-yard score to David Lange. However, he threw three interceptions. Carlson committed to Minnesota in June.

Dominique Barber of Wayzata (4-0), who committed to Minnesota, had a 6- and 34-yard touchdown in the Trojans' 41-12 win over St. Louis Park. Barber has six touchdowns this season. Wayzata is ranked #7 in Class 5A.

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

#10 Mahtomedi (2-2) defeated Tartan 21-19. The Zephyrs are led by Jerod Arlich, a standout fullback and linebacker who has scholarship offers from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Colorado and Navy.  

Armstrong (3-1) defeated Cooper 41-7 as Everette Pedescleaux had one rushing and receiving touchdown. He scored from 6 yards out and had an 8-yard catch. Pedescleaux has six touchdowns. He 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 10 schools in basketball.

Hutchinson (2-2) lost their second conference game of the season as they fell to Holy Angels 30-22. Teammates QB Tony Mortensen and T Lydon Murtha committed to Minnesota.

Liam O'Hagan threw two touchdown passes as Breck, ranked #1 in Class AA, defeated St. Croix Lutheran 51-16. O'Hagan has thrown for 14 touchdowns in his first four games. His brother is a pitcher at Stanford and the Cardinal, Boston College and Minnesota are among the schools recruiting him.

Teammate Brandon Robinson has scored three touchdowns in all four games this season. He had a 64-yard punt return and 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Robinson caught a 61-yard touchdown pass and kicked a 28-yard field goal and made six of seven extra points. 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 29, 32, 5 and 35 yards as Sibley (4-0) defeated Andover. The senior running back entered the game. 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, led the Corsairs to a 45-19 win over Notre Dame. Carmel, ranked #1 in the state by the Chicago Tribune, improved to 4-0.

Matt DeGeest of Harrisburg (SD) High committed to Minnesota in August. The Tigers jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead and held on to defeat second-rated Class 11B Gregory 21-14 in non-conference football action to improve to 2-1.

Minneapolis Washburn (4-0) defeated Minneapolis North 34-0. 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 defeated Parkway South for the first time in four tries as he rushed 27 times for 241 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-21 victory. Jackson completed just four of his 21 passes, for 108 yards, and was intercepted twice.

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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