Gopher FB recruits and targets continue to impress

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

QB Johnny Carlson of Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins, who committed to Minnesota in June, threw one touchdown and rushed for another in the Royals' 34-6 win over St. Louis Park.

The Royals improved to 3-4.


Dominique Barber of Wayzata was kept out of the end zone as the Trojans lost for the second straight week, falling to Armstrong 21-20. He was stopped on a two-point conversion attempt with nine seconds left that sealed the game. Barber has nine touchdowns this season. He is the younger brother of Gopher standout running back Marion Barber III.  


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


Tommy Leavitt of Minneapolis Washburn, who committed to the Gophers last week, caught a 25-yard touchdown pass in the Millers' (6-1) win over Edison, 30-0. He has three scores in the past two games after scoring just once in the first five contests.


Tony Mortensen of Hutchinson missed his third straight game, due to injury. He has 52 carries for 370 yards and three touchdowns rushing. Mortensen has completed 26 of 48 passes for 318 yards. He has thrown two touchdowns and has three interceptions. Hutchinson is 5-2 this season


Breck quarterback Liam O'Hagan threw for five touchdowns and rushed for another score as the Mustangs rolled to a 48-13 victory over Minnehaha Academy. O'Hagan completed 16 of 24 passes for 302 yards. Breck is ranked #1 in Class AA  and is 7-0. O'Hagan has thrown 28 touchdowns in his first seven games, as he has completed 99 of 147 passes for 1,739 yards. His brother is a pitcher at Stanford and the Cardinal, Boston College and Minnesota are among the schools recruiting him.


Brandon Robinson caught six passes for 108 yards and three touchdowns. He had scored three touchdowns in the first four games this season and has 16 for the year. He has 34 catches for 778 yards with eleven touchdowns. 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 December 6.


Matt Simon of Farmington caught a 45- and 49-yard touchdown pass in the Tigers 39-22 win over Shakopee. The Tigers are 6-1. Simon has just one carry all season, but turned that into an 82-yard touchdown and has seven touchdown receptions.


Darrell Davenport of Henry Sibley entered the game as the metro area's number one rusher. However, he was held to just 25 rushing yards as the Warriors lost for the first time this season, falling 14-13 to St. Thomas Academy.


Darrell Jackson of Webster Groves (MO) High completed 21 of 29 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns as he led the defending 5A champions (3-1) to a 42-6 victory over Oakville. He has completed 64 of 123 passes for 1,093 yards and 10 scores. Jackson has rushed 70 times for 362 yards.


Mundelein (IL) Carmel is ranked as the number one team by the Chicago Tribune. They continued to roll as they defeated Nazareth 62-7 in East Suburban Catholic play. The Corsairs (7-0) are led by tight end/punter Jack Simmons, who committed to the Gophers in August. His father, Terry, is a former Gopher who played for Minnesota from 1977-79 as a punter and tight end.


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