Gopher FB recruits and targets continue to impress

Wednesday night was the eighth game for most high school football teams, the final regular season contest. Several Minnesota recruits and recruiting targets shined in the season finale. 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, completed 5 of 9 passes for only 18 yards as the Royals lost to Wayzata 26-0 in the season finale. The Royals improved to 3-5. Carlson, who will enroll at Minnesota in January, completed 83 of 159 passes for 1,222 yards. He threw seven touchdowns and had seven interceptions. Carlson rushed 71 times for 376 yards and had seven rushing scores. The Royals finished the regular season 3-5.


Dominique Barber of Wayzata, the younger brother of Gophers standout running back Marion Barber III, led the Trojans to a 6-2 regular season mark. They defeated Hopkins in the final game 26-0. Barber has nine touchdowns this season. He is a standout defensive back as well. 


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 two weeks ago, led the Millers to a 6-2 record. They lost their season finale to St. Paul Johnson in the Twin Cities championship game 21-10, despite five catches for 52 yards by Leavitt. He caught four touchdowns this season.


Tony Mortensen of Hutchinson missed his fourth straight game, due to injury as the Tigers lost to Northfield 31-20. 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 5-3 this season. Mortensen is expected to be back for the playoffs.


Breck quarterback Liam O'Hagan threw for four touchdowns as the Mustangs rolled to a 55-14 victory over St. Agnes. O'Hagan completed 13 of 20 passes for 224 yards. Breck is ranked #1 in Class AA and is 8-0. O'Hagan has thrown for 32 touchdowns this season as he has completed 112 of 167 passes for 1,963 yards. His brother is a pitcher at Stanford and the Cardinal, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Boston College and Minnesota are among the schools recruiting him. O'Hagan is visiting Vanderbilt this weekend. 


Brandon Robinson caught three passes for 39 yards and three touchdowns. He rushed one time for a four-yard touchdown. He has 37 catches for 817 yards with 14 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 Boston College October 31st and Stanford on December 5.


Matt Simon of Farmington intercepted a pass and returned it 37 yards for the winning touchdown in the Tigers' 28-21 win over Red Wing. The Tigers are 7-1 and tied Holy Angels for the Missota title. Simon had five catches for 52 yards and one carry for 10 yards. He had 29 catches for 650 yards for seven receiving scores. Simon has one rushing touchdown. He is going to Northern Illinois on an unofficial visit this weekend.


Darrell Davenport of Henry Sibley entered the game as the metro area's number one rusher with 1,170 yards on 151 carries (7.7 yards per carry). However, he was held out of the season finale against South St. Paul, due to violating Minnesota High School League rules. The Warriors won 14-0 to improve to 7-1 and share the Classic Suburban conference title. Davenport has nine touchdowns this season.


Darrell Jackson of Webster Groves (MO) High has led the defending 5A champions  to a 4-1 mark. They play at Eureka Friday. He has completed 64 of 123 passes for 1093 yards and ten scores. Jackson has rushed 70 times for 362 yards. He is considering Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri and Northern Illinois and will visit Illinois on December 5th.


Mundelein (IL) Carmel is ranked No. 1 by the Chicago Tribune. The Corsairs (7-0) face St. Viator on Friday. They 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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