Inside The Game: Hargrave

Inside Carolina's Don Callahan provides a detailed high school game report, with analysis from the sidelines on the UNC recruits in attendance.

CHATHAM, Va. --- Radford University doesn't officially have a football program. The group they fielded Sunday against Hargrave is a club team. As you can imagine, the game got ugly early. Thus, Hargrave's better players' snaps were limited.

Additionally, UNC verbal commitment Jerrell Rhodes sat out the game as a precautionary measure.

Roles

The "Black" (starting) defense consisted of Ego Ferguson at strong-side defensive end, while Prince Kent and D.J. Bunn played cornerback.

Hargrave called a lot of linebacker blitzes, which meant Bunn and Kent were in man coverage almost the entire time they were on the field. Both played off their man most of the day.

Ferguson was never asked to drop into coverage, despite the constant blitzing. His instructions on every play, it appeared, were to rush the backfield.

Kent and Bunn are also on the kickoff and punt return teams.

Johnnie Farms only played two drives. When he was out there, he lined up at left guard and just about every running play was run behind him.

Big Plays

One of the bigger plays came on the first play from scrimmage. Ferguson got into the backfield untouched on a play-action fake. He immediately got his hands on the quarterback, who eventually went down at the line-of-scrimmage.

Farms had a lot of nice blocks and constantly opened holes for Hargrave running backs, but none produced a bigger gain then on his second play of the game. Facing a three-man front, Farms quickly got to the second level and immediately took the middle linebacker out of the play. The block created a huge opening for "Little" Bill Nyantakyi, who scampered down the field for a 45-yard gain.

Statistics

Ferguson - 2 tackles (1 solo), 2 QBH
Bunn - 1 tackle (1 solo)
Bunn and Kent - Thrown on once each and both passes were completed.

Evaluations

Farms plays "nasty" and you can tell he loves contact. He plays with great leverage and consistently found ways to take his defender out of the play. After he took out his initial man, he'd look for someone else just to hit.

With his impressive burst off the line, Ferguson was in the backfield on just about every play. He was often run away from and left unblocked, which contributed to his lack of stats.

It's tough to gauge too much about Kent and Bunn, when they were really in on only a few plays combined. Kent did show his raw skill level during the one pass thrown his way – it could have been an interception if he had played the ball properly. On the pass thrown on Bunn, he was playing off, and the receiver caught a quick slant. Bunn did quickly converge and make the tackle.

Overheard

Things have quieted down now on the recruiting front since Ferguson arrived at Hargrave. The family is taking a much needed break from recruiting, which they've found to be much more difficult than anticipated because of the relationships they've built.

In a matter of a week, UNC has gone from a curiosity to the top school for Prince Kent. Kent's uncle contacted UNC assistant John Blake and shortly thereafter Kent had a UNC offer.

Rhodes is expected to start at running back against Hargrave's next opponent, South Alabama, on Sept. 5.


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