Scouting Report St. Thomas Aquinas was on hand watching St. Thomas Aquinas battle Cincinnati Elder in the Herbstreit Football Series in Cincinnati, Ohio. Here is a look at some of the top prospects taking the field for the Raiders.

While you’ve got big-name recognition in Duron Carter, this football team is loaded with talent that catches your eye quickly.  Carter is a legit player with size and the ability to make a big play.  But he’s got a lot of company on the field with him.


8 Duron Carter – WR

6-2/170 2009


The Ohio State commitment didn’t disappoint hauling in four passes for 131 yards and a touchdown.  While many talk about Carter because of his famous father, the son is a player in his own right that has a bright future.  This kid loves to play the game and it shows on his face during and after the game.  He’s got good hands and is not afraid to go into traffic and make a catch.


3 Ryan Becker – QB

6-1/175 2009


While Becker won’t turn many heads as being a big-time college prospect he’s a solid player capable of making things happen with his arm and feet.  If you look at him just standing around you could mistake him for a kicker, but once he takes the field you see he’s in total control and the perfect fit for his team.  On Saturday Becker went 10-18-1 for 283 yards and 3 touchdowns in the air.  On the ground he rushed for 58 total yards also scoring a touchdown. 


18 Ben Turk – P

5-11/180 2009


The Notre Dame recruit is a solid punter with nice hang time.  On this day he punted seven times and ended the day with an average of 35.6.  But a couple of his kicks were short as he pinned Elder inside the twenty three times.  Turk also hit a 63 yard punt on the day and prior to halftime had an average in the mid-40.


65 Brandon Linder – OT

6-6/265 2009


Linder is the type of player you love to watch as he gets after it and knows he can make a difference in a game.  Linder has great feet and understanding of using his hands and body to open up holes.  Does a great job of keeping his feet and reaching second level defenders to open more running lanes.


14 Conor O’Neill - LB

6-1/200 2009


This is the player that catches your eye when St. Thomas Aquinas is on defense.  Great body control with a high motor O’Neill likes to stir things up and keep offensive linemen on their toes.


91 Matthew Stokes - DL

6-3/240 2010


Stokes likes to hit and does a good job coming off the edge.  His future will be with his hand down in the middle but he’s strong pushing back the pocket and fighting off offensive linemen.  On this day he found himself going against Austen Bujnoch a lot and held his own with 4 total tackles.


1 Dwyane Difton – WR

6-1/180 2009


While the talk centers on Carter, there is no mistaking the talents of Dwyane Difton who is a fluid top-notch receiver in his own right.  Difton is a major talent with big-play abilities any time he touches the ball. On Saturday he pulled down 4 balls for 121 yards including a 90 yard touchdown.


87 Dylan Drake – DL

6-2-190 2009


Drake was a surprise as he was listed as an offensive linemen but played a wide rush end on this day.  Several times he created havoc for the Elder offensive line as he lined up extra wide and used a quick burst to block off a passing lane.


2 Cody Riggs – DB

5-10/170 2011


Remember the name as he’s only a sophomore with a lot of talent.  On Saturday he picked off two Elder passes and broke-up another one while making four tackles. 


31 Vincent Mauro – LB

6-2/215 2010


The junior linebacker is a force to be reckoned with now and next season as he’s loves to run to the ball and looks to help clean up.  On Saturday he had 9 total tackles with 1.5 for a loss.


22 Reynaldo Kirton – DB

6-0/170 2010


Kirton is another fine looking underclassman that has long arms and shows great burst.  Playing safety allows Kirton to move all over the field and this is where he needs with his skill set.


20 Brian Robinson – DB

6-0/170 2010


To have one player in a class with great defensive skills is great for any program.  But having two is a luxury and Aquinas has that in Robinson and Kirton.  Robinson is a lot like his counterpart Kirton in size and ability.


52 John Baglia – DL

6-1/200 2010


If you’re looking for a player who just goes and goes than look no farther than Baglia.  The standup defensive end does a good job of holding his ground against the run and shows the ability to burst and rush a quarterback or chase down a running back.  His development over the next year will show how high he can take his game.


79 Jermaine Barton – OL

6-5/270 2010


On another team we might have seen more of Barton on the field.  But this is one of the countries top prep programs and sometimes a player must wait his turn as seniors play ahead of him.  But the size and potential are there for him to become a very good player.  When Jermaine did get in the game he showed well and you could see senior offensive lineman Brandon Linder has been working with him.


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