SMU Recruit Roundup

Jermaine Sams and St. Paul's are 7-0 and closing in on a perfect regular season. Which school stands in the way of St. Paul's moving to 8-0 this week? We'll answer that question and check out some other games involving SMU prospects.

Since the second week of the season, no opponent has come within 29 points of undefeated and highly-ranked St. Paul's, which competes in Louisiana's 5A classification.

The number one receiver for the Wolves is SMU commit Jermaine Sams, who is averaging almost 20 yards per catch (22-434, 4 TDs). On kick returns, Sams is stepping off an amazing 35.13 yards per attempt (8-281).

This week, the Wolves are up against Ponchatoula (6-1), an undefeated district foe. The Green Wave has two tremendous defensive players in DT Jonathan Kinchen and ILB Kaleb Muse.

Katy Cinco Ranch and RB K.C. Nlemchi are also undefeated. The Cougars, 7-0 on the year, face Katy Taylor (4-3) on Saturday. Nlemchi (144-902, 6.44 ypc, 14 TDs) could reach the 1,000-yard rushing plateau in that game.

QB Conner Preston and Serra are yet another program with an unblemished record. The 6-0 Cavaliers take on 5-1 St. Paul (Sante Fe Springs, Ca.) this Friday in a Mission League game.

Preston has 1,640 yards passing (17 TDs, 4 INT). St. Paul, 1-0 in league play, won last week against Cathedral. RB David Cabral had 101 yards on 23 carries for the Swordsmen.

Lubbock Monterey won its first game of the year last week in a dramatic comeback victory over Lubbock Coronado. SMU commit Arrius Holleman scored the game-winning touchdown and the senior WR hopes to lift his squad to an upset of 5-2 Amarillo on Friday.

Bishop Mora Salesian blanked St. Genevieve last Saturday, 17-0, as Davon Moreland recorded two tackles and a sack. That gives Moreland 58 tackles and 8 sacks this year. The Mustangs have an open date this week and Moreland, along with several other SMU prospects, is taking his official visit to SMU for the Houston game.

Dunham WR Nyle Johnson spent time at two other local schools - Capitol and University Lab - prior to his senior season and he'll get a shot at both of those programs over the next two weeks.

There's plenty at stake in these games, as every team is hungry for a win in one of the toughest districts in the state. Dunham is 4-3, 1-2 in District 7-2A, while Capitol - one year removed from an appearance in the semifinals - has struggled to a 3-5, 1-3 mark.

Coincidentally, Houston QB Terrance Broadway graduated from Capitol last year. Broadway started the Tulane game for the Cougars a few weeks ago.

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