The Round-Up: A Recruiting Results Recap

High school football is back! After a long offseason without football, the prep ranks have kicked off with gridiron action. For the fifth-straight year, The Bootleg brings you select tidbits on high school games of special interest to Stanford fans and red-hot recruitniks. More than half of Stanford's commits have already started their senior seasons. Read on for notes on those games and more.

"The Round-Up": A Stanford Recruiting Results Recap

2010 Stanford Verbal Commits In Action:

  • In a major showdown between Beehive state powers, Stanford quarterback commit Dallas Lloyd and his Pleasant Grove (Utah) squad squared off against Provo (Utah) Timpview in the first game of the season for a Stanford commit.  Facing a state power trying to extend a state-record 36- game winning streak, Lloyd kicked his season off with a bang by engineering a potentially season-defining 16-10 victory against the three-time defending 4A state champion Thunderbirds.  The future Stanford quarterback threw both Vikings touchdowns, connecting on strikes of 20 yards and 46 yards.  Although Pleasant Grove did not score in the second half, Lloyd put the nail in the coffin on a Timpview comeback attempt with a 54-yard bomb downfield in the game's final minutes.  He finished with 153 yards passing.  Lloyd also showed his dual-threat ability earlier in the game with a 48-yard scramble in the third quarter, but that drive did not end in a score as Lloyd threw an interception in the end zone.  BYU defensive end commit Bronson Kaufusi starred for Timpview, blocking an extra point attempt and amassing two sacks and multiple pass breakups and hurries.    
  • After the game, Lloyd said, "It feels good.  We worked hard and we were expecting to come out here and put it to them and get a win. I give props to them. They did a great job.  Timpview is the defending 4A state champs, so you expect to see one of the best teams in the state when you play them and that's what happened.   It seemed like every time I went back I had to scramble.  Kaufusi and their line were coming hard all game. I just scrambled a lot looking for my big targets. When I get in trouble I expect them to make plays."
  • The game featured many major college prospects, including Lloyd, Kaufusi, Timpview safety and Notre Dame commit Chris Badger, Pleasant Grove defensive end and Utah commit Joe Kruger, and BYU commits Bryan Sampson and Austin Heder, both from Pleasant Grove.  Brandon Gurney from Total Blue Sports attended the game and provided his take ( on the prospects in the game.

Pleasant Grove (Utah) sustained the momentum from their big opening week by beating Orem (Utah) Timpanagos 34-6 to improve to 2-0.  Dallas Lloyd threw two touchdown passes to Jason Fanaika, who has now caught three touchdowns from Lloyd in the season's first two games.   The touchdowns went for 9 yards and 44 yards.  Pleasant Grove did not convert a first down in their first three possessions of the game, but improved from there.  "I think we were a little tight," Vikings coach Dale Sampson observed. "This is still a rival high school. A couple of things didn't go well at first and we had to play a little catch-up, but once Dallas got into the flow and got the jitters out he got moving." Also of note, D.J. Doman returned two interceptions for touchdowns for the Vikings.  Doman had made a name for himself the previous week against Timpview with a crushing block ( of former Cardinal verbal and now Notre Dame commit Chris Badger on an aforementioned Dallas Lloyd scramble.

  • Stanford RB  commit Brandon Bourbon started off his final prep season with a win, leading his Potosi (Mo.) team to a 36-7 win over Owensville (Mo.).  Potosi scored 20 points in the first quarter and was up 28-7 after three quarters.   Bourbon was the clear star for the Trojans, romping for 267 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries and also adding two successful two-point conversions.  One of his touchdowns went for 67 yards.  He also had a 65-yard touchdown called back on a penalty.  The monster game for Bourbon picked up where he left off last year, when he gained 2,420 yards rushing and 29 touchdowns on his way to leading Potosi to their first playoff appearance in 16 years.   The 2009 season opener was not all pleasant for Potosi, however.  Senior Tanner Gore, who stars at middle linebacker and plays in every phase of the game, had 16 tackles in the game despite breaking his clavicle in the second quarter. 

  • Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton cruised in their season opener, putting a 73-15 beating on Phoenix (Ariz.) St. Mary's.  Hamilton features two of the most prominent Stanford recruits in the nation, four-star safety commit Devon Carrington and 2011 offensive tackle Christian Westerman, one of the top juniors in the nation and a very early Stanford offer recipient.  St. Mary's features Arizona State tight end commit Josh Fulton and running back R.J. McGill and both played on Friday, but 14 other players missed the game due to injury or suspension.  Fulton and McGill scored the two St. Mary's touchdowns in the game.  Hamilton scored 45 points in the first half and spent much of the game trying to run out the clock.  Stanford commit Carrington started his season off well by nabbing an interception while Westerman anchored an offensive line that had its way with St. Mary's.  Hamilton coach Steve Belles attended St. Mary's and seemed apologetic about the final score after the game.  "When the score got out of hand, we didn't want that," Belles said. "I have got a lot of respect for that guy (St. Mary's coach Eddy Zubey). Trust me, there might be a couple people I might not mind doing that to. But not my alma mater."  Jason Jewell of provided a scouting report of the game (   
  • Stanford tight end commit Zach Swanson and his Katy (Tex.) powerhouse edged out a nail-biting 9-7 win over Houston (Tex.) North Shore in front of over 12,000 fans.  The win ended a nationally-prominent 97-game regular season win streak for North Shore, generally considered the second-best team in the area after Katy.   Last year North Shore had won the showdown 10-6 and this year the teams seemed evenly matched.  Each of the squads ended up with 207 yards of offense.   The game was at a 7-7 stalemate at halftime and remained close throughout.  The end of the third quarter featured a Katy fumble followed by a North Shore fumble followed by North Shore blocking a Katy punt, followed by Katy recovering another North Shore fumble deep in Katy territory.   Swanson's role in the offense is mostly as a blocking tight end, complementing the offensive line in blocking for Katy's running game.   Katy's top two running backs combined for 163 rushing yards.  The team averaged 3.33 yards per carry in the closely-matched, defense dominated showdown.

  • Gainesville (Ga.) also got their season started in style with a 34-0 shutout win over Gainesville (Ga.) Chestatee.  The Gainesville defense, which features Stanford safety commit Daunte Carr, pitched the shutout and forced five turnovers, including three recovered fumbles out of a total seven fumbles by Chestatee.  The War Eagles only gave up 96 total yards of offense.  "Our defense played super," said Gainesville head coach Bruce Miller.  Stanford wide receiver commit Tai-ler Jones hauled in 5 catches for 73 yards.  Jones and quarterback Blake Sims, who is committed to Alabama as an athlete, highlight the offense, but in this game,  running back Teryan Rucker stole the show.  Rucker's mother Teresa Williams died on New Year's Day this year at the age of 41 due to a blood clot in her lungs.  Before the game, Gainesville announced that they would place a jersey in their home field's end zone all season in her memory.  In the season opener, Rucker, playing in his first game since his mother's death, exploited Chestatee's focus on Jones and Sims and rushed for 140 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Sims had a big game as well, passing for 233 yards and rushing for 57 yards. 

  • Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman is yet another team that boasts multiple prospects of interest to Stanford and got its season off to a big start.  The Gaels beat St. George (Utah) Dixie 48-14.  The game was tied at halftime, but Bishop Gorman came out of the locker room with a vengeance and ripped off 34 unanswered second-half points.  Bishop Gorman features a star-studded senior cast including Stanford defensive end commit Alex Turner, one-time Stanford linebacker commit Evan Palelei, USC tight end commit Xavier Grimble, and Cal offensive line commit Geoff Gibson.   However, the season opener also highlighted standout youngsters with years of high school football still ahead of them.  Sophomore running back Shaquille Powell romped for 4 touchdowns and 172 yards on just 11 carries, breaking the game open by scoring touchdowns on each of his first four carries after coming in as the second back for the Gaels.  Freshman quarterback Anu Soloman completed 8 of 5 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown connection to future USC Trojan Grimble, who had 5 catches for 82 yards and was the primary weapon in the passing game.   
  • Stanford kicker commit Jordan Williamson and his Austin (Tex.) Westwood team lost their opener 55-31 against Austin (Tex.) Lake Travis.  The win gave Lake Travis their 31st-consecutive win.  However, Williamson made one of his two field goal attempts, a robust 47-yard effort that matched his long from last year, and made all four of his extra point attempts. 

  • Stanford offensive line commit Cole Underwood and the Denton (Tex.) Guyer Wildcats edged past Carrollton (Tex.) Newman Smith 34-28.  Guyer had burst out to a 31-7 halftime lead but barely held off a second-half comeback.  The game was a scare for Guyer, which is expected to be one of the best teams in Texas and perhaps the nation.  "Obviously, the first half I was pleased, but I still wasn't overly happy," Guyer head coach John Walsh said. "We left some points on the board in the first half and still played sloppy.   The second half was just awful. There's no other way to put it. I think we controlled the ball the whole third quarter nearly. They had some big plays, but we just didn't capitalize on the drives we had."  Aside from the second- half struggles, Underwood and the Guyer offense enjoyed some successes.  The Wildcats gained 437 yards on offense, including 299 rushing yards.  A running back and a quarterback each rushed for over a hundred yards each running behind Underwood and his mates. 

  • Roswell (Ga.) Centennial started their season off with a 38-0 win over Duluth (Ga.) Northview.  Northview boasts prominent players in LSU tight end commit Cameron Fordham and Georgia Tech defensive tackle commit Denzel McCoy, but was not able to stop Centennial, which was led by Stanford commit David Yankey anchoring the offensive line. 

  • Tate Nichols joined Dallas Lloyd as one of only two Stanford commits to have played two games already this season.  His Union (Ky.) Ryle team won their opener 34-14 against Park Hills (Ky.) Covington Catholic and then lost the next week 37-14 against Fort Thomas (Ky.) Highlands.  Although many project Nichols as an offensive tackle at the next level, he is a tight end and defensive end at the high school level and has been used on comeback routes as a tight end.  He has not scored yet this season in two games for his run-oriented team.  In the loss against Highlands, Stanford offer recipient Austin Collinsworth victimized Nichols' team by rushing for 124 yards and 4 touchdowns on 13 carries, catching a pass for 21 yards, returning a punt for 25 yards, and returning two kicks for 62 yards.                                                                                                                                    
  • Stanford defensive end commit Henry Anderson and his College Park (Ga.) Woodward Academy team could not pull out the season opener against Atlanta (Ga.) Lovett, falling 23-13.  Lovett was able to control the ball for much of the first half and took the lead on an eight-minute, 82- yard touchdown drive.   Despite the loss, Woodward Academy was able to run somewhat successfully,  with Juwan Thompson gaining 103 yards on the ground for the War Eagles and Marcus Polk adding another 94. 

2010 Prospective Recruits In Action:

  • Cornerback Keanu Nelson and Tucson (Ariz.) Sabino took care of Tucson (Ariz.) Saguaro 54-17.  Nelson starred while playing myriad positions , putting up 140 yards on only 5 touches.  He had 50 yards rushing, 27 yards receiving, and 63 yards passing.  Even with that versatility, his probable position is on defense.  He even provided what the Arizona Daily Star called a "vicious block that sprung the game-changing 66-yard jaunt to the end zone for Sabercats' tailback Stephen Fraser on Thursday night." Nelson made the play while split out at receiver.  "I take just as much pride in doing my job when I don't have the ball as I do when I have it," said Nelson. "If I don't have it, I want whoever does have it to score every time. If that means making a great block, that is what I'll do. I like doing that too."   Nelson also returned a kick to the 47-yard line and provided a distraction as the wildcat quarterback on a play where he pitched to a running back for a 73-yard gain that set up a goal-line touchdown.

  • Linebacker C.J. Mosley and his Theodore (Ala.) team ran away with their opener by the final score of 40-14 over Evergreen (Ala.) Hillcrest.   Mosley and the defense did not allow any scores until the fourth quarter.  On offense, Theodore was paced by running back Todd Neal's 120 yards rushing and three touchdowns and a 15 of 22 passing day by quarterback Chris Nelson that netted 189 yards and 3 touchdowns.   
  • Offensive lineman James Stone and Nashville (Tenn.) Maplewood split their first two games, beating Nashville (Tenn.) Hillsboro 35-6 and falling 31-28 to Nashville (Tenn.) Bell Academy.  In the Maplewood game, Stone and the line blocked for 162 yards rushing by junior Stanley Hagan, including 121 in the first half.  The team rushed for 258 yards in total and 506 yards of total offense.   Stone commented on the performance, saying "It's a big part of our game plan every week, to be more physical than the other team.  Being able to run the ball well, I think was the key."  In contrast to the success of the first week, the Bell Academy game was a heart-breaker in which Maplewood gave up two touchdowns in the last three minutes and thirty-three seconds of the game to lose.  Hagan, the running back, missed the game with an ankle sprain but Stone and the line were still able to generate substantial room in the running game.  Sophomore running back LaDarius Vanlier rushed for 229 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries.  "It was hard to play a good game and lose, but we've just to keep our heads up and come out here next week and do what we do," Vanlier said after the game. "Our line blocked and did what they were supposed to do."

  • Ames (Iowa) and offensive tackle James Kohler lost their opener 30-17 against Johnston (Iowa).  Ames blew a 17-0 lead and Johnston's 30 points were unanswered.  Despite scoring the first 17 points, the Ames offense struggled, only gaining 62 yards and 30 carries on the ground and 105 yards on 9 of 22 passing.  They only had 7 first downs in the game and were forced to punt 8 times.   
  • Liberty (Mo.) routed Columbia (Mo.) Hickman 42-6.  Wide receiver Marcus Lucas is the most prominent name for Liberty, but in this game they relied on their ground game with 234 yards and 3 touchdowns on 14 carries by running back Garrett White.  Lucas did make a one-handed catch that was featured in the Columbian Missourian (

  • Sam Gibson and Prattville (Ala.) started their season 1-1 after beating Montgomery (Ala.) Carver 37-0 in the AHSAA Champions Challenge and then losing to Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett 14-11 the next week.  Gibson, a dual-threat quarterback with projection as an athlete at the college level, is committed to LSU but has indicated that he plans on visiting Stanford, Virginia, and Kentucky.  In the win over Carver, Gibson connected on touchdown strikes with receiver Earl Lucas.  Prattville is a three-time defending 6A state champion, but against North Gwinnett Gibson could not elude the pressure and was sacked six times.  In the fourth quarter, Gibson threw a 16-yard touchdown pass and converted on the two-point conversion, but was sacked twice on the subsequent drive, snuffing Prattville's chances of averting the upset.  The game gives Georgia major bragging rights over Alabama and brings home the critical performance of offensive line play, where even the mobile Gibson could not avoid the pressure and where North Gwinnett's twin Alabama offensive line commits  Jawuan James and Austin Shepherd surely helped the Bulldogs pull the upset.

  • Despite being the road team, Louisville (Ohio) had approximately 2,000 fans in attendance against Ravenna (Ohio) compared to a few hundred for the home team.   Athlete Bobby Swigert, playing quarterback for the Leopards, did not disappoint them and led the home team to a 28-0 win.  He completed 11 of 20 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 64 yards on 13 carries.

  • Iowa City (Iowa) won their opener 38-7 over Dubuque (Iowa) Wahlert.  Quarterback A.J. Derby ran for two touchdowns and threw for a third that went for 65 yards. 

2011 Verbal Commits In Action:

  • Stanford commit Ty Montgomery saw his junior season get off to a disappointing start with a 21-20 loss against Fort Worth (Tex.) Country Day.  Individually, Montgomery had a big day, but it was not enough to pull out the win.  In the first quarter, he notched the first two scores of the St. Mark's season with a 20-yard touchdown run and an 89-yard touchdown run.  Altogether, he rushed for 195 yards on 35 carries and passed for 88 more on 9 of 26 passing as his team's quarterback.   

2011 Prospective Recruits In Action:

  • Along with Westerman, Stanford's 2011 offensive line recruiting seems to have set its sights on Aztec (N.M.) junior Matt Hegarty.  Hegarty and the Tigers kicked off their season with a 56-7 win over Santa Fe (N.M.) in which they manhandled Santa Fe up front, blocking for 382 yards rushing on over 14 yards per carry as a team.  Hegarty commented on the offensive line's dominance, saying "We like to consider ourselves one of the tightest units on the team. We do a lot together in the offseason.  We're like a family."  Sophomore running back Bryce Grady benefited from the blocking and romped for 214 yards.  He too highlighted the offensive line's performance.  "Best holes I've seen in my career so far," Grady said. "It was nice."  In addition to the rushing dominance, Aztec completed 15 of 21 passes for 201 yards.  In all, the Tigers had 583 yards of offense and 7 touchdowns from scrimmage.

  • Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes junior quarterback Lafonte Thourogood has emerged as one of the more intriguing athletes on Stanford's board.  In his first game of the season, he led the Dolphins to a 42-0 blowout of Virginia Beach (Va.) Princess Anne.  Thourogood displayed his mobility in pacing the rushing attack, gaining 95 yards and 2 touchdowns on 5 rushes.  Both touchdowns were from the goal line and his three other carries averaged over 30 yards.  He also connected twice with 4-star LSU receiver commit Justin Hunter for 34 yards but mostly did his damage on the ground.  In addition to the catches, Hunter provided the main highlight of the game with a 75 yard punt return for a touchdown. 
  • Stanford's other apparent early 2011 quarterback offer, junior signal caller Christian Suntrup, also started off his year with a win, leading his St. Louis (Mo.) Chaminade squad to a 35-14 triumph over St. Louis (Mo.) Vashon.  Suntrup threw a 4-yard touchdown pass in the first half, but most of the offense came from junior running back Rob Standard, who gained 243 yards and 4 touchdowns on 30 carries.  Standard and Suntrup were both playing behind an offensive line breaking in five new starters and both lauded the effort of the unit., with Suntrup saying "The offensive line did a great job." 

  • Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central split their first two games, beating Merrillville (Ind.) 49-16 and then losing to Indianapolis (Ind.) 35-32 the next week.  Warren Central junior defensive tackle Kris Harley looks like an early candidate to be one of Stanford's top interior defensive line prospects.  Against Merrillville, the Warriors defense gave up 9 first downs, forced 7 punts, forced two interceptions on 8 of 21 passing, and gave up only 75 yards rushing.  Cathedral proved a much more difficult opponent and was only forced to punt twice compared to 17 first downs.  The Warren Central defense yielded 250 yards rushing on 49 attempts and 170 yards on 9 of 14 passing, though they did nab two interceptions and force two fumbles.  Cathedral is considered one of the top teams in Indiana and Warren Central's defense reportedly tired in the second half, surrendering first downs on six of nine second half opportunities for Cathedral.

  • Cedar Park (Tex.) dropped their opener 24-14 to Austin (Tex.) Westlake.  Cedar Park features junior Spencer Drango, one of Stanford's early 2011 offensive line offer recipients.  In this game, Drango and his line mates, including Texas center commit Dominic Espinosa, blocked for an offense that piled up 399 yards evenly divided by passing and running, but the team fell apart in the special teams portion and lost largely on the basis of a blocked field goal attempt, another missed field goal attempt, a blocked extra point attempt, and a 30-yard punt return that set up a touchdown.  For a photo gallery of Drango and others in the game, check out this gallery (   
  • Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell was routed by Huntersville (N.C.) North Mecklenburg 51-21.  Ardrey Kell features athlete Justice Picket, who rushed for 1500 yards last year as a sophomore and is an early Stanford target.  Picket scored the first touchdown of the season for the Knights, a 32-yard run.  Notre Dame commit Prince Shembo is Ardrey Kell's marquee senior, but he played the game with a sprained right ankle and was ineffective.

  • Junior wide receiver Christian Conley and his Dallas (Ga.) North Paulding team dropped their opener 37-26 to LaFayette (Ga.).   

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