Los Angeles (Calif.) Augustus Hawkins won its season opener against Los Angeles (Calif.) Hamilton, 27-6, last Friday.
With 12 prospects currently rated three stars or better, including seven four-star recruits and the nation's top receiver in both the 2017 and 2018 classes, it is hard to get all the best clips of each individual player. To go with the highlight clips of five-star wideout Jalen Hall and four-star athlete Greg Johnson that we've previously posted this week, we've also cobbled together short clips of three other players that are names to know in each of the next three recruiting classes.
Four-star 2018 athlete Marcus Johnson isn't going to simply be known as Greg's little brother for much longer. Johnson has been a solid player in the seven-on-seven passing league circuit as a cornerback and that's what we have him listed at on Scout. However, Johnson showed an explosive playmaking ability with the ball in his hands in the opener, including a rushing touchdown that saw him run through a defender:
De'Gabriel Floyd is a name to watch out for the in 2019 class. Like teammates Hall and Joseph Lewis, Floyd has the potential to be one of the top players in the country. While some might say he has to be a defender playing linebacker because of his 6-foot-3, 220-pound size, Floyd showed nimble feet and patience when carrying the ball out of the backfield. His running was even the more impressive because of the fact he has been nursing ankle and neck injuries that kept him from getting much practice during fall camp leading up to the season.
Joseph Lewis had already established his spot on the team as the top playmaker before we even made it into the stadium after attending an earlier game. Lewis scored the first points of the season on a 39-yard touchdown reception early in the first quarter. But more than his receiver abilities, which we've seen on display before, we came away stunned by Lewis' ability and willingness to do everything else on the field.
He was outstanding playing safety and being used in the slot as a nickel back. He read plays well, tracked down ball carriers -- even completely across the formation and brought the hit stick with him. Lewis was also the team's punter and punt returner. He was a lineman, blocking on the edge for extra point attempts and he was one of the Hawks' most effective players on the kickoff coverage unit. Add in his willingness to block on the outside for his teammates and you've got one of the top football players in the country...even when he isn't being targeted by his quarterback.
Hawkins was unable to capitalize fully on their opportunities in the season opener last week, missing out on several chances to pad their lead throughout. That wasn't the case Thursday night as they jumped out to a 28-0 lead in the first quarter and cruised to a 42-0 home win over Los Angeles (Calif.) Eagle Rock.
Our friends over at Under The Radar were on hand and like always, did a great job producing this highlight mixtape of the Hawks' rout Thursday night:
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