Recruiting Catch-Up

Another week of college is football is done with, and the Trojans have once again found their way into the top two. And while that spot does have a nice ring to it, the Trojans must now center their attention toward one of the more storied programs in college football, the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Look for "Recruiting Catch-Up" to help you stay up to date on all the recruiting news surrounding SC.

Bring On the Seraphs

Oaks Christian has run through another opponent, and can now set their sights on a match-up built for the ages. Oaks Christian has the week off, but will resume action when they take on the St. Bonaventure Seraphs on September 22nd. The highly anticipated match-up, which will be televised on Fox Sports Net, will put two of the top ten high school programs in the country against each other according to SI.

Lions Too Much

In Oaks Christian's 60-6 romping of Muir, Jimmy Clausen was nearly perfect. Clausen completed 7 of 8 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns. Not to mention that those numbers came in less then two quarters of play. Marc Tyler, who had a down game statistically, chipped in with a pair of touchdown runs (6 and 13 yards) and a one-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown on defense. Cornerback Anthony Gildon had an interception in which he returned 25 yards for a touchdown. Oregon bound linebacker Casey Matthews and Brett Vollert led the team in tackles.

Another Solid One for Corp

Aaron Corp and his Orange Lutheran teammates looked sharp against Lancaster, posting a 35-6 victory. In the win, Aaron Corp went 9-17 for 140 yards and a touchdown. The Lancers will now take on Tesoro High.

Servite Takes the Hit

With USC-bound prospects DJ Shoemate and Chris Galippo, it is easy to see why many believe Servite is one of the top teams in the Southland. But if Friday night is any indication of things to come, Servite still has a lot of work to get done. Santiago defeated Servite 23-9, and was able to keep Galippo and Shoemate relatively quiet. Shoemate finished the night with 3 receptions for 56 yards. Galippo, who finished the game with a sack and a tackle for loss, knocked Santiago quarterback Renny Kruse out of the game temporarily when he delivered a bone-crushing blow. Galippo also had one rush for 14 yards.

Thoughts on Servite vs. Santiago from Darrell Rideaux

WeAreSC.com contributor Darrell Rideaux was able to make it out to the Servite game, and here were his impressions of Chris Galippo, Ryan McCants, and DJ Shoemate.

"I was really impressed with Santiago RB Ryan McCants (6-2, 230). He's a big kid, he's a load, and he runs with a nice forward lean. Some guys at that size run high but he doesn't, it's hard to get a good hit on him. He's got a great frame, very strong shoulders and legs, and it looks like he could play at 250 pounds easily at the college level. He could end up at fullback too. Some of the things he did away from the ball like pass protection showed me that he is a lot further along than I expected him to be.

"I liked Chris Galippo. He knows how to play in space, he understands passing lanes and his first step off the line is tremendous. He reminds me a lot of Brian Cushing, they have similar frames and I think Galippo could end up playing a DE spot much like Cushing is doing now. Chris is a guy the offense must account for at all times. He's just got a great motor, he doesn't stop moving. I haven't seen a linebacker like him in years who is that good against both the run and the pass.

"D.J. Shoemate didn't do much in the game as he was coming off a foot injury. He didn't play defense and Santiago really rolled up their coverages on him on offense to try and slow him down. At one point it seemed like he stopped worrying about the injury and just started playing football and you saw what he can do. He has a lot of tools and is very physical. I don't want to judge him right now due to his injury, I want to wait and see him again later in the year."

Mr. Do-It-All

It is easy to see why Malachi Lewis is being recruited as an athlete, because college coaches believe he can play up to six spots on the field. During Rio Mesa's 41-9 thrashing of San Marcos, Lewis accounted for 121 yards on just 17 carries, including scoring runs of 20 yards and 7 yards.

Samson Not Enough to Edge Panthers

Samson Szakacsy and his Camarillo squad lost to Newbury Park 21-14 in a close one. Szakacsy finished the night 18-25, throwing for 178 yards and a touchdown in the loss.

The Super-Freak Shows Up In Front Of Big Company

Everson Griffen and his Agua Fria teammates were treated to a pleasant surprise when Head Coach Pete Carroll and defensive coordinator Nick Holt showed up to watch the "Super Freak" in action. Griffen finished the night with 2 sacks in the 28-7 victory over Cactus. Griffen also added 50 yards rushing and a touchdown on offense. Griffen is one of the top recruits on our board, and we still sit in a good spot to land the talented defensive end. Griffen has now accumulated roughly 27 tackles and 8 sacks on the year, and look for those numbers to jump in weeks to come. Coach Carroll really seemed to be enjoying himself, as he was seen signing autographs, taking pictures, and even throwing the pigskin around with fans in the end zone at halftime. And everybody wonders just how he does it. Here is a link to an article done by Jason Jewell of Scout.com regarding Coach Carroll's visit to Arizona.

Smith Injured In Loss

Malcolm Smith had revenge on his mind entering Friday's match-up with Crenshaw after a heartbreaking loss in the City Section Championship Game last year. Smith came out of the gates firing, but was forced to leave the game during the second quarter after he injured his ankle. Smith rushed for one touchdown and 71 yards on 12 carries before the injury, and had to watch from the sideline as his Taft Toreadors fell to Crenshaw once again 26-7.

Mr. Versatility

Donovan Warren kept the taste of losing in his mouth from last week, and vowed to do anything he could to help his team pull off the victory Friday night against Birmingham. Warren started the game off at tailback, and broke off a 45 yard run on his very first touch. Warren finished the night with one touchdown and 63 yards on six carries in the Jackrabbits 48-6 victory over Birmingham.

Always On

Ronald Johnson is quickly becoming one of my favorite recruits, as he continues to pile up big numbers. Johnson put up big numbers for Muskegon, finishing the night with two deflected passes, a fumble recovery, and an interception at the goal line to ice the game. On offense, Johnson had three receptions for 83 yards.

Campbell Bringing the Hurt

Jordan Campbell looks like a kid playing with a chip on his shoulder, and that very well may be the case. Campbell had 13 tackles and one forced fumble in the 42-6 beating of Fontana Miller. Campbell's stats were particularly impressive after I was informed that he was pulled from the game at halftime when the score was 32-0. Here is an update done by Allen Wallace where Jordan Campbell talks about recruiting and his top schools.

Man on Fire

When it comes to putting up big numbers, Martez Wilson takes the cake. And while Wilson and his Simeon teammates lost to Bolingbrook 44-20, he found a way to make his name known. Wilson finished the night with 3 catches for 75 yards and two touchdowns on offense, and was equally impressive on the defensive side of the ball. On defense, Wilson racked up 13 tackles, two sacks, and two pass deflections from his new outside linebacker spot. Click the following link to read what Wilson has to say about his favorites, including USC.

The Price Is Right

Brian Price ended his recruitment very early when he made a verbal commitment to the UCLA Bruins, but he may be rethinking that commitment. Price was under the watchful eye of Coach Pete Carroll before he flew out to Arizona on Friday night. There have been rumblings that Price may visit SC officially this week for the Nebraska game, and we will continue to follow up on the situation.

Official Visit List

Remember to keep checking the official visit list on WeAreSC.com to stay up to date on what prospects will be visiting and when. Keep a close eye on the Notre Dame game, as it is rapidly becoming one of the biggest collections of talent in recent memory. Here is a link to the list, enjoy.

Garry P.'s Thoughts

Our own Publisher at WeAreSC.com, Garry P., was able to make it out to two games this weekend; St. Bonaventure vs. St. Paul and Notre Dame vs. Canyon. Here are his thoughts on each of the teams.

St. Bonaventure – I was pretty impressed with Michael Williams. He was very active from the safety spot, he came up and hit people and he was also dynamic on special teams. I had heard reports that he might be smaller than advertised but I thought he looked around 6-0, 190 and that is plenty big to grow into a fine college safety. Blaine Irby is another impact guy on the Seraph defense. He's certainly got good size (235 pounds) and he is physically impressive. I didn't get a chance to really see his speed because he didn't play offense (broken bone in left hand) but his pursuit on defense looked pretty good to me and he was always around the ball. The biggest surprise was probably junior defensive lineman Ryan Medina (6-3, 235). I thought he fit right in with the first two guys we mentioned and with another year to go he should end up being a high recruit for the Class of 2008. Another top recruit will be RT Vaughn Dotsy who tips the charts at 6-6, 330 as a junior. Seraph coach Jon Mack thinks Dotsy could end up being the top OL recruit in the country, he moves well at his size although I could see him projecting as a guard at the college level. A sophomore name to watch at St. Bonny is Patrick Hall (6-1, 180), he's a wide receiver/running back/defensive back who returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and made his share of plays all night. Patrick is already a good one who is going to get better.

St. Paul – I liked Arizona verbal RB Nick Grigsby. He is a hard runner, reminded me a little of C.J. Gable. The Trojans took a look at Grigsby at their summer camp but made no offer and so he will head to Tucson.

Notre Dame – As usual the Knights have their share of talent. Shane Horton is 6-2, 205 and he plays safety right now but was a corner early in his career (3 year starter for ND). Horton hurt his shoulder toward the end of his junior year and that has slowed some recruiters but the interest should start to pick up after what we saw on Friday night. He has very good defensive instincts, hits very hard and showed pretty good speed. Horton has received some interest from the Trojans and, depending how other scholarships work out, we could end up taking a longer look. Another player who says USC has been interested is Mike Stanton, the receiver who plays opposite Horton on offense. Mike also plays corner on defense, is a terrific basketball player and took part in the Area Code games as a baseball outfielder. Mike is 6-4, 215 with tremendous leaping ability (he made the game winning touchdown catch and two point conversion in the final minute) and he also is a physical tackler. ND coach Kevin Rooney says Mike is just learning how good of a football player he can be and I was definitely sold on his potential in this game. I liked both Charlie Carmichael and Sam DeMartinis, they are a solid pair of high school linemen who will play in the Pac-10. Junior QB Dayne Crist also has potential, he's got size (6-5, 225) and a nice presence on the field. Dayne struggled early in this game but held it together enough to bring his team back for the win. A few more underclassmen who caught my eye were junior DT Wes Horton (6-6, 230 and is the brother of Shane) and linebackers Anthony McDonald (junior) and Jordan Barrett (sophomore).

Canyon – This is a typical Canyon team, just a bunch of good high school football players. RB J.J. DiLuigi is their top player and he is headed to BYU. DiLuigi is small but he is a very tough runner, the Notre Dame defense was focused on stopping him and they held him to 63 difficult yards.

Big Games of the Week

Mater Dei plays host to Mission Viejo this Thursday night, September 14th at 7:30pm on the FSN Prime Ticket high school football Game of the Week. Mater Dei junior OL Khaled Holmes, younger brother of Alex, will help protect soph QB Matt Barkley as the Monarchs try to break a five game losing streak to the Diablos.

Other top games include Dominguez at Crenshaw and St. Bonaventure at Canyon.


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