The playoffs are now officially underway, and North Fort Myer's own Noel Devine had his best performance of the season when it mattered most. North Fort Myers defeated Largo HS 23-19 Friday night, and Devine broke the 300 yard marker. Devine carried the ball 27 times for a game best 309 yards and three touchdowns.
Best Has Big Weekend
Jahvid Best has seen his stock soar throughout his senior campaign, and the numbers don't lie. In Friday's 42-21 victory over King's Academy, Best rushed for 206 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries. Best was also spotted in attendance at the Coliseum Saturday evening for the Trojans Pac-10 clinching victory over Cal.
To see what other recruits were in attendance, click here.
Austin Helps in Victory
One of, if not the top player left on the Trojan wish list is five-star defensive tackle Marvin Austin of Ballou HS in Washington DC. Austin and his Ballou teammates recently took on Wilson HS came out on top 30-0. Austin finished the night with a game-high seven tackles.
Click to here to read up on Austin's top list of schools and official visit plans.
Griffen Injured in Victory
Last weekend was not a particularly kind weekend for Trojan recruits, as Marc Tyler and Everson Griffen were both injured. Griffen went down early with what was said to be an ankle injury. Griffen went down early, rushing for 14 yards on four carries on offense and getting one tackle on defense in the 26-23 playoff victory over Prescott. Griffen recently planned the time when he will announce his college choice,
click here to read more on Griffen and his top list of schools.
Here is a write-up done on Griffen's injury.
Tyler Out for Season
There has not been one player more impressive then Marc Tyler throughout the year, but Tyler's senior season was suddenly ended Friday night in Oaks Christian's playoff victory over Saint Bernards. In Tyler's place, USC commitment Marshall Jones rushed for 137 yards on five carries. Tyler finished the night with two carries for 75 yards and a touchdown. Oaks defeated Saint Bernards 70-9, with Sean Wiser and Casey Matthews adding interceptions on the defensive side of the ball.
Click here to read up on Tyler's season ending injury.
Scott Continues Dominance
Friday night's playoff match-up between Camarillo and Moorpark was predicted to be a close game, key word being predicted. Moorpark dominated from the start, man handling Camarillo 51-21 in the first round of the CIF playoffs. Scott, a junior running back out of Moorpark, finished the night with 308 yards rushing and six touchdowns on 16 carries by the early third quarter. USC commitment Samson Szakacsy finished the night 7-12 for 88 yards and he also rushed for 96 yards, with a long run of 42 yards.
Here is a recent article on Scott and the list of offers which is rapidly growing.
McKnight Scoring at Will
After reading Joe McKnight's stat line from Friday night's 34-6 playoff victory over Donaldsonville, it is easy to see why he is such a hot commodity. McKnight touched the ball three times on offense, scoring on each and every one of those plays. McKnight finished the game with one carry for fifteen yards and two receptions for 63 yards, all resulting in scores.
Green has Big Showing
USC commitment Broderick Green has put up impressive numbers all year long, but Friday night's 49-14 victory over Fairview saw him break the 200 yard marker. Green carried the ball 23 times for a game high 210 yards and a score.
Servite Advances to Second Round
Chris Galippo has done whatever the Servite coaches ask of him when it comes to helping his team earn a victory, and Friday night he proved his worth. Galippo had a big showing on defense, but also racked up 59 yards in receiving in the 46-7 victory over Long Beach Wilson. Servite will take on Edison HS this week, matching up with Martin Coleman.
Corp Has Breakout Game
There is no question that USC commitment Aaron Corp has the skills to excel at the college level, but Friday night's 49-20 victory over San Clemente saw Corp explode on the ground and through the air. Corp finished the night rushing for 162 yards and three touchdowns, adding 320 yards through the air while completing 8 of 14 passes and a touchdown. Junior tight end Blake Ayles added 75 yards receiving in the victory.
O'Dowd Ready for Weekend Visit
Kristofer O'Dowd has been a name on the Trojan radar for some time now, but O'Dowd will finally take his official visit to SC this weekend for the Notre Dame game.
Here is what O'Dowd had to say about his top schools and his upcoming visit.
Lewis Shows Versatility
Malachi Lewis has been one of the more sought after recruits in California after a big senior season, and Friday night he added to an already impressive stat sheet. Lewis finished the night rushing for 242 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries in the 42-14 victory over Ventura.
Poly Gets Defensive
Long Beach Poly took on Mater Dei HS Friday evening in what was on of the more intriguing first round match-ups in recent playoff memory. Poly defeated Mater Dei 10-0, and the defense came up huge, holding Mater Dei running back Ahmed Mohktar to nine yards on 14 carries. The defense, led by Donovan Warren, Kenny Rowe, and Jurrell Casey, shut down the Mater Dei offensive attack from start to finish. Sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley had solid numbers throughout the evening, but did throw an interception and fumbled once.
Our own publisher at WeAreSC.com, Garry Paskwietz, was able to attend the Poly victory and had this to say about each of the teams:
"The Poly defense is the reason why they won this game and it starts with their three headline guys: Kenny Rowe, Jurrell Casey and Donovan Warren. Rowe and Casey patrol the line which is a physically overpowering unit. They controlled the line of scrimmage in this game against a very good Mater Dei offensive line and basically shut down the Monarch run game. One stat sheet had Mater Dei with 36 rushing yards on the night and 18 came on one play. The Poly defense is that good. Rowe looked quick with good instincts, he definitely has the ability to do well at the Pac-10 level. Casey is only a junior but he will be a name to watch for next season. Jurrell played well on both sides of the ball on Friday as he had some nice open field blocks as an offensive guard. Warren also starred on both sides of the ball, he got the start at running back in addition to corner, and he alternated carrying the ball along with Johnny Toloumu. The run game was all the Rabbits had on this night as they only completed a couple passes, Mater Dei knew what was coming but they were unable to stop it. Warren had 14 carries for 81 yards and I was impressed by how physical he was. When I saw him early in the year I thought he was an OK runner but in this game he looked much more natural while attacking the defense with the ball in his hands. While playing on defense, he simply blankets his man and you can see why he is such a coveted corner prospect. After seeing him in action twice this year I would have no problem saying that Donovan is one of the top 10 players in Southern California this year.
For the Monarchs, it was a tough night running the ball so any success rested with the right arm of sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley. Matt ended up going 15 for 23 for 163 yards, very respectable numbers, but he also had an interception and a fumble. A heavy fog rolled in during the second half of the game when Matt was forced to throw a lot and he still did a good job moving the team. The Monarchs were just up against too good of a defense on this night but I can't wait to see what Barkley is going to be like over the next two years. I had a chance to watch him play five times this year and I'm sold on his game presence, his strong arm and his ability to deliver in clutch situations. There's no doubt he has a chance to be a special player.
With his size and physical tools, expect Khaled Holmes to wow them on the spring and summer combine circuit next year. He had his hands full against Poly but I like the way he was demonstrating some real leadership skills by the end of the year.
The Monarchs have a lot of juniors contributing in addition to Barkley and Holmes so they should be right in the thick of things next season. Wide receiver Robbie Boyer, CB Andrew Abbott (plays with a lot of swagger but is in the 5-8 or 5-9 range) and DL Cameron Meredith are just a few of the talented underclassmen returning for Bruce Rollinson."
Campbell Shutting Down Opposition
In Norco's recent 34-29 playoff victory against Chino Hills; Jordan Campbell racked up 11 tackles, three of which we for a loss, and two sacks. Norco will take on undefeated Murietta Valley this Friday in what should be a great game.
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Carswell No Longer a Sleeper
Brandon Carswell has shed the sleeper tag, and is gearing up for playoffs. In the final game of his regular season against Cupertino, Carswell led the team in rushing yards, passing yards, scoring, and punt returns.
USC Basketball on the Rise
If the Galen Center wasn't enough, Tim Floyd and staff have landed a top three recruiting class on the hardwood. The class was boosted with the recent commitment of OJ Mayo and Davon Jefferson, who received a qualifying test score recently.
Barksdale Not Sure About USC Trip
Looking at the official visit list for this weekend reads out like a who's who of high school football, but one player scheduled to be in attendance may not make the trip.
Barksdale, a four-star defensive tackle, had this to say about his upcoming trip.
Paige Not Sure of Weekend Visit
Five-star wide receiver Ahmad Paige was also scheduled to be in attendance this weekend for the Notre Dame game, but has now changed those plans.
Click here to read when Paige will officially visit SC.
Wright Has USC in Top Three
Four-star safety prospect Major Wright recently visited Ohio State for the showdown between Michigan, and came away very impressed. Wright is not done however, as he has yet to visit USC.
Click here to read up on the schools Wright is still considering, USC being one of them.
O'Neal Still Sorting Out
There may not be a faster player in the country then Florida State transfer Kenny O'Neal. And while the SC coaches have taken notice of this fact, that have yet to extend an offer.
Click here to read what the speedster out of City College of San Francisco had to say about the schools recruiting him.
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