Scout on the Town - National Recap

Adam Taylor

Adam Taylor from the Lone Star State had a very impressive performance over the weekend. Read about this and all the nationwide action in this Scout on the Town National Recap.

Chad Simmons, National Recruiting Analyst
Carrollton (Ga.) vs. Lagrange (Ga.)

Carrollton took control of this game early and they took it to Lagrange in this contest. They won 41-14. The Trojans have a very good junior class, but a freshman really stole the show on this night. Running back Jarvis Terrell is a class of 2016 athlete to put on the radar. He had 240 yards rushing in this game including touchdown runs of 77 and 90 yards. He has great speed, he is not afraid to stick his shoulder in there, and when in the open field, he is really tough to get a hand on. They have a number of juniors to watch and they are running back Trey Chivers, tight end Cole Cook, offensive lineman Jake Sanders, and defensive lineman Dontavious Russell. Chivers is a back with good vision and cut-back ability that could be a good fit in a Georgia Tech option offense. Cook is primarily used a blocker and he his very good at that, but the 6-foot-4, 230 pound junior had two receptions, and he showed soft hands in this contest. Sanders plays tackle for Carrollton, but is likely a guard on the next level. He is a good drive blocker, he looks (6-4/320) like a college OL now, and he is drawing a lot of interest. Russell was in the backfield numerous times and he was shooting gaps and using his pure strength to beat his opponent in this contest. None have offers yet, but all listed will.

Jamie Newberg, National Recruiting Analyst
Tallahasee Lincoln vs Tallahassee Godby

Godby upset Lincoln on Thursday in this city rivalry game. A big reason why was the big plays provided by Cougar junior safety Deion Singleton. Lincoln was up 7-0 and going in for another score early in the game when Singleton was "Johnny on the spot" with a scoop and score for 90–yards off a fumble. He also had an interception, was in on a handful of tackles and made a few bone crunching hits. This is a very active safety who's not shy of contact, solid in run support and in coverage.

John Garcia Jr., Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Atlanta (Ga.) Columbia vs Atlanta (Ga.) Grady

Grady was able to cruise to a big win, and the impact plays of a 2013 sleeper began the onslaught. Wideout Deshawn Benton has long felt he was underrated at 5-foot-11, 175 pounds, and he plays with a chip on his shoulder to prove he is a top-notch player despite less than ideal size. Benton scored the first three touchdowns of the game, including two where he simply out-ran the defense over the top. But the third was the most impressive, as he had to leap over a pair of taller defenders on 4th-and-23 to come up with another highlight-worthy play. Benton has good speed, acceleration and worthy hands. He even dabbled on defense as a safety, helping keep the talented Eagles in front of him all night long while coming up and showing no fear in run support.

Amy Campbell, Southeast Field Reporter
Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Dwyer vs Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage

It was quite the defensive showdown Thursday night in Delray Beach as American Heritage barely took the 13-7 victory over Dwyer. Senior defensive end Malik Brown lead the strong Dwyer defensive line as they held Heritage stud running back Greg Bryant to just 69-yards on 18-carries. Bryant had two big runs of 45-yards and 20-yards but most of his carries were stopped at or behind the line of scrimmage. Dwyer Junior defensive tackle Mark Kelly will be another name to remember in the future. In recruiting news, Greg Bryant is looking at three main schools: Florida State, Auburn, and South Carolina. American Heritage quarterback Marcus Davis plans to visit West Virginia after the season and will decide between WVU and Wake Forest. West Virginia is also in the running for offensive lineman Roderick Johnson, who is also considering Florida State, Auburn, and Florida.

Kristen Ledlow, Southeast Field Reporter
McDonough (Ga.) Eagles Landing Christian Academy vs Tyrone (Ga.) Landmark Christian

Eagles Landing Christian Academy locked down the Regional Championship in a shutout over Landmark Christian on Friday. Standouts for the Chargers include senior running back Keyante Green, who is committed to Purdue. Green, who decommitted from UCLA, says his decision now is final. Senior defensive end Isaac Rochell impressed off the line in his final regular season performance. Rochell is committed to Notre Dame and says no other offer will sway his commitment. He also admitted that his Chargers' season sends a message throughout Georgia...ELCA is not merely a small Christian academy, but a breeding ground for upcoming champions.

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Michael Clark, East Recruiting Analyst
Raleigh (N.C.) Leesville Road vs. Apex (N.C.) Middle Creek

This second round playoff showdown between two of the top teams in the Triangle area did not disappoint. Leesville Road moved to 12-0 with a 37-30 victory over Middle Creek, while the Mustangs ended the season with a 10-2 record. Leesville Road junior Braxton Berrios will play receiver in college, but lined up all over the field on Friday night. Berrios finished the game with 95 yards rushing and two touchdowns on offense. Defensively, he had an interception and a fumble recovery. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Berrios is a tremendous athlete, who is a threat to go the distance every time he touches the ball. The Leesville star has great quickness and good agility. Berrios does a nice job of making defenders miss and is extremely dangerous in the open field. On the recruiting front, he recently picked up an offer from South Carolina and he appears the really like the Gamecocks. With that said, he made it clear that he is not ready to name any favorites. Berrios has eight scholarship offers, but said he will wait and focus on recruiting after the season. Leesville Road will take on undefeated Garner next weekend in the third round of the playoffs.

Kristen Kenney, East Field Reporter
Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside vs Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith

Despite being hit with injuries the Oscar Smith Tigers defeated Bayside en route to the Eastern Region semis. Offensive playmaker and UVA commit Zach Jones suffered an ankle sprain but still showed up to lead his Tigers to a 35-12 victory, but he didn't do it without the help of highly-touted 2014 lineman Andrew Brown. Brown didn't let a bruised knee slow him down. When his backup got injured, Brown came into the game showing up big on defense, getting two sacks. Bayside's trio of signal caller Deion Stitt, running back Taquan Mizzell and wide receiver/defensive back Quin Blanding could not get much going on offense. Mizzell, who saw time on defense this game, finished with 175 yards on 20 carries and scored Bayside's only two touchdowns. Mizzell is the spark, he is exciting to watch. Blanding, a two-way player, had five catches for 61 yards on offense, and Oscar Smith was not about to throw it his way while he was in the backfield. Blanding is a special player, and will only get bigger, stronger and faster in the next year. This game showed that the 2014 recruiting class is loaded with game-changers.

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Greg Biggins, National Recruiting Analyst
La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat vs Long Beach Poly (Calif.)

Poly running back and Washington State commit Gerard Wicks was easily the star of the game rushing for 223 yards and two touchdowns on just 17 carries. Wicks showed explosive speed scoring on runs of 64 and 75 yards. He's a true home run threat that is not just fast, he's very quick hitting the hole and hits top speed after just a few strides. Wicks showed plenty of wiggle as well and is vastly underrated out west.

Brandon Huffman, National Recruiting Analyst
Spokane (Wash.) Mead vs Bellevue (Wash.) Newport

Danny Mattingly (Spokane, Wash./Mead), is a four-star tight end, who at one point, was a four-star linebacker on Scout. A commit to Notre Dame, Mattingly plays on both sides of the ball, but after we saw him in the spring at the Oregon NFTC, and then again seeing him this weekend, we're more and more convinced that tight end is his position at the next level. Mattingly is a solid linebacker, but he's much more natural and comfortable as a tight end. He's got good size, good speed and is a precise route runner. He's got great body control, doing a great job of adjusting to underthrown and overthrown passes, and his best play was a touchdown he outjumped to defenders for, grabbing it at the one and getting both of his feet in bounds (though the refs overruled it). Still, it showed the athleticism he has. If there is one area he needs to work on, its finishing off his blocks. He did a good job of getting in the way of his defender, but instead of finishing off his block, a couple of times, after the ball carrier got past him, he let his man go, and twice his man was able to recover and pursue the running back. Still, when he wanted to, he was a real physical and punishing blocker.

Kevin Carden, West Recruiting Analyst Westlake Village (CA) Oaks Christian vs Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame

A game that featured several talented prospects on the offensive side of the ball turned into a defensive battle for much of the game. Notre Dame tailback Khalfani Muhammad, a three-star back with tremendous speed, was held in check by the Oaks Christian defense in the first half Friday night. But Muhammad responded in the second half with touchdown runs of 13 and 16 yards. 6-foot-6 and 220-pound quarterback Kelly Hilinski isn't known for his running ability but he showed good pocket awareness and agility against Notre Dame's tough pass rush. Hilinski used his feet a handful of times to escape the pocket and finished with an impressive 48 rushing yards. Other than a costly interception in the red zone early in the game, Hilinski had a solid night throwing the ball and looks much improved from earlier in the season.

Jason Jewell, Southwest Recruiting Analyst
Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro vs Goodyear (Ariz.) Desert Edge

Second round of the Arizona State playoffs and what a great game. Desert Edge rallied from a 21-3 halftime deficit to win 38-35. Both teams have some solid senior prospects that will play at four-year and two-year schools but it was the underclassmen prospects that seemed to stand out the most. Outside linebacker/ wide receiver Ismael Murphy-Richardson from Desert Edge is a physical freak. He is 6-4 and weighs 215 pounds. He was all over the field on Friday, registering 9 tackles, 1 sack and caught a touchdown pass. He looks like he will be a defensive player in college where he can use his length and speed to narrow the field on opposing offenses.

Jake Worthen, Northwest Recruiting Analyst
Bellevue (Wash.) Newport vs. Spokane (Wash.) Mead

Spokane (Wash.) Mead tight end and Notre Dame commit Danny Mattingly was spectacular in this opening round playoff matchup. Mead rolled, forcing double digit Newport fumbles and recovering three. Mattingly had his hand in a couple of the loose balls, but really made an impact on offense. Mattingly made multiple highlight reel catches including a 28-yard touchdown. Mattingly showed great body control running down the field and made adjustments to the ball while it was in the air. Most balls thrown to him were "jump ball" situations and he regularly beat the defense. Coming into the game there was debate as to whether Mattingly was better suited for offense or defense in college, after the game it was clear his highest ceiling is at tight end.

Annabel Stephan, West Field Reporter
Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Boscov s Las Flores (Calif.) Tesoro

Friday night's playoff game between Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco and Las Flores (Calif.) Tesoro seemed unbalanced from the start: Bosco went 5-0 in league play, securing their spot in the first round of Pac-5 division playoffs. Tesoro went 1-3, though awarded the league's at-large bid, and had replaced their head coach (for undisclosed reason) a week earlier. Both the Braves and the Titans came out fighting the first half, with the score tied at 17 as each team headed into the locker room. However, Bosco returned to the field fighting in the third quarter, putting up 21 points to ensure a 38-17 while getting one step closer to the state championship.

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Greg Powers, National Recruiting Analyst
Colleyville (Texas) Heritage vs Hurst (Texas) LD Bell

Heritage started off a bit sluggish after playing some of the district's weaker teams in recent weeks, but with under 2:00 minutes left to go in the game Scout300 quarterback Cody Thomas would lead the team 98 yards to a game winning touchdown. Heritage fought back to win 35-30 in dramatic fashion. SMU safety commit Myles Crosby played solid on defense and 2014 receiver Kaelin Deboskie made a lot of plays. For Bell both senior stars Jesse Robinson and Vili Levini both starred in the loss. Robinson is committed to Oklahoma State and Levini is committed to Utah.

Ahmard Vital, Midlands Recruiting Analyst
Katy (Texas) vs Houston (Texas) Memorial

It's of course the powerhouse Katy school still trucking and finishing the season with a perfect 10-0 with a 41-6 win over Memorial. In the win, four-star running back Adam Taylor was nothing short of remarkable running for 134 yards and two touchdowns. Taylor, who is fresh off his first official visit to Nebraska, was running tough between the tackles and has become the workhorse a team needs to keep the chains moving. He is about 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, but runs with more of a mobile fullback mentality. Also rotating in the backfield from the 2015 class, Rodney Anderson played good as well with 80 yards and a couple scores. Anderson is more so a shifty back who slips in and out of tacklers.

Erin Hartigan, Midlands Field Reporter
DeSoto (Texas) vs Mansfield (Texas)

While DeSoto took this one 37-23 to complete a perfect 10-0 regular season heading into playoffs, it wasn't easy by any stretch. The resilient Mansfield defense certainly gave an explosive Eagle offense a run for its money, holding four-star Oregon running back commitment Dontre Wilson to less than his season-average 200 total yards, courtesy of guys like George Baltimore, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound safety verballed to TCU; linebacker Chad Whitener, committed to California; and a scrappy defensive line.

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Dave Berk, Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Batavia (Ohio) vs. Clarksville (Ohio) Clinton Massie

Ohio pledge Trent Smart helped Clinton Massie to a big 42-13 victory over Batavia to advance to the next round of the playoffs. However, our first look at Batavia sophomore KeShawn Foley was worth the trip as the big athlete played quarterback and linebacker in this game. Foley projects more as a running back or linebacker at the next level and we look forward to seeing his growth the over the next two seasons. On the night Foley rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns against a very good Massie squad.

Bill Greene, Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Aurora (Ohio) vs. Kent (Ohio) Roosevelt

Aurora advanced to the third round of the Ohio State playoffs with a hard-fought 27-13 win over Kent Roosevelt. In his final performance of his high school career, quarterback Tra'Von Chapman put on quite a show and nearly led his team to an upset win. Chapman is the Roosevelt offense, and he threw for 233-yards and a touchdown, while running for another 66-yards. He was under pressure throughout the game, but gave one heck of a performance in a losing effort. Aurora was led by linebackers Zach Smierciak (Miami of Ohio commit) and Zach Quinn (Toledo commit), and both were outstanding. Quinn also ran the football impressively, caught the ball and blocked well from his runningback spot. Toledo is getting a steal in Quinn, who is a BCS-type prospect.

Beth Long, Midwest Field Reporter
Wheaton North (Ill.) vs Glenbard West (Ill.)

In a muddy 7A quarterfinals battle, Glenbard West High defeated Wheaton North 3-0. Neither team could get much going on the offensive side of things, because of sudden thunderstorms and Glenbard West's grass field. Thanks to a strong defensive effort by Glenbard West's 2013 defensive lineman Ruben Dunbar who has offers from Illinois, Oklahoma State, Missouri and others -- and defensive back Hayden Carlson who picked up his first offer from Toledo this week. There were still a few big offensive plays from Vanderbilt tight end commit Nathan Marcus, although he was one of the only players to get anything going through the air. Wheaton North put together several good drives, but senior quarterback Johnny Peltz was without stud receiver/quarterback Clayton Thorson due to injury.

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