Scout on the Town - National Recap

Max Browne

Scout.com was at a few dozen games over the weekend at games all over the country featuring some of the nation's very best high school football talent.

Brian Dohn, East Recruiting Analyst
Bronx (N.Y.) DeWitt Clinton vs. Staten Island (N.Y.) Tottenville High

Tottenville receiver Malique Belfort was a nice surprise and a kid that should have FBS offers providing, as he put it, his academics improve. He is 6-foot-3, 175 pounds and a long strider with above average hands. He also enjoys blocking, and was physical in getting a few keys blocks down the field.

Kristen Kenney, East Field Reporter
Catholic at Greenbriar Christian

Bishop Sullivan Catholic (Chesapeake, Va) wide receiver Jamil Kamara looks every bit of an elite prospect. His 6-foot-2, 200-pound frame makes him one big, strong threat out wide. Though the ball was not thrown his way much in this game, Kamara, who typically records over 6 receptions for over 100 yards each night, was open nearly everytime. He is a firepower on offense--a great route runner with incredible speed. When he gets the ball, he is exciting to watch. He's that spark on the field. It will be interesting to see what he can do with an elite quarterback looking his way. The junior prospect spoke to FOX Sports Next about his recruitment, and has plans to visit a few powerhouse programs in the near future.

Sam Hellman, East Recruiting
Paramus Catholic (N.J.) vs. Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.)

Four-star defensive end Alquadin Muhammad (Don Bosco) was as advertised with an impressive showing of athleticism and technique. Muhammad shut down his half of the field in the running game and performed well against double teams against the pass. With a 6-foot-4, 230-pound frame, Muhammad was too fast off the edge for opposing tackles and only struggled when trying to spin or use his hands against multiple defenders. He finished with two sacks and five quarterback hurries.

For Paramus Catholic, 2014 star Jabrill Peppers showed there is some toughness to go with his flash and athleticism. The victim of late hits and unnecessary aggression against his former team, Peppers played through some bumps to record a touchdown and pick. The 5-foot-11 athlete has the toughness and lust for contact needed to play defensive back at the college level right now and still has a year to get stronger before he takes over as the top prospect in the Garden State.

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Allen Trieu, National Recruiting Analyst
Toledo St. Johns Jesuit (Ohio) at Toledo Central Catholic (Ohio)

Ohio State commit Jayme Thompson lines up at safety for CC. He was active in run support, and really did not get many passes thrown his way, as he says has been the case all season. I liked that he was willing to come up and hit though, and also had a couple of pass breakups on the night. Louisville commit Keith Towbridge was impressive. He was more athletic and ran better than I thought the big man would. He showed ability on defense, and was a reliable underneath receiver on offense. His future may be on either line of scrimmage, but he showed me he could stay at tight end as well.

The top junior in the game was CC quarterback Deshone Kizer, who had a very nice showing. He has good size, is very smart, makes great decisions and managed the game well. He throws a great touch pass and can get the ball deep. He also showed that he can run and make plays with his feet when he needs to and validated his early Scout300 status.

Bill Greene, Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Cleveland Heights at Warren Harding
Harding won a thriller 34-28, in one of the top matchups in Ohio last weekend. For Harding, three-star safety Jalyn Powell was all over the field, as the Michigan State commit starred on both sides of the ball. Boston College commit LeShun Daniels rushed for 227-yards, and showed himself as one of the top power-running tailbacks in the state. Both were significantly improved over last year. For Heights, four-star wide receiver Shelton Gibson (uncommitted) ran the opening kickoff back for a touchdown, but rarely saw the football after that, as his team struggled in the passing game. Three-star wide receiver/linebacker De'Niro Laster (uncommitted) was solid, and showed why his recruitment now favors him on the defensive side of the football.

Dave Berk, Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Dayton (Ohio) Thurgood Marshall at Dayton (Ohio) Belmont

On paper and the field this was not a good matchup as Thurgood Marshall proved with a 64-0 victory. Our goal was to watch four key players from the winning program but only got a chance to really watch two as junior athlete Vayante Copeland left the game early with a knee injury and senior running back Denzel Norvell left with a shoulder injury.

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Greg Powers, National Recruiting Analyst
Olathe (Kan.) South at Gardner-Edgerton (Kan)

In the rain and high powered wind of a fall Kansas night it would be Gardner-Edgerton propelled by 2014 Scout300 running back Traevohn Wrench, who rushed for an impressive 310 yards on 29 carries and scored four touchdowns. He is a patient runner who picks his holes wisely and makes people miss in the open field. On the losing end was the No. 11 overall prospect in the 2014 class Braden Smith. Smith played both ways on the line in the loss. He is easily one of the most physically impressive players I have ever seen.

Ahmard Vital, Midlands Recruiting Analyst
Houston (Texas) Stratford at Missouri City (Texas) Marshall

With the grinding out of offensive linemen Maurice Porter and Darius Moore, Marshall came away with a 42-31 victory. Porter and Moore, who are headed to Texas Tech and Baylor respectively, both had solid nights at the tackle positions. Each had strong showing, especially Moore, who got a great push off the line, most of the time on top of a Stratford defensive end.

Speaking of defense, edge rusher/outside linebacker and UCLA commit Deon Hollins was in rare form as the game drew to a close. In the first half, Hollins took on a lot of double teams, which allowed his linebackers and other defenders to make plenty of plays. In the second half, Stratford needed to move the ball quicker and Hollins got into what his coach called ‘jet mode,' which is basically the idea of edge player pinning their ears backs and trying to only get to the quarterback. Marshall sophomore quarterback JW Ketchum was also solid tossing a few touchdown passes and working the offense.

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Chad Simmons, National Recruiting Analyst
Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes vs. Gaffney (S.C.) Gaffney

Byrnes entered this game undefeated, but they left with one loss. Gaffney scored late in the game to upset Byrnes and get a huge win. A big part of that win was quarterback Shaquille Davidson. He is a four-star wide receiver on Scout, but Coach Jones wants the ball in his hands as much as possible, so he plays him at quarterback. He made some big throws and big runs in this game, and he showed great wiggle, quick change of direction, and the quickness that makes him a top receiver prospect.

Jaylin Miller is their top 2013 prospect and he really got after it on the defensive line. He had two sacks, numerous pressures, and he really forced Byrnes offense to go the opposite direction. He is very strong at the point of attack, he played with great leverage, and he closed on the quarterback well. 2014 running back Hyleck Foster is more quick than fast, but he has great vision, and he played a very big role in Gaffney's win. He is a junior to watch.

On the other side, Byrnes does not have the Marcus Lattimore, Corey Miller, and Brandon Willis type of talent it had a few years ago, but they still have some prospects. There top two prospects both play the wide receiver position. Akia Booker is a senior and the 6-foot-1, 210 pound wideout scored two touchdowns in this game, and he finished with over 10o yards receiving. He is a very strong wideout who can catch the ball in traffic. He is having a very big senior season and is a legit Division 1 talent who can play at the SEC level.

Jamie Newberg, National Recruiting Analyst
Hollywood (Fla.) Hills vs Plantation (Fla.) South Plantation

South Plantation standout and five-star running back Alex Collins had a solid game but you have to give a lot of credit to the Hollywood Hills defense. They did a very nice job of preventing Collins from exploding for big gains and long scoring runs. At the same time a few of his better runs were called back because of penalty. Collins finished the game with 15 carries for 83 yards and one scoring run of three yards before leaving the game late in the third with a bruised lower leg. Collins had to run with a lot of power on Thursday night. He loves to dip his shoulder and initiate contact with the defender. In fact, Collins did that a lot. He's not a dancer. Collins is decisive, strong and has very good balance. He's a put together 207-pounder with great speed, quickness and vision. His better days are in front of him.

Meanwhile, Hollywood Hills has a great looking freshman receiver in Darnell Solomon. He's already 6-foot-3 and runs like a deer. He was open all night long but Hollywood Hills just couldn't get him the ball. They tried and he was open but they just couldn't connect. Definitely keep an eye on this 2016 recruit.

Tampa (Fla.) Catholic vs St. Petersburg (Fla.) Northeast
Quarterback Ryan Davis is a name you will be hearing a lot about over the next two and a half seasons. This kid is only a sophomore and he has an incredibly bright future ahead of him. Davis finished 16/24 for well over 200 yards and three touchdown passes. He also threw for a late interception. Davis rushed for 104 yards. That included two jaw dropping runs from the pocket, where he eluded defenders, showing blazing speed and quickness. Davis is a handful because if you bring the rush he's virtually impossible to sack. If he has time in the pocket he's got a good, accurate arm to pick you apart. In fact, despite his age, Davis does a fine job of taking what the defense is giving. He plays with patience, which is surprising in a younger signal caller. The only thing I would be concerned about with Davis and playing this position is size; he's only 5-foot-10ish. But, he's just 15 years old. Davis is the younger brother of former FSU star Chris Davis. He already has scholarship offers from Florida State (as an athlete) and Indiana (quarterback) and Arizona (quarterback).

Junior running back/slot receiver Keith Harrington is another top flight prospect from Northeast with offers already from Arizona and Indiana. He had several big plays on Friday in the run game and as a receiver out of the backfield. He's a bit on the smaller size (5-8/165) but this kid can flat out fly. And he's quicker than fast.

Juniors T.J. Harrell and Kenny Bryant are the two main ball carriers for Tampa Catholic. Harrell rushed for well over 100 yards. This kid is a no-nonsense runner who's a north-south guy all day long. He's a long strider with deceptive speed and good power. There's no doubt he could play this position at the next level. Harrell could also play outside linebacker. That's his main position and the one he starts at. But he wasn't as effective as he normally is because of the way Tampa Catholic was trying to defend Northeast's spread attack. Much of the night Harrell was lining up over the slot. Bryant also had a big night and this kid has a chance to play at the next level. He has many of the same running traits as Harrell - he's powerful and has nice vision. This two give Tampa Catholic a good one-two punch.

Corey Martinez is another junior standout from Tampa Catholic. Like Harrell he has many big time BCS offers already. Martinez, 6-foot-4 and 290-pounds, plays right tackle but looks better suited to slide inside. He moves very well, as this kid has very good footwork. One of his key traits is Martinez could play any position along the front, even center.

Michael Clark, Atlantic Recruiting Analyst
Bailey (N.C.) Southern Nash vs. Wilson (N.C.) Hunt

On Friday Night, Hunt moved to 8-0 with a 30-21 victory against Southern Nash. Due to an injury to their starting tight end, Warriors' star defensive end Lewis Neal (committed to LSU) was forced to play both ways. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Neal handled the increased role well. The three-star prospect did a nice job blocking all night. However, it was on the defensive side of the ball where Neal made the biggest impact. With Hunt reeling after Southern Nash tied the game 21-21 in the fourth quarter, Neal had two critical sacks. The first came early in the fourth when Southern Nash had good field position from a kickoff return, and the last one resulted in a safety with less than two minutes left in the game. The Hunt standout used his trademark quickness to beat the offensive tackle both times. Neal has a great motor and plays would good leverage. He is also a great leader with a tremendous work ethic. He is a really good pickup for LSU and look for him to be a very good player for the Tigers in the future.

Mike Bakas, Florida Recruiting Analyst
University School (Fla.) vs Leesburg (Fla.)
This game was one-sided right away, as US won the game by the score of 42-3. US is loaded with college prospects and many of them played well in this game. Quarterback Mike White has ideal size at 6-foot-5 and 190 pounds and has tremendous command of the offense. He lacks the ability to make things happen with his feet and doesn't have the arm strength to make all the throws but he has ideal size, he's accurate, and seems to be a good leader in this offense. White, who has already taken a visit to Oklahoma State, threw for over 300 yards and four touchdowns in this game.

His top pass-catching targets were a pair of major college prospects at wide receiver – Jordan Cunningham (6-1/175) and D.J. Taylor (6-0/175). Cunningham is an X receiver prospect who has ideal height and the athletic ability to make a lot of things happen on the perimeter. He scored two touchdowns in this game. While he lacks top level speed, he's still a very skilled receiver. He's already visited Oklahoma State and plans to see Miami, Alabama, Michigan, and Notre Dame in the coming months. Taylor, a Wake Forest commitment, is a solid slot prospect who has a lot of short-area quickness and good ball skills. He caught a touchdown from eight yards out in this game.

US four-star defensive lineman Quay Bain, who has been playing mostly offensive line this season, didn't play in this game. They still have some quality defenders, led by linebacker Skai Moore (6-3/210). An athletic OLB prospect, Moore can do a lot of things including dropping into coverage. He's a three-star caliber player.

Steve Robertson, Southeast Regional Recruiting Analyst
Biloxi (Miss.) vs. Ocean Springs (Miss.)
What started out as an early tussle ended up as a blowout as Biloxi rolled over the visiting Yellow Jackets 62-28. Mississippi State commitment Scott Austin had a trio of first half catches including a 15 yarder on a post route where he powered through two defenders and into the endzone. South Alabama pledge Tevaris McCormick fought through a couple of bumps and bruises to put together a decent night finding the endzone once.

The star of the night turned out to be BHS 2015 RB Mousa Hasan who ran hard all night and came up with a pair of touchdown runs to give the Indians some breathing room. Hasan runs a little high at times, but he has game changing speed and the vision to navigate through the traffic and find a good running lane. The 2015 crop of prospects in Mississippi already has some headliners and Hasan could develop into one of the best in the class.

John Garcia Jr., Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Hayden (Ala.) at Morris (Ala.) Mortimer Jordan

We wanted to see what Mortimer Jordan quarterback Devlin Hodges had in his arsenal throughout a game, and the 2014 prospect delivered. He stood a tall 6-foot-2, 185-pounds in the pocket until the last possible second if nothing was there before making a play with his feet to buy his wideouts some more time. Once the ball was delivered, it was on the money all but a pair of times in 22 attempts. Hodges was also efficient in his selection, hitting several different receivers on the way to engineering three scoring drives on Jordan's firs four possessions. Even when his on-target passes weren't hauled in by his teammates, the junior went right back to them in times of need on the way to holding off Hayden 42-32. Hodges finished 14 of 22 for 247 yards and a pair of scores. The impressive prospect has yet the throw an interception this season, where he has led the Blue Devils to five straight wins.

Kristen Ledlow, Southeast Field Reporter
Peach County (Ga.) vs. Jackson (Ga.)

Peach County took a trip to Jackson High School and finished with a decisive 34-13 win. The clear standout in the win came from senior receiver Demarcus Robinson. Robinson is currently committed to Clemson, but expressed interest in visiting two others in Florida and Notre Dame. Although his only scheduled official visit is to Clemson on Homecoming weekend, he plans to set official dates to his other interests. Promising talent in junior defensive end Chavis Dickey was also prevalent, as Dickey has seen interest from major collegiate programs across the southeast already.

Amy Campbell, Southeast Field Reporter
Miami (Fla.) Jackson at Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington

Jackson proved to be no match for the talent-filled Booker T. Tornadoes falling 39-0 Friday night. The Generals' junior quarterback Quinton Flowers is a solid leader with a strong arm but has almost no play-makers around him. Flowers through several nice passes right into the hands of receivers who just couldn't hang on.

The Booker T. defense certainly didn't make it easy on Jackson. Florida State safety commit Michael Johnson had several pass break-ups and two interceptions (one was called back). Five-star linebacker Matthew Thomas was lightning-fast and extremely disruptive to the Jackson offense which unsuccessfully tried to play away from him. Thomas is a target of many top programs in the country including Florida State, Miami, Alabama, and USC.

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Brandon Huffman, National Recrutiting Analyst
Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline vs. Bellevue (Wash.) Newport

In a matchup of the top two quarterbacks in the state of Washington, it was the nation's premier passer that, not surprisingly, came out on top.

Skyline's Max Browne, the #1-ranked quarterback in the country by Scout.com, started off slow, the Spartans' first three possessions going for 3-and-outs, and Browne getting sacked three times.  Then the five-star went to work, and put on a half to remember. It started with a 78-yard touchdown pass to trim the lead to 14-7, then after the Spartans got the ball back, Browne connected on a 12-yard touchdown pass after a 58-yard pass got Skyline into the red zone.  Newport took the lead back at 21-14, but Browne responded with a 63-yard touchdown pass to tie it.  After forcing a Newport punt, Browne threw the first of a double pass that resulted in an 84-yard touchdown pass.  Browne was 10-for-11 passes for 259 yards and three touchdowns in the 2nd quarter alone.  He threw his fourth touchdown pass early in the third, and then after the Spartans took two fumble recoveries back for touchdowns, his night was done. 

We saw the USC commit Browne in Week One, and that week he started slow before getting into a groove, but it was nothing like the groove he got in against Newport.  Browne has one of the most flawless downfield arms, easily getting it down 50-60 yards without much effort.  His pocket poise is remarkable, he did a good job stepping up in the pocket after Newport got early pressure on him, and after struggling a bit with it early in his career, he speeds through his reads and finds the open receiver, rather than the first receiver he looks at.  He did a good job of waiting for his receiver to get open before lofting the ball his way.

Greg Biggins, National Recrutiting Analyst
Gardena (Calif.) Serra vs. Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral

Serra corner Adoree Jackson was the best player on the field and showed why he's the top rated DB in the west in the 2014 class. He had a diving interception, a pair of dazzling punt/kick returns and was physical in run support. Jackson has long arms and runs very well. He's a tough kid with excellent cover skills and has everything you want in a future cover corner. The biggest surprise with Jackson is how he doesn't already have 20 offers on the table. He's a true national prospect and probably the state's best cover prospect right now.

Cathedral quarterback and LSU commit Hayden Rettig struggled in this game and look rattled at times by Serra's pass rush. When he has time to throw and sets himself, Rettig is probably the best pure thrower in the state. Rettig's arm is so strong, that he often lets his mechanics go a bit and throws off his back foot rather than stepping in to his throws. That was the case much of this game and his accuracy suffered badly. His deep balls fluttered and his receivers struggled catching some of his balls as well. Rettig still has major tools and excellent leadership skills and once he fine tunes his mechanics a bit, he should be just fine.

Cathedral athlete DaMari Scott looked good at both receiver and corner and could play on either side of the ball in college. He had a bigger impact in this game on defense and played very physical. He's a solid tackler and has the size and speed to play safety or corner at the next level. At receiver, the ball wasn't thrown his way much but Scott has strong hands and is a physical receiver who runs well after the catch.

Kevin Carden, California Recruiting Analyst
Encino (Calif.) Crespi vs. Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame

Notre Dame quarterback Kelly Hilinski led the Knights to a 40-34 win over rival Crespi, in a four overtime game that had a little bit of everything. UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone was in attendance and Hilinski saved his best two passes of the game, a pair of perfectly placed passes on seam routes, for the final game-tying drive of regulation and on the first overtime. Hilinski had a solid but not spectacular game, and got pressured often by Crespi defensive end Ray Davison, who finished the night with two quarterback sacks. Tyler Foreman and Brandon Arnold both contributed at wide receiver and defensive back and showed why they are such highly sought after recruits. Foreman had one of the biggest catches of the night late in the fourth quarter and is one of the most physical defensive backs in the region.

Jake Worthen, Northwest Recruiting Analyst
Federal Way (Wash.) vs. Spanaway Lake (Wash.)

In just one half of football, Federal Way (Wash.) 2015 running back Chico McClatcher racked up 150 yards on just nine carries as well as one reception for 78 yards, with three total touchdowns. McClatcher already holds an offer from Washington and will likely add many more before his signing day.

Snoqualmie (Wash.) Mount Si vs. Bellevue (Wash.)
Bellevue is loaded with talent, UCLA commit and four-star outside linebacker Myles Jack had a great game on both sides of the ball. The highlight of his night was breaking off a 78 yard touchdown run where he kept running after landing on an opponent, but never touching down. Jack continues to be the most physically dominant prospect in the state, imposing his will on the defensive edge and playing with a physicality opponents haven't been able to match.

In addition to Jack, early 2014 four-star Budda Baker did not disappoint. He finished the night with three total touchdowns, a pair of which came on 30+ yard interception returns. His other score came on a 53-yard touchdown run where he burst through the middle of the defense. Baker is an elite athlete and will be the most coveted prospect in the Northwest next year.

Washington commit and MLB Sean Constantine injured his forearm in the game and it is feared broken. Constantine will likely miss the remainder of the Bellevue regular season, but could return for the playoffs.

Jason Jewell, Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline vs. Bellevue (Wash.) Newport

The biggest prospect on hand was Arizona State commit, TE Grant Martinez from NDP. I absolutely love the progress he has made. In years past, Martinez was more of a glorified wide receiver then a true tight end but he is doing some things now that make me beieve he can put his hand in the ground. They are using him as the second puller on counter plays, lining him up on the line of scrimmage and letting him block defensive ends. Martinez has always had great hands and he caught a touchdown and went low for another pass and came away with it. At 6 foot 5 and 210 pounds, Martinez just needs to bulk up.

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