Scout on the Town - National Recap

DeAndre Johnson

Scout.com and FoxSportsNext recruiting analyst and field reporters were out at over three dozen games over the weekend, seeing five-star prospects in this class as well as some outstanding underclassmen in the '14 and '15 class.

Chad Simmons, National Recruiting Analyst
Jacksonville (Fla.) Raines vs. Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast

Raines jumped out to early 7-0 lead and should have had a two touchdown lead early in the game, but a turnover cost them a score and it gave First Coast some momentum. First Coast ended up taking care of Raines 27-7 in the end.

First Coast has a number of top prospects and linebacker Daniel McMillan, a Florida commitment, may be ranked the highest, but Seyvon Lowry (UCF commitment) and Tyrell Lyons (Florida State commitment) made the most plays for the Bucs on the defensive side of the ball in this game. Lyons was outstanding at strongside linebacker and he made a huge play on a blitz when he hit the quarterback and running back at the same time and it led to a fumble and score for First Coast. Lyons does not get a lot of pub, but he has good instincts, he is very strong, and he has good speed to the ball.

Lowry was quick off the ball all night and he pressured the quarterback for four quarters in this game. He needs to improve at the point of attack, but his speed is a real weapon on the edge. McMillan was solid too and he made a couple of nice plays when the ball went in another direction.

On offense, 2015 Florida State commitment DeAndre Johnson led the Bucs. He threw for 184 yards and two scores. He missed on his first three throws and then hit on nine of his last ten. He is a smart quarterback and he has very pocket awareness. His head is in the game at all times and he is really developing nicely. He throws a good ball, he has nice touch, and he is a real leader on the field.

Jamie Newberg, National Recruiting Analyst
Orlando Evans vs Orlando Dr. Phillip

Tony Stevens had a relatively quiet night for Evans. This four-star receiver did have a 43-yard touchdown reception. On this play he ran a simple go route. Stevens beat the defender and Dr. Phillips safety Marcell Harris could get over in time. Stevens is every bit of 6-foot-3 and runs well. He is definitely a big time deep threat. He's a graceful long strider that also plays free safety, although he only played sparingly on that side of the ball on Thursday.

Four-star outside linebacker Rodderick Hoskins had a solid night. This Florida State commitment was in on a handful of tackles. Like Stevens, he's tall and lean and has a great frame to pack on the muscle and weight once he gets to Tallahassee. Hoskins had a very nice pick six, where he dropped in coverage, intercepted the ball and then took it to the house. He showed some flashes of dominance, especially when he's attacking. That's when he's at his best.

Dr. Phillips four-star safety Marcell Harris had a good game. He was in on several tackles and had one bone crushing hit on a defenseless Evans receiver going over the middle. Harris shows good range, whether it's run support or in coverage. He got hurt in the 3rd quarter returning a kickoff and did not return.

The star of the Dr. Phillips defense was Boston College commitment Matt Milano. He's not the biggest or the fastest but this kid makes plays all over the field. On one play he's line up in the box and then he will be back playing the normal safety spot. But most of the time he's close to the line of scrimmage. Milano was in on two first half sacks and had a super interception on the sideline helping out his corner on a deep route, showing range and athleticism. This kid is physical and just always seems around the ball.

John Garcia Jr., Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Lithonia (Ga.) Martin Luther King at Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson

In a back-and-fourth game Friday, one prospect stood out a bit more than the rest. King's DeMarquis Polite-Bray did it all for his team, on both sides of the ball. Neither defense really held down the fort in a high-scoring affair, but Polite-Bray did his part on the edge of the unit when action came his way. The senior was solid on D, but superb on offense and special teams. He made noise in the return game, even taking a kickoff to the house before a holding penalty brought it back. But where Polite-Bray shined most was on offense, getting behind Stephenson's defensive backs as a wideout. He scored a pair of touchdowns after displaying great route-running skills and even-better hands. He has special speed and makes things look smooth in the process, which is why he continues to snag offers late in the process.

Geoff Voght, Florida Recruiting Analyst
Palmetto(Fla.) vs Manatee(Fla.)

The 'Canes put a 62-0 beating on Palmetto by dominating in all three facets of the game. Mississippi State commit Cord Sandberg did not even have to throw the ball as Manatee gashed Palmetto on the ground. Palmetto said in the newspapers that Manatee's defensive line was not the best in county history. Well DeMarcus Christmas (6-4/ 270), Derrick Calloway (6-1/310), Blake Keller (6-3/220), and Marquis Dawsey (6-0/225) made a strong case that they, in fact, are. Manatee also showed that young play-makers Marquel Hines, Kevin McKnight, Trevon Walters, and freshman Johnie Lang are up to the challenge. Palmetto has too much talent on offense to not respond next week in another Manatee County showdown with Southeast (for the district championship). Running back Josh Hicks and wide receivers Shaquille Harris and Cory Crawford are difference makers.

Mike Bakas, Florida Recruiting Analyst
Orlando Timber Creek vs Orlando University

Timber Creek running back Jacques Patrick was clearly the best prospect on the field. At 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, Patrick is a beast out there. He has the size and toughness to get yards between the tackles. He's a downhill runner with good vision and shows the ability to make the first guy miss on a lot of his runs. He also has the speed and athletic ability to make things happen on the perimeter. He ran for almost 200 yards in this game and looked very good in doing so. He already has major offers from all over and the sophomore looks to be one of the state's elite 2015 prospects. He has the potential to be a five-star prospect down the road. His best days are likely way ahead of him.

Steve Robertson, Southeast Regional Analyst
Wayne County (Miss.) vs. Brookhaven (Miss.)

A pair of Southern Miss commitments paired off in an important district game. OL Devin Farrior of Wayne County did some nice things and looks to be in even better physical condition than he was last fall. Farrior is both bigger and trimmer which is a testament to his off season conditioning. On the college level, Farrior could play either of the guard positions or play right tackle. He has a good initial punch coming off of the line and he does a nice job of keeping his man out and away from his quarterback in pass protection.

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Greg Biggins, National Recruiting Analyst
Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany vs Eninco (Calif.) Crespi

Alemany receiver Steven Mitchell didn't have a lot of touches in this game was but was dynamic every time he did. He played some wildcat quarterback and showed great quickness and the ability to make people miss in the open field. He caught a deep ball late and the ensuing touchdown to bring Alemany within two points late in this game. The USC commit shows great hands and big play ability. He's an explosive athlete who combines the hands of route running of a possession receiver with the speed to get deep.

Sophomore Desean Holmes was Alemany's top receiver in this game and he showed why he's already a coveted prospect. Holmes has tremendous speed and is a legit home run threat. He's not real big but has two years to physically develop. Holmes has been to compared to former LB Poly and current Eagle receiver DeSean Jackson in terms of his size and big play ability by some on the Alemany staff. It's probably too early to give him that label but he's definitely a promising prospect.

He may not be a household name but Crespi athlete Timothy Hayes was the best player on the field. He scored two touchdowns including a 75 yarder where he outran Alemany's entire secondary and had a key interception late in the game. Hayes is probably only about 5-8 but is a strong 180 pounds and has a great burst. He's a tough inside runner but his forte is his speed and he was easily the fastest player on the field in this game.

Brandon Huffman, National Recruiting Analyst
Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach vs. Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea

Tatum Taylor (Seattle, Wash/O'Dea), was feared lost for the season two weeks ago when he suffered an ankle injury. And while Taylor said after the game he was feeling the effects of the injury, he looked fine during the game. The three-star receiver with double digit offers played primarily running back and looked good in the open field, showing plenty of shiftiness and cutback, and no tentativeness in cutting on his ankle. He also did a good job of seeing the right hole and hitting it, instead of being hesitant. Taylor still needs to add some weight, he's pretty slight, and goes down a little too easy, but with his raw speed, he's tremendous in space and showed it even at about 75%.

Leo Kealani (Seattle, Wash./Rainier Beach), may be the biggest player we've seen this year, at 6-10, 350-pounds. He plays right tackle, but largely because Beach has a lefthanded quarterback, still protecting the blind side. Kealani isn't real athletic, and doesn't look all that agile, but he looked surprisingly good in run blocking, doing a good job of getting to the second level, and was fine in pass pro. He's so massive that once he got a hand on a defender, it was typically over, but some times when O'Dea brought outside pressure, he struggled to get out to get his man.

Kevin Carden, West Recruiting Analyst
Moorpark (Calif.) vs Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian

Stanford wide receiver commit Francis Owusu made a huge impact right from the start in Oaks Christian's 55-7 win on Friday night. Owusu got the Lions' offense rolling with a 90-yard touchdown run on the first possession of the game and later added an 88-yard touchdown run as well. The four-star receiver pulled in a handful of catches from quarterback Brandon Dawkins and added an interception on the defensive side of the ball. At 6-3, 195 pounds, Owusu has great size to go along with good speed.

2014 quarterback Brandon Dawkins showed off his ability to run and pass against a usually solid Moorpark defense. The 6-4, 215-pound quarterback reminds me of UCLA's Brett Hundley, in that both are pure pocket passers but also have the ability to make defenses pay because of their running skills. Dawkins already has Notre Dame and Utah and will be one of the top quarterback recruits on the West Coast next year.

Jason Jewell, Southwest Recruiting Analyst
Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral vs Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro

Chaparral athlete Jake Roh has seen his recruitment increase dramatically over the past few weeks, landing offers from Boise State, Washington State and Nevada most recently. The 6-3 210 pound Roh plays wide receiver and outside linebacker and is being recruited at OLB, TE and h-back. Roh had a tremendous game on defense Thursday, helping contain a Saguaro offense that ranked as one of the nation's most productive.

I love the future of Saguaro sophomore wide receiver Christian Kirk. Kirk already has verbal offers from UCLA and Arizona State and it is easy to see why. He is a smooth athlete and has the ability to play on either side of the ball.

Annabel Stephan, West Field Reporter
Anaheim (Calif.) Western vs Tustin (Calif.)

There are blowouts, and then there is Tustin's 82-7 homecoming victory over Western, which brought the Tillers' season record to 9-0. Touchdowns were spread throughout the team's talented offense; running back Terence Martinez scored four touchdowns and also had a few key plays on defense, including an interception for a 75-yard return in the third quarter, getting the ball to prime scoring position. Linebacker Edward Tandy, whose offers include California, Colorado, Washington, and Nevada, also had some big plays, including a 76-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, one of his many touchdowns of the night. Tandy said after the game that he plans on taking a visit to Cal. Running back Davonte Young was another big scorer for the Tillers with multiple touchdowns. Young, who has been hearing from most of the Pac-12, said post-game that he is focused on his academics rather than recruiting and is putting in all of his effort to ensure his eligibility. Linebacker Marshaun Daniel (Houston, UNLV, and Nevada offers) had a few big hits on defense, but also accounted for two of the Tillers' touchdowns. Center David Maka also impressed; an explosive player, Maka, whose offers include Utah, UCLA, and San Diego State, looks to be every bit of the 6-foot-5, 305-pounds that he's listed. Maka and Young both visited Arizona this weekend and were in attendance for the Wildcats' upset of USC.

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Greg Powers, National Recruiting Analyst
Flower Mound (Texas) vs Lewisville (Texas) Hebron

Star running back Dez Wortham was out with an injury and it gave senior running back Vandy Parkes and junior stud Jamal Adams the chance to get some carries. It was a tough hard fought game, but in the end Hebron pulled out a tough 27-20 victory. Hebron really played well up front on offense led by top 2015 prospect Zach Rogers, who already holds offers from Arkansas and Texas Tech. On the defensive side of the line keep an eye on junior defensive lineman Daniel Wise, the younger brother of 2012 Arkansas signed Deatrich Wise.

Ahmard Vital, Midlands Recruiting Analyst
Richmond (Texas) Bush vs Missouri City (Texas) Elkins

It came down the final moments in the game, but it was Bush that outlasted Elkins to pull out a 29-22 win. Bush junior quarterback Ronald Monroe had a somewhat quiet night going 6-for-11 for 69 yards, which included a 17-yard touchdown. From a management standpoint, he looks solid by getting out of the pocket when it was necessary. He showed great mobility.

On the defensive side, Chad Davis proved once again that he is a Division I caliber defensive back. Going against two solid commitments in Elkins wide receivers Darvin Kidsy and J'Mon Moore (which will get to shortly), Davis held his own. He's a great boundary cornerback who doesn't play a lot of press coverage, but does get physical once the receiver has taken that initial step off the line. This is done within the allotted the five yards. Davis ended the night with seven tackles and an interception. He didn't have many updates going on recruiting wise, but did provide us with an update which will be published this week.

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Allen Trieu - National Recruiting Analyst
Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills (Mich.) vs Muskegon (Mich.)

Both teams have their fair share of prospects, but the one guy on the field who seems most likely to head for BCS offers is Muskegon junior defensive lineman Kenny Finley. He's quick, has length, and a great motor. He plays over the center, but I think, at 6'3, 255-lbs, he's going to end up as three tech or possibly a five-tech. He's currently seen as a tackle-end tweener, so how his body develops over the next two years will determine where he ends up playing. While that's up in the air, what's not up for debate is how much he's in the backfield and how hard this kid gets after it on every play. Kenowa Hills junior defensive end Zach Evans and sophomore defensive tackle Malik Swain are two kids to watch. Swain made a number of nice plays on the evening. Muskegon also has several linemen being recruited, the lone junior of the group, Malik King, is also one of the biggest, and although he plays guard now, has the frame to play tackle. He's receiving interest from a number of schools.

Bill Greene, Ohio Recruiting Analys
Shaker Heights (Ohio) vs Parma (Ohio) Normandy

Shaker's blowout win was noteworthy because of the impressive performances by several 2014 prospects, and this will be a team to be reckoned with in Ohio next season. Junior offensive tackle Ja'Merez Bowen has four offers, and more could be headed his way, as he is a long-armed, agile athlete. Junior defensive end Joseph Henderson has a handful of offers, and the pass-rushing specialist has interest from several top programs. Junior wide receiver Odell Spencer was ultra-impressive, with several exciting catches. Junior tailback Ramses Owens continues to improve, and the power back will be a BCS recruit.

Dave Berk, Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Louisville (Ken.) Trinity vs Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller

Great game between these two teams as Moeller handed Trinity their first loss of the season 45-42 ending a 33-game winning streak by last year's FOX Sports High School National Champion. Moeller offensive lineman Alex Gall (6-foot-4, 295-pounds) and his line mates powered the Moeller rushing attack with 250 yards on the day. The Miami (Fla.) pledge battled USC pledge Jason Hatcher on almost every snap and played maybe the best game of his high school career against the FOX Sports NEXT four-star prospect and future Trojan. Trinity wide receiver James Quick showed why he's one of the best prospects in the country using his speed and great hands pulling down eight balls for 102 yards and one touchdown. The eight catches gives Quick 273 receptions during his career moving him to the top spot all time in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. But Quick was not enough on this day as the Moeller defense led by Michigan State pledge Shane Jones made key stops when they needed them most and running back Keith Watkins (Northwestern) came up big scoring the final two touchdowns on a one yard run and 30 yard run in the fourth quarter giving Moeller enough points to keep the Shamrocks chasing them on the scoreboard. Trinity entered the game as the No. 3 ranked team in the latest FOX Sports NEXT Top 50.

Beth Long, Midwest Field Reporter
Wheaton North (Ill.) vs St Charles East (Ill.)

In the first week of IHSA state playoffs number five seed Wheaton North took on 12 seed St. Charles East. Wheaton North took this one from the very beginning, even though they strayed some from their very effective two quarterback system. Senior Johnny Peltz took all the snaps at quarterback, and looked out to their other option under center, 2014 Clayton Thorson as a wide receiver. It proved to be an effective combination, as Thorson scored several times from the position. The talented 2014 prospect also picked up his 6th offer Friday, from Indiana. St. Charles East never really got to executing their game plan, although the one bright spot for them was 2014 wide receiver Brannon Barry.

Simone Scott, Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Reynoldsburg (Ohio) vs Groveport Madison (Ohio)

It was all Reynoldsburg in their 28-0 rout over Groveport Madison; more specifically it was all senior Kumar Collins. The running back had three touchdown 1-yard touchdowns alongside several large runs to keep momentum in his team's favor. Junior Cory Beal was also impressive in the game. The defensive end showed his quickness when he was able to block a punt and return it for a touchdown. The bright spot for Groveport Madison was Illinois commit Dawuane Smoot. In a cold, rainy game, the defensive lineman seemed to continuously be able to get to the quarterback and make the big tackle.

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Brian Dohn, East Recruiting Analyst
Wilmington (Del.) Salesianum High vs Middletown (Del.) High

Class of Wilmington receiver Chris Godwin was the star attraction and he didn't disappoint. He is 6-foot-3. 200 pounds, runs well and has good hands. He also is a good route runner and difficult to tackle. Goodwin returned a punt for 75 yards, breaking several tackles in the process, and also had a pair of touchdown catches. He is physical and releases well off the line of scrimmage.

Wilmington 2014 quarterback Darius Wade also was impressive and showed why he already has offers from Delaware and Massachusetts. His accuracy was a bit spotty, but that will come. The lefty showed very good arm strength in throwing 10-yard outs and also fired a 65-yard pass down the field on a scramble. He is elusive and moves well in the pocket and picks up yards with his feet. However, he does not look to run first, and often showed patience in waiting for receivers to get open rather than tuck the ball and run.

Michael Clark, East Recruiting Analyst
Richmond (Va.) Godwin vs. Richmond (Va.) Hermitage

This rivalry game was close early, but once Hermitage started rolling in the second quarter, they never looked back. The Panthers moved to 8-0 with 46-10 win over Godwin. Five-star running back Derrick Green did not disappoint, rushing for 215 yards and two touchdowns. Green was a man among boys Friday night. The 6-foot, 220-pound Green is a powerful running back that gets stronger as the game goes on. While Green does a nice job running behind his pads and gets a lot yards after contact, he made several impressive cuts on Friday night. His agility and quickness are extremely impressive for a back his size. There is no doubt that the five-star running back is one of the top players in the country.

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