Scout on the Town - National Recap

Su'a Cravens

Super safety Su'a Cravens was one of many elite prospects seen in action over the weekend across the country.

Greg Biggins, National Recruiting Analyst
Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) vs Vista Murrieta (Calif.)

VM athlete Su'a Cravens showed why he's the top player in the West with an incredible performance. Cravens lined up all over the field and defensively made plays in the run game, passing game and even blocked two punts. His football instincts are unrivaled and his burst and closing speed are off the charts. He's a huge hitter, great in coverage and has the ability to play linebacker or safety in college depending on where he's needed.

Quarterback Nick Stevens manages the game very well and has a nice skill set. He has a quick release, throws a tight ball and is very accurate. He's also a solid athlete that can run and make plays with his legs. Stevens has toughness and took some shots in this game but bounced right back up. He's a leader and doesn't force throws but makes good decisions with the ball and looks like a steal for Colorado State.

Brandon Huffman, National Recruiting Analyst
Bellevue (Wash.) vs. Snoqualmie (Wash.) Mount Si

Myles Jack (Bellevue, Wash.), continues to solidify his standing as the top defensive prospect in the Pacific Northwest, with three sacks, a breakup and five tackles for loss. Mount Si had to account for him nearly every play, and when they didn't double him, he made it tough for their offense. The UCLA commit, also had a couple of nice runs, but wasn't used in the offense nearly as much as previous weeks.

Budda Baker (Bellevue, Wash), the top 2014 prospect in the state, had another big game, on both sides of the ball, with a couple of touchdown runs, an interception and three pass breakups. Anytime he touches the ball, he's a threat to break one, and defensively, his coverage skill is as good as any defensive back in the West, regardless of class.

Jason Jewell, Southwest Recruiting Analyst
Oro Valley (Ariz.) Ironwood Ridge vs. Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial

Ironwood Ridge beat Centennial for the division-two state crown and their two top prospects played very well. Three-star corner Tyler Williams didn't play one down on defense, the Nighthawks use him as a quarterback and he is dangerous with the ball in his hands. You can see why he is being recruited as a defensive back because he is shifty and has good hips.

Outside linebacker Jake Matthews had a great game, helping shut down the powerful Centennial offense. Matthews is a legit 6-2 200 plus pounds and runs extremely well. He has long arms and a big frame and is not afraid of contact. Matthews has an offer from Navy but may opt to play baseball in college.

Kevin Carden, West Recruiting Analyst
Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei vs Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure

Mater Dei continued their run through the playoffs with an impressive 21-0 win over top-seeded St. Bonaventure on Friday night. 2014 quarterback Chase Forrest, who took over the starting job mid-season, looked very sharp in the win, completing 13-of-14 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown. Forrest has played with great poise since taking over the staring spot at the school that has produced big-time talents like: Matt Leinart, Colt Brennan, Matt Barkley and Max Wittek.

Jonathan Lockett, a 2014 cornerback for the Monarchs, has emerged as one of the top cornerbacks in the region, and had a terrific night against St. Bonaventure. Lockett is a pure cover corner and had a pair of big pass deflections in the win. He also had a 17-yard touchdown reception as a wide receiver. Lockett is currently hearing from most of the Pac-12 and will be one of the top cornerbacks in Southern California next season.

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Chad Simmons, National Recruiting Analyst
Gainesville (Ga.) vs. Marietta (Ga.) Kell

What a game this was. Gainesville was down 35-28 at the half, but they came out and scored 21 unanswered points in the third quarter to take a 49-35 lead, and they never looked back. They went on to win the second round playoff game 61-42. Gainesville was led by 2014 quarterback Deshaun Watson. The 6-foot-3, 185 pound signal caller had 212 yards passing and three touchdowns, then he added 158 yards on the ground and two more touchdowns. He played an outstanding game. He stayed under control, he converted some huge third downs in the second half, and he made a lot of big throws and runs in this game. He has really matured this season and the Clemson commitment is on track to challenge for the top quarterback in Georgia next season.

Kell had a star of their own Friday night and it was new Georgia commitment Brendan Langley. After flipping to UGA from South Carolina on Tuesday, Langley scored four touchdowns in this game and he finished with 167 yards on five receptions. He also played solid at corner where he had half a dozen tackles and a pass break-up. He has so much speed and he just plays fast in pads. He could be one that plays both ways in Athens.

Jamie Newberg, National Recruiting Analyst
Vero Beach (Fla.) vs East Lake (Fla.)

East Lake took this second round playoff game against a very competitive Vero Beach team. The player of the game was super sophomore George Campbell. Campbell stars at wide receiver and defensive end. On this night, he made his presence felt on defense, where he fell on a fumble in the endzone for a score in the first half. He added a scoop and score for 90 plus yards in the third quarter for the game's key touchdown. Campbell is big (6-4/190), fast and very athletic. It's scary how high this kid's ceiling is.

East Lake quarterback Pete DiNovo is a great pickup for George O'Leary and UCF. This is your classic pro-style signal caller with an above average arm. When he has time to plant and fire he's very accurate. Dinovo is strong in the short to intermediate passing game. Sometimes he hangs onto the ball a tad long and that gets him in trouble. While he's not a statue in the pocket Dinovo is also not the most fleet of foot.

Junior wide receiver Artavis Scott is a recruit that everyone will be talking about next season. He has good size (5-11/180) and great speed. Scott is very dangerous with the ball in his hands. He can beat the secondary deep and shows the ability to go get the ball in the air. Scott will also block downfield for teammates.

2014 offensive lineman Mason Cole and safety Devin Abraham both had very good games. Cole plays left tackle. This kid already has the size (6-4/280) and is long. He moves very well and looks equally adept in pass pro and run blocking. Abraham is a smaller safety (5-8/175). He had several big hits and an interception late in the fourth quarter.

Kristen Ledlow, Southeast Field Reporter
Pensacola (Fla.) Catholic vs Madison (Fla.) Madison County

The Florida High School Playoffs continued on Friday night at Madison County High School. The home team walked away with an overtime win over Pensacola Catholic. Standouts for the Cowboys include senior offensive lineman Ira Denson. The four-star athlete is committed to Florida State University and took his official visit on Saturday. Denson confirmed his commitment after the game, saying he plans to enroll in January. The Cowboys also boast junior talent in running back Deonshay Wells, who has received major interest from Florida State, Florida and Oregon. Sidelined due to injury, junior linebacker Brice Hamilton says his recovery will continue with rehab starting next month. At halftime, Hamilton said that his top three schools are Alabama, Florida State and Miami. Madison County advances to the third round of the playoffs against Orlando's First Academy this week

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Brian Dohn, East Recruiting Analyst
Clairton (Pa.) vs. McKees Rocks (Pa.) Sto-Rox

Clairton won its fifth straight WPIAL Class A title and four-star Tyler Boyd and Kent State commit Terrish Webb were huge in the game. Boyd played running back most of the day and showed tremendous quickness and agility while running for 144 yards and two scores on 16 carries. He is smooth and long, and also showed good hands when he was utilized in the passing game. He is looking at Pittsburgh and West Virginia the hardest but is also talking to Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Rutgers.

Webb had a big game with four catches for 99 yards, including a couple of tight catches along the sideline where he showed very good hand-eye coordination and an ability to catch the ball at its highest point. He also has good speed, and celebrated the 58-21 win by picking up a Pittsburgh offer the next day.

Pittsburgh commit Titus Howard, a cornerback, showed good ball skills and a willingness to come up and make a tackle. He wasn't tested much in the passing game, but he demonstrated a good change of direction and an ability to accelerate.

Michael Clark, East Recruiting Analyst
Hampton (Va.) Phoebus vs. Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor

No one saw this coming. On Friday night, Lake Taylor (13-0) routed Phoebus (12-1) 54-0. The Titans claimed their first Eastern Region title in 30 years with their dominate performance against the Phantoms.

Senior running back Tony Pittman and the Phoebus offense struggled. Pittman finished with 22 yards rushing and the Phantoms had just 27 yards of total offense. However, Pittman had a great season, rushing for close to 1,800 yards. While the 5-foot-11, 200-pound Pittman had a tough night, he ran hard the entire game. He is a very physical back, who will be able to contribute early in his college career. Pittman has several scholarship offers and it will be interesting to watch his recruitment over the next few months.

Phoebus defensive end Mark Wilson played hard. Despite his team's struggles on defense, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior showed his trademark quickness and left it all on the field. The Old Dominion commit is a prospect with a lot of upside and a really good pickup for the Monarchs.

Phoebus junior lineman Walter Brantley played extremely well. Brantley is a very good athlete and really fires off the ball. While most schools are recruiting him to play on the offensive side of the ball, he really impressed me on defense. Brantley made several plays from his defensive tackle spot. He plays with good leverage and has a non-stop motor. Brantley is waiting on his first offer, but look for that to change soon.

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Beth Long, Midwest Field Reporter
6A State Championship
Crete Monee (Ill.) vs Cary-Grove (Ill.)

Laquon Treadell led the Crete-Monee Warriors to a 33-26 win over Cary-Grove, by leading the team in rushing (93 yards on 6 carries), receiving (85 yards on 6 catches), tackles (12 -- along with Nyles Morgan and Travelle Smith each with 12), totaling two touchdowns, plus a pivotal interception which he ran back for 22 yards.

It wasn't just Treadwell that lit up the field for Crete-Monee. Junior linebacker Nyles Morgan recorded 12 tackles and two forced fumbles on the day -- to go along with some really big hits. Plus senior wide receiver Lance Lenior added a touchdown and another 67 receiving yards on 5 catches.

Simone Scott, Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Mentor (Ohio) vs. Whitmer (Ohio)

It was a shootout in this state tournament semifinal with Whitmer defeating Mentor 62-34. Whitmer quarterback Nick Holley passed for two touchdowns and ran for another two with distances of 20 and 49 yards. The senior controlled the game from start to finish. Senior running back Tre Reditt-Sterrit did not play last season but made his presence felt Saturday. He finished with two touchdowns putting the game out of reach. Mentor quarterback Mitch Trubisky threw three touchdowns and rushed for another two. His senior season concluded with over 4,000 passing yards. The North Carolina commit was able to extend several plays with his feet and completed several 4th and long plays.

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Ahmard Vital, Midlands Recruiting Analyst
Houston (Texas) Stratford vs. Pearland (Texas) Dawson

Some may have been out on the town for a TV less that the price of a t-shirt, while others watched Texas high school football at Reliant Stadium. In the middle afternoon game, Dawson defeated Stratford 48-35. Two players stood out in this game, running back James White and junior receiver Tony Upchurch. White, a Texas A&M commit, was a true workhorse in the game gaining more than 200 yards and four touchdowns, on 40 carries. He got the tough yards, but was also able to show his speed in the open field. The team relied heavily on his ability to move the chains and he delivered.

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

Oregon-bound running back Dontre Wilson accounted for 250 yards and four scores on just 25 touches Saturday in DeSoto's 42-14 area-round win over Coppell in the Texas-5A playoffs, moving the Eagles within four wins of a state title. The most dazzling play I've seen this season came on Wilson's 46-yard weaving, tackle-breaking, 360-spinning touchdown reception in the second half. And while the electric 5-foot-10, 180-pounder certainly played an integral part of the win, it was the DeSoto defense that ultimately sealed the deal, locking up a Coppell program that had averaged 32 points per game. This defensive stand was in large part to the anchors, defensive backs Myron Turner (verballed to Washington State) and junior Nick Orr, son of former NFL-er Terry Orr. Due to UIL investigation on Arlington Bowie, Eagles wait until a ruling Monday to know whether they will face the Bowie Vols or El Paso Franklin in the regional round.

Annabel Stephan, West Field Reporter
Pearland (Texas) Dawson vs. Houston (Tex.) Stratford

The game was a close one, but the Dawson Eagles managed to pull out the 48-35 win in the final few minutes of the game. Dawson's biggest challenge in the game was turning over the ball and penalties were abundant on both sides during the game, but running back James White, a Texas A&M commit, helped the offense overcome the difficulties, racking up over 220 yards, including a close to 45-yard touchdown run with just over two minutes left in the game. Stratford quickly realized that White was getting the bulk of the carries for the Eagles, but White adjusted well to the multiple coverage. Receiver Tony Upchurch, a 2014 prospect who holds an offer from LSU, was quiet throughout the first half of the game, but stepped up in the fourth quarter with two touchdowns. Though they suffered the loss, Stratford offensive lineman Christian Daimler, an Arizona State commit, is an aggressive player and did a nice job in allowing the offense the necessary time. The Eagles will face Nederland (Tex.) in the 4A Region III Semifinals this weekend.

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