Williamstown (N.J.) High vs Erial (N.J.) Timber Creek Regional
Four-star defensive tackle Greg Webb (North Carolina commit) said he is a few weeks away from retuning from a torn ACL he suffered in the winter, but there was still plenty of talent on the field for Timber Creek in a 26-18 loss. It was led by Rutgers commit Myles Nash, who brings athleticism and burst to the outside linebacker position. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Nash got up the field quickly and was able to run plays down from behind.
Four-star defensive end Dajaun Drennon (UNC commit) played on the edge, and at times was able to push up the field and get in the backfield but he was neutralized by Williamstown's option offense. Still, Drennon has very good explosion and at 6-foot-4, 230-pounds, has a rare mix of size, speed and athleticism. Class of 2014 receiver Adonis Jennings (Rutgers, Delaware offers) was quiet after a game-opening catch in the flat, but mostly because Timber Creek struggled at quarterback as four were used.
Williamstown was led by 2014 running back Marques Little (Temple), who showed decent burst and an ability to cut, but he was slowed by a strained groin muscle. He is 5-foot-9, 170-pounds, and could be a receiver in college if his body doesn't fill out. The Braves also have outside linebacker Buddy Brown (Temple commit), who has good length and could move to defensive end in college or is best suited for an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense in which he can get up the field.
Michael Clark, East Recruiting Analyst
Virginia Beach (Va.) Salem vs. Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes
Bucky Hodges had 400 yards of total offense (275 passing and 125 rushing) and two touchdowns (one rushing and one passing). Despite those numbers, it wasn't enough, as Salem fell to Ocean Lakes 21-15. There is no denying Hodges' athletic ability. While the Virginia Tech commit put up big numbers, there were several times when I felt like he should have stayed in the pocket rather than pulling the ball down and running. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound Hodges will have to work on his mechanics when he gets to Blacksburg, but he has a world of potential and should be a special player for the Hokies down the road.
Andrew Motuapuaka continues to impress me. Virginia Tech is definitely getting a good football player in Motuapuaka. The 6-foot, 220-pound Salem linebacker is very instinctive and runs well. He also plays with good pad level and does a nice job using his hands to shed blockers. Motuapuaka showed the ability to play the run and pass. I expect him to play early at Virginia Tech.
Kwamane Bowens continues to get better. Bowens does a nice job of getting open and catching the football. He is a complete receiver and has knack for making big plays. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Bowens finished with 8 catches for 120 yards. The senior playmaker has 10 scholarship offers, but has been quiet when it comes to his recruitment.
While Ocean Lakes' quarterback Corwin Cutler only threw for 110 yards, his impact on the game was huge. Ocean Lakes established running game early and only threw the football 18 times. The game was "chippy" from the beginning and the Virginia commit did a nice job of keeping his team under control. He displayed his trademark poise and showed tremendous leadership. Mike London and the Cavaliers have to feel good about their future signal-caller.
Andre Dessenberg has been putting up huge numbers on offense this season. But on Friday night, he made his biggest impact on defense from his safety spot. Fresh off his commitment to Delaware on Thursday, Dessenberg made several tackles and had a key interception late in the game. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Dessenberg is one of the most underrated players in Virginia and do not be surprised if some bigger schools come after him as the season goes on.
Demetri McGill was a big part of a strong defensive performance for the Dolphins. The 6-foot-2, 295-pound McGill is a powerful football player who plays with good leverage. He was able to push offensive lineman back all night and helped make life miserable for Bucky Hodges and the Salem offense. He is down to five schools – Cincinnati, East Carolina, James Madison, Maryland, and Old Dominion.
Junior defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi was the best player on the field Friday Night. The 6-foot-2, 295-pound Nnadi was unblockable. Whether it was against the run or pass, Nnadi played both extremely well. He was a disruptive force all night long and showed why he is one of the top defensive tackles in the 2014 class. He has six offers, but that number will be much higher by the end of the season.
Jaason Lewis does not look like your normal sophomore. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Lewis only had two catches, as Ocean Lakes focused on running the football. However, one of those catches was for a touchdown. Lewis is still learning how to play receiver, but the sky is the limit for him. He has great size and tremendous speed. He already has offers from Old Dominion, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. Lewis is arguably the top sophomore prospect in Virginia.
Jahvoni Simmons is another sophomore that is a big-time prospect. Simmons, a 6-foot-1, 225-pound middle linebacker, is a playmaker on defense. He is very instinctive and extremely physical. Simmons was very good against the run, but also impressed me with his ability to drop into pass coverage. Along with Lewis, Simmons is also one of the best in Virginia's 2015 class. He has an early offer from Old Dominion.
Sam Hellman, Northeast Recruiting
William Allen (Allentown, Pa.) vs. Stroudsburg (Pa.)
Rutgers commit Sebastian Joseph (Stroudsburg) displayed explosive physical tools as a defensive lineman. He plays a mix of 3-tech and end for his high-school squad and excelled in his burst and handwork off the line of scrimmage. William Allen significantly altered its game plan to address the 6-foot-4, 265-pound lineman, but he still caused three turnovers with his ability to get into the backfield. Joseph's closing speed is a concern. He rarely came off the edge fast enough to get to the quarterback and often times over-pursued. He is better suited as a defensive tackle at the next level.
For Stroudburg, keep an eye on 2013 defensive end Blaine Woodson, 2014 receiver Donovan McDonald and 2015 quarterback Mike Nikorak. Woodson has good burst and hands at end, but will likely end up at the 1-AA level due to size concerns. McDonald also has size concerns at receiver, but his hands and quickness have him earning interest from Penn State. Nikorak is a legit 6-foot-4 and a future Division I prospect. His older brother Steve Nikorak is a pitcher in the Chicago White Sox farm system.
Tony Greco, Panther Digest
South Fayette (Penn.) 51, Seton-LaSalle (Penn.) 12
The Lions jumped out to a 21-0 just four minutes into the game, and never looked back in this Century Conference matchup. Pitt commit Zach Challingsworth put on quite the display with 9 catches for 136 yards, an 8-yard touchdown reception, a blocked punt and an interception on defense. Challingsworth will come to Pitt as a receiver, but proved Friday night he can be used multiple ways. He also ran the ball three times for 25 yards. He has blocked a total of seven kicks during his high school career.
In addition to being a matchup of Challingsworth and fellow Pitt commit Scott Orndoff--who finished with two receptions and six tackles on defense in a losing effort--the game was also a matchup of the Brumbaugh brothers at quarterback. Luke Brumbaugh is a senior quarterback for Seton-LaSalle, while his brother Brett is a sophomore starter for South Fayette. Brett completed 21-of-35 passes for 378 yards and 4 touchdown passes.
Both quarterbacks entered the game with no interceptions. Luke was picked off three times, while Brett was picked off twice; including one that ended up in his brother's hands. In just five games, Brett has completed 63-of-101 passes for 1,232 yards and 18 touchdowns. He is certainly going to be one to watch for the Class of 2015 based on his pocket presence, his ability to use multiple players besides Challingsworth, and the fact he doesn't make many mistakes (2 interceptions in 101 passing attempts).
For his career, Challingsworth has 114 catches for 2,142 yards and 28 touchdowns.
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