Herbstreit Notebook:Pittsburgh CC-Northmont
Northmont's C.J. Barnett
Northmont's C.J. Barnett
Regional Recruiting Analyst
Posted Sep 2, 2007


CINCINNATI, OHIO – Much like the Ohio powers of Moeller, Elder, Colerain and St. Xavier, Pittsburgh Catholic is a system team. No matter whom the players are the system always seems to prevail as Northmont found out on Saturday at the Herbstreit Challenge. The Vikings defeated Northmont by a 34-6 score.

Central Catholic defensive end Dan Vaughan had his coming out party in Cincinnati. We knew he was decent, but he we did not expect what we saw at the Herbstreit Challenge. Vaughan was all over the field on offense and defense for the Vikings. He had 82 yards of offense on the day and he scored two touchdowns. On defense, Vaughan was relentless in pursuit and spent most of the day in the Northmont backfield.

Louisville commit Tino Sunseri had a decent day; He completed 50 percent of his passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns. He started out rough, but seemed to find his groove later on.

Scout.com introduced our readers to super sophomore Jeff Knox a few months ago, today the rest of the world found out what we already knew. This kid has a ton of talent and you’d be hard pressed to find a better safety prospect in Pennsylvania. He has all the tools, size, speed, cover skills and he is a tenacious hitter.

Quentin Williams only had a few passes thrown his way all day. He reeled in one for twelve yards. Williams was stellar blocking, but he struggled at times on defense against big Zebrie Sanders. Zebrie Sanders was his normal consistent self at the left offensive tackle spot. He never blows you away, but he always gets the job done. We’d like to see him get more physical and aggressive. Once he puts it all together he could be amazing.

C.J. Barnett is a talented junior, he never bit on any play action or roll outs. He was outstanding and even picked off a pass. One area that Barnett definitely shows room for improvement is in run support. He often looked tentative at times when coming up and making a tackle.


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