Chad Simmons, National Recruiting Analyst
Rossville (Ga.) Lakeview-Ft. Oglethorp vs Cartersville (Ga.) Cartersville
Both schools have good football teams, but Cartersville is the one with major football prospects. Leading the way for the Hurricanes is 2014 quarterback Brooks Barden, the son of head coach Frank Barden. The left-handed signal caller accounted for three touchdowns through the air and on the ground in this contest. He has a very smooth delivery, he spins the ball well, and he is very headsy when making decisions. Look for Barden to pick up offers in the coming months.
Barden has some talented athletes to work with over the next season and a half too. 2015 running back Kalin Heath is one to watch. He is around 6-feet tall, 180 pounds, and he is fluid. He could be recruited to play running back or other positions.
The best athlete on the Hurricane team may be freshman Kobie Whitfield. You may be hearing this name for the first time, but it won’t be the last. He is an elite athlete at 5-feet, 9-inches tall and around 185 pounds. He plays wide receiver and safety now. Some feel he could develop into a national prospect at a number of different skill positions.
Another freshman at Cartersville is Taimon Pennymon. He injured his leg in the third game after rushing for over 100 yards and he is out for the season. He created a lot of buzz around Cartersville over the spring and summer.
John Garcia Jr., Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Marietta (Ga.) Walton vs Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter
Despite a whirlwind recruitment that remains unsettled after UCLA withdrew its scholarship offer, former Bruin commit Eddie Printz was as poised as ever for Lassiter. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound quarterback didn't light up the scoreboard with deep passes, but he was patient and efficient throughout the night. He was accurate on his intermediate throws, especially when he needed to show some touch in order to allow one of his receivers to track the ball. Printz also showed off his mobility on the night, making the right read more times than not within the Trojans' zone-read scheme. He powered through the goal line on the game-sealing score after leading the team on a long drive to put Walton away.
Alabama commit Tyren Jones did all he could to keep Walton in the game with his ground work. With fellow Tide pledge and starting quarterback Parker McLeod out with a foot injury all eyes were on him before every snap. Still, the shifty running back managed 180 hard-fought yards. Jones showed power, grit, speed and an excellent burst in the hole with the occasional bounce outside. The four-star also showed some resiliency in the loss. After squandering a scoring chance by fumbling just short of the goal line, Jones continued to carry the load and lead his team both by example as well as vocally.
The top 2014 prospect in the game was Walton athlete D.J. Smith. The 6-foot-0, 180-pounder does it all for the Raiders based on team need. Playing much bigger than his listed size, he can make plays with the ball in his hand, as a returner and most impressively as a defender. The projected cornerback stymies wideouts with impressive length and a physical nature that most juniors simply do not have. Throughout the night, he slowed a pair of three-star seniors with consistent pressure and impressive skills when the ball is in the air.
Steve Robertson, Mississippi Recruiting Analyst
Jackson Prep vs. Jackson Academy
FoxSportNext 300 member and Ole Miss commitment Ryan Buchanan led Jackson Prep to an overtime win over rival Jackson Academy and Mississippi State commitment Jamaal Clayborn.
Buchnanan had some issues with accuracy, but made just enough plays to win including a pair of touchdown passes. Buchanan stands tall in the pocket and he does a nice job of carrying at his fakes. Some nice ball handling by Buchanan on a pair of backside screens forced the defense to roll with him and away from the intended receiver leading to big gains.
Jamaal Clayborn will play guard on the college level, but he spent most of this on Friday night at left tackle. The Raiders found most of their success on the ground running behind the talented Clayborn. On short yardage situations, JA inserted Clayborn into the defensive line up where he forced the action outside more times than not.
Kristen Ledlow, Southeast Field Reporter
Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby vs Live Oak (Fla.) Suwanee
Godby rolled on Friday night with senior running back Khalid Thomas leading the way. The Kentucky commit notched seven carries for 73 yards and two touchdowns in the 54-0 district win, and says his commitment to the Wildcats is solid. Thomas is surrounding by a young but strong core, including juniors on the defense in safety Deion Singleton, Kris Harris and defensive end Jacob Pugh. Pugh completed a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the win.
Most impressively, sophomore receiver/cornerback Jaylin Hayward recorded four carries for 46 rushing yards and a reception for another 32 yards and a touchdown. Heyward is seeing major collegiate interest in the southeast, especially from his hometown Florida State after a stellar camp performance this summer.
Amy Campbell, Florida Field Reporter
Jacksonville (Fla.) Mandarin vs Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood
Sandalwood struck quickly in the first quarter and while Mandarin put up a fight, the Mustangs just didn't couldn't overpower the Sandalwood defense. The Saints took the 28-14 victory on Friday night. Leading the Sandalwood defense was Alabama defensive end commit DeMarcus Walker, who started slow but came alive in the second half with two sacks.
Junior linebacker Kain Daub played with a constant motor and proved to be a play-maker on defense. Daub is committed to LSU, but says Walker may have him thinking about the Tide. Junior linebacker Blake McClain was yet another big play-maker for the Sandalwood defense. McClain doesn't have much recruiting interest yet, but that should change drastically over the coming months.
Saints quarterback Parker Boehme proved to be a threat with his arm and with his feet. The Duke commitment was 100-yards passing and 100-yards rushing on the night and showed good poise and seemed pretty comfortable in the pocket. Boehme remains solid to the Blue Devils.