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Recruiting Radar: Commit recap from HSFB Week 9

The HSFB regular season is drawing to a close. Here’s a look at how the Canes commits and their teams are faring.

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Another week into the HSFB season, and things are heating up around the country. Sorry this is a couple days late this week. Forgot to publish it. Whoops. Anyways...

With 19 players in the 2017 recruiting class at this moment, Miami has one of the largest group of commits in America. Some of that group was unable to showcase their talents this week due to weather impacting games. Here’s your full recap:

QB N’Kosi Perry and Ocala (FL) Vanguard — ranked #2 in Florida’s 6A classification —kept their season rolling, demolishing Ocala (FL) Lake Weir 56-6 for another district game on Friday night. This game was such light work that the Knights rested superstar QB Perry, who didn’t play a single snap in the blowout win. Even still, Vanguard scored 29 points in the first quarter en route to a 49-6 halftime lead. Sheesh.

Perry will return to the field as they face crosstown rival Ocala (FL) Forrest on Friday night. This is a battle of undefeated teams, and the winner will be district champion. This is the biggest game of the year for both Vanguard and Forrest, and is sure to be tightly contested. I can’t wait to see what happens.

QB Cade Weldon and Tampa (FL) Jefferson kept the momentum going with a 35-27 win over Tampa (FL) Middleton on Friday night.

For his part, Weldon didn’t have the eye-popping yardage numbers from last week, but was effective in limited passing attempts; he ended the game 7/15 passing for 113 yards and 3 TDs.

Jefferson has the chance to clinch a playoff spot with a win over Tampa (FL) Robinson on Friday night. If Jefferson were to lose, however, the Dragons would likely face a 3-way tiebreaker to with Robinson and Middleton to determine who will be the District Runner-up to Tampa (FL) Jesuit. Suffice it to say that Jefferson would like to handle their business and get a W this week.

RB Robert Burns and the Miami (FL) Gulliver Prep Raiders’ returned to the field, losing to Hialeah (FL) Champagnat Catholic 26-20 on Friday afternoon (4:00pm kick).

While the Raiders played, Burns did not. He was held out of the game due to a foot injury per reports from people at the game.

WR Kevaughn Dingle and the Carol City (FL) Chiefs had a bye this week.

They will face Miami (FL) Northwestern for the District Championship on Friday night.

WR Evidence Njoku and Wayne Hills (NJ) Wayne Hills beat Little Falls (NJ) Passaic Valley 31-6 on Friday night. Njoku was a major factor in the win, totaling 4 catches for 70 yards and 2 TDs on the night.

Wayne Hills plays their cross-town rivals Wayne (NJ) Wayne Valley on Friday night.

TE Brian Polendey and Denton (TX) Guyer got back on the good side of things with a 35-23 win over Wylie (TX) in a key district game on Friday night. Both teams were 3-1 in district entering the game, so this was a key win for Guyer.

For Polendey, he had another quiet night in Guyer’s run-based offense. He had 1 catch for 9 yards on the night as he was mainly used as a blocker, as per usual.

Guyer travels to McKinney (TX) Boyd for another district game on Friday night. The Wildcats are in great position to earn a playoff spot, a their 2 remaining district opponents are a combined 2-8 in district, and a combined 2-14 overall.

OL Navaughn Donaldson and Miami (FL) Central Rockets were scoreboard watching last week, hoping for a miracle. The Rockets needed Norland to beat Northwestern to try and force a 3-team tiebreaker for district runner up.

Unfortunately for Central, Northwestern beat Norland 26-7, ending any hope for Central to make a tiebreaker.

The Rockets’ season ends at 6-2, and their streak of 4 consecutive State Championships is over. Florida’s 6A classification will have a new champion in 2017.

OL Zach Dykstra and the Spirit Lake (IA) Indians closed their season with a 23-7 to Sioux City (IA) Bishop Heelan Catholic on Friday Night. After losing to their rivals a week ago to end their playoff hopes, it seem Spirit Lake had none on Friday night.

The Indians’ season ends at 6-4.

OL Zalontae Hillery, ATH DeeJay Dallas and their Brunswick (GA) Glynn Academy Terrors ran their winning streak to 8 games with a 52-27 win over Richmond Hill (GA) on Friday night.

Hillery reportedly had 6 pancake blocks on the night with OL coach Stacy Searels in attendance for his performance. Dallas continued his strong season, leading the Terrors’ offense with 125 yards passing and rushing for 173 yards and 2 scores against the previously-unbeaten Richmond Hill team.

Richmond Hill coach Matt LeZotte had this to say about Glynn Academy’s blowout win:

“I thought they dominated at the line of scrimmage. They have all those skill guys, and when they win the battle up front, it makes things tough.”

So a team with a Canes OL commit and ATH commit dominated the line and had too much skill talent for Richmond Hill to deal with. Yeah, that’ll work.

Glynn Academy has a bye this week before going for their 9th straight win in the season finale vs Hinesville (GA) Bradwell Institute on November 4th.

DT Jon Ford and the Ft. Lauderdale (FL) Dillard Panthers beat Plantation (FL) 34-19 in a non-district game on Friday. This was a return to action for Ford, who had missed the previous week’s game. Ford used talents well, ending the night with 2 TFLs and 2 Sacks on the night.

The Panthers are still in the playoff hunt, and they have a game for their playoff lives when they travel to face Boynton Beach (FL) on Friday night. The Panthers need to win to have any chance at the playoffs.

DE Jonathan Garvin and the Lake Worth (FL) Trojans beat Boca Raton (FL) hosted Delray Beach (FL) Atlantic in another defacto elimination game on Friday night. The Trojans playoff hopes went by the wayside as they lost 41-6 on the night.

Garvin, who has 21 sacks on the year, had 6 tackles, 3 TFLs, and a forced fumble in the game.

Lake Worth hosts Greenacres (FL) John I. Leonard on Friday night. For the Trojans to have a shot at a playoff spot, they need a win, and hope for a couple other teams (Park Vista and Atlantic) to lose.

DE D.J. Johnson and his Sacramento (CA) Luther Burbank Titans continued their run of strong play, beating Sacramento (CA) Florin 61-0 on Friday night. Johnson continued to prove why he’s an All-American with 5 TFLs, 2 sacks, a forced fumble, 3 PBUs, and 7 QB hurries on the night. In short, he was pretty much unstoppable.

Burbank has beaten their last 5 opponents — all district foes — 292-26, so they’re definitely clicking on all cylinders. They look to run their win streak to 6 games as they host Sacramento (CA) on Friday night for another key district game.

LB Waynmon Steed helped Miami Central saw their season end as Miami (FL) Northwestern beat Miami (FL) Norland 26-7.

LB Bradley Jennings Jr. and Jacksonville (FL) Sandalwood had a bye last week.

The Saints look to continue to chase a playoff berth with a home game against district foe DeLand (FL) on Friday night.

DB Trajan Bandy and the Miami (FL) Columbus Explorers lost to powerhouse Miami (FL) Booker T. Washington 23-7 on Friday night. Bandy had 3 tackles, 2 TFLs, and 2 PBUs in the game.

Columbus face Coral Gables (FL) on Friday with a chance to secure the District championship on the line.

DB Billy Gibson and Miami (FL) Southridge beat previously-undefeated Miami (FL) Palmetto 20-0 in a district game on Friday night. The Spartans used a timely offense to score points, and the defense pitched a third consecutive shutout. Gibson had 6 tackles in the game for Southridge.

Southridge has a bye this week before a non-district game to close the regular season..

DB Brian Edwards and the Miramar (FL) Patriots beat Everglades 35-0 on Friday night. Oh hey wait, he decommitted. Nevermind.

DB Amari Carter and the Palm Beach Gardens (FL) Gators fell to 3-5 on the year with a 12-10 loss to Wellington (FL). The loss also dropped Gardens to 2-2 in the district, and put them in peril of missing the playoffs.

While he’s not a Canes commit, the story of the game was 4-star LB VanDarius Cowan, who was benched by PBG after an early personal foul. Cowans — an Alabama commit — was reportedly seen eating food on the sidelines, talking to fans in the stands, and ignoring his coaches. After this, Cowans was kicked off of the PBG football team, and his suspended from the U.S. Army All-American game. Cowans said he’ll appeal to play in the All-American game, but it doesn’t look good from my outside perspective.

Gardens will continue their regular season by hosting Palm Beach (FL) Central on Friday night. A win is the only way PBG has any shot at a tiebreaker for a playoff spot.

P Zach Feagles and the Ridgewood (NJ) Maroons returned to the field this week, beating Paterson (NJ) Kennedy 54-0 on Friday night. Feagles did his usual thing running the ball, ending the game with 7 carries for 66 yards and 2 TDs in the blowout.

With a score line such as 54-0, there were few opportunities for Feagles to punt. But, with his one attempt, he kicked a 45 yard punt for the Maroons.

Ridgewood’s season continues with a trip to Wayne (NJ) Passaic County Tech on Friday night.

That’s it for this week’s commit recap.

See you next week.

Go Canes