*Atlanta, Georgia - Johnny Overstreet 19 was sentenced to life in prison plus five years after being involved in numerous armed robberies a year ago. Overstreet was a star linebacker a year ago for Lucy C. Laney High and had collected offer from many big time programs including the University of Florida. His stiff sentence was due to the fact of disrespectful attitude and Overstreet at one point even refused to attend his own hearing.
*Broomfield (Colo.) Legacy defensive end Nick Kasa is a hot name early on in the Class of 2009. The 6-7, 230 pound defensive end has already picked up five written scholarship offers, from Colorado, Colorado State, Utah, Iowa State and Kansas State. A rangy prospect with terrific speed including a best of 11.1 in the 100-meter dash, Kasa burst on the scene last fall as a sophomore, when he earned all-state honors after totaling 59 tackles and 10 sacks. He's helped Legacy to a 4-0 start this fall, registering six sacks already...
*6-2, 170 pound junior wide receiver Tyler Vanderhoff is off to a fast start at Eugene (Ore.) North this fall. The 6-2, 170 pounder, who participated at last year's NIKE Combine in Portland, has 32 catches for 322 yards and five touchdowns and has also rushed 11 times for 123 yards and intercepted three passes on defense through North's first four games. Vanderhoff is getting early mail from Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State and Portland State...
*Standout Oxnard (Calif.) Santa Clara junior RB Cierre Wood, who already has offers from the likes of Nebraska and Florida, ran for 257 yards and three touchdowns in Santa Clara's 20-20 tie versus L.A. Baptist...
*North Hills (Calif.) Monroe all-purpose back Germi Morrison continued a strong early season, totaling 10 carries for 129 yards and eight receptions for 146 yards in Thursday's win over North Hollywood - scoring on a 22-yard run and receptions of 50 and 34 yards...
* Indiana ? Senior standout for Carmel High Aaron King had rushed for 697-yards and seven touchdowns, but was not in suit Friday against North Central due to an ankle injury. 2009 prospect fullback Kurt Freytag stepped up and ran for 131 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-14 win. Carmel faces a dangerous Warren Central team this week for homecoming.
* Rowell, New Mexico
Roswell High Receiver Danny Castro put up some huge numbers this past Friday as he hauled in 14 catches for 227 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-25 loss to Belen High School.
*Florida - Ted Stachitas had a huge night in a win over Bay point Friday night. He was 9 of 17 passing in one half of play during a 48-34 win.
Shay Newcomer from Crystal River threw for 218 yards and was 18 for 29 in an 18-15 win over Nature Coast. Crystal River is now (2-2) for the first time since 2003.
Rochester, New York ? Anthony Miller of Global Media Arts of Franklin High School had an impressive week as he racked up 67 yards off 16 carries with one touchdown and on defense he collected 13 tackles with one sack.
Dale Carey class of 2009 from Wheeler High School has collected 19 tackles in only three games at the linebacker position. His teammate Drew Davis is who is also a junior has racked up 26 tackles in four games.
Stock on the rise?
Darren Markle of Mt. View High School in Meridian, Idaho has just returned from an unofficial visit to BYU. "The Utah trip was great and the linebacker/recruiting coaches are very aware of his current season," Via e-mail from farther of Darren, Parry Markel. The class of 2009 linebacker has also received a hand written letter from Colorado Head Coach Dan Hawkins.
Back in the lineup
*Cincinnati, Ohio - St. Xavier is off to a great start this season as expected, but EA SPORTS Player of the year candidate Darius Ashley has been in and out of the lineup all year after sustaining a early season ankle injury. This past weekend the Bombers got to (5-0), thanks to Ashley being back in the mix. The elusive running back accounted for 109 yards off 13 carries and scored two touchdowns in a 30-0 win over Bishop Chatard.
*West Virginia has had great success this year running with true freshman Noel Devine out of Florida and the Mountaineers hope they've found another star-in-the-making 'back out of the Sunshine State, as Onterrio McCalebb out of Fort Meade (Fla.) has committed to the 'Neers. McCalebb, a 5-10, 165 pounder, possesses electric speed, having clocked a 4.48 40 in wet conditions at the Orlando NIKE Combine this spring, and he averaged over 12 yards per carry on his way to 24 total touchdowns last fall as a junior, earning Class 1A all-state honors. The small school standout chose West Virginia over offers from Auburn, Ole Miss, Rutgers, Clemson, North Carolina, Kentucky, South Florida and many others. He was also an all-state selection as a sophomore, when he rushed for 1,052 yards and 11 scores...
*Auburn's early struggles on the field aren't affecting the recruiting efforts, as the Tigers picked up a pledge from jumbo wideout Jarmon Fortson this weekend. Fortson, a 6-3, 225 pounder out of Columbus (Ga.) Carver, had 25 catches for 402 yards and five scores as a junior, and looked very good at the Athens NIKE Camp this spring. He chose Auburn over Clemson, Alabama, Louisville, South Carolina, Kentucky, Indiana and others...
*6-1, 195 pound safety Quincy Quetant took an official visit this weekend and made his decision on the trip, committing to the Cincinnati Bearcats. Quetant, out of Orlando (Fla.) Timber Creek, also visited Iowa State officially earlier in September and had offers from those two plus Mississippi State, Kansas, Indiana and others. Quetant has been a two-way starter at Timber Creek since his freshman year, and had 52 tackles and seven interceptions, two of which he returned for scores, as a junior, earning all-region honors. He posted a 63.49 SPARQ Rating at the Orlando NIKE Combine this spring...
*Boise State has scored in Texas once again, as the Broncos added commitment No. 3 from the Lone Star State in this class from Flower Mound tight end Chandler Koch. Koch, a 6-3, 220 pounder, caught 13 passes for 227 yards and two scores while earning all-district honors last fall as a junior. He also showed well at the Dallas NIKE Combine, registering a 62.44 SPARQ Rating, led by a quick 4.34 shuttle. New Mexico, San Diego State, Colorado, Colorado State and Houston had also offered...
*Dynamic 5-8, 150 pound Marvon Sanders of Ypsilanti (Mich.) will stay home and play his college ball at Eastern Michigan. Sanders, a shifty wideout who also plans on playing hoops at EMU, caught 36 passes for 808 yards and 10 scores as a junior and also had 27 catches for 439 yards and six TDs as a sophomore in '05. Sanders tested very well at the Columbus NIKE Combine, clocking a 4.66 40, a 4.22 shuttle and posting a 30-inch vertical jump...
FRIDAY NIGHTS LIGHTS: TEXAS
By Randy Rodgers
In 5A, new No. 1 Katy rolled by A&M Consolidated 41-14. UCLA commit Aundre Dean rushed for 183 yards and three scores and Katy's defense held Consolidated to just 41 total yards in the second half. Southlake Carroll rebounded from their streak-stopping loss to Miami Northwestern as Riley Dodge (North Texas commit) tossed seven touchdown passes to lead the Dragons past Rockwall 49-42 on Thursday night. SMU commit Braden Smith threw for 292 yards and three scores in a losing cause. Another quarterback with a hot hand was Plano East's Riko Smalls, who threw for six touchdowns and 297 yards as the Panthers beat John Tyler 52-24. Smalls has thrown twelve touchdowns passes in the first three weeks.
Oklahoma State commit Adrian Richards caught five passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns as Mesquite smashed Dallas Carter 42-6. Bryan got six turnovers to upset DeSoto 30-27 despite 160 yards from the Eagles' Cyrus Gray. Euless Trinity bullied 4A's No. 2 ranked Waco 27-7, holding the Lions to just 126 total yards. Lufkin defeated Aldine Eisenhower 41-28. Smithson Valley pasted San Antonio Roosevelt 72-34 and San Antonio Madison shut out Lee 62-0.
In Class 4A, defending state champion LaMarque earned a hard-fought 6-3 win over 5A Pearland, a state semi-finalist a year ago. Denroy Vanhorn's two field goals offset one by Pearland's Robbie Hersch. Friendswood knocked off 5A cross-town rival Clear Brook 40-35 as junior QB Jacob Karam threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns. Top-ranked Copperas Cove rolled by Harker Heights 55-7. No. 6 Calallen defeated Rockport-Fulton 28-13 and Wichita Falls Rider rebounded with a 51-0 shellacking of Plainview.
Central Texas 3A powers Liberty Hill and Giddings continued to roll. Giddings QB Brock Fitzhenry (Texas commit) rushed for four first half touchdowns of over 40 yard each, totaling 182 yards by intermission as the Buffaloes stopped Hutto 55-35. Liberty Hill avenged last season's playoff loss, beating No. 6 Cuero 49-35. Doug Allman accounted for five touchdowns for the Panthers. Royse City cruised by Sanger 44-6, as junior QB Richard Morrison was 24 for 31 for 271 yards and three touchdowns.
In 2A, No. 2 Cisco defeated Class 1A's No. 8 team, Albany 51-0, and No. 3 Refugio beat Mathis 42-27. The rest of the top seven teams were idle. In Class 1A the top teams were all in action, all winning big. Alto beat Hemphill 43-30, Roscoe beat Anson 35-6, Joaquin doubled Shelbyville 52-26 and Sundown shut out Olton 42-0.
SUNSHINE STATE RECAP: WEEK 4
By Kynon Codrington
Many fans and critics wanted to see if Lakeland deserved its FAB 50 ranking and lofty state ranking this weekend against an explosive and athletic Boyd Anderson team. The FAB 50 No. 48 and state No. 5 Lakeland Dreadnaughts (5A) proved they belong as they dispatched No. 11 Boyd Anderson (6A), 30-6.
The 6A schedule saw No. 13 Miami Central shut out Goleman, 39-0. The Rockets rushed for 251 yards on only 13 carries and improved to 1-0 in district play. No. 16 Apopka blanked Ocoee, 36-0.
Over in 5A, No. 8 Lake Gibson and senior LB Tom Sasser toppled Buchholz, 42-20. Sasser registered 15 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and an interception. No. 14 Manatee destroyed Port Charlotte, 63-17. No. 22 Mainland rolled over Pine Ridge, 49-0. No. 25 Osceola Kissimmee topped Sarasota and QB Casey Kelly, 42-24. Kissimmee RB Bubba Brown had 27 carries for 270 yards and five touchdowns.
In 4A, FAB 50 No. 14 and state No. 2 Booker T. Washington laid the wood to Ft. Lauderdale, 47-0. The Tornadoes opened up district play with an impressive victory, however starting QB Sancho McDonald suffered an Achilles injury and his status is pending on the MRI results. FAB 50 No. 28 and state No. 4 Armwood thrashed Newsome, 42-3. In an inter-sectional clash Valdosta (Ga) topped No. 9 Tallahassee Lincoln, 21-17. No. 20 Nease pounced Bay Point, 48-34. Nease QB Ted Stachitas, a Wake Forest commit, accounted for 280 yards of total offense in the first half. No. 23 Seabreeze and QB Troy Dannehower rallied to take down Merritt Island, 35-14.
The 3A tilt featured No. 7 Glades Central pound Clewiston, 23-6. Central WR Travis Benjamin returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter and that's all the Raiders would need. No. 12 St. Augustine beat down Menendez, 63-0. No. 19 Naples destroyed Immokalee, 38-0.
FAB 50 No. 12 and state No. 3 Pahokee pitched a 24-0 shut out against Jupiter. Blue Devil junior WR Nu'Keese Richardson scored on a 9-yard reception and Florida commit RB Janoris Jenkins added a touchdown run. No. 10 Bolles cruised past Ribault, 43-7. No. 18 Madison County trounced Suwanee, 35-0.
PEACH STATE RECAP: WEEK 4
By Kynon Codrington
Highlighting 5A action this weekend was Walton's upset of FAB 50 No. 6 and state No. 1 Roswell, 13-10. The Raiders' special teams came through big, as Billy Burns returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown and Adam Shreiner nailed a 58-yard field goal in the win. Walton did not score in the second half and Shreiner's kick in the second quarter turned out to be the game winner. No. 2 Norcross blanked North Forsyth, 48-0. The Blue Devils receiving duo of Brice Butler, a Southern Cal commit, and Devonta Bolton, an Alabama commit, accounted for three touchdowns in the blowout. Elsewhere in 5A, No. 5 Stephenson crushed Towers, 42-6. No. 6 North Cobb and Ohio commit OL Matt Britain toppled McEachern, 35-9.
In 4A, FAB 50 No. 15 and state No. 1 Northside routed Jones County, 49-0. No. 2 Thomas County Central thumped 5A No. 4 Tift County, 32-13. Central RB Debrale Smiley scored two touchdowns and ran for 174 yards on 18 carries to the lead the Yellow Jackets. No. 3 Tucker blasted No. 6 St. Pius, 35-0. The Tigers offense racked up 359 yards on the ground and four touchdowns. Tucker DB Jamoris Slaughter, a Notre Dame commit, added a punt return for a touchdown and the Tiger defense posted its fourth shut out of the season. No. 7 Westside-Macon rolled over No. 10 Upson-Lee, 31-0 rounding out the top ten in 4A.
The 3A slate saw No. 2 Carver-Columbus directed by Auburn commit QB Deron Furr dismantle Northside-Columbus, 46-9. No. 4 Stephens County relied on Tennessee commit RB Tauren Poole's three touchdowns to edge Dublin, 28-27. No. 7 Flowery Branch went on the road and clipped East Hall, 27-7. No. 9 Gainesville trounced Lumpkin County, 42-12 in non-district action.
Over in 2A, No. 1 Buford demolished Wesleyan, 49-6. Buford RB Alex Hunt, an Indiana commit, and RB Demetris Murray, a South Florida commit, added touchdowns for the Wolves. No. 3 Fitzgerald upended Mitchell-Baker, 47-21. No. 5 Dodge County throttled Crisp County, 55-14.
Today in our launching pad we feature junior running back Cerderrick Tyson from Shreveport (La.) Evangel. The class of 2009 prospect put up huge numbers this past week as he ran for 105 yards off 14 carries and two touchdowns. He also threw a touchdown and had 14 receptions for 142 yards. The Eagles smashed Springhill 31-7 on their district opener.