Wednesday, January 1, 2014

All Star Game Commitment Predictions

Under Armour All American Game commitment predictions

WR Speedy Noil
New Orleans, La (Edna Karr)             
Prediction: Texas A&M

DB Tony Brown  
Beaumont, TX (Ozen)
Prediction: LSU

DL Gerald Willis
New Orleans, La (Edna Karr)
Prediction: LSU

DB Jamal Adams
Carrollton,TX Hebron
Prediction: LSU

RB Leonard Fournette
New Orleans, LA (St. Augustine)
Prediction: LSU

WR Travis Rudolph
West Palm Beach, FL (Cardinal Newman)
Prediction: Alabama

DB Jalen Tabor
Washington, DC (Friendship Collegiate Academy)
Prediction: Arizona

US Army game commitment predictions

TE Bryce Dixon
Ventura, Ca (St. Bonaventure)
Prediction: UCLA

Marshon Lattimore
Cleveland, Oh (Glenville)
Prediction: Ohio State

Nyles Morgan
Crete, IL (Monee)
Prediction: Notre Dame

WR Frank Iheanacho
Houston, TX (Westside)
Prediction: Texas A&M

RB Joe Mixon
Oakley, CA (Freedom)
Prediction: Oklahoma

DB Erick Smith
Cleveland, Oh (Glenville)
Prediction: Ohio State

LB Dwight Williams
Gardena, CA (Serra)
Prediction: UCLA

OT Brian Wallace
St Louis, MO (Christian Brothers College)
Prediction: Alabama

DT Matt Elam
Elizabethtown, KY (John Hardin)
Prediction: Kentucky

DT Elisha Shaw
Tucker, GA (Tucker)
Prediction: Ole Miss

2nd Annual SDFNL All Star Game: Top performers

                                        Photo courtesy of

Isiah Hennie WR San Marcos high school
Hennie was probably the most electric athlete on the field for either team. He registered a receiving touchdown in the first half and showed great acceleration and elusiveness as a punt returner. Hennie ended his two year varsity career with a total of 138 catches 2051 yards and 14 touchdowns. Including a huge 2014 season in which he collected 102 catches for 1521 yards and nine scores.

Hunter Correll: QB Serra
The Conquistadors signal caller threw for four touchdowns as his American All Star squad pulled out a last minute 33-27 victory versus the National All Stars. Correll was the most consistent passer on the day, flashing poise and great decision making ability in guiding his team to a victory.

Anthony Alton: LB Grossmont
Alton was a very active defender on the afternoon. He was often used a a blitzer , usually tasked with penetrating the A and B gaps. He collected a sack, two tackles for loss and overall was very disruptive.

Jovon Richardson WR Mount Miguel
The big bodied pass catcher was most impressive in his ability to shake loose from coverage. At 6’2 215 pounds, Richardson was imposing presence, but flashed his agility on a phenomenal touchdown catch in the back of the end zone. He was the second leading receiver for the Matadors this past season notching 33 catches for 489 yards and five scores.

John Todd III: WR Valhalla
The 6’3” 182 pound receiver may have raised his stock more than any other player at the event. Display soft hands and deft route running, Todd notched three scores including the go-ahead touchdown with only :07 remaining. Todd III capped off his high school career in style on the heels of a 56 catch, 917 yard, and eight score season.

Brandon Badillo: DL Oceanside
A constant presence in the National team’s backfield, Badillo showed great ability to finish plays in notching three sacks. Those splash plays were simply the product of his non-stop motor and impressive up-field burst.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Game summary and scouting notes: Madison at Mission Bay

This was a match-up of two squads off to impressive starts, although one was expected and the other has been somewhat of a pleasant surprise. The defending state champion Madison Warhawks came in with a 5-1 record. Their only defeat coming at the hands of Eastlake; one of the top teams in the county and reigning CIF champions in San Diego's largest classification.

The host, Mission Bay Buccaneers were off the a 5-0 that had exceeded the expectations of most who follow high school football in the San Diego section. Mission Bay came in to this contest on the heels of their stiffest test to date: A 24-21 comeback victory over Christian high school.

Early on Madison assumed control of the line of scrimmage, opening running lanes for senior running back Kevin Moore. He opened the scoring as the Warhawks surged to an early 14-0 lead. After a slow start,Mission Bay was gradually able to get un-tracked offensively. However, their first extended drive was thwarted by an end zone interception by Kevin Moore.

This was the beginning on a theme of red zone woes for the upstart buccaneers as they were able to move the ball in between the 20’s, but saw several drives stall deep in Madison territory.

Late in the second quarter, a 7 yard touchdown throw on a fade route from quarterback Nicholas Plum to wide receiver Lamarriel Taylor put the first points on the board for Mission Bay. Madison quarterback Kareem Coles capped the first half scoring with a 51 yard rushing a score and a touchdown pass to senior receiver Vincent Parrish for a 28-7 halftime lead.

The Madison defensive front; anchored by twins Sam and Jacob Vermillon, and Tiasamo Savusa, was consistently was able to generate push versus the Buccaneer offensive line and make plays on the other side of the line of scrimmage.

Although Taylor and Petties-Wilson was able to find occasion success working against a talented Madison secondary, the Warhawk front seven continuously forced the Bucs into long yardage situations by stopping the run. They proceeded to finish the deal by generating consistent pressure in passing situations, putting Buc quarterback Nicholas Plum under duress for most of the evening as Madison cruised to an easy 42-7 victory.

Scouting notes:


RB/ATH Kevin Moore
A solidly built athlete, Moore is a nice blend of size and game speed. As the featured ball carrier in the Warhawk offense, Moore showed off a well-rounded game. He broke off several long runs (Including a 68 yard score in the opening quarter) in the instances he was able to get to second level and was able to consistent pick up four and five yard chunks in between the tackles. 

Seeing some snaps on defense at cornerback, he made a leaping interception in the end zone to foil a buccaneer red zone opportunity.

QB Kareem Coles (2015)
The junior signal caller is often at his most dangerous evading the rush and creating big plays in the passing game. During this contest however, he was much more aggressive as a runner. After having a potential 80 yard first quarter touchdown run nullified by a penalty, he registered a 51 yard score on the ground. For good measure, he also added three touchdown passes.

ATH Shaheed Madyun (2016)
A promising sophomore, Madyun received snaps on both sides of the ball. However, he made his most significant contribution as a pass catcher and stood even among the warrior talented cadre of offensive weapons. He was able to separate from defensive back, displayed reliable hands, and showed the ability to make plays vertically as he reeled in a 31 yard touchdown pass after accelerating past coverage.

Mission Bay

WR Lamarriel Taylor
Coming into the game the transfer from Illinois was one of the leading receivers in the county. For a longer player, he showed really good burst off the line of scrimmage demonstrated the ability to win down-field versus probably the most talented secondary he’s mid-way through the season.

ATH Andre Petties-Wilson
A well- built prospect, Petties-Wilson saw snaps at wide receiver and special teams. His most impressive play of the evening is when he was able to get loose down the sideline and register a long gain on a deep ball. Wilson is recruit with impressive ball skills who projects favorably to either receiver or safety at the next level.

RB Devante Kinder
After a slow start, Kinder got in more of a rhythm as the game wore on. A shorter back with a compact build (5'9" 190), Kinder showed nice burst and was able to get to second level and register some nice runs, particularly in the second half. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Centennial vs Alemany Game summary and recruit notes

                                         Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Daily News

Game notes:

This was a match-up between high scoring inland empire power Corona Centennial and Alemany high school of Mission Hills, California. Centennial came in off a loss to storied program Long Beach Poly; in which their impressive streak of 44 consecutive games of at least 400 yards total offense was broken in a 35-28 defeat.

Operating from their pistol spread offense, the Huskies seemed to re-assert their offensive dominance in the early stages of the game. Quarterback Brent Webber took advantage of the Alemany defensive front's focus on running back Tre Watson. Webber proceeded to gash the Warriors defense, getting outside on several read option runs. The drive eventually culminated in a 30 yard score by Watson as the Huskies went up 8-0 after a successful two point conversation.

Now, senior dual-threat quarterback Alif Grayes and 2015 running back/athlete Dominic Davis are two prospects that aren't quite as known as 2015 four star wide receiver and teammate Desean Holmes. However, a six yard scoring run off a read option by Grayes and an 80 yard burst courtesy of the speedster Davis, staked Alemany to a 14-8 advantage.

After a one yard scoring jaunt by Watson tied the game (PAT was no good) at 14, Alemany proceeded to go on a 31-7 scoring run on the shoulders of Grayes, Davis, and fullback/linebacker Okalani Langi who contributed three scores and several powerful runs in between the tackles that both helped the warriors establish a physical tone up front and eventually control the clock.

Alemany didn't necessarily stop the Centennial offensive (Not even sure if that's possible at this point) but they were the second team consecutive defensive unit to limit them to a reasonable number of points. This, after the Huskies lit up the scoreboard putting up 69 points versus St. Bonaventure in their second game of the 2013 season.

In addition to a solid effort by their defensive unit, the Warrior offense enabled them to play from ahead the majority of the night. A much more desired alternative then being tasked with matching scores with a talented Centennial outfit, laden with FBS caliber athletes. This includes current commits Viane Talamavao (Alabama) and wide receiver Barry Ware (UCLA) in addition to the aforementioned Watson (Cal). The collective effort eventually paid dividends in an impressive 45-28 upset victory for the Warriors.

Scouting notes:


Alemany performers____________________________________________________________________________________________________________lif Grayes QB/ATH
Grayes was the best player on the field this past Friday. A true dual-threat, Grayes went 10-16 passing for 245 yard while registering 112 rushing yards and two scores on 16 carries. He used both his arm and legs to dictate the tempo of the game, leading several successful drives and displaying impressive arm strength for his size, connecting on several long completions for the Warriors. His ability to break containment to either makes plays with his legs or create throwing lanes kept the Centennial defense off balance for most of the night.

Dominic Davis ATH (2015)
A name to watch in California recruiting circles, Davis' speed allowed him to get to the edge and turn the corner on several runs. The 5’10 175 pound Davis was a presence on both sides of the ball. His 15 carry 137 yard rushing performance was highlighted by an 80 yard touchdown run that saw him outrace several Husky defenders in the open field. Playing cornerback in the Alemany secondary; Davis collected two interceptions and was locked in man coverage most of the night.Eventually, he probably best projects to the defensive backfield at the collegiate level. 

Colin Samuel DB (2015)
Samuel was a part of a defensive backfield that held tight coverage on Centennial receivers most of the night. A talented athlete who showed plenty of speed, he was the first player this season to register an interception versus Husky quarterback Robert Webber.

Desean Holmes WR
The four-star junior receiver served in more of complimentary role on this night as Alemany primarily focused on establishing their running game. However, his 3 catches for 129 yards were still impressive as he registered two long receptions (54 and 68 yards) that helped the Warriors flip the field, and set up eventual scores.


Robert Webber QB
While Webber did struggle a bit in the passing game making some uncharacteristic mistakes, he did get the Huskies off to a good start by using his legs to make plays for the Huskies. His dual threat capabilities and overall command of the Centennial offense still shone through despite not having his best outing throwing the ball

Tre Watson RB
One of the top rushers in the state, Watson came into the game averaging 283 yards per contest registered 147 yards and two scores on 22 carries against a defense intent on stopping him. His performance pushed his season-four game- totals to 996 yards and 15 touchdowns on 116 carries.

Barry Ware WR
While the UCLA commit wasn't targeted a ton, he made his presence felt late in the first half, taking a quick hitch 58 yards for a touchdown. Ware is one of the top receivers in the state of California and was an early commit to the Bruins.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Scouting notes: Serra vs. Oceanside

Photo courtesy of Union Tribune 

Athlete Adoree’ Jackson 
While the consensus five-star recruit didn’t have many of his signature big plays, Jackson still performed at high level, and gave the capacity crowd in Oceanside an example of why he’s so highly regarded. Playing on both sides of the ball, he spent the most of his offensive snaps at running back and slot receiver, while getting the start at defensive back as well.

While he didn't reel off any long distance runs while lined up in the backfield, he showed great agility and displayed incredible balance by being able to play-through and spin out of contact. Despite his measurements (5’9” 182) he’s built fairly stout and carries the lower body strength to consistently push the pile as a runner.

Late in the game, Jackson electrified the crowd in attendance. On a deep pass he out-leaped a defender, tipped the pass forward, had the ball carom off his knee while he was still in the air, and secured the reception lying flat on his back. He later iced the game on jet sweep. A seven yard touchdown run that was punctuated by a front flip over defenders into the end zone.

Quarterback Jalen Greene
From the onset, Greene manned the controls of the Cavalier offense masterfully. The three- star dual threat quarterback kept the Pirate defense off-balance throughout the night. He showed both the ability to pick the Pirates apart from the pocket, and use his feet to improvise and make plays when protection broke down. 

Greene’s stellar night included 306 passing yards and three touchdowns, to go along with 106 yards rushing and two scores on the ground.

Outside linebacker Olajuwon Tucker 
While Tucker might not be a heralded as some of his defensive teammates like Dwight Williams or John Houston (2015), he was quite possibly the best player on the field in the showdown versus the Pirates. Tucker excelled both operating out in space and rushing the passer, notching three interceptions, three sacks, and four tackles for loss.

On Friday, Tucker played a defensive end/outside linebacker hybrid- type position. With his size (6’3” 215), he projects to the next level as either a strong-side linebacker in a 4-3 or a possible outside ‘backer in a 3-4 alignment that gives him both the opportunity to blitz and drop back into coverage.

Defensive end Rasheeme Green (2015) 
Green was a disruptive force on defense for the Cavaliers. The big two-way lineman (6’5” 270) pushed the pocket from the edge. And although he may not have had the biggest statistical game, his presence drew extra blockers made it easier for his line-mates to get one on one opportunities and create splash plays for for the Serra defense.

Oceanside Pirates

Quarterback Matthew Romero (2015) 
Romero won a fierce quarterback battle during fall camp and showed his mettle with a gutsy performance. Romero maintained his poise when pressured by the Cavalier pass rush and showed toughness taking his share of hits. Taking over for departed three-year starter Tofi PaoPao; Romero showed good pocket presence, and threw passes with anticipation. He showed an advanced level of maturity and confidence as routinely delivered the ball prior to his receivers getting out of their breaks

Wide Receiver Mikah Holder
Although he wasn’t targeted a whole lot during the game, Holder produced one of the most exciting moments of a drama filled contest. Late in the third quarter Holder made a deep reception, spin out of the grasp of two defenders, and cut back inside and heading to the end zone for a spectacular 52 yard score. The San Diego State commit will be displaying his talent locally coming next fall.

Place-kicker Jackson Koonce 
Koonce displayed a very strong leg. He kept the ball away from the dangerous Serra returners on kickoffs by kicking into the end zone for touch-backs. He also nailed a school record 52 yard field goal in the 3rd quarter for the Pirates.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Game summary and recruit notes: Madison at Lincoln

Press box at Lincoln high school

This was one of the more intriguing opening night matchups. Both schools often field similarly skilled players but rarely play one another in the regular season. That changed last year as Madison beat Lincoln in route to a state title. Undaunted, the Hornets bounced back and went on a last season run en route to capturing their first CIF championship in 25 years.

Opening day jitters were apparent as both teams got off to a sloppy start. Madison assumed control of the line of scrimmage due in large part to their defensive front; led by Sam and Jake Vermillion, Tiasamo Savusa, Dotun Ogundeji, and junior Clayton Jimerson. Offensively, the Warhawks dictated the pace of the game behind a punishing running game featuring senior backs Michael Garner and Kevin Moore.

Asserting themselves on the ground opened up things for Madison’s junior quarterback Kareem Coles. Coles shook off accuracy struggles but eventually showed the playmaking ability that has become the signature of his game. He kept his vision up-field when protection broke down and used his feet to create throwing lanes, in addition to gashing the Hornets defense with timely scrambles. Ultimately this was more than enough as the Hawks coasted to a dominant 34-6 opening night victory.

Here's some notes on a few recruits from the game

Madison Warhawks

QB Kareem Coles (2015)
Coles got off to an uncharacteristically shaky start. But once he settled in, he began to to connect on a few down-field throws, and resembled the signal caller who helped lead his team to a state championship. His dual threat prowess and overall poise will be attractive to teams who run offenses with spread principles. 

APB Michael Garner
Garner showcased his pass catching ability out of the backfield during the early stages of the game. The offense got rolling as he scored the Warhawks first touchdown of the 2013 season on a nifty 15 yard run. Unfortunately just as he seemed to get things going his night would come to a premature close, due to a serious an ankle injury.

RB/ATH Kevin Moore
Moore was the breakout star of the evening. He served as a power running compliment to the shiftier Garner early in the game. Moore got into the end zone twice and picked off a pass in the first half. He shouldered the majority of the running load for Madison after Garner’s injury. The senior added another score in the second half for his third touchdown of the game.  

Lincoln Hornets

ATH/RB Jaechon Murphy
Murphy lined up all over the field for the Hornets. Offensively he was probably Lincoln’s most explosive backfield threat. He pushed the pile in between the tackles and had enough speed to gain the edge a few times. Defensively, he spent the majority of his snaps at linebacker. However, there were a few instances in which he even put his hand in the dirt and rushed the passer off the edge.

ATH Tray Jacquess (2017)
Playing on both sides of the ball, Jacquess got the start at wide receiver in his first ever high school game. Now although he wasn’t targeted a lot in his team run oriented offense, he was impressive at free safety for the Hornet defense, showing great range and playmaking instincts.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Who stood out this summer?

As we lead into this upcoming season (Cannot wait for the kids to put the pads on) let's take a look back at some of the players we saw live who impressed over the summer


Clayton Dale (2015) 
Cathedral Catholic High school 
San Diego
Dale displayed one of the strongest arms we observed this summer on the 7 on 7 circuit. But his most impressive trait may have been the accuracy he displayed at the Southwestern College tournament. An under the radar recruit; a big junior season (and first as a full time starter) should increase his profile and draw more attention to the talented dual sport athlete.

Joe Joe Hudson
Saint Augustine high school 
San Diego
We had the opportunity to observe Hudson in three separate tournaments and he got progressively better each time out. The senior signal caller distributed the ball to an array of targets and delivered the ball into tight windows. He seems primed for a huge season in 2013.

Running backs:

Elijah Preston (2016) 
Saint Augustine high school 
San Diego
In a format not the most conducive to running backs having big roles, Preston excelled. He ran nice routes, displayed soft hands, and got up to top speed quickly once the ball when in his hands. He demonstrated the downhill bursts that lead him to a 1300 yard season playing varsity ball as a freshman.

Limihai Hifo 
Heritage high school 
Menifee, California
A bruising runner in pads, Hifo displayed possibly the best hands of any running back we observed this summer. The San Jose State commit ran a nice assortment of routes but surprised with his ability to turn up-field and gain yards after the catch.

Michael Garner 
Madison high school 
San Diego
The most explosive back we saw, Garner was a constant big play threat. Linebackers simply could not stay with him on wheel routes as his acceleration got him into open space as he provided his team with a legitimate vertical threat out of the backfield.

Wide receivers:

Lamarriel Taylor 
Mission Bay High school 
San Diego
Taylor was likely the most consistent deep threat we saw this summer. He carries deceptive speed due to his long strides but was open to take the top off opposing defenses and either rip off long gains or open up the intermediate areas for his teammates. He presently holds an offer from Indiana University and has received interest from schools such as San Jose State and UNLV.

Ryan Harris 
Saint Augustine high school
San Diego
Harris was an entertaining player to watch. He ran nice routes and created separation that opened up passing windows for his quarterback. That said, he was at his best on vertical routes. He did a great job fighting through contact and making contested catches down the field.

Cameron Denson
Salpointe Catholic 
Tucson, Arizona
A four-star Arizona commit, Denson was quite possibly the most dominant offensive player we witnessed this summer. A smooth athlete with excellent ball skills, Denson displayed excellent body control as he leaped in the air to make several circus catches.


Tyler Whiley 
Chaparral high school 
Scottsdale, Arizona
The four-star Arizona State commitment was a star in the Mountain West 7 on 7 tournament. He was simply on a different level athletically despite the high caliber of competition he went up against. He took snaps on both sides of the ball but the projected defensive back made his greatest impact on offense, making several difficult catches. Especially on fade routes in the end-zone.

Defensive backs:

Matthew Palmer
Heritage high school 
Menifee, California
Palmer was one of the more intriguing recruits we had the opportunity to see. A two-way star for his high school team, he stood out most on the defensive side. Despite his height (6’3”) he did a good job sticking with receivers through their routes and driving on the ball using his length to break up several passes during the San Diego State 7 on 7 tournament.

Isiah Olave
Eastlake high school
Chula Vista, California
Olave was one of the best two- way performers we saw this summer. A projected cornerback, Olave flashed the ability to track the ball while defending vertical routes and made several plays in the air with his explosive leaping ability and good hands. On offense he stood out as both an intermediate and deep threat, taking the top off of opposing defenses and winning the majority of 50/50 balls thrown in his direction.

Kaelin Deboskie
Salpointe Catholic high school 
A Texas transplant, and one of the leading receivers in the state last season, Deboskie displayed his athleticism primarily on the defensive side of the ball at cornerback. In addition to being able to mirror receivers on shallow crossing routes or in space, Deboskie also flashed his wide receiver ball skills. He finished plays in the instances in which he was tested by picking several passes thrown in his vicinity. Deboskie has been offered by programs such as Arizona, Arizona State, West Virginia, and Oklahoma State.

Frank Buncom IV
Saint Augustine high school 
San Diego
A nationally rated recruit for the class of 2015 Buncom IV lived up to his advanced billing. He was strong in coverage staying physical through the route. He also used great body positioning that allowed him to win in most 50/50 ball situations. Buncom IV recently picked up an offer from Stanford and they are considered to remain a major factor through his recruitment.