College Football Recruiting 2013: Top Performances from Nation's Elite Prospects
We generally think about the college football recruiting class of 2013 in terms of where they will play football at the next level, so it's easy to forget that these high school seniors still have their own seasons going on.
So much hype goes into the recruiting process, and for good reason, but this is their senior season of high school football—this is a season that these players will remember for the rest of their lives.
There were quite a few 2013 prospects who had big games on the high school football field this weekend, and here are the best performances:
11. Wayne Gallman, RB, Grayson (GA)
116 Yards, 2 Rushing TDs
If Grayson High School sounds like a familiar name, it's because Gallman plays on the same team as No. 1 overall recruit Robert Nkemdiche. Just like Nkemdiche, Gallman is verbally committed to play football at Clemson.
The 3-star running back had himself an incredible game this past week, as it was reported on maxprep.com's Xcellent 25 National Football Scoreboard that his 116 yards and two touchdowns helped lead Grayson to a 45-7 win over Dacula.
10. Johnny Stanton, QB, Santa Margarita Catholic (CA)
135 Passing Yards, 2 TDs, 105 Rush Yards, 1 TD
The 4-star quarterback and Nebraska commit had a huge game that includes touchdowns in the air and on the ground, as he helped lead his team to a 35-27 win over St. Bonaventure, according to Sean Ceglinsky of maxpreps.com
Unfortunately for Stanton, it's been reported that he has a torn ACL in his left knee that will require surgery and most likely end his season.
9. Zachary Green, RB, St. Bonaventure (CA)
18 Attempts, 108 Yards, 3 TDs
Zachary Green's team came out on the losing end against Santa Margarita, but the 3-star running back and Arizona commitment definitely did his part in trying to secure a win for St. Bonaventure.
Green finished the game with over 100 yards on 18 attempts and three scores according to Sean Ceglinsky of maxpreps.com
8. Ryan Wolpin, RB, Santa Margarita Catholic (CA)
13 Carries, 206 Yards, 2 TD
Wolpin played a huge role in Santa Margarita's win, according to Ceglinsky's report on maxpreps.com, rushing for over 200 yards and two scores on just 13 carries, which is incredibly impressive.
7. Conner Manning, QB, EL Toro (CA)
600 Yards, 7 TDs
Three-star quarterback Conner Manning from El Toro High School in Lake Forest, California had himself a huge night and broke the Orange County record for passing yards, according to Dave Krider of maxpreps.com:
Manning completed an incredible 44-of-58 pass attempts and also ran a touchdown in on the ground.
He is verbally committed to Utah, according to Scout.com.
6. James Quick, WR, Trinity (KY)
8 Rec, 162 Yards, 1 TD
Four-star wideout James Quick had a very big game on national TV, and he may have increased his stock with interested programs.
He helped lead Trinity to a 24-16 win over Indianapolis Cathedral on ESPN2 this past Friday, according to Jason Frakes of courier-journal.com. Quick's biggest play was undoubtedly his 72-yard touchdown catch and run.
According to 247Sports, Quick has the Louisville Cardinals on top of his list as the favorite, but the Ohio State Buckeyes are No. 2, and he has a visit to Columbus coming up soon.
5. Greg Bryant, RB, American Heritage (FL)
9 Attempts, 141 Yards, 3 TDs
American Heritage beat King's Academy 59-0, according to Randall P. Lieberman of palmbeachpost.com, and Greg Bryant had a huge game in the process.
On just nine attempts, the 5-star running back rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns. He also added two receptions for 78 yards.
Bryant is not yet committed, but according to 247Sports, he has Auburn and South Carolina on top of his interest list.
4. Dontre Wilson, APB, DeSoto (TX)
5 Rec, 144 Yards, 2 TD, 17 Rushing Attempts, 56 Yards, 2 TDs
Overall, Wilson contributed 200 total yards and three touchdowns to the winning effort.
3. Tyler Keane, QB, Myrtle Beach (SC)
Via ESPN Recruiting Nation
535 Yards, 8 TDs
Kevin Askeland of maxpreps.com is reporting that Keane tied South Carolina's state record for touchdowns with his eight.
Unranked or not, anytime you match or tie a state record in football you deserve to get some press.
2. Dylan Beasley, QB, Nelson County (KY)
533 Yards, 9 TDs
Beasley is not listed by Rivals, Scout, 247Sports or ESPN Recruiting Nation, but perhaps colleges should start taking notice of the 6'2'', 176-pound senior quarterback.
According to Dave Krider of maxpreps.com, Beasley threw for 533 yards and nine touchdowns in just three quarters of play. I don't care if you're the No. 1 prospect in the country or a player without any press—anytime you put up those kind of numbers, you've had yourself an incredible performance.
1. Derrick Henry, RB, Yulee (FL)
48 Attempts, 502 Yards, 6 TDs
Derrick Henry is a 5-star running back, according to 247Sports, and he checks in at a very impressive 6'3'', 240 pounds.
Henry had an incredible game and actually broke Florida's single-game rushing yards record in Yulee's 45-28 win over Jackson. This performance also moves Henry to second on the all-time rushing list for the State of Florida, all according to Clayton Freeman of jacksonville.com
To make all of this even better, his record-setting performance came on homecoming weekend.
Henry is not committed as of yet, according to 247Sports, but he has Alabama and Tennessee on top of his interest list and has visits lined up for both schools.