College Football Recruiting 2014: Top 25 Stars, Week 2 Edition
High school football action continues to heat up across the country. The regular season commenced in several states this week and continued in others regions, providing several national story lines to follow.
Individual success headlined high school matchups, as top 2014 college prospects stepped up in the spotlight. From dominant defenders to relentless running backs, there are plenty of players who picked up their respective squads with sensational efforts.
We continue our weekly rundown of premier performances, taking a peek at 25 playmakers who rose above the rest.
25. 3-Star CB Mayomi Olootu (Allen, Texas)
Mayomi Olootu, an Allen High School defensive back known for his savvy coverage skills on the defending Class 5A Division I Texas champions, starred on special teams against 2012 Class 5A Division II runner-up Cedar Hill. He blocked two second-quarter punts, per the Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram, seizing momentum for the Eagles.
His blocks led to a pair of Allen possessions that resulted in 10 points. The Eagles prevailed 39-20 on home turf.
Olootu committed to Northern Illinois in August, according to 247Sports composite rankings.
24. 5-Star WR KD Cannon (Mount Pleasant, Texas)
Dominant Mount Pleasant wide receiver KD Cannon collected big numbers in a 34-20 win over Liberty-Eylau. The Baylor commit contributed mightily in the passing game, displaying the versatility that makes him such a coveted recruit.
Cannon crossed the 100-yard plateau and caught six passes, including a six-yard touchdown strike, according to the Longview News-Journal. The 6'0", 170-pound burner weighed offers from Florida State, Clemson, Nebraska and Miami before committing to Baylor, per 247Sports.
23. 4-Star QB Sean White (Hollywood, Fla.)
Auburn commit Sean White was slinging the ball against Miami Norland on Friday night in a 47-12 win. White, the nation's No. 16 pro-style passer in 247Sports composite rankings, completed two touchdowns tosses of more than 30 yards and didn't turn the ball over against Norland.
The 6'2", 205-pound pocket passer also holds offers from Boston College, Cincinnati and Hawaii.
22. Unranked RB Kwan Brooks (Monroe, Ga.)
Kwan Brooks established himself as one of the top running backs in Georgia as a junior when he rushed for more than 1,900 yards and 18 touchdowns, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Now his senior season is off to a scintillating start.
Brooks bullied Winder-Barrow High School throughout a 40-14 Monroe Area win. He rushed for 120 yards and four touchdowns Friday night, the Journal-Constitution reported.
The 5'9", 175-pound back is often overshadowed by Monroe Area quarterback Stanton Truitt, a 4-star 2014 Auburn commit, but continues to help power the Hurricanes offensive attack. Brooks holds an offer from Troy, per 247Sports, and is on the radar of Marshall and Middle Tennessee State.
21. 3-Star CB Terrence Alexander (New Orleans, La.)
Terrence Alexander helped the John Curtis defense stifle out-of-state opponent Bergen Catholic (N.J.) on Friday night. The coveted cornerback prospect picked off a pair of passes, preventing fireworks from a potent Crusaders offense in a 24-13 win, per MaxPreps.
Alexander, a 5'10", 180-pound senior standout, also added six tackles. His offer list includes Arkansas, Arizona, Ole Miss, Stanford and Northwestern, according to 247Sports.
20. 5-Star QB Kyle Allen (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Texas A&M commit Kyle Allen, listed as the nation's No. 1 pro-style passer in 247Sports composite rankings, displayed the precision that makes him such a special talent in Desert Mountain's 45-3 win over Notre Dame Prep.
Allen completed 14 of 16 pass attempts for 225 yards and a touchdown, per arizonasports.com. He accumulated 194 passing yards in the first half before the team focused on running the clock out.
19. 4-Star RB Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga.)
Georgia commit Nick Chubb churned out 150 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-6 victory over Pepperell, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The 5'11", 216-pound Cedartown High School standout is listed as the nation's seventh-best running back in 247Sports composite rankings.
He rushed for more than 2,700 yards in 10 games last season, according to MaxPreps. Chubb's offer list features Florida State, Auburn, Alabama, Notre Dame and Ohio State.
18. 5-Star WR Speedy Noil (New Orleans, La.)
Speedy Noil is considered one of the top wide receiver recruits in the 2014 class but he fills several different roles for Karr High School. The 5'11", 175-pound burner provided a barrage of offense in a 34-12 win over St. Paul on Friday night.
He stood on the sidelines the entire first quarter as punishment for violating team rules, according to The Advocate of Baton Rouge. Noil emerged from his brief exile energized and attacked St. Paul immediately.
He fired a 53-yard scoring strike on his first play. It was the first of two touchdown passes for Noil, who also led the Cougars with 91 rushing yards.
The gifted athlete is listed as the nation's third-best wide receiver prospect in 247Sports composite rankings. He is weighing offers from a long list of schools, including LSU, Texas A&M, USC, Alabama and Florida.
17. 4-Star ATH Treon Harris (Miami, Fla.)
Florida State commit Treon Harris fueled Booker T. Washington to a 28-17 win over Miami Central. The 5'11", 180-pound quarterback took over a contest between two of south Florida's premier programs.
Harris had 222 total yards and scored all three of the Tornadoes' offensive touchdowns, per MaxPreps. He tallied 129 yards and two touchdowns through the air on 12 pass completions.
Considered a collegiate prospect at quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back, Harris also holds offers from Florida, Arizona, Oregon, Clemson, Miami and Ole Miss, according to 247Sports.
16. 3-Star RB George Moreira (New Orleans, La.)
John Curtis High School rode running back George Moreira on offense en route to a 24-13 victory over visiting New Jersey powerhouse Bergen Catholic. He led the top-ranked team in Louisiana to an impressive win on national television.
Moreira amassed 146 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, according to NOLA.com. He broke an early stalemate by sprinting for a 78-yard score on the second play from scrimmage.
The 5'10", 185-pound running back remains uncommitted, but is considering a wide variety of collegiate options. Tulane, Houston, Louisiana Tech and Southern Miss are among his offers, according to 247Sports.
15. 3-Star RB Aeris Williams (West Point, Miss.)
Mississippi State commit Aeris Williams erupted on offense despite suffering a 55-33 loss to West Panola with his West Point teammates. He carried the ball 32 times for 194 yards and four touchdowns, according to the Starkville Daily News.
Williams also considered offers from Florida State, Ole Miss and Wisconsin, per 247Sports.
14. 3-Star ATH Desmon White (DeSoto, Texas)
Quarterback Desmon White dismantled Union High School on Saturday, when Texas powerhouse DeSoto cruised to a 44-20 victory. The versatile 5'8", 155-pound prospect performed well in a dual-threat role.
White racked up 329 total yards and two touchdowns, according to TulsaWorld.com. He stung Union for 230 yards through the air, including a 15-yard score that punctuated the win.
13. 3-Star DE Harold Landry (Fayetteville, N.C.)
Boston College commit Harold Landry led a swarming Pine Forest defensive attack on Friday night, as the team secured a 20-19 victory over Terry Sanford. The 6'3", 240-pound weak-side defensive end collected three sacks in the contest, according to MaxPreps.
Landry, who also made seven tackles in the win, is among national leaders with nine sacks on the season.
12. 4-Star RB Royce Freeman (Imperial, Calif.)
A lightning storm halted Imperial High School's game against Yuma midway through the third quarter Friday night. Running back Royce Freeman still managed to put on a monster performance in the shortened 37-7 win.
The 6-foot, 215-pound playmaker committed to Oregon in July, per 247Sports. He also considered offers from Florida, California, Stanford, USC, UCLA, Arizona and Alabama.
11. 2-Star RB Sherman Alston (Montvale, N.J.)
Diminutive running back Sherman Alston was front and center in St. Joe Regional's upset victory over nationally ranked DeMatha (Md.). The 5'7", 165-pound senior scored four touchdowns and rushed for 150 yards against a highly respected defense en route to a stunning 42-14 win, per NJ.com.
Alston is committed to Boston College, according to 247Sports.
10. 4-Star QB Jacob Park (Goose Creek, S.C.)
Georgia commit Jacob Park propelled Stratford High School to a 42-28 win over Sumter. Listed as the nation's No. 5 pro-style passer in 247Sports composite rankings, Park picked apart the defense throughout the matchup.
9. 5-Star RB Leonard Fournette (New Orleans, La.)
Leonard Fournette, the nation's No. 1 running back in 247Sports composite rankings, maximized limited opportunities in his team's 47-12 win over McDonogh. The St. Augustine star picked up 198 yards on five touches, including a pair of scores, per The Advocate of Baton Rouge.
Fournette, a 6'1", 225-pound all-purpose back, sprinted 65 yards to the end zone on his first carry of the contest. He considered the highlight rush a special moment in his career.
“That was by far the best (touchdown) I ever had,” Fournette told Advocate reporter Rod Walker, “It just came out the blue. I am not sure how many tackles I broke. I was just trying to get to the end zone.”
He added a 79-yard touchdown run and caught a pair of passes for 33 receiving yards. Fournette holds offers from several schools, including Alabama, LSU, Michigan and USC.
8. 3-Star QB Mason Rudolph (Rock Hill, S.C.)
Oklahoma State commit Mason Rudolph made life miserable for South Aiken High School on Friday night. The 6'4", 210-pound Northwestern star put on a passing clinic throughout a 63-7 victory.
Rudolph racked up 289 passing yards on 18 completions, per 247Sports. He tossed five touchdowns in the convincing win.
Prior to committing to the Cowboys, Rudolph considered scholarship offers from Virginia Tech, Ole Miss, LSU and Louisville.
7. 4-Star QB D.J. Gillins (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Wisconsin commit D.J. Gillins gained 295 total yards Friday night, leading Ribault High School to a 32-6 win over Jackson. The 6'3", 190-pound dual-threat quarterback accounted for three total touchdowns, including passes of 50 and 25 yards, per Jacksonville.com.
He picked up 73 yards on the ground, including a 19-yard scoring scamper. Gillins chose the Badgers over offers from Arizona, North Carolina, Duke and Kentucky, according to 247Sports.
6. 4-Star RB Elijah Hood (Charlotte, N.C.)
North Carolina commit Elijah Hood played the role of hero for Charlotte Catholic in a thriller against Charlotte Country Day. The 6-foot, 220-pound standout sprinted 10 yards for the game-winning touchdown with less than three minutes left in a 21-20 victory, per the Charlotte Observer.
Hood carried the ball seven times for 65 yards on the go-ahead drive. He finished the contest with 179 yards on 27 carries.
5. 4-Star WR Allen Lazard (Urbandale, Iowa)
Iowa State commit Allen Lazard put on a show Friday night against Hoover. He lead Urbandale to a 49-10 victory with four receptions for 138 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, according to the Des Moines Register.
Lazard's performance featured a 90-yard touchdown reception. His impressive offer list includes California, Oregon, Stanford and Notre Dame, per 247Sports.
4. 4-Star WR Justin Brent (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Notre Dame commit Justin Brent is a do-it-all star for Speedway High School. He displayed his versatility again on Friday night, contributing in all three phases of the game in a 37-19 victory over Beech Grove.
Brent gained 160 yards on the ground, including a rushing touchdown, according to FortWayne.com. His effort also featured a 60-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and an interception on defense.
Brent, a 6'3", 190-pound playmaker, is listed as the nation's ninth-best wide receiver in 247Sports composite rankings.
3. 2-Star ATH Darrius Shepherd (Blue Springs, Mo.)
Darrius Shepherd demanded the spotlight from the opening stages of Blue Springs' 49-14 win over Park Hill South. He registered a 98-yard touchdown reception on the second play from scrimmage, setting the stage for a four-score performance, per 810varsity.com.
The 5'11", 170-pound speedster secured four receiving touchdowns and tallied more than 300 all-purpose yards. Shepherd holds a scholarship offer from Valparaiso, according to Rivals.com, while drawing interest from Kansas State and Nebraska and Missouri.
2. 3-Star QB Jalen Greene (Gardena, Calif.)
Serra High School quarterback Jalen Greene orchestrates an explosive offense. He took over against Oceanside on Friday, leading the Cavaliers to a 50-39 victory.
Greene gained 317 yards through the air and threw three touchdowns, per MaxPreps. He also rushed for a pair of scores, displaying the skills that have lifted him to No. 16 in the 247Sports composite rankings list of 2014 dual-threat quarterbacks.
The 6'3", 195-pound passer committed to Boise State in April, per 247Sports.
1. 3-Star RB Tre Watson (Corona, Calif.)
Tre Watson established a new single-game rushing record for a Centennial High School football program known for its offensive prowess. The California commit carried the ball 37 times for a school-record 486 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Led by the star running back, Centennial surged to a 69-55 victory over Ventura. He bested the previous program single-game rushing mark by 53 yards, building on a strong start to his senior season.
Watson now has 787 yards and 12 touchdowns through two games, per the Los Angles Times. Aside from California, his offer list features Fresno State, BYU, New Mexico and Nevada, according to 247Sports.