College Football Recruiting 2014: Top 25 Stars, Week 5 Edition
Another excellent week of high school football action is in the books, bringing the September schedule to a close. College-bound stars stepped up on fields throughout the country, accumulating touchdowns, yards and tackles in tremendous bunches.
We continue our weekly tour of the national scene, shining a spotlight on top recruits who reigned supreme. Our latest list features some familiar names and a few breakout performers.
Player rankings and college offer lists courtesy of 247Sports.
25. 4-Star WR Jalen Brown (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Wide receiver Jalen Brown provides national power Mountain Pointe with a premier playmaker on the outside. His skills came to the forefront again Friday night, when he caught a pair of touchdowns in a 37-27 victory over Hamilton.
Brown, listed as Arizona's No. 5 senior player in 247Sports composite rankings, took two passes to the house on 37-yard scoring plays, per MaxPreps. The 6'2", 190-pound prospect is currently considering offers from Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Oregon State, Nebraska and Oregon.
24. 2-Star WR Kelvin Cook (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Cook projects as a receiver at the next level. The 5'10", 160-pound prospect has drawn interest from Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky and Bowling Green, but is still awaiting offers according to 247Sports.
23. 3-Star QB JaJuan Lawson (Petaluma, Calif.)
Unbeaten Casa Grande got a lift from quarterback JaJuan Lawson against Santa Rosa. The 6'1", 190-pound dual-threat playmaker picked up 185 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
He added 108 yards and a score in the passing game. Lawson continues to look at offers from Arizona, UNLV, Fresno State, Boston College and San Jose State.
22. 2-Star QB Steve Shanley (Paramus, N.J.)
Shanley completed 16 passes for 280 yards and three scores in a commanding 44-10 victory, per The Cleveland Plain Dealer. He holds offers from Buffalo and Central Michigan.
21. 2-Star ATH Tyrell Gilbert (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Gilbert rushed for two touchdowns and also threw a 43-yard scoring strike. He selected Cincinnati from an offer list that features Akron, Toledo, Ball State and Buffalo.
20. 3-Star QB Mason Rudolph (Rock Hill, S.C.)
Oklahoma State commit Mason Rudolph was extremely efficient in a 34-0 victory over Lancaster. The 6'4", 210-pound passer completed 22 of 26 pass attempts for 245 yards and two touchdowns, per MaxPreps.
His efforts fueled unbeaten Northwestern to a 34-0 win. Rudolph has thrown 19 touchdowns through five contests, according to 247Sports.
19. Unranked WR Troy Knox (Folsom, Calif.)
Wide receiver Troy Knox has developed into a top target for heralded Folsom High School junior quarterback Jake Browning, a 4-star prospect. The duo hooked up for four touchdowns Friday night in a 49-21 win over Monterey Trail, per MaxPreps.
Knox tallied 108 receiving yards in the victory. He is still awaiting his first FBS offer, according to 247Sports.
18. 4-Star LB Kenny Young (New Orleans, La.)
Young is listed as the nation's ninth-best inside linebacker prospect in 247Sports' composite rankings. He is weighing offers from LSU, Florida State, Miami, Ole Miss and Michigan, among others.
17. 4-Star RB Stanley Williams (Monroe, Ga.)
Stanley Williams starred in a losing effort Friday evening. His George Walton squad was upset by Commerce, 31-21, but he managed to make significant noise.
The 5'8", 190-pound running back rushed for 220 yards and three scores, according to the Athens Banner-Herald. Williams committed to Kentucky in June, selecting the Wildcats over a list of schools that includes Clemson, Georgia, Florida State and Auburn, according to 247Sports.
16. 5-Star WR Speedy Noil (New Orleans, La.)
Edna Karr star Speedy Noil is considered one of the top uncommitted offensive playmakers remaining in the 2014 recruiting cycle. The 5'11", 175-pound prospect is listed as the nation's third-best wide receiver in 247Sports' composite rankings.
He was excellent at quarterback on Friday, leading a comeback attempt against crosstown rival John Curtis Christian. Noil racked up 258 yards and four touchdowns through the air in a 38-33 defeat, according to The Advocate.
Texas A&M, Florida, LSU, Alabama and USC are a few programs still in the mix for his services.
15. 3-Star S Maurice Hall (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Maurice Hall, a two-way star at Gibbs High School, contributed in multiple capacities on Friday night. He rushed for a pair of scores and returned a kickoff 80 yards to the end zone in a 48-13 victory over Clearwater, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
The 6'1", 190-pound Central Florida commit scored on the ground from 43 yards out during the win. Aside from UCF, Hall holds offers from Oklahoma, South Florida, Cincinnati and West Virginia.
14. 4-Star WR Parris Campbell (Akron, Ohio)
Parris Campbell scored a pair of electrifying touchdowns in St. Vincent-St. Mary's 41-6 win over Archbishop Hoban. He rushed for an 18-yard touchdown before taking over on defense.
Campbell caught a fourth-quarter interception and returned it 78 yards for a score. He committed to Ohio State in February.
13. Unranked QB Elijah Ironside (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Marietta Daily Journal
12. 3-Star RB D'Andre Ferby (Nashville, Tenn.)
D'Andre Ferby found plenty of success on the ground Friday night against McCallie High School. The Ensworth running back rushed for 213 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries in a 28-14 win, according to MaxPreps.
He picked up an offer from Memphis on Sept. 16, per 247Sports. Ferby is also considering Western Kentucky, Toledo and Appalachian State.
11. 2-Star ATH Alif Grayes (Mission Hills, Calif.)
Mission Hills Alemany athlete Alif Grayes gave onlookers a glimpse of his multi-dimensional skill set throughout a 38-24 win over Ventura St. Bonaventure. He connected of 15 of 17 pass attempts for 270 yards through the air, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Grayes also gained 111 yards on the ground. He's garnered interest from USC, Oregon, California and Washington, according to 247Sports.
10. 3-Star RB George Moreira (New Orleans, La.)
John Curtis Christian running back George Moreira managed to exploit a talented Edna Karr defense during a highly anticipated battle in the bayou. He carried the ball 19 times for 161 yards and three touchdowns, according to MaxPreps.
Moreira helped his team jump out to a 23-0 advantage through the first quarter and rushed for the game-winning score in a 38-33 victory. He holds offers from Tulane, Louisiana Tech, Houston and Southern Miss.
“We’re champions of the city,” Moreira told Advocate reporter Gary Estwick after the win. “This game was basically to see who runs New Orleans.”
9. 3-Star ATH Brandon Powell (Deerfield Beach, Fla.)
Brandon Powell picked up Deerfield Beach en route to a 26-6 win over Coral Springs. The 5'9", 170-pound Miami commit carried the ball 21 times for 200 yards and three touchdowns, according to the Miami Herald.
His Friday evening included an 80-yard scoring scamper. Powell decommitted from Tennessee in August before creating a verbal pact with the Hurricanes.
8. 3-Star ATH Jarvis Stewart (Largo, Fla.)
Stewart is a 5'10", 175-pound prospect who projects as a playmaker at various positions in college. Since committing to South Florida in March, he has received offers from Michigan, Iowa State and Louisville.
7. 4-Star QB Deshaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga.)
Acclaimed Gainesville quarterback Deshaun Watson had his way against Heritage-Conyers on Friday night. The 6'3", 200-pound passer picked up five touchdown tosses in the first half, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Watson would add a sixth scoring pass in the second half of a 48-7 win. He is committed to Clemson.
6. 5-Star ATH Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif.)
Coveted Los Angeles area athlete Adoree' Jackson was his usual explosive self Friday night. The 5'10", 180-pound Junipero Serra star scored twice in a 90-second span during the second half of a 36-13 win over Harbor City Narbonne, per the Los Angeles Times.
Jackson helped the Cavaliers build a cushion with a five-yard touchdown run and 102-yard interception return, which you can watch here. He also caught three passes.
UCLA coach Jim Mora was in hand to watch him play, according to the Times. Jackson is considering offers from the Bruins, USC, Florida, Florida State, LSU and Illinois.
5. 3-Star RB Anthony Scott (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Green Run running back Anthony Scott rumbled over and around Kellam defenders in a 47-30 victory. He was a weapon on the ground and through the air, racking up 258 total yards and three touchdowns, per The Virginian-Pilot.
Scott rushed for 143 yards and added 115 receiving yards in the win. He is considering offers from East Carolina, West Virginia and Old Dominion.
4. 4-Star ATH Noah Brown (Sparta, N.J.)
The Ohio State commit helped his team cruise to a 35-3 win. Brown picked the Buckeyes from a group of offers that included Penn State, Rutgers, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame.
3. 3-Star QB Desmon White (DeSoto, Texas)
Dallas Morning News
Quarterback Desmon White has dazzled throughout the season for dominant Texas squad DeSoto. Considering his outstanding senior campaign, it's startling that he has yet to draw substantial FBS interest.
White, restricted in recruiting by his 5'8", 155-pound frame, dominated throughout a 30-0 win over South Grand Prarie. He passed for 357 yards and three touchdowns on 19 completions, while rushing for 133 yards and another two scores, according to the Dallas Morning News.
2. 5-Star QB Will Grier (Davidson, N.C.)
The prolific high school passing career of Will Grier rolls on. The 6'3", 180-pound Florida commit dismantled Marvin Ridge during Davidson Day's 45-0 win Friday night.
He piled up 410 passing yards to go with seven touchdown tosses, according to MaxPreps. Grier has thrown for at least five scores in every game this season.
1. 4-Star QB Sean White (Hollywood, Fla.)
University School quarterback Sean White was a one-man wrecking crew Friday night against Boyd Anderson. The 6'2", 205-pound Auburn commit completed six touchdown passes, throwing for 437 yards in a 50-0 win, per Rivals.com reporter Justin Hokanson.
White is listed as the nation's 16th-best pro-style passer in 247Sports' composite rankings. He chose Auburn over offers from Syracuse, Boston College, Wake Forest and West Virginia.