4-Star WR Dominique Booth and the Top Recruits to Watch on ESPN Friday Night
Dominique Booth, a 4-star receiver prospect from Indiana, will get a chance to show what he can do on a national platform this Friday night. The Geico ESPN High School Football Showcase game will be Pike (Indiana) versus Carmel (Indiana), on ESPNU at 8:00pm EDT.
Booth is the star at Pike, as he is one of the better players at his position in the country. However, Carmel features a great receiver of its own, along with a few more players to keep an eye on.
With this game featuring a good crop of talent, let's identify the top recruits for each team.
Thomas Baldwin, WR—Carmel (2014)
Thomas Baldwin is a non-rated receiver who does his part for the Greyhounds. Baldwin has 10 catches on the year, but has done a solid job of making big plays, evidenced by his 22.2 yards-per-catch average, via Maxpreps.
At 5'10" and 175 pounds, Baldwin is not the biggest or most intimidating receiver one will see. However, he knows how to get open, runs disciplined routes and makes the most of his chances. Wake Forest, Furman and Pennsylvania are on his lists, says 247Sports.
Vic Roe, DL—Carmel (2014)
The Greyhounds will be counting on defensive tackle Vic Roe to have a big game on Friday night. The 6'3", 265-pounder is a rock in the middle, and plays with passion and energy.
Bigger defensive tackles are available on the recruiting trail, but Roe plays larger than his size at the point of attack. He isn't explosive at the snap, but Roe's toughness, solid strength and ability to anchor inside are assets for Carmel's defense.
Devin Pearson, RB—Pike (2014)
Pike's coaching staff is not afraid to deploy Devin Pearson on a single side of the field to isolate him on cornerbacks. Pearson, a non-rated receiver, has solid quickness off the line and plays tough.
At 5'10" and 165 pounds, the scrappy receiver is effective on intermediate routes. He needs to work on sinking his hips better to get out of his breaks and sell his routes, but he lulls defenders to sleep and makes them pay.
Pearson also is a solid blocker who can deliver a pop at the point of attack to occupy them while his running backs dart upfield.
A big game from Pearson on Friday night should command more recruiting attention.
Marcus Johnson, DT—Pike (2014)
The Red Devils' ability to stop the run will depend heavily on big defensive tackle Marcus Johnson. At 6'2" and 338 pounds, Johnson is a natural space-eater who can be left responsible for multiple gaps versus offensive fronts.
Johnson has adequate strength for his size, can hold his ground at the point of attack and makes a mess when he can. He can push the pocket as a rusher, but his value comes versus running plays. Johnson also could see time on the offensive line for Pike.
The non-rated prospect is looking to use this game to stir up more recruiting interest.
Derrick Wilkerson, RB—Pike (2014)
Derrick Wilkerson, a non-rated prospect, battled a knee injury as a junior, so he may be off the the radar of many programs.
However, the 5'9", 195-pound running back has the skills to run the football in college.
Wilkerson is a compact runner who has good quickness to slash through alleys. He doesn't back down from contact, has good strength and also helps out in the passing game. Louisville, Iowa and Cincinnati are just a few schools he's interested in, among others, per 247Sports.
Taylor Sanders, RB/CB—Pike (2014)
Taylor Sanders has played in both the offensive and defensive backfield for Pike during his career. He spent his junior season as the lead-back for the Red Devils, which proved to be a good move.
Sanders, who is a non-rated recruit, is 5'10" and 195 pounds. He runs hard, has solid strength and can break a long run if he has space.
The Red Devils depend on him to come through on crucial downs, as his athleticism and quickness allow him to make something out of nothing when holes get clogged. Sanders is looking to ignite his recruiting stock with a big game on Friday night.
Robert Williams, CB—Pike (2014)
The Red Devils' best cornerback is Robert Williams, a non-rated prospect who has the talent to earn a scholarship. At 5'10", Williams has a light 150-pound frame, but is a good athlete on the perimeter.
Williams has the length to press receivers at the line, displays adequate mirror ability in tight space and has the speed to play with range in zone schemes. Minnesota is listed as a school of interest by 247Sports.
Brent Lyles, QB—Pike (2014)
Pike's quarterback is 2-star recruit Brent Lyles. The 6'2", 180-pounder has average size, but flashes good arm strength and improved technique in the pocket.
Lyles has a great command of the Red Devils' spread offense, works well from the shotgun and makes good decisions. He can set up quickly, doesn't panic when he's moved off his initial launch-point and can scramble to buy time for his receivers to get open.
Indiana, Michigan and Iowa are among several schools who are interested in him, shows 247Sports.
Austin Roberts, WR—Carmel (2014)
Carmel's best player is a 4-star receiver Austin Roberts, who will be a thorn in Pike's side all night. Roberts, who is a big 6'2", 211-pound receiver has the ability to bully cornerbacks on the perimeter.
Although he lacks great explosiveness from his initial stance, Roberts can build into his routes and shows good speed on the second and third levels of the defense. He has big mitts, positions them well and can pluck passes in traffic.
Roberts has good strength, can run with power after the catch and is committed to UCLA.
Dominique Booth, WR—Pike (2014)
A 4-star receiver, Dominique Booth is a quicker-than-fast athlete with good skills. He is a thick 6 foot, 205-pounder who has powerful legs, and a defined torso.
Booth can skate off the line, shows quick feet to separate underneath has fantastic ball skills. He doesn't seem to panic at poorly thrown balls, as he just re-positions his body on the fly and makes the grab.
Booth shows a knack to find holes in coverage, has good run-after-catch skills and shows above-average long-speed. He is committed to Tennessee, and could be ready to contribute early in his career.