College Football Recruiting 2014: Top 25 Stars, Week 6 Edition
Through six weeks of 2013 high school football action, we've become accustomed to particular top prospects making noise on a routine basis. Dominant defenders, incredible quarterbacks and explosive receivers continue to lift their teams to victory and land on this list with impressive performances.
Perhaps even more compelling are the efforts displayed by under-the-radar recruits who are still seeking to earn scholarship offers from collegiate programs. As usual, we have a great mix of 5-star talent and underrated playmakers in our weekly rundown of the top 25 individual performances.
Player rankings and college offer lists courtesy of 247Sports.
25. 3-Star LB Jaevon Walton (New Orleans, La.)
Edna Karr High School is loaded with elite football talent. Jaevon Walton took center stage on Friday night during a 26-22 win over Landry-Walker.
He rushed for three touchdowns, capped off by his game-winning score with under three minutes to play. Walton, who selected Louisiana-Lafayette over offers from Missouri and Nebraska, is expected to play inside linebacker at the next level.
24. 4-Star QB Jerrod Heard (Denton, Texas)
On a night when he wasn't at his best as a passer, Denton Guyer star Jerrod Heard proved he can take over a contest with his ground game. The 6'2.5", 190-pound quarterback carried his team to a 34-14 win over Nelson.
Although he only completed four passes, Heard picked up 140 rushing yards and two touchdowns, according to the Denton Record-Chronicle. He committed to Texas prior to the start of his junior season.
23. 4-Star S Koa Farmer (Sherman Oaks, Calif.)
Koa Farmer came through in several departments for Notre Dame during a victory over Bishop Amat. The 6'1", 200-pound safety prospect contributed on the ground and through the air in a 31-21 win.
He rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown while also catching three passes for 47 yards and a score, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. Farmer, who also returned the opening kickoff of the second half 66 yards to set up a touchdown, is considering offers from California, Colorado and Arizona State, among others.
22. 3-Star CB Daniel Lewis (New Iberia, La.)
New Iberia playmaker Daniel Lewis dismantled Sam Houston High School on Friday night. The 5'11", 185-pound cornerback prospect did damage out of the offensive backfield in a 28-0 victory.
Lewis churned up 265 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, according to The Advocate. He committed to Hawaii in February.
21. 3-Star ATH Brandon Powell (Deerfield Beach, Fla.)
Dynamic Deerfield Beach standout Brandon Powell produced several big plays against Piper in a commanding Friday night win. The 5'9", 170-pound speedster scored on sprints of 65 and 25 yards in a 53-8 victory, per the Miami Herald.
Powell picked up 139 rushing yards on six carries and added 46 receiving yards. He committed to Miami in August.
20. 3-Star RB Raekwon James (New Orleans, La.)
Running back Raekwon James helped John Curtis Christian rebound from last week's loss to fellow New Orleans power St. August with a scintillating performance against St. Charles. He burst out of the gate with first-quarter touchdown runs of 59 and 87 yards, per NOLA.com.
James provided a quick start for Curtis en route to a 46-13 win and finished with 165 yards on six carries. He currently holds an offer from Northern Colorado and is also receiving interest from Tulane and Southern Miss.
19. 2-Star S Jaylen Samuels (Charlotte, N.C.)
Jaylen Samuels enjoyed a productive Friday night against Hough High School. The 6'0", 225-pound prospect pounded the opposing defense with a monstrous performance on the ground.
He used 13 carries to tally 131 yards and three touchdowns, according to the Charlotte Observer. Samuels committed to North Carolina State in June.
18. 2-Star WR Gary Triplett (Baton Rouge, La.)
Central High School standout Gary Triplett garnered the spotlight with his performance Friday night against Denham Springs. The 5'9", 160-pound wide receiver secured seven receptions for 137 yards, according to The Advocate.
Triplett scored three touchdowns in a 40-6 victory. He has received substantial interest from Houston and Washington.
17. 3-Star LB Cayson Collins (Charlotte, N.C.)
His team ended up on the wrong side of the scoreboard, but Berry Academy star Cayson Collins dominated on defense. The 6'2", 210-pound outside linebacker forced a fumble and racked up three tackles for loss in a 24-14 defeat to Providence, per the Charlotte Observer.
Collins collected 15 total tackles in the contest. He committed to North Carolina in April.
16. 3-Star QB Nick Jeanty (Hollywood, Fla.)
Miramar High School quarterback Nick Jeanty spurred his squad to a 38-0 win over Everglades. The 6'1", 170-pound passer picked apart the opposing defense with three touchdown passes.
He added a touchdown run in the contest. Jeanty is considering offers from Florida A&M, UCF, Ohio and Eastern Michigan.
15. 4-Star CB Jonathan Lockett (Santa Ana, Calif.)
Orange County Register
Jonathan Lockett stars for Southern California powerhouse Mater Dei. He did his part on offense in a 28-21 victory over Servite.
The 5'11", 170-pound cornerback prospect caught six passes for 145 yards and a pair of touchdowns, according to the Los Angeles Times. Lockett, a Washington commit, scored on receptions of eight and 73 yards.
14. 2-Star QB Garrett Smith (Spring Branch, Texas)
Smithson Valley quarterback Garrett Smith led his squad to a 55-7 victory over San Marcos on Friday night. The 6'1", 200-pound passer displayed playmaking skills through the air and on the ground.
Smith passed for 218 yards and rushed for another 96, according to MySanAntonio.com. The Louisiana-Monroe commit accounted for four total touchdowns.
13. Unranked S Devon Sutton (Huntersville, N.C.)
Devon Sutton was sensational against Hopewell. The two-way North Mecklenburg standout dominated in multiple facets despite suffering a 47-34 defeat.
He grabbed five passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns while adding a third score on a punt return, per the Charlotte Observer. Sutton has drawn significant interest from Duke, Clemson and East Carolina.
12. 3-Star RB Jordan Ellis (Suwanee, Ga.)
Peachtree Ridge running back Jordan Ellis took over his team's Friday night matchup with Mountain View. The 5'11", 211-pound standout scampered for 174 yards on 23 carries, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Ellis reached the end zone four times in a 38-13 victory. He committed to Virginia in June.
11. Unranked RB Ta'Varius Luke (Mesquite, Texas)
Dallas Morning News
Ta'Varius Luke led North Mesquite High School to a 42-10 victory over Rockwall. The 5'5", 150-pound running back isn't necessarily on the national recruiting radar due to a lack of size, but he was a big contributor Friday night.
10. 3-Star RB Jonathan Hilliman (Jersey City, N.J.)
St. Peter's Prep running back Jonathan Hilliman sliced and diced Union City in a showdown between two of New Jersey's top teams. He gained 188 rushing yards on 17 carries in a 48-12 win, according to The Star Ledger.
Hilliman scored four touchdowns in the decisive victory. He committed to Rutgers in August.
9. 2-Star ATH Desmon White (DeSoto, Texas)
Dallas Morning News
Despite putting up huge numbers throughout his senior season for state title contender DeSoto, Desmon White struggled to find an FBS scholarship offer. That changed earlier this month when he committed to North Texas, and he continues to prove deserving of a shot at college football.
White overwhelmed Mansfield Timberview on Friday night, leading his team out of a 13-0 hole to a 55-20 win. According to The Dallas Morning News, the 5'5.5", 148-pound playmaker passed for 146 yards and rushed for 218, including two fourth-quarter touchdown runs.
8. 3-Star RB Shaun Wilson (Charlotte, N.C.)
Wilson was equally impressive as a weapon in the passing game. The Duke commit hauled in five passes for 115 yards and a fourth score.
7. 3-Star WR Nate Brown (Suwanee, Ga.)
Nate Brown helped keep North Gwinnett's undefeated season intact Friday night with a phenomenal effort on offense. The 6'3", 210-pound wide receiver starred as his squad rallied from a 19-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat Mill Creek 50-47.
He hauled eight passes for 146 yards and four touchdowns, including one early in the fourth quarter that fueled his team's memorable comeback, according to MaxPreps. Brown committed to Missouri in September.
6. 3-Star QB Mason Rudolph (Rock Hill, S.C.)
Northwestern quarterback Mason Rudolph continues to torch opposing defenses. The 6'4", 210-pound passer starred again for his unbeaten team in a 49-6 victory over Clover.
Rudolph racked up 211 passing yards and five touchdowns on 14 completions, according to MaxPreps. He committed to Oklahoma State in June.
5. 2-Star LB Fred Russ (Tampa, Fla.)
Big County Preps
Tampa Bay Tech middle linebacker Fred Russ ruined the offensive game plan for Plant City on Friday night. He dominated as a blitzer and defensive anchor in a 38-21 win.
Russ tallied more than a dozen tackles, a fumble recovery for a touchdown and three sacks, according to the Tampa Bay Times. He committed to Florida International in June.
4. 3-Star ATH Bo Hines (Charlotte, N.C.)
Charlotte Christian star Bo Hines thrives on versatility. The 6'1", 180-pound athlete put his wide variety of skills on display throughout a 56-12 win over Carolina Pride.
3. 5-Star RB Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga.)
Running back Nick Chubb continues to leave his mark as one of the greatest Georgia high school running backs in history. The 5'11", 216-pound Cedartown star supplied more fireworks in a 42-34 victory over Pickens.
Chubb scored five rushing touchdowns for the unbeaten Bulldogs. He committed to Georgia in June.
2. 4-Star RB Elijah Hood (Charlotte, N.C.)
1. 5-Star QB Will Grier (Davidson, N.C.)
Will Grier continues to pad the stats while orchestrating an explosive Davidson Day offensive attack. The 6'3", 180-pound passer kept his unbeaten team on top in a 42-35 victory over Country Day.