College Football Recruiting 2014: Top 25 Stars, Week 8 Edition

Tyler Donohue@@TDsTakeNational Recruiting AnalystOctober 28, 2013

College Football Recruiting 2014: Top 25 Stars, Week 8 Edition

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    Minnesota commit Jeff Jones accounted for six scores.
    Minnesota commit Jeff Jones accounted for six scores.247Sports

    High school football season is heating up as the temperature drops. The 2013-14 campaign is closing in on playoff action, and everything is on the line during this final stretch.

    As usual, stars stepped up to spearhead their teams in times of need. Here's our weekly review of the nation's premier senior performances.

25. 3-Star QB Quinton Flowers (Miami, Fla.)

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    Miami Jackson quarterback Quinton Flowers came up big in the clutch, leading his team to its latest win. The 6'1", 200-pound passer connected on a game-winning scoring strike in the final moments of a hotly contested affair with Pace, according to the Miami Herald.

    Flowers found his receiver for a 42-yard touchdown with less than two minutes remaining in the game, giving Jackson a 38-32 victory. He is committed to South Florida.

24. Unranked RB Trey Chivers (Carrollton, Ga.)

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    Carrollton running back Trey Chivers was an integral part of his team's 63-21 win over Alexander. The 5'11", 200-pound prospect set the tone early with a strong effort on the ground.

    Chivers compiled 105 yards and a touchdown, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He's drawn interest from Boston College, Kent State and Cincinnati.

23. 5-Star RB Dalvin Cook (Miami, Fla.)

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    Dalvin Cook helps carry the load on a stacked Miami Central squad. The running back gained 108 yards in a district-clinching win over Carol City, per the Miami Herald.

    Cook rushed for two touchdowns in a 48-18 victory. He is committed to Florida.

22. 3-Star RB Henry Bussey (Hialeah, Fla.)

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    Hialeah High School running back Henry Bussey bulled over Krop Saturday afternoon. He helped his squad surge to a 42-0 homecoming win.

    Bussey rushed for three touchdowns, including a 41-yard sprint, according to the Miami Herald. He committed to FIU earlier this month.

21. 2-Star LB David Griffith (Plano, Texas)

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    Dallas Morning News

    Plano High School standout David Griffith shined on defense during a 42-14 win over Plano East. The 6'1", 195-pound outside linebacker collected 14 tackles in the rout, per The Dallas Morning News.

    Griffith's performance featured two sacks and a forced fumble. He committed to Louisiana-Monroe in August.

20. 3-Star WR Gilbert Johnson (Miami, Fla.)

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    Gilbert Johnson is among the top offensive playmakers in southeast Florida. He showcased his skills throughout Homestead's 36-0 victory over Edison.

    The receiver hauled in two touchdowns and threw for a two-point conversion, according to the Miami Herald. Johnson is committed to Georgia. 

19. 4-Star QB Jerrod Heard (Denton, Texas)

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    Quarterback Jerrod Heard led Denton Guyer to another resounding win. He fueled the team to a 56-30 victory over Rider.

    Heard accounted for 194 passing yards and four total touchdowns (two rushing), according to the Dallas Morning News. He is committed to Texas.

18. Unranked QB Will Anderson (Marietta, Ga.)

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    Lassiter High School quarterback Will Anderson shredded Wheeler early and often. His effort allowed Lassiter to build an early lead on the way to a 35-28 victory.

    Anderson connected for four touchdown tosses prior to intermission, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He currently holds offers from Georgia State, Holy Cross and Mercer.

17. 4-Star RB Royce Freeman (Imperial, Calif.)

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    Imperial High School running back Royce Freeman moved into first place all-time among San Diego players in career rushing yards with a stellar effort against Calexico. He gained 134 yards on 11 carries in just one half of action, per the Imperial Valley Press.

    Freeman, who found the end zone twice in a 49-14 win, now has 6,777 rushing yards at the high school level. He is committed to Oregon.

16. 5-Star QB Kyle Allen (Scottsdale, Ariz.)

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    Desert Mountain High School quarterback Kyle Allen helped his team keep up with Desert Ridge before coming up short in a 55-41 defeat. The 6'3", 185-pound passer completed 19 passes for 296 yards and four touchdowns, according to

    Allen has thrown at least three touchdowns in three straight contests. He is committed to Texas A&M.

15. 3-Star QB Alin Edouard (Hialeah, Fla.)

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    Dual-threat quarterback Alin Edouard led Hialeah to a 42-0 win over Krop. He threw a pair of touchdowns in the victory, according to the Miami Herald.

    Edouard added an 11-yard touchdown run. He is committed to Syracuse.

14. 3-Star RB Harris Ross (Pittsburg, Calif.)

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    Pittsburg senior running back Harris Ross broke his school's all-time career rushing record with an outstanding performance against Oakley Freedom. He was relentless in a 34-12 win.

    Ross rushed for 272 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries, per He committed to Oregon State earlier this month.

13. 5-Star QB Will Grier (Davidson, N.C.)

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    Davidson Day quarterback Will Grier continues to pile on prolific statistics. He threw for 241 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for 165 yards and a score in a 22-21 loss to Charlotte Latin,per

    The effort pushes his season totals to 50 passing touchdowns and more than 1,000 rushing yards through nine games. Grier committed to Florida last December.

12. 4-Star WR Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tenn.)

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    Station Camp wide receiver Josh Malone routinely makes defensive secondaries look silly. That was the case yet again in a 42-7 win over Portland.

    Malone hauled in nine passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns, per 247Sports. He also returned an interception 77 yards for a touchdown. Malone, who remains uncommitted, is considering offers from Florida State, Tennessee and Georgia.

11. 5-Star RB Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga.)

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    Cedartown High School star Nick Chubb continued his weekly assault on opposing defenses. The 5'11", 215-pound running back victimized Cass this time around, highlighting a 54-28 win.

    Chubb racked up 275 yards and four scores on 29 carries. He is committed to Georgia.

10. 2-Star RB Kijana Amous (Mansfield, Texas)

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    Mansfield Legacy running back Kijama Amous accounted for the bulk of offense in his team's 44-41 victory over Seguin. The 5'10", 205-pound playmaker was a workhouse throughout the contest.

    Amous amassed 247 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 33 carries, according to The Dallas Morning News. He is committed to New Mexico State.

9. 3-Star QB Coleman Key (Broken Arrow, Okla.)

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    Broken Arrow star Coleman Key provided an electric performance against Edison. He tossed seven touchdowns in a 70-21 win, according to the Tulsa World.

    Key completed 12 passes for 333 yards in the runaway victory. He is committed to Colorado State.

8. 3-Star RB DeAngelo Brewer (Tulsa, Okla.)

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    Tulsa Central running back DeAngelo Brewer bullied Claremore in a 39-21 win. He rushed for 226 yards and three touchdowns, according to the Tulsa World.

    Brewer added a touchdown pass and picked off a pair of passes on defense, returning one for a score. He is committed to Tulsa.

7. 4-Star RB Joseph Yearby (Miami, Fla.)

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    Miami Central standout Joseph Yearby brought his best into a matchup with Carol City. The running back rushed for 212 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-18 win, per the Miami Herald.

    Yearby also threw a scoring pass in the fourth quarter. He is committed to Miami.

6. Unranked QB Griffin Pickler (Colleyville, Texas)

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    Colleyville Heritage quarterback Griffin Pickler made quick work of Friday night foe Nimitz. He dominated in a 55-3 victory.

    Pickler passed for seven touchdowns, routinely torching the defense. He finished the game with 381 yards on 18 completions, according to The Dallas Morning News.

5. 4-Star RB Elijah Hood (Charlotte, N.C.)

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    Charlotte Catholic running back Elijah Hood took over in a 29-13 victory over West Mecklenburg. The six-foot, 220-pound prospect punished the defense throughout, tallying 266 rushing yards, per the Charlotte Observer.

    He scored three touchdowns in the win. Hood is committed to North Carolina.

4. 3-Star RB Jonathan Hilliman (Jersey City, N.J.)

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    Running back Jonathan Hilliman propelled St. Peter's Prep to a 42-0 victory over Bayonne. He gained 268 yards on 23, according to

    Hilliman scored five touchdowns in the rout. He is committed to Rutgers.

3. 4-Star S Mike Rogers (Smyrna, Ga.)

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    Campbell High School standout Mike Rogers racked up yardage on the ground against Kennesaw Mountain. He carried the ball 28 times en route to a 302-yard explosion, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    Rogers rushed for four touchdowns in a 49-35 victory. He is committed to Central Florida.

2. 5-Star RB Leonard Fournette (New Orleans, La.)

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    Dominant performances from Leonard Fournette shouldn't come as a surprise anymore, but you still have to admire the all-around effort St. Augustine's star puts in each game. He spearheaded the Purple Knights to a 33-30 win over Holy Cross.

    Fournette finished the game with 324 total yards and three touchdowns, according to The running back is still considering Alabama, USC, Michigan, LSU and Miami.

1. 4-Star RB Jeff Jones (Minneapolis, Minn.)

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    Washburn High School running back Jeff Jones showed off his versatility in a double-overtime victory over Bloomington Kennedy. He accounted for six total touchdowns Saturday night, according to

    Jones threw the game-winning score, returned a kickoff for touchdown, caught a 99-yard score and rushed for an additional three touchdowns. He is committed to Minnesota.