College Football Recruiting 2014: Top 25 Stars, Week 8 Edition
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.)
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.)
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.)
22. 3-Star RB Henry Bussey (Hialeah, Fla.)
21. 2-Star LB David Griffith (Plano, Texas)
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.)
19. 4-Star QB Jerrod Heard (Denton, Texas)
18. Unranked QB Will Anderson (Marietta, Ga.)
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.)
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.)
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 MaxPreps.com.
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.)
14. 3-Star RB Harris Ross (Pittsburg, Calif.)
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 MaxPreps.com. He committed to Oregon State earlier this month.
13. 5-Star QB Will Grier (Davidson, N.C.)
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 MaxPreps.com.
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.)
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.)
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)
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.)
8. 3-Star RB DeAngelo Brewer (Tulsa, Okla.)
7. 4-Star RB Joseph Yearby (Miami, Fla.)
6. Unranked QB Griffin Pickler (Colleyville, Texas)
5. 4-Star RB Elijah Hood (Charlotte, N.C.)
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.)
3. 4-Star S Mike Rogers (Smyrna, Ga.)
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.)
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 NOLA.com. The running back is still considering Alabama, USC, Michigan, LSU and Miami.
1. 4-Star RB Jeff Jones (Minneapolis, Minn.)
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 Examiner.com.
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.