College Football Recruiting 2014: Top 25 Stars, Week 13 Edition
Thanksgiving weekend annually provides outstanding gridiron action, as rivalry matchups and postseason showdowns define the final stretch of November football.
Increased competition provided star senior performers with another opportunity to add to their high school legacies. We carry on with our weekly exploration of 2014 recruits taking care of business on the field.
25. 3-Star CB Qua Searcy (Barnesville, Ga.)
Lamar County playmaker Qua Searcy starred in a win over Jefferson. The 5'11", 165-pound prospect stood out on both sides of the ball during a 35-24 victory.
Searcy scored on an interception return and also caught a touchdown pass, per The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He committed to Georgia Tech in June.
24. Unranked RB Lawrence Pittman (Charlotte, N.C.)
Pittman scored a pair of touchdowns. He is considering offers from schools at the FCS level, including The Citadel and Wingate.
23. 3-Star QB Hayden Sphire (Suwanee, Ga.)
North Gwinnett quarterback Hayden Sphire led his squad to a 35-31 victory over Hillgrove. The 6'2", 200-pound passer completed a game-winning touchdown pass with 73 seconds remaining in the game, according to Chip Saye of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Sphire received his first Division I offer from Jacksonville State in October. He's also drawn interest from Memphis and Georgia State.
22. 3-Star WR Kaleb Prewett (Blue Springs, Mo.)
Blue Springs star Kaleb Prewett pushed his squad to a state title repeat. He scored the team's second and third touchdowns en route to a 35-14 win over Rock Bridge, per Steve Overbey of St. Louis Today.
Prewett caught a pair of second-quarter touchdowns in the victory. He is committed to Kansas State.
21. 3-Star ATH Lance Austin (Barnesville, Ga.)
Lamar County standout Lance Austin made his presence known throughout a 34-24 win over Jefferson. He rushed for a pair of touchdowns and fired a touchdown toss, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Austin committed to Georgia Tech in June. He spurned offers from Marshall, Mississippi State and South Carolna.
20. 4-Star QB Shuler Bentley (Duncan, S.C.)
19. 2-Star RB Richarde Bagley (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Hillgrove running back Richarde Bagley bulldozed defenders, despite coming out on the losing end, against North Gwinnett. He carried the ball 27 times for 168 yards in a 35-31 defeat, per Chip Saye of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Bagley rushed for three touchdowns, including two from 20-plus yards out. He is weighing interest from Mississippi State, Air Force and Mercer.
18. 5-Star RB Leonard Fournette (New Orleans, La.)
Leonard Fournette won't end his high school career as a state champ, but he put his talents on display during a narrow playoff loss to Archbishop Rummel. He gained 125 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, according to NOLA.com.
He added five catches for 40 yards and two scores. Fournette is considering LSU, Alabama and USC, among others.
17. 4-Star CB Malkom Parrish (Quitman, Ga.)
16. 5-Star ATH John Smith (Long Beach, Calif.)
Long Beach Poly playmaker John Smith starred during a dominant victory over St. Bonaventure. The 6'1", 200-pound prospect sprinted 62 yards for a game-changing touchdown in a 44-8 win, according to Eric Sondheimer of The Los Angeles Times.
Smith also caught a nine-yard touchdown reception. He is considering offers from Notre Dame, Alabama, USC, Oregon and Ohio State.
15. 4-Star QB Jerrod Heard (Denton, Texas)
Jerrod Heard continued an outstanding senior season against Amarillo. The 6'2.5", 190-pound quarterback completed 10 passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns in just one half of action during a 63-21 win, per Adam Boedeker of The Dallas Morning News.
He also rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown. Heard is committed to Texas.
14. 2-Star QB Drew Belcher (Reading, Mass.)
Reading High School quarterback Drew Belcher starred in a thrilling win over Stoneham. He accounted for six total touchdowns in a 44-36 victory that required three overtimes, according to Brendan Hall of ESPN.com.
Belcher threw three scores and rushed for another three touchdowns. He has drawn interest from UConn, Massachusetts and Harvard.
13. 3-Star RB C.J. Leggett (Alpharetta, Ga.)
North Gwinnett running back C.J. Leggett rumbled through defenders during a 35-31 win over Hillgrove. He carried the ball 39 times for 152 yards, according to Chip Saye of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Leggett scored three rushing touchdowns. He is strongly considering offers from UCLA and Pittsburgh.
12. 3-Star QB Donovan Isom (Destrehan, La.)
11. 3-Star WR Krenwick Sanders (Jesup, Ga.)
10. 3-Star RB Ray Lawry (Swedesboro, N.J.)
Kingsway High School running back Ray Lawry erupted on Thanksgiving, posting a sensational performance against Clearview. The 5'10", 180-pound prospect pounded opponents for 232 yards for 25 carries, according to NJ.com.
Lawry scored five touchdowns in a 40-27 victory. He is committed to Old Dominion.
9. 3-Star CB Grant Haley (Atlanta, Ga.)
Lovett School star Grant Haley had an excellent game against Laney. The 5'10", 170-pound prospect rushed for 219 yards and four scores in a 35-33 victory over Laney, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Haley accounted for the game-winning touchdown midway though the fourth quarter. He is committed to Vanderbilt.
8. 5-Star RB Dalvin Cook (Miami, Fla.)
Miami Central standout Dalvin Cook starred in a 54-3 win over Palm Bay Heritage. He carried the ball 13 times for 244 yards, according to Andre C. Fernandez of The Miami Herald.
Cook scored three touchdowns in the victory. He committed to Florida in April.
7. 4-Star QB Deshaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga.)
6. 3-Star WR Trae Hart (Dallas, Texas)
5. 4-Star RB Varshaun Nixon (Austin, Texas)
4. 3-Star QB Mason Rudolph (Rock Hill, S.C.)
3. 4-Star RB Elijah Hood (Charlotte, N.C.)
Charlotte Catholic standout Elijah Hood helped his team advance to a regional title game with a dominant performance against Southeast Guilford. He gained 372 yards on 23 carries in a 56-30 win, according to Corey Inscoe of The Charlotte Observer.
Hood rushed for six touchdowns. He is committed to North Carolina.
2. 3-Star QB Troy Flutie (Natick, Mass.)
Natick High School quarterback Troy Flutie solidified his place in state record books with a phenomenal performance on Thanksgiving. The 6'0", 175-pound passer threw seven scoring strikes in a 48-13 win over Framingham, according to Brendan Hall of ESPN.com.
He completed 16 passes for 263 yards in the victory, setting the Massachusetts' record for single-season (47) and career (112) touchdown tosses. Flutie will follow in his uncle's footsteps to Boston College.
1. 3-Star RB Tre Watson (Corona, Calif.)
Tre Watson starred throughout a historic night for Centennial High School. The 5'9", 190-pound running back gained 519 yards on 40 carries as his team set a national record with 943 total offensive yards, according to MaxPreps.
Watson scored six touchdowns in a 85-56 win over Upland. He is committed to California.