College Football Recruits Who Dominated the Stat Sheet in Week 6
This weekend of football action will be remembered along the East Coast as one tremendously impacted by Hurricane Matthew. Marquee college matchups were altered (Georgia vs. South Carolina) and indefinitely postponed (Florida vs. LSU), while high school programs were also forced to adjust.
When prep games commenced on Friday and Saturday, many players and fans found themselves sitting through storms. But muddy or not, the 2016 football campaign continued to provide highlight performances from premier prospects.
Our weekly Bleacher Report rundown showcases the recruits who carried their respective teams to key victories. Whether they were dealing with downpours in the Southeast or starring in the sunshine of Southern California, here's our latest look at those star efforts.
4-Star RB Khalan Laborn
High School: Bishop Sullivan Catholic (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
Size: 5'10", 200 lbs
Scout.com Ranking: No. 6 running back
Recruitment Status: Committed to Florida State
When dominant running back Dalvin Cook leaves Florida State—a development likely to occur after his junior year—the Seminoles will search for someone who can compete for that volume of carries. While this effort will probably require multiple rushers, consider Khalan Laborn a compelling candidate.
He provided a glimpse of his dynamic skill set Friday, tallying 210 rushing yards and six total touchdowns in a 51-9 victory over Providence Day High School (North Carolina), according to USA Today. Laborn's explosive performance featured an athletic leap over multiple defenders that led to one of his touchdowns. He's also building off a monstrous junior campaign (2,228 rushing yards and 35 scores, per MaxPreps).
4-Star QB J.T. Daniels
High School: Mater Dei (Santa Ana, California)
Size: 6'1", 180 lbs
Scout.com Ranking: 2019 class is unranked
Recruitment Status: Offers include Arizona State, Cal, Notre Dame, UCLA, USC and Washington
J.T. Daniels continues to state his case for consideration as the top quarterback—and perhaps the No. 1 overall prospect—in the 2019 recruiting class. Following in the footsteps of past star Mater Dei passers, such as Heisman Trophy winners Matt Leinart and John Huarte, he's lived up to his billing since taking over starting duties last fall.
Midway through his sophomore season, Daniels delivered seven touchdown tosses and 303 passing yards in the first half of a 62-14 victory over Trinity League rival Santa Margarita High School, according to Kenny Connolly of the Orange County Register.
He's now thrown for more than 5,200 yards and 68 scores through 18 games at the prep level, per MaxPreps, placing him on a prolific statistical pace.
"He’s a kid who already understands tempo. He has a good feel for pace, and when he needs to go to the 'fireball,' he can laser the ball in," Elite 11 coach Matt James told Bleacher Report following a regional event this spring. "I put him in with the No. 1 group throughout the day just to kind of watch him compared to the more experience guys, and it wasn’t too big a stage for him."
4-Star WR CeeDee Lamb
High School: Foster (Richmond, Texas)
Size: 6'2", 172 lbs
Scout.com Ranking: No. 37 receiver
Recruitment Status: Committed to Oklahoma
The Oklahoma Sooners have assembled one of college football's most impressive 2017 receiver classes on the recruiting trail, and CeeDee Lamb is a central part of this haul. The Lone Star State standout surged past defenders early and often this weekend, according to Brian Perroni of 247Sports, en route to 154 receiving yards on five catches.
Lamb secured three touchdown catches in a 61-17 thrashing of Port Lavaca Calhoun High School, pushing his 2016 total to 12 scores through six contests. Since the start of last season, Lamb has compiled 99 receptions for 1,970 yards and 23 touchdowns, per MaxPreps.
3-Star QB Myles Brennan
High School: St. Stanislaus (Bay St. Louis, Mississippi)
Size: 6'4", 185 lbs
Scout.com Ranking: No. 27 quarterback
Recruitment Status: Committed to LSU
Elite 11 finalist Myles Brennan continues to carve his name into Mississippi's high school football record books. The longtime Tigers commit, who captured the state's all-time career passing yardage mark last month, moved into a tie for career touchdown tosses Friday night.
Among his eight completions in a 56-14 win over Bay High School, five resulted in scores, according to Patrick Ochs of the Sun Herald. Brennan has now thrown 144 touchdowns during his prep career, tying him with former St. Stanislaus standout Dylan Favre, the nephew of Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Brett Favre.
As we documented this summer, Brennan spent time last offseason working with the elder Favre. Expect him to build a strong cushion as state record-holder for passing yards and touchdowns as he pads his stats throughout the duration of his senior season.
4-Star RB Toneil Carter
High School: Langham Creek (Houston)
Size: 5'11", 190 lbs
Scout.com Ranking: No. 8 running back
Recruitment Status: Committed to Georgia
Toneil Carter needed just nine carries to make a major impression against Cypress Lakes High School on Thursday night, turning those limited touches into 154 yards and four touchdowns, according to Kevin Cook of the Houston Chronicle. He spearheaded an offensive eruption, as Langham Creek High School surged to a 69-25 win.
Carter, who grades out among this cycle's most punishing runners, doubled his senior season rushing touchdown total with the four-score performance. He now has 304 yards and six touchdowns on 25 carries in his past two games, per MaxPreps, and creates a promising duo with fellow 4-star Georgia running back commit D'Andre Swift (Philadelphia).
Unrated QB Harrison Bailey
High School: Marietta (Marietta, Georgia)
Size: 6'4", 195 lbs
Scout.com Ranking: 2020 class is unranked
Recruitment Status: Offers include Alabama, Florida, LSU, Miami, Ole Miss and Tennessee
Well on his way toward becoming one of America's most well-known freshman players, Peach State passer Harrison Bailey has already assembled an expansive list of scholarship offers. He validated this early hype again Friday, setting a new Marietta High School record for single-game passing yards.
Bailey completed 29 attempts, per Adam Carrington of MDJ Online, resulting in 457 yards and four touchdowns. He has surpassed 200 yards in each game this season, according to MaxPreps, tossing multiple scores in all but one contest.
Expect college programs to swarm around Bailey during the next three years.
3-Star RB Ronnie Rivers
High School: Freedom (Oakley, California)
Size: 5'8", 170 lbs
Scout.com Ranking: No. 86 running back
Recruitment Status: Offers include Army, Idaho, San Jose State, Sacramento State and San Diego
Standing across the field from No. 1 overall 2016 running back recruit Najee Harris, 3-star prospect Ronnie Rivers stole the spotlight. He fueled a 65-28 victory over Antioch High School on Friday, gaining nearly 400 yards on the ground.
Rivers rumbled for a school-record 387 yards and seven touchdowns during the win, according to Cody Oleski of the Mecury News. He helped cement the outcome with a pair of fourth-quarter scores, outperforming Harris (198 rushing yards and three touchdowns) in a breakout effort that could attract increased collegiate interest.
5-Star LB Baron Browning
High School: Kennedale (Kennedale, Texas)
Size: 6'4", 230 lbs
Scout.com Ranking: No. 2 outside linebacker
Recruitment Status: Offers include Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State, TCU, Texas and UCLA
As Bleacher Report's Damon Sayles pointed out this weekend, Baron Browning was a bully Friday night against Springtown High School. He scored a pair of defensive touchdowns, according to Zach Warner of the Star-Telegram, returning fumble recoveries from three and 45 yards.
Browning now has four defensive scores since his junior season, per MaxPreps, displaying rare athleticism for a player of his imposing physical stature. He entered the matchup against Springtown, which Kennedale won, 47-0, with 29 tackles and two forced fumbles through five games.
Tyler Donohue is a national recruiting analyst for Bleacher Report. All player ratings and information are courtesy of Scout.com.
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