WEEK IN REVIEW: GRIDIRON STARS
– Wayne (N.J.) DePaul Catholic (1-3) wide receiver Hasise Dubois reeled in eight catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns in a 17-14 loss to Canisius. Through four games the future Cavalier has totaled 16 catches for 240 yards and five touchdowns.
– Tailback Tre Harbison scored five touchdowns as Shelby (N.C.) Crest cruised to a 42-14 win over R-S Central. The Chargers are undefeated through five games this season.
Harbison had a special performance, rushing for four scores and throwing for another (a 23-yard halfback pass). The 5’10”, 205-pound back rushed 15 times for 160 yards in the first half of the win this Monday night.
– Harrisburg (PA) Bishop McDevitt (4-0) scored 34 points in the first quarter in a 47-7 win over Mechanicsburg. Virginia-bound defensive back/wide receiver Bryce Hall had touchdown receptions of 18 and 35 yards in the win. Hall finished with four catches for 73 yards.
– Stephen Spanellis and the rest of a talented Baltimore (MD) Gilman (4-1) offensive line paved the way for 283 yards rushing as the Greyhounds soundly defeated Loyola Blakefield, 49-10. Click here for the full game report from the Baltimore Sun.
– Linebacker recruit Robert Snyder got the job done on offense last week for Suwanee (GA) Collins Hill, which has now won two straight after dropping its first three games of the 2015 season. Snyder had a 7-yard touchdown reception for the Eagles in a 56-8 rout of Meadowcreek.
Here are Snyder’s highlights from the win…
– Laderrien Wilson, a pledge to Virginia since earlier this month, rushed 23 times for 137 yards but couldn’t help Kissimmee (FL) Osceola (4-1) to a win last Friday night. The Kowboys trailed 20-14 at the half and then saw Heritage pull away for the 34-14 victory.
Wilson had this impressive run last week…
– Joseph Reed rushed for 172 yards and scored two touchdowns but Charlotte Court House (VA) Randolph-Henry lost to Goochland, 49-28. Reed, a wide receiver recruit for the Hoos, plays quarterback for the Statesmen.
– Wide receiver recruit Cole Blackman has a new high school. The UVa-bound senior has transferred from Glen Allen to Mechanicsville (VA) Atlee, which is 3-0 after edging out Hanover 44-40 last week. Blackman sat out last week’s win, but we’ll see if he returns for a challenging contest against Highland Springs this week.
– OLB/DE Matt Terrell and the Lynchburg (VA) Liberty Christian Bulldogs are 2-3 after dropping a 31-7 decision to Woodberry Forest. Check out highlights of Terrell’s performance against Woodberry below (Terrell is no. 11 in white).
HOW THE REST OF UVA’s RECRUITS FARED LAST WEEK
WON: Sonny Abramson, QB, Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII (2-2); Aidan Howard, ATH, Monroeville (PA) Gateway (3-1); Ben Knutson, OL, Mishawaka (IN) Penn (5-1); Jordan Mack, S, Norcross (GA) Wesleyan (5-0); Chris Moore, DB, Ashburn (VA) Broad Run (5-0); Andrew Trainer, TE, Alexandria (VA) St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (3-1)
LOST: Christian Baumgardner, TE, Ocean City (N.J.) (0-3); Darrius Bratton, DB, Roanoke (VA) William Fleming (2-3); Stephen Moye, DE, Lilburn (GA) Parkview (3-2); Neru NShaka, WR, Hallandale (FL) (3-1) (Note: N’Shaka is out for the season with a knee injury.); Landan Word, LB/ATH, Arlington (VA) Bishop O’Connell (1-3)
DID NOT PLAYDeedrick Daniels Jr., CB, Tampa (FL) Chamberlain (0-4); Nick Grant, DB, Spotsylvania (VA) Courtland (3-1); Dillon Reinkensmeyer, OL, Highlands Ranch (CO) Valor Christian Academy (2-2); Kenneth Ruff, LB, Fort Lauderdale (FL) Dillard (3-1)
THIS WEEK IN RECRUITING
The outcome of last Friday night’s Virginia home game against Boise State certainly was disappointing. Good news came the very next day, however, when the Cavaliers landed a verbal commitment from Dillard (Fort Lauderdale, FL) senior linebacker Kenneth Ruff.
Ruff, a 6’1”, 235-pound prospect, considered scholarship offers Clemson, North Carolina, NC State and South Carolina, among others, before committing to the Hoos. Virginia is recruiting him as a middle linebacker, although he plays a linebacker/defensive end hybrid role for his current team.
Stay tuned this week for more on UVa’s newest commit. Also this week, I’ll have a full report on another Florida product who committed to the Cavaliers earlier this month: Osceola (Kissimmee, FL) running back Laderrien Wilson.
Wilson, a 5’10”, 210-pound senior, has been a tremendously productive play for head coach Doug Nichols. He played on the varsity level his freshman year and enjoyed big-time sophomore and junior seasons. Wilson has continued to produce as a senior in 2015.
“He’s a different kind of back,” Nichols said. “He’s not a burner, but a lot of time when he breaks a run you don’t see defenders catching him. He has great balance and great vision to go along with the size. [Balance and vision] are his two biggest strengths.”