Juwan Martin is an up and coming star in Illinois high school football. Despite not being the starter as a sophomore in 2008, Martin managed to compile some pretty impressive highlight clips. In only 30 attempts last season, Martin managed to throw 5 touchdowns. Martin also only had 20 rushing attempts but he totaled 300 yards off of those 20 attempts for a 6.0 yards per carry average from the quarterback position. Seven of those 20 rushing attempts resulted in touchdowns. Are you starting to get the point? When Juwan Martin touches the football, big things are going to happen. So far in 2009, Martin is leading his team in rushing (123 yards per game), passing (165 yards per game) and total yards per games (288). De La Salle is 4-1 on the season and averaging 32 points per game. Check out this bundle of explosion on the gridiron. Click here to view Juwan’s highlight video.
Talent is talent and Inglewood High School has it in large supply. The “Ballers” as they are also known by are one of a few teams with updated in-season highlight videos posted on Gridironstuds.com. In their most recent installment, you can witness several top prospects making big plays to carry their team on to victory.
First up is outstanding 2011 prospect defensive back Kyle Evans. Evans is the younger brother of Shaquelle Evans who signed on with Notre Dame in the ’09 class. Evans can be seen making Division-I type plays on the football from his cornerback spot as well as showing some additional skill on the offensive side of the ball. 2012 wide receiver prospect Derrick Woods also opens your eyes with both his aggression on blocking and great pass catching skills. Woods is definitely one for college recruiters to keep an eye on. Woods has a swagger and a little bit of that “it” factor. At 2:23 on the video, he pastes some poor defender trying to pursue one of his teammates. It’s a must see.
Playing on one of the perennial top teams in the state and the country hasn’t been enough. Throwing for 26 TD’s as a junior wasn’t enough and taking his team deep into the playoffs in 2008 wasn’t enough. Perhaps starting the season off with 701 passing yards and nine touchdowns with no interceptions will be enough to start getting Leron Thomas the looks he deserves.
The senior quarterback from Glades Central High School in Belle Glade, Florida continues to be under-recruited despite the accomplishments I laid out above. Thomas has a cannon for an arm, displays great decision making on the field and has a great command of the offense. All three of those assets were on display last Friday when Glades Central ripped American Heritage Delray 33-14. Thomas ended the game with 22 for 36 with 382 yards and five touchdowns. Thomas’ five touchdowns were to four different players.
September 21, 2009
Woodberry Forest School (VA) linebacker and Gridironstuds.com member Aramide Olaniyan has decommited from Duke. Olaniyan is being pursued by Clemson, Florida St., Maryland, Michigan, Notre Dame, North Carolina, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. Can’t say that I am surprised by this. Once Olaniyan committed to Duke, it seemed that a host of offers started coming his way. There’s little doubt that these other programs had a field day ripping Duke’s football history. The Blue Devils’ 1-2 start did not help either especially the 44-16 loss to Kansas on Saturday.
The season’s still young but a quick start is always good. A quick start is just what Delray Beach Atlantic High School quarterback Mark Leal is off to. For the second straight game Leal tossed five touchdowns and threw for 268 yards.
Pretty impressive numbers in back to back games especially when you consider that the 10 touchdowns Leal has thrown through three games is just about half of his 2008 total of 21 TD’s. Leal is currently a Virginia Tech commitment but if these type of performances continue, he’s likely to get aggressive action from other D-I schools despite his pledge to the Hokies.
September 17, 2009
Dr. Phillips H.S. (Florida) wide receiver Kenny Shaw has revealed a top 5 as (1) Florida St. (2) Georgia (3) Florida (4) Tennessee (5) Alabama.
Top rated Grandview H.S. defensive end Chris Martin still has the USC Trojans in the mix despite being a Notre Dame commit. Martin is keeping his options open just in case something crazy happens. Along with USC, Martin still lists California and Tennessee as possible options. Also states that he would have an interest in Florida if they were to take an interest. View Chris Martin’s highlight video.