High School Careers Winding Down
It's time for playoffs in high school football. Who's shining so far?
Laquon Treadwell - The Crete-Monee Warriors won their opening playoff contest, and Treadwell deserves much of the credit for the win:
Crete-Monee coach Jerry Verde has used LaQuon Treadwell as a quarterback in goal-line situations, as he did Saturday in the Warriors' 35-32 Class 6A playoff victory over Peoria Richwoods.
What was relatively new, however, was the frequency with which Treadwell carried the ball from the slot position against the Knights. Treadwell was the Warriors' primary ball carrier Saturday, rushing eight times for 38 yards and two touchdowns.
He also played on defense, bringing an interception back 50 yards for a touchdown. He's impressive.
Jake Butt - His Pickerington North squad downed Taco Charlton's Pickerington Central by a score of 24-0. Butt was solid as a receiver:
When North's running game stalled, quarterback Mason Olszewski found tight end Jake Butt for chunks of yards over the middle. Butt finished with 122 yards on five catches, including a 29-yard touchdown in the third quarter to make it 17-0.
North is now 10-1 and will face undefeated Hilliard North in the next round of the playoffs.
Ross Douglas - The future cornerback plays halfback for his Avon squad. He helped lead his team to a 28-11 victory by rushing for 262 yards and 3 TDs. Almost all of that production came in the second half, making it even more remarkable.
A New Commitment
Michigan has been in contact with 2013 receiver DaMario Jones for quite some time now, which led to him being offered last week. Michigan is by far his best offer, so he immediately withdrew his verbal from Central Michigan to give his commitment to the Wolverines.
Now, why would Michigan offer a little-known receiver? Most believe that the coaching staff anticipates a decommitment from 2013 CB Gareon Conley, which would open up a spot. The Wolverines haven't recruited a receiver who's truly capable of playing the slot for some time, and Jones is a receiver capable of playing that role.
Standing at 6'2", 185, Jones isn't a small receiver by any means, but he's a slasher who can do damage after the catch. He's also a solid enough athlete to play safety, so Michigan adds versatility to their roster by taking him. Check out DG's New Blue post for a more complete rundown of the newest Michigan pledge.
General Notes and Multimedia Stuffs
Also from Tremendous:
2014 four-star WR Nate Hall (Sylvania, OH/Sylvania Southview) will visit Michigan this weekend. He attended the MSU game as well.— Steve Lorenz (@TremendousUM) November 4, 2012
Standing at 6'3", Nate Hall is another big-bodied receiver who can go up and get the ball. His highlights:
DGDestroys introduces you to 2014 defensive back Parrker Westphal.
HUDL has season highlights of 2013 TE commitment Khalid Hill.
Derrick Green might be adding Miami(?) to his list:
Looks like i might be putting #MIAMI back in the mix!— D.GREEN #⃣2⃣7⃣ (@BrOoKyLn_boii27) November 4, 2012
This is unusual. I doubt the Hurricanes pose a serious threat down the line, but you never know in the world of recruiting.
A Heartwarming Story
Linebacker commitment Michael Ferns famously stepped out of bounds on what should have been a touchdown run, all in order to give his grieving teammate Logan Thompson a chance to honor his father:
Ferns recently tweeted this:
Just found out Good Morning America is stopping by the house at 4pm for an interview.— Michael Ferns (@M_Ferns10) November 3, 2012
The GMA special will run on Thanksgiving weekend.