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Friday Night Recaps: Week 1

Check out the highlights from 19 Michigan commits as the high school season kicks off.

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Welcome back to Friday Night Recaps, the weekly collection of scores, highlights, articles, and statistics from Michigan’s recruiting class.

This week kicked off the season for the majority of Michigan’s class. Most of their teams dominated, but a few suffered some heartbreaking losses. A couple have even stood out enough for recruiting evaluators to consider bumping their rankings already.

So without further ado, let’s see how everyone performed this week.

Cade McNamara: Damonte Ranch (NV) (1-0) vs Granite Bay - W 28-0

McNamara got off to a hot start to his season, literally from the first play.

The four-star showed off both his arm and legs for No. 4 ranked Damonte Ranch. He completed 18 of 32 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns, while adding a 19-yard touchdown run.

Season totals: 18-32, 277 yards, 2 TDs, 1 rush TD

Next week: @ Rocklin

Zach Charbonnet: Oaks Christian (CA) (2-0) vs Edison - W 38-7

Charbonnet continued his strong start on both sides of the ball, helping his school get to 2-0 with a dominant win over Edison. (You may recognize the author of that article)

Despite Edison’s gameplan to stop him, Charbonnet still ripped off 161 yards and two touchdowns on only 14 carries. He had two runs of over 50 yards, neither of which were his touchdown runs.

On defense, Charbonnet picked off a pass and returned it for 30 yards while playing mainly safety this week.

Check out Charbonnet’s second score, from 26 yards out.

Season totals: 31 carries, 346 yards, 5 TDs

Next week: vs Eastside Catholic

George Johnson III: Martin County (FL) (0-1) vs Sebastian River - L 19-21

Johnson put the team on his back in his opener, but couldn’t pull out the win. He was all over the field throwing, rushing, and catching a touchdown. He accounted for all of his team’s points.

His exact totals in each segment of the game are not known, but we do know his touchdown reception was for 74 yards. Based on his first game highlights (click HERE), it’s likely he ended up with over 100 yards in all three phases.

And in case you were wondering if Johnson is tired of being the main play-maker for his team, he is most definitely not.

Season totals: At least 1 reception for 74 yards and a TD, 2 carries for 40 yards and a TD, and 3 pass attempts for 60 yards and a TD

Next week: @ Palm Bay

Quintel Kent: St. Edwards (OH) (0-1) vs Mentor - L 39-42

Out of all of Michigan’s commits, nobody opened people’s eyes more in their first week than Quintel Kent. He hauled in two long touchdowns, ending up with seven catches for 135 yards and 2 TDs.

Watch his first touchdown catch below.

Kent certainly impressed 247Sports writer and Ohio guru Bill Greene, who was in attendance for the matchup between two powerhouses and provided a scouting report ($).

Some highlights:

“Kent might not be a 4.4 forty guy, but he will be a deep threat through being able to explode through his breaks and gaining separation from defenders.”

“This is a very polished receiver and he is way better than last year, so his ranking will need to be adjusted upward.”

Look out for Kent and Johnson to be moving up the rankings in the future.

Season totals: 7 receptions, 135 yards, 2 TDs

Next week: vs Cass Tech

Erick All: Fairfield (OH) (1-0) vs Centerville - W 49-21

All had a quiet night, as his teammate Jutahn McClain attracted all of the attention. The 2020 running back score SEVEN touchdowns. This performance earned him an offer from Michigan following the game. Look out for a MnB exclusive interview coming soon.

As for All’s performance, I couldn’t find any statistics that he may have contributed, with McClain taking all of the headlines. Hopefully he’ll be able to have a similar performance as his teammate later this season.

Season totals: n/a

Next week: vs Springfield

Nolan Rumler: Archbishop Hoban (OH) (1-0) vs St. Ignatius - W 21-14

In another highly anticipated Ohio matchup, No. 3 Hoban bulldozed No. 4 St. Ignatius, thanks to the offensive line. Lined up at left tackle, Hoban ran behind Rumler all night, eventually breaking through in the second half.

In an interview after the game ($), Rumler said this could be the best Hoban squad he’s played for, despite already winning three state championships.

Season totals: n/a

Next week: @ Cardinal Mooney

Trente Jones: Grayson (GA) (1-0) vs Tucker - W 48-7

Grayson made a statement on national television, dominating Tucker on a live ESPN broadcast Saturday night. With four-star Jones and five-star Wanya Morris at the tackles, Grayson rushed for 225 yards on 32 carries.

I was able to watch most of the game, and came away similarly impressed as I did in February after scouting him. He’s a strong run blocker who stays on his blocks, and shows his athleticism while being asked to fold block often. In the pass game, he needs to improve his feet quickness to avoid getting beaten around the edge.

Grayson will be in consideration as one of the best schools in the nation this season. They can enhance their reputation in another high profile matchup against New Jersey’s Bergen Catholic next week.

Season totals: n/a

Next week: vs Bergen Catholic

Karsen Barnhart: Paw Paw (MI) (1-0) vs Otsego - W 27-7

I can already tell Barnhart will be one of, if not the hardest, recruit to get tidbits about. Being a tight end in a wing-t offense at a tiny school in rural Michigan will do that.

We do get a highlight video from his opener, though. Barnhart is playing the same role he did last year, which is lining up as a tight end on the right side of the line and caving in much smaller dudes.

By my tally, Barnhart had two catches for 25 yards along with his many pancakes. His receiving numbers may be incomplete, but I’ll include them in his season totals.

Season totals: 2 receptions, 25 yards

Next week: vs Sturgis

Zach Carpenter: Archbishop Moeller (OH) (1-0) vs Clarkson North - W 27-14

Moeller took on our neighbors from the North in a matchup against Ontario based team Clarkson North. Carpenter and co. pulled out to a 27-0 lead in the third quarter before allowing a couple of garbage time scores.

Carpenter opened holes for running back Chrystopher Watkins to rush for 124 yards and two touchdowns.

Season totals: n/a

Next week: vs Trinity

Chris Hinton: Greater Atlanta Christian (GA) (1-1) vs Westminster - L 21-22

GAC lost a heartbreaker on Friday, taking the loss after being up 21-10 with less than eight minutes left in the fourth quarter.

There was no mention of Hinton, besides him drawing a facemask penalty on the offense to push them back 15 yards. Nevertheless, Westminster broke off an 80-yard play soon after.

They’ll have a week off to stew before trying to bounce back against Prestonwood Christian in two weeks.

Season totals: 2 sacks, 2 deflections

Next week: idle

Mazi Smith: East Kentwood (MI) (0-1) vs Mona Shores - L 38-48

Despite high expectations for their season, East Kentwood came out flat in their first game. They were down 48-19 at one point, with the backups in. The second string offense scored three touchdowns in four minutes to get within ten, but there wasn’t enough time left to make up the deficit.

Nothing about Smith’s performance was available, but based on how easily they were gashed by the Mona Shores quarterback, it wouldn’t reflect well on them.

Season totals: n/a

Next week: vs St. Mary Prep

Gabe Newburg: Northmont (OH) (1-0) vs Lima - W 56-13

Newburg was a terror for the opposing offense in his team’s dominant opener on Friday. He was getting consistent pressure on the quarterback and delivered a huge hit on special teams to boot.

Because it was a blowout, Newburg was removed midway through the third quarter. Exact tackle numbers are lacking, but we do know he made at least a few.

Season totals: A “few” tackles

Next week: vs Fairmont

Tyrece Woods: Belleville (MI) (1-0) vs Brighton - W 40-35

The Detroit News’ No. 1 ranked team in the state started the season off with a thriller, escaping Brighton with a win on a fourth down touchdown with just 15 seconds left on the clock.

You can watch highlights of the game here. Woods wears No. 7 and can be seen several times lining up at defensive end.

As for his individual performance, I couldn’t find any totals. The lack of any information probably means he didn’t have any big like sacks or forced fumbles. He did make some nice tackles, however.

Season totals: n/a

Next week: vs Churchill

DJ Turner II: IMG Academy (FL) (1-0) vs Pine-Richland - W 42-0

As the premier collection of high school talent in the country, IMG didn’t face much of a challenge against defending Pennsylvania state champions Pine-Richland.

This was the Ascenders 38th straight victory. They haven’t lost since the 2014 season.

Turner and the IMG defense held Pine-Richland to only 36 yards passing and 75 yards of offense overall.

You can check out some highlights of the game HERE. Turner is wearing No. 5 and is lining up at his preferred cornerback position. From what I counted watching the short clip, he had at least a tackle and a pass breakup.

Season totals: 1 tackle, 1 PBU

Next week: vs Norland

Quentin Johnson: St. John’s (DC) (1-0) vs Johns Creek - W 49-0

St. John’s Collegiate acted like the fifth-best team in the nation Saturday, dominating in a 49-0 victory.

For such a high profile team, I really couldn’t find any extensive highlights or statistics for Johnson. All I found was that he had a tackle for loss. Hopefully when they play Alabama powerhouse Hoover next week, there will be more coverage.

Season totals: 1 TFL

Next week: @ Hoover

Joey Velasquez: St. Francis de Sales (OH) (1-0) vs Dunbar - W 35-0

Only playing in the first half of this blowout, Velazquez still made quite the impact on both sides of the ball.

Velazquez helped de Sales get off to a blazing hot start, scoring a on a 13-yard rush for his team’s second of four touchdowns in the first quarter.

On defense Velazquez was even better. He logged 10 tackles, four tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. Remember, he only played in the FIRST HALF! It was certainly an impressive debut for the future viper.

Season totals: 10 tackles, 4 tfls, 2 forced fumbles, 1 td

Next week: @ Lancaster

Kalil Branham: Northland (OH) (0-1) vs Zeeland West - L 27-28

It looks like Branham, a wide receiver from the 2020 class, will be lining up at quarterback for his squad this season. With his brother, John, they form a terrifying backfield combo. But that was not enough to overcome the wing-d of Zeeland West, who won in a squeaker.

Branham posted his highlights from his game, where he both passed and ran for a score.

By my count, he put up about 65 rushing yards to go along with his touchdown.

Season totals: 65 rush yards, 1 TD, 1 pass TD

Next week: @ Whitehall-Yearling

Denver Warren: West Aurora (IL) (1-0) vs Larkin - W 55-6

The West Aurora defense dominated in their season opener, forcing four turnovers, including three interceptions on their opponent’s first four pass attempts.

Unfortunately, Warren was not the cause of any of these turnovers, which may put him behind pace for his lofty goals for the season.

I expect Warren to get his soon enough.

Season totals: n/a

Next week: @ West Chicago

Andre Seldon: Belleville (MI) (1-0) vs Brighton - W 40-35

Rounding up this week’s performers is the second Belleville commit. Brighton was wise and decided to stay away from Seldon all night.

That didn’t stop Seldon from tallying four tackles and a pass breakup.

Taken mostly out of the pass game, Seldon still made his presence known. He had a nice stick on a swing pass that will fit right in Michigan’s defense.

Season totals: 4 tackles, 1 PBU

Next week: vs Churchill

Phew, that was quite the week of high school football! A few of Michigan’s commits are already making a case to be moved up the rankings. This will prove to be an exciting season for them, so make sure to follow all season as we track everyone’s performances.