We start with our 2010 Commits, then we'll look at other hopefuls!
Apologies for the lack of video, but you know how the high school game goes.
Davon Dunn, WR, San Diego
Do we have another wide receiver with big game capabilities on his way here? Dunn had three huge plays in helping force a tie with the #4 Eastlake Titans.
On the ensuing drive, Eastlake went back up by 14, 35-21, when Barksdale found running back Daniel Diaz for a 39-yard touchdown. But the very next play, Lincoln’s Davon Dunn took the kickoff 99 yards to the house. When the dust settled, Eastlake led 35-27 at the half.
With 4:01 left, Lincoln embarked on an 80-yard scoring drive and made it a two-point game when Dean caught his third touchdown of the game with 1:10 left. The Hornets threw an incomplete pass on the two-point conversion, but a pass interference call on Eastlake cornerback Fernando Cabico gave them another chance. They took full advantage, and Marrion hit Dunn to make it a tie game.
Eastlake was able to advance the ball in the final minute, and with one second left, the Titans had the ball on the Lincoln 35-yard line. On the final play of the game, Barksdale launched a pass towards the endzone and Dunn picked it off and raced down the sidelines. Dunn got deep into Eastlake territory before he was brought down, ending the game.
Couldn't find the clip of the kickoff return or the tying touchdown, but these video highlights of the game (he's #2 in white and green) show the interception at the end of the reel (starts at 1:35), and him getting some handoffs (second play in the clip), along with pretty good blocking (first play, third play downfield), plus some nice cut moves on a toss play to make something out of nothing (at 0:32).
More news about recruits/verbal commits after the jump. If there are any recruits that Cal is going after you want me to add to the list, list them in the comments and I'll track how they did, week-by-week too.
WR Joshua Harper (from Stockton) at St. Mary's had the play of the game in a 48-3 stomping of Jesuit.
With St. Mary's already in front 35-0 late in the third quarter, Harper caught a pass in the middle of the field, broke out to the right side and either slipped by or through the hands of at least a half-dozen Jesuit defenders for a 62-yard touchdown.
"I can't remember how many tackles I broke; I was just trying to score," Harper said.
[St. Mary's QB Marcus] McDade said he thought the play was dead at least three times.
"That was crazy," McDade said. "He made me look good. I'd see two guys (wrap him up) and think, 'OK it's over. No, he's still going.' He just kept going and going."
You can watch the pretty crazy play at 2:24, with some nice cuts going back and above. Also you can see his other touchdown catch at :28 and a punt return around :50.
LB Cecil Whiteside (from Newport Beach) just decided to take over on both sides of the ball and destroy Alison Niguel singlehandedly.
Whiteside, one of the few players with varsity experience, settled Newport Harbor down after a sluggish start at Aliso Niguel (0-2).
The UC Berkeley-bound senior contributed at linebacker and wide receiver. He recovered a fumble early in the third quarter to set up a score. Midway through the quarter, he hauled in a 57-yard pass for a touchdown.
Whiteside hooked up with new starting quarterback Austin Rios four times for 99 yards. Rios looked sharp at times. The senior threw three touchdown passes, finishing with 138 yards on seven-for-10 passing.
Box scoring the commits
OL Chris Adcock (from Dallas) had a sack in a win against on September 4th against John Paul, and helped roll up 289 yards of rushing in a 42-13 win for Dallas Christian. Results from last week haven't been updated yet.
- QB Austin Hinder (from Steamboat Springs, CO) and his Sailors squeaked out a win against Delta, going 15-24 for 153 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT.
- WR Tevin Carter (from Los Angeles) had no chance to showcase his abilities last week, as Santee got blanked by LA Section City Champs San Pedro until the final minutes, (not even crossing their own 30 until the final drive!), 35-6.
- OT Alex Crosthwaite (from San Diego) helped his #6 Cathedral Catholic Dons to their 23rd straight victory over Torrey Pines, 24-6. Since it's impossible to get stats on an O-linemen, here's a great article on him from the SD Union-Tribune, with a sweet quote: "I just want to kick someone's (behind). If I don't pancake the guy I'm blocking, it's not a complete block for me."
- LB Nick Forbes (from Frederick, Maryland), suffered a concussion in the season opener, and wasn't present for his team's 20-15 loss against Martinsburg.
- OG Geoffrey Gibson (from Las Vegas) helped Bishop Gorman unleash 350 yard of offense on 30 plays in a 50-0 beatdown of Pahrump Valley.
- DT Jay Guy (from Adeline, TX) visited Cal last week ($: have to pay for Rivals to read article), but also will be going on official visits to three other schools, including Nebraska.
- LB David Wilkerson (from Danville) was part of the defense that gave a huge goal-line stand to help Monte Vista stave off defeat against James Logan.
Any high school recruiting news, videos, tips, or opinions? Submit them in the comments!