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Cal football recruiting commits, Friday Night Lights: Matt Laris is heating up

The current batch of Cal recruiting commits put together a solid round of performances during this past week of high school football. One commit stood out above the rest as he put up phenomenal numbers for a second consecutive week. Find out who with Friday Night Lights.

Oski likes what he sees from Cal's current football recruiting class.
Oski likes what he sees from Cal's current football recruiting class.
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The Cal football recruiting commits had a productive week of high school football during this last round of games. Each recruit put up solid numbers. Zion Echols continues to dazzle, while Jordan Duncan rebounded from a couple of quiet games and Matt Laris is heating up as the season continues.

Let's start with the offensive recruits with this week's Friday Night Lights roundup.

Zion Echols: RB, Covina (Ca.) Charter Oak (6-1)

Echols rushed 15 times for 102 yards and one touchdown, along with two receptions for 33 receiving yards to continue his fantastic season. Charter Oak defeated Pomona (Ca.) Diamond Ranch 34-7.

Jordan Duncan: WR, Hattiesburg (Ms.) Oak Grove (7-1)

Duncan recovered from a somewhat pedestrian performance last week with eight receptions for 106 yards and one touchdown as Oak Grove defeated Terry (Ms.) Terry 45-25.

Duncan added an interception as well as he was able to outleap the wide receiver near the sideline.

The Oak Grove receiver's touchdown came on a route down the sideline where the Terry defensive backs miscommunicated and allowed Duncan to move down the field wide open. The safety was late moving over to that side of the field and was not able to stop Duncan from reaching the endzone.

The third highlight from the video features Duncan catching a screen pass which reminded me a lot of the plays frequently run for Cal wide receiver Trevor Davis.

Drew Kobayashi: WR, Honolulu (Hi.) St. Louis (7-1)

Honolulu's only loss of the season came against Honolulu (Hi.) Punahou 51-45 in overtime earlier during the season. And it looked like this second matchup of Hawaii's number one and two ranked teams would provide another Punahou victory when they stormed out of the gates to a 14-0 lead.

The momentum swung in favor of St. Louis, though, when they stopped Punahou on fourth and goal from the one. Next, St. Louis launched a 97 yard touchdown pass to Kobayashi for the first six of an eventual 31 unanswered points.

The St. Louis victory forces a rubber match with Punahou for the Honolulu Division I football championship.

Logan Gamble: WR, Long Beach (Ca.) St. Anthony (4-3)

St. Anthony's gameplan last week featured a ton of short routes designed for Gamble to sit in the open spaces provided by the opposition's zone coverage.

That changed this week when Gamble was asked to run a more diverse variety of routes at a much wider range of depth throughout the field.

Gamble caught a touchdown pass during St. Anthony's 28-26 loss against Torrance (Ca.) Bishop Montgomery, but it appears he should have been flagged for offensive pass interference.

Matt Laris: WR, Sammamish (Wa.) Eastside Catholic (7-0)

Laris is Cal's hottest recruit at the moment as he has put up HUGE numbers during each of the last two weeks.

Before we get to the numbers from his past two games, let us look back at how Laris performed in his first four games of the season.

Game 1: five receptions, 76 yards

Game 2: three receptions, 75 yards, one touchdown

Game 3: six receptions, 73 yards

Game 4: five receptions, 58 yards

Laris averaged 4.75 receptions for 70.5 receiving yards per game with just one touchdown.

Laris' fifth game saw a jump to six receptions for 119 yards and two touchdowns. How did he follow up on that prolific jump in productivity?

He improved upon it with seven receptions for 191 yards and two more touchdowns.

Laris and Eastside Catholic have a bye this week to prepare for a league championship game October 30.

Francisco Perez: OL, Baldwin Park (Ca.) Baldwin Park (4-3)

Perez had an easy day at the office as none of the Azuza (Ca.) Azuza front seven defenders could pose a pass rushing or run stopping threat to his ability to block.

Number 60 for Azuza could not get away from Perez as he was pancake blocked on multiple occasions. Perez showed good lateral movement on a pull block late during the highlight video and sealed a lane for his running back to gain valuable yards downfield on numerous occasions.

Baldwin Park won the game 40-6.

Camryn Bynum: CB, Corona (Ca.) Centennial (7-0)

Centennial continued trampling its opponents with a 59-7 win versus Eastvale (Ca.) Roosevelt.

Berkeley-bound defensive back Camryn Bynum made a couple of nice pass breakups during this one.

The first saw Bynum line up in man coverage and breakup a slant route over the middle of the field by bringing his arm down over the top of the receiver and batting the ball away.

Next, Bynum was in off coverage and read the quarterback's eyes to diagnose that he was about to throw to the underneath receiver. Bynum immediately left the nearest receiver and knocked the ball loose to force an incomplete pass.

Josh Drayden: CB, Dallas (Tx.) Bishop Dunne (7-0)

Drayden had another good game as Bishop Dunne steamrolled Argyle (Tx.) Liberty Christian 35-14.

The Bishop Dunne defensive back had one interception and several pass breakups, one of which was very nearly another interception.

Drayden and the Liberty Christian receiver arrived at the spot of the pass at the same time and both got their hands on the ball. They wrestled over possession a bit before the ball flopped out and was ruled incomplete.

Tevin Paul: DE, Austin (Tx.) Lake Travis (7-0)

Lake Travis defeated Austin (Tx.) Austin 70-0 and the scores are getting ridiculous at this point. Lake Travis is probably already looking ahead to the playoffs.

Paul registered four tackles and 1.5 sacks.

Traveon Beck: CB, Bellflower (Ca.) St. John Bosco (7-0)

St. John Bosco slaughtered Santa Ana (Ca.) Mater Dei 42-21 with Beck tallying three passes defended and two tackles.

Markus Wright: LB, Columbus (Ga.) Jordan (3-5)

Wright and his Jordan teammates picked up a much-needed 41-0 victory against Columbus (Ga.) Kendrick.

The Jordan linebacker contributed a typically solid performance with 7 tackles and one tackle for loss.

Evan Weaver: DE, Spokane (Wa.) Gonzaga Prep (7-0)

Gonzaga Prep brushed aside Spokane Valley (Wa.) Central Valley 35-13 and Weaver was at the center of it all.

Weaver wreaked havoc in the backfield once again as he tipped a pass at the line of scrimmage, battle through multiple holds for several tackles for loss and smoothly executed a swim move to sack the quarterback.