Most of the offensive recruits exploded with great statistics this past week, while the recruits from the defensive side of the ball were not to be outdone as they put together some good all-around performances this week.
Zion Echols: RB, Covina (Ca.) Charter Oak (8-1)
Echols had a light workload this past week due to Charter Oak blowing away Walnut (Ca.) Walnut 70-8. The Cal commit rushed seven times for 112 yards and three touchdowns to add to what has been a stellar season for Echols.
Jordan Duncan: WR, Hattiesburg (Ms.) Oak Grove (8-2)
Duncan contributed 13 receptions for 188 yards and two touchdowns to Oak Grove's 51-47 double overtime victory over Pearl (Ms.) Pearl.
For his first touchdown Duncan was able to outleap the cornerback, who then fell on his face while attempting to bring Duncan down, and sprint into the endzone for the score.
Duncan's second touchdown came on a go route which was misplayed by both the cornerback and the safety, which, again, allowed Duncan a free run into the endzone.
His third touchdown was a result of a halfback pass. The defense bit on the toss to the running back, which left Duncan all alone in the back of the endzone.
Duncan's best highlights, though, were on the non-scoring plays. Duncan and his quarterback executed a very well done back-shoulder fade deep downfield. Next, Duncan made a diving catch on an overthrown pass to put Oak Grove inside the opposition red zone.
Derrick Clark: RB, San Diego (Ca.) Mission Bay (8-1)
Clark and Mission Bay were flat out embarrassed by San Diego (Ca.) Point Loma 41-0. I am not sure what Clark's numbers were during this blowout, but one could assume they were not good.
Max Gilliam: QB, Thousand Oaks (Ca.) Thousand Oaks (7-2)
Thousand Oaks suffered their second defeat of the season, this time at the hands of Camarillo (Ca.) Camarillo 49-45.
Gilliam did his best to lead his team to victory, but it was not enough. The star quarterback went 17-20 for 335 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed 29 times for 138 yards with one touchdown and one lost fumble.
Gilliam's first touchdown came on a beautifully thrown go route, but his second touchdown easily could have been jumped and returned to the house.
Gilliam's athletic ability is intriguing, but I don't think he is a Goff/Rosen type player that could come in and play right away as a true freshman.
Logan Gamble: WR, Long Beach (Ca.) St. Anthony (5-4)
St. Anthony lost 17-16 to Santa Monica (Ca.) St. Monica, but Gamble played well on both sides of the ball.
Gamble contributed a sack on defense and helped the team's cause in many areas offensively. He exhibited good downfield blocking and had to adjust to numerous difficult throws from his quarterback, including a ridiculous touchdown grab over two defenders in the back corner of the endzone.
Matt Laris: WR, Sammamish (Wa.) Eastside Catholic (8-0)
Eastside Catholic had yet another easy game as they destroyed Seattle (Wa.) Ballard 40-3. Laris contributed two receptions for 19 yards and one touchdown.
Francisco Perez: T, Baldwin Park (Ca.) Baldwin Park (6-3)
Perez dominated the opposition by consistently manhandling their edge defenders. He sealed the edge when he had to and made big blocks at the second level when that was required of him as well.
Baldwin Park beat City of Industry (Ca.) Workman 49-7.
Camryn Bynum: CB, Corona (Ca.) Centennial (9-0)
Centennial, one of the highest ranked teams in the nation, continued rolling along this past week as they beat up on Corona (Ca.) Corona 69-7.
Bynum made five tackles, with one tackle for a loss and a fumble recovery.
Josh Drayden: CB, Dallas (Tx.) Bishop Dunne (9-0)
Bishop Dunne matched up with Midland (Tx.) Midland Christian in a rematch of a playoff game from last season, which was won by Bishop Dunne.
Bishop Dunne triumphed again - emphatically - by a score of 51-29.
Drayden made a huge hit on a short pass to the receiver. Making plays on short routes is something Drayden has done a lot of this season.
He also showed off his ability to return punts, too, as he fielded one that bounced over his head and returned 79 yards to the opposition 3-yardline.
The punt return was very much like Tecmo Super Bowl in that he ran across the field once and then started running diagonally to pick up speed.
Seriously, though, Drayden is definitely one of my favorite prospects from this recruiting class.
Tevin Paul: DE, Austin (Tx.) Lake Travis (9-0)
Lake Travis took down Austin (Tx.) Bowie 44-27 and Paul played his part by creating constant pressure on the Bowie quarterback.
Paul lined up as a defensive tackle for a large portion of the game and was able to beat the interior offensive linemen consistently, but he could not sack the quarterback until he lined up as a defensive end.
Paul ended the game with two tackles, one tackle for a loss and one sack.
Chris Yaghi: DT, Santa Ana (Ca.) Foothill (5-3)
Foothill lost 14-13 to the team from Villa Park. Woah! Aston Villa picked up three points? Oh, wrong team from Villa Park. While on the subject, though, Aston Villa would probably lose to Foothill's soccer team at this point.
Anyways, back to American football, Yaghi was a terror for the opposition and did everything he could to avoid the loss to Villa Park (Ca.) Villa Park.
On one play, Yaghi came clean through and batted down a pass ala J.J. Watt. On another play he fought through a double team to bring down the running back.
He also made a sweet play by catching up to a downfield screen pass to bring down the ball carrier.
Evan Weaver: DE, Spokane (Wa.) Gonzaga Prep (9-0)
In a shocking result, Gonzaga Prep destroyed yet another opponent this year. Spokane (Wa.) Ferris was the latest victim by a 47-7 scoreline.
Weaver did A LOT this game, so here we go. He strip sacked the quarterback and made at least five tackles for a loss.
That's not all, though, as he also blocked a punt which resulted in a safety. Weaver pops each time I watch his highlights, which makes me excited for when he suits up for Cal.