Football Recruits Weekly Update

14 catches for Sean Wiser

The numbers keep narrowing, and today we take a look at the dandy dozen Stanford recruits whose high school senior seasons still had legs this weekend. Many of them won and turned in big individual performances, earning berths in their state or CIF section championship game. Who stayed alive? Read on for the latest stats and notes on Stanford Football's recruits from this weekend's action.

A couple of potential Stanford recruits made official visits this past weekend.  Matthew Masifilo attended the Cal-Stanford game.  After Masifilo makes his official visit to Stanford next weekend, he will have visited all of his favorites and may be close to a decision.  Matt Conrath, also part of the wave of official visitors to Stanford next weekend, visited Virginia this past weekend.  Meanwhile, a select few of the prospects on Stanford's board are still playing deep into the playoffs:

*  The good times continue for George Halamandaris and Moorpark.  In the same week that Halamandaris heard that he had been accepted by Stanford, he helped pave the way for another dominant performance for Moorpark's running game.  Moorpark advanced to the section championship with a 56-27 win powered by 245 yards and four touchdowns from the great Darrell Scott.  This is the sixth straight game in which Scott has rushed for at least 200 yards and the 12th time in a 26-game career that Scott has reached that plateau.  He is only a junior and should be among the top handful of prospects in the nation next year.

*  Oaks Christian also advanced to the section championships.  Oaks Christian continues to face little real competition, winning this latest game 48-14.  Notre Dame recruit Jimmy Clausen completed 24-of-30 passes for 291 yards and five touchdowns, further adding to his all-time California touchdown record.  Of particular interest to Stanford, Stanford commit Sean Wiser exploded for 14 catches for 117 yards and three touchdowns.  Oaks Christian is playing without injured star Marc Tyler, arguably the nation's best player and the winner of the Gatorade Player of the Year award for California, but his "backup" is fellow USC commit Marshall Jones, who rushed for 119 yards and a touchdown in this game.  In the championship game Oaks Christian will face Oak Park, a rival that they have played often in recent years.  While Oak Park was the last team to beat Oaks Christian three years ago, they have provided little competition of late, losing to Oaks Christian earlier this season in a 55-7 blowout.  Said Wiser, "We'd like to face some new competition, just because we've played them so many times before.  But they're so close and it's a rivalry, so we know they'll be up and we'll be up.  We've worked hard for four years and it's the last time we're going to play them, so it's going to be exciting."  Assuming Oaks Christian wins that game, they will play in the inaugural California bowl game on December 16.

Tyler Mabry and Gino Gordon led Francis Parker deeper into the playoffs as they also secured a spot in their section championships.  While Gordon was not able to get much going on Friday night, he did bust out for a late 80-yard touchdown run on a pitch, which cemented a 17-7 win for Parker.  As the opposing coach said, "Gotta stop Gino, he's a good football player."  In the words of Parker's coach, "Everybody's focus every week is to stop Gino.  That's what you've got to do to beat us."  On the game, Gordon finished with 143 yards and the touchdown on 18 carries.

*  As with Oaks Christian, an undefeated championship season almost seems inevitable for Jesuit of Portland, home of Jamaine Olson and Owen Marecic.  Jesuit advanced to the Oregon championship with a 63-21 victory.  They move on the championship at Autzen Stadium next weekend in Eugene.

Chike Amajoyi's team came up short in their bid to advance to the section championship, losing a 28-24 heartbreaker that ended with the opponent scoring two touchdowns in the final two minutes of the game.  Nonetheless, Amajoyi ended his high school career with a performance that hammered home his centrality to the Aquinas program, finishing with 283 yards and two touchdowns on 44 carries.  He accounted for 79 of 80 yards on one of the touchdown drives that did not end with an Amajoyi touchdown.  Said his head coach, "He's used to 20 or 30 carries a game, but we had a running back hurt today.  That was a tremendous effort on his part."  Other than two pass plays as time expired, every play of the second half was an Amajoyi run.  He also played the whole game as a defensive end.  Said the opposing coach, "You can't stop a guy like Amajoyi.  You just hope to get in his way.  Amajoyi is a beast.  He's the real deal.  You just do your best and hope it works out."

*  Baton Rouge Catholic, home of Jason Peters and Jeremy Stewart, also came up short in their bid to play for the state championship.  The 20-18 semifinals loss was the first of the season for Catholic.  Stewart accounted for 191 yards in the game.  After the game he said, "We knew we were going to win.  Things just didn't go our way."  Earlier in the week, Peters received the impressive honor of being named Gatorade Player of the Year for Louisiana.  He came into this past weekend's game with 53 tackles, 10 sacks, one interception, two fumble recoveries, and a dominant presence that funneled a lot of ball carriers to other linemen and linebackers.  Catholic is one of the nation's top programs and had an outstanding defense this year.  Peters and Stewart are two of the most sought-after prospects in Louisiana and now move fully into the recruiting phase of their year.

Matt Howe avoided the fate of seeing his high school career end, as Colleyville Heritage advanced to the regional finals in Texas with a 24-10 victory.  Howe led a very strong defensive effort in holding a good team to only 10 points.

*  Hoover, home of Brandon Clear and Byron Clear, also stayed alive in their quest for a state championship with a 42-37 playoff victory.  Brandon Clear caught a 37-yard touchdown pass and added two other big catches totaling 30 yards to keep scoring drives alive.  Said his head coach regarding his stock as a prospect, "I think it's going up.  I think his upside's tremendous.  He's got a chance to be a great player."


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