High school football has been under way for a couple of weeks and we plan to provide you with periodic recruiting updates as it pertains to commits from each service academy. We know service academy recruiting is its own animal, and we will do our best to get a look at as many recruits and commits throughout the season as we can. Here’s a look at a couple notable recruits from each school and how they have fared thus far:
J.D. Kolb - RB, McQueen HS, Reno, NV
Kolb rushed 13 times for 211 yards and four touchdowns in a 27-13 win for McQueen this week. In Kolb’s first game of the season he rushed for three touchdown on 18 carries for 287 yards. He will be a fun player for Falcons fans to watch all season long.
Another TD for McQueen RB JD Kolb and they’re up 51-14 over EHS w/8:41 left in 4Q #norcalscores pic.twitter.com/N8ljsm1Wex— Matthew Brannon (@MattBrannon_RS) August 25, 2018
Jordan Blakely - ATH, Foothill HS, Henderson, NV
Two weeks ago Blakely returned the opening kick 88 yards enroute to a 42-0 win over Galena. Blakely scored another touchdown in week two against Palo Verde, and his game highlights include a little bit of everything including big blocks.
Game 2‼️ pic.twitter.com/UhsqFVouol— Jordan Blakely (@jblake_2) September 4, 2018
Dedrick Wilson - QB, Kenedy HS, Kenedy, TX
Wilson finished 11/20 with one TD pass in a 31-14 loss to Karnes City Friday evening. Wilson also accounted for much of the Kenedy rushing game by running for 73 yards on only nine carries with a touchdown.
Kenedy QB Dedrick Wilson will do his best to keep the Lions motivated this season as they look to make some noise. The Lions open at Karnes City Friday night. @DedrickTweets @KenedyISD @KSATbgc #KSATsports pic.twitter.com/JalIsNeqiS— Larry Ramirez (@LRam2) August 29, 2018
Cade Ballard - QB, Greeneville HS, Greeneville, TN
Ballard finished 8/9 passing with four touchdowns through less than two quarters of work in a 69-0 win over Union County. Last week, Ballard was 11/12 passing with a touchdown in another shutout win, 42-0, over Morristown-Hamblen West. He has looked impressive through two weeks so far this season.
Greeneville quarterback Cade Ballard finished the night 8-of-9 passing for 229 yards and four TDs. He left game with 7:20 left in the second quarter. pic.twitter.com/JCN8Ijc83O— Tate Russell (@Tate_Russell) September 1, 2018
Maasai Maynor - QB, St. Peters Prep, Jersey City, NJ
Maynor finished 10/16 with three touchdowns and also ran for 39 yards to account for nearly 200 total yards in a 35-6 win over Millville last week.
St. Peter's Prep is ready to roll! @SPPFootball returns a dynamic offense with Division I commits @MaasaiMaynor @AyirAsante @chase1jones and @RJ_Oben17 will anchor the defensive line. Check out JSZ's preview of the 2018 Marauders now! https://t.co/Vn2BybE4vy pic.twitter.com/KJApIWiwWa— Jersey Sports Zone (@JSZ_Sports) August 20, 2018
Tai Lavatai - QB, Creekside HS, St Johns, FL
Lavatai finished with 275 yards passing and a touchdown along with a rushing touchdown of his own in a 24-14 loss to Ridgeview HS. He has five passing touchdowns so far on the young season.
Navy commit Tai Lavatai with a 32-yard touchdown pass to put his Creekside (FL) team up 7-3. pic.twitter.com/R9RtAZTXFQ— Michael James (@navybirddog) August 31, 2018
Yes, we know this update was quarterback heavy, but many of these players are recruited to the academies for their overall athleticism. Look no further than Navy’s use of Zach Abey and Malcolm Perry over the last two years.
We will look to show some defensive commit love in next week’s recap.
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