Thursday, September 15, 2011
Stock is rising for Chavis, Lynch
By By Brandon Parker
It's time for the All-State Stock Watch, as we look at All-State football players who saw their potential value rise or fall over the past week. A player could have performed well in a game, gotten a big-time scholarship offer, broken his leg or just had an off game. (Hey, it happens to the best of us.)
UP —Niheem Chavis Tottenville DB Most of the talk surrounding the much-hyped Tottenville squad centers around offensive stars Brandon Barnes and Alvin Cornelius, but it was the Chavis-led defense that made the difference in the Pirates' 34-16 win against Jefferson last week. While the D forced six turnovers, Chavis held Jefferson star wideout Kendall "Speedy" Thomas to just 17 total yards.
DOWN — Eddie Carson, Bellport QB It was a forgettable opener for Carson and the previously No. 10 Clippers, who fell to Comsewogue for the second straight season. Carson threw one pick and was sacked seven times. But all of the blame doesn't fall on Carson, who needs more help and time in the pocket from his offensive line to succeed.
UP — Akeel Lynch, St. Francis High RB With the Red Raiders coming off a 4-7 campaign, they needed Lynch to come up big in order to meet this year's expectations. The senior has done just that, racking up 479 rushing yards and five touchdowns during the No. 3 team's 2-0 start. And Lynch's stock could rise even more, as the Red Raiders take on No. 2 Aquinas Institute this week.
Brandon Parker covers New York for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.