What we learned this weekend
Five things we learned from across the country this weekend:
Diggs ready to trim his list
Wideout Stefon Diggs, who is No. 9 in the ESPNU 150 and the No. 1 wide receiver in the country, said he'll cut down his list of 15 schools to nine in the next couple of weeks.
The nine will then become five, as the four-star prospect said he plans to take all of his official visits before making his final decision.
Alabama, Auburn, California, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech are all still in the running.
Diggs, 6-foot and 185 pounds, seemed to have his top nine already decided upon but he wasn't willing to share any info after the game.
"Can't leak that yet," he said with a smile.
• For the rest of what we learned about the Atlantic Coast, check out Dave Hooker's blog
Quarterback competition falls short
There were high hopes for the anticipated matchup between Countryside (Clearwater, Fla.) and East Lake (Tarpon Springs, Fla.) because it featured Miami commit Gray Crow and Class of 2013 rising prospect Pete DiNovo at quarterback. Unfortunately neither signal-caller stood out as DiNovo went 11-for-22 for 189 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions and Crow went 7-of-24 for 58 yards and two interceptions.
"It definitely isn't a game I'm going to be happy to look at on film," Crow said. "But I really thank my teammates for coming through for me and getting this win."
There were some promising things to come from Countryside's 27-21 victory, including the play of two sophomores -- Countryside defensive back Mike Johnson and East Lake wide receiver Artavis Scott. Johnson had two interceptions and returned one for a touchdown, while Scott hauled in an 80-yard touchdown pass to open the second half but dropped a 60-yarder with under three minutes remaining that would have given East Lake the lead.
For those Miami fans wondering, Crow remains a very solid commit and said he was impressed with the Hurricanes' effort last Monday night against Maryland.
"It was going to be tough without all those defensive starters," Crow said. "But I thought they showed a lot of explosiveness on offense and fought well. A lot of the defensive guys will be back for Ohio State and that will be a better gauge of how good they are."
• For the rest of what we learned about Florida, check out Corey Long's blog
Five-star Texas running back commit Johnathan Gray of defending Class 4A Division II Texas state champion Aledo set the Texas career touchdowns record with a four-touchdown night against Fab 50 team Lake Travis -- the defending Class 4A Division I Texas state champ -- on Friday.
Gray, however, didn't celebrate much, as Aledo took a 62-35 loss to Lake Travis. Gray, who now has 148 career scores, said his team must quickly regroup and readjust for the rest of the season if it wants to have a chance to repeat as a state champion.
"Everybody wants to talk about the record," Gray said, "but I just want to help my team get better. That's my focus."
• For the rest of what we learned about the Midlands, check out Damon Sayles' blog
DE Washington not only sacks, but he scores, too
In Taft's season opener, playing in front of a national audience, ESPNU 150 DE Adolphus Washington looked like the best player on the field.
That afternoon, Taft's offense could get little done and the Senators lost.
This past Friday, though, Washington made sure the Senators didn't lose, even though they lost their top offensive weapon, in four-star receiver Dwayne Stanford II, to a high ankle sprain.
With the score tied 20-20, Washington picked off a pass and ran it back 26 yards for a touchdown, which proved to be the game-winning score.
"It was a screen pass we watched on film," Taft coach Mike Martin said. "The guy looked at him, pumped it, then threw it right to him."
Washington ended any chance of a comeback minutes later when he sacked quarterback Tyler Marrs on third down. It was Washington's third sack in the fourth quarter alone.
• For the rest of what we learned about the Midwest, check out Jared Shanker's blog
Kimbrow out to prove a point
Four-star athlete Brian Kimbrow (Memphis, Tenn./East) is playing with a big chip on his shoulder this season. He's motivated by where he's ranked, or in his opinion, where he's not ranked, by all the recruiting services. It's Kimbrow's intention to prove the experts wrong about his current ranking.
So far, Kimbrow, a Vanderbilt commit, is making his case.
Kimbrow, 5-7 and 165 pounds, is a smaller version of Percy Harvin. He's electric with the ball in his hands. He was brilliant in East's 37-20 win over Memphis Wooddale, rushing for 357 yards and five touchdowns on 32 carries. That was his second 30-plus rush game of the season. In four games, Kimbrow has rushed for 1,033 yards and 15 scores, leading East to a 4-0 record. He's getting it done between the tackles and on the perimeter. It also helps Kimbrow that he's not playing both ways this season and is obviously fresher on offense.
• For the rest of what we learned about the Southeast, check out Jamie Newberg's blog
There are some great receivers in the West region this year, but Carson (Calif.) standout Darreus Rogers showed he should be mentioned among the best of the best Friday night. Rogers was an all-state selection as a junior and torched a very good Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei team a week ago.
On Friday, Rogers went up against a whole different level of athlete when the Colts took on Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, which features one of the best secondaries in the region. It didn't matter as Rogers abused the Jackrabbits' secondary to the tune of 10 catches for 192 yards and two touchdowns in the first half alone.
"He's as good as any receiver I've ever coached against," longtime Jackrabbits DB coach Doc Moye said. "In 11 years as coach here, we've never once doubled a receiver, not once. Rogers killed us in the first half and at halftime, we decided we had to double him, he was just too good. I've seen all the top receivers in the state this year but Rogers is the best, he's an unbelievable talent."
• For the rest of what we learned about the West, check out Greg Biggins' blog