Five things we learned from across the country this weekend:
A steal at center
Brock Stadnik has gotten most of the pub but watch out for his twin brother Clayton Stadnik. Both have size -- over 6-4 and 280 pounds -- but Clayton may actually have more mobility than his brother. And Clayton should be a bit more versatile, having played center, right tackle and both guard positions at Western Guilford High School in Greensboro, N.C. Sure, Brock is the prototypical left tackle, had many more scholarship offers and is slightly higher rated but Clayton is well adept at playing center, the position he's played for almost a full season and the position he's expected to play in college. South Carolina may have gotten a steal when both prospects committed in May.
• Here's more of what Dave Hooker learned this weekend.
Last year, ESPNU 150 athlete Brian Poole (Bradenton, Fla./Southeast) helped Southeast get to a 24-7 halftime lead over rival Bradenton Manatee before he cramped up and spent much of the second half on the sidelines.
This year the Southeast coaching staff wanted to preserve Poole's energy for a second-half run in hopes of reversing the trend. Instead Poole watched as Manatee punished Southeast en route to a 48-6 victory.
Poole only played a couple of plays on offense in the first half and by the time Southeast had its first possession of the second half the game was already out of reach. Manatee did its part to keep Poole from making too big of an impact.
"We didn't run any plays on his side of the field," Manatee coach Joe Kinnan said. "He's a great player and we wanted to take him out of the game so we stayed away from him."
The Under Armour All-American played much of the fourth quarter on offense, mostly out of frustration but maybe out of protest for a strategy that clearly backfired.
"I stayed in the game because my team needed me to pick them up," Poole said. "It was a pretty frustrating night."
• Here's more of what Corey Long learned this weekend.
RB Kimpela leading Fab 50 team
Those who follow Trinity (Euless, Texas) know that the program thrives on its ground game. The No. 8 team in the Fab 50 has used 15 rushers at least once and seven rushers at least 14 times this season.
Of those rushers, Joel Kimpela has emerged into Trinity's go-to player. After opening the season with a paltry, 19-yard performance against Robert E. Lee (Tyler, Texas), Kimpela has put himself among the rushing leaders in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Kimpela is 64 yards away from 1,000 on the season, and he's averaging more than 11 yards per carry.
Kimpela had his best game of the season on Friday against rival L.D. Bell (Hurst, Texas), rushing 25 times for 300 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-11 win. Since the first game, Kimpela has broken the 100-yard mark four times in five games. The only game he missed triple digits was against Irving (Texas) on Sept. 16, where he had 96 yards on only five carries.
Kimpela has rushed for 11 touchdowns this year. He will go for 1,000 yards Friday against Haltom (Texas).
• Here's more of what Damon Sayles learned this weekend.
Kiel can't get to Bloomington soon enough
The No. 2 quarterback in the country and 20th-ranked prospect overall, Gunner Kiel is committed to play for in-state Indiana next fall. After the Hoosiers' ugly offensive display on Saturday, you can bet the Indiana staff can't wait for Kiel to get on campus. The Hoosiers scored just 10 points against a Penn State defense that was missing two key players, this coming after scoring just 41 total points against lowly North Texas and Ball State. It looks like Kiel will receive little resistance from the current quarterbacks on the roster when he arrives on campus and has a great shot at opening the season as the starter.
• Here's more of what Jared Shanker learned this weekend.
Hasty decision for Thornton?
Shadrach Thornton committed to the University of Kentucky on Thursday. But as of yesterday, he was second guessing his decision after officially visiting NC State over the weekend.
"I really like Kentucky," Thornton said. "The atmosphere there is outstanding. But I feel like I made the decision in haste. The distance is great and I want to be able to see my mom and she will want to be able to see me. I would still say that I am a soft verbal.
"The NC State visit was terrific. It was exciting and a nice stay. The people are good and the fans are great."
Thornton, 6-1 and 200 pounds, also said he wants to officially visit Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt. In five games this season the three-star running back prospect has 938 yards rushing on 117 carries and has scored eight touchdowns.
• Here's more of what Jamie Newberg learned this weekend.
Cravens could be state's top junior
Linebacker Su'a Cravens (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) was a one-man wrecking crew for the Broncos in their upset win over previously-undefeated Encino (Calif.) Crespi, 38-20.
Cravens, who picked up an offer from Cal following the game and now has a state best (for the junior class) 16, made plays on both sides of the ball. Defensively, he had double digit tackles, an interception and a sack and added two touchdowns on offense, one running and one receiving.
"We stepped up big time," Cravens said. "I think Crespi came out thinking we were going to lay down for them and be scared or something. We came out and smacked them in the mouth early and never let our foot off the gas. We've been looking forward to this game and everyone played great."
• Here's more of what Dave Hooker learned this weekend.