Recruiting Insider | Trinity WR James Quick says Louisville still tops his list (Jason Hatcher also mentioned)
The University of Louisville football team remains well-positioned in the recruitment of Trinity High School wide receiver James Quick, a top contender for Mr. Football and one of the nation’s best prospects.
The 6-foot, 180-pound Quick reaffirmed after Friday night’s Trinity victory over St. Xavier that U of L is No. 1 on his recruiting list, followed, in order of preference, by Ohio State, Oregon, Kentucky and Tennessee.
Why have the Cardinals remained on top?
“Just the fact that it’s close to home, and I like what they’re doing … offensively,” said Quick, who has attended U of L’s three home games this season on unofficial visits.
Tennessee is new to the top five, moving ahead of Cincinnati.
He had eight catches for 144 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown reception, in Friday night’s 34-7 victory over St. X. He has 51 receptions for 862 yards and eight TDs this season for top-ranked Trinity (6-0).
The thoughts stewed in Taivon Jacobs’s head during the bus ride to C.H. Flowers. From the late touchdown that sealed the Jaguars’ upset of Suitland in last year’s Maryland 4A South region final to the pain of losing an undefeated season, they all forged a tune of motivation in the senior’s mind.
“I was thinking about it the whole ride over, about how we lost to them, and it just made me that much more ready to play,” Jacobs said of his mind-set prior to Saturday’s game in Springdale.
Two touchdowns and 142 receiving yards later, the Ohio State-bound wideout ensured that the bus ride home for he and his Suitland teammates would be a pleasant one, as the Rams defeated C.H. Flowers, 26-14. No. 4 Suitland is now 5-0 overall and 4-0 in Prince George’s 4A play.
From the moment Jacobs first touched the ball, his hunger was evident, returning a punt 42 yards to set up the Rams’ first touchdown — a Wesley Wolfork one-yard quarterback sneak.
Jacobs struck again in the second quarter by turning a crossing route into a 44-yard touchdown to put the Rams up 14-0.
Of course, the Jaguars (3-2, 2-2) were plenty familiar with the Rams’ gamebreaking capabilities, leading them to take a gamble of their own with an onside kick attempt to start the second half. The surprise call and recovery appeared to reinvigorate the Jaguars, who then saw Bentley Ukonu block and recover a Suitland punt in the end zone to cut the deficit to 14-6.
With two SEC schools down, Jeb Blazevich is ready to look north.
The ESPN Watch List tight end from Charlotte (N.C.) Christian said he is planning visits to Ohio State and Notre Dame this fall. In the last two weeks, Blazevich has visited Georgia and LSU.
Notre Dame was one of the latest schools to offer Blazevich a scholarship. The Fighting Irish did so on Sept. 1.
Alabama continues to make a strong impression on Todd Kelly Jr. The school did so again this weekend.
The 2014 safety prospect from Knoxville (Tenn.) Webb visited Tuscaloosa for the Crimson Tide's 33-14 win over Ole Miss on Saturday. Kelly Jr., an ESPN Watch List prospect, knows the campus well. His sister is an Alabama sophomore cheerleader. He has been to 'Bama's campus several times.
“The atmosphere was incredible,” the 6-foot, 180-pound junior said in a text message. “I liked everything about it.”
Will visit Ohio State for the Nebraska game
At the beginning of the season, Marcelys Jones (Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville) and teammate Marshon Lattimore had a few nibbles, but nothing major in terms of offers.
Now, the junior tandem walks home to mountains of mail as the offers continue to pour in. For Jones, it started with an Ohio State offer. He got another one from Indiana and has interest from Arizona State, Cincinnati, Florida, Illinois, Louisville, Michigan State, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Not bad for the 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive tackle who also kicks extra points for the Tarblooders.
Jimmy Byrne (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) said Notre Dame set the bar high after his unofficial visit last week. This week, the 6-foot-4, 275-pound offensive tackle said he’s not sure how Ohio State can equal the experience of what the Fighting Irish gave him, but he’s not ruling out the Buckeyes.
“I don’t know exactly how they would [equal it],” Byrne said. “I do think Coach [Ed] Warinner is a great coach as well.
“Right now it’s real tight with Ohio State. I’d like to see the game day atmosphere. It’s just hard with the schedule right now.”
ESPN Watch List linebacker Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty Co.) is not new to recruiting. The junior has been a top target since his sophomore year. He has seen a long list of coaches come by his high school to check on him and let him know that he is a wanted man. He has returned the favor, visiting several of the 15 schools that have offered.
But one recent visit stands out -- the one he took to Georgia just one day ago.
His best college visit ever this weekend at GA....has GA tied with the Bucks as his top schools