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2013 WR commit Johnell Barnes enjoyed his official visit to Durham.

Friday Night Lights – Future Blue Devils Shine

Johnell Barnes caught 2 touchdowns as Dunbar improved to 4-2 on the season.

Blue Devil Nation welcomes back its loyal readers to another edition of Friday Night Lights. With the last Friday night of September in the books, gridiron action has kicked into high gear across the United States. This week, in addition to checking in on many of Duke’s 2013 verbal commits, BDN expands its coverage to include reports on several prospects in the high school class of 2014.

Starting with the 2013 commits:

Over in Charlotte, NC, Statesville routed Carson 56-13 as the Greyhounds improved to 6-1 on the season.  Cornerback Breon Borders commented afterwards, “It went okay! We crushed them by 40. I always can play better though. Overall, it was an easy win.”  Borders was credited with six solo tackles in the win.

Ft. Myers (FL) quarterback T.J. Douglas summed up his performance in his team’s victory over Charlotte High, “I had 218 yards rushing, two TDs rushing, two TDs passing, and 270 all purpose yards.” Fort Myers defeated Charlotte 36-31 to stay undefeated at 5-0.

Staying in Ft. Myers, FL, Johnell Barnes caught a 5 yard touchdown pass in the 1st quarter as Dunbar defeated LaBelle 39-6. After the game, Barnes commented, “It went well. I had seven catches for about 100 yards and two touchdowns.” Dunbar improves to 4-2 for the season.

Parker Boehme and Jacksonville (FL) Sandalwood defeated Parker 7-6. Boehme passed for 128 yards including a 36 yard touchdown, while rushing 14 times for 70 yards in the victory. Sandalwood’s record is now 3-2.

In Texas, Mansfield faced crosstown rival Timberview and ended up on the short end of a 36-20 score. Offensive lineman Austin Davis commented, “It was a tough game. I did really good and shoved my guy around.”

Jake Kite and Hidden Valley High School of Roanoke, VA ran to a 35-12 victory over Bassett to run their record to 2-3.

Going into this week’s game, Kite’s statistics included 12 receptions for 198 yards and four touchdowns, but Hidden Valley only attempted two passes in this game. On defense, coming into the Bassett game, Kite had recorded 36.5 tackles, including 28 solo takedowns.

Also in Virginia, Evrett Edwards and Woodbridge defeated Osbourne 27-7 to improve to 4-1.

Out in California, Joseph Ajeigbe and Norco fell to nationally ranked Mission Hills Alemany 27-13. Ageigbe rushed for 174 yards and two touchdowns. Norco is 3-2 on the season.

Bishop Amat and WR/DB Darren Andrews defeated Culver City 31-7.

On to this week’s expanded coverage and the Class of 2014:

Last week QB Kendall Hinton led Southern Durham to a 36-7 victory over Person. In this video clip, you can see Hinton, number 2 in red, throw a nice tight spiral for a touchdown.

Josh Cabrera caught an 84 yard touchdown pass and returned a punt 53 yards to set up another score as Northside (Jacksonville, NC) crushed Croatan 41-13.

LB Zavier Carmichael and St. Paul’s (Mobile, AL) defeated Choctaw County 42-8.

Friday Night Lights – Future Duke Footballers Shine

Welcome back to another edition of Friday Night Lights as Blue Devil Nation takes you on a tour around the United States, checking on gridiron performances of future Blue Devils. This edition starts in Northern Virginia as we check in with Defensive Back Evrett Edwards.

Edwards had three receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown as Woodbridge defeated Gar-Field 48-20. After the game, Edwards stated, “It went well. We had almost 500 yards rushing, a great rivalry game.” On the defensive side of the ball, Edwards was credited with four tackles.

In North Carolina, after Statesville defeated North Iredell 42-0, cornerback Breon Borders exclaimed, “We dominated the whole game…but me individually, there isn’t really much to say. I didn’t let my receiver off the line the whole game. They didn’t pass to my side one time!”  Borders recorded four solo tackles in the win.

In California, running back Joseph Ajeigbe rushed for 127 yards in Norco’s 39-16 victory over previously undefeated La Serna. La Serna built a 16-6 lead in the first quarter, but Norco responded by reeling off 33 straight points. Discussing his role in the victory, Ajeigbe declared, “I was more a decoy this game. They were loading eight in the box in preparation for the run.”

Looking toward next week, Ajeigbe stated, “This week we have a big game coming up. We’re playing nationally ranked Mission Hills Alemany. It should be a good test for us as a team as we prepare to go into league play.”

In Georgia, defensive tackle Mike Ramsay described The Walker School’s victory, “We won a tough one 21-14 over Mt. Zion. We are now 4-0 for the first time in Walker School history.”

Heading to Texas, offensive lineman Austin Davis commented on Mansfield’s loss to South Grand Prairie, “We lost on a game-winning field goal 21-23. We rushed for 200 yards and had an average game. I did a good job and handled my opponent.”

This week’s edition closes out by checking in with three prospects in Florida.

Dual threat quarterback Parker Boehme passed for 148 yards (10-18-0) and rushed for 81 more but Sandalwood came out on the short end of a 23-21 decision against Fletcher. Here is a video clip.

T.J. Douglas ran for 94 yards on 12 carries, including a 69-yard touchdown and tossed a 31-yard touchdown pass as Fort Myers defeated Riverdale 15-0 to improve to 4-0 on the season. Douglas is number 10 in green in the video clip.

Wide Receiver Johnell Barnes scored a touchdown on a four yard run as Ft. Myers Dunbar blasted Lake Placid 49-0.

CB Breon Borders led Statesville with 8 interceptions as a junior

Statesville CB Breon Borders commits to Duke

CB Breon Borders led Statesville with 8 interceptions as a junior

After a short lull, Duke football picked up another early commitment in the class of 2013 on Thursday. Statesville CB Breon Borders gave his verbal pledge to the Blue Devils, joining fellow in-state CB Dequavais Mann and Virginia CBs Evrett Edwards and Jake Kite in the future Duke secondary. The 6’1″ 170 pound prospect helped lead Statesville to the state playoffs and a 7-5-1 overall record as a junior; he finished the season with 48 tackles, 5 interceptions, and 6 pass break-ups. Borders picked up his first scholarship offer on a February unofficial visit to Durham, which he described as a dream come true, and declared Duke his early leader. He made his decision official on Thursday by informing the Duke coaches, and ultimately chose Duke over an offer from Georgia State and strong interest from Clemson, ECU, UNC, and Wake Forest.

Borders caught up with BDN after his high school track meet this afternoon.

BDN: What led to your decision to commit to Duke today?

I’ve wanted to go to Duke ever since freshman year, plus I am ready to get recruiting out of the way so I can focus on my senior year and football.

BDN: How did you inform the coaches of your decision and what did they have to say?

I just called up Coach Cutcliffe and I told him that, “Coach, I’m ready to commit.” And he was just so excited, he was so excited, I was excited. It was just amazing, it was amazing!

BDN: I know we spoke after you took a visit to Durham earlier this spring and you’ve had some other schools recruiting you as well. What was it about that  Duke that made it the school for you?

I just really connected with the coaches and I really liked the vibe around campus. I think I could come and play within my second year at Duke.

BDN: I’m sure Duke fans will be excited to hear about your commitment. Is there anything you want to let them know?

I just want them to know that they got a good athlete, a long athlete, and they got a corner that’s going to come to work every day.

BDN: Congratulations on your commitment, Breon, and best of luck this fall!

Yes sir, thank you!

 

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CB Breon Borders led Statesville with 8 interceptions as a junior

Big in-state CB Breon Borders leaning towards Duke

CB Breon Borders led Statesville with 8 interceptions as a junior

When it comes to recruiting, being the first school to offer a prospect is rarely a bad thing. After National Signing Day, the Duke coaching staff turned their full attention to identifying the top student-athletes in the class of 2013 and inviting them to campus. Breon Borders, a 6’1″ 170 pound cornerback from Statesville, NC, picked up his first scholarship offer from the Blue Devils on a February 25th unofficial visit to Durham. A converted wide receiver, Borders has become a lockdown corner in the high school ranks and he features the combination of size and speed to become a playmaker at the college level.  BDN caught up with the big cornerback to discuss his interest in the Blue Devils and get an update on his recruitment. [private]

BDN: How would you describe your strengths as a player?

I’m a really tall corner, and I’m faster than people think I am. I can defend the tall receivers, I’m really good at man coverage. My advantage is I’m long.

BDN: What are you working on this offseason as you prepare for your senior year?

I’m really trying to get my weight up to 175 [pounds], and I’m trying to get my footwork better.

BDN: As you approach your college decision, what are the most important things you are looking for in a school?

I’m looking for a coaching staff that really cares about the players and a great football team, a team that really wants me.

BDN: Do you have any ideas for what you might want to study in college?

I’m still open at this point.

BDN: Where do you stand with offers and which schools are you hearing from the most?

I’ve got my only offer from Duke, but I’m hearing a lot from Wake [Forest], Clemson, and UNC sometimes, too.

BDN: Which schools have you had a chance to visit recently?

I’ve been to Duke, I’ve been to Clemson, UNC, Wake [Forest], NC State, ECU…and I think that’s about it right there.

BDN: Are there any coaches you have started to develop a close relationship with?

I’ve really…I’ve got a good relationship with Coach Jones from Duke, he’s put a lot of effort in and I feel like he really has put time into getting to know me.

BDN: Are there any other schools you plan to visit or would like to hear from?

My coach has a couple plans that I don’t know about, but I would like to visit Clemson again, Wake [Forest], Duke, and ECU again.

BDN: Do you have a timeline in mind for when you plan to narrow things down or make your final decision?

My top schools are Duke, Clemson, and Wake Forest, but I’m leaning towards Duke right now. I’m probably going to make a decision, probably sometime before the season starts.

BDN: Thanks a lot, Breon, and best of luck.

Alright, thanks, you too.

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