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Friday Night Lights – Future Blue Devils Shine

Welcome back Blue Devil faithful to another edition of Friday Night Lights, where Blue Devil Nation takes fans on a national tour from Georgia to California with stops in South Carolina, Alabama, Virginia and North Carolina as we cover high school action of Duke verbal commits and recruiting targets, complete with quotes from the players describing their gridiron performances.

Marietta, GA defensive tackle Mike Ramsay helped The Walker School to a 35-6 win over Mount Pisgah on Friday night. Ramsay described the game this way: “We played great. I had three sacks, three or four tackles for a loss, and a couple of other tackles. It was a good game.” Walker improved to 5-0 for the first time in school history.

Wide Receiver Johnell Barnes caught a 23 yard touchdown pass as Ft. Myers (FL) Dunbar defeated North Fort Myers 34-9. Barnes stated after the game, “We were spreading the ball around a lot and I played quarterback a bit.”

Defensive Back Breon Borders returned an interception 99 yards for a touchdown as Charlotte Statesville defeated North Iredell 48-0. Borders commented, “I had about four tackles and took a 99 yard interception to the house.”

Defensive Back Evrett Edwards of Woodbridge (VA) caught four passes for 56 yards, including a 34 yard touchdown reception, but Woodbridge fell to Potomac 18-6. Edwards stated, “I had a touchdown and too many tackles to keep track of.”

Southern Nash defeated Northern Nash 35-14. Quay Mann of Northern Nash was limited to action on the defense, “I don’t have many stats other than a couple of tackles. They mainly ran the ball against us.”

In Columbia, SC, Heathwood Hall defeated Pinewood Prep 34-19 to improve to 3-4 on the season. Heathwood Hall offensive lineman Gabe Brandner commented, “A lot of missed extra points! But it was a good win and I am proud of how we played.”

In Roanoke, VA, Hidden Valley defeated Blacksburg 13-10. Safety Jake Kite of Hidden Valley stated, “It was a lot of turnovers for both teams.”

Ft. Myers (FL) Quarterback T.J. Douglas was named Player-of-the-Week last week. Here is a video interview. Fort Myers matched up against Island Coast on Friday night in a game with playoff implications. The News-Press published a game preview which focused upon Douglas and Island Coast Quarterback Kurt Benkert.

Island Coast won the game 24-21 in overtime.

Dual threat Quarterback Parker Boehme ran for three touchdowns and passed for a fourth as Jacksonville (FL) Sandalwood defeated Mandarin 28-14.

In California, Norco dropped its second consecutive game, falling to Santiago 32-26. Norco running back Joseph Ajeigbe was stripped of the football at the one yard line on Norco’s opening drive.

Class of 2014 action:

The Jacksonville Daily News named Josh Cabrera Player-of-the-Week and Cabrera showed why on Friday night with an 80 yard kick-off return for a touchdown to go along with an 18 yard touchdown reception as Northside blasted South Lenoir 35-3.

Kendall Hinton threw a touchdown pass as Southern Durham defeated Riverside 27-24.

Mobile, AL linebacker and verbal commit Zavier Carmichael intercepted a pass late in the 4th quarter as St. Paul’s defeated Spanish Fort 31-21.

That’s a wrap for the first week in October. Blue Devil Nation invites everyone back next week for another national tour of Friday night gridiron action. Until then, Rip ‘em up, tear’em up! Give ‘em hell, Duke!

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.

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

Duke secures two verbal commitments after first camp weekend

Under Head Coach David Cutcliffe, the Blue Devils have had a lot of success on the recruiting front during summer camp season. That trend continued this year, as Duke received two verbal commitments shortly after their first weekend of camps.

Duke hosted Johnell Barnes, a 6’0″ 160 pound wide receiver from Dunbar HS in Fort Myers, Florida, during its camp. The speedy receiver had seen his recruitment take off this spring after being named the top WR at multiple camps. In his first year at receiver, Barnes caught 35 passes for over 700 yards and 7 touchdowns. A star both on the field and in the classroom, he also boasts a 3.7 GPA. He chose the Blue Devils on Monday over 11 other schools which had offered, including Connecticut, Florida International, Hawaii and Northwestern.

Zavier Carmichael is a 5’11” 200 pound class of 2014 linebacker from St. Paul’s School in Mobile, Alabama. A teammate of star 2013 RB Jordan Huff and 2014 LB Tre Williams, he helped lead St. Paul’s to an 11-2 record in his sophomore season. He is the son of Sidney Carmichael, a former lineman at Ole Miss. Carmichael is a top student-athlete, and ultimately chose Duke over Vanderbilt.

Zavier Carmichael Highlights

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