Well, it didn't take long for Shea Patterson to get IMG Academy on the board against nationally-ranked Cocoa (Fla.) High School. The five-star Rebel commit and No. 1 overall player in the country had a short day at the office as he only played in the first half, but that was all the Ascenders needed to grab the 49-7 win over the visiting Tigers. Patterson finished 6-of-8 for 222 yards and four touchdowns (tying a school record). After making headlines for tossing his 100th career touchdown last week in a game against another nationally-ranked foe, Patterson came out on Friday and took care of business in a way that a chef slices and dices charcuterie for some very important guests at a corporate dinner function.
The hype is real. It can not be ignored anymore. The kid is just something special. He exemplifies his talent in so many different ways that it's ignorant to say anything different. Whether he's standing tall in the pocket and delivering lasers over the middle to five-star tight end Isaac Nauta or rolling out to escape pressure and finding four-star wide receiver Drake Davis behind the defense, the 6'2, 193-pound signal caller is exactly what Hugh Freeze needs to run his hurry up, no huddle offense. Now the IMG show hits the road again to New Jersey to take on yet another nationally-ranked team in Bergen Catholic, a team that is led by four-star quarterback and Tennessee commit Jarrett Guarantano.
Next game: Saturday, September 19th, 1 p.m. CT at Bergen Catholic (N.J.)
4-star Gabe Angel, TE
Cookeville (Tenn.) High School's four-star tight end Gabe Angel was instrumental in the team's 41-0 drubbing of White County (Tenn.) High School on Friday. Angel is used in a multitude of ways for the Cavaliers' offense and he put his versatility on display this week. Angel was used to convert a two-point conversion on the ground and then was used through the air as he had three receptions for 75 yards and a 19-yard touchdown reception. The 6'4, 217-pound athlete also plays free safety for his high school and has lead them to a 4-0 record so far on the young season.
Next game: Friday, September 18th, 7 p.m. CT at Siegel (Tenn.)
4-star Octavious Cooley, TE
To keep the continuing trend of Rebel tight end commits putting in work this past week going, Laurel (Miss.) High School's Octavious Cooley did all that he could to lead the Tornadoes to a win over the Petal (Miss.) High School Panthers, but it wasn't enough. Cooley finished with 10 catches for 208 yards and three touchdown receptions as he used his 6'3, 220-pound frame to get open all night against the Panther defense, but the Tornadoes came up just short, losing 28-27. Despite the loss, Cooley continues to show why Shea Patterson had him on his 7-on-7 team this summer. In case you need a reminder, check out the highlight below.
Word of advice. Don't get in Octavious Cooley's way 1 on 1. https://t.co/AoQfIzQFWG— Austin Simmons (@ASimmonsWDAM) September 12, 2015
Next game: Friday, September 25th, 7 p.m. CT at West Jones (Miss.)
3-star Jarrion Street, RB
Hewitt-Trussville (Ala.) High School running back and Rebel Commit Jarrion Street is doing his damnedest to keep up with Shea Patterson on the Friday Night Highlights this season. And this past week is keeping him in the discussion. Street lead his Huskies to their first ever win over the Vestavia Hills (Ala.) Rebels as the visiting Huskies won 28-14. Street scored three touchdowns on the night, two on the ground and one through the air. Street ran for 121 yards and caught that aforementioned 60-yard touchdown. The 6'1, 203-pounder from Trussville, Ala. continues to impress everyone in the state and is also continuing to make a case for a fourth star.
Next game: Friday, September 18th, 7 p.m. CT vs Spain Park (Ala.)