Five-star defensive tackle and Ole Miss commit Benito Jones did all that he could but was unable to keep Archbishop Rummel (La.) Raiders coming away with a hard-fought 27-16 win over his Wayne Country (Miss.) War Eagles. The 6’1, 275-pound Jones was active up front as he was in the backfield a lot, finishing with eight tackles for loss.
Look for Jones to arrive in Oxford and look to provide depth to the D-line immediately. Despite the lack of height, he has the quickness and motor to be an absolute disrupting force in the interior. There were some representatives from ESPN’s Recruiting Nation at the game Friday night and the hype train for Benito is getting cranked up. Of course, the first thing anyone ever says about Jones is his limitations with his height, but he reminds me of current Landshark Issac Gross. They both utilize extreme quickness and their hands tremendously well. The only difference between Gross and the fivestar Jones is Mr. Benito has no problem maintaining his bulk and stature. What I’m saying is, he gon be a good’un.
Next game: Friday, September 25th, 7 p.m. CT at Wingfield (Miss.)
Let's take a look at how some other big-name Rebel croots did over the weekend.
Shea Patterson, 5-star QB
The Chef got a stiff challenge from fellow Elite 11 alum and Tennessee commit Jarrett Guarantano but the IMG Academy (Fla.) Ascenders improved to 4-0 behind the arms and legs of Patterson. The five-star quarterback showed once again why he is the No. 1 ranked player in America as he and his fellow Ascenders beat the Bergen Catholic (N.J.) Crusaders 59-47 in the Garden State. There wasn't much defense in this game but who cares, it's all about the Shea Show. Mr. Patterson finished 8-of-16 for 202 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran the ball four times for 27 yards and a touchdown. The two teams exchanged haymakers all day, but in the end, the Chef came away victorious.
As the season goes on, you can't help but see a little Johnny Manziel in Patterson. The inmate ability to escape pressure with a quick twitch movement and evade the rush all the while keeping his eyes downfield and directing traffic. Another thing he has, might be even better at this stage in his career, is his accuracy while on the run. There were multiple throws against the Crusaders that without pinpoint accuracy, would be incomplete or intercepted. The Chef even shows a little #sauce after trucking a defender on a scramble.
Next game: Friday, October 2nd, 7 p.m. CT vs St. Joseph Regional (N.J.)
Justin Connor, 4-star ATH
It was a night to forget for the North Panola Cougars as they lose a nail biter to the O’Bannon (Miss.) Greenwaves, 22-20. It did not help that the Cougs had 14 penalties that totaled 146 penalty yards. But, the yellow laundry didn’t effect how Connor toted the rock. He finished with 36 (yes, thirty-six) carries for 172 yards and one touchdown. The 5’9, 186-pound speedster goes both ways for NPHS and is the Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of workhorse. It remains to be seen where he'll play once he dons the red and blue -- most think he'll find his home in the secondary but others contend that he can be a Jaylen Walton-type playmaker at running back.
Next game: Friday, September 25th, 7 p.m. CT vs Manassas (Tenn.)
Jarrion Street, 3-star RB
Unfortunately, this continues the trend of Ole Miss commits playing fantastic football on Friday but coming up short on the scoreboard. Jarrion Street’s Hewitt-Trussville Huskies lost an overtime thriller to the Spain Park (Ala.) Jaguars, 31-28. The 6’1, 203-pound runaway flaming dumptruck did his part by ripping through the Jaguars defense like Hacksaw Jim Duggan, going for 138 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. Through five contests, the senior back from Trussville, Ala. is averaging 157.4 yards per game, 7.0 yards per carry and has nine total touchdowns. I just might go ahead and start a campaign to get this young man a fourth star because the kid runs extremely hard and does not get tackled very often.
Next game: Friday, October 2nd, 7 p.m. CT at Oak Mountain (Ala.)