Friday Night Lights recap week 5: Florida Gators recruiting

It’s that time of the year again where the Friday Night Lights are bright and prospects all across the country are trying to shine on the field to impress college coaches and win a state championship ring before heading to college.

Like the past years Gator Country is going to do a preview every Thursday for all of the Florida Gators recruiting commits and on Monday we will do a full recap including stats and notes from the past weeks games.

This year we are going to also to name a player of the week from the commits games.

This week was the start of the season for the guys in the state of Florida, California and Georgia but everywhere else was another round of preseason games.

High School Recap

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Divaad Wilson- Wilson had two interceptions in a 14-7 win.

2018 commits


Athlete Amari Burney (6-1, 215, Clearwater, FL. Calvary Christian)

Result: Calvary Christian (2-1) lost to the First Academy 26-24 on Friday.

Game Stats: Burney had a 6-yard touchdown catch in the loss.

Notes: Burney has three touchdowns on the year.


Receiver Ja’Marr Chase (6-1, 195, Metairie, LA. Archbishop Rummel)

Result: Archbishop Rummel (3-0) defeated Teurlings Catholic 41-23 on Saturday.

Game Stats: Chase had an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown and td catch.

Notes: Rummel continues to dominate the competition.


Running back Iverson Clement (5-11, 199, Mount Holly, NJ. Rancocas Valley)

Result: Rancocas Valley (3-0) defeated Trenton Central 38-6 on Friday.

Game Stats: Clement had 30-yard receiving touchdown in the win.

Notes: N/A


Receiver Jacob Copeland (6-0, 192, Pensacola, FL. Escambia)

Result: Escambia (2-2) won by forfeit.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: The opposing team was a smaller school who forfeited the game.


Quarterback Matt Corral (6-2, 196, Long Beach, CA. Poly)

Result: Long Beach Poly (3-1) defeated Millikan 28-0.

Game Stats: Corral was 9-15 for 152 yards and two touchdowns.

Notes: Long Beach Poly is 3-1 on the year.


Offensive lineman Curtis Dunlap (6-4, 368, Bradenton, FL. IMG Academy)

Result: IMG (3-0) defeated Central 24-15 on Friday.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: IMG came from behind to win the game.


Receiver Corey Gammage (6-2, 188, Delray Beach, FL. Atlantic)

Result: Atlantic (2-1) defeated Park Vista 10-3.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: Atlantic picked up a district win on Friday.


Tight end Dante Lang (6-5, 220, Boca Raton, FL. High)

Result: Boca Raton (2-1) defeated Santaluces 46-8 on Friday.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: Boca Raton returned to the field with a win.


Running back Dameon Pierce (5-11, 205, Bainbridge, GA. High)

Result: Bainbridge (4-1) defeated Sarasota 51-0.

Game Stats: Pierce had 21 carries for 216 yards and four touchdowns.

Notes: Pierce continues to lead Bainbridge.


Tight end Kyle Pitts (6-5, 235, Warminster, PA. Archbishop Wood)

Result: Archbishop Wood (3-2) defeated Roman Catholic 38-6 on Saturday.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: Archbishop is now 3-2 on the year.


Linebacker David Reese (6-2, 213, Vero Beach, FL. High)

Result: Vero Beach (3-0) defeated Pahokee 28-13 on Friday.

Game Stats: Reese had a sack and several hurries in the win.

Notes: Vero Beach had a strong defensive showing.


Defensive back Randy Russell (5-11, 180, Miami, FL. Carol City)

Result: Carol City (1-1) defeated Dr. Krop 48-0 on Friday.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: Carol City returned with a win.


Receiver Tyquan Thornton (6-3, 165, Miami, FL. Booker T. Washington)

Result: Booker T. (1-2) lost to Northwestern 14-7 on Friday.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: Booker T returned with a loss.


Defensive end Taylor Upshaw (6-5, 240, Bradenton, FL. Braden River)

Result: Braden River (2-0) had a bye week this week.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: Braden River will be back on the field next week.


Safety Deontai Williams (6-0, 175, Ellisville, MS. Jones County JUCO)

Result: Jones County (3-1) defeated Copiah-Lincoln 35-10 on Thursday.

Game Stats: Williams had 2 tackles in the win and a forced fumble.

Notes: Jones County is now 3-1 on the year.


Receiver Jalynn Williams (5-10, 188, St. Petersburg, FL. High)

Result: St. Petersburg (3-0) defeated Gibbs 38-6 on Friday night.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: St. Petersburg is undefeated on the year.

Cornerback Divaad Wilson (6-0, 180, Miami, FL. Northwestern)

Result: Northwestern (3-0) defeated Booker T 14-7 on Friday.

Game Stats: Wilson had two interceptions in the game.

Note: Northwestern returned with a win on Friday.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.