Friday Night Lights recap week 11: 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: Jacob Copeland: Copeland had two touchdowns in his team’s win on Friday.

2018 commits


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

Result: Calvary Christian (6-2) defeated Indian Rocks Christian 35-7

Game Stats: Burney had a 60-yard touchdown catch in the win.

Notes: N/A


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

Result: Archbishop Rummel (5-4) lost St. Augustine 20-17.

Game Stats: Chase had two touchdown catches in the loss.

Notes: Rummel lost for the fourth time in five games.


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

Result: Rancocas Valley (7-1) had a bye week.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: N/A


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

Result: Escambia (6-2) defeated Pensacola 31-0 on Friday night.

Game Stats: Copeland had a rushing and receiving touchdown in the win.

Notes: Escambia heads into the playoffs next week.


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

Result: Long Beach Poly (8-2) lost to Serra 24-20 on Friday night.

Game Stats: Corral had 100 yards passing and 60 yards rushing and accounted for two touchdowns.

Notes: Corral played in the second half only.


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

Result: IMG (7-0) defeated Hoover 32-21 on the road.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: N/A


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

Result: Atlantic (8-1) defeated Wellington 21-5

Game Stats: Gammage had 23-yard touchdown catch.

Notes: Atlantic is on an eight game winning streak.


Offensive lineman Richard Gouraige (6-5, 271, Tampa, FL. Cambridge)

Result: Cambridge (7-2) had a bye week.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: N/A


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

Result: Boca Raton (5-4) had a bye week.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: N/A


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

Result: Bainbridge (7-3) lost to Warner Robins 35-6.

Game Stats: Pierce had a 55-yard touchdown run in the loss.

Notes: N/A


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

Result: Archbishop Wood (7-2) had a bye week.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: Archbishop is now 7-2 on the year.


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

Result: Vero Beach (9-0) defeated Sebastian River 34-6.

Game Stats: Reese had two sacks in the win.

Notes: Vero Beach is headed to the playoffs.


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

Result: Carol City (6-3) defeated American 46-0

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: Carol City is headed to the playoffs.


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

Result: Booker T. (4-5) had a bye week.

Game Stats: N/A



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

Result: Braden River (9-2) defeated St. Petersburg 38-14.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: Braden River is headed to the playoffs.


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

Result: Jones County (7-2) lost to East Mississippi 24-20 in the playoffs.

Game Stats: Williams had three tackles in the loss.

Notes: Jones County is finished with its season


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

Result: St. Petersburg (6-4) lost to St. Petersburg 38-14.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: St. Petersburg is headed to the playoffs.

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

Result: Northwestern (7-2) defeated Jackson 40-0

Game Stats: N/A

Note: Northwestern is headed to the playoffs.

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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.