Friday Night Lights recap week 2: Florida Gators recruiting

  1. 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: Dameon Pierce- Pierce had 27 carries for 387 yards and five touchdowns.


2018 commits

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

Result: Calvary Christian defeated Northside Christian 28-0.

Game Stats: Burney had a 20-yard touchdown run and a 81-yard touchdown catch.

Notes: Burney and his teammates held a good Northside team scoreless.


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

Result: Archbishop Rummel defeated Gulfport 31-0.

Game Stats: Chase had 6 catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns.

Notes: Chase had a 71-yard touchdown catch and a 17-yard td catch.


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

Result: N/A

Game Stats:

Notes: Rancocas Valley doesn’t start play until Friday.


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

Result: Escambia defeated Archbishop Shaw 34-0 on Saturday.

Game Stats: Copeland had seven catches for 85 yards and two touchdowns. He also added a 8-yard touchdown run.

Notes: Copeland has multiple touchdowns in all 3 games now.


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

Result: Long Beach Poly defeated Narbonne 14-10 on Friday.

Game Stats: Corral was 20-34 with 213 yards passing and two touchdowns and one interception.

Notes: Long Beach Poly is 2-0 on the year.


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

Result: IMG defeated Centennial 40-20 on Saturday.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: Dunlap and the IMG offense had a good second half.


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

Result: Atlantic defeated Dwyer 21-12 on Friday night.

Game Stats: Gammage had a 10-yard touchdown catch.

Notes: Atlantic is now 1-1 on the year. 


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

Result: Boca Raton lost to Ridge Community 34-13 on Friay.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: Boca Raton is 1-1 on the year.


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

Result: Bainbridge defeated Lincoln 43-33 on Friday night.

Game Stats: Pierce had 27 carries for 387 yards and five touchdowns.

Notes: Bainbridge is now 1-1 on the year.


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

Result: Archbishop Wood lost to Paramus 34-14 on Saturday.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: Archbishop is now 1-1 on the year. 


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

Result: Vero Beach defeated Wellington 62-24.

Game Stats: Reese had a sack in the win.

Notes: Vero Beach is 2-0 on the year.


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

Result: Carol City had a bye week

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: Carol City is 0-1 right now.


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

Result: Booker T. lost to Central 19-17 on Thursday.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: Booker T is now 1-1 on the year.


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

Result: Braden River lead Clearwater 21-7 in a game that has been suspended.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: Braden River and Clearwater will have to play the second half at a later date due to lighting.


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

Result: Jones County lost to East Mississippi 47-34 on Thursday.

Game Stats: Williams had 8 tackles in the loss.

Notes: Jones County opens the season with a loss.


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

Result: St. Petersburg defeated Lakewood 28-19 on Friday.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: St. Petersburg is 2-0 on the year.


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

Result: Northwestern defeated Columbus 24-7

Game Stats: N/A

Note: Northwestern is 2-0 on the year.






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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.