Friday Night Lights recap week 8: 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: Ja’Marr Chase: Chase had 8 catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

2018 commits


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

Result: Calvary Christian (3-2) lost 23-14 to Clearwater Central Catholic.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: N/A


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

Result: Archbishop Rummel (5-1) defeated Jesuit 22-21 on Friday.

Game Stats: Chase had 8 catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

Notes: Rummel rebounded from a loss on Friday.


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

Result: Rancocas Valley (6-0) defeated Winslow Township 28-13.

Game Stats: Clement had an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a rushing touchdown.

Notes: N/A


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

Result: Escambia (4-2) defeated Tate 52-10 on Friday.

Game Stats: Copeland had two touchdown catches in the win.

Notes: Escambia won the district championship on Friday night.


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

Result: Long Beach Poly (6-1) defeated Compton 57-10.

Game Stats: Corral didn’t play in the game on Friday.

Notes: N/A




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

Result: IMG (5-0) had a bye week.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: N/A


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

Result: Atlantic (5-1) defeated Leonard 40-12 on Friday.

Game Stats: Gammage had 3 catches for 72 yards and a touchdown in the win.

Notes: Atlantic is on a five game winning streak.




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

Result: Boca Raton (3-3) defeated Lake Worth 47-7 on Friday.

Game Stats: Lang had two touchdown catches in the win.

Notes: N/A


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

Result: Bainbridge (5-2) had a bye week.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: N/A



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

Result: Archbishop Wood (6-2) defeated Archbishop Carroll 49-7.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: Archbishop is now 6-2 on the year.




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

Result: Vero Beach (6-0) defeated Treasure Coast 42-0 on Friday.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: Vero Beach had a strong defensive showing.


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

Result: Carol City (4-2) lost to Northwestern 16-7 on Thursday.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: Carol City had its three game winning streak snapped.


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

Result: Booker T. (3-4) lost Chaminade Madoona 35-20 on Thursday.

Game Stats: Thornton had a touchdown catch.



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

Result: Braden River (6-2) defeated Sarasota 41-14 on Friday.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: Braden River is on a two-game winning streak.


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

Result: Jones County (6-1) defeated Pearl River 52-31 on Saturday..

Game Stats: Williams had two interceptions in the win.

Notes: Jones County is now 6-1 on the year.


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

Result: St. Petersburg (5-2) lost to Countryside 13-12 on Friday.

Game Stats: Williams had a 23-yard receiver touchdown in the loss.

Notes: N/A

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

Result: Northwestern (5-1) defeated Carol City 16-7 on Thursday.

Game Stats: Wilson had an interception in the win.

Note: N/A

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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.