Friday Night Lights recap week 9: 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: Dameon Pierce -Pierce had 13 carries for 231 yards and four touchdowns

2018 commits

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

Result: Calvary Christian (4-2) defeated Carrollwood Day 46-6.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: N/A


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

Result: Archbishop Rummel (5-2) lost to Brother Martin 21-17

Game Stats: Chase had 6 catches for 110 yards in the loss.

Notes: Rummel lost for the second time in three games.


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

Result: Rancocas Valley (7-0) defeated Notre Dame 42-7 on Saturday.

Game Stats: Clement had three rushing touchdown in the win.

Notes: N/A


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

Result: Escambia (4-2) had a bye week this week.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: Escambia won the district championship on two Friday’s ago.


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

Result: Long Beach Poly (7-1) defeated Jordan 81-0 on Friday.

Game Stats: Corral was 10-13 for 320 yards and five touchdowns in the win.

Notes: N/A


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

Result: IMG (6-0) defeated East 43-19 on Friday in Utah.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: N/A


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

Result: Atlantic (6-1) defeated Lake Worth 50-6.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: Atlantic is on a six game winning streak.


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

Result: Cambridge (6-2) lost to Victory Christian 35-34 on Friday.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: N/A


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

Result: Boca Raton (4-3) defeated Leonard 49-7 on Friday.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: N/A


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

Result: Bainbridge (6-2) defeated TCCHS 63-14 on Friday.

Game Stats: Pierce had 13 carries for 231 yards and four touchdowns

Notes: Pierce passed Herschel Walker to become No. 16 on the all-time Georgia high school rushing yards record list on Friday.


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

Result: Archbishop Wood (6-2) had a bye week.

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 (7-0) defeated Lincoln 35-7 on Friday night.

Game Stats: Reese had multiple tackles for a loss in the win.

Notes: Vero Beach had another strong defensive showing.


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

Result: Carol City (5-2) defeated Booker T 39-7 on Saturday.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: Carol City rebounded from a loss last week.


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

Result: Booker T. (3-5) lost to Carol City 39-7 on Saturday.

Game Stats: N/A



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

Result: Braden River (7-2) defeated Lakewood Ranch 55-7.

Game Stats: N/A

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


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

Result: Jones County (7-1) defeated Hinds 41-36 on Saturday..

Game Stats: Williams had three tackles in the win.

Notes: Jones County is now 7-1 on the year.


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

Result: St. Petersburg (6-2) defeated East Lake 38-11 on Friday.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: N/A


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

Result: Northwestern (6-1) defeated Central 21-7 on Friday.

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.