Best plays by top college football recruits: Future Canes, Buckeyes
Blake Baumgartner, ESPN Personnel WriterSep 16, 2023, 06:30 AM ET Before they take the field as college football players on Saturdays, several of the top employees in the 2024 ESPN 300 are playing below the lights on weeknights.A day after protecting a commitment from top-five 2025 possibility Armondo Blount and 6 days after a big win over Texas A&M, Miami Hurricanes coach Mario Cristobal remained in the house in Hollywood, Florida, on Friday seeing his treasured pass receiver recruit, Joshisa Trader (No. 11 overall in 2024). Also in participation and drawing a crowd was previous Auburn QB and 2010 Heisman Prize winner Web cam Newton, currently an NFL complimentary agent.Trader, who revealed for the Hurricanes in July, returned from an injury for Chaminade-Madonna Preparation against American Heritage(Florida), along with teammate and future Ohio State Buckeye Jeremiah Smith (No. 9 overall). Smith had a 2nd straight multi-touchdown game for the Lions, who won 28-16. Here’s how some other of the nation’s leading employees looked today. Kearney flashed a few of his versatility as an unique teams factor Thursday
for Hightower High School( Texas)in a 43-36 loss to Ridge Point High School(Texas )with this punt return for a touchdown.@ZionKearney2024 that kickoff return by FB Hightower Zion Kearney was unbelievable. He outruns tacklers with the angle on him with a gazelle like stride … if Sat. afternoons in Norman, Oklahoma gon na be like this? OMG! What a run Sooners Football @OU_Football #BeastMode pic.twitter.com/zgrAV5uK5M!.?.!— Billy Miller(@video296)September 15, 2023 Kearney (No. 85 total in 2024 ), who captured 39 passes for 765 yards and 8 touchdowns as a junior, belongs to Oklahoma’s top-10 class(No. 8 ). He ‘d be the ninth ESPN 300 pass receiver to sign with the Sooners since 2021. Bowens( No. 136 overall), who turned from Florida to Georgia in mid-June, helped lead The Benjamin School( Florida)in its nothing of Gulliver Prep on Thursday.Chauncey Bowens with his second touchdown of the night 42-0 Benjamin: 4:57 left in the first @Shotby_Dan pic.twitter.com/w9Pzv6IS4n!.?.!— New Era Prep(@EraPrep)September 14, 2023 This 70-yard goal programs why Bowens might be the next Bulldog to do some significant damage on the ground. He’s the only running back presently in Georgia’s top-ranked class.In 10 games in 2022, he ran for 940
lawns and eight goals, balancing 7.2 lawns per bring. Luxury Coleman(No. 8 overall in 2024)gave coach Jimbo Fisher and the Aggies a big success on the trail when he devoted on July 4. Coleman, who plays for Patrick Nix(Calvin Johnson’s offensive organizer at Georgia Tech), revealed why he’s ESPN’s top-ranked receiver in the class throughout Central High School’s(Alabama)game versus Opelika High School
(Alabama). An absolute rocket to #Auburn target 5 WR Cam Coleman, who high points the ball. And yes, Coach Hugh Freeze saw that!
#WarEagle #WDE pic.twitter.com/qZXLI83bON!.?.!— Sidelines -Auburn (@SSN_Auburn)September 16, 2023 Texas A&M’s 2024 class snuck into the top 10( No. 9 )in ESPN’s latest group ranking upgrade. Graham(No. 56 overall in 2024) will continue the Graham household tradition in Gainesville as he prepares to follow his dad, Earnest, who was a running back for Steve Spurrier and Ron
Zook from 1998-2002. Mainly a linebacker on defense, the younger Graham is
n’t afraid to contribute on the offensive side of the ball for Buchholz High School( Florida
)as he showed on Friday with three TD runs in a 49-20 win against Creekside High School( Florida). Myles Graham with running back tasks and he breaks through the Creekside Defense for a 96 lawn TD for Buchholz! Big run for
the #Gators commit!Buchholz(@BuchholzFB )28, Creekside(@Creekside_fb) 6-0:31 1st Q #flhsfb @DanLaForestFB @ridaught @ThePrepZone @CenFLAPreps … pic.twitter.com/3U06iqp8Az!.?.!— FloridaHSFootball.com (@FlaHSFootball)September 16, 2023 Graham is the fourth-highest ranked possibility in Billy Napier’s class, which ESPN has
ranked third overall behind Georgia and Ohio State. Houston( No. 32 overall in 2024) could very well be the next in line to help the Buckeyes get to the opposing quarterback, with the aid of famous protective line coach Larry Johnson Sr.Houston showed his pass-rushing abilities Friday in Buford High School’s
(Georgia) 31-0 nothing of Carver High School(Georgia ). A BIG TIME SACK from @HoustonEddrick0 2Q: @NSC_Football 0 @buford_football 7 Website: https://t.co/OZJLicoWe6!.?.!Facebook: https://t.co/phuJXIlKhh!.?.!Twitch: https://t.co/6yjRw7MFCW YouTube: https://t.co/5YclOQObjp!.?.!: GPB Sports App #gpbsports pic.twitter.com/3KClzg5I3J!.?.!— GPB Sports(@GPBsports)September 16, 2023 Ryan Day and his staff have compiled the second-best class for the 2024 cycle as much as this point and the 14 ESPN 300 potential customers they have are tied with LSU and Oregon for second-most in the nation.