It's a light week for the links and Live and In-Person portions of the Jayhawk Recruit Roundup. And, for once, it was for reasons completely out of my hands. Many of the high school football games in the entire Kansas City Metro area were postponed Friday night, due to lightning, and resumed Saturday morning/afternoon. Thus, the Kansas City Star didn't send out writers for the resumptions and didn't use newspaper or online space Sunday morning for articles. Actually, it seems like no one wrote any articles this week.
So, with that being said, a couple of quick links on a current commit, and a prospective commit - both at the running back position.
Smith, Heights blow past North
Even in a weather-shortened game, current running back commit Dreamius Smith was able to score multiple times and average nearly 20 yards per carry.
Wildcats blow by Patriots
My poor high school... Darrian Miller must have felt like he was playing againt the Junior Varsity (which they are to Blue Springs) in his lone half of action this weeked. Check out the numbers.
|Quarterbacks||Interest Level||Result||Comp-Att||Pass Yds||Pass TD||Int||Rush Att.||Rush Yds||Rush TD|
|Michael Cummings||Committed - KU||W, 31-17||Suffered ankle injury, could miss this week's game|
|Bubba Starling||Committed - NU||W, 52-18||1||4|
|Running Backs||Rush Att.||Rush Yds||Rush TD|
|Dreamius Smith||Committed - KU||W, 35-0||7||120||3 (16, 52,2)|
|Darrian Miller||Top 5||W, 57-0||16||222||4 (48, 46, 14, 27)|
|Wide Receivers||Rec.||Rec. Yds||Rec. TD|
|Jordan Nubine||No Offers||W, 57-0|
|JaCorey Shepherd||Committed - KU||W, 35-28||8||138||2 (30, 50)|
|Dylan Admire||Committed - KU||L, 13-53|
|Travis Bodenstein||Committed - KU||L, 26-80||Last Monday at Cowboys Stadium|
|Phil Ford||Committed - KU||W, 42-0||Offense had 161 yds passing, offensive TDs of 12, 5, 4, 25, 13|
|Luke Luhrsen||Committed - KU||W, 49-0||Offense had 186 yds. passing, 116 yds. rushing|
|Damon Martin||Committed - KU||W, 56-35||Offense had 90 yds. passing, 233 yds. rushing|
|Bryan Peters||Committed - KU||L, 17-23||Offense had 138 yds. passing , 114 yds rushing|
|Jason Hensley||Committed - KU||W, 27-24|
|Jake Love||Committed - KU||L, 7-21|
|Alex Matlock||Committed - KU||W, 44-35||Opponent had 264 yds. passing, 3 INT|
|Chris Robinson||Committed - KU||W, 52-0|
|Victor Simmons||Committed - KU||W, 30-7||As QB, had 80 yd. TD run|
|Bernard Thomas||Top 4||W, 57-0|
Live and In-Person: Victor Simmons
As I said in the open, many games in the Kansas City metro area ended Friday night as postponements. This one was no different. I can report on the first quarter, though.
Victor Simmons plays quarterback for his high school team, Olathe North, yet is listed as a defensive back commit - presumably at safety - with Kansas. I found out why early in the first quarter Friday night. The Olathe South running back took the handoff from the quarterback, work his way just passed the line of scrimmage and met a wall. That wall was none other than number 10, Victor Simmons.
Simmons isn't a giant, by any means. Listed at 6'1", 183 pounds, he's actually on the smaller side for a college safety. But, that didn't stop him from laying the lumber on that play. Other than the thunderous hit he made on the South running back, much of the defensive work was done by the North front seven - one huge reason why they are the number on team in the state. I believe that was his only tackle in the one quarter I saw.
As for his time at the quarterback position, Victor is pretty exciting to watch with the ball in his hands. He's definitely very athletic. Often times, when you have a quarterback capable of running with the ball, he's at quarterback despite the fact that he struggles throwing. On Simmons' pair of passing attempts in the first quarter, that didn't seem to be the case.
The highlight, at least offensively, for Simmons was a perfectly-weighted ball to a receiver down the left side of the field. Simmons rolled left (he throws with his right) got his body square just before reaching the line of scrimmage and tossed a very nice ball for a 41 yard gain, much of which was covered by the ball in the air. Just because he can pass, don't think he can't run, too. North runs a lot of QB reads and option-type plays. Simmons is the orchestrator of said offense and picks up good yardage when he keeps. Not that it matters a whole lot, but he can make guys miss.
My thought is hopefully other guys can't make him miss, and he can hit like his one first quarter tackle every play.