Considered this week’s most highly anticipated match up, St. Thomas Aquinas and St. John Bosco found one another in a defensive struggle which featured no touchdowns in regulation.
We break down the individual prospect who caught the eye of our evaluators during the 9-3 overtime win for the Raiders on Friday night.
ADETUTU DARANIJO, ST. THOMAS AQUINAS, S
Midway through the first quarter, the 2018 defensive back intercepted a tipped pass from opposing quarterback and Iowa State commit Re-al Mitchell.
Daranijo currently holds scholarship offers from 15 programs including Missouri, Memphis, Cincinnati, Navy, Pitt and Purdue.
Provides consistent physicality in the box with the ability to cover and flash ball skills.
COLE AUBREY, ST. JOHN BOSCO, DE
Late in the first quarter, St. Thomas Aquinas moved the ball into the redzone.
Aubrey provided a spark for the defense with a pass rush off the edge which led to a quarterback sack.
The 2019 prospect took a visit to Southern Cal during June and went on to attend camps with Oregon, UCLA and the Trojans.
STEPHAN BLAYLOCK, ST. JOHN BOSCO, S
Blaylock showed his ability to play the football in the air with an interception early in the second quarter to put the Braves in plus territory.
With less than 10 offer so far, the 2018 UCLA commit may currently be one of the most underrated defensive backs in the country.
He also holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Colorado State, Nebraska, Oregon and Washington State.
ASANTE SAMUEL JR, ST. THOMAS AQUINAS, CB
The Florida State commit looked the part as a pure press coverage defensive back.
Samuel blanketed receivers throughout the evening and did so both with and without safety help.
The 2018 prospect holds nearly 40 scholarship offers which includes Alabama, Clemson, Miami (FL), Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
Expect him to step-in and compete for a starting spot with the Seminoles during his freshman season.
GEORGE HOLANI, ST. JOHN BOSCO, RB
With the power run offenses becoming less common in high school, this 2019 prospect has continued that tradition.
Holani provided a routine downhill presence with elite vision and ball security as well as a bit of shiftiness.
He currently holds scholarship offers from Arizona State, Boston College, UCLA, Oregon and Utah.
Last month, the running back took a trip to see the Bruins.