September 6, 2011

Week Two Rewind

The Alabama High School Athletic Association kicked off its season last week with teams around the state squaring off in out-of-region contests. The Alabama Independent School Association kicked off the week before. All but one of the University of Alabama's 17 commitments have played at least one game (Chris Black and Eddie Williams play their first regular season game this week) with Casey Gladney and Dillon Lee have already played two. will track each player's progress this season in a weekly edition that features year-to-date stats. Sometimes it takes a little bit to get up with every player/coach/statistician, but we will try to roll this out every week by at least Wednesday mornings. Alabama could add two more commitments in the coming week(s), so as UA adds players, we'll add them to the list to track them.


1. Ryan Anderson


Daphne (Mobile)

Week Two: Anderson is off to a phenomenal start for Daphne this season. Coming off a 10-tackle performance last week, Anderson had nine tackles, five quarterback sacks and forced a fumble in a 45-7 win over Baldwin County in week two. Daphne (3-0) faces a tougher test this Friday when it travels to Foley.

For the season: 19 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 6 TFL, 2 FF

Anderson scouting video

**2. Dakota Ball

Defensive lineman

Pepperell (Lindale, Ga.)

Week Two: Ball recorded seven tackles (five solo, two assists), two sacks, seven quarterback hurries and one batted pass in Pepperell's 12-0 win against Cartersville. Pepperell (1-0) plays at Chattooga on Friday.

For the season: 7 tackles (five solo, two assists), 2 sacks, 7 quarterback hurries and 1 batted pass.

Ball scouting video

**3. Chris Black

Wide receiver

First Coast (Jacksonville)

Week Two: First Coast beat Bolles 33-10 in a preseason jamboree game. First Coast (0-0) plays at Parker on Friday.

For the season: N/A

Black scouting video

4. Kenyan Drake


Hillgrove (Powder Springs, Ga.)

Week Two: In week two, Drake touched the ball nine times and scored on five of them in Hillgrove's 48-8 win over Marietta. The versatile running back had just three carries for 30 yards and a score but also caught four passes for 140 yards and three touchdowns. He capped off his performance with a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Hillgrove (2-0) will play at North Forsyth on Friday.

For the season: 10 rushes for 200 yards, 3 touchdowns, 4 receptions for 140 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 kickoff return touchdown.

Drake scouting video

**5. Casey Gladney

Wide receiver

Columbia (Columbia, S.C.)

Week Two: Gladney hauled in 12 receptions for 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns to go with 73 yards rushing on two carries in Columbia's 36-26 win against A.C. Flora. Gladney caught touchdown passes of 25 and 5 yards. Columbia (2-0) plays at Dreher on Friday.

For the season: 23 receptions for 259 yards and four touchdowns. As the punter, he has a 41.0 average on five punts.

Gladney scouting video

6. Brandon Greene

Offensive lineman

Cedar Grove (Ellenwood, Ga.)

Week Two: In arguably their toughest game this year, Greene and Cedar Grove had to face Ga. powerhouse Stephenson High School on Friday. Despite a 41-12 loss, Greene held his own against Virginia Tech commitment Jarontay Jones. He gave up only one sack all game. Cedar Grove (1-1) will host LaGrange on Friday.

For the season: N/A

Greene scouting video

7. Adam Griffith


Calhoun (Calhoun, Ga.)

Week Two: Made 1-of-3 field goals, including a 50-yard field goal, and was 4-for-4 in PATs as Calhoun knocked off Armuchee 38-7. Griffith's team will face fellow UA commitment Dakota Ball and Pepperell this weekend.

For the season: 2-of-5 FGs; 7-for-7 PATs.

Griffith scouting video

8. Caleb Gulledge

Offensive lineman


Week Two: Gulledge helped Prattville (1-1) bounce back to defeat Stanhope Elmore 34-7 last Friday. The Lions picked up 158 yards rushing yards on 33 carries and another 269 yards through the air.

For the season: N/A.

9. Tyler Hayes



Week Two: Hayes played sparingly because of a bruise in his quad during a 49-6 blowout victory over Monroeville County. On defense he still had seven tackles, including two for a loss, and offensively, he had just one carry for eight yards. Thomasville (2-1) hosts B.C. Rain on Friday.

For the season: 122 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries and 25 tackles, 5 TFL and 2 sacks

Hayes scouting video

10. Darren Lake

Defensive tackle

Sumter Central (Livingston)

Week Two: For the second week in a row, Lake was a big part of Sumter Central's 37-14 win over West Blocton last weekend. Lake had nine tackles, including three for a loss and was a force in the middle. Sumter Central (2-0) will play at Greene County this Friday.

For the season: 14 tackles, 5 TFL, 1 FF

**11. Dillon Lee


Buford (Buford, Ga.)

Week One Lee made four tackles in Buford's 49-0 win over Gainesville. Buford (2-0) plays Carver-Columbus on Friday.

For the season: Coming.

Lee scouting video

12. Alec Morris


Allen (Allen, Texas)

Week Two: Morris had another big night for Allen High School on Friday. The big quarterback finished 18-of-32 for 320 yards and five touchdowns. He also ran for another score in the Eagles' 59-0 win over Justin Northwest. Allen (2-0) will travel to Longview for a game this weekend.

For the season: 36-of-61, 568 yards, 8 touchdowns, 1 rushing touchdown

Morris scouting video

13. Reggie Ragland


Bob Jones (Madison)

Week Two: For the second straight week, Ragland only played the first half but still had 11 tackles and three for a loss in Bob Jones' 52-7 win over Hazel Green. Ragland should see more action this Friday when the Patriots travel to Florence to face Alabama target Beniquez Brown. will be on hand for the game.

For the season: 11 tackles, 3 TFL

Ragland scouting video

14. Geno Smith

Defensive Back

St. Pius X (Atlanta)

Week Two: Smith didn't have any balls thrown his way on defense but did rack up seven tackles in a 35-0 win over Benedict. He also had six carries for 65 yards and one reception for 12 yards. St. Pius X (2-0) will host North Hall on Friday.

For the season: 205 yards rushing, 17 carries, 2 touchdowns, 13 tackles

Smith scouting video

15. Justin Taylor

Running Back

North Atlanta (Atlanta)

Week Two: Taylor's season is done after the running back tore his ACL last week during practice. Despite the injury Alabama plans to stick by its scholarship to Taylor.

For the season: 88 yards on 29 carries (season is over due to injury)

Taylor scouting video

16. Justin Thomas



Week Two: Thomas had a much better game passing in week two, throwing for 231 yards and two touchdowns in Prattville's 34-7 win over Stanhope Elmore. He also had six carries for 28 yards.

For the season: 323 yards passing, 2 touchdowns and 167 yards rushing

Thomas scouting video

17. Eddie Williams


Arnold (Panama City, Fla.)

Week Two: In a 54-28 loss to Pace, Williams was the lone bright spot for Arnold. On offense, he threw for a nine-yard touchdown and also scored on a 77-yard run. Defensively, he had six tackles despite a bum shoulder and scooped up a fumble and returned it 90 yards for another touchdown.

For the season: N/A.

Williams scouting video

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