Posted by Bryan Fischer
Shell runs into the record book
Pennsylvania has annually produced a number of great high school players that go on to have lots of success in college. Aliquippa (Pa.) running back Rushel Shell has topped most of them after the weekend however, rushing for 205 yards and three touchdowns to break the Western Pennsylvania (WPIAL) career rushing record. Amazingly, he's rushed for at least 100 yards in 33 consecutive games.
Shell is ranked by MaxPreps as the top big back in the country and is a load to bring down at 5-foot-11, 215-pounds. He's been first-team in the state for three years now and figures to make it four straight this year after an excellent start to the season. The team around him is no powerhouse but it's Shell who literally powers them to wins despite being the target of opposing defensive game plans. Not only can he withstand the punishment, he excels at breaking tackles and hitting another gear to get to the end zone.
At the moment, Shell is one of the few top backs who is uncommitted. He's been pretty quiet about his recruitment, not going to any big summer camps and limiting contact with the media. He appeared on The Lemming Report on CBS Sports Network last week and revealed that Alabama, Pitt and Oregon were his final three schools. After he wraps up his official visits to each school, we'll have a better idea of who is in the lead but it'd be shocking to see him wind up anywhere but with the Panthers. There's an outside shot Alabama could lure him south but from all indications, he'll be staying close to home.
Maulhardt sets California record
Shell wasn't the only player to set a personal best and state record over the weekend. Camarillo (Calif.) wide out Jake Maulhardt caught a California record 28 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns. The 6-foot-6, 190-pounder is well known for his great hands but lacks the speed off the line to be a top prospect. He holds scholarship offers from Boise State, Colorado and BYU and figures to pick up several more after his performance this weekend. Maulhardt has the frame to bulk up and become a tight end at the next level.
Washington continues monster year
How about this stat line for defensive end Adolphus Washington: 10 tackles - six of which were for a loss - three sacks and a forced fumble. That's even better when you consider it came in just over half of play in Cincinnati (Ohio) Taft's game against Aiken. Add in the fact that he also caught two passes for 28 yards and a touchdown and you can't help but be impressed.
Although he's probably a tad smaller than his listed 6-foot-5, 250-pounds, there's no doubting that Washington is a monster coming off the edge. Unlike most defensive ends his age who are solely in the game to rush the quarterback using their speed, Washington can play the run very well. He fights off double and triple teams just about every snap but still gets underneath to use his power and leverage to split them. He can run in the 4.8 range in the 40-yard dash and has a motor that just keeps churning - one of several reasons why college coaches are the ones chasing after him.
Ranked as the 8th-best defensive end in the country and 57th overall, Washington has a top six of Alabama, Ohio State, Kentucky, Miami, Michigan and Michigan State. As he's repeated several time, there's a good chance he winds up playing college ball with his highly recruited teammate, receiver Dwayne Stanford. Cincinnati is recruiting him very hard but figure to be on the outside looking in despite getting an official visit in the future. Don't be surprised if it comes down to an Ohio State/Michigan State battle closer to Signing Day.
Video of the week
Auburn commit T.J. Yeldon's senior highlights slide into the video of the week spot.
Nice review of all the Texas high school football games from Friday night with an emphasis on Texas recruits.
Arizona State is seeing the benefits of better recruiting over the past few years.
Good profile of Florida State-bound quarterback Jameis Winston.
Al Golden jumped on The Lemming Report to talk about Miami recruiting.
Despite a loss to Florida, Kentucky landed two commitments in running back Shadrach Thornton and linebacker Kadeem Thomas.
Defensive end D.J. Ward took another visit to Oklahoma for the Missouri game.
Oklahoma State commit Kendall Sanders had a big night and receiver Brandon Shepard will pick between OSU and Missouri.
Georgia commit Brice Ramsey, a quarterback, kicked a 57-yard field goal.
2013 quarterback Tyler Cogswell will take an unofficial visit to Ole Miss next month.