This weekly update post may not be as deep as it has been in years’ past. Out of the 14 current commits, 11 are offensive lineman or defenders. It is generally pretty tough to find reliable stats for those positions at the high school level.
With that being said, I’ll be scouring the interwebs for anything I can find on these guys every Sunday until December. The class will continue to grow throughout the season and so will this post. Week one might be a little thin, but we’ll give it an effort!
Shane Illingworth, Quarterback
Senior Year Intro... pic.twitter.com/RiwlPuTtUk— Shane Illingworth (@shane_wayne0411) August 26, 2019
While most states began play this weekend, California is already on Week 2. Ironically enough, Norco had its bye week in Week 2. You read that right. Because Norco didn’t play this week, we’ll look at its Week 1 game instead.
Illingworth began his senior campaign not just on the road, but not even in his home state. The Cougars went down to Arizona and beat Williams Field 52-27, due in part to a dominant performance from the four-star signal caller.
The future Cowboy completed 20 of his 29 passes for 479 yards and seven scores. He also threw an interception, but we’ll look past it considering he threw a touchdown on nearly one of every four passes. Five of his touchdown passes came in the first half.
Watch Illingworth float this one over the heads of three defenders for the score. Norco will face Rancho Cucamonga at home next week after the awkward bye week.
Norco touchdown for a 35-20 lead over Williams Field. QB Shane Illingworth hit WR Marquis Ashley over the middle for a 30-yard TD. pic.twitter.com/wtYauisTju— Jack Butler (@Butler917) August 24, 2019
Korie Black, Defensive Back
Waco Connally opened the season with a 46-27 road win over Palestine. I wasn’t able to find stats for this game, but was able to find out that it seems Black might get some time on offense this year. He posted this highlight from last season on his Twitter account Wednesday.
Black should be a force on both sides of the ball for the Cadets this season.
Brennan Presley, Athlete
Being from Texas, I’m partial to thinking nobody has better football than the Lone Star State. That’s why I’m giving a huge shout-out to Presley and Bixby High School.
When you think of Oklahoma powerhouse programs, the first names that come to mind are Tulsa Union, Jenks and Broken Arrow. Don’t count out Bixby this year. The Spartans traveled down to Texas and took down a Mansfield Timberview team that Dave Campbell’s Texas Football had ranked No. 18 in the state in Class 5A Division II. Bixby didn’t just luck in to a win either. The Spartans won 77-44.
Presley was largely responsible for the mind-numbing 77 points the Spartans hung on Timberview. That’s not even to mention Presley had a top 100 prospect in Jalen Kimber lining up across from him. All Presley did was rack up 237 yards and six touchdowns on an astounding 17 catches.
(Also while we’re on the topic, Presley’s teammate and fellow OSU commit Jordan Reagan caught one pass for nine yards. Reagan plays primarily at cornerback.)
2020 Oklahoma State commit @bprezzle put on a show in Bixby's (OK) 77-44 season opening win over Mansfield Timberview (TX). #GoPokes— Zack Poff (@Zack_Poff_MP) September 3, 2019
17 receptions. 237 yards. 6 touchdowns.
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Just for fun, here’s Presley making a “SportsCenter” worthy catch at a camp last summer.
Presley isn’t ranked nationally, which is beyond me. After his week one performance, the analysts at 247 may take notice.
- Jabbar Muhammad and DeSoto beat Odessa Permian 35-14.
- Grant Mahon helps Denton Guyer take down USA Today’s No. 22 team in the nation, Aledo, 60-57
- Eli Russ followed Brennan Presley’s lead as Plainview (OK) headed down south to beat Sanger (TX), 46-13.
- Offensive Tackle Cade Bennett helped lead Notre Dame Prep (AZ) to a 49-6 win in week one and a 41-14 win over Sunnyslope in Week 2. Arizona, like California, is on its second week of football.
- Jeff Roberson and Choctaw took down Shawnee 49-21.