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Friday night round-up: Clemson commits shine at high school level

Jeremy Johnson09/20/22
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The high school football season for most of Clemson’s commits in the class of 2023 has neared its halfway point.

The Tigers have 20 prospects committed. Four-star athlete Ronan Hanafin hasn’t begun his senior season of football just yet. The Burlington (Mass.) Buckingham Browne & Nichlos School four-star will begin to play next Saturday.

A few future Tigers had off weeks. On3 Consensus five star, Birmingham (Ala.) Briarwood Christian quarterback Christopher Vizzina was inactive on Friday night.

Vizzina has gotten off to a strong start in 2022. He has compiled 854 passing yards with six touchdown passes and two interceptions. Vizzina has also rushed for 207 yards and five touchdowns.

Rome (Ga.) four-star defensive lineman Stephiylan Green was also idle on Friday night. The No. 40 overall prospect in the On300 will return to action on Friday with a region match-up against Allatoona.

Four-star safety commit Kylen Webb is out with an injury at the moment and did not play on Friday night. Alabaster (Ala.) Thompson four-star defensive lineman Peter Woods and McDonough (Ga.) Eagle’s Landing Christian offensive tackle Zechariah Owens are also both out with injuries.

DL Vic Burley wrecks havoc

Warner Robins (Ga.) four-star defensive lineman Vic Burley was a consistent presence on Friday night. Burley had four tackles. He assisted on two tackles.

He made an impact in the pass rush with eight quarterback hurries on the night.

Clemson LB commit Dee Crayton shows off his versatility

Alpharetta (Ga.) Denmark four-star linebacker Dee Crayton made a big impact on the offensive side of the football on Friday night.

The No. 361 overall prospect in the On3 Consensus rankings had two rushing touchdowns to help his Denmark team to a win over Pebblebrook. Official tackle stats weren’t available for Crayton at the time of this report.

Clemson WR commit Noble Johnson explodes for a big game

Rockwall (Texas) four-star wide receiver Noble Johnson made an explosive impact on his team’s win on Thursday night. They needed every bit of Johnson’s production. Rockwall came away with the 38-31 win.

Johnson caught seven passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson also had one carry for no gain.

CB Branden Strozier with a quiet, but productive night

Alpharetta (Ga.) St. Francis four-star cornerback Branden Strozier was forced into a slow night. He wasn’t thrown at much all night. Strozier did record one reception in a loss to Hart County.

EDGE David Ojiegbe making plays

Washington D.C. St. John’s four-star edge David Ojiegbe had a strong performance on Saturday night. He compiled six total tackles, two of which came for a loss.

St. John’s rolled to a 49-3 win.

EDGE A.J. Hoffler has a big night

Atlanta (Ga.) Woodward Academy four-star edge A.J. Hoffler showcased his worth as a pass rusher and run defender on Friday night.

Hoffler had two tackles, one tackle for loss and two quarterback pressures on Friday night as Woodward Academy rolled to a 52-0 win over Morrow. The four-star only played one half on Friday night.

LB Jamal Anderson provides a steady hand

Mill Creek’s offense exploded and ran away with the game against Cedar Grove. Four-star linebacker Jamal Anderson made plays on the defensive side of the ball.

He tallied four tackles on the night. Anderson was targeted a few times as a tight end but came away without a catch.

Safety Robert Billings providing some thump

Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton three-star safety Robert Billings tallied eight tackles to help Milton to a 36-21 win over Alpharetta on Friday night.

CB Shelton Lewis doing a little bit of everything

Stockbridge (Ga.) three-star cornerback Shelton Lewis was an impact player on Friday night. He had one reception for 27 yards. He had four total tackles and an interception that he returned 70 yards for a score to help Stockbridge beat Hampton 49-2.

TE Markus Dixon showcasing deep threat abilities

Philadelphia (Pa.) Archbishop Wood three-star tight end Markus Dixon didn’t need the ball a ton on Friday. Dixon helped Archbishop Wood to a 14-6 win with two catches for 81 yards and a touchdown.