Recruit Profile: DT Deontre Thomas
Photo Credit: Aaron Babcock

Future Huskers Highlights: Week 13

November 21, 2016

Brace yourselves, football fans. Football season is just about over. As we progress toward the state title games, several Husker commits turned in stellar performances on the gridiron. Highlights include a dominant performance from Robert Porcher IV, who helped Dr. Phillips reach their third state title game in a row, along with Willie Hampton helping American Heritage win a slug fest against Cardinal Gibbons.

We also have an exclusive interview with defensive tackle commit Deontre Thomas that you don’t want to miss.

Willie Hampton

American Heritage (Fla.) defeated Cardinal Gibbons (Fla.) 10-7

Willie Hampton and his fellow defenders turned in another suffocating performance, which did not allow an offensive touchdown in American Heritage’s 10-7 victory over Cardinal Gibbons. Hampton contributed six tackles to the victory, as the Patriots defeated Cardinal Gibbons for the second time that season. Hampton and his teammates will now face Bishop Moore in the Regional Finals on Friday.

Season Stats: 49 tackles, 12 TFL, 2 FF, 1 INT

Next: Heritage (11-0) will face Bishop Moore (12-1) at a neutral site.

Jaevon McQuitty

Columbia Battle (Mo.) lost to Fort Zumwalt North (Mo.) 28-25

Jaevon McQuitty did not play, as he suffered a season ending shoulder injury against Hannibal.

Season Stats: 39 receptions, 854 receiving yards (21.9 yards per catch), 12 TDs

Next: Battle (12-1) has completed their season.

Keyshawn Johnson Jr.

Calabasas (Calif.) defeated St. Joseph (Calif.) 42-19

Keyshawn Johnson Jr. and his teammates kept their undefeated season rolling, overcoming a slow start to defeat St. Joseph 42-19. Johnson caught a three-yard touchdown pass in the victory, as the Coyotes can now focus on playing Roosevelt in the CIF Southern Section Quarterfinals.

Season Stats: 41 receptions, 732 receiving yards (17.8 yards per reception), 9 TDs

Next: Calabasas (12-0) will face Roosevelt (10-2) at a neutral site.

Tristan Gebbia

Calabasas (Calif.) defeated St. Joseph (Calif.) 42-19

Tristan Gebbia overcame an interception on the opening drive to throw for four touchdowns in the Coyotes 42-19 victory. Gebbia completed 18-of-30 passes for 288 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. Gebbia will now head into the Coyotes’ match-up against Roosevelt looking to earn his 33rd victory as a starter.

Season Stats: 239/337 (70.9 percent completion percentage), 3,804 passing yards, 44 TDs, 7 INTs

Next: Calabasas (12-0) will face Roosevelt (10-2).

Austin Allen

Aurora (8-3) has completed its season.

Season Stats: 11 receptions, 122 receiving yards (only played two games due to injury)

Brenden Jaimes

Lake Travis (Texas) defeated Smithson Valley (Texas) 40-21

Brenden Jaimes and company continued their roll in the playoffs, racking up over 450 yards of offense as the Cavaliers defeated Smithson Valley 40-21. Lake Travis has now won 11 consecutive games, scoring 40 points or more in all of its victories.

Next: Lake Travis (11-1) will face Los Fresnos (8-4) at a neutral site. If the Cavaliers win, they could face their crosstown rival Westlake in the next round.

Broc Bando

IMG Academy (Fla.) defeated Bishop Sullivan (Va.) 16-6

IMG ground out a tough victory, scoring all of its points in the fourth quarter to defeat Bishop Sullivan 16-6. Broc Bando and his line mates had issues early moving the Gaddy twins for Bishop Sullivan, but eventually were able to help the Ascender offense put together two scoring drives in the final quarter. IMG’s season is now complete at 11-0, but may be play Nevada’s Bishop Gorman in an unofficial high school national championship game.

Next: IMG (11-0) has completed their season.

Avery Roberts

Wilmington Concord (Del.) lost to Salesanium (Del.) 38-14

Avery Roberts and his teammates saw their season come to an end, losing to Salesanium 38-14 in the play-in game for the Delaware Division I playoffs. No stats were returned but you can watch Robert’s senior highlights below.

Season Stats: 84 tackles, 6 sacks, 3 TFL, 3 FF (Stats current through eight games)

Next: Concord (7-4) has completed their season.

Robert Porcher IV

Dr. Phillips (Fla.) defeated Riverview (Fla.) 21-0

Porcher continued his dominant late-season run, as he tallied one sack, one FR and a defensive touchdown as Dr. Phillips dominated Riverview 21-0. Porcher now has 29 sacks in his career, one short of the Dr. Phillips’ all-time record. Porcher will have a chance to break that record next Friday when the Panthers take on Vero Beach in the Regional Finals.

Season Stats: 75 tackles, 28 TFL, 12 Sacks, 5 PBU, 2 INTs, 1 FR (returned for a touchdown)

Next: Dr. Phillips takes on Vero Beach in the Regional Finals.

Guy Thomas

Booker T. Washington (Fla.) defeated Edison (Fla.) 44-14

Guy Thomas and the Tornadoes continued their late season surge, as they easily defeated Edison 44-14 last Friday. Defense was a key factor, as Thomas and company held Edison to only 148 yards of offense in their 30 point victory. Edison now advances to the state semifinals for the sixth year in a row.

Next: Booker T. Washington (9-3) will face Cocoa (10-1) at a neutral site.

Reese Leitao

Jenks (Okla.) lost to Union (Okla.) 45-21

Reese Leitao suffered a shocking loss in the Oklahoma Class 6A semifinals, falling to their longtime rival Union 45-21 last Friday. Leitao finished his career at Jenks with a 21-2 record as a starter.

Season Stats: 25 receptions, 307 receiving yards, 3 TDs (stats current through 11 games)

Next: Jenks (11-1) has finished their season

Ben Miles

BR-Catholic (La.) lost to Brother Martin (La.) 28-0

Ben Miles and his teammates saw their undefeated season come to an end in the first round, falling to Brother Martin in the Louisiana Division I quarterfinals. No stats were returned, but you can check out Miles’ senior season highlights below.

Matt Sichterman

Kings (8-3) has completed its season

Deiontae Watts

Plano East (6-5) has completed its season

Season Stats: 21 tackles, 10 QB hurries, 6 TFL, 2 Sacks, 1 PBU

Player of the Week: Deontre Thomas

Thomas saw his high school career end in the state semifinals last Friday, as the Broncos fell to Norman North in a 68-42 shootout. Mustang finished its season with an 8-4 record, reaching the state semifinals for the second time in three years. Thomas sat down with Hail Varsity to talk about his senior season, his plans for the winter and his relationship with defensive line coach John Parrella.

HV: You have just completed your senior season at Mustang High School. What were your thoughts on your final season and what was your most memorable moment of the season?

DT: I wouldn’t have wanted to end my season with a program other than Mustang. I have created a bond that cannot be broken with my teammates and with my coaches. They’re like family to me and I will never forget them. My most memorable moment is when we got a safety to win 21-20 over Southmoore in week nine.

HV: What was your final stat line on the season and which game do you believe was your best performance?

DT: I’m not sure of my stat line yet, but it’s pretty good. I was pretty consistent with my play throughout the year, but my best performance was probably in our win against Owasso. (Editor’s note: Thomas had 14 tackles and 2 sacks in Mustang’s victory over Owasso.)

HV: What is your biggest strength on the football field this season? What areas do you believe you still need to work on?

DT: My strengths are my technique, knowledge and speed when I’m playing against the run. One area I can always improve on is my ability to rush the passer.

HV: Your younger brother, Carlos Thomas, emerged as a quality running back this season for your team. How happy were you to see him having so much success?

DT: It just makes me proud because he works his tail off. He’s only going to get better.

HV: With his senior season and college decision coming up next year, is there any advice you’d like to share with him?

DT: Take advantage of all the visits to be sure to pick the perfect college fit.

HV: You were John Parrella’ first defensive line commit, joining the class shortly after the spring game. How often do you speak with him and could you describe your relationship?

DT: I speak with JP daily. Our relationship is continuing to get stronger every day that we talk.

HV: What are you looking forward to the most about having Parrella as your primary coach?

DT: I’m looking forward to the excitement and energy he brings to the game of football.

HV: When we last spoke there were still a few schools that were still recruiting you despite you being committed to Nebraska. Is that still the case and if so, which schools are making a run at you?

DT: Right now it’s mainly TCU and Oklahoma

HV: Do you have any mutual interest in those schools or are you solid with Nebraska?

DT: I’m a bit interested, but I don’t have any plans to visit those schools at this time.

HV: Now that football season is over, what are your plans for the winter sports period?

DT: I’m going to be power lifting this winter.

HV: Any final things you’d like to say to Husker Nation?

DT: Go Big Red!

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