WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. –This is why Robert Woods has been called a five-star lock by many observers of high school football in Los Angeles.
The talented junior from Gardena (Calif.) Serra left his stamp in one of the season's biggest games in the Southland, scoring in nearly every way possible. He helped his Cavalier squad defeat perennial power and previously undefeated Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft 49-13 this past Friday night.
On paper, Serra held a solid advantage, as their passing attack was far more potent that Taft's ground game. While Taft did feature one of the most explosive players in the nation regardless of class in running back and current USC commit D.J. Morgan, the inability of Taft's line to open any holes for Morgan proved to be the key to shutting the Toreadors offense down.
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The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Morgan, who played the entire football game with Caviler defenders in the backfield, had no chance to show why he's a potential five-star player for the 2010 class. Morgan did catch one swing pass in the fourth quarter and quickly accelerated past the defense for the score, but the outcome of the game had already been determined.
Morgan currently holds the top time in the world for his age group in two different hurdle events, but the lack of open space didn't give him the opportunity to show his amazing speed and quickness that allowed him to average nearly 11-yards per carry on the season before the game last Friday night.
With Morgan bottled up, the story of the game was Woods.
He scored on offense, defense, and special teams. Woods, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound wide receiver stole the show and was clearly the difference maker for the Cavilers.
After a slow start for both teams, the second half was Woods' stage as he showed why he's so highly regarded by colleges as a junior.
Woods, who already holds scholarship offers from USC, UCLA, Colorado, California, Stanford and Arizona State added two interceptions while playing safety, and one pick was returned for a touchdown. He also added a touchdown reception and a punt return for a score. While Woods is certainly a great safety prospect, his position of choice is on offense.
"I prefer to play wide receiver," Woods said. "I want the football in my hands."
While Woods is undoubtedly garnering heavy recruiting attention, his teammate, and fellow wide receiver George Farmer is also a name to remember.
Farmer burst onto the scene at USC's Rising Star Camp, where he proved to be one of the more explosive players at the camp. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound sophomore has 4.3 speed and a truly special upside. Farmer, whose father played in the NFL as a receiver, has all the tools to be a special player at the next level, too.
Some other notable prospects in the game included Serra quarterback Ted Landers, and Taft's super sophomore Antwuan Woods, a 6-foot-1, 275-pound defensive tackle.