St. Augustine receiver Stanley Morgan and John Ehret linebacker Michael Divinity are two of the most sought after recruits in the New Orleans area.
The two showed just why on Wednesday during a scrimmage between the Purple Knights and the Patriots at Hoss Memtsas Stadium.
Morgan, a senior, caught five passes for 107 yards and a pair of touchdowns for St. Aug.
Divinity’s highlights included two tackles for loss, a quarterback hurry and a tackle on Morgan’s’ 34-yard reception on the scrimmages first possession.
Both coaches were pleased with the play of their two top players in the 3-hour scrimmage that ended with both teams scoring five touchdowns.
“We expect that,” St. Aug coach Cyril Crutchfield said. “He is a seasoned vet so we wouldn’t expect anything less out of Stanley Morgan. We just have to get some type of continuity and try to keep it going.”
Morgan said after the scrimmage that his top five schools are UCLA, Florida, Tulane, Nebraska and Clemson, with UCLA at the top.
He leads an offense that lost most of the starters off last year’s team, including running back Leonard Fournette, who is now at LSU.
“I have a bigger role now,” Morgan said. “A much bigger role. We can be better than last year. We just have to keep our heads on straight and keep working.”
Crutchfield has been pleased with Morgan during the offseason.
“He has gotten better at everything,” Crutchfield said. “Work ethic, the way he practices and leads on and off the field. He is just a total leader.”
But Crutchfield saw plenty of room for improvement, especially in his team’s running game.
“It wouldn’t be a true evaluation without looking at the film, but I am definitely not pleased with it,” he said. “We have a lot of work to do. Fortunately we haven’t played a game yet so we just have to get better.”
A lot of the Purple Knights’ running woes were because of Ehret’s defense, led by Divinity and Robert Green (one sack).
“Sometimes it’s not what you are not doing, but what they are doing,” Crutchfield said.
Divinity, a junior, led the way and showed why he already has 12 scholarship offers. He could only remember 10 of them (Texas A&M, Florida State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Tennessee, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tulane and Arizona State).
“Michael is the guy that is going to carry this team,” Ehret coach Corey Lambert said.
“We always have those kind of players at Ehret, and he is that kind of player. We have had guys like Darrel Williams and Reggie Wayne and Kordell Stewart, and he is that guy who will carry us to where we need to be.”
Lanard Fournette scored the first touchdown for the Purple Knights on a short reception from Justice McCoy. Senior defensive back Yusef Scipio, who had one of the day’s biggest hits, scored on a 37-yard fumble return.
Ehret junior quarterback Caron Baham also scored a pair of touchdowns for the offense.
The Ehret offense, just like St. Aug, is playing without a star running back now playing at LSU. Darrel Williams rushed for over 2,000 yards last season for the Patriots.
“The defense is going to carry us early,” Lambert said. “They are very fast and physical. (New offensive coordinator) Clint (Harrison) is going to get this offense clicking, and we are going to be very explosive on both sides of the ball.”
Lambert was pleased with the scrimmage.
“The reason we played St. Aug is because they are a great team,” Lambert said. “In order to see where we are, we have to play teams like that. I think our guys rose to the occasion.”
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