The supposed huge showdown between St. Thomas Aquinas and American Heritage—the two top-ranked high school football teams in the state of Florida—turned out to be a one-sided affair. Aquinas dominated Heritage 38-7 at Sun Life Stadium.
The Raiders, who entered the game ranked No. 3 in the nation by Maxpreps, were in control from beginning to end, as they outclassed their Broward County neighbors from the first whistle to the last.
In a game that was loaded with highly touted FBS-caliber recruits, it was Aquinas RB Jordan Scarlett who turned out to be the premier performer of the night. The 4-star prospect tore up the Patriots defense, rushing for 125 yards and three touchdowns, including a 63-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
After transferring from nearby University High School during the offseason, the 5’11’’, 207-pound rusher now looks right at home in Aquinas’ offense. Scarlett possesses a special combination of speed, power, explosiveness, toughness and natural playmaking instincts, which no other back in the 2015 class can offer.
The Miami commit shined in the stadium he’ll soon call home as part of the Hurricanes, proving that he’s indeed the key game-changing difference-maker that the Raiders will have to rely on in their quest to win both a state championship and a national title.
Scarlett may have entered his senior year ranked behind heralded running back recruits such as Damien Harris (Madison Southern HS, Kentucky), Taj Griffin (McEachern HS, Georgia) and fellow Florida native Jacques Patrick (Timber Creek HS, Florida). But in his first game of the season, he’s shown that he most definitely deserves consideration for the label of top RB of the 2015 class.
Playing for a highly ranked prestigious powerhouse like St. Thomas Aquinas will allow the star speedster the chance to gain the type of national exposure that his talent warrants.