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October 12, 2011

How football commits fared: Week 8

Highlands quarterback Patrick Towles continued his high-octane season, needing only a half of playing time to toss for seven touchdowns in a blowout win, and Central Hardin defensive lineman Patrick Graffree made 15 tackles in his team's runaway victory.

They were among the standout performers among Kentucky's 2012 football recruiting commitments in games last week.

Here is our weekly rundown of how all the future Cats fared ...

Darone Bailey, OL Clarksdale, Miss., Coahoma C.C., 6-6, 315. Last week: Team lost to Itwamba CC 30-27 and is now 0-6. No individual stats available for Bailey. Itawamba defensive lineman Tim McAdoo, a 2010 UK signee, had 12 tackles, including 4.5 for loss (two sacks). Next game: Vs. Northeast Mississippi, Thursday.

Daron Blaylock, DB, Marietta, Ga., Walton, 6-0, 218. Last week: No game. Next game: At Cherokee, Friday.

Shawn Blaylock, DB, Stone Mountain, Ga, Stephenson, 6-0, 179. Last week: Had five tackles, including one for loss, and a pass breakup for the Jaguars (6-0) in a 34-6 win over Newton County. Next game: Vs. Langston Hughes, Friday.

Zack Blaylock, DB, Marietta, Ga., Walton, 5-11, 185. Last week: No game. Next game: At Cherokee, Friday.

Thomas Chapman, DT, Louisville, Ky, DuPont Manual, 6-4, 290. Last week: Crimsons (6-1) suffered their first loss, 58-7 at Trinity, the nation's No. 2 team, according to Rivals.com. No individual stats available for Chapman. Next game: Vs. St. Xavier, Friday.

Landon Foster, K/P Franklin, Tenn., Independence, 6-2, 180. Last week: No game. Next game: Vs. Franklin, Thursday.

Jacoby Glenn, DB, Prichard, Ala., Vigor, 6-1, 175, Last week: Did not play in Vigor's 57-13 victory over Faith Academy due to a groin injury. Glenn said he's unsure when he'll return to the field for the Wolves (5-2) Next game: At Spanish Fort, Friday.

Patrick Graffree, DT, Elizabethtown, Ky., Central Hardin, 6-4, 277. Last week: Had 15 tackles, including six for loss (two sacks) in his team's 56-27 rout of Western. Central Hardin is now 5-2. Next game: At Meade County, Friday.

Josh Harris, DB, Maysville, Ky., Mason County, 6-1, 200. Last week: Did not play in 38-14 loss to Russell and is out for the season with a foot injury suffered on Sept. 2 against Rowan County. Mason County is 2-6. Next game: At West Carter, Friday.

T.J. Jones, OL, Myrtle Beach, S.C., Myrtle Beach, 6-5, 276. Last week: Jones' Seahawks (6-1) passed for 349 yards and rushed for 147 in a 38-21 win over Socastee. Next game: Vs. St. James, Friday.

Zach Myers, OL, Miamisburg, Ohio, Miamisburg, 6-4, 287. Miamisburg (2-5) managed only 148 total yards (117 rushing) in a 42-7 loss to Lebanon. Myers, who plays both ways on the line, had two tackles on defense. Next game: Vs. Springboro, Friday.

Langston Newton, DE, Carmel, Ind., Carmel 6-5, 240. Last week: No individual stats available for Newton from Carmel's 63-0 rout of North Vigo, but he said he played well before the Greyhounds' starters were removed after two quarters. Carmel is 7-1. Next game: At Ben Davis, Friday.

Jonathan Reed, DB, Indianapolis, Pike, 5-10, 178. Last week: Reed intercepted a pass and made seven tackles, including two for loss as Pike defeated Meridian 28-7. It was the second straight win for Pike (3-5), and the second straight game in which Reed had an interception. Next game: Vs. Franklin Central, Friday.

Daniel Ross, DE, Jeffersontown, Ky., Jeffersontown, 6-5, 280. Last week: Had four tackles in J'town's 41-20 loss to John Hardin. His teammate, multipurpose back and possible UK target DeMichael Jackson, ran 31 times for 140 yards and a touchdown and completed 9 of 21 passes for 142 yards and two TDs. (See embedded CatsIllustrated.com video below for highlights of both players from the game.) Ross has 23 tackles, a fumble recovery and a short rushing TD in his five games this season for J'town (5-2). Jackson, playing primarily quarterback, is having a monster year with 1,233 yards and 15 TDs rushing and 590 yards and seven TDs passing. He is averaging 176 yards rushing per game. Jackson is projected possibly as a better college prospect as a defensive back. He has 29 tackles, two fumble recoveries and an interception he returned 91 yards for a score. Next game: At Grayson County, Friday.

DeMarcus Sweat, WR, Stone Mountain, Ga., Stephenson, 6-2, 185. Last week: Sweat was expected to miss Stephenson's game against Newton County with a rib injury suffered the previous week. Stephenson (6-0) won 34-6. Sweat has two punt-return and two kickoff-return TDs this season, and his special-teams play drew rave reviews from Stephenson coach Ron Gartrell in an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week. "We've never had anybody like that on special teams at Stephenson, and we've had some pretty good returners," Gartrell said. "He sees the hole, and he is gone. There's not any cutting, dancing around or trying to make people miss. He finds the seam, and he's gone. He is as fast and explosive as anybody we've ever had at Stephenson." That's lofty praise from a coach who has had dozens of Divsion I football signees the past several years. Next game: Vs. Langston Hughes, Friday.

Jordan Swindle, OL, St. Johns, Fla., Creekside, 6-8, 308. Last week: Creekside (5-1) rushed for 232 yards, passed for 226 and scored TDs on seven of its nine first-half possessions in a 47-18 rout of Menendez, according to The St. Augustine Record. No individual stats available for Swindle. Next game: Vs. Matanzas, Oct. 21.

Kadeem Thomas, LB, Tallahassee, Fla., Godby, 6-0, 230. Last week: "Pancho" Thomas had nine tackles as Godby defeated Suwannee 43-3 and improved to 5-0. Thomas has made 56 tackles on the season, including a career-best 22 on Sept. 30 versus Crestview. He also has an interception this season. Next game: At Chiles, Friday.

Shadrach Thornton, RB, Hindsville, Ga., Liberty County, 6-1, 207. Last week: Thornton had a very strong all-around performance in Liberty County's 30-28 loss to Brunswick. He rushed for 191 yards and two TDs on 33 carries. He also completed 2 of 8 passes for 20 yards and a TD, caught two passes for 5 yards and scored on two two-point conversions. He has rushed for 1,129 yards, averaging 7.6 per carry, and 10 TDs on the season for Liberty County (2-4). Thornton, who made a self-described "soft verbal" commitment to the Cats, will officially visit Vanderbilt this week. He's also considering N.C. State and Georgia Tech. Next game: At Ware County, Friday.

Fred Tiller, DB/WR, Homerville, Ga., Clinch County, 6-1, 178. Last week: Tiller made tied for the team high with six tackles and ran for a two-point conversion after bobbling a point-after attempt hold for Clinch County (4-2), which beat Turner County 43-8. Next game: Vs. Lanier County, Friday.

Jon Toth, OL, Indianapolis, Brebeuf Jesuit Prep, 6-5, 290. Last week: Brebeuf (3-5) lost to Bishop Luers 48-20. No individual stats available for Toth. Next game: Vs. Concordia Lutheran, Friday.

Patrick Towles, QB, Fort Thomas, Ky., Highlands, 6-5, 232. Last week: Highlands rolled past Pendleton County 79-0, and Towles posted video-game type numbers in his one half of action. He completed 14 of 19 passes for 295 yards and seven touchdowns before the Bluebirds (7-0) inserted their reserves. Towles now has 2,015 yards and 25 touchdowns passing with only one interception. He has completed 62.2 percent of his throws (89 of 143) and is averaging 22.6 yards per completion. He's also run for 207 yards and eight TDs. UK walk-on commitment Austin Sheehan had one catch for 10 yards against Pendleton County. Next game: Vs. Holmes, Friday.

Jordan Watson, OL, Fayetteville, Ga., Whitewater, 6-4, 285. Last week: Whitewater (6-1) posted its sixth straight victory by beating crosstown Fayette County 23-6. No individual stats for Watson were available. Next game: At McIntosh, Friday.

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