Monday Recruiting: Nykeim Johnson Shines In Loss to St. Joseph

Last week Tommy DeVito (NJ) and Don Bosco demolished St. Joseph (NJ) 31-14. On Friday, SU receiver commit Nykeim Johnson and his Friendship Academy team (Washington D.C.) battled St. Joseph on the road, ultimately losing 45-34.

Despite the defeat, Johnson still had a big night. The senior returned a punt 55-yards for a score and also caught a 49-yard touchdown pass.

In Florida, after coming out on the losing end in one of the best high school football games of the season, Joshua Palmer and St. Thomas Aquinas got back to their winning ways this weekend.

Two weeks ago, Aquinas lost a 25-24 triple overtime thriller against Bishop Gorman (NV) in Las Vegas. The team used a bye week courtesy of Hurricane Matthew to regroup after that defeat. Aquinas took on Fort Lauderdale on the road Friday in their first game since the Gorman loss rolling to a 42-8 victory.

Palmer, another Orange receiver commit, caught a 20-yard touchdown pass in the win.

200 miles west, Aaron Hackett helped Venice knock off previously undefeated Braden River 42-35 at home Friday. Last season, Venice lost two games the whole season, both on the road to Braden River.

Friday’s game was a grudge match and Hackett, a tight end, did his part by catching a 5-yard TD pass in the third quarter to put his team up a touchdown. 54 seconds into the fourth quarter Venice scored again to take the lead for good. With the win, Venice improved to 6-0 on the year.

Ifeatu Melifonwu is making history for Grafton Memorial high school in Massachusetts. The receiver commit plays running back for Grafton and led his team to their first 6-0 start since 1977 Friday night.

Grafton demolished Tantasqua 40-12 on the road to reach the 6-0 mark. Melifonwu scored on a six-yard touchdown run in the second quarter of the game.

Finally, Fayetteville-Manlius running back and SU commit Eric Coley missed his team’s 40-23 defeat to Corcoran Friday due to injury.

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Posted: Connor Morrissette