Monday Recruiting: Aaron Hackett and Joshua Palmer to Meet in State Semifinal

This past weekend SU tight end commit Aaron Hackett’s Venice team (FL) rolled to a 43-14 quarterfinal win over East Lake. On the other side of the Class 7A Florida High School Playoff Bracket, St. Thomas Aquinas defeated Mater Academy Charter 50-10. Orange wide receiver commit Joshua Palmer plays for Aquinas.

Venice and Aquinas will meet for a spot in the state championship Friday.

Venice comes into the game at 12-0 and ranks as the sixth best team in Florida, according to Max Preps. Aquinas is 10-2 heading into the matchup, and is rated as the fourth best team in the state.

In Washington D.C., SU receiver commit Nykeim Johnson led his Friendship Collegiate team to the DCSAA Class AA final on Saturday. Johnson scored the opening touchdown in Collegiate’s 46-0 demolition of Archbishop Carroll.

Johnson’s team takes on H.D. Woodson in the D.C Championship game on Saturday. Max Preps ranks Collegiate as the third best team in D.C, with Woodson coming in at number four.

In Massachusetts, Orange receiver commit Ifeatu Melifonwu will play for a state championship game Saturday from Gillette Stadium. Melifonwu’s Grafton team plays Hannover for the state title; neither team has lost a game so far this season.

While many teams from across the country and winding down their playoff pushes, Russell Thompson-Bishop’s Bloomfield team (CT) is just beginning theirs. Bloomfield plays its first playoff game tomorrow night against Cromwell. Bloomfield is 11-0 and will host the matchup.

In the final regular season game of the year for Bloomfield last week, Thompson-Bishop caught three touchdown passes in a 51-19 rout of Enfield. Thompson-Bishop’s touchdowns went for 49, 23 and 17 yards respectively.

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Posted: Connor Morrissette

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