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Each week Husker Extra takes a look at athletes who have committed to or are being recruited by Nebraska.

Recruit Johnny Stanton (6-2, 220, QB) of Santa Margarita (Calif.) was named the National High School Coaches Association athlete of the month for September. He led the Eagles to a 5-0 start before suffering a season-ending knee injury Sept. 21. In the first five games, Stanton was 59-of-88 (67 percent) for 949 yards and 11 touchdowns while rushing for 386 yards and eight more scores. Santa Margarita fell from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 24-7 loss to Santa Ana Mater Dei on Friday.

Prospect Mackensie Alexander (5-11, 185, CB) had a pretty good Friday, as Immokalee (Fla.) topped Cape Coral 30-10. Earlier in the day, Alexander was invited to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Later that night, Alexander returned an interception 44 yards for a touchdown to give his team a 17-10 lead.

Recruit Greg Hart (6-5, 225, TE) and his Archbishop Alter team of Kettering, Ohio, are 7-0 after a 48-0 thrashing of Dayton Carroll. Hart earned praise in a story in the Dayton Daily News.

“The leader of that (defensive) bunch is Greg Hart, a relative monster at 6-4, 228 pounds. The senior was unblockable at defensive end. It took him just two series to record a pair of long sacks of (Carroll quarterback Forrest) Cordova. He also deflected a Cordova pass.

"That’s the kind of play that enticed many BCS schools to seek Hart’s hammer-time demeanor. He is verbally committed to Nebraska, which envisions him as a tight end. If that doesn’t work out, there’s always the defensive line.

"We finally put everything together," said Hart.

Recruit Josh Banderas (6-2, 215, LB) rushed 11 times for 120 yards and two touchdowns, including a 91-yard sprint for a score, to lead Lincoln Southwest to a 28-10 victory against Lincoln Pius X. The Silver Hawks are 5-3.

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Recruit Marcus McWilson (6-1, 195, S) excelled on both sides of the ball as Cardinal Mooney (Youngstown, Ohio) held off Erie McDowell 27-21. McWilson scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter. He finished with 124 rushing yards and three TDs, including a 76-yarder.

On the defensive side, McWilson anchored a defense that made key plays all night.

“They’ve got good backs and they tried to run it down our throats,” McWilson told the Youngstown Vindicator. “We just kept after it and made some big stops.”

In a 42-21 victory against Merced (Calif.), Buhach Colony running back Stefon Gold ran for 148 yards and four touchdowns. He gave credit to his offensive line, which includes Husker prospect Aaron Cochran (6-8, 350, OT).

"I'm loving it," Gold told the Merced Sun Star. "I'm loving my offensive line. Aaron Cochran, Victor Garcia, George Lopez, David Waites and Chris Ochoa. I wouldn't be anything without them.”

Prospect Corey Clement (5-11, 205, RB) ran for 236 yards and five touchdowns on just 11 carries to lead Glassboro (N.J.) to a 59-6 win against Salem. Clement’s scoring runs were 15, 4, 64, 2 and 65 yards.

Prospect Delton Williams (6-2, 200, OLB) of Cathedral Prep in Erie, Pa., committed to Michigan State.

Reach Sports Editor Darnell Dickson at ddickson@journalstar.com or 402-473-7320.


Darnell graduated from BYU and covered Cougar football for the Daily Herald in Provo, Utah, before taking over as sports editor of the Journal Star in 2011.

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