Watch highlights by top college football recruits: Week 9

ByBlake Baumgartner ESPN logo
Saturday, October 28, 2023

Before they take the field as college football players on Saturdays, some of the top recruits in the 2024 ESPN 300and 2025 ESPN 300 are playing underneath the lights on weeknights.

Penn State's defense enters play Saturday ranked second in the FBS both in total defense and scoring defense and is a big reason the Nittany Lions are off to a 6-1 start.

Mandarin High School (Florida) cornerback Jon Mitchell (No. 137 overall) will join that defense next year as one of 12 ESPN 300 pledges in the Nittany Lions' 10th-ranked recruiting class. Mitchell had a pair of interceptions, including a pick-six, Thursday night in Mandarin's 43-0 shutout victory over Sandalwood High School (Florida) -- which clinched a 4M District 1 championship for the Mustangs in the process.

Mandarin outscored its two district opponents by a combined margin of 73-0.

Here's how some other of the nation's top recruits looked this week.

WRJaime FfrenchJr. (committed to Alabama)

Nick Saban and Alabama have commitments from two of the top three wide receivers in the junior class:Ryan Williams(No. 3 overall in 2025) and Ffrench (No. 15 overall in 2025).

Ffrench's acrobatics were on display in Mandarin High School's (Florida) 43-0 shutout of Sandalwood High School (Florida) on Thursday night.

In nine games this season, he has 36 catches for 816 yards and 10 touchdowns.

RBHarlem Berry(No. 18, class of 2025)

Berry, the top running back in the junior class, tallied five touchdowns in the first half Thursday in St. Martin's Episcopal High School's (Louisiana) 56-12 victory over Cohen High School (Louisiana).

Berry has numerous offers, including from LSU, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas and USC.

QBBryce Underwood(No. 1, class of 2025)

Underwood is the prize within the 2025 class coaches all over the country are after.

Underwood, the top player in the 2025 ESPN 300, led the way for undefeated Belleville High School (Michigan) on Friday against Ann Arbor Huron High School in a 48-7 victory in the first round of the MHSAA postseason.

Underwood completed 68 percent of his passes for 2,051 passing yards with 26 touchdowns passes and just one interception during the nine-game regular season.

WRCam Williams(committed to Notre Dame)

Williams (No. 49 overall in 2024) is a nice pairing with fellow four-star prospectQBC.J. Carrfor Notre Dame as it continues to build up a class that's inside the top 15 (14th overall).

Williams didn't let the rain impact him as he helped Glenbard South High School (Illinois) open up the IHSA's Class 5A postseason with a 54-0 shutout of Noble St. Charter/UIC (Illinois).

Through seven games, Williams had 32 receptions for 685 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns to go with 265 rushing yards and four scores for the Raiders (9-1).

WRAmari Jefferson(committed to Alabama)

Jefferson (No. 235 overall) is one of two ESPN 300 wide receivers (Rico Scott) in Alabama's 2024 recruiting class, which ESPN has ranked fifth.

Jefferson wasn't going to be left out of the fun in Baylor High School's (Tennessee) 42-0 triumph over Knoxville Catholic High School (Tennessee) on Friday.

Jefferson's 45-yard touchdown reception was one of three touchdown passesWhit Muschamp, the son of Georgia defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, threw on the night for the Red Raiders.