IU Recruit Whitaker Suffers Knee Injury

Xavier Whitaker

Bloomington - IU-bound running back Xavier Whitaker went down over the weekend with a knee injury in his team's lopsided win. In this week's Friday Night Sites, we have the latest on Whitaker and all the results and stats from IU's 2010 football recruits...

Pete Bachman, Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder – Playing on Sunday on ESPN, USA Today's fourth-ranked Cincinnati Elder H.S. squad knocked off Colerain H.S. 20-7 to improve to 2-0. The win was the 15th straight home victory for Elder H.S. dating back to 2006. While projected as a defensive lineman at IU, Bachman is playing left tackle this season for Elder.

Antonio Banks, Middletown (Ohio) – Banks' Middletown team pulled off a stunner over the weekend, topping USA Today's 10th-ranked team in the nation, East St. Louis (Ill.) H.S., 27-16. Banks scored on a two-yard run, but the Middies' ground game (29 carries, 48 yards) was held largely in check. Banks has 21 carries for 98 yards and two touchdowns this season.

Jibreel Black, Cincinnati (Ohio) Wyoming – Seventh-ranked Wyoming (2-0) turned in a second straight dominating performance, routing Oakwood 47-7 Friday night. Black anchored Wyoming's defensive effort, finishing with six tackles and two tackles for loss. Black has 11 tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks during the season's first two weeks.

Cameron Cole, Cincinnati (Ohio) LaSalle – LaSalle (2-0) won a wild one over the weekend, using a 21-0 second quarter to key a 44-35 win over Covington Catholic. Cole chipped in with five tackles (three solo) and three passes broken up in the win. Cole has nine tackles and three passes broken up on the season.

Jack Denton, Zionsville (Ind.) – It was a relatively quiet night for Denton during a big win for Zionsville. After falling behind 6-0 early after an 89-yard touchdown run, Zionsville ran off 34 consecutive points on its way to a 34-14 win over Noblesville. Denton finished with two carries for nine yards in the game. On the season, Denton has 10 carries for 92 yards and two TDs, and he's added another five receptions for 112 yards and two more scores.

Cody Evers, Little Chute (Wis.) – Evers helped Little Chute (2-0) to a dominating performance on the ground in a 16-7 win over Fox Valley Lutheran. Little Chute piled up 313 yards on the ground on 50 carries to dominate time of possession in the contest. In two games, Little Chute is averaging 271 yards rushing/game.

Drew Hardin, Louisville (Ky.) Ballard – Ballard dropped a tough 32-29 decision to Louisville Central despite a big effort from Hardin. The IU-bound two-way standout had 12 tackles (9 solo) and a forced fumble on defense to go along with two receptions for 62 yards on offense.

Marlandez Harris, Springfield (Ill.) Sacred Heart Griffin – Lincoln H.S. scored its first points against Sacred Heart Griffin in four years, but that was the only bit of good news for SHG's foe in a 56-6 win over Harris' team. The win was SHG's 50th consecutive regular season victory.

LeNeil Himes, Plymouth (Ind.) – Plymouth (3-0) rolled once again, topping Warsaw 41-7. The 10th-ranked team in Class 4A has topped its first three foes by a combined score of 131-20. Himes stats were unavailable.

Kofi Hughes, Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral – After back-to-back wins over the Class 5A No. 1 teams, Class 4A No. 1 Cathedral (2-1) fell to St. Xavier (Ohio) 19-10 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Cathedral's only touchdown came on an 81-yard second quarter run by Hughes, who finished with eight carries for 102 yards rushing and was 7-of-16 for 84 yards passing. On the season, Hughes is 21-of-39 passing for 298 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He also has 41 carries for 270 yards and three TDs.

Bill Ivan, Charlevoix (Mich.) – Ivan's Charlevoix team ran its record to 2-0 with a 47-0 win over Glen Lake H.S. With the Ivan-led offensive line leading the way, Charlevoix rushed for 404 yards and six touchdowns in the win.

Shaquille Jefferson, Lexington (Ohio) – With Jefferson watching from the sidelines, Lexington cruised to a 42-6 win over Shelby Senior High School. Jefferson sat out Friday night's contest after suffering a concussion on a big hit during the team's season opener one week early. Jefferson has nine tackles and two tackles for loss this season.

Andre Kates, Erie (N.Y.) C.C. – Louisburg College handed Erie CC a 36-19 setback in the season opener last weekend. Kates' statistics were unavailable.

Tim O'Conner, Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder – Playing in front of 10,000-plus fans and an ESPN audience, O'Conner caught six passes for 85 yards and a touchdown to help Cincinnati Elder (2-0) to a 20-7 win over Colerain. Elder entered the game ranked No. 4 nationally according to USA Today with Colerain was No. 13. O'Conner scored on a 29-yard TD pass from Mark Miller to put Elder up 17-7. On the season, O'Conner has 12 receptions for 163 yards and three touchdowns.

Matt Perez, Park Ridge (Ill.) Maine South – Perez set the tone early, running for 57 yards on Maine South's opening scoring drive to set the stage for his second-ranked team's 27-9 upset win over No. 1 Wheaton Warrenville South. Perez keyed Maine South (2-0) offensively, running for 150 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries. In the season's opening two weeks Perez has amassed 33 carries for 267 yards and five scores.

Ryan Phillis, Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman – After a tough six-point loss to Cardinal Mooney a week earlier, Boardman (1-1) bounced back with a 35-0 win over Cuyahoga Falls. Phillis played only three quarters due to the lopsided score but still finished with 10 tackles and one tackle for loss. On the season, Phillis has 24 tackles and three tackles for loss.

Harrison Scott, New Albany (Ohio) – Westerville Central put together a 70-yard scoring drive in the closing minutes to upend New Albany 34-28 to drop Scott's team to 1-1 on the season. Scott had five tackles and one tackle for loss in the contest.

Ishmael Thomas, Detroit (Mich.) Renaissance – After falling in seven overtimes a week ago, Renaissance H.S. bounced back with a 28-6 win over Mumford. Thomas' stats were unavailable as his team improved to 1-1.

Xavier Whitaker, Brookfield (Wis.) Central – Whitaker went down with a knee injury on the game's opening play, but Brookfield Central (2-0) still rolled to a 42-6 win over Shorewood-Messmer. It's unclear how serious the knee injury is, and how long the IU-bound running back will be out. Early media speculation was that Whitaker had suffered a dislocated knee cap. On of two Division I running backs in Brookfield Central's backfield (along with UW commit Jeff Lewis), Whitaker has carried nine times for 55 yards and a touchdown on the season.

Brian Williams , Suwannee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge – It was a long night for Peachtree Ridge (1-1) as it was steamrolled by No. 1 Lowndes 51-17 this weekend. Lowndes jumped ahead early, returning the opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown and then forcing a Peachtree fumble on their opening play from scrimmage and returning that for a score to go up 14-0 less than a minute into the game. Williams' stats were unavailable.

Logan Young, Muncie (Ind.) Delta – Young put together his second straight 100-yard effort, catching eight passes for 150 yards in Delta's 35-3 win over Greenfield Central. The win lifted Delta to 3-0 on the season. Young has 14 catches for 287 yards and four touchdowns on the season.

Matt Zakrzewski, Traverse City (Mich.) St. Francis – The defending Division 7 champs turned a 7-6 halftime game into second half blowout, cruising to a 33-12 win over perennial Division 6 power Saginaw Nouvel on Thursday night. Zarzewski scored on touchdown runs of three and six yards and finished with five carries for 35 yards. On defefnse, Zakrzewski added eight tackles and an interception to lead St. Francis (2-0). On the season, Zakrzewski has 13 tackles, one interception and two fumble recoveries on defense. On offense, he has 13 carries for 103 yards and three touchdowns.

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