One of the things I liked best about Jeff Quinn was his attention to recruits beyond the Xs and Os. He liked players who competed in multiple sports, and he liked players who had experience winning and playing in pressure situations. You can look to other posts from us (see the sidebar) that talk more in depth about UB's incoming recruiting class, but on the bye week we also look at how their teams are doing.
Roy Baker - American (Hialeah, FL)
American is 3-2 but sitting on a three-game winning streak and are winning over that span by an average score of 34-4. The heavy favorites from preseason, they're tops in their district at 8A - the largest division in Florida.
To the extent that I can find any individual stats, especially for the defensive side of the ball, the Miami Herald has Baker as the 48th best player in Dade County.
Max Bortenschlager - Cathedral (Indianapolis, IN)
Cathedral is 5-2 but ranked fourth in the state of Indiana in their largest classification (6A). Both losses have come to out of state, Cincinnati-based opponents in St. Xavier's (heard of Luke Kuechly?) and Moeller. Bortenschlager did pass 3,000 career passing yards in the loss to St. X, and at some point this season Cathedral became the first program in Indiana to win 700 games in their history.
Jake Fuzak - Williamsville South
The Billies are 3-2 overall and 3-1 in Section VI's Class A north, but are not ranked statewide. Their most recent win came in a do-or-die matchup with playoff implications over Sweet Home. Fuzak recovered a key second half fumble in that one.
Jonathan Lee - Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, MD)
Riverdale Baptist is 3-3 on the season with a heavy home/road split: they win at Riverdale, and lose elsewhere. That sai, their losses are to good DMV teams in Georgetown Prep, Archbishop Spalding, and Bishop McNamara. Lee has missed some time to a shoulder injury this year, but also has some nice (unembeddable) highlights on his MaxPreps page if you want to go searching.
Zac Lefebvre - Victor (NY)
Victor is 5-0 and ranked #13 in New York State's largest classification (AA). Lefebvre gets mentioned in some recaps for key receptions, but not often enough for me to get a good picture. He's by far the lowest profile of UB's recruits so far.
Hosea McMullen - American (Hialeah, FL)
Once Google Drive is working again I'll update this in the Recruiting Hub, but McMullen actually transferred to American this summer and is now playing with Roy Baker. You'll also find his name in the player rankings linked above, coming in at 44th in Dade County.
Connor Morehart - Nassau CC
NCC had started the year 4-0 and climbed to #2 in the NJCAA national rankings, but lost their first conference game to Lackawanna, dropped to #8 and then #20 after losing again 42-21 to Georgia Military College. I can't find anything on Morehart, who isn't even listed on the roster on Nassau's site.
Justin Mulbah - St. Vincent Pallotti (Laurel, MD)
Pallotti is 3-3 overall but 0-3 and in last place in their conference. They do play Jonathan Lee's Riverdale on 30 September.
Antonio Nunn - Jefferson (Tampa, FL)
Jefferson lost their starting QB to a knee injury in the first game of the season and are 1-4 on the year despite moving down a class to 5A from last year. Nunn seems to be the Dragons' top receiver despite the instability under center.
Jordan Overton - Brush (Cleveland, OH)
Brush is 0-5, but not because of Overton, who does a little bit of everything and seems to be a human highlight reel: 80 yards in kickoff returns last week, five catches for 120 another, and a 98-yard pick six in yet another week earlier in the season.
Tyreek Williams - Timber Creek (Sicklersville, NJ)
Timber Creek won their first two games and climbed up the state rankings before dropping back to 2-2 in recent weeks. Their game this weekend against Kingsway is a playoff rematch from last year. Williams, as we already knew, is just one of three standout linebackers on his team and may be flying under the radar a bit, which is fine with me if it gets him to Amherst.