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Penn State Commits In Action: Emery Simmons Has Another Big Game, Keaton Ellis Scores Twice, & More

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A look at how Penn State football commits performed on the high school gridiron this past weekend

NCAA Football: Penn State Blue White Game Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Throughout the country high school football season is starting to rev up. Every Tuesday during the season I’ll take a look at how Penn State’s commits performed in their high school games the previous weekend. It feels darn good to have football back.

This past weekend seven of Penn State’s 15 class of 2019 commits were in action. Now it’s time to take a look at how they performed and we’ll start in the state of North Carolina.

For a second consecutive week wide receiver commit Emery Simmons terrorized an opposing secondary. Simmons hauled in six passes for 125 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the now 2-0 South View Tigers. The touchdowns Simmons caught went for 57 and 9 yards, and he is now 2/2 in recording 100+ yard games this season.

Staying in the south, wide receiver John Dunmore and Chaminade-Madonna Prep (FL) was defeated by Dayfield Beach 13-10 to start their season. Despite the loss, Dunmore made a few big plays for the Lions on Friday night.

It was a short night at the office for running back Devyn Ford. In a 56-0 blowout of Osbourn Ford carried the ball 9 times for 40 yards and a touchdown. He also had a nice night in the receiving game as he took his lone reception 69-yard to the house for a score.

Staying in the Commonwealth of Virginia, five-star linebacker Brandon Smith and the Louisa County Lions kicked off their season over the weekend as well. Smith anchored a Lion defense that shutout Courtland High School in a 35-0 victory.

Speaking of future Penn State linebackers, Lance Dixon and the West Bloomfield (MI) Lakers kicked off their season with a 39-28 victory over Groves High School. Dixon rushed for a touchdown in the game, and you can check out his defensive highlights here.

Cornerback commit Keaton Ellis helped lead the State High Little Lions to a 35-12 season opening victory over Mifflin County. Ellis had one reception for 14 yards and on his lone carry of the night he ran past the defense for a 73-yard touchdown. He also had a punt return touchdown called back due to penalty.