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Checking in with Card Class 17: Davis Mills returns to action

The Cardinal's biggest commit was back on the field during Stanford's bye week

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Just because the bye week is over doesn't mean we didn't have any high school football action. Here's what happened with #CardClass17 last week.

2017 Commits

QB Davis Mills - Greater Atlanta Christian School (Norcross, Ga.)

Mills made his senior season debut in an unexpected return to the gridiron last Friday against Valor Christian HS (Colorado).

After undergoing surgery prior to Greater Atlanta Christian's first game to repair what, at the time, was thought to be a dislocated knee, doctors realized the Elite 11 gunslinger needed only three weeks to recover. The senior signal-caller passed for 44 yards and a nifty completion on a two-point conversion, but also showed his knee could hold up while scoring on a seven-yard scamper around the left side of the formation midway through the third quarter. (Watch that run here).

Of course, Stanford fans know Valor Christian as the alma mater of one Christian McCaffrey, as well as his three brothers. On this particular night, Dylan McCaffrey, a Michigan commit and Mills' top-ranked Elite 11 counterpart, and the Eagles eked out a narrow 21-17 victory.

TE/DE Colby Parkinson - Oaks Christian HS (Westlake Village, Calif.)

Parkinson was held out of the Lions' encounter against Paraclete HS, and Oaks Christian was barely able to escape with a win, 21-14, over the Spirits. When he sustained a severely sprained ankle two weeks ago against St. Joseph's Prep, there was no timetable for his return. Now we know more...

A big blow for a big-time target in this recruiting class. On the brighter side, Parkinson will be receiving his jersey for the 2017 U.S. Army All-American Bowl (played in early January at the Alamodome in San Antonio) next Tuesday.

WR Osiris St. Brown - Mater Dei HS (Anaheim, Calif.)

The football gods smiled on Osiris on Friday against La Mirada HS in a 48-0 shutout victory for the Monarchs of Mater Dei. The senior standout, who didn't catch a pass last week, snagged four passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns to lead the team.

DB Stuart Head - Etowah HS (Woodstock, GA)

I couldn't find any stats for Head other than a 28-20 final score of the Etowah win over Newnan HS.

In other more exciting news, Head got the good news of his official Stanford acceptance this week from head coach David Shaw.

Head is scheduled to be on campus this weekend for the USC game as well.

RB Sione Heimuli-Lund - Brighton HS (Salt Lake City, UT)

Sione was more of threat in the passing game than "toting the rock," but not by much. Lund tallied three receptions for 71 yards and nine carries for 68 yards with one touchdown as the Bengals earned their first win of the season in 44-8 romp over Cottonwood HS.

TE Tucker Fisk - Davis Senior HS (Davis, Calif.)

Fisk and the Blue Devils of Davis High were turned back again after Friday's 25-22 loss to the Crushers of Vintage High School. According to one Crusher player after the game, Fisk was sent on a lot of deep routes and was targeted on many of them. Good to hear he has the speed and athleticism to stretch the field as a tight end. Encouraging signs for a guy I thought was mainly a blocker.

OL Drew Dalman - Palma HS (Salinas, Calif.)

Palma head coach Jeff Carnazzo found himself campaigning for the Cardinal to look at Dalman's ability as a run-stuffing defensive end after the Chieftains overpowered Sacred Heart Preparatory School, 35-6. And it was rightfully so, as Dalman and the Palma defense held the Gators to under 200 yards of total offense for the night.

"[Drew] is going to Stanford as an offensive lineman, but they need to look at him on defense as well," Carnazzo said. "He is a leader for that defense and they dominated the interior tonight."

2018 Commits

QB Jack West - Saraland HS (Saraland, AL)

The Saraland Spartan quarterback was outmatched in Friday's blowout loss to Blount, 42-7. West's stats were not readily available, but the team did pass for 90 yards, their lowest total of the year. If that was all on West's arm, I don't know, but it was definitely not a great showing from the top junior pro-style quarterback in the state of Alabama.