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Recruiting update: High school football season is underway!

McLane Mannix took a kickoff to the house, Jacob Free led a late touchdown drive, and other updates.

2010 Summer TCA Tour - Day 8
Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Vanderbilt’s football season doesn’t start until Thursday, but high school football season is already underway. Which means... we can at least tell you what some of our recruits are up to.

The Midland Bulldogs’ first play of the season was a memorable one, even if it got called back due to a penalty. Vanderbilt ATH commit McLane Mannix took the opening kickoff to the house:

Mannix also had two receptions for 17 yards and caught a two-point conversion in Midland’s 56-28 win over El Paso Franklin to open the season.

QB commit Jacob Free led a late touchdown drive, throwing a 40-yard TD pass to pull within one point with less than a minute left, but his two-point conversion pass fell short and his Brantley team lost, 49-48. Free had 384 yards and four touchdowns on 18-of-33 passing and also had a rushing TD.

DE commit Jalen Pinkney’s Norcross team beat Collins Hill, 17-14, on Friday night to improve to 2-0 on the season. No stats from that game, but Pinkney did have a sack in Norcross’s season opener.

DE commit Dayo Odeyingbo is now listed at 6’5”/240 on his team’s roster. His Carrollton Ranchview team won 67-7 on Friday night. No stats, but here are some clips of him getting in the quarterback’s face repeatedly:

LB commit Colin Anderson’s Brooks team improved to 1-1 after pitching a 21-0 shutout, in which they held the opposition to 57 yards rushing on 27 carries on the night. Anderson played a big part in that:

CB commit Randall Haynie’s Cardinal Gibbons team won 49-0 in its season opener. No stats or highlights from this one.

Safety commit Tae Daley had two tackles as Warner Robins Northside improved to 2-0 with a 49-0 win. Daley had seven tackles in his team’s season opener.

OL commit Bryce Bailey is up to 297 pounds, apparently, and looks good on film in his Castle team’s 2-0 start:

OL commit Grant Miller is starting at left tackle for Florida powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas, which lost to Miami Booker T. Washington 27-23 on Friday night. Miller is listed at 6’5” on his team’s roster (he was 6’4” earlier in the summer).

CB commit “Not That” Adam Sparks has not started his season. (Get it together, Louisiana.)

So there’s your football fix until the season kicks off on Thursday.

(And if you don’t get the headline picture, you need to get more familiar with your 1970s TV detectives.)