It is opening weekend in the East and the Scout.com recruiting team will be out in full force. The action begins today with the I-95 Kick-Off Classic in Maryland, which features eight games in three days from two locations. We'll be at two regular games on Friday night and the Gateway Kick-Off Classic on Sunday for two more games. All totaled the staff will see twelve games in four days.
Friendship Collegiate Academy (D.C.) vs. Mt. St. Joseph (M.D.) at Bowie State 5:30 p.m.
Friendship is coming off a huge win over Taft (Ohio) last weekend. The Knights are led by five-star defensive tackle Eddie Goldman who tallied two sacks last weekend. Also leading the defensive is super sophomore cornerback Jalen Tabor who picked off two passes against Taft. West Virginia commit Albert Reid does a little bit of everything for the Knights, last week he ran for more than 140 yards. The Gaels are led on offense and defense by Temple commitment Samuel Benjamin.(Kenney)
St. John's Collegiate (D.C) vs. Calvert Hall (Md.) at Bowie State 7:30p.m.
The Cadets are led by quarterback transfer Benjamin Onett who is headed to Temple and super sophomore athlete Devin Williams. Senior lineman Matt kirsch could become a name to watch with a strong season, as could junior running back Kyle Shanahan. Calvert Hall is loaded with athletes, including two standouts who are headed to West Virginia including cornerback Da'Quan Davis and wide receiver Trevor Williams. The Cardinals also feature a few talented juniors led by safety Kennedy Frazier and wide receiver Delando Johnson. The wildcard in this game could be running back Brandon Neverdon or quarterback Thomas Stuart.(Kenney)
Belle Vernon (Pa.) at Hopewell (Pa.) Tony Dorsett Stadium 7:00 p.m.
All eyes will be on five-star running back Rushel Shell as he continues to try to break the all-time rushing record. The Leopards feature a talented junior offensive lineman that we will be keeping an eye on in Dorian Johnson (6-6/278). (Greco)
St. Edward (Ohio) at Penn Hills (Pa.) Andrew Yuhas Stadium 7:30 p.m.
This is a David vs. Goliath battle and if Penn Hills has any chance at all the Indians have to get the ball into the hands of four-star wide receiver Corey Jones who was one of the very few bright spots for the Indians in this game last year. Safety Chaz Whittaker leads the Indians defense and in the trenches three-star guard/defensive tackle Treyvon Hester will have his hands full. Junior fullback Torreek Hester will have to help fuel the Indians run game. The Eagles are led by five-star offensive tackle and Michigan commit Kyle Kalis and sharing the spotlight on the offensive line is West Virginia commit four-star Tyler Orlosky. The defensive line is led by defensive end and Pittsburgh pledge Darryl Render and Northwestern commit Greg Kuhar. Boston College commitment Sam Grant gives the Eagles a weapon at tight end. Eastern Michigan pledge Kirkland Bryant will have to try to contain Jones from his cornerback spot. The wildcard for the Eagles may be wide receiver Quincy Jones.(Lichtenfels)
Wise (Md.) vs. Franklin (Md.) at Morgan State University 5:00 p.m.
Wise will pin their hopes on a pair of under-the-radar standouts running back Uriah Bethea and outside linebacker Tre Smith. The marquee player in this match-up will be three-star wide receiver Ian Thomas.(Dohn and Kenney)
Gilman (Md.) vs. Oscar F. Smith (Va.) at Morgan State University 7:30 p.m.
Gilman is loaded, but they will only go as far as their four-star standout Cyrus Jones will take them. Jones is a threat to score any time he touches the ball. Pittsburgh commitment Devin Porchia anchors the defense from his outside linebacker spot. Penn State pledge Brian Gaia anchors the Greyhounds offensive line, which will try to open holes for Jones and fellow backfield mate Kenny Goins. The Greyhounds also feature a number of talented underclassmen including defensive end Henry Poggi, Outside linebacker Micah Kiser, linebacker Melvin Kiehn and quarterback Shane Cockerille. There is no secret strategy for the Tigers it is simply get the ball into the hands of running back J.C. Coleman who is headed to Virginia Tech. If the run game is shut down the Tigers will have to look to the air and Western Michigan bound wide receiver Sequan Gooding. The defense is led by senior Rhakeem Stallings and a pair of talented junior defensive backs Kanyia Anderson and Diamoneeke Bland.(Dohn and Kenney)
Archbishop Curley (Md.) vs. Patterson (Md.) at Morgan State University 10:45 a.m.
The Friars are led by senior wide receiver Avery Williams.(Dohn and Kenney)
DeMatha (Md.) vs. Loyola at Morgan State University 1:45 p.m.
DeMatha is always one of the best programs on the East Coast and this season the Stags are led by a talented pair of defensive ends in Penn State bound Brent Wilkerson and Virginia commitment Michael Moore. The key cog in the defense is West Virginia pledge Sam Lebbie. The Dons are led by three-star safety Jordan Floyd and under-the-radar wide receiver Deemer Class.(Dohn and Kenney)
Westlake (Md.) vs. Urbana at Morgan State University 4:45 p.m.
Westlake is led by talented cornerback and Duke commitment Michael Westray. The Wolverines also have a trio of talented seniors to watch in running back David Jones, tight end Justin Lawrence and cornerback Ayo Oguniyi.(Dohn and Kenney)
Dunbar (Md.) vs. Dunbar (D.C.) at Morgan State University 7:45 p.m.
This game will be action packed and fierce to say the least. The Poets are led by West Virginia commitment and one of the best receivers in the region Deontay McManus and two standout linebackers Ernest Hawkins and Lavar Highsmith. Cornerback Terrance Williams had a strong summer. Keep an eye on junior defensive tackle Dariz Hill. The Crimson Tide are led by junior lineman Derwin Gray who could contend for a spot in the Scout.com Top 100 next season.(Dohn and Kenney)
Archbishop Wood (Pa.) vs. Pittsburgh Central Catholic (Pa.) at Gateway 2:00 p.m.
Archbishop Wood has as many or more D-I prospects than any team in the state led by Florida bound four-star tight end Colin Thompson, three-star guard Frank Taylor who is Boston College bound, Rutgers commits center Brandon Arcidiacono and running back Desmon Peoples. Temple commit Brandon Peoples, talented safety Nate Smith and 2013 guard Nick Arcidiacono. Central Catholic is led by a pair of Maryland commits three-star quarterback Perry Hills and talented safety/wide receiver Anthony Nixon. Leading the way on the line is offensive tackle Logan Dietz and Jake Walther. Keep an eye on sleeper cornerback Juwaun Haynes and running back Damion Jones-Moore.(Lichtenfels, Dohn and Greco)
Bishop McDevitt (Pa.) at Gateway 6:00 p.m.
Everyone including us will be glued to five-star defensive end Noah Spence, the nation's top rated defensive end according to Scout.com. Maryland commitment Brock Dean will also help anchor the Crusaders defense. The offense is led by junior wide receiver Brian Lamelle. Gateway features a talented group of juniors led by quarterback Tommy Woodson and running back Darin Franklin. Tight end Jaymar Parrish will be Woodson's go-to guy, along with Brennan Boyd and anchoring the offensive line will be R.J. Hughes. All are D-I prospects in the Class of 2013.(Lichtenfels, Dohn and Greco)