Greg Powers - National Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Lake Dallas (Texas) at Frisco (Texas) Centennial at 7:00 p.m.
Lake Dallas got out of the gates with a big 31-20 win over Richardson Pearce last week, but will be seriously tested by a talented Frisco Centennial squad that features a number of talented division one prospects. TCU cornerback commitment Ranthony Texada (2013) will be locking down one half of the field. He already secured his first interception of the week in the first game. Baylor defensive end Kevin Smith (2013) will be wrecking shop from the edge. On the offensive side of things it will be quarterback athlete Lamar Jordan (2013) leading the charge. He scored five touchdowns in week one showing that he should be on more college program’s radars.
Friday: Gilmer (Texas) at Prestonwood (Texas) Christian Academy at 7:30 p.m.
This is a good match-up between powerful schools. Gilmer is making the trip from East Texas to take on the North Texas private school power. The Buckeyes of Gilmer have produced a bevy of college prospects in recent years. SMU defensive back commitment Trey Washington (2013) leads a charge of talented athletes that also includes defensive back Tanner Barr (2014) and linebacker Josh Walker (2014). PCA will look to get the ball in to the hands of Florida State tight end commitment Christian Morgan (2013) as much as possible and FOX Sports NEXT Top 100 middle linebacker Mike Mitchell (2013) will be leading the defensive charge. Keep an eye on quarterback Mickey Mitchell (2015), who is Mike’s younger brother and also a top basketball prospect.
Ahmard Vital - Midlands Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Rosenberg (TX) Terry at Sugar Land (TX) Dulles at 7 p.m.
Here is a match up dominated by the SEC, with Terry having two Texas A&M commits on the roster in wide receiver/tight end Derrick Griffin and defensive back Victor Davis. Running back Eugene Wright is an uncommitted Division I player as is quarterback Antoine Arbuleda, a player who will update his sports resume weekly. For Dulles, a national Top 10 cornerback in Maurice Smith will be featured. Smith, an Alabama commit, may play in somewhat of an IronMan role and play both sides of the ball.
Friday: Galena Park (TX) North Shore at Alvin (TX) Manvel at 7 p.m.
There's no lacking of star power in this pre-district match up between Class 5A powers in Greater Houston. Leading the North Shore team is top prospect Micah Thomas, who holds a number of offers including Houston and Colorado. Providing protection for Thomas is top junior offensive lineman Trevon Tate. On the defense, linebacker Zach Whitely has Texas and Texas A&M pursing his services for the class of 2014. Defensive tackle Najee Toran is another player to keep an eye on. As for Manvel, the common sports word to characterize this team as "loaded." And no doubt the Mavericks have star power and have made good use of it as the defending state finalist in Class 4A a year ago. Known for its high-profile offensive attack, quarterback Shane McCarley leads the way. McCarley holds close to 10 offers including Florida Atlantic and Louisiana Tech. He may have the best collection of targets to throw to with Oklahoma commit Austin Bennett, Texas A&M commit Kyrion Parker and Carlos Thompson, a player who is likely to be playing on Saturdays. Up front, Travis Romero is seeking more activity in his recruitment and is considered one of the top sleeper guards in the city. Defensively, there is Division I talent at every position. UTEP hauled in defensive tackle Dewan Edmonson in late July while Jonathan London has an offer from San Jose State with TCU on the look out. The secondary has Texas A&M commit Tavares Garner and Jared Ambres.
Erin Hartigan - Midlands Field Reporter
Thursday: Dallas (Tx.) Madison at Dallas (Tx.) Kimball at 7 p.m.
Headlining this matchup is the nation's 5th-ranked defensive tackle Justin Manning of Kimball- who, yes, still sits on the market. The 6-foot-2, 275-pounder recently narrowed to a final five of TCU, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, LSU and USC, and reported he plans to take all five official visits before making a decision. Leading the offensive charge is 2013 running back Teriyon Gipson, a 5-foot-9, 165-pounder with 4.48 speed who ran for 230 yards and 3 scores last week on just 20 carries. Gipson has garnered the likes of Kansas State and Texas Tech. In the pocket for Kimball is a dual-threat that is actually being recruited at cornerback- senior Traveon Thibodeaux.
Friday: Tyler (Tx.) John Tyler at Lancaster (Tx.) at 7:30 p.m.
Ever watched a high school football game between two of the fastest teams in the state with 10-plus Divison I prospects on the field at once? We will in this one. Red Bull 7-on-7 National Champion John Tyler (with a third-place finish in the State 7-on-7 Championships) enters the house of the reigning 4A state track champs. Headlining 'JT' is a feisty receiving corp of Oklahoma State commitment Fred Ross, and seniors Justice Liggins and Darion Flowers. Tossing to them is athlete Greg Ward, committed to Houston. Holding it down on the defensive side is highly-touted 'end Tyus Bowser, with offers from Missouri, West Virginia, Texas Tech, among others. A jack of all trades in the pocket for Lancaster is Washington State commit Demarcus Ayers who accounted for 286 yards of total offense and 4 scores last week both through the air and on the ground. Keep eye on his go-to Nick Alexander, junior wideout with offers from Oklahoma and SMU with several more expected this fall. Starring on both sides is '14 cornerback prospect Nick Harvey (offers from Texas, LSU, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Oklahoma). He locks down the secondary alongside senior Dakota Austin, behind 6-foot-6, 230-pound defensive end Daeshon Hall (committed to Washington) and 2014 safety/linebacker prospect Vontre McQuinnie. I'll stop there as I could cover this page with prospects to watch.
Saturday: Jenks (Okla.) v. No. 23 DeSoto (Tx.) at 4:00 p.m.
Kicking off the long-awaited Texas-Oklahoma football clash at Bedford (Tx.) Pennington Field Saturday will be the Jenks Trojans (fighting to avoid their first 0-2 start since 1986) and the DeSoto Eagles (that broke up open the season with a 37-14 run over a talented Arlington Martin squad last week.) DeSoto's Oregon running back pledge Dontre Wilson and 2014 quarterback Desmon White proved to be a deadly combo- White accounting for three touchdowns, rushing for 175 yards, passing for 188; Wilson with two scores, including a 94-yard punt return to break open the second half. Leading the Jenks offense is Oklahoma receiver commitment Jordan Smallwood, and senior running back Trey'Vonne Barr'e, an elusive 5-foot-10, 175-pounder garnering interest from Tulsa, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. If they can beat a DeSoto defense that stifled Texas running back commit Kyle Hicks in the second half last week, this should be an offensive showdown.
Saturday: No. 30 Tulsa (Okla.) Union v. No. 32 Euless (Tx.) Trinity at 8:00 p.m.
Battle of the home-state powers, as Union enters with six state titles since 2004; Trinity with three. Union also enters on a high following a 14-7 win over rival Jenks in the season-opening 'Backyard Bowl' last week. The Trojans, on the other hand, comes in hungry to bounce back after a tough 31-24 overtime loss in the home of nationally-ranked Bellevue (Wash.) last Thursday. Expect a war in the trenches Saturday. Euless always brings a big line, this year led by senior defensive ends Sam Tevi (Utah commit) and Gaius Vaenuku (slew of offers from Missouri, Arizona State, Utah and others). They'll take on Union's O-lineman and OU pledge Dalton Rodriguez. Offensively, Trinity is led by big receiver Jason Reese (verballed to Arizona State) and scrappy wideout Raymond Bolden. Look for Tulsa commits Khalid Kornegay
and Chris Hall to have nice outings for Union.