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National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: North Allegheny (Pa.) at Gateway (Pa.) at 7:00 p.m.
This will be arguably the top game in the state this year, if not in the entire nation. The unbeaten Tigers of North Allegheny will travel to Gateway to face the unbeaten Gators. North Allegheny has been the team to beat in the WPIAL over the past three season led by Michigan commit Patrick Kugler. Kugler dominates on both sides of the line. Senior quarterback Mack Leftwich and wide receiver Brendan Coniker both committed to FCS schools this week, Stephen F. Austin and Richmond respectively. The Tigers also feature one of the states top juniors in wide receiver Elijah Zeise. The Gators are loaded and they are led by Arizona bound quarterback Tommy Woodson and two-way star Jaymar Parrish who is headed to Pitt. The Gateway secondary is as good as it gets in high school football led by Montae Nicholson and Anthony Davis. Nicholson already holds offers froma number of Big Ten, Big East and ACC teams.
Brian Dohn- Northeast Recruiting Analyst
Friday: South Brunswick High (Monmouth Junction, N.J.) at Piscataway (N.J.) High at 7 p.m.
South Brunswick is home to Rutgers commit T.J. Taylor, who plays safety and receiver but will go to college as a defensive player. Taylor is 6-foot-2, 180 pounds and he likes to hit. Piscataway is home to four-star cornerback and Rutgers commit Nadir Barnwell, who missed the first two games with a shoulder injury but is back. He plays quarterback and safety for the two--time defending North Jersey 2 Group IV champs. The Chiefs are also home to cornerback Kyle Laporte, who is getting FBS interest.
Kristen Kenney- East Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Good Counsel (Md.) vs. DeMatha (Md.) at 7:00 p.m.
Good Counsel will host DeMatha in a highly anticipated annual rivalry game. Good Counsel is the 2011 WCAC Champion and boasts a championship roster led by five-star Virginia Tech corner commit Kendall Fuller, defensive back Kirk Garner (Virginia), linebackers Dorian O'Daniel (Clemson), Darian Carr (Harvard) and Reggie McGee (Houston) and with Marcel Ngachie. The Falcon's offense is led by Virginia commits Brendan Marshall at quarterback and wide receiver Andre Levrone. Good Counsel's 2014 class is loaded with big men talent in Jesse Aniebonam, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound beast on the defensive line, and Sam Mustipher, a 6-foot-4, 286-pound offensive lineman. DeMatha will rely on a younger offensive squad including 2014 standouts running back Taiwan Deal who has an early offer from Tennessee, offensive lineman Brock Ruble and wide receivers Chris Jones and Cameron Phillips. On defense, 2013 Old Dominion corner commit Brian Charles is one to watch..
Friday: Wexford (PA) North Allegheny at Monroeville (PA) Gateway at 7:00 p.m.
There is no shortage of talent or Division I prospects at Antimarino Stadium. North Allegheny ended Gateway's season in 2011. This 2012 matchup could be a preview of the WPIAL Quad-A championship game. The focus is also on the present, specifically the number of offered prospects that will be on the field Friday. The biggest is Michigan commit, and five-star offensive lineman Patrick Kugler. Kugler has been instrumental in the Tigers' 223+ rushing yards a game. Quarterback Mack Leftwich--who has a 19-1 record as a starter--has already thrown 15 touchdowns this season. Leftwich committed to Stephen F. Austin on Monday. The Tigers also have skill players Greg Garrity and Elijah Zeise. Garrity leads the team with 22 catches for 431 yards and 6 touchdowns. Despite missing one game to injury, Zeise has 7 catches for 192 yards and 2 touchdowns. Zeise, who holds an early offer from Pitt, leads the team with two interceptions. On the other side of the ball the Gators are led by Arizona commit Thomas Woodson and Pitt commit Jaymar Parrish on offense. Woodson may be the most diverse athlete in the WPIAL, throwing for 963 yards and 10 scores, rushing for another 177 yards and 3 scores. Parrish is coming to Pitt as a fullback/tight end and is doing a pretty good job as a hybrid this year. He leads the team with 10 receptions for 181 yards. Junior Ricky Rogers claims a verbal offer from Pitt, and has 2 receptions for 137 yards--both for touchdowns. Montae Nicholson may be the most heavily recruited athlete in western Pennsylvania for the 2014 class. Nicholson--a safety and receiver--already has verbal offers from Ohio State, Rutgers, Pitt and Illinois just to name a few. He has 8 receptions for 252 yards with five total touchdowns this year, including an interception returned 64 yards for a touchdown last week, and a 25-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown in Week 2. Junior linebacker Brenon Thrift leads the team with three sacks, and holds verbal offers from Pitt and West Virginia.
Chad Simmons- National Recruiting Analyst
I don't think the top prospect I will see this week needs any type of introduction, it is Montravius Adams. The five-star defensive tackle out of Dooly County has fought double and triple teams all season and he is still in the backfield making plays. Hawkinsville has been a school that has produced prospects over the years, but none in the 2013 class are known at this time. Adams is the top defensive tackle in the country and I have high expectations for him Friday night.
Jamie Newberg - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Tampa Catholic vs Clearwater Central Catholic at 7:30 p.m.
This is a very good and very talented Tampa Catholic team led by senior Zach Benjamin and juniors Corey Martinez and T.J. Harrell. Benjamin, a.k.a 'Big Bird', is a very big outside wide receiver. He stands 6-foot-5 and 192 pounds and has scholarship offers from teams like Toledo, Arkansas State, Bowling Green, Western Kentucky, and others. Martinez and Harrell will be two of the top juniors from the Tampa Bay area next season in 2014. Martinez is an offensive tackle that has the versatility to play all the positions across the front. He has offers from teams like Miami, USF, Kentucky and Vandy, Meanwhile, Harrell is an outside linebacker/running back that has scholarship offers from teams like Florida, UCLA, Georgia, Michigan State, Purdue and others. Clearwater Central Catholic is led by a solid defensive back in Michael Stevenson. This safety prospect has scholarship offers from Wake Forest, UCF, South Florida, Pitt, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Mike Bakas - Florida Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Orlando (Fla) Evans @ Clermont (Fla) East Ridge at 7:00 p.m.
Evans High is loaded with prospects and it starts with senior wide receiver Tony Stevens. At 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, Stevens is widely considered one of the state's top wide receiver prospects and he's already committed to Florida State. Dominic Walker (6-2/195) is another standout wide receiver at the school, and he's also a major college prospect. A one-time Vanderbilt commitment, Walker is now taking other visits and saw Nebraska this past weekend. Their quarterback, senior Levar Robinson (6-0/180) is also a Division 1 prospect and already has an offer from Memphis. On defense, they're led by linebacker Rodderick Hoskins (6-3/225), who is also committed to Florida State but still being recruited by several other programs.
Atlantic Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Wake Forest (N.C.) Wake Forest-Rolesville vs. Raleigh (N.C.) Wakefield at 7:30 p.m.
This Cap 8 showdown has serious conference and playoff implications. Wake Forest-Rolesville comes in 7-0 and is led by sophomore sensation Bryce Love. Love, a running back, is one of the top sophomores in North Carolina. He is also one of the fastest 2015 prospects in the country. At only 14 years of age, Love ran a 10.6-second 100-meter dash, 21.6-second 200, and 48.2 400. Wake Forest-Rolesville also has senior standouts safety Xavier Smith (East Carolina commit), running back Chris Love, and running back Petey Williams. Wakefield is 6-1 and coming off a tough loss to rival Leesville Road last week. The Wolverines are led by senior quarterback Connor Mitch (South Carolina commit) and senior wide receiver Jordan Fielleteau (North Carolina commit). Through seven games, Mitch has thrown for close to 2,300 yards and 32 touchdowns. Fielleteau is also having a big season with around 900 yards receiving and 14 touchdowns. Wakefield also features senior wide receiver/defensive back Justin Fielleteau and senior offensive lineman Ryan Anderson.
Geoff Vogt - Florida Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Chaminade (Fla.) at University School (Fla.)
Huge district game which University won handily a year ago on the road. There is loads of talent on this field and perhaps as many as 10-15 potential BCS players. Chaminade is led by FSU verbal Adrian Baker (CB), Myles Graham (RB), a national recruit for 2014 in DT Khairi Clark, and 2014 QB Sean White who has attracted early attention. University School has 2013 prospects Maquedius Bain (OL/DL), Jordan Cunningham (WR), Skai Moore (LB), D.J. Taylor (WR), and superstar sophomore Jordan Scarlett (RB). Both teams are undefeated on the year and University has won some national games already. This could be the first of two games between these teams as they are both considered top contenders for a state title and could meet in round two of the playoffs again.
Friday: Island Coast (Fla.) at Fort Myers (Fla.)
Both teams need this key district win as they are playing in a seven team district where five teams have state playoff aspirations (only two can make it). The winner will put themselves in great position while the loser will face an uphill battle going forward. This will be a battle of outstanding QBs as IC's Kurt Benkert (East Carolina) and FM's Tyler Douglas (Duke) are both off to fast starts. Island Coast has a dynamic duo of thunder and lightning at RB with T.J. Johnson (Arizona/WVU) and senior riser Devon Calhoun (tough as nails) whereas Fort Myers is relying on some sensational sophomores offensively. Island Coast has the better offense, but Fort Myers brings a stout defense into this game and are 5-0 after the key win last week in Southwest Florida's oldest rivalry game with Charlotte.
John Garcia Jr. - Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Marietta (Ga.) Walton at Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter 7:30 p.m.
Offensive play-makers flood the field in this one, beginning with the two quarterbacks. Lassiter's Eddie Printz is one of the more intriguing cases out there considering he had his scholarship from UCLA all but pulled despite his verbal pledge to the Bruins. He is currently taking things slow for now, though schools like Missouri, Wake Forest, Yale and others remain in contact. It couldn't be more different for Walton QB Parker McLeod, who has been committed to Alabama for nearly four months. Fellow Tide pledge and four-star running back Tyren Jones has racked up the numbers this season thanks in part to Georgia commit Brandon Kublanow and Kentucky commit Jake Boynton creating holes for the shifty back up front. Walton's defense is led by potentially-elite 2014 defensive back D.J. Smith - who already holds big-time offers from programs like Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and others. He'll look to help slow down the Lassiter wide receiver duo of Clemson verbal Ryan Jenkins and fellow three-star Juwan Dickey, who is favoring Oklahoma State, Southern Miss, UCLA and USF.
Steve Robertson - Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Jackson (Miss.) Academy at Jackson (Miss.) Prep at 7:00 p.m.
Jackson Academy has won three straight state championships and the Raiders currently hold the state's longest winning streak. Mississippi State commitment Jamaal Clayborn will look to lead JA against national 300 quarterback Ryan Buchanan who is committed to Ole Miss.
Yancy Porter - Mississippi Scout
Thursday: Southwest CC (Miss.) at Hinds CC (Miss.) at 7:00 p.m.
Hinds CC hopes to end a three game losing streak this week when they face S' West CC. The Bulldogs have a trio of highly recruited players that includes 4-Star WR Quantavius Leslie, 3-Star WR Quadarius Mireles, and 3-Star DB Zach Witchett. Leslie is currently a commitment to LSU and has shown his ability to go deep this season as he has over four catches for seventy yards. Mireles leads the team in catches and receiving yards and is more of a scat back typer receiver. Quandarius is committed to Ole Miss. Witchett is also an Ole Miss commit after signing with Georgia in high school. S' West CC is hoping to break the goose egg as they are currently 0-4. DB Josh Manning is a reverse transfer from Murray State and leads the Bears in tackles with 37.
Amy Campbell - Florida Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Jacksonville (Fla.) Mandarin at Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood at 7:00 p.m.
Mandarin looks to snap a three game skid as they head to Sandalwood High School to face the Saints. Sandalwood is loaded on both sides of the ball and boasts of a defense lead by Alabama defensive end commit DeMarcus Walker. Senior safety Malik Greaves remains committed to Vanderbilt but still has several schools coming after him, including West Virginia and Auburn. New to the Sandalwood defense is Nease transfer Kain Daub. The 2014 linebacker remains committed to LSU but it's doubtful other schools are giving up on landing this playmaker. Junior linebacker Blake McClain will be another one to watch. On the offensive side of the ball, quarterback Parker Boehme is committed to Duke, and big offensive lineman Donald Rocker is committed to FIU but may be looking around. For Mandarin, FAU 2013 wide receiver commitment Kamrin Solomon will be one to keep an eye one, as well as Maryland defensive tackle commitment Kingsley Opara.
Kristen Ledlow - Southeast Field Reporter
Friday: Wake Forest-Rolesville (NC) at Wakefield High School (NC) at 7 p.m.
Wakefield High School is home to three-star quarterback Connor Mitch, who is currently committed to South Carolina. With offers on the table from every major collegiate program in the southeast, Mitch has maintained his solid commitment. Mitch's teammates include Jordan Fieulleteau, a receiver committed to North Carolina, and Xavier Smith, a safety committed to East Carolina. Wakefield welcomes Wake Forest-Rolesville, home of brothers Bryce and Chris Love. Sophomore Bryce is already receiving big-time football interest.
Allen Trieu - National Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Hartland Arrowhead (Wisc.) at Waukesha West (Wisc.) at 7 p.m.
Arrowhead has a Wisconsin commit in junior offensive lineman George Panos, as well as several other highly touted underclassmen including defensive lineman Billy Hirschfeld, offensive tackle Tom Kirsch, and linebacker Matt Seitz. West has senior tight end Dylan Chmura, a Michigan State commit, and kicker Steve Drida, a Ball State verbal.
Friday: Niles Notre Dame (Ill.) at Chicago Marist (Ill.) at 7:30 p.m.
In a great matchup, we'll be able to see two of the top juniors in the state of Illinois, Marist tight end Nic Weishar, who has several BCS offers and Notre Dame running back Chris James, who may be headed towards those offers.
Bill Greene - Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Canton (Ohio) McKinley at Canton (Ohio) GlenOak at 7 p.m.
One of Northeast Ohio's top rivalries resumes when undefeated Canton McKinley travels to play 5-1 Canton GlenOak. For McKinley, sophomore quarterback Eric Glover-Williams is putting eye-popping numbers running the football, and is proving to be an effective passer. He is one of Ohio's top 2015 prospects. Senior three-star defensive end Antoine Miles and junior linebacker Jamal Davis lead the Bulldog defense. GlenOak is led by two seniors with MAC offers, quarterback Reid Worstell and offensive tackle Steve Mathie. Sophomore wide receiver Jason Simon is a top 2015 prospect.
Friday- Austintown (Ohio) Fitch at Massillon (Ohio) at 7:30 p.m.
Four-star defensive tackle Billy Price (Ohio State commit) is the senior leader of the undefeated Fitch squad, as well as senior tailback Billy Aaron, who holds a Pittsburgh offer. Price, who also plays offense, will be matched up with Massillon junior two-way lineman Nathaniel Devers, in a battle of two of the best interior players in the state. Senior three-star quarterback Kyle Kempt (Cincinnati commit) and senior four-star defensive back/wide receiver Gareon Conley will need to put points on the scoreboard to keep the Tigers in this one.
Dave Berk - Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers at Columbus (Ohio) Bishop Hartley at 7:30 p.m.
All eyes will be on two future college teammates as Bishop Hartley tight end/defensive end Jacob Matuska will look to get the best of Bishop Luers linebacker Jaylon Smith. Both players have issued verbal pledges to Notre Dame giving head coach Brian Kelly one of the top overall recruiting classes in the country. Matuska is a FOXSportsNEXT.com four-star defensive end while Smith is a five-star outside linebacker ranked as the No.6 overall prospect in the country for the 2013 class. Hartley enters the game with a perfect 6-0 record while Luers enters with a 5-2 mark. Both teams have other players to watch as Hartley cornerback Alonzo Saxton II looks to be back after fighting injuries and Luers will look to cornerback Andrew Spencer, wide receiver Mike Rogers (Bowling Green pledge) and athlete Tyvel Jemison.
Beth Long - Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Glenbard North (Ill.) at Wheaton Warrenville South (Ill.) at 7:00 p.m.
Two powerhouse programs go head to head Friday night in Wheaton, Ill. Perhaps one of the best up and coming skill players in the Midwest, Glenbard North running back Justin Jackson will be looking to continue his impressive rushing performances this season. Jackson has offers from Boston College, Illinois, Northwestern, and Purdue. On the other side of the ball, Wheaton Warrenville South quarterback Josh Wilson and senior wide receiver Brandon Moore look to fire up their offense with the hopes of firing on all cylinders before the playoffs.
Simone Scott -
Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Hilliard Davidson (Ohio) vs. Upper Arlington (Ohio) at 7:30 p.m.
Upper Arlington is coming off of a 40 point win and taking on a 4-2 Hilliard Davidson team. Upper Arlington will be looking at outside linebacker Chris Frey, who has offers from Akron, Northern Illinois, Syracuse and Toledo as well as interest from Virginia Tech, to lead the way. Also available to help Frey is defensive tackle Noah Spielman hearing from several MAC schools. Senior running back E.J. Jennings is who will be leading the attack for Hilliard Davidson. Hilliard Davidson is known to run the ball 75% of the time, so the team goes as Jennings goes.
Ahmard Vital - Midlands Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: College Station (Texas) A&M Consolidated at Conroe (Texas) The Woodlands at 7 p.m.
It's a Central Texas versus North Houston game, with both sitting at a 3-2 record. For Consolidated, three-star defensive end Jimmie Gilbert is a major player to keep an eye on. On offense, big man Josh Stewart, a wide receiver who is starting to gain plenty of college attention and has reported a couple of offers. For The Woodlands, it features a couple of Colorado offensive linemen commits with Sam Kronshage and Jonathan Huckins, both of which play for The Woodlands. Also, Jayme Taylor is a Northwestern commit. And we look forward to checking out the newcomer, at running back in Patrick Carr, who is slated to be the next major back coming out of the Houston area.
Friday: Katy (Texas) Cinco Ranch at Katy (Texas) Morton Ranch at 7 p.m.
Here is a game that features two nice runners in the backfield with Morton Ranch's E.J. Achelus and Cinco Ranch athlete Jamel James. Achelus is a 2014 back who is already been contacted by SEC powers LSU and Alabama while James is a power back and a Notre Dame commitment.
Brandon Huffman - National Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Modesto (Calif.) at Modesto (Calif.) Downey at 7 p.m.
Downey features the top quarterback prospect in Central California in 6-3, 195-pounder Aaron Zwahlen. The lanky Zwahlen committed to Hawaii to play for Norm Chow in his pass-happy offense, but several schools are still keeping an eye on him as he's in his senior season. Zwahlen is LDS and plans to serve a mission, so schools who are looking to bring in two quarterbacks in this class, are watching him closely.
Friday: Concord (Calif.) Clayton Valley at Concord (Calif.) Ygnacio
Valley at 4 p.m.
Clayton Valley has one of the biggest sleepers in the East Bay in two way threat Joe Prothroe, a running back/linebacker, who projects to fullback at the next level. Prothroe is 6-1, 210-pounds, but is a punishing blocker and a good runner. A number of Mountain West and WAC programs are evaluating him.
Friday: Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill at Concord (Calif.) De La Salle at 7 p.m.
The state's top program features a loaded roster, headlined by U.S. Army All-American Michael Hutchings, a four-star outside linebacker who's committed to USC. He leads the Spartans' vaunted linebacker corps, that includes three-stars Victor Egu and D.J. Moffitt. The Spartans will be without three-star tight end/defensive end Austin Hooper, who's nursing a knee injury. On the defensive line, Sumner Houston, a 2014 prospect, who's the younger brother of Wisconsin freshman quarterback Bart Houston, reminds many of former Spartan four-star and current Oregon State defensive lineman Dylan Wynn. Foothill has Cal commit Raymond Hudson as their primary offensive weapon and some talented underclassmen, including Isaiah Langley, a sophomore and another sophomore quarterback in Kyle Kearns. Defensively, linebacker Griffith Gates leads Foothill while Jamirr Holland is one of the premier defensive backs in the West in the 2014 class.
Greg Biggins - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Upland at Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) at 7:00 p.m.
You could see double digit players sign Div I scholarships from this game in February. Upland defensive end Joe Mathis is a top 100 national recruit and a monster up front. He'll have his choice of just about any school in the country and often mentions Washington, Nebraska, Alabama, USC and UCLA on his ever evolving list. Upland safety James Johnson is coming on and is looking at Oregon State, Arizona State and Houston. Quarterback Nate Romine is still waiting for his first offer to roll in but he's an excellent high school signal caller and great at managing the game. Rancho Cucamonga is led by one of the nation's top secondary's in USC commit Chris Hawkins and elite safety Tahaan Goodman. Hawkins is a lock down corner and Goodman, looking at USC, UCLA, LSU, Nebraska, Washington and several others, is a big hitter at safety with cover skills. Inside linebacker Viliami Latu is a tremendous prospect and his twin brother Alani Latu can fly around and hit. San Diego State and Arizona State are at the top of their list.
Scott Kennedy- Director of Scouting
FOX Sports West eatures four games per week streamed live on the internet with broadcasters and color analysts, and multi-angle cameras. This week Prepzone Live will feature host Kevin Barnett and Director of Scouting Scott Kennedy, highlighting the action from each of the four games as well as other news and notes across the Southland. Here is a look at this week's action on FOX Sports West's Prepzone.
Two teams with question marks at quarterback, Servite because of lack of production and Santa Margarita due to the injury of Nebraska commitment Johnny Stanton. Santa Margarita still has plenty of D1 talent on offense including Washington State commitment River Cracraft at receiver, top running back Ryan Wolpin, and two senior offensive linemen in Washington commitment Dane Crane at center and tackle Riley Sorenson. Servite still has talent on offense including running backs Andrew Moore ('14) and Utah commitment Charlie Etiaki. Junior Butch Pauu is better served playing receiver and defense than quarterback. He's headed to BYU after next year.
Friday: Upland (Calif.) at Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)
The battle in the Inland Empire is arguably the best matchup of the week. Upland features demolition man Joe Mathis at defensive end, and he's considering a host of schools including Alabama, Michigan, Washington, and UCLA among others. This game features enough D1 defensive backs to fill a college roster. Cornerback Delvin Batiste of Upland is committed to San Diego State, and his teammate James Johnson lines up at safety and is entertaining offers from Arizona, Arizona State, and Oregon State. Tahaan Goodman and Chris Hawkins are members of the Scout 300 and play safety and cornerback respectively for Rancho Cucamonga. Goodman has his pick of schools, and Hawkins has already chosen USC.
Friday: Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame at Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany
Notre Dame is coming off of a tough loss to Chaminade last week on the Prepzone. Running back Khalfani Muhammad is the headliner for the Knights. He has already taken an official visit to Notre Dame (9/21) and is scheduled to visit Washington (10/12). Quarterback Kelly Hilinski recently picked up an offer from Colorado. Blocking for Muhammad and Hilinski is Utah commitment Leroy Tanoai. Alemany features one of the top playmakers in the country in USC commitment Steven Mitchell. Mitchell is nearly untouchable in the open field. Defensive back Devin Ross also suits up for the Warriors. He is a Colorado commitment.
Friday: Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola at Encino (Calif.) Crespi
Loyola enters the game with a perfect record after its 45-0 shellacking by St. John Bosco was wiped off the record books because of a forfeit. The Cubs remain a dangerous team led by playmaker Cameron Walker who sees time on both sides of the ball. Walker has offers from Cal, Boise State, Washington, Stanford, and Wisconsin. When Walker is on offense, he'll be on the lookout for hard hitting safety Tyler Foreman. Foreman is built like a linebacker, and he hits like one as well. He is considering UCLA, Cal, Arizona, Arizona State, and Washington. Foreman has company on the Celts defense in the form of linebacker Ray Davison. Davison looks to be choosing between Boise State and Iowa State.
Jason Jewell, Southwest Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Glendale (Ariz.) Deer Valley at Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial at 7:00 p.m.
Centennial has been one of the state's best teams over the past decade and despite losing last week, they still will contend for the D2 state title. UCLA commit Jalen Ortiz is the Coyotes' playmaker. Ortiz has the speed to score on any play, is a threat in the pass game and is a lockdown corner. Ortiz runs behind one of the state's top offensive lines and no one is hotter than junior OT Layth Friekh. The 6-foot-5 Friekh was offered by Utah, Arizona and Oregon State last week. Seniors Hayden Johnson and Spencer Nathe both have Air Force offers and junior OG Kamryn Bennett will get offers before it is all said and done. Quarterback Tre Grant is having a great year and Air Force and New Mexico have shown the most interest. Expected to be back from suspension and injury is DE Marcus Farria. Deer Valley is lead by 6 foot 4 junior quarterback Devon Palomino.
Friday: Mesa (Ariz.) Desert Ridge at Chandler (Ariz.) Basha at 7:00 p.m.
Great match-up between two one-loss teams that could compete for the D1 state title. Basha is led by Arizona commit wide receiver Nate Phillips. Phillips has already caught 42 passes for 698 yards and 8 TDs. Desert Ridge looks string in the trenches. OT Josh Scow has an offer from Idaho, OT/DE Nick Allen has been offered by San Diego State and Colorado and is having a great year in his first year on the defensive side of the ball. RB J.J. Husar is having a very good year and Southern Utah has shown the most interest.
Northwest Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Snohomish (Wash.) Glacier Peak vs. Bothell (Wash.) at 7:00 p.m.
Bothell (Wash.) 2015 quarterback Ross Bowers is one of the top young prospects in the state. Bowers already displays the arm strength and poise needed for the college game. As with any young player, he is looking to improve his consistency. Earlier this year against Skyline he played nearly perfectly in the first half, before turning the ball over three times in the second half. Bothell fullback and BYU commit Darrin Laufasa is a powerful runner that has also shown the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. He will also line up at linebacker and is a playmaker for the Cougars. Bothell running back Danny Wilson and cornerback Reshon Watson have college potential and are worth keeping an eye on.
Friday: Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach vs. Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic at 7:00 p.m.
Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic cornerback Markell Sanders committed to Washington State before the season. At 6'1" 175lbs, he has a great frame for the position, but he struggled at times in coverage over the summer. Very intrigued to see how he looks on the field. Rainier Beach offensive tackle Leo Keilani is massive, standing 6-foot-10, 340-pounds. Keilani has earned offers from Idaho and Wyoming, but needs to improve his foot speed and athleticism.
Kevin Carden, West Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Sherman Oaks (CA) Notre Dame vs. Mission Hills (CA) Alemany at 7:00 p.m.
Both teams are pretty well stocked with college talent with Alemany wide receiver Steven Mitchell being the top prospect in the game. Mitchell, a USC commit, is arguably the top playmaker in Southern California and should cause problems for Notre Dame's defensive backs all night. Alemany also has a pair of talented defensive backs in Colorado commit Devin Ross and, Alif Grayes, a 2014 cornerback. Notre Dame has a high-powered offense led by three-star quarterback Kelly Hilinski and speedy tailback Khalfani Muhammad, who has a double-digit offers and just returned from his official visit to South Bend for the Notre Dame-Michigan game.
Inna Lazarev, West Field Reporter
Thursday: Glendale (Ariz.) Deer Valley at Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial at 7 p.m.
Centennial (5-1) is stacked. This team is very strong on the offensive line, which features offensive tackle Hayden Johnson (Air Force, Idaho, South Dakota State offers), offensive guard Spencer Nathe (Air Force offer), and junior offensive tackles Kamryn Bennett, and Layth Friekh, who received his first three offers (from Oregon State, Utah, and Arizona) last Friday. The Coyotes boast two Pac-12 commitments, in UCLA running back commit, Jalen Ortiz, and Washington defensive end commit, Marcus Farria. Other players to watch on this squad are: quarterback Tre Grant, wide receiver Shawn Poindexter, defensive end Sam Ray, linebacker Wes Westbrook, long snapper Reed Buce, and junior wide receivers Darius Aguirre and Keesean Green.
Annabel Stephan, West Field Reporter
Thursday: San Clemente (Calif.) vs. Lake Forest (Calif.) El Toro at Trabuco Hills HS at 7 p.m.
San Clemente graduated a few big playmakers last season, leaving the road open for offensive guard Sean Harlow (6-5/260), the team's most highly-touted prospect. Though he held offers from the majority of the Pac-12, among many others, Harlow ended his recruitment in July by committing to Washington. He has plans to graduate early. El Toro's offense is led by quarterback Conner Manning, a prospect who emerged after being named the QB MVP at the Southern California Nike Football Training Camp this summer. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound player committed to Utah in July.
Friday: North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard Westlake at Santa Fe Springs (Calif.) St Paul at 7:30 p.m.
Harvard Westlake's offensive line features one of the top uncommitted prospects on the West Coast in the 6-foot-5, 280-pound Thomas Oser, who is seriously considering offers from Stanford, Oregon, Vanderbilt, Oregon State, and Utah. He'll take his time making his decision. Quarterback Chad Kanoff (6-4,195), a Vanderbilt commit, has been putting up big numbers throughout the season and says he is one-hundred percent solid to the Commodores. One of the most exciting players on St. Paul's roster is 2014 running back Kurt Scoby (5-8, 215), who had an impressive summer, picking up offers from Miami (FL) and Oregon State. Though he may not be the tallest player on the field, he's in contention for being the strongest, spending a good amount of time in the weight room. He's also interested in Nebraska, UCLA, USC, and other Pac-12 programs. Two other players to keep an eye on are receiver Alec Dana and 2014 tight end Darrell Cloy, who both impressed with their 7on7 teams during the off-season.