Allen Trieu - National Recruiting Analyst
Allen Trieu, National Recruiting Analyst-Midwest
Thursday: Zeeland (Mich.) West at Detroit (Mich.) Country Day at 6 p.m.
Country Day has "triplets" at the skill positions with Rutgers commit Tyler Wiegers at quarterback, Boston College verbal Richard Wilson at running back and Michigan commit Maurice Ways at wide receiver. Zeeland West has Western Michigan commit Jordan Van Dort at tight end. The 6'5, 285-pound Van Dort will move to the offensive line in college.
Friday: East English (Mich.) Village Prep vs Detroit (Mich.) Loyola at 1 p.m.
Loyola is strong up front with two-way lineman Ka'John Armstrong, who has an Eastern Michigan offer and a host of other interested schools. East English is lead by athletic junior defensive end Kamahl March and sophomores Nate Boulware at running back and Anton Curtis at quarterback.
Friday: Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's vs Oak Park (Mich.) at 4 p.m.
There will be several Division-1 athletes on the field in this matchup. St. Mary's has a great duo at corner with senior Jalen Watts-Jackson, who is committed to Michigan State, and junior Tyson Smith, who has a Spartan offer. Oak Park is lead by junior running back/defensive back John Kelly, who has a Michigan State offer as well, and junior linemen Ricardo Smith and Shahid Bellamy. St. Mary's also has several young prospects with early interest. Sophomore linebacker Daelin Hayes is a long, athletic youngster. Freshman linebacker Joshua Ross will start for the Eaglets. The younger brother of Michigan linebacker James Ross, he is expected to blossom into a big time player as well.
Friday: Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech at Southfield (Mich.) at 7 p.m.
The night cap of the Detroit Kickoff Classic could have over 20 Division-1 players on the field. Cass Tech cornerback Damon Webb and Southfield defensive tackle Malik McDowell are both national top 40 prospects. Webb is committed to Ohio State while McDowell is considering offers from around the country. McDowell is joined on the defensive line by four-star Michigan commit Lawrence Marshall and Chris Williams, who has an offer from Old Dominion. The quarterback dual features Cass Tech's junior Michigan State commit Jayru Campbell against Southfield senior Jalen Brady, committed to Bowling Green. Cass Tech's other top senior prospects include Eastern Michigan Gary Hosey at linebacker and tailback, William White, a one-time Toledo commit at linebacker, and Bowling Green commit Brian Sanders at defensive end. Michigan State commit Deon Drake, an athletic linebacker, is still fighting back from a knee injury. Tight end Chris McDaniel is a senior currently without an offer but indications are that they will come. In the junior class, running back Mike Weber and defensive end Joshua Alabi are both four-star prospects with offers from around the country and defensive end Keith Jones is receiving collegiate attention. In the sophomore class, defensive tackle Michael Onwenu, offensive tackle Ostell Martin, wide receiver Demetric Vance and cornerback LaVert Hill all have high-major potential. Then you have freshman Donovan Peoples-Jones, a wide receiver-defensive back already dubbed "freak" because of his athleticism. Southfield has a speedy senior receiver Jordan Billingslea who is committed to Western Michigan. Junior cornerback-wide receiver Ray Buford had a big summer, adding several offers. A good season and more will be on their way. Senior offensive tackle Chukwuma Okorafor is committed to Western Michigan. Senior receiver Devonte Alfred and defensive back Jacob Studdard are receiving recruiting attention as is junior linebacker Jordan Cry.
Saturday: Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) Brother Rice vs Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius at 1:30 p.m.
The top prospect on either side is St. Ignatius linebacker and Ohio State commit Kyle Berger, who recently injured his knee and will miss the season. Ignatius is still very talented. On the offensive line, senior Jimmy Byrne is a four-star prospect committed to Notre Dame and he's joined by sophomore Liam Eichenberg, who already holds an Ohio State offer. Senior linebacker Dameon Willis has several Division-1 offers, as does sure handed wide receiver Michael Siragusa, who may be one of the more underappreciated players in the Midwest. Another to watch is 6'5, 250-pound defensive end Dre'Mont Jones, who has big time potential. Brother Rice is lead by junior quarterback Alex Malzone, a strong-armed youngster who split time as a sophomore and flashed a ton of potential. A good season in his first as the full time starter and he is in the position to earn offers. He will have a couple of outstanding receivers to throw to in senior Corey Lacanaria, who holds some small college offers and a preferred walk-on from Ohio State and junior Grant Perry, who impressed over the summer. Senior safety/kicker Jason Alessi is an outstanding player who is committed to Michigan for lacrosse, but is exploring his football options. He has an Air Force offer on the gridiron. Other seniors with college interest and offers are safety Chris Carter, defensive tackle Alberto Sandoval and running back Brian Walker.
Saturday: Warren (Mich.) De La Salle vs Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic at 5:00 p.m.
De La Salle is lead by Michigan commit Jared Wangler at linebacker. A one time Penn State commit, Wangler is a good athlete who also plays tight end on offense. He'll be facing off against four-star quarterback Deshone Kizer, who is committed to Notre Dame. Kizer has help around him in the form of senior offensive lineman Zach Harmon, who is committed to Duke and wide receiver Derich Weiland who has a Kent State offer. Senior linebacker Paul Moses has several offers and junior linebacker Chris Green is a BCS prospect with a number of offers in his own right. Junior offensive tackle Ramon Miles has size, potential, and an early offer from Akron and safety Charles Smith, who transferred in this year, also is receiving college attention. In addition to Wangler. De La Salle has other seniors who are being recruited including quarterback Giovanni Rescigno and wide receivers Brent Morris and Carter Wilson.
Bill Greene - Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Parma Normandy at Cleveland Benedictine at 7 p.m.
The opening week of high school football in Ohio, and the main attraction in this game is junior linebacker/tailback Jerome Baker. The Benedictine athlete is an early four-star recruit on Scout, and is one of the top players in the state for 2015. Already holds offers from the likes of Arkansas, Florida, Michigan, Ohio State, and others.
Friday: Austintown Fitch at Warren Harding at 7 p.m.
In a great early season matchup, two teams with playoff aspirations do battle in Ohio. Fitch features junior four-star tailback Darrin Hall, who holds 11 offers, including Arkansas, Kentucky, Michigan State and Nebraska. Harding counters with two junior linemen, offensive guard James Daniels, who holds offers from the likes of Michigan State, Penn State and Indiana, and junior defensive tackle Javon Provitt (Toledo offer).
Saturday: Cleveland Glenville at Lakewood St. Edward at 2 p.m.
The top game in the state features two traditional powers doing battle. Lakewood St. Edward is led by four-star junior cornerback Shaun Crawford, a recent Michigan commit. They also have David Dowell and Andrew Dowell, and the twins both hold multiple offers. Glenville features top 2014 prospects, Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith, and both four-star players holds offers from the likes of Alabama, Michigan and Ohio State. Senior tackle Marcelys Jones is a three-star recruit that is committed to Ohio State.
Dave Berk - Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Wednesday: Cincinnati (Ohio) La Salle vs. Cincinnati (Ohio) Oak Hills at 7 p.m. Nippert Stadium, University of Cincinnati
All eyes will be on La Salle wide receiver Derek Kief as the Alabama pledge looks to lead a loaded Lancers team to an opening week victory in the famed Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown now in its 16-th year. Senior wide receiver Izaiah Fuller may not hold an offer, but don’t be surprised when programs take notice. We’ll also be keeping tabs on junior receiver Kevin Ferguson who is a player that could steal the spotlight from his running mates. Sophomores Nick Watson (QB) and Jeremy Larkin (RB) both look primed to breakout this season. On defense the Lancers are led by senior safety Cameron Bouldin who holds offers from Kent State, Akron, Ohio and Miami Ohio. Junior defensive tackle Jordan Thompson is a three-year starter and should start to college interest from several programs while linebacker John Junker showed well in summer camps turning heads along the way. For Oak Hills we’ll be watching senior cornerback Khiren Beaman.
Thursday: Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder vs. Middletown (Ohio) at 7:30 p.m. Nippert Stadium, University of Cincinnati
We’ll get solid looks at two prospects that have already made their commitments in Elder tight end Devin Pike who has given Louisville his verbal pledge. Middletown counters with tight end Chance Sorrell who has committed to Vanderbilt as an offensive tackle. The Middies look to replace former standout Jalin Marshall who has taken his talents to Ohio State.
Friday: Springfield (Ohio) vs. Trotwood (Ohio) Madison at 6:00 p.m. Welcome Stadium, University of Dayton
Scout.com four-star receiver and Kentucky pledge Thaddeus Snodgrass is joined by West Virginia linebacker pledge Davonte James as the Wildcats look to turn the corner and change the face of the program. The two are not alone as three other seniors are receiving attention as well. Safety Marques Moore looks to be in line for an offer from Indiana if he can chore up some academic work and defensive back Marlon Nunn could find a few takers if he can get off to a fast start. The biggest sleeper in the game could be lineman Devin Nye who at 6-foot-5, 235-pounds, is under weight but one of the top wrestlers in Ohio and has the frame to add weight and become an offensive tackle or even play on defense.
Trotwood always has talent and this year is not different as the Rams will look to running back Ashton Jackson who looks to be favoring Purdue at this time. Jackson is also expected to get some time at linebacker and join Verondtae Wilkinson who moved from defensive end to linebacker this summer. Wilkinson holds offers from Kentucky and Indiana and could see more if his early film is impressive. Sophomore quarterback Messiah deWeaver holds an early offer from Louisville but enters the game having missed the teams final two scrimmages of the preseason.
Friday: Clayton (Ohio) Northmont vs. Dayton (Ohio) Thurgood Marshall at 8:30 p.m. Welcome Stadium, University of Dayton
Northmont will look to Louisville defensive end pledge Terry Ramsey to stop Michigan State pledge Vayante Copeland who will head up the Thurgood Marshall offensive attack at running back and wide receiver. Copeland will also get plenty of time in the defensive secondary where the Spartans project he’ll play when he arrives.
Ramsey will have help on defense from fellow defensive end Kenny Coleman who is in his first season at the school. Coleman is still looking for his first offer but has seen Youngstown State and Akron show interest. Defensive back Josh Blanton holds an offer from Miami Ohio and is looking to add a few more early this season.
Joining Copeland is safety D’Angelo Martin and Cincinnati pledge Landon Brazile who is playing his first year of high school football. At 6-foot-6, 225-pounds, Brazile is also hearing from Indiana and Arkansas and could see others jump on board if he gets off to a solid start.
Saturday: West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West vs. Cincinnati (Ohio) Winton Woods at 7:00 p.m. Fairfield Stadium
The coming out party for Winton Woods highly offered athlete George Brown will be a solid test. While Brown holds a reported offer list second to none, he’s still an unknown having not played many snaps at his previous school. Uncommitted defensive tackle Daniel Cage is still looking at Louisville, Michigan State, Georgia Tech and Florida and has not set a timeline on when he’ll make an announcement. Kentucky defensive back pledge Mike Edwards and Demetrius Suesberry (Akron, Ball State) will look to stop the Lakota West passing attack. Edwards will also get a chance to stop good friend and future Kentucky teammate Mikel Horton as the 6-foot1, 225-pound power running back will look to have a big game. Senior Tyler Jones is one of the best skill players in Southwest Ohio with offers from Akron, Kent State and Ohio. Junior George Asafo-Adjei
who stands 6-foot-4, 290-pounds, is a player to keep an eye on as he showed well
at a few camps this summer.
Simone Scott -
Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Colerain (Ohio) vs. Park Vista (Fla.) at 6 p.m.
The 2013 football season kicks off in Ohio Friday with the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown in Cincinnati. Being in their backyard, Colerain should have the crowd advantage. But when it comes to what really matters on the field, it looks like an even matchup. Colerain is led by senior outside linebacker Tegray Scales, who holds over a dozen offers from the likes of Louisville, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. Senior cornerback Jalen Christian has been hearing from Purdue while senior wide receiver Travon Hudson has an offer from the Boilermakers along with interest from Cincinnati, Miami (FL) and Michigan. Look for Park Vista, making the trip all the way from Florida, to be led by senior wide receiver Marques Gayot. Gayot committed to Louisville in April. Senior quarterback Renard Cheren holds offers from Florida International, Middle Tennessee State and Northern Illinois.
Friday: Pike (Ind.) vs. Moeller (Ohio) at 8:30 p.m.
In another interstate battle, Pike High School is making their way from Indianapolis to take on Moeller. Pike is led by senior wide receiver Dominique Booth. Booth is a recent Tennessee commit and one of the top wide receivers in the country. Booth will be getting help from senior quarterback Brent Lyles and running back Derrick Wilkerson. Moeller will depend on senior outside linebacker Sam Hubbard, an Ohio State commit, to take the lead. Hubbard will have help from senior defensive end Chalmer Freauf who holds offers from Akron, Ohio and Western Michigan amongst others. Senior wide receiver Isaiah Gentry has his first two offers from Akron and Kent State. An underclassman to keep an eye out for is defensive tackle Elijah Taylor. The junior has half a dozen offers from schools like Illinois, Louisville and Michigan State.
Saturday: Stebbins (Ohio) vs. West Carrollton (Ohio) at 2 p.m.
Both schools are hoping to start off their season strong. Stebbins is led by senior linebacker Jared Brumfield. Coming off of a commitment to Ohio during the summer, Brumfield hopes his team can sustain this positive momentum. West Carrollton is a relatively young squad. A standout player to watch is sophomore outside linebacker Amir Cribbs. Quarterback Chad Vannest has the senior leadership that the team is looking for.
Saturday: Blanchester (Ohio) vs. Clinton-Massie (Ohio) at 6 p.m.
Blanchester is looking for a hot start to the season. The Wildcats are a young squad led by head coach Jack O’Rourke and will be using this first game to find their senior leaders. Clinton-Massie’s senior Bayle Wolf had an impressive summer. The outside linebacker attended many camps and was impressive. Standing at 6-foot, 201 pounds, Wolf ran a personal best forty time of 4.49 over the summer.
Saturday: Carlisle (Ohio) vs. Franklin (Ohio) at 8:30 p.m.
The final matchup for the opening weekend will be Carlisle against Franklin. Carlisle will look at senior quarterback Levi Boyer to lead the team down the field with help from running back Jason Sandlin and wide receiver K.C.
Clark. Leading Franklin is dual-sport athlete Luke Kennard. While Kennard gets
more attention on the basketball court with over a dozen offers from the likes
of Kentucky, Ohio State and North Carolina, Saturday the junior will be playing
Derek Young - Midwest Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Worthington Kilbourne (Ohio) at Dublin Scioto (Ohio) at 7:30 p.m.
Dublin Scioto features a talented 2015 linebacker in Nick Conner. He was not a
known commodity before the summer but his stock has since risen after an
impressive camp circuit. Illinois and Kentucky have already offered the Ohio
prospect. Ohio State and Indiana are a couple other Midwest programs that have
their eyes on him as well. An impressive junior campaign could lead to even more
attention on the recruiting trail for Conner.
Anna Hickey -
Indiana Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Hamilton Southeastern (Ind.) at Fishers (Ind.) at 7 p.m.
Hamilton Southeastern features one of the best wide receivers in the state of Indiana, Louisville commit Cameron Polk, who has the elite speed and natural athleticism to have a huge senior year. Another Hamilton Southeastern wide out, junior Chris Ford, had two touchdown catches in the season opener, one that went for 52 yards, and the other 47. Ford camped with Ohio State this summer. More firepower on offense for Hamilton Southeastern comes from, 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior tight end Kyle Schrank, who has the potential to earn some looks with a strong senior showing. Cross-town rival Fishers features three-star wide receiver and Indiana commit J-shun Harris who earned MVP at the Nike Football Traninig
Camp in Chicago this summer. Offensive guard Drew Broughton, who holds an offer
from Massachusetts and is generating interest from Central Michigan, Indiana and
Purdue, will anchor Fishers' offensive line.
Beth Long -
Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Bolingbrook (Ill.) vs Hinsdale Central (Ill.) at 7 p.m.
Bolingbrook is highlighted by four-star cornerback Parrker Wesphal, who is making the move to safety. He will match up against Michigan tight end commit Ian Bunting of Hinsdale Central. Also on HC, is Michigan State offensive lineman commit Brian Allen. Bolingbrook has more young talent on the defense in end Micah Dew-Treadway and linebacker Tuf Borland.
Saturday: Mount Carmel (Ill.) vs St. Patrick (Ill.) Soldier Field Kickoff classic at 10a.m.
The defending 8A Illinois state champions, Mount Carmel, take the field with two Big Ten commits on the defensive line in Michigan State commit Enoch Smith Jr., and Minnesota commit Steven Richardson. Not to mention Illinois commit and senior running back Matt Domer who are all ready to defend the first title the program has won in a decade.
Saturday: De La Salle (Ill.) vs Wendell Phillips (Ill.) Soldier Field Kickoff classic at 1pm
De La Salle's headlining player -- Ohio State offensive lineman commit and four-star Jamarco Jones is sidelined for the first couple matches with shoulder rehab. But the team still had offensive lineman Aaron Roberts, who is likely choosing between offers from Syracuse and Illinois, Vanderbilt running back commit Mikale Wilbon and division one prospect at quarterback Shelby Spence. We will also be looking closely at underclassmen Javon Burruss and Bryce Sutherland.
Saturday: Marist (Ill.) vs St. Rita (Ill.) Soldier Field Kickoff classic at 7pm.
One of the top tight ends in the state, Notre Dame commit and Marist's Nic Weishar
takes the field to start off his senior season against St. Rita. Marist also has
2015 wide receiver prospect Flynn Nagel who has offers from Illinois and
Indiana. St. Rita features Iowa State running back commit Tommy Mister, Syracuse commit Lamar Dawson and offensive lineman Matt Byrne in what
might prove to be the best games of the early season in Illinois.
Rob Howe - Hawkeye Insider
Thursday: Cedar Rapids (Ia.) Prairie at Cedar Rapids (Ia.) Jefferson 7:00 p.m.
Prairie features 6-6, 285-pound '15 Bryce Meeker, who holds offers from Northern Iowa and Illinois State. He he camped at Iowa, Iowa State and Nebraska this summer.
Friday: Cedar Falls (Ia.) at Iowa City (Ia.) High 7:00 p.m.
Cedar Falls has the nation's number two guard in the 2014 class in Ross Pierschbacher, who recently flipped from Iowa to Alabama. City High has OLB Jake Leohr, who is hearing from Iowa, Iowa State and some FCS schools.
Sam Webb - Go Blue Wolverine
Thursday: Traverse City (Mich.) West at Midland (Mich.) 7:00 p.m.
West features an outstanding offensive line lead by senior Pittsburgh commit Connor Hayes and 2016 prospects Thiyo Lukasa and Tommy Roush. The 6'5, 295-pound Lukasa already has a Michigan State offer, while Roush is fielding interest from several Big Ten programs.
Kyle Bogenschutz - Go Blue Wolverine
Thursday: Farmington (Mich.) vs. Westland (Mich.) John Glenn 7:00 p.m.
The Farmington Falcons have two of the top young prospects in the state of Michigan, class of 2016 wide receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick, who already holds several offers and fellow sophomore, hard-hitting linebacker David Reese.
Josh Newkirk - Go Blue Wolverine
Thursday: Lake Shore (Mich.) at South Lake (Mich.) 7:00 p.m.
South Lake has several major prospects. Class of 2015 four-star offensive lineman Kyonta Stallworth has several BCS offers including Michigan State, Tennessee, UCLA and Florida. In the senior class, defensive end Jalen Dingle is committed to Bowling Green and then the Cavaliers have one of the top 2016 prospects in Michigan, running back Martell Pettaway.
Ryan Easterling - Illini Playbook
Friday: Park Ridge (Ill.) Maine South vs. Lombard (Ill.) Montini 7:00 p.m.
Montini starts their quest to extend a four-peat of state titles into a five-peat on Friday night as they host another recent state champion in Maine South. The Broncos of Montini feature senior defensive lineman and Ohio State pledge Dylan Thompson as well as senior linebacker Nile Sykes, who also holds several BCS offers. Maine South no longer has quarterback Matt Alviti, now at Northwestern, but the new quarterback will have senior offensive tackle and Vanderbilt commit Brendan Brosnan to protect his blind side.
Jeff Drummond - KentuckyScout.com
Friday: Lafayette (Ky.) vs. Louisville (Ky.) Central 7:00 p.m.
Lafayette features class of 2016 Kentucky commit Landan Young on the offensive line.