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Brian Dohn- East Coast Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Pittsburgh Mt. Lebanon at Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny at 7:30 p.m.
Two powerhouses matchup in the season opener, and the game includes one of the top uncommitted prospects in the region. Four-star offensive tackle Alex Bookser anchors the offensive line for Mt. Lebanon. Penn State, Pittsburgh, Ohio State and Alabama are among the schools on Bookser's list while Penn State commit Troy Apke, a four-star receiver, is a main threat on offense. North Allegheny has safety/receiver Elijah Zeise, who is committed to Pittsburgh.
Saturday: Harrisburg (Pa.) High at Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt at 10:30 a.m.
Two of the top running backs in the state face off in a morning tilt. Rutgers commit Robert Martin, who will also play linebacker, leads Harrisburg while class of 2015 four-star running back Andre Robinson leads Bishop McDevitt. His offer list includes Maryland, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Virginia Tech.
Saturday: Ambridge (Pa.) High at Aliquippa (Pa.) High at 7 p.m.
The Quips begin their quest to earn a return trip to the Class AA state title game, and it begins with four-star uncommitted cornerback Dravon Henry, who also is a big-time running back. Henry continues to consider a number of schools, but Penn State, West Virginia and Ohio State are the highest on his list. Aliquippa also has defensive tackle Jaleel Fields, who recently visited West Virginia, and running back Terry Swanson.
Sunday: Baltimore St. Frances vs. Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate at University of Maryland at 1 p.m.
This is the first of a star-studded day as four-star cornerback Jalen Tabor leads Friendship Academy. Tabor is considering Maryland, Florida, Alabama and Vanderbilt, but he is not alone in talent. Running back Jonathan Haden (Arizona commit) and safety Daejuan Funderburk (Temple) are joined by cornerback Dimitri Lee and receiver Chicozie Onyekwere in the 2014 class. The 2015 class is led by offensive lineman Quarvez Boulware and safety Ashton White, both of whom hold BCS offers. St.Frances is led by running back Marcus Byrd, who has several FBS offers.
Sunday: Washington (D.C.) Gozaga vs. Cocoa (Fla.) High at University of Maryland at 4 p.m.
Cocoa coach Johnny Wilkinson always has an abundance of talent and this season no different. It is led by senior defensive tackle Freddie Booth-Lloyd. He played on the offensive front the last two seasons but made the switch to the defensive side of the ball this year. He's a load at 6- -2, 315 pounds. He's deceptively athletic and can run and has offers from Georgia Tech, Tulane, South Alabama and others. Cornerback Jamel Jackson has offers from Bowling Green, Florida A&M and South Alabama. Perhaps the top prospect is 2015 cornerback Jamel Dean. This 6-1, 185-pounder, runs a 10.58 100 meters and some big time programs have already taken notice. He has early offers from Florida and Ohio State. Then you have sophomore safety Chauncey Gardner, who is already committed to Miami. He is a ball hawk. Gonzaga also has talent, and much of it is in the 2015 class and led by quarterback Nick Johns, who has a Virginia offer. Cornerback Marcus Lewis holds offers from Maryland, Clemson and Temple, offensive lineman Richie Petitbon has double digit offers and receiver Jabari Greenwood holds offers from Maryland, Pittsburgh and Virginia. In the 2014 class, Georgia Tech commit Miles Taylor plays in the secondary and Ohio commit Robbie Walker is a strong player at receiver and defensive back.
Sunday: Baltimore The Gilman School vs. Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee at University of Maryland at 7 p.m
Gilman is coming off a big upset of rival Olney (Md.) Our Lady of Good Counsel and is led by class of 2015 quarterback Kai Locksley, who hold several offers, including Maryland. Gilman cornerback Troy Vincent Jr. is committed to Penn State and defensive end Melvin Keihn is readying to trim a deep offer list to five or six schools in the next few weeks. Manatee brings a wealth of talent north and is led by four-star defensive tackle DeMarcus Christmas (Florida State commit) and running back Trevon Walters (Missouri). The Hurricanes also have a pair of BCS offensive lineman in Mike Galati (South Florida) and Jake Strickler (Georgia Tech) as well Division prospects in linebacker Greg Reaves, cornerback Darian Dailey and class of 2015 defensive tackle Ryan Fines.
Monday: Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic vs. Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby at University of Maryland at 3 p.m.
DeMatha has the most Division I talent in Maryland, and it is led by defensive end Deonte Holden (North Carolina State commit), receiver Cameron Phillips (Virginia Tech) and running back Taiwan Deal (Wisconsin). Offensive tackle Brock Ruble has Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina State, Ohio State and Tennessee as finalists, linebacker Jawhaun Bentley (favoring Iowa and Maryland) and receiver Chris Jones. Running back Mark Allen (Penn State) is not expected to play as he recovers from a knee injury. The Stags also have 2015 receiver Tyler Green and a pair of 2016 standouts in defensive end Shane Simmons and receiver Tino Ellis. Godby travels north with Florida State commit Jacob Pugh, an outside linebacker/defensive end, and Louisville commit DeEric Culver, a defensive back, leading the way. Quarterback J.T. Bradwell and receiver/cornerback Jaylin Heyward of the 2015 class are also ones to watch.
Tony Greco, Panther Digest Publisher
Friday: Upper St. Clair (Pa.) at Woodland Hills (Pa.) at 7:30 p.m.
Upper St. Clair completes the home-and-home series, visiting Woodland Hills, following last year's 31-12 season-opening win at home. However, the Woodland Hills ended Upper St. Clair's 2012 season with a 42-20 win in the WPIAL Quad-A semi-finals. There's no shortage of talent on either side for this opener. Woodland Hills is highlighted by a talented pair of 2014 skill players in Harry Randall and Trevon Mathis. Randall, a 6-0, 185-pound standout, is going to take over quarterback duties for the Wolverines. He has an offer from West Virginia, and has also been hearing from Georgia Tech and Pittsburgh. Mathis, who will be a threat at receiver and corner, holds offers from Georgia Tech, Toledo and Old Dominion. Also keep an eye on 2016 running back Miles Sanders, who led the team in rushing as a freshman with 738 yards on 129 carries (5.7 avg). Upper St. Clair has one of the most inspiring stories. Rori Blair returns to the field after suffering a life-threatening stroke in the spring of 2012. He sat out the 2012 season--which was initially supposed to be his senior year. He has been medically cleared to play this season, and was granted an extra year of eligibility. He was offered a scholarship by Pittsburgh, and committed to the Panthers late last month. In 2011, his last season of play, he finished with 40 tackles, four tackles for losses and 2.5 sacks. He will play linebacker at Pittsburgh.
South Allegheny (Pa.) at Seton-LaSalle (Pa.) at 1 pm
South Allegheny ended the WPIAL's longest playoff drought last year--26 years without a playoff appearance. They open 2013 with a tough task, at Seton-LaSalle on Saturday afternoon. The Rebels lost tight end Scott Orndoff, who is a freshman tight end at Pittsburgh. Keep an eye on 2014 receiver Malik White--a 6-4, 220-pound basketball player, giving football a shot for the first time. Massachusetts has offered him, before even playing his first game. Pittsburgh is also interested.
Jacquie Franciulli, Field Reporter-East
Friday: Cosby (Va.) at Thomas Dale (Va..) at 7 p.m.
Thomas Dale is producing a steady line of prospects and are looking to two of their division one prospects to help turn around from their disappointing 2012 season. The Knights not only have Virginia Tech commit CJ Reavis returning on the defense, but have highly touted defensive tackle Darvin Taylor. Taylor is a four star prospect, who already holds a healthy sum of offers including Clemson, Maryland, Miami, Florida State, North Carolina State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.