Greg Powers - National Recruiting Analyst- Midlands
Thursday: Mansfield (Texas) High vs. Keller (Texas) High at 7 p.m. CST
Both teams are 1-0 heading in to the interesting Thursday showdown. Mansfield is always a tough team up front and this year it features another division one recruit on its offensive line in Rice commit Hunter Ponder, who will be clearing lanes for 2015 phenom Julius Lewis. Class of 2014 wide receiver J.T. Ibe has also committed to Rice. Keller is led by a duo of Texas commits, who also happen to be brothers. Class of 2014 defensive end Sione Teuhema leads the defense and little brother Maea Teuhema is a mammoth on the offensive line. Maea is already rated in the Top 50 for the Class of 2015. It's also not really fair to call him the little brother as he is 6-foot-5 and tipping the scales at over 340 pounds.
Friday: Sherman (Texas) High @ Sulphur Springs (Texas) High at 7:30 p.m. CST
This is an an interesting game as well. Sherman always provides a great atmosphere for a game and will play tough at home. Sulphur Springs will be led by Larry Pryor at safety and wide receiver. He is widely considered to be one of the top athletes in the Lone Star state for the Class of 2015. Rated as one of the Top 10 prospects in the region, he is still in the mix for the overall No. 1 spot. Sherman has talent up and down its roster, but I am interested to get a first look at Class of 2015 Texas offensive line commit Aaron Garza for the first time. Tre Mask is a 2014 prospect to watch.
Saturday: Tulsa (Okla.) Union vs. DeSoto (Texas) High at Southlake's Dragon Stadium at 4:00 p.m. CST
Interesting match-up between traditional powers. DeSoto is rated as the No. 11 team in the FOX Sports Top 50 and is fresh off of a 46-7 stomping in week one. They have BCS talent all over the field, but are led on defense by fiery play maker Nick Orr, who had a major game one year ago in the same kickoff classic series against Jenks. Also interested to see freshman phenom Tristen Wallace. This will be Union's first 2013 game. A tough one out of the gates, but they have talent as well. They will feature a pair of Oklahoma commits in wide receiver Jeffery Mead and tight end Carson Meier.
Saturday: Jenks (Okla.) High vs. Euless (Texas) Trinity at Southlake's Dragon Stadium at 8:00 p.m. CST
Jenks got beat in the first game last year by DeSoto and then turned up the intensity and never looked back on it's march to a 2012 State Championship. The defense is led by a duo of top-notch safeties. Top 300 recruit Steven Parker, who has an abundance of offers, and Oklahoma State commit Dylan Harding. Don;t forget about Class of 2015 defensive tackle Marquis Overton, who is a beast up front. Overton will get his test, as the Euless Trinity offensive front is loaded, as usual, led by Texas commit Patrick Vahe and Oklahoma State commit Lemaefe Galea'i. They are not the only D1 kids on the Trinity roster. Keep an eye on Class of 2016 defensive lineman, Chris Daniels, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound transfer from Michigan.
Ahmard Vital - Texas Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Houston (Tex.) Cy Creek vs. Houston (Tex.) Klein Oak at 7 p.m. CST
This North Houston matchup is one that usually ends up being quite competitive. Oak is coming off a close loss last week while Creek starts its season this week. Up front for Creek, offensive tackle Elijah Rodriguez (Colorado commit) leads the way. On the other side with Oak, plenty of talent to go around. Quarterback Jordan Davis runs the offense and has a solid player lined up up in the backfield in Lorenzo Stewart. Davis is a recent commit to Louisiana-Lafayette while Stewart chose Nebraska over the summer. Defensively, linebacker Josh Mabin, and Oklahoma State pledge should have a good showing and Houston defensive end commit Javon Shelley is another player to watch.
Friday: Alvin (Tex.) Manvel vs. Galena Park (Tex.) North Shore at 7 p.m. CST
This game usually draws plenty of fans, even those who have no dog in the fight. And rightfully so as both of these programs finish in the Top 10 annually and typically have plenty of star power between the two of them to pull in the hardcore recruiting junkies. Manvel graduated plenty in the past couple of years, but have a new crop of youngsters coming through with defensive back Deontay Anderson and receiver Reggie Hemphill, both players in the 2016 class. Both received early offers from Texas, with plenty other schools to likely follow suit sooner than later. Versatile tight end/defensive end (or offensive tackle where he is projected) Koda Martin will take his talents to Texas A&M. For North Shore, the (arguably) linebacker plays there in Zach Whitley, a four-star defender who will play for the national champion Alabama team next fall. Offensively, the line has a couple of stars with Najee Toran and Trevon Tate. Toran is a commit to Oregon State while Tate holds several Division I offers as well. These two lead a line that will open holes for a talented prospect in running back Tristan Houston.
Bob Przybylo - Midlands Recruiting - OklahomaThursday: Midwest City (Okla.) vs. Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe at University of Central Oklahoma at 7 p.m. CSTFor the last two years it felt like people were watching the future for Oklahoma at quarterback with Edmond Santa Fe’s four-star recruit Justice Hansen. Turns out everybody was right as Hansen pledged to the Sooners in April and begins his senior season against the Bombers. Hansen isn’t the lone talent for the Wolves as three-star running back/linebacker Michael Farmer has transferred from Edmond North to Edmond Santa Fe and gives Hansen one more weapon. And the future is bright for the school with top in-state 2015 prospects cornerback Ashton Preston and offensive guard J.R. Hensley. Midwest City might be one year away from returning to its strong tradition, but that 2015 group is going to be one to watch. It starts with Scout 300 safety Will Sunderland, who exploded onto the national radar following strong camp performances in the spring and summer. Running back/cornerback Roscoe Gatewood is another 2015 name to watch.
Friday: Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington at Oklahoma City Douglass at 7:30 p.m. CSTNo other way to say it than it’s a battle of the top two defensive linemen recruits in the state. In one corner is Scout 300 defensive end Deondre Clark for Oklahoma City Douglass, who is committed to LSU. In the other is three-star defensive end Jordan Brailford for Tulsa Booker T., who is committed to Oklahoma State. Clark has appeared to be the top defensive end prospect since the end of his sophomore year, but Brailford has narrowed that gap and has improved immensely since the end of his junior season. Oklahoma City Douglass also features Texas Tech offensive lineman commit Mildren Montgomery, and it will be interesting to see how 2016 quarterback Patrick McKaufman fares for Oklahoma City Douglass now that he’s in his second season as the starting quarterback.
Annabel Stephan - Midlands Field Reporter
Friday: Temple (Texas) at Austin (Texas) Westlake at 7:30 p.m.
The Temple Wildcats are entering the game 1-0, while Westlake fell 43-31 to Cedar Park in week one. Temple is quarterbacked by 2015 prospect Chad President, a Baylor commit, who shined in 7on7 over the summer. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound prospect makes the move to quarterback this season after playing receiver, where Scout has him ranked as a four-star prospect (#24 nationally). The Wildcats' offense also feature guard Darius Joiner, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound prospect who is committed to Houston, and D'artagnan Seay, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound safety who had a good showing in the summer and lists UTSA and Texas Tech as schools of interest. Westlake's quarterback is also a Division-I commit, as 6-foot-4, 225-pound signal-caller Jordan Severt chose SMU in June. The offensive line features 6-foot-6, 240-pound Rice tackle commit Calvin Anderson and 6-foot-7.5, 300-pound tackle Will Copa, whose offers include Washington State, New Mexico, San Diego State, and Texas State, as well as interest from California, Minnesota, and UTSA.
Erin Hartigan - Midlands Field Reporter
Thursday: Rockwall (Texas) at Rowlett (Texas) at 7:00 p.m.
The key matchup in this one will be between Rockwall’s 2015 running back phenom Chris Warren and Rowlett’s 2014 defensive tackle Cedric Johnson. Chris Warren -- whose father Chris Warren II spent 11 seasons in the NFL as a running back for the Seahawks, Cowboys and Eagles -- put together one of the state’s best performances last week, despite his team's 52-42 loss to Garland Naaman Forest. Warren rushed 31 times for 350 yards and four touchdowns, and also caught three passes for 28 yards. His touchdowns weren’t of the quant variety either. He scored on runs of 38, 35, 75 and 75 yards. He already has offers from Alabama, Baylor, Clemson, Mississippi State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, SMU, Texas, Texas Tech and UCLA. He’ll have the tough task of running by Johnson, the No. 47 ranked DT in the country. Johnson and his teammates didn’t have much success in stopping the run last week against North Mesquite, which had two players rush for over 100 yards, including a 214-yard day by Corey Hunt, in a 36-27 loss. But Johnson has the ability to take over a game at the line of scrimmage, which is why schools like Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Kansas State and Illinois have offered. His quarterback Logan Bonner, just a sophomore, had a nice debut, completing 23 of 39 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. He will be a name to follow this season.
Randall Newsome, Midlands Contributor
Thursday: Lewisville (Texas) Hebron at Mansfield (Texas) Timberview at 7:00 p.m.
This one should be fun as five-star safety Jamal Adams (Lewisville Hebron) takes on good friends and Mansfield Timberview teammates Brandon Simmons and Ed Paris. Adams, the No. 2 safety in the country, had a solid game on defense in Hebron’s 37-7 win at Abilene last week. He helped the defense hold the Eagles to 167 yards of offense. But it was his offensive playmaking abilities that have opponents on high alert, scoring on a 71-yard run and a 48-yard pass from Carson Proffitt. He had 2 rushes for 119 yards (59.5 average). Fellow senior Treyvon Hughes rushed 12 times for 129 yards and touchdowns of 30 and 71 yards. Adams will have his hands full going against Simmons, a Stanford commitment, and Paris, an LSU verbal pledge. Paris had a 67-yard interception return for a touchdown in their 49-14 win over cross-town rival Mansfield Summit last week. Timberview, like Hebron, allowed just 167 yards of total offense.