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the weekend's high school football across the nation, with several
members of the Class of 2014 Scout 300 in action as well as a number of top 2015
and 2016 prospects
and a host of games involving FoxSports/Scout.com Top 50 teams.
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Brian Dohn- East Coast Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Somerset (N.J.) Franklin at Lawrenceville (N.J.) Notre Dame at 7 p.m. (scrimmage)
It is the final tune-up before next week's season opener for Franklin outside linebacker/defensive end Jameer Outsey, who is committed to Iowa. Outsey is a versatile athlete who can also play tight end, but a hybrid position as a defensive end who can drop into coverage or an outside linebacker who can rush the quarterback is what the Hawkeyes recruited him to play.
Friday: Whitehall (Pa.) High at Bethlehem (Pa.) Liberty at 7 p.m.
It is the season opener for both schools, but all eyes will be on Liberty four-star receiver K.J. Williams, who is committed to Syracuse. Williams is a big, athletic receiver who has strong hands. He is the cousin of Syracuse quarterback commit A.J. Long. Williams had 38 catches, including 13 touchdowns, as a junior.
Sunday: Baltimore The Gilman School at Paramus (N.J.) Catholic at 2 p.m.
It is the opener for Paramus Catholic, which is led by the top player in the region in Michigan five-star cornerback commit Jabrill Peppers. The Paladins also have offensive tackle Juwan Bushell-Beatty (Michigan commit), offensive guard Billy Ray Mitchell (Virginia Tech commit) and defensive end Terrence Harris (Iowa commit). Gilman quarterback Kai Locksley, a class of 2015 prospect, added Tennessee and Wisconsin offers this week to go with ones from Maryland, Florida State and Michigan State. Penn State commit Troy Vincent Jr., a cornerback, should get matched up against Peppers. Defensive end Melvin Keihn released a list of finalists that include Maryland, Virginia, Miami, Georgia Tech and Rutgers.
Sam Hellman- Northeast Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Newark (N.J.) Shabazz at Union City (N.J.) at 7 p.m.
Union City has two of the top 10 2015 recruits in New Jersey in offensive lineman Steven Gonzalez and wide receiver Daiquan Kelly. Led by former Miami player Wil
Valdez, Union City’s 2015 duos hold a combined 11 verbal offers before the start
of the season. Gonzalez received his first offer from Rutgers during a spring
visit and is now being recruited by Louisville, South Carolina, Syracuse,
Virginia and others. Kelley picked up a Virginia offer at the same time as
Gonzalez. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound athlete could play anything from receiver to
safety to linebacker in college and is also being heavily recruited by Rutgers.
Jacquie Franciulli, Field Reporter-East
Friday: Chester (Va.) Thomas Dale vs. Chesterfield (Va.) L.C. Bird at 7:30 p.m.
It is the annual “Battle of Chester” taking center stage in the district. The two schools separated by just six miles, with some players having to attend their parent's rival school after redistricting-a true backyard brawl.
L.C. Bird is the reigning state champion, and Thomas Dale will have a lot to contend with to stop the Skyhawks. The secondary is lead by Virginia Tech commit Shawn Payne. Payne who will return to his position at cornerback after playing safety last season, is also a threat on the offense as part of the receiving corps.
While Thomas Dale is looking to bring pride back to Chester and claim its first win against the Skyhawks in the last five attempts. The Knights are lead by senior and Tech commit C.J. Reavis in the secondary and junior defensive tackle Darvin
Taylor II. Taylor is a four star prospect in the 2015 class and holds offers
from Clemson, Florida State, Maryland, Miami and South Carolina to name a few.
Chad Simmons- National Recruiting Analyst, Southeast
Friday: Albany (Ga.) Westover at Jonesboro (Ga.) at 7:30 p.m.
This game features one of the top juniors in the country. Westover features
defensive tackle Trenton Thompson, a five star on Scout. He has offers from
schools across the country and the 6-foot-3, 288 pound junior has named Georgia
as his leader. Auburn and Florida are also high on his list. Jonesboro always
has good athletes and they send Cameron Sutton to Tennessee in 2013, so they
will likely have one or two that emerge.
Jamie Newberg - National Recruiting Analyst, South
Friday: Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic at River Ridge (La.) John Curtis 6 p.m.
This is an intriguing game matching one of the top teams from the Northeast against one of the very best programs from the Deep South. Bergen Catholic will have their hands full, as John Curtis is a super power year in and year out. They have won an astounding 25 state championships and have played for the state title for 17 consecutive years. Head coach J.T. Curtis has won 520 games in his illustrious career there.
This year’s squad is led by the nation’s top wide receiver, five-star Malachi Dupree. At 6-foot-3, 195-pounds, Dupree is a long, smooth and speedy wideout that could very well stay home and play for LSU. He’s still open and has offers from practically everyone in the college football world. Dupree isn’t the only BCS recruit for John Curtis. Middle linebacker Kenny Young wants to set up trips to see Oklahoma State, Miami, FSU and Texas A&M. Cornerback Terrence Alexander and safety Mattrell McGraw are two 2014 prospects that both have impressive offer lists. Then you have a big time safety in next year’s class in Hunter Dale. Keep an eye on an emerging junior prospect in running back Miles Washington.
Don’t feel sorry for Bergen Catholic. While they did get hit hard by graduation they still have a lot coming back. They have a terrific one-two punch at defensive end in Garrett Dickerson and Kurt Holuba. Dickerson, who also stars at tight end, is down to a trio of schools in Stanford, Michigan and Northwestern. Holuba likes five schools – Stanford, Virginia, Duke, FSU, and Wisconsin. Dickerson is a four-star recruit while Holuba is a three-star. Linebacker Cameron Quiero has committed to Northwestern. Another stout defender is 2015 linebacker Anthony Malaguti and keep an eye on 2016 quarterback Jarrett Guarantano,
who will see action on Friday night.
Atlantic Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith at Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor at 8 p.m.
This is a game both teams have circled on their schedules since the end of last season, as it is a showdown between two of the top programs in Virginia. Oscar Smith, who went 11-2 last season, comes in ranked 23rd in the FOX Sports 50 and is led by five-star defensive tackle Andrew Brown, who is committed to Virginia. The Tigers also feature 2014 wide receiver and Virginia Tech commit Jaylen Bradshaw, 2014 cornerback Lakwon Chapel and 2014 safety Monty Fenner. Along with their strong senior class, Oscar Smith has two of the top 2015 prospects in Virginia – four-star defensive end Josh Sweat and running back DeShawn McClease. Last season, Lake Taylor went 15-0 and won a state championship. Leading the way for the Titans is four-star defensive end Jalyn Holmes, who is committed to Ohio State. Offensively, senior quarterback Delmon Williams returns after a big junior season. Defensively, Lake Taylor also has one of the top lineman in the Tidewater region in senior Nyquan Harris and 2015 defensive back Nyhre Quinerly,
who is one of the top juniors in Virginia.
Patrick Burnham - Regional Recruiting Analyst
Thursday, September 5th: Lake City (Fla.) Columbia at Tallahassee (FL) Lincoln.
Columbia High (1-0) is coming off an impressive 49-7 victory against Gainesville (Fla.) High School. Lincoln High (1-0) is also coming into this game off the heels of a big win in their opener against Pensacola (Fla.) High School 27-0. The headline match-up in this game will be when Tallahassee Lincoln junior wide receiver John Burt is on the field against Lake City Columbia senior defensive back Trey Marshall. Burt has multiple BCS offers including Florida and Florida State and Marshall is already committed to Florida State.
While the leader of the Lake City Columbia team strong safety Trey Marshall the 6-foot-0 and 190-pounder is joined by some talented teammates. Offensive tackle Deontae Crumitie, 6-foot-3 and 270-pounds, is on the radar of several FBS and FCS schools and will be getting more looks after missing the last week of spring and his spring jamboree with a sprained knee. Cornerback Rakeem Battle is also receiving interest and Columbia head coach Brian Allen believes he would have more offers if he was tad bigger. Battle is 5-foot-9 and 165-pounds. Coach Allen also thinks he has to FBS caliber players in junior running back Lonnie Underwood, 5-foot-9 and 180-pounds and junior outside linebacker Zedrick Woods who is 6-foot-0 and 190-pounds.
Tallahassee Lincoln is led by senior quarterback Darius Harvey who is off to a great start. Harvey has several FBS offers as an athlete and has help transform the Lincoln offense into a potent attack early on. Harvey has offers from Florida Atlantic, Howard and Samford as an athlete. His favorite and most dangerous weapon is lighting fast junior receiver John Burt who is 6-foot-4 and 180-pounds. Lincoln also has several other big-time recruits on it's roster including senior linebacker Jeffrey Williams who is already committed to Louisville. Senior cornerback Kendall Randolph also has mutliple BCS
offers and is having a good start to his 2013 campaign.
John Garcia Jr. - Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Oxford (Ala.) High at Pinson (Ala.) Clay-Chalkville at 7 p.m.
Oxford is all about Racean "Roc" Thomas, the five-star Auburn running back commitment and current No. 3 running back in the class of 2014 nationally. After limited playing time last week, the senior will look to get back into the swing of things against one of the state's top teams regardless of classification. Often flanking Thomas in the backfield is Desmond Owens, a versatile H-back projection that is still looking for his initial scholarship offer. Clay-Chalkville is also an offense-first team, led by quarterback and Cincinnati commitment Hayden Moore. His top target is All-State wide receiver and fellow senior Brian Clark, though balanced running back Sidney Battle and speedy junior Terelle
West will provide a nice compliment to the passing game. Plenty of points should
be scored in this one.
Yancy Porter - Mississippi Scout
Thursday: Jones Junior College (Miss.) at N’ East Junior College (Miss.) at 6:30 p.m.
N’ East CC is looking to add its first win of the season after a heartbreaking loss to Co-Linn CC in the season opener last week. Heading up the defense is Ole Miss commit Jeremy Liggins. The 6-foot-4, 290 pounds, plays defensive end, defensive tackle, and some tight end for the Tigers. The former Lafayette star played quarterback in high school and inked with LSU. The three time All-State selection had 5 solo tackles in their season opener. N’ East CC head coach, Ricky Smither, stated that Jeremy is the best defensive line prospect he has coached or coached against since he has been in the junior college ranks. Another name to keep your eyes on during the game is A.J. Jackson. The 6-foot-6, 265 pound, tight end was a highly recruited prospect out of Lovejoy (GA) inked with Ole Miss this past February. Jones CC is led by a legendary head coach in Ray Perkins who coached and played for Alabama. Their quarterback duo of Kenny Coleman and Steven Swindle racked up over 340 yards of offense in their season opening 54-14 win over Holmes CC.
Friday: Clarksdale (Miss.) at Greenwood (Miss.) at 7:00 p.m.
The big news in this contest is the recent transfer of J.T. Gray. Scout.com’s #53 rated tailback, who is projected to play safety on the next level, left Arizona and came back home to Clarksdale where he grew up. Gray, 6-foot-0, 185, plays goes both ways for Clarksdale and lines up at tailback and defensive back. He has been offered by programs from coast to coast but favors Southern Cal, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Washington. All have offered. Greenwood sports the number eleven rated tight end in the country in Sammie Epps. Sammie moved up the rankings this summer after strong performances at the Nike combines. He is currently committed to Ole Miss. The Bulldogs’ other top receiver, Korey
Robertson, is currently committed to Southern Miss. Robertson, 6-foot-3,
190 pounds, has nine catches for ninety yards through two games.
Amy Campbell - Florida Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Hollywood (Fla.) McArthur at Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Stranahan at 7 p.m.
Stranahan looks for it’s first win of the season as they welcome McArthur in their home opener Friday. McArthur hopes to bounce back from the 49-14 beating it took at the hands of Hallandale last week. The big name to know in this game is four-star safety, Kendrell McFadden. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound junior has a long list of offers, including Florida, Florida State, LSU, and Texas A&M. He is keeping an open mind regarding his recruitment, but has mentioned wanting to visit Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, and Oregon. Another prospect who could have a breakout season is wide receiver Janarvis Pough.
The 2015 athlete of McArthur has an offer from Florida International and plenty
more interest to go along with it.
OTHERS TO WATCH
Miami Norland at University School
Allen Trieu - National Recruiting Analyst, Midwest
Thursday: Grand Rapids (Mich.) Northview at Jenison (Mich.) at 7 p.m.
Northview has two juniors who have a chance to earn more college interest over the next year in defensive tackle Tommy Brown, a power 270-pounder and tight end Blake Bockheim, who has the size (6-5/225) and tools schools look for.
Friday: East Kentwood (Mich.) at East Grand Rapids (Mich.) at 7 p.m.
East Kentwood features a strong offensive line lead by 6-foot-7 Western Michigan commit Elliot Jordan. He is joined by junior John Keenoy, who is being recruited by Big Ten programs and sophomore Trenton Fincher (6-6/280). East Grand Rapids junior linebacker Carter Masek has also drawn interest from BCS programs and has one offer under his belt. Quarterback Mikey Roth is also hearing from schools across the country and his academic prowess has lead Ivy League schools to his mailbox. Finally, we are very excited to see sophomore wide receiver-cornerback Gourney Sloan, a long, athletic young prospect with BCS potential.
Bill Greene - Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Canton GlenOak at Massillon at 7 p.m.
Canton GlenOak looks to win their third straight in one of Ohio's best early season rivalry games. The Golden Eagles feature three juniors getting Division-I looks in tailback Jason Simon, wide receiver J'Mon Wells and cornerback Kyle Hall. Massillon will feature the starting debut of freshman quarterback Danny Clark, who is already on the recruiting radar of Division-I programs. The offensive line is anchored by Cincinnati commit Nathaniel Devers. Clark will be surrounded by plenty of playmakers on offense, including senior wideout Marcus Whitfield (multiple MAC offers), junior tailback J.D. Crabtree (Toledo offer) and junior wide receiver/cornerback Reggie Rogers (Kentucky offer).
Friday: Girard at Hubbard at 7:30 p.m.
Hubbard has two of the top 2015 prospects in Ohio in tailback L.J. Scott and offensive tackle Matt Jones. Scott started off strong last week by rushing for 330-yards and scoring four touchdowns, while also intercepting a pass on defense. Scott holds offers from the likes of Kentucky, Michigan State, Tennessee and West Virginia. His twin brother, Isaiah, is also a fine outside linebacker prospect. Jones holds offers from Toledo, West Virginia and Kentucky, and could be Ohio's top offensive lineman in the junior class.
Dave Berk - Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier vs. Cincinnati (Ohio) Colerain at 7:30 p.m. Colerain High School
The marquee game in Southwest Ohio for Week Two has two powerhouse programs facing off in what should be an exciting match-up. St. Xavier and Colerain are both coming off wins over out of state teams as St. Xavier having defeated Indianapolis (Ind.) Ben Davis 34-7 while Colerain defeated Park Vista (Fla.) High School 45-27.
St. Xavier will look for junior linebacker Justin Hilliard (6-1.5/210), an early Scout.com four-star prospect in the Class of 2015 to keep the Colerain offense in check. Hilliard, who already holds offers from the likes of Ohio State, Notre Dame and Michigan to name a few, is joined on defense by Indiana defensive end pledge Nick Carovillano (6-4/230) and defensive tackle Simeon Lane (6-0/300) who is receiving interest from several programs. On offense, the Bombers will count on senior running back C.J. Hilliard (5-10/185). The older Hilliard is committed to Iowa will be expected to carry the load. Senior quarterback Nick Tensing is coming off a solid three touchdown performance and at 6-foot-4, 190-pounds, is sure to turn a few heads this fall.
Colerain has their own four-star linebacker in senior Tegray Scales. The 6-foot2, 210-pound Scales holds offers from Indiana, Oklahoma and Wisconsin among others. Offensively the Cardinals will run their triple-option attack with mighty-mite senior running back Detuan Smith-Moore who stands 5-foot-5, 185-pounds. Smith rushed for 223-yards last week with two touchdowns giving the Cardinals a one-two punch with senior quarterback Kelvin Cook (169-yards, two touchdowns). While the Cardinals don’t throw the ball often, they do have super talented receiver Travon Hudson who at 6-foot-4, 200-pounds, is a major weapon capable of stretching the field.
Saturday: Indianapolis (Ind.) John Marshall vs. Cincinnati (Ohio) Hughes at 1:30 p.m. Stargel Stadium
John Marshall enters the game with a 2-0 record and will look to senior Drew Milbrooks to lead the way. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound running back has posted 262-yards rushing in the first two weeks and scored two touchdowns. Hughes will counter with 2015 running back Levon McCants who posted some impressive rushing stats of his own last season. This will be our first chance to catch McCants
in action as we did not see him during the summer camp circuit.
Simone Scott -
Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Gahanna (Ohio) Columbus Academy vs. Columbus (Ohio) Bishop Ready at 7:30 p.m.
Columbus Academy and Bishop Ready both started their season with a strong win and are looking to continue that. Bishop Ready senior offensive tackle Brady Taylor made his commitment to Virginia Tech right before the season started. The future Hokie is hoping to continue to lead his school. Helping him out on the offensive end will be senior running back Akili
Taylor, who holds a Kent State offer and has been picking up interest from
Akron, Cincinnati, Northwestern and Toledo. Someone to keep an eye out for will
be their senior quarterback Matt Yoho. Columbus Academy’s spread offense will be
led by senior quarterback Charlie Watters. Senior halfback Bryce Bailey rushed
for over 10 touchdowns last season.
Derek Young - Midwest Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Columbus Walnut Ridge (OH) at Groveport-Madison (OH) at 7:30 p.m.
Walnut Ridge has three prospects worth keeping an eye on in Friday's showdown with Groveport-Madison. Three-star prospect Robert Bowers is a high school senior already committed to Michigan State. The Spartans edged out Cincinnati, Louisville, and West Virginia for Bowers's services. Two high school juniors enter the game that have potential to produce at the next level as well. Linebacker Anthony McKee already holds BCS
offers from Illinois, Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
Defensive tackle Joshua Jordan shined at camp and could be on his way towards
his first scholarship offer.
Anna Hickey -
Indiana Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Speedway (Ind.) at Beech Grove (Ind.) at 7 p.m.
Speedway High isn't known for producing a plethora of high caliber talent, but this year, it is home of 2014 four-star wide receiver Justin Brent, who is committed to Notre Dame. In Brent's first game of the season in a win against Lapel, he had 19 rushes for 180 yards and four touchdowns and two receptions for 19 yards. Last week, Brent had 85 yards on 12 carries in a loss to Scecina.
Brent, standing at 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, will play wide receiver for the Irish,
though he primarily sees time at running back for Speedway. Brent is the 11th
ranked wide receiver in the class of 2014.
Beth Long -
Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Glenwood (Ill.) at Jacksonville (Ill.) at 7:30 p.m.
Jacksonville features two of the highest rated offensive lineman prospects in the state. Senior Northwestern commit Blake Hance and junior Gabe Megginson who has offers from Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and several others. Hance plays tight end for Jacksonville. Glenwood is highlighted by Tennessee tight end commit Daniel Helm.
Saturday: Soldan (Ill.) vs Edwardsville (Ill.) at 12 p.m. at East St. Louis Classic
One of the most raw and athletic prospects in the state is Edwardsville defensive back/multi-purpose athlete Craig James. James most recent offer is from Syracuse, and has offers from Iowa, Missouri, Indiana and more.
Saturday: Loyola (Ill.) vs (Ill.) O'Fallon at 2:45 p.m. at East St. Louis Classic
O'Fallon is one of the most talent heavy rosters in the state, including four-star committed defensive end Dewayne Hendrix who has offers from all over the country and recently visited USC. O'Fallon also features senior defensive back Miquell Cotton who has offers from Iowa State, Michigan State and Syracuse. Another player to watch is sophomore running back Kentrail Moran who was electric as a freshman.
Saturday: Montini (Ill.) vs East St. Louis (Ill.) at 5:45 p.m. at East St. Louis Classic
Plenty more talent will be on display for the night-cap game of the East St. Louis classic, the home team will take the field with the number one player in the 2015 class in Illinois, defensive end Terry Beckner who has over 30 offers. Another top 2015 player, running back Nate Strong. East St Louis also has plenty of seniors to watch, including Kansas linebacker commit Kyron Watson and Missouri defensive back commit Greg Taylor. Montini is headlined by Ohio State defensive end commit Dylan Thompson, three-star linebacker Nyle Sykes who had a big week in the kickoff game for Montini,
and junior wide receiver Leon Thornton.
OTHERS TO WATCH
St. Ignatius at Mentor
St. Xavier at Colerain
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
Ahmard Vital - Midlands 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 Reporter
Thursday: Midwest City (Okla.) vs. Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe at University of Central Oklahoma at 7 p.m. CST
For 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. CST
No 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
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.
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.
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.
Brandon Huffman - National Recruiting Analyst, West
Friday: West Seattle (Wash.) vs. Fife (Wash.) at 7:00 p.m.
The Northwest's top offensive lineman, four-star Kaleb McGary, will lead Fife
both as an offensive lineman and as a defensive end, and could also play tight
end, which he played a year ago. Fife also features a good defensive
tackle in Monike Failauga and safety Keanu Songcuan for one of the top teams in
Saturday: Seattle (Wash.) Prep vs. Seattle (Wash.) Roosevelt at Emerald
City Kickoff Classic at Husky Stadium at 10:00 a.m.
Seattle Prep was hit hard by graduation but brings back some talent in the secondary behind cornerback Kevin Kocher and safety Jack Henning. Both will also play receiver for Prep.
Roosevelt surprised many a year ago in their run to a 4A state playoff berth.
The two Seattle schools will meet in the first-ever high school football game in
Husky Stadium, game one of the Emerald City Kickoff Classic.
Saturday: Seattle (Wash.) King's vs. Lynden (Wash) at Emerald City Kickoff
Classic at Husky Stadium at 1:00 p.m.
King's lost Billy Green to graduation (he's now at BYU) so they'll turn over the reins to a rising sophomore, Koa Wilkins, a strong-armed passer who will try to maintain the success the Knights had under Green. Chris Yand figures to carry the load for the Knights and Zach Jacobson, who's hearing from a host of Western schools, anchors the offensive and defensive line. Lynden rolled to the 2A state title last year, but four of their top players are now at D-I programs. 6-4, 180-pound receiver Jalani Phelps is Lynden's top returner.
Saturday: Coeur d'Alene (Idaho) vs. Bothell (Wash.) at Emerald City
Kickoff Classic at Husky Stadium at 4:00 p.m.
Coeur d'Alene comes across the state borders from Idaho as the lone out-of-state
team in the ECKC. And while they're from Idaho, they have two players that
will be spending their future in Seattle in tight end Chase Blakley and
offensive tackle Matt James, both commits to Washington, and who will get their
chance to play in Husky Stadium a year early. Quarterback Gunnar Amos, who
has a handful of offers, leads CDA's offense and junior Drew Berger plays both
running back and linebacker. Bothell is led by 2015 quarterback Ross
Bowers, who has some ties to Washington himself.
Saturday: Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline vs. Bellevue (Wash.) at Emerald City Kickoff Classic at Husky Stadium at 7:00 p.m.
The game that everyone in Washington wanted a year ago comes in the opener in
2013. Bellevue won the 3A state title at 14-0 last fall while Skyline won
the 4A state title with an identical 14-0 record. Their stars from a year
ago are gone (the state's offensive and defensive players of the year in fact,
quarterback Max Browne and linebacker Myles Jack for Skyline and Bellevue
respectively), but both teams return talent. Skyline will feature Kilton
Anderson, a quarterback commit to South Alabama who moved to Washington from
Florida. Defensively, 2015 linebacker Cameron Saffle leads the Spartans.
Bellevue, on the other hand, returns several elite prospects, including the
Northwest's top player in Budda Baker, who'll play safety, running back and
receiver for the Wolverines. The Wolverines also feature a pair of Pac-12
commits on the defensive line in Marcus Griffin (Washington State) and Shane
Bowman (Oregon State). Offensively, Tim Haehl, who's headed to Harvard,
starts at quarterback and will play behind an offensive line that includes
Morgan Richey, a three-star guard, and 2015 Scout 300 tackle Henry Roberts.
Greg Biggins - National Recruiting Analyst, West
Friday: Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North at Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco at 7 p.m.
Clovis North has two elite juniors and they'll have to step up big time to compete with Bosco. 2015 defensive tackle Jacob Daniel is a load in the middle and already has double digit scholarship offers. He's the No. 23 rated recruit in the 2015 class and has the size and athleticism colleges covet in a big interior lineman. Running back Bolu Olorunfunmi is a load to bring down and as difficult to tackle as his last name is to pronounce. He was an all-state underclass selection last year and is one of the top backs in the junior class. Bosco has an embarrassment of riches with 13 players holding Div I offers. Jaleel Wadood is the No. 3 corner in the west and has committed to California. He plays safety for the Braves and is one of the most dynamic players in the region. Naijiel Hale, the No. 5 corner in the region, has committed to Arizona and rush end Malik Dorton, among the state's top pass rushers, has committed to USC. The Braves top recruit is massive offensive lineman Damien Mama who has trips set with Alabama and Wisconsin and is close to setting Notre Dame. UCLA and USC are heavily involved as well. 2015 quarterback Josh Rosen has double digit offers including Cal, Michigan, UCLA and USC and is the No. 2 signal caller in the 2015 class.
Saturday: Upland (Calif.) vs. Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian at SoCal Honor Bowl at Oceanside (Calif.) at 4 p.m.
Upland will try and rebound against Oaks after a rough game against Mater Dei a week ago. Quarterback Tyler Hilinski, cornerback Elijah Jones and safety Kameron Powell are all members of the 2015 Scout 300. Powell has offers from Oregon State and Washington and San Diego State has offered Jones. Hilinski is hearing from schools all over the country but is still waiting for that first offer to roll in. Two-way standout Jeff Farrar committed to Virginia and will play receiver and corner and freshman athlete Nathan Tilford was offered by USC and Arizona State over the summer and will line up at running back, receiver and linebacker. Lions quarterback Brandon Dawkins, an Arizona commit, has one of the strongest arms in the country and can hurt a defense with his legs as well. Running back D.J. Riggins looked great on the 7 on 7 circuit and holds an offer from Hawaii and 2015 athlete Darick Holmes, who UCLA has offered, can hurt a defense out of the backfield or in the slot. Another 2015 player to watch is mammoth offensive lineman Reno Rosene, a member of the 2015 Scout 300. Rosene has an offer from Notre Dame and could emerge as one of the state's top lineman this season. Slot receiver Chris Davis is one of the state's biggest sleepers and should put up big numbers this season.
Saturday: Corona (Calif.) Centennial at Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure at SoCal Honor Bowl at Oceanside (Calif.) at 8 p.m.
Centennial is loaded on both sides of the ball. The defensive line is stacked with USC commit Austin Maloata and rush end/linebacker Jaylen Johnson. Johnson has visits set with Boise State and Oregon and is also looking hard at Notre Dame and USC. Offensive lineman Viane Talamaivao is the No. 2 ranked guard prospect in the West and gave an early commitment to Alabama and wide out Barry Ware, a UCLA commit, is a big, physical pass catcher who can run. Running back Tre Watson, a California commit, is rated the No. 8 back in the region and quarterback Robert Webber may lack the height to be a Div I signal caller but is one of the most prolific dual threat weapons in the state. St. Bonny is led by the nation's top quarterback in the 2015 class, Ricky Town. Town gave an early commitment to Alabama is the top recruit in the West Coast's loaded 2015 class. Tight end Bryce Dixon is a dynamic pass catcher who will decide between Oregon, UCLA and USC and 2015 wide out Lavan Alston is one of the fastest players in the state and clocked a 10.74-100m last spring. Colorado commit Jace Franke leads the defense and is one of the state's top pass rushers off the edge and defensive back Davonte Nunnery is another BCS
prospect and has good size for a corner.
Scott Kennedy- Director of Scouting
FOX Sports West features 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.
Jason Jewell, Southwest Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Gilbert (Az.) Highland at Mesa (Az.) at 7 p.m.
Highland features two of the state's top tight end prospects in Dusty Cook and Colin Gardner. Gardner was an all-section performer last year and the 6 foot 5 Cook was an all-state player in 2012 at Gilbert High.
Highland returns two of the state's leaders in sack in defensive ends Grant Thompson and Grant Gale while linebacker Tre Tyler returns after being named all-section as a junior. Mesa defensive tackle Sammy Taueli is one the state's most imposing defensive players and he is only going into his junior year. Standing 6 foot 3, 285 pounds, Taueli is a force inside
Friday: Chandler (Az.) Hamilton vs. Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep at Phoenix College at 7 p.m.
Two of the state'e traditional powers face of in this early season non-section game. Two of the West Coast's top offensive tackles will take the field. Hamilton's Casey Tucker, a one time USC commit, has been impressive already and Brophy's Austin Hall, committed to Stanford, will show his athletic ability, moving from guard to tackle. Hall will be tested by two great defensive ends; senior Qualen Cunningham has tremendous burst off the ball and junior Caleb Peart, who already has an offer from Nevada, mans the other side. Center Bryce Holland and safety Juwan
Jones are two other players from a loaded Hamilton squad that have division-one
Lindsey Thiry, West Coast Field Reporter
Friday: La Habra (Calif.) at La Mirada (Calif.) at 7 p.m.
La Habra is the school of Toa Lobendahn, the No. 10 offensive guard in the country. Lobendahn has been committed to USC since July 2012. On the other side of the field, it’s seniors Tyler Luatua and Dallis Todd along with junior Kevin Dillman who will power the La Mirada offense. Over 30 schools have offered Luatua, a tight end; he’ll be taking official visits to Alabama, Notre Dame, and Ohio State. Todd is a talented receiver with another long list of offers and official visits set to Oklahoma and Mississippi this fall. They’ll be receiving the ball from Dillman, a junior quarterback who built an early resume at La Mirada and is parlaying that into a host of offers. Dillman made his debut in the Scout 300 as the No. 6 quarterback in the nation. His offer list includes schools from the Pac-12, Big Ten, ACC and SEC.
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