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. (@jason247scout)
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
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.(@LindseyThiry)
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.
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
South Anchorage (Alaska) at Moorpark (Calif.) at 7 p.m. (Prepzone)
And you thought your road trip was tough? South Anchorage endures the 2300+
miles flight to take on Moorpark. The Wolverines have already played two games,
and that experience could prove to be the difference as Moorpark will be shaking
off the rust. Moorpark has a new quarterback in Anthony Upshaw, but they return
Marmonte League lineman of the year Tyler Puccio who claims offers from Fresno
State and Utah State. (@ScoutKennedy)
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.
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. (@GregBiggins)
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. (@BrandonHuffman)
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.
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. (@BrandonHuffman)
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.