Greg Powers - National Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: The Colony (Texas) High at Frisco (Texas) High at 7:00 p.m. CST
The main show in town will be Notre Dame defensive end commit Grant Blankenship, who is off to a fast start in 2013 and in lines for a rankings bump. AT 6-foot-5, 240 pounds, he is a terror on defense as and end and on offense as a tight end. His future in college may be on the defensive front, but in high school he is very valuable weapon for his offense. This should be a good game, as both teams head in with winning records.
Friday: Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne at Plano (Texas) Prestonwood Christian
A great match-up between private school teams. Bishop Dunne is up and coming with a ton of talent and PCA is the traditional powerhouse. Scout100 athlete Nick Watkins is rated as a defensive back, but makes plenty of plays as a wide receiver on offense. Arkansas commit Jovan Pruitt will clear the lanes up front. The defense is led by Payton Hendrix, who holds a number of national offers. PCA is led by senior defensive back/wide receiver J.R. Reed. A prospect who should be considered as a BCS type sleeper. The offense is led by super sophomore wide receiver Michael Irvin Jr.
Ahmard Vital - Midlands Recruiting Analyst
Friday, October 4: Missouri City (Tex.) Ridge Point vs. Missouri City (Tex.) Marshall at 7 p.m. CST
Coming into this contest, both teams are in a great place. Ridge Point has reeled off three wins since its opening season loss while Marshall is on a quest which picks up from last year with an undefeated record. The 2015 class features several of the nation’s best with four-star athletes in quarterback J.W. Ketchum and versatile athlete Kendall Sheffield. Running back Davon Crookshank has also been a spark plug for Marshall out of the backfield. Ridge Point is still on its mission for postseason play, which seems to be right in line. It looks like a two-quarterback system going with Jesse Crebbe and Troy Alexander. Running back Je’marcus Johnson has had a good showing so far this season as well. Defensively Ridge Point has one of the top junior linebackers in the country in four-star Cameron Townsend while the secondary has Camyron Brown roaming the back end making the plays.
Saturday, October 5: Houston (Tex.) Alief Elsik vs. Houston (Tex.) Nimitz at 6 p.m. CST
Here’s a match up where both teams are looking for something to well for them this season. One win between the two teams. Needless to say, there are still some talented players for both squads. Elsik athlete Dominique Barnett is pulling double duty at quarterback and defensive back, and seems to be doing as much as possible at both positions. He has a couple of Division I receivers on the edge with Malcolm Washington and Baylor pledge Ishmael Zamora. For Nimitz, a win would go a long way in trying to get this season back on track. Quarterback Jonathan Banks is a player getting some looks, while running back Martinez Syria is the star in the backfield, and is headed to Iowa State.
Bob Przybylo - Midlands Reporter
Thursday: Mustang (Okla.) High vs. Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe at 7 p.m. CST at University of Central Oklahoma
Another opportunity to check in with Oklahoma quarterback commit Justice Hansen. Since returning from a hamstring injury, Hansen has led Edmond Santa Fe to three consecutive victories. His overall numbers have been impressive but his completion percentage has taken a hit as his inexperienced wide receivers have suffered some growing pains. Hansen will need to be sharp against Mustang, who has won three consecutive games. It will be my first time seeing Mustang sophomore quarterback Chandler Garrett in action. Already 6-foot-5, Garrett threw for four touchdowns last week and appears ready to be a name to watch going forward after not being the starter heading into the season.
Friday: Muskogee (Okla.) High vs. Moore (Okla.) Westmoore at 7 p.m. CST at Moore High
It has been tough sledding for Muskogee the last couple of years, but the Roughers do have one of the best defensive ends in the state in three-star prospect Tramal Ivy. As for Moore Westmoore, it’s all about the wide receivers. Class of 2015 prospect Dahu Green moved to Oklahoma from California and has been tearing it up. Class of 2016 receiver Deshawn Lookout camped at OU this summer and is starting to emerge as one of the premier receivers in the state, too.
Sam Hellman- Northeast Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Irving (Texas) High at Hurst (Texas) L.D. Bell 7:30 p.m.
This matchup features intriguing defensive linemen on both sides with Irving’s Davious Ballard and Bell’s Mohelika Uasike. Ballard, who checks in as a 6-foot-3, 290-pound defensive tackle, is already committed to Houston. He ranks in as the 105th prospect at his position in the country, and has a strong senior film in his first month of action. Mohelika of Bell holds offers from Hawaii and Utah State and also camped at Stanford. He checks in as a three-star defensive tackle at 6-foot-2, 260 pounds. For Bell, quarterback Davis Steelman, defensive tackle David Dorsett and running back Daniel Dorsett will be names to watch moving into the class of 2015.
Annabel Stephan - Midlands Field Reporter
Thursday: Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson at Round Rock (Texas) Stony Point at 7:00 p.m.
Pflugerville enters the game 5-0, one of the only undefeated teams in the area. The Hawks have a number of Division-I bound players on the roster, including running back Samaje Perine, an Oklahoma commit, wide receivers Latrell Martin, a Houston commit, and Chance Waz, a Colorado commit. On defense is cornerback Trai Mosley, who is headed to Nebraska. Other players to watch for the Hawks include quarterback Xavier Conley, who has been hearing from UTSA, Houston, North Texas, Texas State, and Louisiana Lafayette, as well as 2015 prospects Blake Browning, who plays on the offensive line, and receiver Tazh Maloy. For 4-1 Stony Point, underclassman talent is abundant. Junior quarterback Damian Lindley has thrown for 765 yards and seven touchdowns this season, while rushing for an additional 212 yards for two touchdowns. The athlete has been hearing from schools including North Texas, SMU, and Texas State; his older brother plays for Oklahoma. 2015 receiver Justin Gamble has almost 650 receiving yards for three touchdowns, and has been attracting interest from Texas, Oregon, Texas Tech, Houston, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State. Others to keep an eye on include tight end Jordan Smith, offensive lineman Austin Davis, linebacker Aaron Flowe, and receiver Dejour Williams; all are juniors.