Allen Trieu - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Detroit (Mich.) King vs Detroit (Mich.) Mumford at 5 p.m.
King has several major prospects including seniors Jalen Embry, an Iowa commit and Avonte Maddox, who is committed to Pittsburgh. Maddox has put together a huge season and is moving up the rankings. He may have schools coming in looking to poach him from the Panthers. Junior linebacker Tyriq Thompson has several BCS offers to his name and there are indications that more are on their way. For Mumford, senior offensive lineman Antoine Bacon holds an offer from Southern Miss.
Friday: Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech vs East English Village Prep (Mich.) at 7 p.m.
Cass Tech has a roster full of prospects. In the senior class, cornerback Damon Webb is committed to Ohio State, linebacker Deon Drake is committed to Michigan State, defensive end Brian Sanders has pledged to Bowling Green, and fullback Gary Hosey is committed to Eastern Michigan, while linebacker William White and tight end Chris McDaniel both hold Division-1 offers. Junior running back Mike Weber has had a big season and is one of the top 2015 prospects in the country. Defensive end-offensive tackle Joshua Alabi is another junior with major BCS offers, while quarterback Jayru Campbell committed to Michigan State over the summer. Then you have the sophomore class, where cornerback LaVert Hill, defensive tackle Michael Onwenu, wide receiver Demetric Vance and others are already being recruited. East English has several prospects as well including junior quarterback Anton Curtis and defensive end Kamahl March. Sophomore wide receiver Armani Posey has Division-1 potential and freshman offensive lineman Emani Mason may end up as one of the best prospects in the state for his class.
Tuesday: Waconia (Minn.) at Chanhassen (Minn.) at 7 p.m.
Chanhassen has a senior offensive lineman in Frank Ragnow with multiple BCS offers. Ohio State and Miami (Fla.) recently added to his list, one which already included the likes of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Arkansas, and others. Senior running back Raymonte Maynard is one we have heard may be a candidate for a late FBS offer. For Waconia, we will take a look at 6-foot-7, 285-pound senior offensive tackle Zach Sinnen ad 6-foot-4 junior receiver Avery Talton.
Bill Greene - Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Westerville Central at Westerville South at 7:30 p.m.
One of the top rivalries in Central Ohio kicks off Thursday night when Central heads to South. Central is led by starting offensive lineman Nick Richardson, a Kentucky commit. Senior cornerback Eldin Anu holds a Kent State offer and will be called upon to shadow wide receiver Torrod Carter of South. Carter holds eight offers including Minnesota, Kentucky and Indiana. Another Kentucky commit, Darryl Long, leads the South cause from his tight end position.
Friday: Shaker Heights at Elyria at 7:30 p.m.
Shaker Heights has a loaded roster, filled with players holding BCS offers. Senior linebacker Joseph Henderson is the top player, and the Tennessee commit is playing at a high level. Senior wide receiver Odell Spencer is committed to Bowling Green, but he recently picked up an offer from Cincinnati. Senior offensive lineman Ja'Merez Bowen also holds several offers, including UCLA and Kentucky.
Saturday: Cleveland St. Ignatius at Lakewood St. Edward at 7:30 p.m.
The "Holy War" is one of the top rivalries in Ohio, featuring two of the more respected programs in the state. St. Ignatius has been hard by injuries his season, with the most devastating being the knee injury suffered by four-star linebacker Kyle Berger (Ohio State commit). Indiana commit Dameon Willis has played impressively all season, as has senior wide receiver Michael Siragusa. St. Edward might be the most talented team in the state of Ohio, and much of that talent is in the junior class. Twins Andrew Dowell and David Dowell are both four-star athletes, at tailback and wide receiver respectively. Junior four-star cornerback Shaun Crawford (Michigan commit) impacts every football game he plays in and he can hurt people in the return game, on offense with the football, or in the defensive backfield.
Dave Berk - Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Wyoming (Ohio) vs. Mariemont (Ohio) at 7:00 p.m. TV: FOX Sports Ohio Game of the Week (delay)
Both teams enter this big Cincinnati Hills League match-up with 5-2 overall records. Wyoming holds a one game advantage in conference play over Mariemont who will look to Jon Bezney to lead the way on both sides of the ball. The 6-foot-6, 275-pound Bezney remains uncommitted as he's looking harder at academics than football with an offer from Vanderbilt while also considering Yale and Harvard. Wyoming will counter with Ohio pledge Jalen Fox and senior quarterback Will Marty who has thrown for 1,295 yards and 20 touchdowns on the season. Senior Griffin O'Gara has posted 10 sacks on the season to go with 51 tackles.
Friday: Centerville (Ohio) vs. Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne at 7:00 p.m. Heidkamp Stadium
Both teams enter this rivalry game with matching 6-1 records. Centerville junior running back Damiam Popp has rushed for 1,426 yards and 17 touchdowns for the Elks this season. Illinois pledge Tito Odenigbo has posted 20 tackles (4.5 sacks) on the season on defense. Wayne will look to junior quarterback D'Mitrik Trice to lead the offensive attack. Trice has thrown for 1,695 yards and 20 touchdowns on the season with only two interceptions. Under the radar receiver Tristan Davis is the main target and has pulled down 48 receptions for 749 yards and 10 touchdowns this fall. On defense, Wayne will look to Kentucky pledge Dorian Hendrix and Michigan pledge Tyree Kinnel to slow down the Elks running attack that has already posted 2,970 yards on the season.
Simone Scott - Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Powell (Ohio) Olentangy Liberty vs. Hilliard (Ohio) Davidson at 7:30 p.m.
Sitting at 7-0, Hilliard Davidson is one of Central Ohio's top teams. On Friday night, they'll be taking on a talented Olentangy Liberty squad. Although Olentangy Liberty holds a 4-3 record, they've only lost one in-conference game and are coming off of a 66-0 win over Westland. Leading the way for Olentangy Liberty is senior offensive tackle Luke Callahan. Callahan, a Cincinnati commit, along with senior Marshall Davis, who holds interest from Akron, Cincinnati and Indiana, are hoping to slow down Davidson's run. Senior running back/ defensive back Phillipie Motley, who is a Pittsburgh commit, has been very successful so far this season and is a big reason why his team is undefeated. Also look for running back Markus Bailey to help the run attack.
Beth Long - Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Lincoln-Way East (Ill.) at Bolingbrook (Ill.) at 7:30 p.m.
Bolingbrook's 2013 season is going an awful lot like the 2011 season where the team captured the Illinois 8A state title. So far on the season, the Raiders are 7-0 and face a tough test with Lincoln-Way East who reached the 7A title game last season. Lincoln-Way East is 6-1 on the season and looking to keep the momentum rolling as two of the best teams in the state meet Friday night. Bolingbrook is led by four-star defensive back Parrker Westphal who has recently taken visits to Michigan State and Vanderbilt, and is lining up all over the field for the Raiders. They also feature junior defensive end Micah Dew-Treadway and sophomore linebacker Tuf Borland -- both of who have received a lot of division one attention. Lincoln-Way East boasts Illinois offensive lineman commit Nick Allegretti as a strong and definite leader of the team.
Ryan Easterling - Illini Playbook
Friday - Frankfort (IL) Lincoln-Way East at Bolingbrook (IL):
These two teams have been rivals of sorts the last couple of years, and both teams feature division one talent. For Lincoln-Way East, senior offensive lineman Nick Allegretti, an Illinois commit and Army All-American Bowl selection, leads his team from his center position. Bolingbrook, which is the alma mater of Florida's Antonio Morrison as well as Illinois' Aaron Bailey and Robbie Bain, has yet another senior ready to make the leap to D1 in cornerback Parrker Westphal. Westphal doesn't see too many passes come his way, and the Bolingbrook offense doesn't throw much at all. Both teams are predicated on powering ahead in the run game. An emerging prospect for Bolingbrook on defense is DL Micah Dew-Treadway, who could fit in both the defensive end and defensive tackle spots. He holds an early offer from Mississippi State and is receiving interest from several other division one schools. This matchup is always smashmouth and I expect nothing different this time around.
Josh Newkirk - GoBlueWolverine
Friday: Beverly Hills (Mich.) Detroit Country Day at Belleville (Mich.) at 7 p.m.
Detroit Country Day (4-3) travels to Belleville (5-2) as both teams are trying to earn trips to the state playoffs. Country Day features a pair of 2014 BCS prospects in Rutgers quarterback commit Tyler Wiegers and Michigan wide receiver commit Maurice Ways. The pass-catch combo of Wiegers and Ways is one of the best in the state. Wiegers possesses a strong arm and throws with nice touch, and moves fairly well in the pocket. He stands at 6-foot-3, 195-pounds, and the Scarlet Knights fan base should be excited once he lands on campus. Ways, who committed to Michigan in the spring, is a very physical wide receiver. He stands at 6-foot-4, 190-pounds, and can really can go up and get the ball. Having size and strength is never a bad thing for a wide out and Ways has it.