A look at the games that the Scout Recruiting Team out West will be hitting this weekend..…
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Brian Dohn - Northeast Recruiting Analyst
Friday: West Chester (Pa.) East at Coatesville (Pa.) High
Coatesville is looking for a return to the PIAA Class AAAA final, and is off to an 8-0 start behind a loaded defense that is led by a pair of Big Ten-bound seniors and top-level recruit in the 2015 class. Linebacker Tyler Burke is committed to Maryland and cornerback Daquan Worley is committed to Penn State. Meanwhile, junior safety Jazzee Stocker has offers from Connecticut, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Temple, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Sam Hellman- Northeast Recruiting
Friday: Sussex (N.J.) High Point at Flanders (N.J.) Mount Olive, 7 p.m.
Mount Olive offensive lineman Zack Heeman was one of the first commitments in the Rutgers 2014 class. The Scarlet Knights were first to offer and accepted his commitment during the spring after a visit to campus. Heeman comes from a basketball background as the school's all-time leading scorer, but recently decided to pursue football at the next level after interest from Rutgers. Heeman checks in at 6-foot-7, 270 pounds and expects to come to his in-state university as a tackle. For visiting High Point, 2015 defensive end Ryan Sunda checks in at 6-foot-3, 250 pounds and is receiving early interest from local FCS programs.
Jacquie Franciulli - Field Reporter-East
Friday: Hopewell (Va.) High School vs. Dinwiddie (Va.) County High School 7 p.m.
Dinwiddie County High School will look to continue its unbeaten run on Friday night when the Generals host Hopewell. The Generals have a number of talented athletes on the squad. 2014 cornerback Rashaad Goodwyn is a William and Mary commit, who is very physical with receivers. The 6-foot,185 pounder will not be the only man to keep an eye on, however, in the Dinwiddie secondary. 2015 cornerback Denzel Williams is already getting interest from Virginia, and the interest seems to be mutual. The 6-foot-1, 195 pound corner has already visited the Cavaliers this season. Hopewell, who has yet to notch up a win on the road, will also have some struggles keeping Generals athlete Sadarius Williams in check. In his last game, Williams accounted for 219 yards of total offense and four touchdowns.
Rachel Klein -
East Field Reporter
Friday: Quince Orchard (Gaithersburg, Md.) at Gaithersburg (Md.) at 6:30 p.m.
Friday night features a battle between the final two undefeated teams in Montgomery County: Gaithersburg (7-0) and Quince Orchard (7-0) . The winner will most likely end up as the No. 1 seed in the 4A West Region, and will continue its journey for an undefeated state championship. The game features a number of high profile prospects, including: Quince Orchard junior defensive end Adam McLean. The 6-foot-2, 275-pounder holds well over double-digit offers from the likes of North Carolina State, Nebraska, Maryland and Florida State, among others. The Cougars have another Division I prospect in wide receiver/cornerback Elliot Davis, who recently picked up an offer from Wake Forest. The Trojans have some playmakers of their own, highlighted by 2016 defensive end Kamonte Carter. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder is a big-time young prospect, who already holds over a dozen offers from some of the top programs in the country.
Chad Simmons - National Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman vs Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Oakland at 7 p.m.
This is a huge game with two of the top teams in the state of Tennessee going head-to-head. Both schools are 8-0, but schools have Division 1 prospects, and there will be a lot of eyes on this game. Leading the way for Blackman is 2015 athlete Jauan Jennings. The 2015 Scout 300 prospect plays quarterback this season after playing safety as a sophomore. He is a fluid athlete who could play on either side of the ball in college. For Oakland, the senior leader is Vanderbilt commitment Emmanuel Smith. The big safety is solid to the Commodores and James Franklin and company hope his brother Josh Smith follows. The four-star junior outside linebacker has numerous big-time offers and he is considered a top 10 prospect in the state for 2015. Another junior for Oakland is offensive lineman Jack Jones, a Tennessee commitment. An early three-star on Scout is one of the best linemen in his state.
Friday: Thomaston (Ga.) Upson Lee vs Griffin (Ga.) at 7:30 p.m.
Griffin hasn't really been tested this season and the Bears enter this game with a perfect 7-0 record. The Bears always have talented athletes and this team is no different. Their top prospects are all underclassmen and the 2015 class is very strong. Georgia commitment Christian Owens is a long and lean wideout and he is already a four-star on Scout. Keyston Fuller (North Carolina offer) and Darquavious Mangham (Vanderbilt offer) are two other talented junior wide receivers. Brandon Berry is a rush end, Jordan Colbert is an athlete, Malik Miller is a corner, all three are Division 1 talents. On the other side, Upson Lee has some young talent too. Their top two prospects are both sophomores and each started to draw interest during their freshman year. Defensive lineman David Marshall is a 6-foot-4, 280 pound sophomore who could be a national prospect before all is said and done. The 2016 prospect is already a four-star on Scout. Kenderius Pennyman is a versatile athlete Scout likes a little more as a linebacker on the next level. He is a powerful running back too on the high school level and he along with Marshall are both drawing interest from schools like Alabama and Georgia. Neither have offers yet.
Jamie Newberg - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Lakeland (Fla.) Christian vs Tampa Catholic 7 p.m.
Lakeland Christian has a dynamite duo in quarterback Christian Alexander and running back T.J. Simmons. They too are both juniors. Alexander already holds a Miami offer. He is your prototype, classic pro-style guy that's continuing to develop and grow as a signal caller. He has thrown for 1,250 yards, 17 touchdowns and only one interception. Last year on his fourth carry of his first game, Simmons blew out his ACL. After a rigorous rehab Simmons has posted some big numbers. Through six games he has rushed for over 900 yards. He has picked up offers from Ohio State on Tuesday to go along with offers from teams like Florida, Miami, Louisville, South Florida, Wake Forest and UCF. Tampa Catholic is off to a 6-1 start to their 2013 campaign. They have two elite prospects on their roster is seniors Corey Martinez and T.J. Harrell. Martinez, 6-foot-4, 302-pounds, has the versatility to play anywhere across the offensive front. He plays tackle for Tampa Catholic but projects as a guard or even center at the next level. Martinez has committed to Florida State. Harrell, 6-foot-0, 180-pounds, is versatile as well. He lines up at running and safety and could play on either side of the ball. He has an impressive list of scholarship offers, with teams like USF, Louisville, N.C. State, Michigan State and Kentucky at the forefront.
Michael Clark -
Atlantic Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Wake Forest (N.C.) at Raleigh (N.C.) Leesville Road at 7:30 p.m.
Friday's contest has huge CAP 8 conference implications. Wake Forest is 7-1 and Leesville Road is 6-2. Wake Forest is led by 2015 four-star running back Bryce Love, who is one of the fastest prospects in the country. So far this season, Love has rushed for nearly 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns. Wake Forest also features 2016 four-star defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence. Leesville is hoping for the return of wide receiver and Miami commit Braxton Berrios, who has been out for the past month with a foot injury. If Berrios is unable to play, Leesville Road still has a strong senior class led by running back Malcolm Hitchcock, linebacker Brock Pyper, lineman Chris Pendergraft and lineman Alex Butler.
Patrick Burnham - Regional Recruiting Analyst
Friday: St. Johns (Fla.) Bartram Trail at Palm Coast (Fla.) Matanzas at 7:00 p.m.
Bartram Trail (2-5) comes into the game led by a couple of seniors who are already made thier commitments. Senior quarterback P.J. Blazejowski committed to Furman earlier in the season. The dual threat quarterback has thrown for 1,053 yards and six touchdowns this season while completing 82 of 165 passes. He has also rushed for 431 and scored seven touchdowns on the ground. Senior offensive tackle Jesse Burkett leads the way for Bartram Trail upfront. Burkett exploded on the recruiting scene last year and is committed toVanderbilt but is still getting scholarship offers including one from Stanford. The athletic lineman now holds over 20 offers. Sophomore running back David Coleman is making quite a name for himself in his first season as a starter for Bartram Trail. Coleman has rushed for 769 yards on 89 carries and is an explosive player. Matanzas (2-5) is led by junior quarterback Jeremiah Wilson and senior running back Rahim Booker. Up front offensive lineman Alex Kubeit is Matanzas best prospect.
John Garcia Jr. - Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Auburn (Ala.) High at Opelika (Ala.) High at 7:00 p.m.
This annual rivalry was a one possession game a season ago and it's tough to imagine it going any differently this time around. Both defenses are the strength of each team, and both will rely on a two way four-star. For Auburn, Rashaan Evans will play running back and edge rusher for the Tigers. The four-star outside linebacker projection has offers from all over the country, but has been focusing on Auburn, Alabama, UCLA and Georgia of late. Opposite him on the field at all times will be Stephen Roberts, the four-star Alabama commitment that will play cornerback in college and at times on Friday, though he is one week into his new, more permanent gig as the team's dual-threat quarterback. Auburn's defense also boasts UCLA defensive back commitment Antreal Allen, a three-star, Southern Miss commitment and three-star Darian Yancey at middle linebacker and dynamic wide receiver/cornerback talent Blaise Taylor, who turn heads with quickness and speed despite a 5-foot-9, 160-pound frame. Opelika will still be without top offensive weapon and Auburn tight end commitment Jakell Mitchell (torn ACL), but South Alabama DB pledge Malcolm Buggs will patrol the back-end of the defense alongside Roberts while junior three-star standouts Jared Gentry and Quandeski Whitlow look make plays in the trenches.
Amy Campbell - Florida Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Bartow (Fla.) at Haines City (Fla.) at 7 p.m.
Haines City standout safety Derwin James is one of the big names in this matchup. The four-star prospect was the safety MVP of The Opening 2013 as a junior. He committed to Florida State early and has several others chasing him including Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Miami, and South Florida. Junior safety/linebacker Tayvon Cox is another one to watch. No offers yet for the 2015 prospect, but Kentucky, USF, UCF, Iowa State, West Virginia others have all shown interest. Another junior to keep an eye on in the future is Jonathan Walker. The offensive lineman has interest from USF, UCF, Kentucky, Michigan State, Iowa State, and West Virginia. Senior running back Dacorius Law is committed to Utah.
Geoff Vogt - Florida Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Fort Lauderdale (Fl) University School at Bradenton (Fl) Manatee at 7:30
They don't much bigger or better as these are two nationally ranked undefeated teams. Manatee has been a state power for the past 30 years and had a shot at a national title a year ago before being upset in the semi-finals of the playoffs to St. Thomas Aquinas. This year it is the running attack behind senior Trevon Walters and super sophomore Johnnie Lang that is doing most of the damage on offense. Senior defensive tackle Demarcus Christmas will be a tough match-up for University School. University School has as many offensive weapons as anyone in the country. It starts with Elite11 winner Sean White at QB, one of the nation's top junior running backs in Jordan Scarlett, and a deep wide receiver group with Sam Bruce, Emmanuel Soto, and Chris Taylor. This should be a great game and a good test both ways before each team starts their playoff run(s).
Yancy Porter - Mississippi Scout
Friday: Oak Grove (Miss.) at Brandon (Miss.) at 6:30 p.m.
This is a matchup between the two favorites to play in the South Finals as Oak Grove (8-0) and Brandon (7-1) have lived up to their preseason expectations. Oak Grove features one of the top players inside the Magnolia state for the 2015 class in Cameron Myers. The six-foot-two receiver has twenty nine catches for four hundred and fifty one yards and nine touchdowns. Sophomore Jordan Duncan has also been explosive for the Warriors offense as he has hauled in thirty passes for four hundred and ninety yards. Brandon is led on offense by arguably the state's top junior quarterback prospect in Gardner Minshew. The six-foot-two signal caller has passed for 1, 488 yards and twelve touchdowns. He holds several D1 offers. On defense the Bulldogs have several players to keep an eye on including senior defensive end Kyle Strickland who was offered by Virginia recently. The six-foot-four end has totaled 56 tackles and eight sacks on the season. Perhaps there most talented defensive lineman is junior Fletcher Adams. The six-foot-three and 255 pound tackle has 71 tackles and 11 sacks on the season. His older brother, Nelson Adams, is a sophomore defensive tackle for Mississippi State. The Bulldogs have already offered Fletcher and have the inside track in his recruitment.
Allen Trieu - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Southfield (Mich.) at Clarkston (Mich.) at 7 p.m.
Tons of talent in this one as visiting Southfield has two four-star defensive linemen in Malik McDowell and Michigan commit Lawrence Marsall. They also have Western Michigan commits Chukwuma Okorafor at offensive tackle and wide receiver Jordan Billingslea. Okorafor was the recent recipient of several new offers including Arkansas. Quarterback Jalen Brady is committed to Bowling Green and they have several underclassmen being recruited as well. Clarkston has Michigan State commit David Beedle and Western Michigan commit Nick Matich leading their lines. Purdue commit Tim Cason will play cornerback for the Boilers but goes both ways at Clarkston. Kicker Shane Hynes is committed to Kent State and junior tight end Cole Chewins is being recruited by a number of programs.
Bill Greene - Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary at Massillon at 7:30 p.m.
St. Vincent-St. Mary is led by their two four-star seniors, Dante Booker and Parris Campbell, and the two Ohio State commits have more than lived up to their rankings this season. Senior linebacker/fullback Newman Williams remains one of the more underrated players in the state, and it's unfathomable that he has no Division-I offers at this time. Sophomore defensive back Tyrece Speaight has a bright future. For Massillon, freshman quarterback Danny Clark has been tremendous, but he has not seen a defense like this one. Junior wide receiver Reggie Rogers and senior wideouts Marcus Whitfield and Beau Huffman must get open and give Clark a chance to complete passes. Should be the top matchup in Ohio this weekend.
Saturday: Cincinnati St. Xavier at Cleveland St. Ignatius at 2:30 p.m.
Two of Ohio's top programs enter this game with both having down seasons, but they are now pushing for the playoffs. St. Xavier is led defensively by two juniors, linebacker Justin Hilliard and defensive tackle Simeon Lane. Both hold BCS offers. St. Ignatius features a powerful offensive line led by Notre Dame commit Jimmy Byrne, and sophomore tackle Liam Eichenberg.
Dave Berk - Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Kettering (Ohio) Alter vs. Middletown (Ohio) Fenwick at 7:00 p.m. TV: FOX Sports Ohio Game of the Week
Despite the loss of some outstanding talent from last year's squad, Alter continues to roll with a 7-1 record coming into this Greater Catholic League match-up. On offense we'll be watching senior wide receiver Jordan George. However, our real attention will be on the Knights defense line with senior Joseph Kraemer and junior Kraig Howe. Kraemer continues to go under the radar while Howe has picked up offers from Illinois, Pittsburgh, Toledo and Miami Ohio. Fenwick junior linebacker Billy Hinton is having a solid season and this will be our first time seeing him in action.
Friday: Dayton (Ohio) Chaminade Julienne vs. Dayton (Ohio) Carroll at 7:30 p.m.
Our eyes will be on sophomore quarterback Jacob Harrison who has already passed for over 2,100 yards with 16 touchdowns while also rushing for 492 yards and 10 scores while earning an early offer from Akron. Harrison is not the only sophomore we'll be checking out as running back Antwand Wilson and tight end/linebacker Tyler Traylor are both players having solid seasons. For Carroll we'll be checking out senior running back Cary Sullivan who is a solid player hearing from the service academies.
Simone Scott -
Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Dublin (Ohio) Scioto vs. Hilliard (Ohio) Bradley at 7:30 p.m.
Hilliard (Ohio) Bradley and Dublin (Ohio) Scioto both go into this game still in the mix for the playoffs. Setting the offense for Hilliard Bradley is senior center and Buffalo commit, Skylar Hartley. On the other side of the ball, defensive back Walker Hamilton is looking to continue his impressive play this season. Leading the attack for Dublin Scioto will be linebacker Nick Conner. The junior holds offers from Illinois and Kentucky and has been hearing from Ohio State. On the offensive side of the ball, running back Darius McDonald has continued to be one of the top running backs in central Ohio.
Beth Long -
Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Oak Park River Forest (Ill.) at Morton (Ill.) at 7 p.m.
Oak Park River Forest is a team who is having a big season, 7-1 going into the week with only one loss against defending 7A State champions Glenbard West. OPRF takes on a rebuilding Morton team who is 1-7 on the season with their lone win coming over Proviso East. The Huskies feature recent Purdue commit wide receiver Simmie Cobbs and senior defensive back/athlete Jamal Baggett who has offers from several MAC schools.
Saturday: Crete (Ill.) at Rich Central (Ill.) at 2 p.m.
The battle for the Southland conference title will take play Saturday afternoon. Crete, the defending 6A State Champions take on an undefeated Rich Central team who is 8-0 on the season. Rich Central features Central Michigan linebacker commit Malik Fountain. Crete is one of the most talent heavy teams in the area with four-star linebacker Nyles Morgan who has taken recent official visits to Notre Dame and Ole Miss, and defensive lineman Chris Slayton who will take officials to Illinois, Syracuse and Michigan State. Crete also has multi-talented junior Omari Stringer who plays anything from defensive end to defensive back.
Anna Hickey -
Indiana Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Carmel (Ind.) High at Hamilton Southeastern (Ind.) High
Headlining Carmel is wide receiver Austin Roberts, who committed to UCLA this fall. Also playing for Carmel is junior Isaac James, who splits time at wide receiver and quarterback. James holds an offer from Indiana. Hamilton Southeastern features one of the best wide receivers in the state, Louisville commit Cameron Polk. More offensive fire power comes from junior wide out Chris Ford and senior tight end Kyle Schrank. Both are looking for their first BCS offers.
Ben Worgull - BadgerNation
Friday: Milton (Wisc.) at Monona Grove (Wisc.) at 7:30 p.m.
Monona Grove capped off its eighth unbeaten regular season in school history, thanks in large part to four-star offensive lineman Jaden Gault. The Wisconsin commit hasn't played at 100 percent at times this season, but the Silver Eagles have taken advantage with him in the lineup averaging 33.3 points per game and rushing for 34 touchdowns. The opening round of the division 3 playoffs is a rematch of a game two weeks ago where Monona Grove won, 14-7, with Gault limited because of an illness.
Sam Webb - GoBlueWolverine
Thursday: Detroit (Mich.) Consortium at Warren (Mich.) De La Salle at 7 p.m.
2014 Warren De La Salle LB and Michigan commit Jared Wangler will sit this one out due to injury, but there will still be a college linebacker prospect in action. 2016 Consortium LB Eddie Rhodes is a big, physical defender that has generating buzz in this Great Lake State for well over a year. This marks our first opportunity this season to see what all of the fuss is about during a match-up with one of the better opponents on Consortium's schedule.
Chris Emma -
Boiler Sports Report
Friday: Rochelle (Ill.) at DeKalb (Ill.) at 7 p.m.
Win and you're in. Lose and you go home. That's what DeKalb (Ill.) High School and running back Dre Brown face in Friday's clash with rival Rochelle. The four-star running back has carried the Barbs throughout a rebound season, but it won't feel so positive if they fall to their nemesis with the playoffs on the line. Brown is one of the top running backs in the class of 2015, with his name only rising. Soon, the interest will turn into offers. But this game isn't just about recruiting. This one is all about getting that pivotal win. This should be some kind of showing from Dre Brown as DeKalb looks to reach the state playoffs.
Kyle Bogenschutz - Michigan Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's in CHSL Prep Bowl at 7 p.m.
Orchard Lake St. Mary's is a Catholic power in the state of Michigan and loaded with talent in all classes. Starting with senior athlete Jalen Watts-Jackson, a 2014 Michigan State commitment, Watts-Jackson is a plus player on both sides of the ball at wide receiver and defensive back. In the class of 2015 defensive back Tyson Smith is already commanding high Big Ten interest and is having a strong junior season. Looking ahead to the class of 2016, powerful running back and linebacker Daelin Hayes (6-foot-2, 200-pounds) has Michigan extremely interested at any position on either side of the football. And we would be wrong if we didn't mention 2017 linebacker Joshua Ross. Ross recently picked up his first two offers from Michigan State and Oklahoma and Michigan is another school that will be in this recruiting to the end.
Josh Newkirk -
Friday: Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech vs. Detroit (Mich.) King at Ford Field at 7 p.m.
Cass Tech (8-0) is the two-time defending Division 1 state champions. King (7-0) is the defending Detroit Public School League champion. These bitter rivals square off in the PSL championship at Ford field Friday night in one of top games of the season. One thing is clear – someone is coming out of this game with a loss. The winner can use this game as a jump-start towards a state championship run, with the playoffs starting next week. This game doesn't lack talent either. Cass features 2014 four-star CB Damon Webb, who is arguably the top player in the Midwest. Other 2014 prospects to keep an eye on include: LB Deon Drake (Michigan State), DE Brian Sanders (Bowling Green), FB Gary Hosey (Eastern Michigan, LB William White (BCS offers) and TE Chris McDaniel (BCS offers.) Cass' 2015 class has equally amount of talent, with four-star RB Mike Weber and DE Joshua Alabi both holding offers from Michigan, Tennessee and Michigan State, among others. 2015 QB Jayru Campbell is committed to Michigan State. In 2016, Cass sophomores S LeVert Hill, WR Demetric Vance and DT Michael Onwenu are quickly moving up the recruiting radar. King is led by a talented senior class, which includes CB Jalen Embry (Iowa) and WR/CB Avonte Maddox (Pittsburgh.) Both are athletic and quick and have the ability to keep up with the Technicians. Junior LB Tyriq Thompson holds a offer from Michigan State and other BCS programs.
Ryan Easterling -
Friday: Lisle (IL) Benet Academy vs. Joliet (IL) Joliet Catholic at Benedictine University:
Rudy, Rudy... ok, just kidding. But this is definitely a candidate for game of the week in the state of Illinois. Benet Academy was rolling all season until an October 12th loss to Nazareth Academy and an uncharacteristically bad game against Marist. Now at 6-2, Benet needs a win to really springboard them into the playoffs. The bad news is, Joliet Catholic is still running the ball just as well as they always have. The Hilltoppers are 7-1 with the only blemish being a one point loss to St. Patrick. Benet has gotten by without running back Porter Ontko, who started the year off strong for the Redwings, but as the season went on, his presence was definitely missed. Still, Benet has leaned on junior quarterback Jack Beneventi as well as possibly the surprise of the year in Benet kicker John Duvic, who has been money from 50 yards and beyond. Joliet Catholic has some offensive weapons of their own. Always known as a very running back-friendly offense, the Hilltoppers have Michael Ivlow, who eclipsed 300 yards in week 1 and hasn't slowed down a whole lot since. If Benet can stay disciplined on defense, maintain their keys on the JCA triple option offense, and hit a few big plays, they could get the win they're looking for. Likewise, if JCA can command the line of scrimmage, wear down Benet with the run game, and hit a few big run plays, too, then they could be the ones stealing momentum heading into November.
Greg Powers - National Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Plano (Texas) West at McKinney (Texas) High at 7:00p.m. CST
Plano West looks to get back on track after stumbling in back to back weeks. They are led by an impressive running back tandem in Auston Anderson (2014) and Sotonye Jamabo (2015). Anderson, a Scout.com three-star, is already committed to Northwestern and Jamabo, a Scout.com five-star, already has offers from many of the national level programs. West has a number of others to watch on the defensive side of the ball as well. Lance Cottrell, an SMU commit, is a pass rushing specialist. McKinney has not been very consistent yet in 2013, but has a premiere playmaker in Kentucky wide receiver commit T.V. Williams, who has collected 429 receiving yards and scored five times.
Friday: Rockwall (Texas) Heath at Mesquite (Texas) Horn at 7:30p.m. CST.
This game will be littered with prospects on both sides of the ball and should be a good overall match-up. Heath has BCS multiple offeree Trevor Elbert at offensive tackle and running back Rico Henderson has been putting up decent numbers behind him. Horn will be salivating for a win coming off two straight district losses. The team is led by Rice commit Destri White, but also has an abundance of other top-tier division one prospects. Jonathan Alavarez is committed to Oklahoma and Andrew Morris to Baylor. Conner Dyer and Jarrison Stewart are Class of 2015 players who are already securing offers.
Ahmard Vital - Midlands Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Richmond (Tex.) Bush vs. Missouri City (Tex.) Elkins at 7 p.m. CST
With this district match up, plenty could be on the line as both squads are undefeated in league play. Even more so, there is only one loss between the two. Bush is the undefeated team and has handled business every week thus far. This team is led by three-star quarterback Ronald Monroe who is putting up monster number this year. The Texas State commit has scored 36 touchdowns for his team, and is also the team's leading rusher. Monroe has a couple go-to guys, one of which is his brother Donald Monroe and the other is Kasey Poole. On defense, Bush linebacker Olasunkanmi Adeniyi is a player to watch. For Elkins, quarterback Jonathan Giles leads the way offensively while a couple of Division I commitments lead the defense with linebacker Tobenna Okeke (Fresno State) and defensive back Andrew Aneke (Texas State).
Bob Przybylo - Midlands Reporter
Thursday: Midwest City (Okla.) High at Yukon (Okla.) High at 7 p.m. CST
This game could essentially be a playoff elimination game as both teams are right there straddling the line. I saw Class of 2015 Scout 300 safety Will Sunderland the first game of the season, and he was dominant. Since that performance, he has earned offers from Oklahoma and Oklahoma State and has been as good as advertised. With the Midwest City offense inconsistent and sputtering at times, Sunderland will need to come up with another gem of a performance Thursday.
Friday: Guthrie (Okla.) High at Edmond (Okla.) Deer Creek at 7 p.m. CST
You want an under the radar Oklahoma high school prospect? Let me re-introduce you to Guthrie's Kai Callins, a sleeper for the Class of 2014. Callins was incredible as a sophomore before a torn ACL took away his entire junior season and made his recruitment go from incredibly active to silent. This year has been all about redemption for Callins, who has delivered in the first seven weeks of the season. Whether it's running or catching the ball or playing in the secondary, Callins has been every bit as good as everybody thought he would be. Now he's just hoping it hasn't been too late on the recruiting trail.
Erin Hartigan - Midlands Field Reporter
Thursday: Ennis (Texas) vs. Mansfield (Texas) Summit at 7:00 p.m.
The 7-0 Ennis Lions enter this district matchup the clear favorite over 3-4 Mansfield Summit. Ennis and its show-stopping offense have averaged 447 total yards of offense per game largely in part to four-star Baylor running back commitment Terence Williams who has accounted for 1,103 total yards and 15 touchdowns this season. 2014 Texas Tech pledge Jah'Shawn Johnson has seen time on both sides of the ball this season, taking 11 handoffs for 150 yards and a 38-yard touchdown run in Ennis' 29-22 district-opening win over Arlington Seguin, reeling in four passes for 66 and a 33-yard score, when not locking down the secondary. Also playing key defensively is four-star 6-foot-4, 250-pound junior defensive end James Lockhart, who holds double-digit offers from Notre Dame, Ohio State, Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Baylor, TCU, Texas Tech, among others. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. CST at Mansfield's Vernon Newsom Stadium.
Annabel Stephan - Midlands Field Reporter
Friday: Denton (Texas) Guyer at Wichita Falls (Texas) Rider at 7:00 p.m.
Friday's match up between Wichita Falls Rider and Denton Guyer will see two teams undefeated in District vying for the title. Texas quarterback commit Jerrod Heard and the Guyer Wildcats will head to Wichita Falls with an overall 5-2 (but 4-0 in District play). The four-star Heard, a long-time Longhorn verbal, is the fourth-ranked quarterback in the country. The Wildcats' roster features another Division-I commit in linebacker Demontrie Taylor, who is headed to Colorado State. Other prospects to keep an eye on include defensive end Thomas Ferguson, tight end Jerod Fritsch, junior receiver Alex Honey, and junior safeties Ian Edwards and Jordan Wallace. Rider stands at 6-1, led by quarterback Chad London, who has taken the reigns at signal-caller after the graduation of current Ohio State quarterback JT Barrett. Senior linebacker Sam Scriber holds an offer from Army and has been hearing from a few other programs, including New Mexico, and running back Carlos Fleeks, the team's leading rusher, is also getting some attention. The prospect to watch is 2016 wide receiver T.J. Vasher, a 6-foot-4, 170-pounder who is already hearing from schools including Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, and Ohio State.
Brandon Huffman - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Camas (Wash.) vs. Vancouver (Wash.) Heritage at 6 p.m.
Camas features one of the top quarterbacks in the Northwest in Riley Hennessey, who's committed to Eastern Washington. Up front, Camas, the No. 1 ranked team in 4A in the state, has Oregon State commit Drew Clarkson in the trenches. Clarkson has courageously battled cancer in the past few months, and fought through the illness to play for Camas. He committed to the Beavers earlier this month. Heritage's top prospect is receiver/safety E'Lon Mack, who has a handful of offers in his back pocket.
Friday: Camas (Wash.) Union vs. Vancouver (Wash.) Evergreen at 8 p.m.
Union boasts 2015 quarterback Nolan Henry, a part of one of the more talented crops of quarterbacks to come out of the region in some time. Evergreen's strength is its underclassmen, led by receiver Justice Murphy, a 2015 receiver who first caught our attention at the Oregon NFTC, where he earned all-underclass honors. Running back Rey Green, a 2016 prospects, is one of the more explosive underclass backs in the West. Linebacker Brody Bagnall is the top 2014 prospect for Evergreen.
Greg Biggins - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany at La Punte (Calif.) Bishop Amat at 7 p.m.
This game will feature some of the top underclassmen in the state. Alemany is led by 2015 Scout 100 receiver Desean Holmes. Holmes is already one of the top pass catchers in the region and has double digit scholarship offers from programs like USC, UCLA and Oklahoma. Junior running back Okalani Taufahema-Langi is one of the state's top power backs and the Crespi transfer has made an immediate impact for the Warriors. Junior standout Dominic Davis can play corner, safety, running back and receiver and will be a major BCS level prospect in two years. California DB commit Quentin Tartabull is the top defensive player for the Warriors but an MCL injury may leave him on the sideline. When healthy, Tartabull is a tackling machine who will play primarily as a linebacker. The Lancers have several talented sophomores to watch led by two-way athletes Trevon Sidney and Tyler Vaughns. Sidney is an explosive receiver and already has five picks at corner. He projects as a national recruit in two years. Vaughns has good size at 6-2 and is a very tough matchup for opposing corners. He'll play some safety too but projects very well at receiver. Junior Anthony Camargo is another two-way standout and will impact at running back and linebacker with the defense likely where he'll end up at the next level. Junior linebacker Christian Wiley is another talented underclassmen with all the physical tools to play on the next level.
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.
- Southwest Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Phoenix (Az.) Desert Vista at Tempe Corona del Sol at 7 p.m.
These two teams had high expectations headed into the season but things haven't gone as planned. But there will be no love lost in this bitter cross town rivalry. Two of the better line prospects should see plenty of action against each other. Desert Vista's Jalen Jelks is committed to Oregon as a defensive lineman but will start both ways. Jelks will face off against 2015 star Cassius Peat. Peat holds multiple BCS offers already and is a four-star junior by Scout.com.
Friday: Scottsdale (Az.) Horizon at Phoenix Pinnacle at 7 p.m.
Don't be surprised if there is over 100 points scored in this game. Horizon has been one of the pleasant surprises of the year, going 7-1 with a first-year head coach. Junior quarterback Dalton Sneed has put up crazy numbers and senior running back Luke Quinn has had a breakout year and earned an offer from Wyoming. Pinancle has a great quarterback-running back duo of their own. Pinnacle junior quarterback Brian Lewerke has already been offered by Arizona State while running back Josh Hoekstra has an offer from Penn of the Ivy League.