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.