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Sam Hellman- Northeast Recruiting
Friday: South Brunswick (N.J.) at Parlin (N.J.) Sayreville War Memorial High, 7 p.m.
Two of New Jersey's most electric 2015 athletes face off Friday night in Parlin, N.J. For South Brunswick, running back Dontae Strickland is the next in a recent line of skill position players destined for FBS football. South Brunswick has sent Mohamed Sanu, Jevon Tyree and T.J. Taylor to Rutgers in the last five years, and Strickland already holds offers from the Scarlet Knights and Virginia. Strickland checks in at 6-foot, 180 pounds. He is being recruited as an athlete on the offensive side of the ball, with interest also coming from Pittsburgh and Penn State. He plans to visit College Station, Pa., Saturday. Sayreville also has a history of sending its stars to nearby Rutgers University, where David Milewski, Daryl Stephenson and Delon Stephenson are all on the defensive two-deep for the Scarlet Knights. Class of 2015 athlete Myles Hartsfield picked up a verbal offer from Rutgers after a strong camp showing this summer. Hartsfield is a 6-foot, 170-pound athlete that makes big plays offensively for Sayreville. Rutgers is recruiting him as a cornerback, however, and he has visits set to Penn State and Pittsburgh for games this season.
Jacquie Franciulli - Field Reporter-East
Friday: Richmond (Va.) Jefferson vs. Henrico (Va.) Douglas Freeman High School 7 p.m.
Douglas Freeman High School will look to head into post season with some momentum. The Rebels are currently 7-1 on the season with their only loss coming at the hands of division favorites Hermitage. Watch out for offensive tackle/defensive tackle Cody Banks. The 2015 prospect is starting to get some buzz around him, with in-state Virginia already showing interest, and the interest is mutual. Banks has already visited the Cavaliers this fall. Also look out for running back Evan Tyler who proved to be menace for J.R. Tucker last week rushing 19 times for 124 yards. Jefferson High School on the other hand have been struggling. 3-5 on the year, the Vikings have lost five of the last six games.
Chad Simmons - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek at Carrollton (Ga.) at 7:30 p.m.
This game has been talked about since the 2012 season ended in the Georgia Dome back in December. You have No. 1, Sandy Creek taking on No. 2, Carrollton. Each team is well coached, very disciplined, and they are two of the top overall teams in the state of Georgia. Sandy Creek is led by Marshall commit Cole Garvin at quarterback and he throws the ball to Clemson commit Demarre Kitt. Eric Swinney is one of the top 2015 running backs and he and is joined by junior Delvin Weems to make a strong duo. This team wins at a high level, it has three state titles in the last four years. Over at Carrollton, the talent it rich too. Jake Sanders gets after it in the trenches and he is headed to Duke. Tight end Cole Cook can catch and block and he will take his talents to North Carolina State. Scout 300 defensive tackle Dontavius Russell is committed to Georgia and he had offers from many SEC programs. There next top prospect is likely in the 2016 class and it could be running back Jarvis Terrell. He is a national track star and a big play waiting to happen on the football field. Jarrell Rowe is a wide receiver and Michael Boykin is a defensive end to watch in that class as well. Tyler Newsome is a real weapon for Carrollton on special teams. He is a three-star kicker on Scout and committed to Notre Dame.
Jamie Newberg - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Clearwater (Fla.) Countryside vs Pinellas Park (Fla.)
Countryside is lead by two very good senior players in cornerback Mike Johnson and offensive tackle Giovanni Negron. Johnson, 5-foot-11, 170-pounds, has scholarship offers from a handful of schools and has set up an official visit to Syracuse in mid-January. Johnson is a three-star recruit who may not get tested against a run heavy Pinellas Park. Negron, 6-foot-4, 287-pounds, is a big and physical offensive lineman. He has scholarship offers from teams like Arizona, UConn, Middle Tennessee State and Ohio. Pinellas Park is one of the surprise teams in Pinellas County this year. The Patriots are currently 7-1 and their only loss is to Tarpon Springs East Lake. Senior Pierre Johnson leads the team in rushing with 880 yards. This 5-foot-10, 178-pound athlete also plays wide receiver, defensive back and returns kicks. Johnson has scholarship offers from Ohio, Air Force, Colgate, Wofford, Holy Cross and The Citadel. Senior offensive tackle Brandon Kubisak (6-4.5/325) is one to watch. Juniors Antonio Harris and Dontae Maxson has two 2015 recruits to keep an eye on. Harris, 6-foot-1, 218-pounds, is an outside linebacker/tight end while Maxson (5-11/195) is a running back who's rushed for 814 yards. Perhaps the biggest name of this class is cornerback Rashaan Watson. He's a long 5-foot-11, 175-pound cornerback that has really excelled this season. He had a great game last week against East Lake standouts George Campbell and Artavis Scott. Kal-el Williams (5-11/238) is an old school fullback in this class that destroys defenders in the run game. He's also the team's inside linebacker.
Michael Clark -
Atlantic Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Apex (N.C.) Middle Creek at Cary (N.C.) 7:30 p.m.
This is a conference battle between two schools less than 10 miles apart. Cary is 3-6 and will be looking to spring the upset. The Imps are led by junior defensive end Anthony Rush, who holds a scholarship offer from North Carolina State. Cary also features 2016 running back Isaiah Gibbons, who has already rushed for over 1,000 yards. Middle Creek is 7-2 and led by senior wide receiver and East Carolina commit Curtis Burston. The Mustangs also feature senior receiver Jay Schiller, junior middle linebacker Warren Messer and junior quarterback Brant Grisel, who has thrown for nearly 1,900 yards.
Patrick Burnham - Regional Recruiting Analyst
Friday, November 1st: Gainesville (Fla.) at Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln at 6:30 p.m.
Talent will be plentiful on Friday night when Gainesville High School (7-1) travels to take on take on traditional Florida football power Lincoln High School in Tallahassee. Gainesville is led on offense by two of the better skill players in the state in running back Tony James and wide receiver Kenric Young. James, who is a senior, committed to Oregon earlier this season. Young, also a senior, has already taken official visits to Iowa State and Indiana this season and has over 20 FBS offers. On defense Gainesville is led by senior strong safety Juan Jenkins and linebacker Matt Solt. Jenkins, who plays with a non-stop motor, has four Big Ten offers as well as offers from UCF and FAU. Solt is active player who has offers from several schools including Wake Forest and Old Dominion. Lincoln is also loaded with talent and is led by linebacker/running back Jeffrey Williams. The senior, who plays with fanatical effort, has been committed to Louisville since last spring. Junior wide receiver John Burt is a national recruit who has offers from most BCS schools including Alabama, Florida and Florida State. Senior quarterback Darius Harvey triggers the Lincoln offense and has several offers as a wide receiver or cornerback including FAU. Lincoln cornerback Kendall Randolph has multiple BCS offers including Kentucky, Maryland and South Florida.
John Garcia Jr. - Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Hoover (Ala.) High at Opelika (Ala.) High at 7:00 p.m.
This heavyweight bout is a rematch of the 2012 Class 6A state championship game, in which Hoover cruised to victory against a junior-laden Opelika roster. Now, those Bulldog standouts are seniors not only looking for revenge against the undefeated Bucs, but looking for momentum after a heartbreaking loss last week to rival Auburn (Ala.) High. Hoover is led by its defense and the top prospect in the state of Alabama Marlon Humphrey, a five-star cornerback focusing on Alabama and Florida State at the moment, with Mississippi State sitting at No. 3 on his list. He's joined by junior four-star Darrell Williams, an outside linebacker prospect already with SEC offers to his name. The same can be said for three-star Christian Bell, the team's top defensive lineman. Joining Humphrey in the secondary is promising 2016 talent P.J. Hall at cornerback and fellow sophomore Jemario Moon already has an offer from Mississippi State to his name. MSU has also offered Hoover running back Bradrick Shaw and fellow junior Justin Johnson, the team's top wide receiver. Opelika is led by Alabama cornerback pledge Stephen Roberts, who has assumed quarterback duties of late as well. The four-star has been pledges to Nick Saban's program for some time, but local school Auburn is making a big push. Helping their cause is Opelika tight end Jakell Mitchell, a Tigers pledge that dressed last week but didn't see any playing time after missing most of the season because of ACL surgery. Could he return this week against Hoover? If not, the offense will go through Roberts and senior running back Reggie Hall, who can have success with power or speed. The Bulldogs also feature a trio of stout juniors in the defensive front-seven, led by three-stars Jared Gentry and Quandeski Whitlow, backed by instinctive linebacker Roy Yancey.
Friday: Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul's Episcopal at Mobile (Ala.) UMS-Wright at 7:00 p.m.
Alabama's newest commitment is Joshua Casher, the left tackle of St. Paul's who also plays a bit of defense for one of the state's top programs. He is a projected center at the next level, and will be playing his first game as a Crimson Tide pledge after committing to Auburn this spring. But the top prospect on the roster is Tre Williams, the Auburn linebacker commitment and fellow Under Armour All-American. Scout pegs him as the No. 3 middle linebacker in America so it will be interesting to see how he tries to slow stud UMS running back Troy Dixon. The junior is coming off of a 2,000-yard sophomore season in helping lead his team to the class 4A crown. Making just as many plays fr UMS will be senior quarterback Gunner Roach, a Southern Miss commitment that has dual-threat ability.
Amy Campbell - Florida Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast at Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood at 7 p.m.
Two of the top North Florida programs will collide Friday night as Sandalwood welcomes First Coast. Both programs are 7-1 and are undefeated in the district. The Sandalwood defense boast of two Florida State commits, five-star linebacker Kain Daub and three-star defensive end Blake McClain. Senior cornerback Chris Jones is committed to South Florida. Headlining the Sandalwood offense is Louisville wide receiver commitment, Desean Blair. Like Sandalwood, First Coast is loaded with Division I talent. Junior quarterback DeAndre Johnson, an FSU commit, leads the offense. On defense, Auburn defensive end commit Raashed Kennion and Cincinnati defensive end commit Spencer Williams hold down the line. Junior middle linebacker Sherrod Pittman is a South Carolina commitment. The defensive backfield is loaded with talent. Cornerback Kam Lott is committed to Rutgers and safety Reggan Northrup is committed to Iowa State.
Geoff Vogt - Florida Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Plantation (Fl) American Heritage at Fort Lauderdale (Fl) Cardinal Gibbons
Both teams enter this game undefeated and the winner will claim the 5A-16 district championship. These teams met under similar circumstances a year ago and Heritage played a complete game dominating from start to finish. There is a slew of high end D-1 talent in this one led by Sony Michel, Peyton Bender, Torrance Gibson, Isaiah McKenzie, and Richard McIntosh. The battle at QB may be the deciding factor. Gibbons QB Bender, a Washington State commitment, is making a strong case to be perhaps the state of Florida's top signal caller while Heritage junior Gibson is among the most athletic and explosive play-makers in the state.
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Allen Trieu - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Wheaton (Ill.) Warrenville South vs Chicago (Ill.) Dunbar at Gately Stadium at 4 p.m.
South has an intriguing junior in Tommy Vitale, the younger brother of Northwestern superback Dan Vitale. Tommy is an athletic outside linebacker prospect who looks like he could be a BCS level prospect as well. Dunbar has several seniors who are sleepers and may be candidates for late offers.
Friday: Chicago (Ill.) Mt. Carmel vs Lisle (Ill.) Benet Academy at 7:30 p.m.
Benet is lead by one of the top junior quarterbacks in the Midwest, Jack Beneventi, who holds several BCS offers. Mt. Carmel is lead by Minnesota commit Steven Richardson and Michigan State commit Enoch Smith Jr. on the defensive line and Illinois commit Matt Domer at running back. They also feature senior center Nathan Oquendo, who has a couple of offers and interested schools and Western Michigan commit Deontae Brown at safety. Junior offensive lineman Jack White is receiving interest from several FBS schools.
Bill Greene - Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Saturday: Massillon at Canton McKinley at 2:30 p.m.
The greatest rivalry in high school football in America resumes this weekend with an added twist. Should Massillon not win this game, they will miss the playoffs, which only adds to the intensity. Massillon features freshman quarterback Danny Clark, the top 2017 prospect in-state and a future star. He has weapons in Toledo commit Marcus Whitfield and junior Reggie Rogers, who already holds a Kentucky offer. Cincinnati commit Nathaniel Devers leads an experienced offensive line. For undefeated McKinley, junior Eric Glover-Williams is one of the top 2015 prospects in the Midwest, and the Ohio State commit is battling back from a foot injury. Senior linebacker Jamal Davis holds several offers including Indiana and Minnesota, and he anchors a solid defense.
Dave Berk - Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Clayton (Ohio) Northmont vs. Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne at 7:00 p.m. TV: FOX Sports Ohio Game of the Week
Both teams enter with 8-1 records with the winner claiming a conference championship. Plenty of talent on both teams as Wayne is lead by Kentucky linebacker pledge Dorian Hendrix who is having a solid senior season. Junior safety Tyree Kinnel has already given his pledge to Michigan and quarterback D'Mitrik Trice is having a great year with 2,247 yards passing with 26 touchdowns and only three interceptions. Northmont has senior under the radar quarterback Graham Oberer who has thrown for over 2,000 yards and 26 touchdowns. His main target is senior Cameron Taylor who has 801 yards receiving with 11 touchdowns. On defense, Louisville pledge Terry Ramsey continues to take his game to a new level and senior defensive back Josh Blanton holds an offer from Miami Ohio and is hearing from several other Mid-American Conference programs.
Friday: Dayton (Ohio) Meadowdale vs. Dayton (Ohio) Dunbar at 7:00 p.m.
This is our chance to catch two Dayton City League teams close out their seasons. Dunbar sophomore quarterback Lamar Florence impressed us during the summer and we'll want to get a good look at how he's progressed. This also gives us a chance to check on sophomore lineman Davaughn Alexander to check out. There is also a good chance Meadowdale has a few prospects deserving of exposure.
Saturday: Dayton (Ohio) Thurgood Marshall vs. Dayton (Ohio) Ponitz Career Tech Center at 7:00 p.m.
Thurgood Marshall has played a tough schedule this season and Michigan State pledge Vayante Copeland has proven to be worthy of his four-star ranking. Cincinnati pledge Landon Brazile continues to improve in his first year of playing football. This will be our first chance to check out Ponitz to see if they have any hidden prospects.
Simone Scott -
Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Westerville (Ohio) Central vs. Dublin (Ohio) Jerome at 7:30 p.m.
In the final week of the regular season, Westerville (Ohio) Central is rolling into the playoffs. Dublin (Ohio) Jerome will hope to give the Ohio Capital Conference champions their second loss of the season. Key components to Central's offense are offensive tackle Nick Richardson, a Kentucky commit, and senior running back Alex Fisher. On the defensive side of the ball, defensive tackle Ben Cooper picked up an offer from Kentucky this week. Corner back Eldin Anu holds offers from Kent State and Savannah State and has been hearing from the likes of Kentucky, Michigan State and West Virginia.
Beth Long -
Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Friday:. Plainfield South (Ill.) at Marist (Ill.) at 7:30 p.m.
The playoffs start in Illinois Friday evening, and one of the best games on the slate is the 8A match-up between nine seed Plainfield South and eight seed Marist. Plainfield South features the top player in the Midwest, five-star linebacker Clifton Garrett who has interest in LSU, Ole Miss, Tennessee and others. The game features two Army All-Americans, Garrett being one and Marist senior tight end Nic Weishar the other. The 6-foot-4, 235 pound Weishar was named the MVP for the conference and is committed to Notre Dame. Marist also features junior wide receiver Flynn Nagel who has offers from Illinois, Indiana, Western Michigan and others.
Saturday: St. Charles East (Ill.) at Stevenson (Ill.) at 3 p.m.
In another 8A match-up Saturday afternoon, six seed Stevenson hosts eleven seed St. Charles East. Stevenson is just a week removed from winning their conference crown over a undefeated Lake Zurich team. Stevenson features senior wide receiver and Michigan State commit Matt Morrissey, junior wide receiver Cameron Green who has Illinois and Purdue offers, and defensive lineman NIck Dillon who has an offer from Western Michigan. Plus, St. Charles East wide receiver Brannon Barry just committed to Illinois State.
Anna Hickey -
Indiana Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Indianapolis (Ind.) Bishop Chatard at Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence North
Headlining the roster for Chatard is three-star junior offensive tackle Matt McCann, who holds offers from Indiana and Iowa and has received interest from Notre Dame and Purdue. McCann most recently took his second visit to Iowa last weekend. Chatard's offenisve line is also anchored by three-star junior offensive tackle Adam Solomon, who has an offer on the table from Illinois and is receiving interest from a number of Big Ten programs.
Josh Newkirk -
Friday: Beverly Hills (Mich.) Groves at Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) Brother Rice at 7 p.m.
Brother Rice (9-0) is in pursuit of its third straight Division 2 state title, and their quest begins with a first round matchup with Groves (7-2) Friday night at Hurley Field. Rice is led by 2015 three-star QB Alex Malzone, who already holds multiple MAC offers and is also hearing interest from Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, among others. At 6-foot-2, 192-pounds, Malzone possesses elite level arm strength and has done a nice job this season as a first year starter int he Warriors offense. While he doesn't have a BCS offer yet, a championship run is sure to get the attention of the local universities in the Big Ten. He has already has been on a visit to Michigan for game earlier this season, and camped in Ann Arbor this past June. Malzone has a pair of go to wide receivers to throw to in senior Corey Lacanaria and 2015 three-star Grant Perry. At 5-foot-11, 175-pounds, Perry is a shifty receiver who could rise in the rankings with a strong performance this post season. He currently doesn't have any offers, but is hearing interest form most of the Big Ten.
Greg Powers - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Plano (Texas) Senior vs. Plano (Texas) West at 7:30p.m. CST
This should be a hard-hitting rivalry contest. West is in a must-win type of situation in the district and will rely heavily on it's stable of running backs. Sotonye Jamabo and Auston Anderson are two of the top rushers in the DFW and both are closing in on the 1,000 yard mark. The team also features a wealth of talent on the defensive side, led by SMU linebacker commit Lance Cottrell. Plano Sr. plays with a hard-hitting style, as is the case in most years. They have only attempted around 80 passes all season. Sam Tecklenburg leads a strong defense, that has held six of its eight opponents to less than 15 points. After a rainy week, this should be a low scoring affair with the team playing the better all around game and not turning the ball over coming out on top.
Ahmard Vital - Midlands Recruiting Analyst
Thursday, October 31: Pearland (Tex.) vs. Alvin (Tex.) Manvel at 7 p.m. CST
Only one loss separates the two of these teams, but in league play both are undefeated. This should also make for a great environment, and some bragging rights between these Southeast Houston rivals. Manvel graduated plenty in the past couple of years, but have a new crop of youngsters coming through with defensive back Deontay Anderson and receiver Reggie Hemphill, both players in the 2016 class. Both received early offers from Texas, with plenty other schools to likely follow suit sooner than later. The offense is led by Deriq King, who is having a great season with over 2,000 yards of production. Versatile tight end/defensive end (or offensive tackle where he is projected) Koda Martin will take his talents to Texas A&M. Also on the defense, Will Lockett has been a great addition to the Manvel team this season. For Pearland, defense has been the calling card thus far, giving up less than a touchdown per game (which includes four shutouts in eight games). That could be largely because three-star linebacker and Oklahoma State commitment Justin Phillips leads the way. On the offense, quarterback Kalen Johnson has looked solid, as does running back JaColbie Butler, who has scored 16 touchdowns this season.
Friday, November 1: La Porte (Tex.) vs. Galena Park (Tex.) North Shore at 7 p.m. CST
In district play in recent years, this has become a game of two grind-it-out type teams. In 2013, it is no different as only one district loss between the two of them. North Shore, state ranked is undefeated on the season. It has the best (arguably) linebacker there in Zach Whitley, a four-star defender who will play for the defending national champion Alabama team next fall. Offensively, the line has a few stars with Najee Toran and Trevon Tate, along with junior Tyler Moore. Toran is a commit to Oregon State while Tate holds several Division I offers as well. These guys make for a great and powerful running game, to open holes for a talented prospect in running back Tristan Houston. Offensively, playmaker Kevian DeLeon is also an underrated player who can break a game open as a receiver or return specialist. For La Porte, this team has a solid offense and defense. One of the top players on the team gets it done on both sides of the ball with four-star linebacker Hoza Scott, who has committed to Texas A&M. Staying on the defensive side, Iowa State safety commitment Victor Holmes will hold down the back half of the defense. Offensively, running back Johnathan Lewis (Colorado State commit) has been good so far. On the line, Michael Leagan leads a solid group along with tight end Michael Rodriguez, who will take his talents to Louisiana Tech.
Annabel Stephan - Midlands Field Reporter
Friday: Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson at Austin (Texas) McNeil at 7:00 p.m.
Hendrickson enters the game 9-0, one of area's top teams. The Hawks have a number of Division-I bound players on the roster, including running back Samaje Perine, an Oklahoma commit who has rushed for 770 yards and eight touchdowns this fall. Wide receiver Latrell Martin is Houston bound and fellow receiver and defensive back Chance Waz is 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. The Hawks will face 2-6 McNeil, who are coming off of a 34-16 loss versus Round Rock. The Houston Cougars have another future player in this game, McNeil three-star linebacker Zach Vaughn, who committed to the program in July. Another prospect to keep an eye on for the Mavericks is fellow linebacker Tillman Johnson, a Texas State commit.
Brandon Huffman - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Seattle (Wash.) Cleveland vs. Bellevue (Wash.) Eastside Catholic at Seattle Memorial Stadium at 5 p.m.
Eastside Catholic is loaded with underclassmen to watch, on both sides of the ball. Heading the list is 2016 quarterback Harley Kirsch, part of a talented trio of prospects in the 2016 class. Behind him is 2016 running back Brandon Wellington and Kirsch's top target is 2016 receiver Devon Arbis-Jackson. Up front, 2015 center Alex Neale leads the offensive line. Defensively, 2015 defensive end Cody Baker anchors the front seven for the Crusaders.
Friday: Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea vs. Seattle (Wash.) Nathan Hale at Seattle
Memorial Stadium at 7:45 p.m.
O'Dea is the No. 2 in 3A in Washington and has all kinds of talent, namely three-star 2015 running back Myles Gaskin, who's the guy for the Irish this year in the backfield. Opening holes for him is 2014 fullback Jack Flor and quarterback Pierre Le Dorze runs the Irish offense. But the strength of the Irish is in the trenches and Jarius McDade, their 2014 defensive tackle with a handful of offers, paces their defense.
Greg Biggins - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei at Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco at 7 p.m.
Washington commit Jonathan Lockett is one of the nation's elite corners and will also see time at receiver and is a threat to take it to the house returning punts and kicks as well. The Monarchs have a pair of 2015 Scout 300 members in tight end Kyle Penniston and two-way standout Ben Humphries. Humphries missed the last five weeks of the season with a knee injury but will be back for this one and should be a factor on both sides of the ball. He's a talented receiver and a playmakers at outside linebacker. Penniston has an early offer from Florida State and is a tough red zone matchup. Quarterback Chase Forrest is one of the state's top signal callers with an offer from Eastern Washington and running back Justin Allen is one of the most under-rated players in the state. Bosco has an embarrassment of riches with 13 players holding Div I offers. Jaleel Wadood is the No. 3 corner in the west but the California commit will play 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. Wide out Shay Fields recently switched his commitment from Boise State to USC and cornerback Chandler Hawkins has committed to Air Force. The top recruit on the team is massive offensive lineman Damien Mama. Mama is the nation's top guard prospect and has his choice of any school in the country. Jacob Tuioti-Mariner has gained 20 pounds since last season and has established himself as one of the region's premier defensive lineman and talented quarterback Josh Rosen is the No. 2 signal caller in the 2015 class and was just offered this week from Texas.
FOX Sports West Prepzone at 7 p.m. (Prepzone)
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.
Friday: La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis at Gardena (Calif.) Serra at 7 p.m.
On paper this game matches the two best records as St. Francis and Serra both come into the game without a defeat. St. Francis is led by quarterback Ty Gangi who had an early offer from Bowling Green, and senior running back Joe Mudie has rushed for nearly 1,000 yards on the season. The list of D1 talent for Serra is long but distinguished. All-Everything athlete Adoree Jackson returns kicks, plays corner, running back and receiver for the Cavaliers. Quarterback Jalen Greene is headed to Boise State. There are a pair of D1 linebackers in John Houston '15 and Dwight Williams, and this will be our first look at outside linebacker/defensive end Olajuwon Tucker on Prepzone since he made his commitment to USC.
Friday: Valencia at Newhall (Calif.) Hart at 7 p.m.
Valencia is coming off of a big win against Canyon setting up the showdown with Hart on Friday. Both teams are undefeated in league play and the winner should win the Foothill League. Valencia isn't loaded with D1 talent, but defensive end Josh Stanton had early offers from Texas State and Wyoming. Hart has a wide open attack capable of putting 40+ on just about anyone. 4-Star junior quarterback Brady White leads the attack, and 4-Star wide receiver Trent Irwin and Duke commitment Davis Koppenhaver are two of White's favorite targets.
Corona (Calif.) Santiago at Corona (Calif.) Centennial at 7 p.m.
Two of the highest scoring teams in the Southern Section lock horns in Corona on Friday. Centennial is back on track since getting beaten by Long Beach Poly and Alemany early in the year, and Santiago has reeled off four straight wins since a heartbreaking one point loss to Upland in September. Centennial is led by quarterback Robert Webber who is one of the most productive players in the nation. He's over 2,000 yards passing this season, and at 400 yards rushing, his numbers are actually a little down this year. The reason they're down is running back Tre Watson (Cal) will go over 2,000 yards in this game. Opening the holes for him is Alabama commit Viane Talamaivao, and UCLA wide receiver commit Barry Ware helps stretch the defenses. The defense is led by USC commitment Austin Maloata. Santiago has seen their 4-Star junior quarterback Blake Barnett battle injuries this year. When he's healthy, wide receiver Jordan Huffman is a dangerous target. Safety Ron Robinson (UCLA) leads the defense.
Friday: Huntington Beach (Calif.) at Los Alamitos (Calif.) at 7 p.m.
Los Alamitos is having a bounce back season after going 6-5 and 6-4 the last two years. Huntington Beach is having a disappointing year, especially the devastating 48-6 loss at the hands of their rival Edison. Los Alamitos beat Edison last week, and while one game against a common opponent doesn't necessarily predict the future with 100% accuracy, it's hard to pick against Los Alamitos in this one.
- Southwest Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro at Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos de Niza at 7 p.m.
Two of the state's top quarterbacks will square off in this game and it could be a high scoring affair. Marcos' Josh Eckley may be the state's best player without a scholarship offer. He does it all for the Padres and their offense hit a slump when Eckley was out with an injury. Saguaro's Luke Rubenzer hasn't thrown an interception in eight games and has his team poised for a playoff run. The Cal commit has dangerous weapons to throw to in senior J.T. Nettleton and junior Top 50 prospect Christian Kirk.
Friday: Glendale (Ariz.) Cactus at Peoria (Ariz.) at 7 p.m.
This is one of the state's top rivalry games as the two schools are just a few miles apart and the stadium gets full and rowdy. Peoria is looks to finish the regular season undefeated and has one of the state's top weapons to help them. Wide receiver Darius Aguirre just received his first offer from Texas Southern and is vastly under-rated. The Cactus Cobras feature a strong running attack led by two juniors in Jaylon James and Austin Marshall.