Thursday: West Bloomfield (Mich.) vs. Dearborn at 1 p.m.
West Bloomfield has several recruited players including Bowling Green defensive tackle commit Eddy Wilson and cornerback Obbie Jackson, who has several MAC offers. Wide receiver Michael King is an exciting playmaker who has schools looking his way.
Thursday: Temperance (Mich.) Bedford vs. Dearborn (Mich.) Fordson at 4 p.m.
Fordson is lead by Central Michigan commit Jamil Sabbagh at receiver and defensive back and Ball State commit Abdallah Jaffal at linebacker.
Thursday: Plymouth (Mich.) at Salem (Mich.) at 7 p.m.
The Wildcats have Scout 300 junior offensive tackle Michael Jordan, who holds offers from Michigan and Ohio State and interest from several other BCS programs.
Friday: Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's vs. Southfield (Mich.) at 4 p.m.
A loaded contest will feature St. Mary's Scout 300 cornerback Tyson Smith, who is committed to Michigan State. The Eaglets also have two top 2017 prospects, wide receiver K.J. Hamler, who has Cincinnati and Michigan State offers, and linebacker Josh Ross, who has offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Ohio State and more. Junior offensive lineman Cameron Kolwich is another to watch. Southfield has a loaded secondary which features Wake Forest commit Dior Johnson, Western Michigan commit Davontae Ginwright, Central Michigan commit Ja'Mar Antwine, and Minnesota commit Ray Buford. We are also looking forward to seeing talented 2016 running back Matt Falcon, a Scout 300 prospect primed to make a big move up the rankings this year.
Friday: Detroit Cass Tech vs. Oak Park (Mich.) at 7 p.m.
Cass Tech is, as usual, full of Division-1 talent. Michigan commit Mike Weber, a four-star running back leads the offense along with explosive 2017 receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones, who holds offers from NC State, Penn State, Miami (Fla.) and others, and 2016 receiver Demetric Vance, who has an NC State offer. Two-way lineman Joshua Alabi is committed to Ohio State, and linebacker Michael Oliver is committed to Central Michigan. Michael Onwenu, a four-star junior, also plays on both sides of the line and has offers from Michigan, Ohio State and more. 2016 cornerback LaVert Hill has ten offers, including Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and more. 2017 cornerback Donovan Johnson looks like a future offer type. Jayru Campbell, a one-time Michigan State commit, lead the Technicians to two state titles at quarterback, but may play other positions this year. 2017 quarterback Rodney Hall is a talented kid who may inherit the reigns. In addition, a number of other potential D1 prospects are on the roster including linebacker Andre Gregory, defensive end Eldrick Matthews, and offensive tackle Ostell Martin. Oak Park is lead by John Kelly, who is down to Michigan State and Minnesota and could play running back, slot or defensive back in college. Western Michigan linebacker commit Junior McMullen is an outstanding player who is ranked in the top 15 prospects in the state. Central Michigan commit Shahid Bellamy leads the way on both lines along with Ricardo Smith.
Saturday: East English Village Prep vs. Lansing Sexton at 11 a.m.
EEVP has one of the top 2017 prospects in the Midwest, offensive lineman Emani Mason, who does not have any offers yet, but has schools like Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and others interested. Western Michigan commit Anton Curtis can play quarterback, receiver and defensive back. 2016 receiver Armani Posey should receive offers in time. We will also be keeping an eye on running back Leon Timmons, receiver Lindrell Mitchell and defensive end Kamahl March. Sexton is lead by big, physical running back and linebacker Avonte Bell, who has an offer from Western Michigan. Big, athletic receiver and linebacker Rayshawn Wilborn is committed to Central Michigan.
Saturday: Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) Brother Rice vs. Chicago (Ill.) Brother Rice at 4 p.m.
The Michigan Brother Rice is lead by Michigan commit Alex Malzone, a four-star quarterback. He has a couple of great targets to throw to in Grant Perry, who has several MAC offers, and is still on the radar of other program, and Western Michigan commit Delano Madison. On defense, Jack Dunaway had 15 sacks last year, and younger brother Carter Dunaway is a 6-foot-6 class of 2017 tight end to look out for. Marc Miller, a two-way lineman, holds several offers and may receive more this Fall. The Illinois Brother Rice has speedy Northern Illinois commit Marcus Jones at running back and slot, and outstanding 2017 receiver Ricky Smalling, who recently received his first offer from Virginia.
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Bill Greene, Regional Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Akron (Ohio) Firestone at Akron (Ohio) Hoban at 7 p.m.
Hoban features top sophomore running back Todd Sibley, who is receiving early interest from Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, and others. Junior Jonah Morris plays both wide receiver and safety, and is ready to hit the recruiting radar after an impressive summer camp performance at Ohio State.
Friday: Mayfield (Ohio) at Macedonia (Ohio) Nordonia at 7:30 p.m.
Nordonia is loaded with Division-I talent, including cornerback Denzel Ward who is committed to Ohio State, and Michigan State commit Justice Alexander, who plays defensive end. Both players are ranked as three-star prospects, and both could be in line to move up in the rankings. Senior Alex Alders plays wide receiver and safety, and he holds a few MAC offers. Cornerback Dylan Mabin and defensive end Nic Grayson also hold MAC offers, while quarterback David Murray is drawing interest.
Sunday: Gilman (Md.) at Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward at 2:00 p.m.
ESPN will be televising this matchup between two powerhouse programs. Gilman features four 2016 prospects holding BCS offers. Four-star defensive tackle Ellison Jordan has been offered by Maryland, Georgia Tech, Michigan State and Virginia Tech. Three-star defensive end Devery Hamilton and offensive tackle Stephen Spanellis both hold offers from Maryland, Georgia Tech, Michigan State and South Carolina. Runningback Antonio Dupree has been offered by Ohio State, Michigan State and West Virginia. For St. Edward, this senior-laden squad has over ten players holding Division-I offers, including many that have made verbal commitments. Four-star athlete Shaun Crawford is one of Ohio's more electrifying players, and the Notre Dame commit plays cornerback and wide receiver. Four-star twin brothers David and Andrew Dowell recently de-committed from Northwestern, and are currently favoring Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Louisville. Quarterback Brett Kean has committed to South Florida, while wide receiver Alex Stump has pledged to Kentucky. On the defensive side of the football, linebackers Troy Henderson (Syracuse) and Troy Dipre (Kent State) are impact players. Junior wide receiver/defensive back Tony Butler has been offered by Toledo, and could be one of the state's top 2016 prospects.
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Dave Berk, Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Fairfield (Ohio) vs. Cincinnati (Ohio) Withrow at Lockland Stadium at 7:00 p.m.
Lots of questions surrounding Withrow as they open the season under new head coach Ryan Drake who took over for Jim Place. The loss of 33 seniors from last year’s team means we’ll see a lot of young players on the field. Fairfield head coach Jason Krause will look to his son and Class of 2016 quarterback Hunter Krause to lead the offense. Krause will look for senior offensive lineman Richard Rhodes to protect him and open holes for sophomore running back Kesean Gamble. On defense the Indians have senior safeties Jason Graves and Brandon Mitchell to go with junior corner Mitchell Larsen. T.C. Wells is a name to remember as the 6-foot-2, 215-pound athlete will see time on both sides of the field.
Friday: West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West vs. Loveland (Ohio) at Yager Stadium at 6:00 p.m.
Leading the way for Lakota West head coach Larry Cox will be senior linebacker C.J. Stalker (Virginia pledge), offensive tackle George Asafo-Adjei (Kentucky), defensive end Donte Horton (Western Michigan) and wide receiver Braxton Neal (Cincinnati). However, the biggest question going into the season is at quarterback where Cox must replace the departed Malik Grove. Loveland head coach Fred Cranford will bring a confident team into the game after winning the Ohio Division II state championship last season. He’ll look to senior offensive lineman Ian Leever (Miami Ohio) to open holes for senior running back Nate Slagel who as the Divisoin II Offensive Player of the Year despite the fact he missed the later part of the season after tearing his ACL in week eight. Slagel rushed for 1,340 yards and 18 rushing touchdowns a season ago. Sophomore running back Luke Waddell was also impressive last season as he rushed for 1,593 yards and 18 rushing touchdowns. On defense Cranford will look to junior defensive lineman Jake Saunders who started all 15 games a season ago and is getting plenty of recruiting interest.
Friday: Cincinnati (Ohio) Colerain vs. Cincinnati (Ohio) La Salle at Yager Stadium at 8:30 p.m.
Northwestern pledge Jordan Thompson is not expected to play (slight meniscus tear) for La Salle leaving a major gap along their defensive front. So look for head coach Nate Moore to have his offense ready to roll behind junior quarterback Nick Watson. Watson will look to receiver Kevin Ferguson and running back Jeremy Larkin to help carry the load against a young Colerain team that has three future college players on defense. Colerain head coach Tom Bolden will look for seniors Demetrius Colbert (Eastern Michigan), Mayne Williams (Ohio) and Jeffrey Christian to help an otherwise young team through a tough early schedule until the offense gets rolling as Bolden must find a replacement for departed quarterback Kelvin Cook (Miami Ohio). Early on look for senior running back Jordan Asberry to be the big name on offense.
Saturday: East St. Louis (Ill.) Senior at Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier at 3:00 p.m.
Lots of talent will be on the field for both teams in this marquee match-up. For East St. Louis, defensive end Terry Beckner holds offers from all over the country while defensive tackle Kenny Knight has already given his pledge to Ball State and running back Natereace Strong is set to sign with Missouri. Several underclassmen including 2017 wide receiver Jeff Thomas could cause St. Xavier problems. Leading the way for the Bombers will be Ohio State linebacker pledge Justin Hilliard who we expect to also see reps at running back. He’ll be joined by Boston College pledge Ben Glines and fellow seniors Cole Jones and Simeon Lane. New names to watch for St. Xavier include juniors Brody Ketron (cornerback), Sean Prophit (safety) and rising sophomore quarterback Sean Clifford.
Saturday: Middletown (Ohio) Bishop Fenwick vs. Cincinnati Hills (Ohio) Christian Academy at Kings Stadium at 7:00 p.m.
All eyes will be on super junior Prince Sammons as the 6-foot-7, 262-pounder enters only his second year of organized football holding offers from Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia, Auburn and several others. Sammons will be joined by two-way senior lineman Jacob Halter (Penn pledge) and linebacker Bobby Mumma who posted more than 70 tackles a season ago. Fenwick will look to senior linebacker Billy Hinton (Wofford) in hopes of stopping the CHCA air attack.
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Beth Long, Midwest Field Reporter
Friday: Homewood Flossmoor (Ill.) vs Chicago (Ill.) Harlan at 7:30 p.m.
The top prospect in this one is junior offensive guard Desmond Bland out of Homewood-Flossmoor. The 6-foot-4, 255 pound prospect has an offer from North Carolina State and interest from around the Big Ten. HF also features senior tight end James Sheehan who is beginning to get some looks on the recruiting trail.
Sunday: St. Joseph Prep (Pa.) vs Chicago (Ill.) Mount Carmel at 12 p.m.
Two defending state champions meet in this one, the defending 7A Illinois state champions, Mount Carmel take on PIAA AAAA champions St. Joseph Prep. Mount Carmel will present a tough time for St. Joes in the trenches, with Syracuse commit and three-star offensive lineman Andrejas Duerig and defensive lineman Kevin Thurmon who recently picked up an offer from Wisconsin as well as interest from Minnesota, Illinois and several other Big Ten schools. Carmel lost several offensive powers like eventual Illinois running back Matt Domer this season so their offense must rebound in this one. Carmel also features defensive back Marquise Peggs who has offers from Western Michigan, Northern Illinois, Miami of Ohio and others.
Sunday: St. Ignatius (Ill.) vs Walter Payton Prep (Ill.) at 3 p.m.
The middle game of the IHSA kickoff Classic at Toyota park is two teams that have largely unknown rosters, but always have under the radar talent.
Sunday: St. Rita (Ill.) vs Chicago (Ill.) Simeon at 6 p.m.
St. Rita is a perennial powerhouse in the Chicago area and is rebuilding after losing quarterback Tommy Mister to Indiana, who was a dynamic force on the offense. Simeon is going to be led by two 6-foot-4, 250-plus pound offensive lineman prospect Kevin Agee and Terrell Maclin-Dupree. The two should provide a good night-cap on the IHSA Kickoff Classic at Toyota Park.
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Simone Scott, Midwest Field Reporter
Friday: Moeller (Ohio) vs. Pickerington (Ohio) North at 7:30 p.m
The season starts off with the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown. Moeller travels to Columbus Crew Stadium to take on Pickerington North. Moeller is filled with Division 1 talent. Senior defensive tackle Elijah Taylor is committed to Notre Dame. His fellow senior tight end Doug Bates is a Cincinnati commit. Wide receiver Chase Pankey committed to Boston College during the summer. Tight end Jake Hausmann is the top junior in Ohio. With over a dozen offers from the likes of Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State and Notre Dame, he is the player to watch. Pickerington North is a very young team this year. Leading the way for the Panthers is new quarterback Christian Whitner, who transferred from Pickerington (Ohio) Central. Lineman Kyle Beemiller will play on both sides of the ball.
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Anna Hickey, Recruiting Reporter - Indiana
Friday: Cathedral (Ind.) at Warren Central (Ind.) at 7 p.m.
Cathedral features three-star 6-foot-4, 255-pound offensive guard Jared Thomas, a Northwestern commit. Headlining the roster for Warren Central is undoubtedly three-star safety Mykelti Williams, who has offers from the likes of Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Purdue, Wake Forest and Wisconsin. He does not have any official visits currently scheduled at this time, though Ole Miss and Louisville are the favorites heading into the fall season. Last week against Center Grove, Williams had 14 tackles and an interception return for the game-winning touchdown in overtime. Running back Tirone Young holds an Illinois offer. In the 2016 class, defensive lineman Jasion Brogan has the potential to explode onto the national scene this year. In the 2017 class, Warren Central has an impressive dual-threat sophomore quarterback in Zach Summeier as well as two promising offensive linemen in Joshua Bridgford and Dominik Mathis. Dijon Anderson, a safety that will be featured on both sides of the ball for Warren Central, has plenty of upside as well.
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Rob Howe, HawkeyeInsider.com Publisher
Friday: Iowa City (Iowa) Regina at Solon (Iowa) at 7:30 p.m.
Regina takes the field for its season opener going for its 57th victory in a row, which would be an all-class state record. The Regals are led by quarterback Drew Cook, the son of head coach Marv Cook, a former tight end with Iowa and the New England Patriots. The young Cook committed to the Hawkeyes in late February. While there's speculation that he will switch to his father's position at the next level, he's been told by the Hawkeye staff that he will receive his first look under center. Drew spent the summer working with one of Iowa's all-time great signal callers in Chuck Long in hopes of raising his play as a senior. Solon wide receiver/defensive back Connor Ham is being evaluated by several D-I programs, including Iowa. He won the Class 3A 110-meter hurdles and 200 at the state track me in the spring.
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Ryan Easterling, IlliniPlaybook.com
Friday: LaGrange (Ill.) Lyons Township at Gurnee (Ill.) Warren at 7 p.m.
Illinois high school football kicks off this weekend with several top-tier games, one of which is taking place on the north side between Lyons Township, featuring Miami (OH) commit RB Leonard Ross and senior QB Tom Fiedler. Lyons aired it out often last season, and there's no reason to believe that with Fiedler at the helm, that they won't do the same again. For Warren, it all starts with Illinois commit Caleb Reams. The TE/H-Back poses an interesting matchup for most opponents with his smooth route running and great athleticism for his size. Freshman Micah Jones hasn't quite cracked the Varsity roster yet, but he's a guy who will be a force on the field before too long.
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Josh Newkirk, Michigan Recruiting Reporter
Thursday: Saginaw (Mich.) Arthur Hill at Saginaw (Mich.) Heritage at 7 p.m.
This game features the top prospect from Michigan and current Wolverine commit Brian Cole. The four-star prospect comes in at 6-foot-2, 210-pounds, and is a match up nightmare for opposing secondary’s. Rated Scout.com’s No. 6 wide receiver, Cole also excels at running back and safety. He is a big time player and this should be a nice opening night act for the Great Lakes’ State standout. Arthur Hill's defense, which will be geared up to stop him, is lead by 2016 defensive end Lawrence Gordon and 2017 end Will Rodgers.
Saturday: Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius at Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence Central at 7 p.m.
This game features multiple future Division 1 athletes. The standout, of course, is future Wolverine linebacker commit Darrin Kirkland, who straps up for Lawrence Central. He is an ideal middle linebacker and has been committed to Michigan since the beginning of the summer. St. Ignatius counters with 2016 four-star offensive tackle Liam Eichenberg, who already holds offers from Michigan and Ohio State among others.
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