Follow the Scouts of Scout.com on Twitter as they bring you live coverage of
the weekend's high school football across the nation, with several
members of the Class of 2014 Scout 300 in action as well as a number of top 2015
and 2016 prospects
and a host of games involving FoxSports/Scout.com Top 50 teams.
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Brian Dohn- Northeast Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Flemington (N.J.) Hunterdon Central at Somerset (N.J.) Franklin at 4 p.m.
It is the season opener for both teams, and both have players heading to major programs. Hunterdon Central has Syracuse commit Jason Cabinda, who will play linebacker in college but will line up at defensive end this season. Franklin is led by Iowa commit Jameer Outsey, who projects as an outside linebacker in college and will play outside linebacker in the Warriors' 3-4 defense and left tackle on offense.
Friday: Philadelphia Imhotep Charter at Philadelphia Roxborough, 3 p.m.
Talented Imhotep already is 2-0, and is led by cornerback DeAndre Scott, who has an official visit to Nebraska set for Sept. 21. Imhotep's offensive line is led by Temple commit Aaron Ruff. Cornerback Nyeem Thrones has offers from Buffalo and Temple. Imhoptep also has talent in the 2015 class, led by running back Nas Bonner, whose offer list includes Connecticut, Massachusetts, Old Dominion and West Virginia.
Friday: Erial (N.J.) Timber Creek at Cherry Hill (N.J.) Camden Catholic, 7 p.m.
The always-talented Timber Creek is led by Rutgers receiver commit Adonis Jennings and class of 2015 cornerback Kareem Ali, whose double digit offer total includes Penn State and Rutgers. The Chargers also have UConn offensive tackle commit Lamont Bradford, Old Dominion safety commit Justice Davila and class of 2016 receiver Cameron Chambers, who holds Rutgers, Temple and Purdue offers. Camden Catholic is led by class of 2016 cornerback Benny Walls.
Sam Hellman- Northeast Recruiting
Thursday: Jackson (N.J.) at Englishtown (N.J.) Manalapan High at 6 p.m.
Four-star Rutgers commit Saeed Blacknall is the star of this game, making his senior debut with Manalapan. Blacknall is the highest rated wide receiver in New Jersey and sent a message by choosing Rutgers over LSU, Alabama and Ohio State last month. Blacknall has back-to-back losses in the state championship game. Blacknall logged 1,359 all-purpose yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior. For Jackson, keep an eye on 2014 defensive end Marcus Ademilola. A two-star prospect, Ademilola has multiple Ivy League offers and is hearing from Delaware, Northern Illinois and Temple.
Friday: Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy vs. Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep at 7 p.m.
ECA has a boatload of 2014 talent already committed, highlighted by the Michigan duo of Freddy Canteen (receiver) and Brandon Watson (cornerback). Wide receiver Neiko Creamer is a Tennessee verbal commit and offensive lineman Jamie Herr is committed to West Virginia. The ECA offense is centered around 2015 USC commit David Sills at quarterback. Sills committed to the Trojans and coach Lane Kiffin as a 13-year old.
At St. Peter’s Prep, three-star running back Jonathan Hilliman is set to play at Rutgers for the first time since committing there this summer. The game will take place at the neutral site of High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, N.J. Prep has the top 2015 in the state in defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, who starred in the Opening last summer and stands at 16 offers. Quarterback Brandon Wimbush is not far behind Fitzpatrick after adding an Ohio State offer last week. Senior St. Peter’s Prep defensive back Shamir Bearfield is a Temple commit.
Jacquie Franciulli, Field Reporter-East
Friday: Virginia Beach (Va.) Bishop Sullivan Catholic vs. Charlottesville (Va.) St. Anne’s Belfield at 4:30 p.m.
For Bishop Sullivan Catholic all eyes will be on four-star wide out Jamil Kamara. Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt, Virginia, and Wisconsin are Kamara’s top five with Miami still floating just outside. Kamara is planning to set up his officials and soon trim his list even further. Many continue to say UVa continue to be the team to beat for the wide receiver, and Cavalier assistant coach Marques Hagans is expected to be at the game.
For St. Anne’s Belfield new transfer wide receiver Jalen Harrison is one to keep an eye out. The junior coming to STAB from Fluvanna County had a big week last week in his debut with 129 yards receiving and a touchdown against current VISAA
Division 3 champs, Virginia Episcopal. He currently holds no offers.
Mike McAllister- Northeast Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: West Genesee (N.Y.) at Fayetteville-Manlius (N.Y.) at 7 p.m.
West Genesee running back Naesean
Howard is committed to Syracuse as part of their 2014 class and is one of the
best athletes in Central New York. Howard will also get work as a defensive
back, where he will play at the next level. On the other side, 2016 linebacker
Zaire Ashley is already on the Orange radar. Ashley will also play running back
for Fayetteville Manlius in a battle of two of the more talented teams in the
Chad Simmons- National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Ponte Vedra (Fla.) vs. Jacksonville (Fla.) Providence at 7:00 p.m.
Ponte Vedra is 2-0 and Providence is 1-1, so Providence is looking to even up the records. Ponte Vedra is led by Tennessee commitment Dillan Bates. The four-star linebacker is always around the football. He is smart, he is physical, and he reads and reacts well. He is one of the top defensive prospects in the state of Florida. One of the top offensive tackles in the country is David Sharpe out of Providence. The 6-foot-7, 280 pound senior is light on his feet, he has very long arms, and he has so much potential. He visited Georgia this past weekend, Clemson the weekend before that and he is looking other schools like Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, and USC. Sharpe is one of the top uncommitted prospects in the country.
Saturday: Lithonia (Ga.) M.L.K. vs. Atlanta (Ga.) Mays at 7:30 p.m.
The game has four high level prospects that all find themselves in the Scout 300. The four-star cornerback Wesley Green out of M.L.K. is aggressive, confident, and a leader for the Lions. He along with 2015 defensive end Arden Key are committed to South Carolina. Key is a long and rangy end who chases the quarterback and gets his arms up in passing lanes. On the other side of the field are two of the top juniors in Georgia. Alabama has already locked up interior offensive lineman Dallas Warmack. He plays tackle for Mays, but will play guard or center in Tuscaloosa. Natrez Patrick is a top 100 junior and he has over 30 scholarship offers. The defensive end is explosive and athletic and he is being pursued by schools like Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, and Notre Dame. Mays is 1-1 and M.L.K.
is 1-0 entering this game.
Jamie Newberg - National Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Seffner (Fla.) Armwood at Tampa (Fla.) Hillsborough at 7 p.m. EST
This is one of the big Tampa rivalries between two of the better bay area programs. Of course Armwood is loaded as usual. They are led defensively by defensive back Kyle Gibson. This three-star commitment to Vanderbilt can play safety or cornerback. Speaking of cornerback, Armwood
has an outstanding junior in Aaron Covington. He already holds a few D1 offers.
Of course, the biggest name recruit on the team is four-star 2015 defensive end
Byron Cowart. Florida and Vanderbilt are his current front runners. With a big
fall there's no question he can push for the top spot in the state regardless of
position. Another 2015 D1 standout is linebacker Jordan Griffin.
Atlantic Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Durham (N.C.) Hillside at Greensboro (N.C.) Dudley at 7:30 p.m.
Friday’s game is a showdown between big-time programs. Dudley is 3-0 and led by four-star senior linebacker Chris Register, who is committed to Clemson. The Panthers also feature senior cornerback Emmanuel Moseley, who committed to Tennessee on Tuesday. Hillside is 2-0 and coming of their bye week. The Hornets are led by a pair of four-star senior prospects – wide receiver Trevion Thompson and running back Donte Thomas-Williams. Thompson is down to Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ohio State and West Virginia, while Thomas-Williams has a final four of Clemson, Florida State, Notre Dame and West Virginia. Hillside also features three-star safety and N.C. State commit Kalen McCain, 2015 offensive tackle Emanuel McGirt and 2015 quarterback Naszir
John Garcia Jr. - Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Friday: McCalla (Ala.) McAdory at Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Central at 7 p.m.
McAdory is coming off of a Class 5A state title game run in 2012, with many of its top prospects returning. Leading the way is three-star defensive tackle Cory Thomas, a 6-foot-6, 275-pounder that has the potential to play on either side of the ball at the next level. The senior has offers from most of the SEC and ACC, and schools like Alabama, Tennessee, Clemson, Florida, Florida State and Miami are in that group although all may be chasing Mississippi State for his services at this point. Garian Bradley is a big power-back that has interest from several schools, and he feels that Memphis may be the program to break the ice with an offer. The running back is joined by two-way starter Kyran Moore in the backfield. The small, but effective quarterback can make plays with his feet or his arm, but his projection at this time is as a cornerback, where he's as instinctive as it gets. Tuscaloosa Central centers around junior two-way star lineman Lester Cotton. A virtual unkonwn
at this time last season, the 6-foot-5, 310-pounder had a good summer camp
circuit en route to scholarship offers from Alabama, Ole Miss and Mississippi
State. The Crimson Tide leads for the local product, who was tabbed as an early
four-star in Scout's class of 2015 rankings. Cotton is ranked as the No. 22
offensive tackle prospect in the class.
Amy Campbell - Southeast Field Reporter
Friday: Oviedo (Fla.) at Winter Park (Fla.) Lake Howell at 7:30 p.m.
Undefeated Oviedo (Fla.) hopes to keep the winning streak going when they travel to face 1-1 Winter Park (Fla.) Lake Howell Friday night. Oviedo has a long list of talented prospects, headlined by senior defensive end Tyree Owens. The three-star lineman is committed to West Virginia. In the secondary, Oviedo has a duo of solid 2015 cornerbacks. Justin Spencer has offers from Mississippi State, Cincinnati, and Connecticut. Terry Howard has an offer from Wisconsin. On offense, senior quarterback and wide receiver standout Chris Davis is the name to know. Davis is commit to Florida International. Another offensive playmaker for Oviedo is 2015 running back Jurell Green. The 5-foot-9 175-pound back already has a long list of programs after him including Louisville, Mississippi State, Cincinnati, and more. The Lake Howell players will certainly have their work cut out for them when Oviedo visits on Friday.
Geoff Vogt - Florida Recruiting Analyst
Wednesday: Miami (Fl) Booker T. Washington vs. Miami (Fl) Carol City at 7 p.m.
Booker T is as battle tested as any team in the country with win over Norcross (Ga) and neighborhood rival Miami Central. It is a quick turnaround however for the Tornado's with a Wednesday game this week and it will be interesting to see if they have a little hangover. Senior quarterback Treon Harris headlines a fleet offensive unit and sophomore running back Mark Walton's role is expected to increase as the season progresses. Carol City quarterback Trayon Gray will need to be at his best and make plays against a ferocious front seven led by five-star defensive linemen Chad Thomas.
Thursday: Hollywood (Fl) Chaminade at Miami (Fl) Gulliver at 4 p.m.
There is starting to be some buzz around the Gulliver program with some young talent that is developing. Athlete Dionte Mullins and linebacker Dominic Sheppard headline an impressive group and Chaminade should be an interesting test. While some top talent transfered from Chaminade in the off-season, nationally rated defensive tackle Khairi Clark and athlete Alex Thomas stayed and the seniors are two of the top prospects in Broward County. Clark has Sunday potential, but must get in better shape physically.
Thursday: Plantation (Fl) at Miramar (Fl) at 7 p.m.
A year ago no team in the state ran the ball as much as Plantation, but that run based attack led by Chris Lammons will see the vaunted "dark side" defense at Miramar led by stand-out junior cornerback Tyrek Cole. Plantation Tight End Ravian Pierce did not see a lot of opportunity in the passing game as a junior, he will need to make plays in this one. Miramar has had a great run of wide receivers including Stedmon
Bailey, Ivan McCartney, and Malcolm Lewis, the next wave of talent is maturing
and 3-4 have D-1 potential.
Friday: West Palm Beach (Fl) Cardinal Newman at Bradenton (Fl) IMG Academy at 7:30 p.m.
IMG has quickly put together a football program and the talent is already impressive. Quarterback Michael O'Conner (Penn State), Running Back Beau Scarborough (Alabama), and Offensive Linemen Denzel Ward have been recruited at the BCS level. Cardinal Newman is led by do everything athlete Travis Rudolph. Rudolph is being pursued by each of the Big 3 and is capable of playing on either side of the football.
Steve Robertson - Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Greene County (MS) at Harrison Central (MS) at 7 p.m.
Harrison Central is 2-0 and on the young season thanks in large part to a stingy defensive unit led by a pair of BCS level corners. Mississippi State verbal Lashard Durr and Oklahoma pledge Tito Windham form perhaps the most talented tandem of defensive backs in the state. Red Rebels’ big man LaDarius Kidd will soon decide between Louisiana Tech, UAB
and others. This week Harrison Central takes on Greene County (2-1). The
Wildcats will look to get something going against a Harrison Central defensive
unit that has only given up seven points in two games.
Allen Trieu - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Crown Point (Ind.) at Lake Central (Ind.) at 7:00 p.m.
Lake Central features Purdue commit Gelen Robinson, a havoc-wreaking senior defensive end and linebacker.
Friday: Mundelein (Ill.) Mt. Carmel at Marian (Ill.) Central Catholic at 7:30 p.m.
We are going to take a look at Carmel's sophomore offensive tackle Sean Foster, who, at 6-foot-7, 255-pounds, has the frame and athleticism to end up as one of the Midwest's best in his class. He already has interest coming from several BCS programs.
Bill Greene - Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Cleveland Glenville at Cleveland Heights at 7 p.m.
One of the top games in Ohio features two of the highest-rated players in-state, as Glenville seniors, safety Erick Smith and wide receiver/cornerback Marshon Lattimore are both four-star recruits. The pair holds offers from the likes of Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee, and others. Three-star senior Marcelys Jones has committed to Ohio State. Cleveland Heights is led by three-star wide receiver Dorian Baker, and the senior holds offers from Indiana and Kentucky, among others.
Friday: Cleveland Benedictine at Bedford at 7:30 p.m.
Benedictine features the number-two rated junior in Ohio in linebacker/tailback Jerome Baker, and he holds offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and Michigan State. Benedictine also has several promising sophomores, including wide receiver Justin Layne. Bedford junior linebacker Marquise Copeland is attracting a lot of recruiting attention, and this will be the Scout recruiting team's first opportunity to see him live. Senior cornerback Antione Stone is committed to Eastern Michigan.
Dave Berk - Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Springboro (Ohio) vs. Kettering (Ohio) Fairmont at 7:00 p.m. Roush Stadium
Both teams enter this Greater Western Ohio Conference cross-divisional battle with 1-1 records. We’ll only be staying for most of the first half as we want to check out Fairmont senior two-way lineman Jean Nsanzimana and offensive lineman Jeff Duncan. For Springboro we’ll get our first chance to watch Jordan Rigg who camped all summer as a tight end but has moved to the offensive line after he broke his hand. Rigg, who stands 6-foot-5, 250-pounds, is a player we’ve felt could see a future move to the offensive line and this will be a good time to see how he’s adapted.
Friday: Hilliard (Ohio) Davidson vs. Beavercreek (Ohio) at 7:00 p.m. Beavercreek High School
We’ll jump over to Beavercreek for the second half of their battle with Hilliard Davidson. Beavercreek has a few players to checkout as senior quarterback Michael Berry has given his commitment to Toledo as a linebacker. Joining Berry is senior linebacker/running back Airius Moore who holds a handful of offers including Indiana and several Mid-American Conference programs. A surprise player for the Beavers is senior Jared Watters who at 6-foot-5, 190-pounds, already has four interceptions after two games.
Hilliard Davidson has a couple of prospects to checkout as well with junior linebacker Markus Bailey who holds reported offers from Boston College, Akron, Bowling Green and Toledo. He is joined by senior defensive back Phillipie Motley who has already issued his pledge to Pittsburgh.
Saturday: Cincinnati (Ohio) Indian Hill vs. Cincinnati (Ohio) Hills Christian Academy at 7:30 p.m. CHCA Athletic Stadium
Last year we met new CHCA student Prince Michael Sammons who was helping out the football team as a team manager. Now, having received eligibility clearance from the OHSAA,
the 6-foot-7, 260-pound sophomore and first time football player, is a player on
the radar of several college programs having recently visited Michigan. Junior
offensive lineman Jacob Halter is a player who caught our attention last season
and it will be good to see the progress he’s made up to this point. For Indian
Hill we’ll be looking to check out senior lineman Sam Smith who was injured last
season when we caught the Braves in action.
Simone Scott -
Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Columbus (Ohio) Marion-Franklin vs. Columbus (Ohio) Bishop Hartley at 7:30 p.m.
Marion-Franklin has started off the year strong with two big wins while Bishop Hartley is looking to rebound off of an unexpected loss last week to Coldwater. Marion-Franklin will look to senior lineman Martesse Patterson to continue his strong play. Patterson currently holds 10 offers from the likes of Cincinnati, Kentucky and Purdue. Bishop Hartley is led by senior cornerback, Alonzo Saxton, who committed to Duke last school year. On the offensive side of the ball, tight end Kalil Morris, a recent Bowling Green commit, along with juniors Mateo Saxton and Jalen
Austin are hoping to put the points on the board.
Derek Young - Midwest Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Perrysburg (Ohio) at Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic at 7:30 p.m.
Toledo Central Catholic is once again very talented and have college prospects on both sides of the ball. Quarterback DeShone Kizer, a Notre Dame commit, looks to finish off his high school career with a strong senior campaign. 2015 offensive tackle Ramon Miles and 2014 center Zach Harmon are standouts on the line. Miles has an early offer from Akron but is hearing from other schools as well while Harmon is committed to Duke. Senior Derich Weiland is a talented receiver for Central Catholic and holds an offer from Kent State. Sophomore running back Tre'Von Wade has had an impressive start to his season and should gather attention on the recruiting trail as the season progresses.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Irish are lead by junior linebacker Chris
Green and junior safety Charles Smith. Green holds offers from a few MAC schools
and Kentucky and is also hearing from Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State,
Arkansas, and Tennessee, among others. Smith has no offers to date but has
received interest from Ohio State, Toledo, Wisconsin, and Nebraska.
Beth Long -
Midwest Field Reporter
Thursday: Zion-Benton (Ill.) at Stevenson (Ill.) at 7:30 p.m.
Stevenson has a very talent heavy roster, including Michigan State defensive back commit Matt Morrissey, Western Michigan offensive lineman commit Zach Novoselsky. Plus, Stevenson has plenty of young talent with quarterback Willie Bourbon and wide receiver Cameron Green (who just added his first offer from Toledo). The Patriots are looking to rebound against Zion-Benton from a slow start to the season, losing the first two contests.
Friday: Downers Grove North (Ill.) vs Glenbard West (Ill.) at 7:30p.m.
Downers Grove North is led by early four-star junior quarterback David Edwards, who has offers as an athlete and tight end from Illinois, Indiana and Vanderbilt. The Trojans also feature two senior linebackers, Richard Olekanma who is headed for Toledo and fellow senior Vontae Diggs who just re-opened his recruitment with interest from Iowa State. Glenbard West has a tradition of turning out top players and is the defending 7A Illinois state champion, and this year is highlighted by senior defensive back Hayden Carlson who has offers from Western Michigan, Toledo and a handful of other schools. The Hitters also feature Stanford kicker commit Hayden Lekacz,
North Carolina State offensive lineman commit Eric Shute, and athletic running
back Scottie Andrews.
Anna Hickey -
Indiana Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Carmel (Ind.) High vs. Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence Central at 7 p.m.
Two of Indiana's best squads will square off in this conference match-up Friday night. Lawrence Central is coming off 18 straight victories, including three this season, and they beat powerhouse Louisville Trinity at home last week. Linebackers Brandon Lee, Darrin Kirkland Jr. and Nikia Averitte head up the defense for Lawrence Central. Lee has a top six of California, Louisville, Northwestern, Penn State, Oregon and Virginia Tech. He is slated to announce his final decision on Nov. 8. Kirkland, a junior, holds offers from Illinois, Indiana and Louisville. Defensive tackle Keith Willis is committed to Ball State. On the offensive side of the ball for the defending state champs, Lawrence Central features Kenny Jones at wide out, who holds multiple BCS
offers. Carmel features one of the best wide receivers in the state, senior
Austin Roberts, who is committed to UCLA. Carmel signal-caller junior Isaac
James holds an offer from Indiana and is visiting Northwestern on Saturday.
Tight end Nate Becker of Carmel is also worth keeping an eye on.
Rob Howe, Hawkeyeinsider.com/Iowa Preps
Friday: Urbandale (IA) at Johnston (IA) 7:30 p.m.
Unbeaten Urbandale visits Johnston as the No. 4-ranked team in Class 4A. The J-Hawks are led by senior wide receiver Allen Lazard, who caught four passes for 138 yards and three touchdowns last week. Scout.com ranks the 6-foot-5, 205-pound Lazard as the No. 21 wideout nationally in the Class of 2014. Notre Dame is pushing hard to get him off of his Iowa State verbal. He visited South Bend in June after making his Cyclone pledge. Junior running back Jordan Weddington
paces a 1-1 Johnston team looking to knock off their rival from 10 minutes down
Ryan Easterling, Illini Playbook
Friday: Lombard (Ill.) Montini at Wheaton (Ill.) Academy.
Montini comes into this one with all the momentum. A huge win over East St. Louis, another in-state power, has the Broncos rolling coming into week 3. Ohio State commit Dylan Thompson has asserted himself so far on defense and causing problems for opponents. Linebacker Nile Sykes has also gotten some touches on the offensive side of the ball this year, and junior receiver Leon Thornton is starting to emerge as a pass-catching threat. For Wheaton Academy, they come in with one lopsided win and one lopsided loss, so the trajectory of their season is still up in the air, but Montini has a favorable matchup in this one.
Greg Powers - National Recruiting Analyst
Saturday: Stephenville (Texas) High vs. Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Dillard at Dallas Kincaide Stadium at 1:00 p.m. CST
Stephenville will be coming in to the game off of a loss to rival Aledo, and hungry to prove a point against the powerhouse from Florida. The Yellow Jackets are led by Class of 2015 quarterback Jarrett Stidham and Class of 2014 safety Mookie Carlile. Dillard is off to a 0-1 start, but is not short on talent, especially in the defensive backfield. Dennis Turner is committed to Miami (FL) and Randy Ramsey is considering a handful of BCS offers. Keep an eye on 2016 defensive end Aaron Thompson.
Saturday: Beaumont (Texas) Ozen vs. Cedar Hill (Texas) High at Dallas Kincaide Stadium at 4:00 p.m. CST
Ozen will be led by Tony Brown. Currently rated as the No. 1 player in the state of Texas in the Class of 2014, but is getting pushed by early season performances by Jamal Adams, Solomon Thomas and Myles Garrett. Brown will have the oppoetunity to possibly match up with Damakrus, Lodge, who is currently rated as the No. 1 wide receiver in the state for the 2015 class. Not often do you get the chance to see the No. 1 take on No. 1, so we will be rooting for that. There will be a host of other division one players littering the field, most notably Oklahoma commit Marcus Green.
Saturday: Euless (Texas) Trinity vs. DeSoto (Texas) High at Dallas Kincaide Stadium at 7:30 p.m. CST
These two teams played in tough contests last week against top teams from Oklahoma. DeSoto came out on top, but Trinity fell. Now they will get the chance to pit their skills against each other. DeSoto has used a wealth of offensive weapons like Oklahoma State commit Chris Lacy to rack up points. Trinity is a led in the trenches by guys like Texas commit Patrick Vahe and a host of other division one looking big nasties.
If we were to talk about pure division one talent, there may be no more vaunted
of a match-up. Likely around 20 potential division ones on the field suited up.
Ahmard Vital - Texas Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Sugar Land (Tex.) Travis vs. Katy (Tex.) Seven Lakes at 7 p.m. CST
Over the years, this game has been an exciting one and this year should be no different. The only difference is this year this game will feature plenty of star power. For Seven Lakes, defensive end, Jarrett Johnson, who is a four-star recruit on the FOX Sports NEXT/Scout.com rankings, committed to Texas A&M this past off season. Safety Bright Ugwoegbu has been attracting lots of college coaches and has offers from Oregon State, Wake Forest and Fresno State. Offensive lineman Gavin Peterson has some interest coming and 2015 running back Braden West is one to watch as well. For Travis, versatile athlete Nick Harvey, a Texas A&M commitment, will be a go-guy for his team.
Friday: Brenham (Tex.) vs. Magnolia (Tex.) West at 7:30 p.m. CST
Both teams come into the match up with a split (1-1) so each will be looking to break that trend. The offense of West to date has been much more effective while Brenham has struggled some to start the year off. Quarterback Troy Logan leads the West offense while three-star Baylor defensive end commit Xavier Jones heads up the defense. For Brenham, versatile athlete Courtland Sutton will look to make plays whenever he is on the field and offensive tackle Austin Schlottmann, who is headed to TCU anchors the line.
Bob Przybylo - Midlands Reporter
Thursday: Yukon (Okla.) vs. Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe at University of Central Oklahoma at 7 p.m. CST
This week it’s for real for Edmond Santa Fe Oklahoma quarterback commit Justice Hansen. The four-star signal-caller, who is in the Scout 300, was held out of last week’s opener because of a hamstring injury, and the Wolves lost 3-0. Hansen said following the game he would definitely be starting Thursday and his coach confirmed Hansen is good to go for his first action of the season. Hansen could have played last week, but he was told he wouldn’t be able to run. That’s not Hansen’s game. He’s a dual-threat recruit and will use his legs as much as his arm if that’s what is needed to win.
Friday: Tulsa (Okla.) Union vs. Jenks (Okla.) at University of Tulsa at 7:30 p.m. CST
The annual Backyard Bowl between the two most tradition-rich schools in the
state. There is no shortage of talent in this one. Several names stand out in
Oklahoma commits wide receiver Jeffery Mead and tight end Carson Meier, both
from Tulsa Union. The teammates each scored a touchdown last week to start their
senior seasons. But Jenks might have the recruit the Sooners are eyeing the most
in Scout 300 safety Steven Parker. Between schools like Michigan, Oklahoma State
and Ohio State, the race for Parker will be something to watch this fall.
Three-star safety Dylan Harding is committed to Oklahoma State. Jenks is also
loaded for the future as defensive tackle Marquise Overton is in the Scout 300
and already has offers from schools such as Ole Miss and Baylor.
Erin Hartigan - Midlands Field Reporter
Thursday: Wylie (Texas) at Mesquite (Texas) Poteet at 7:00 p.m.
Anytime you can watch one of the top players in the country, regardless of class, you know you are in for a treat. That will be the case for anyone in attendance for this one when the 2015 five-star outside linebacker Malik Jefferson looks to lead his Poteet Pirates to a 3-0 record.
Jefferson, the No. 1 outside linebacker in the country and No. 2 overall prospect, is always a force to be reckoned with. But it’s been Poteet’s offense that has stolen the headlines this season. Poteet scored 49 points in their season opening win over Frisco Liberty and 53 in their trouncing of Arlington Seguin last week. Quarterback Lane Novy has completed 36-of-53 passes for 606 yards and four touchdowns, while Jaylon Smith has rushed 42 times for 317 yards.
Those two will be among the chief concerns for four-star Baylor outside linebacker commitment T’Kevian Rockwell of Wylie. He and the rest of the defense were up to the task last week when they held a very-talented West Mesquite offense to nine points in a 24-9 victory. That included holding highly regarded 2015 quarterback Chason Virgil to just 50 yards on 3-of-6 passing.
Poteet also brings a Baylor commit, cornerback and receiver Verkedric Vaughns, who has been sidelined with a knee injury but looks to return to the field this week. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Mesquite Memorial Stadium.
Annabel Stephan, Midlands Field Reporter
Friday: Austin (Texas) Westwood at Austin (Texas) Lake Travis at 7:30 p.m.
Both teams enter this week three matchup with one loss; Westwood was defeated 45-27 versus Austin (Texas) Bowie last weekend, while Lake Travis fell 25-19 to Converse (Texas) Judson in week one.
Each team has their fair share of talent. Westwood is quarterbacked by Houston commit Bear Fenimore, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound three-star athlete who threw for 516 yards and three touchdowns in last week's game. Other Warrior prospects to keep an eye on include 6-foot-4, 250-pound offensive lineman Brendan Moore, a Maryland commit, and 6-foot-1, 165-pound defensive back Sean Hoeferkamp, who was recently named to Scout's Midland 'Sleeper' list.
The most highly touted prospect for Lake Travis is running back Shaun Nixon, a
long time Texas A&M commit, who has rushed for 93 yards this season. The
5-foot-10, 195-pounder told Scout he had bulked up during the off-season, which
really amped up his strength on the field. 2015 linebacker James Bailey made a
name for himself in summer 7on7 and will likely begin to pick up collegiate
offers; he's already hearing from Tulsa and Texas Tech, and told Scout he's a
big fan of Oklahoma State. Other plays to watch: offensive lineman Ty Anderson,
linebacker Luke Hutton, and defensive lineman Zach Davies.
Kevin Flaherty, LonghornDigest.com Publisher
Thursday: San Antonio (Texas) East Central at San Antonio (Texas) Brennan at 7 p.m.
Texas commitment Derick Roberson has been committed to the Longhorns for over a year. But in the past week, Oklahoma has offered and Roberson has said he might head to Texas A&M to catch the Aggies' game against defending national champ Alabama. The talented defensive end prospect helped Brennan to a massive season a year ago, a 13-1 record and a spot in the state quarterfinals. But an early 2-0 record has the Bears thinking a trip to state is possible. He'll be hugely important this week, as East Central, which also made the state playoffs a year ago, will rely on the arm and legs of 6-foot-6 Rice commitment Jeremy Jones at quarterback.
Friday: Dallas (Texas) Lincoln at Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne at 7:30 p.m.
Dallas Bishop Dunne has a loaded squad for TAPPS division, including four-star offensive tackle Jovan Pruitt, an Arkansas commitment at tackle, and Nick Watkins, a four-star cornerback and one of the top remaining uncommitted prospects in the state of Texas. Watkins has recently talked about the Longhorns as his leader, though he really likes Notre Dame as well. The 6-foot defensive back who also plays wide receiver for Bishop Dunne may have a tough task in slowing down Dallas Lincoln wideout Emanuel Porter, a Texas commitment and one of the high-upside guys in the in-state class. At 6-foot-4 with a recorded 40 time in the low 4.4s and a 36-inch vertical, Porter will be going against one of the better secondaries
in the state, and may not have many openings. Watkins will be helped against
Porter by four-star uncommitted safety Payton Hendrix and salty cover corner
Ronnie Larue, who has been evaluated by multiple Big 12 programs.
Brandon Huffman - National Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Puyallup (Wash.) Emerald Ridge at Federal Way
(Wash.) at 7:00 p.m.
Scout 300 running back Chico McClatcher, one of the top prospects in the region
in the 2015 class, is the featured player for the Eagles, but he's not the only
prospect that Emerald Ridge will have to keep an eye on. Three-star safety
Keenan Curran teams up with McClatcher in the secondary, and also in the
backfield, as the quarterback for Federal Way. Up front, the Eagles have
JayTee Tiuli and 2015 linebacker Jared Pulu to open holes on offense and to get
a push on defense.
Friday: Wenatchee (Wash.) at Yakima (Wash.) Davis at 7:00 p.m.
Wenatchee has a pair of Pac-12 commits in the game, running back Isaiah
Brandt-Sims is committed to Stanford and 2015 offensive lineman Trey Adams is
already committed to Washington. Brandt-Sims, the three-time state 100m
champion, is the fastest football player in the state and Davis will have to
figure out a way to stop him. Quarterback Dillon Sugg is also hearing from
a host of schools and 2016 receiver Christian Brandt-Sims, Isaiah's younger
brother, gives the Panthers a vertical threat. Davis has a 2016 prospect
of their own to watch, receiver/outside linebacker Eric Briscoe.
Greg Biggins - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Corona (Calif.) Centennial at Long Beach Poly at 8 p.m.
Centennial might have the best offense in the region but they'll be tested against an always tough Poly defense. Running back Tre Watson, a California commit, is rated the No. 8 back in the region but showed he's probably a top five back after a record breaking performance last week. Watson scored seven touchdowns and showed a burst, great balance, vision and toughness. He can play for any school out West. Quarterback Robert Webber may lack the height to be a Div I signal caller but is one of the most prolific dual threat weapons in the state and has a very live arm and the Huskies are huge up front led by Alabama offensive guard commit Viane Talamaivao. Defensive end recruit Jaylen Johnson has visits set with Boise State and Oregon and has made a smooth transition to middle linebacker and USC defensive end commit Austin Maloata is an emerging talent. Poly will counter with national top 10 prospect Juju Smith who will line up at safety, receiver and maybe even some running back. He's a difference maker on both sides of the ball. Junior Iman Marshall is a 5-star recruit in the 2015 class and will bounce between safety and corner. He may even play some receiver and is an incredible talent. The Poly defensive line will need to step up huge and tackle Jason Fao and 2015 Scout 300 member Joseph Wicker will be counted on to have big games in the trenches.
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.
Friday: Corona (Calif.) Centennial vs. Long Beach (Calif.) Poly at 8 p.m. on FOX Sports
The FOX Sports West Game of the Week certainly lives up to its name as defending
Pac-5 Champ Long Beach Poly (1-1) takes on defending Inland Champ Corona
Centennial (2-0) on Friday night. The game is loaded with top players and some
intriguing story lines.
One of the first things that jumps out is the contrast in play. Poly struggles
to put points on the board and Centennial can's stop anyone. It's the classic
case of the moveable object meeting the resistible force; something has to
Centennial's Tre Watson (Cal) had a whopping 466 yards and seven touchdowns just
last week against St. Bonaventure. While an impressive number no doubt, the
total is skewed a bit by the game itself when one considers Watson's seven
touchdowns accounted for only a third of the total points in a 69-55 game.
Centennial has given up 94 points in its two WINS. Poly has only scored 52
Poly got upset by a rebounding Servite team last week, but were they looking
ahead, or are they looking at the very real possibility of another 1-3 start
with Centennial and Bakersfield coming up in the next two weeks?
There is talent on both sides of the ball for sure. Centennial quarterback
Robert Webber may be the best player in the Southern Section. At 5'11 his
college options are limited, but that hasn't kept him from shredding defenses
the last two years. Alabama commitment
Viane Talamaivao (6'3/285) has been
helping to blow open holes for Watson.
Poly features the best defensive back combination in the country in safety
Juju Smith and junior cornerback
Iman Marshall. They'll need some help up front from
the likes of defensive lineman Joseph Wicker if they're going to slow the down
the Husky express.
Friday: Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame at Gardena (Calif.) Serra at 7 p.m.-
LIVE STREAM: Prepzone
Serra edged Notre Dame 26-23 on Prepzone last year in one of Serra's best games
of the season. Notre Dame lost a lot from its 2012 squad, and Serra returns
virtually everyone including All-Everything athlete
Adoree Jackson and Boise State commitment
Jalen Greene at quarterback. Serra is also loaded on the
defensive side of the ball with linebackers
John Houston, and
Dwight Williams forming one of the best units in the nation.
Cal commit Koa Farmer leads the Notre Dame attack as he'll line up all over the
field for the Knights.
Friday: Palmdale (Calif.) at Orange Lutheran at 7 p.m.- LIVE STREAM: Prepzone
Palmdale was undefeated through the season in 2012 but went largely untested and
got bounced in the first round of the playoffs. The Falcons have upgraded their
schedule including a loss to Valencia last week and a tough Orange-Lutheran team
this week. The record might not be as pretty heading into the playoffs, but
Palmdale should be considerably tougher for it.
The Falcons are led by 4-Star running back
Demario Richard (5'10/200).
Richard is a rock solid 200 pounds and will face off against an Orange-Lutheran
defense spearheaded by 5-Star junior defensive end
(6'4/220). Lucier-South is a long, lean rush end, but he's big enough on the
high school level to handle most offensive linemen in front of him.
Friday: Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne vs. Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany at
p.m.- LIVE STREAM: Prepzone
I'm convinced Alemany has the toughest schedule in the Southern Section. The
Warriors two "easy" games are behind them, and both of those were on
the road @Los Osos and @Muir. Now Alemany takes on City-Section Champ Narbonne.
Alemany is explosive on offense again behind the nation's No. 3 2015 receiver
Desean Holmes (5'11/170). Holmes' game is so similar to graduated
Steven Mitchell that opposing defensive coordinators are going to have an unhappy
feeling of deja vi as Holmes is nearly impossible to stop in the open field.
Spearheading the Warrior defense is yet another Cal commitment
(6'0/200) at safety.
Friday: Corona del Mar (Calif.) at El Toro (Calif.) at 7 p.m.- LIVE STREAM: Prepzone
El Toro is still employing its air raid attack throwing the ball 50 times in
a loss to La Habra in Week 0, but new quarterback Trey Tinsley struggled against
a good La Habra team throwing three interceptions. Tinsley settled in against
Capistrano Valley with five touchdown passes against only one interception.
Corona del Mar has beaten up on Pacifica and Laguna Hills to the tune of 70-14
combined behind the strong running of Junior Cole Martin who had 355 yards in
his two starts this season.
Jason Jewell, Southwest Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Surprise (Az.) Valley Vista at Phoenix North Canyon at 7 p.m.
Two of the state's most underrated players will face off in this game.
Valley Vista wide receiver Terry Juniel was one of the state's leading receivers as a junior and is off to a great start to 2013. North Canyon do-it-all player Bryant O'Georgia does everything for the Rattlers. He plays wide receiver, defensive back, punts and returns kicks. He is being recruited as a receiver and has offers from New Mexico State and Northern Arizona. Juniel also has an offer from NAU.
Friday: Gilbert (Az.) Higley at Phoenix Christian at 7 p.m.
This game features one of the state's best offensive linemen in Higley offensive tackle Quinn Bailey. The 6-foot-5, 280, Bailey has multiple Pac 12 offers and plays with nasty intentions. Tight end Nick Colson has transferred to Higley from Mesa Desert Ridge and fields multiple FBS offers already, Desert Ridge was a run oriented team, while Higley
is more balanced, Colson will get a chance to show off his hands. Linebackers
Logan Johns and Mason Johnson return for the Knights as well. Phoenix Christian
will be tested after jumping up two divisions since last year. Their top players
are wide receiver Jordan Leary, outside linebacker Justin Schlosser and running
back Scottie Jordan, who rushed for 300 yards last week.
Lindsey Thiry, West Coast Field Reporter
Friday: Palmdale (Calif.) at Orange Lutheran (Calif.) at 7 p.m.
Junior defensive end Keisean Lucier-South made his debut in the inaugural 2015 Scout 300 as the No. 2 defensive end in the country. His talents will be on display Friday night for his Orange Lutheran (2-0) squad when they host Palmdale (1-1) at Orange Coast College. Lucier-South has all the tools to be an impact player in high school and at the next level: athleticism, speed, and the ability rush the passer. What he lacks still is size, which he has plenty of time to gain through two seasons remaining of high school football. Lucier-South already holds a handful of offers from schools in the Pac-12 and SEC. Lining up against Orange Lutheran and Lucier-South will be Palmdale running back Demario
Richard. The senior ran for 1,722 yards and 24 touchdowns just a season ago on
his way to earning a handful of offers across the country. Richard, a four-star
recruit, has narrowed his list and believes his five official visits will be to
Washington, Arizona State, West Virginia, Tennessee and Michigan State.