Early season check-in on future Cougs

FUTURE COUG CB KEVIN GRIFFIN

FOR SEVERAL FUTURE COUGARS, their football seasons have yet to get underway – but opening day is almost here. While Florida preps kicked off their football campaigns a couple weeks ago and many California high schools followed suit last week, the high school season in the state of Washington begins Thursday. But the main dish won't be served until Saturday night.

The marquee matchup between the state's two prep powerhouses takes place on Saturday night at 7 p.m. - just before WSU takes on USC. Skyline meets Bellevue and DL Marcus Griffin at Husky Stadium. Griffin is ranked a 3-star prospect by scout.com.

Meanwhile, there are 12 names on the WSU verbal commit list and six have played at least one game. Two future Cougs were in action against one another this past week.

WR Calvin Green; 5-foot-10, 175 pounds; Burbank (Luther) HS; Sacramento, California: Green finished No. 8 Burbank's 35-9 win over Napa High with 31 yards rushing off of six carries, with another 23 yards coming on two receptions. A 70-yard run by Green was called back due to penalty. Last season, Green rushed for 1,178 yards and 12 touchdowns. Green is a 3-star prospect.

OT Braden Eggert; 6-foot-7, 315 pounds; Napa HS; Napa, California: Eggert's team played from behind all night in a 35-9 loss to No. 8 Burbank, so Eggert was pass blocking most of the evening. Neither team was all that crisp - officials threw 27 flags on both teams for a combined 265 yards. The Napa senior is a 3-star prospect.

CB Kevin Griffin; 6-foot-1, 180 pounds; De La Salle HS; Concord, California: Posted six tackles, all solo, in a 34-14 win over Clayton Valley. The cornerback and his team made adjustments at halftime and shut out Clayton Valley in the second half. "We focused on the play-action," the future Cougar told Prep2Prep.com. "They were passing on us in the first half, but we just got it together and stopped the passing. They could barely run on us." Griffin is a 3-star prospect.

OT Jordan Rose; 6-foot-6, 305 pounds; Freeman HS; Rockford, Washington: Open the season at Colville on Friday. Rose is a 2-star prospect.

CB Joseph Turner; 6-foot-2, 190 pounds; College of San Mateo; San Mateo, California: Season opener on Saturday vs. Laney College. Turner is a 3-star prospect.

LB Frank Luvu; 6-foot-1.5, 205 pounds; Tafuna HS; Pago Pago, American Samoa: Luvu and Tafuna kicked off their season on Aug. 24 with a bang. The final score was Tafuna 73, Leone 8. The game broke an American Samoa scoring record set in 1984 and was called in the third quarter, with numerous Leone players having been injured. Tafuna's second game of the season is slated for this Saturday. Luvu is a 2-star prospect.

K Tristan Vizcaino; 6-foot-2, 190 pounds; Damien HS; La Verne, California: Open the season on Saturday against Orange Lutheran. Vizcaino is a 3-star prospect.

WR Keith Harrington; 5-foot-8, 165 pounds; Northeast High; Saint Petersberg, Florida: Harrington has been doing all he can to try and carry Northeast after preseason transfers decimated the depth chart but it's been a tough road. Northeast is 0-2 with Dixie Hollins on tap for Saturday. Harrington is a 3-star prospect.

WR Zaire Andre; 6-0, 170 pounds; Inglewood HS; Inglewood, California: Season opener on Friday against George Washington Prep. Andre is a 3-star prospect.

LB Greg Hoyd; 6-foot-2, 200 pounds; Vista Murrieta High; Vista Murrieta, California: Season opener on Friday against Downey. Hoyd is a 3-star prospect.

QB Peyton Bender; 6-foot-1, 175 pounds; Cardinal Gibbons HS; Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Bender completed 24-of-31 passes for 369 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 45-0 win this past Friday. Bender is a 2-star prospect. For more on Bender's first two games, click here and here.

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