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Brian Dohn- Northeast Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Gloucester (N.J.) Catholic at Somerville (N.J.) Immaculata at 7 p.m.
Top-ranked Immaculata and Auburn commit Tashawn Bower open the NJSIAA Non-public Group II playoffs. Bower committed to Auburn in the summer and made an official visit earlier this season, but he continues to get interest from several schools, including LSU, Florida and Rutgers. The Tigers had a coach in to see him play recently and Bower has made several unofficial visits to Rutgers this season.
Chad Simmons- National Recruiting Analyst
This first round playoff game is loaded with talent and both schools have a Scout300 prospect leading the way. Milton is led by Auburn commitment Carl Lawson, one of the top defensive ends in the country and South Gwinnett is led by Georgia commitment Reggie Carter, a four-star middle linebacker. Lawson has plenty of other top prospects on his team including Wake Forest commitment Cory Helms (Center), Ole Miss commitment Peyton Barber (Running Back), Wake Forest commitment Josh Harris (Offensive Tackle), and TCU commitment Eason Fromayan. Those are all 2013 prospects. Nick Wilson is a 2015 offensive lineman with offers, Treyvon Paulk is a 2014 running back with offers, and A.J. Bush is a 2014 quarterback to watch. South Gwinnett does not have as many prospects with offers, but they have guys that make plays. L.J. Gainey is a slot receiver with offers from Ohio and Troy, and quarterback Jordan Ramey is putting up huge numbers this season.
Jamie Newberg - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Lake Wales (Fla.) at Bradenton (Fla.) Southeast at 7:30 p.m.
Lake Wales is a loaded team led by defensive tackle prospects Bobby Leath and DeShaun Dunn. Leath has BCS ability but may have to start off in the JUCO ranks first. Dunn just picked up his first offer from Florida Tech. Lake Wales is deep with its junior and sophomore classes. Quarterback Railand Garrett and tight end Dav'ion Riley are members of the Class of 2014 while center Luke Heirs and safety Marcus Walker are Class of 2015. Chouncey Christian is a big and talented freshman that plays on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Southeast has three prospects for next season in running back Courtney Allen, cornerback Troy Thompkins and safety Bobby Haines. Senior cornerback Eric Thompson has an offer from Western Kentucky.
Mike Bakas - Florida Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Winter Haven (Fla.) vs. New Smyrna Beach (Fla.) at 7:00 p.m.
Both teams are fresh off strong regular seasons and have plenty of talented players on both sides of the ball. Winter Haven is led by senior running back Adam Lane. At 5-foot-9 and 215 pounds, Lane has been one of the state's most productive running backs throughout his prep career, and he's already made a commitment to the University of Florida. Their junior class is led by wide receiver Kendrick Holland. At 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, Holland already has an offer from Clemson and will likely get recruited nationally next year. NSB is led by senior wide receiver James Clark. At 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, Clark is one of the fastest players in central Florida and has offers from schools like Purdue, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, and North Carolina. Another player to watch for the Cudas is defensive end Davarez Bryant. At 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, Bryant is relatively new to football and is having a strong senior season. The athletic defender took a recent visit to Purdue, the first school to offer him, but is getting interest from a lot of other Division 1 programs as well.
Atlantic Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Elizabeth City (N.C.) Northeastern vs. Tarboro (N.C.) at 7:30 p.m.
Two 2A heavyweights square off in this third round playoff clash. Northeastern comes in with an 11-2 and has won 10 of their last 11 games. Tarboro is 12-0 and in the hunt for their fourth straight 2A state championship. Northeastern is led by linebacker Jamieon Moss (Virginia Tech commit) and wide receiver Marquise Whidbee (East Carolina commit). Defensive end Tyquan Lewis leads Tarboro. The Ohio State commit is just three wins away from getting his fourth championship ring, as he has been on the Vikings' varsity squad since his freshman season.
John Garcia Jr. - Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Moultrie (Ga.) Colquitt County at Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern at 7 p.m.
McEachern seemingly always has talent in multiple classes, and 2012 is no different. The senior class is led by Maryland offensive line pledge Jajuan Dulaney and he helps pave the way for talented junior quarterback, wide receiver and running back Tymashain Clemons, who is just getting on radar for local schools like Georgia Tech. Freshman Taj Griffin will see some carries as well. On the other side of the ball, defensive linemen Chandler Jones and Henry Famurewa are also looking to get their names out here more. Colquitt County is led by its bookend senior cornerbacks in two-way Ole Miss commit Bobby Hill and South Florida pledge Johnny War. Offensively, the ground game will be featured through Florida offensive tackle commit Octavius Jackson in the first round playoff clash.
Yancy Porter - Mississippi Scout
Friday: Noxubee County (Miss.) at Itawamba AHS (Miss.) at 7:00 p.m.
The 4A quarterfinal showdown is the best matchup in the state of Mississippi this week. The two teams come in with a combined 25-0 record and feature two of the top tailbacks in the state. Itawamba AHS is led by 4-Star RB Ashton Shumpert (6' 2", 210). He has rushed for 1, 732 yards and 25 TD's despite missing the first month of the season due to mono. His counterpart is Charles Moore who has put up some impressive numbers as well. Charles has rushed for 1, 333 yards and 22 TD's. Noxubee County is loaded with talent and it starts with their record setting tailback Darrell Robinson. The Tiger tailback has rushed for 2, 273 yards and 41 TD's. He is six touchdowns shy of breaking the state record from Decenzo Miller. The top defender on Noxubee's squad is Dylan Bradley (6' 2", 250). He has recorded a 4A best 15 sacks on the season. Also keep an eye on their defensive end Javancy Jones.
Amy Campbell - Florida Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Perry (Fla.) Taylor County at Yulee (Fla.) Yulee at 7:30 p.m.
Yulee welcomes Taylor County for the first round of the playoffs in Florida. Yulee stud running back Derrick Henry is just 103-yards shy of becoming the nation's high school all-time leading rusher, breaking a record that has been in place since 1953. Sugar Land (Texas) High School's Ken Hall sits at the top of the all-time list with 11,232-yards rushing, and Henry is right on his heels. Stopping the Alabama commitment seems unlikely, as Henry has averaged 327-yards per game this season. Taylor County and Yulee both look to make it to the next round of the playoffs as Henry looks to make history.
Kristen Ledlow - Southeast Field Reporter
Friday: Tri-Cities (Ga.) at Lovejoy Ga.) at 7 p.m.
Friday's matchup between Tri-Cities and Lovejoy in Georgia boasts a bevy of collegiate talent on both rosters. The story at home revolves around Lovejoy's senior tight end A.J. Jackson and his commitment to Auburn. The three-star athlete admitted his desire to take other official visits before his season started, but more recently stated his solidarity with the Tigers. On the visiting team, senior offensive tackle Shamire DeVine is committed to his local Georgia Tech, despite offers from Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Mississippi State and USC, among others. DeVine has not expressed an interest in hearing other offers as of late. DeVine's teammate, outside guard Jeremi Hall, is also committed to the Yellow Jackets. Tri-Cities is also the home to three-star outside guard Dominique Threatt, who committed to South Florida in July. Georgia Tech has two more verbal commits on the field in Lovejoy's running back Travis Custis and receiver JuMichael Ramos.
Allen Trieu - National Recruiting Analyst
Saturday: Detroit (Mich.) Loyola vs. Flint (Mich.) Beecher at 1 p.m.
Loyola has the top junior prospect in the Midwest, defensive lineman Malik McDowell, who holds BCS offers from across the country. We'll get to see him play both sides of the ball, and while he's being recruited as a defensive lineman, we believe he's elite on either side. He's joined by two other junior linemen, Ka'John Armstrong and Chris Davis, who are receiving Division-1 attention. Senior fullback Keymonne Gabriel has had a great season and is drawing some late looks as well.
Bill Greene - Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Avon (Ohio) vs. Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic at 7:00 p.m.
In what could easily pass for a state title game, and not a third round playoff matchup, Avon and Toledo Central Catholic meet again in Division-II in Ohio. Avon is led by Michigan commit Ross Douglas, and the three-star tailback/cornerback has had an incredible senior season. He was clutch last year in the win over Central Catholic, which helped propel Avon to the title game. Avon also features Ball State commit cornerback Ralph Smith. Central Catholic counters with four-star safety Jayme Thompson, and the Ohio State commit has also impressed this season. A key to the game could be Central Catholic junior quarterback DeShone Kizer, who holds multiple offers. Junior tailback Paul Moses holds an offer from Nebraska, and will be the featured ball carrier for Central Catholic.
Dave Berk - Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Ottawa (Ohio) Glandorf vs. Columbus (Ohio) Bishop Hartley at Piqua High School at 7:30 p.m.
Two 12-0 teams looking to win Region 14 and advance to the next round of the playoffs features Notre Dame defensive end pledge Jacob Matuska and 2014 defensive back Alonzo Saxton II for Hartley. Saxton has already picked up a handful of early scholarship offers from the likes of Northwestern, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois and Purdue.
Saturday: Hilliard (Ohio) Davidson vs. Pickerington (Ohio) North at Ohio Wesleyan University at 7:00 p.m.
Davidson enters the game with a 10-2 mark looking to knock off North (11-1) to win Region 3 and advance. North has senior leadership in Michigan pledge Jake Butt and Northwestern pledge Godwin Igwebuike while Davidson will lean on senior running back E.J. Jennings to carry the load in what should be a hard fought battle with the winner likely to play the winner of the Cincinnati (Ohio) Colerain vs. Moeller game.
Simone Scott -
Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Friday: New Albany (Ohio) vs. Marion-Franklin (Ohio) at 7:30 p.m.
The Regional Finals of the state tournament will feature 10-2 New Albany and 11-1 Pickerington North. New Albany will be led by Ohio State commit Darron Lee. The senior defensive back will also look be helped by junior wide receiver Leslie Anokye who has returned two punts for touchdowns this season. Marion-Franklin is the home of Michigan commit Jaron Dukes. Alongside the senior will be quarterback Corry Benson and wide receiver Joe Alverson.
Saturday: Pickerington North (Ohio) vs. Hilliard Davidson (Ohio) at 7 p.m.
11-1 Pickerington North is loaded with talent. Headlining the team are Michigan commit Jake Butt along with Northwestern commit Godwin Igwebuike. Manning the trenches is Western Kentucky commit Chris Huhn. North will be taking on a 10-2 Hilliard Davidson team that is known to run the ball. Leading the way is their main weapon is E.J. Jennings. Helping out Jennings will be D.D. Clark.
Beth Long -
Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Saturday: Montini (Ill.) at Joliet Catholic (Ill.) at 1 p.m.
It's a repeat of last years 5A state title match in the semifinals. That game, was won by Montini 70-45 with over 1,600 yards of offense. One common denominator from that game is Joliet Catholic running back Ty Isaac who is committed to USC. After struggling with a shoulder injury to start the season, he is healthier every week. Joliet Catholic also features junior running backs Michael Ivlow and Zach Rezin, plus 2015 lineman DeAndre Ford to keep an eye on. Montini on the other hand, has several very talented lineman, senior OL Tate Briggs who has an offer from Ball State and junior DL Dylan Thompson.
Saturday: Crete-Monee (Ill.) at Lemont (Ill.) at 6 p.m.
This is a semifinal matchup of two of the most powerful players in the area. Crete-Monee senior wide receiver Laquon Treadwell -- who is the top uncommitted prospect in the Midwest. Treadwell has stated his top schools as Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Michigan, Ole Miss, and Michigan State. On the other side of the field, LSU commit OL Ethan Pocic will help lead Lemont to the state championship game. Other players to watch are Crete-Monee's 2014 LB Nyles Morgan who just picked up an Ohio State offer, DB Jaylen Dunlap, and WR Lance Lenior.
Greg Powers - National Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Keller (Texas) Central vs. Arlington (Texas) Bowie at Cowboys Stadium at 6 p.m.
Bowie will be heavily favored in this contest with a heavy mix of upper and underclass talent. Class of 2013 features TCU commit Steve Wesley and sleeper athlete Eric Rivers. The Class of 2014 has Scout 300 member Edwin Freeman and fast riser Kristopher Thigpen. 2015 prospects Tony James and Madison Akamnonu will be elite prospects and heavily recruited when the time comes.
Friday: Southlake (Texas) Carroll vs. Arlington (Texas) Martin at Cowboys Stadium at 6 p.m.
After suffering and opening game loss to Allen (Texas) High Carroll has bounced back and Scout 300 quarterback Kenny Hill has the team putting up huge offensive numbers. Up front Cam Manning gets the job done. Martin has some serious talent as well. Texas commit Kyle Hicks is a Mr. Do it all for the Warriors and 2014 defensive end Myles Garrett shows flashes of greatness. Kicker Ben Grogan is a real weapon.
Friday: Keller (Texas) Timbercreek vs. Arlington (Texas) at Cowboys Stadium at 9 p.m.
Arlington has one of the area's most devastating defenders in TCU commit Sammy Douglas, who has made monster plays and put up huge stats all year long. There is a number of other talented players up and down the roster. Timbercreek boasts a top-tier class of 2014 recruit in running back Cedric Dale, who has rushed for 718 yards and 11 scores so far this season.
Ahmard Vital - Midlands Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Houston (Texas) Sharpstown at Missouri City (Texas) Marshall at 7 p.m.
Playoffs are here and the first round starts off with some hard-hitting defenders. Starting with a player whom some say is the No. 1 defensive player in the state, edge rusher/outside linebacker Deon Hollins, will be featured. Hollins is headed to UCLA. From Sharpstown, Texas A&M linebacker commit Reggie Chevis is a player to watch. Back to Marshall on offense, Maurice Porter and Darius Moore are playing with each other now, but will be rivals on the next level with them going to Texas Tech and Baylor respectively. These two will be trying to create the opportunities for JW Ketchum, a player who has been putting up huge numbers this season as a sophomore.
Friday: Spring (Texas) Westfield at Conroe (Texas) at 7 p.m.
In this matchup of North Houston area powers, it is the Westfield team that came away with an undefeated start. None of that matters now as the scrappy Conroe team, led by quarterback Stedman Bell leads the way. For Westfield, four-star defensive tackle Hardreck Walker will be looking to apply the pressure. Walker made an off season commitment to Texas A&M. Defensive back Ron Knowles is one of the best secondary players in the city. Westfield also has playmakers on the offensive side with future Division I sleeper running back Emmitt Raleigh and wide receiver Tyler Batson, who is headed to UTEP.
Saturday: Houston (Texas) Cy Ranch at Houston Nimitz (Texas) at 2 p.m.
Here are a couple of teams that are getting back in the playoff picture after missing a few times in years past. This will be an all-out ground battle with two solid running backs. For Cy Ranch, five-star running back Keith Ford will power his team. The Oklahoma commit has been solid for most of the season. On the other side, a player getting a ton of buzz as of late is Dre'Vian Young, who has a number of Division I offers in hand at the moment. Nimitz also has a solid defensive end in Brandon Jacobs, whom the coaching staff said has been getting plenty of Division I attention lately.
Erin Hartigan - Midlands Field Reporter
Thursday: Dallas (Texas) Kimball v. Bryan Adams (Texas) at 7:30 p.m.
It's that time of year again- playoff time. Headlining this Texas-4A opening-round matchup is the nation's 5th-ranked defensive tackle Justin Manning of Kimball- who, yes, still sits on the market. The 6-foot-2, 275-pounder is down to a final four of TCU, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and LSU. Leading the offensive charge is 2013 running back Teriyon Gipson, a 5-foot-9, 165-pounder with 4.48 speed who posted 1,564 yards and 18 touchdowns on 176 carries in the regular season. Gipson picked up his first two offers last Tuesday night from Colorado State and New Mexico, with several more on the way.
Friday: Mount Pleasant (Texas) v. Wylie (Texas) at 7:30 p.m.
8-2 Mount Pleasant features one of the top receivers in the country in the class of 2014, four-star KD Cannon- a 6-foot-1, 165-pounder with unbelievable hands and offers from Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, West Virginia, Texas Tech and Baylor. The main man for Wylie is another four-star junior in safety T'Kevian Rockwell. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound brickhouse of a defensive back carries offers from Nebraska, Michigan, Baylor and Virginia. Two others to keep an eye on: Mount Pleasant's 2014 all-purpose back Terrance Taylor and defensive end T'Neous Smith.
Brandon Huffman - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Gig Harbor (Wash.) Peninusla at Bellevue (Wash.) at 7:30 p.m.
Bellevue is the prohibitive favorite to win the 3A state title, which would be its fifth in a row. The Wolverines are ranked fifth in the country by FoxSportsNext.com, and have really not been tested by anyone in state. But as the playoffs creep on, the games are getting a little tougher. Peninsula, which is led by tight end Kyle Self, will try to surprise the Wolverines. But they'll have to play the game of their lives against a loaded Wolverines team, led by UCLA commit Myles Jack, the top outside linebacker in the region, 2014 two-way athlete Budda Baker, a top 10 player at his position in his class, and Sean Constantine, a linebacker who's headed to Washington.
Saturday: Spokane (Wash.) Mead at Auburn
(Wash.) at 3:00 p.m.
Mead had no problem with one Western Washington team a week ago when Newport from Bellevue came to town, and now they'll head West to take on a soaring Auburn team. Auburn is led by senior defensive ends Kevin Shelton and Demontrea McKinley. But they'll have their work cut out for them at home against a Mead squad that boasts Notre Dame commit Danny Mattingly at linebacker and tight end and Harvard commit Langston Ward at defensive end.
Saturday: Lynden (Wash.) at Sumner (Wash.) at 7:30 p.m.
Lynden is looking to win another 2A state title and they'll travel down to Pierce County to take on Sumner in a state quarterfinal playoff game. Pierce County has been good to the Lions, its where they won their most recent state title. They'll bring a talented squad which is led by Washington State verbal Matt Meyer on the offensive line and defensive end Caleb Newman, who has an offer from the Cougars among others. Sumner was picked sixth in its league, and ultimately won it and now find themselves in the quarterfinals.
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: Mission Viejo (Calif.) at San Clemente (Calif.) at 7 p.m.
This is the South Coast League opener for Mission Viejo who has cruised through its early schedule without breaking much of a sweat. San Clemente has come back to the pack this year after losing so much talent from last year's squad, but they're still a quality opponent. Mission Viejo's big name is still USC commitment Max Redfield. Redfield plays receiver and safety for the Diablos and is capable of making game changing plays on either side of the ball. UCLA commitment Erik Bunte joined the flood of Orange County players to transfer to Mission Viejo this year, and this will be our first look at the big offensive tackle in his new digs. Quarterback Ian Fieber and running back Alex Suchesk are two more transfers who have made a big impact for Mission Viejo. The will likely be college prospects in the Class of 2014. San Clemente has lost three in a row after getting off to a 4-0 start. Offensive tackle Sean Harlow is one of the few remaining impact players from the 2011 squad. He is committed to the Washington Huskies.
Jason Jewell, Southwest Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep v. Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe at Tempe McClintock at 7 p.m.
This is a huge game in the division-one state playoffs. Brophy had a rough start to their season but it was their win against Mt. Pointe, the Pride's only loss of the season, that propelled Brophy to a strong finish to their season. Brophy has five senior players that have FBS offers led by four-star quarterback Tyler Bruggman and four-star wide receiver Devon Allen. Bruggman, the Washington State commit, has been great again this year, throwing for almost 3,000 yards and 33 touchdowns. Allen has major college offers in football and track, uses his speed to get open. The Broncos are also very strong on the offensive line with senior Charlie Renfree and junior Austin Hall manning the two guard spots. Renfree has offers from Wyoming and Idaho while the 6-5 Hall has blown up as of late and has multiple Pac 12 offers already. Brophy may just have the best linebacking duo in the state with Robert Relf and Andrew Curtis. Both have multiple FBS offers and were most recently offered by Florida Atlantic. Mountain Pointe has multiple division-one athletes of their own and own the #1 seed in this year's playoffs. Their two-way linemen, Kenny Lacy and Natrell Curtis, have been strong all year despite playing almost 100% of the snaps. Lacy, the UCLA commit, has developed a nasty streak he didn't show as a junior. While Curtis, a 2014 four-star prospect, is a load inside at 300 pounds. Mt. Pointe's main weapon is junior Jalen Brown. Brown also has a four-star ranking and starts on both sides of the ball.
Saturday: Gilbert (Ariz.) Williams Field v. Goodyear (Ariz.) Desert Edge at Phoenix Sandra Day O'Connor at 7 p.m.
This semi-final match-up in the division-three ranks features two schools that have existed less then ten years. Desert Edge is led by junior Ismael Murphy-Richardson, who received his first offer from Washington this week. Williams Field's top prospect is senior DE Drew Burgesser, who has a handful of FCS offers.
Northwest Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline vs. Seattle (Wash.) Roosevelt at 7:00 p.m.
There is little left to figure out about Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline quarterback and USC commit Max Browne. That being said, it is always a treat to see the nation's top ranked quarterback in action. Browne and Skyline are heavily favored in this game, setting up a potentially great matchup with either Federal Way or Camas in the Tacoma Dome next weekend. Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline middle linebacker and Washington State commit Peyton Pelluer is one of the best tacklers in the state of Washington. Pelluer is also putting in time on the offensive line this year, showing his toughness and durability. No doubt, Pelluer is the leader on the Spartan defense. One of the most underrated prospects in the state is Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline wide receiver and safety Nic Sblendorio. He is a true gamer and has made big plays for the Spartans all season long. Sblendorio has an offer from Northern Colorado and should see FCS attention grow as we get closer to signing day.
Kevin Carden, West Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Lompoc (Calif.) vs. Culver City (Calif.) at 7:00 p.m.
Lompoc will travel to Culver City for the second round of the playoffs, with their 31-game winning-streak on the line. Lompoc is lead by four-star tailback Lavon Coleman, who is one of the top offensive players in the state. Coleman, a Washington verbal commit, rushed for over 2,000 yards a year ago, and although injury has limited his carries this season, Coleman still has 728 yards. Also keep an eye on Nikko Hayes and Taylor Conejo for Lompoc. On the defensive side of the ball, 2014 defensive tackle Ainnu Taua, has been beast on the defensive line. The elite junior already has offers from UCLA, Arizona, Hawaii, Utah and Washington. Culver City will rely heavily on 2013 athlete Julius Wilson. The 6-1, 180-pound wide receiver has 39 catches and has scored 12 touchdowns.
Inna Lazarev, West Field Reporter
Friday: Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe at Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep at 7 p.m.
Brophy Prep is led by four-star quarterback/wide receiver duo, Tyler Bruggman and Devon Allen. Bruggman is a Washington State commit, while Allen, a UCLA lean, is deciding between the Bruins, Stanford, Arizona State, Florida State, and Oregon. Other Broncos to watch for are offensive guard Charlie Renfree (offers from Idaho, South Dakota State, and Wyoming), linebackers Andrew Curtis (offers from Akron, Florida Atlantic, Northern Illinois, and South Dakota State) and Robert Relf (Army, Florida Atlantic, New Mexico State, North Dakota, NAU, South Dakota State, and Wyoming offers), running back D'Amani Grayer (Yale offer), defensive tackle Dominic Riccitelli, and junior offensive lineman Austin Hall, who has already collected offers from Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, Washington, and Washington State. Mountain Pointe is highlighted by four-star senior offensive lineman Kenny Lacy and one of Arizona's top 2014 prospects, junior wide receiver/defensive back Jalen Brown. Lacy is currently committed to UCLA, while Brown holds a long list of offers from programs throughout the nation. Offensive/defensive lineman Natrell Curtis, who already has twelve scholarship offers, is another junior to pay attention to, as well as senior running back Thomas Warren, whose first offer came from New Mexico State. Additional players to keep an eye on are wide receiver Thair Blakes, cornerback Travonn White, and junior linebacker Wesley Payne.
Annabel Stephan, West Field Reporter
Friday: Santa Monica (Calif.) at Gardena (Calif.) Serra at 7:30 p.m.
The Santa Monica Vikings and Serra Cavaliers face off on Friday night in round two of the CIF Southern Section playoffs. The 8-3 Vikings' offense features four-star receiver Sebastian Larue, a current USC commit. The 5-foot-11.5, 185-pound prospect, who Scout.com calls "one of the most explosive athletes in the region" is still being recruited by Washington State, a program he officially visited last weekend. Serra's 9-2 team is stacked with talented underclassmen. 2014 cornerback Adoree Jackson (5-10, 170), an early four-star prospect, holds offers from Colorado, Nebraska, Northwestern, SMU, UCLA, Utah, Washington, and Washington State, and is hearing from many other programs. Outside linebacker Dwight Williams (6-1, 212), also a 2014 prospect, has early offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon State, and UCLA, and is also hearing from the rest of the Pac-12, among others. Serra's linebacking corps also features seniors Nick Usher, who holds an Oregon State offer, Christian Herrera, and Ardis Perez. The Cavalier's offense is led by 2014 quarterback Jalen Greene (6-3, 195), who earned some looks over the off-season. Greene is hearing from programs including Arizona State, Florida State, UCLA, Colorado, and Oregon State. Senior offensive tackle Emerald Faletuipapai (6-6, 335) holds an offer from Hawaii. Other players on offense to keep an eye on are running back Anterio Bateman, as well as 2014 receiver Jordan Lasley.