Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) vs Vista Murrieta (Calif.)
VM athlete Su'a Cravens showed why he's the top player in the West with an incredible performance. Cravens lined up all over the field and defensively made plays in the run game, passing game and even blocked two punts. His football instincts are unrivaled and his burst and closing speed are off the charts. He's a huge hitter, great in coverage and has the ability to play linebacker or safety in college depending on where he's needed.
Quarterback Nick Stevens manages the game very well and has a nice skill set. He has a quick release, throws a tight ball and is very accurate. He's also a solid athlete that can run and make plays with his legs. Stevens has toughness and took some shots in this game but bounced right back up. He's a leader and doesn't force throws but makes good decisions with the ball and looks like a steal for Colorado State.
RC linebacker Viliami Latu and is among the top inside backers in the region and showed it. He's a physical player and plays with an edge. He's a big hitter, tremendous in run support and he looks comfortable dropping back in to coverage as well. Latu is a natural leader and has the size and toughness to play early in college at Arizona State next fall.
Alani Latu, twin brother of Viliami had a very good game and is the more athletic of the two brothers. He's not known as playing as physical as 'Ami but had some huge hits in this game and almost scored on a 40+ yard fake punt. Alani runs very well and is an explosive athlete with a very nice upside to him.
RC corner Chris Hawkins played the game with a sore ankle but still impressed. He wasn't tested on defense and showed excellent cover skills and made some nice catches at receiver as well. Hawkins looks like he has added some weight and is playing more physical. His ankle hindered him a bit but when healthy, he's easily among the most talented cover corners in the region.
RC safety Tahaan Goodman looked good roaming the field in pass plays and was aggressive in run support as well. He missed a few tackles trying to go for a kill shot but you to have like his overall aggressiveness and his physical style of play. Goodman runs well and as he continues to work on his overall flexibility, he should be a much more explosive player at the next level.
Brandon Huffman, National Recruiting Analyst
Bellevue (Wash.) vs. Snoqualmie (Wash.) Mount Si
Myles Jack (Bellevue, Wash.), continues to solidify his standing as the top defensive prospect in the Pacific Northwest, with three sacks, a breakup and five tackles for loss. Mount Si had to account for him nearly every play, and when they didn't double him, he made it tough for their offense. The UCLA commit, also had a couple of nice runs, but wasn't used in the offense nearly as much as previous weeks.
Budda Baker (Bellevue, Wash), the top 2014 prospect in the state, had another big game, on both sides of the ball, with a couple of touchdown runs, an interception and three pass breakups. Anytime he touches the ball, he's a threat to break one, and defensively, his coverage skill is as good as any defensive back in the West, regardless of class.
Sean Constantine (Bellevue, Wash), the Washington commit, was solid throughout the game, and had a couple of sacks. He did a great job of shutting down Mount Si's running up the middle. He also had a nice grab of a pass, in some offensive usage, during the game. He and Jack combined for a backbreaking sack when Mount Si was driving for a much-needed score that ultimately put the game away.
Jason Jewell, Southwest Recruiting Analyst
Oro Valley (Ariz.) Ironwood Ridge vs. Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial
Ironwood Ridge beat Centennial for the division-two state crown and their two top prospects played very well. Three-star corner Tyler Williams didn't play one down on defense, the Nighthawks use him as a quarterback and he is dangerous with the ball in his hands. You can see why he is being recruited as a defensive back because he is shifty and has good hips.
Outside linebacker Jake Matthews had a great game, helping shut down the powerful Centennial offense. Matthews is a legit 6-2 200 plus pounds and runs extremely well. He has long arms and a big frame and is not afraid of contact. Matthews has an offer from Navy but may opt to play baseball in college.
It was a disappointing performance for a Centennial offense that is loaded with division-one talent as Ironwood Ridge held them to just three points. The lone bright spot was UCLA commit Jalen Ortiz. He is used in a variety of ways, as a true running back, as a slot receiver and carries the ball out of the fly sweep. He has plenty of speed, makes people miss and has nice hands. He needs to bulk up a bit but the skill set is there for him to have a great career for the Bruins.
With four division-one players along the offensive line, I was surprised at how well Ironwood Ridge was able to put pressure on the passer. As a whole, they struggled but it is easy to see the talent is there for the big boys up front. Junior tackle Layth Friekh has a big frame (6-5 255) and very good feet. It is easy to see why he has four PAC 12 offers already. Senior tackle Hayden Johnson also has a big frame at 6-5 260. He will be a right tackle or a guard at the next level. Senior guard Spencer Nathe has an offer from Air Force. He is a team captain, strong inside and a very tough player. Look for big things from junior guard Kamryn Bennett. He has great size at 6-4 280 and is Centennial's most physical offensive lineman.
Washington commit Marcus Farria has a very high ceiling. He is long and lean, standing 6-4 220. He has tremendous burst off the ball and will get after the quarterback. He will need to bulk up and work on his rush defense.
Goodyear (Ariz.) Desert Edge vs. Queen Creek (Ariz.)
The top prospects in this game were both juniors. Desert Edge's Ismael Murphy-Richardson has big time ability. At 6-4 220, Murphy-Richardson has the ability to play multiple positions in college. He plays receiver and outside linebacker now but projects as a defensive player. He is physical in the run game and has the athletic ability to stay on the field in passing situations.
Queen Creek running back Matt Guida rushed for over 2,600 yards this season and while he is not being recruited heavily yet, that kind of productivity will have college coaches visiting Queen Creek this spring.
Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton vs. Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe
Hamilton avenged their only in-state loss of the year beating Mt. Pointe 31-16 to win their seventh state title in the last ten years. Both teams are loaded with division-one talent.
It all starts up front for Hamilton with their two bookend offensive tackles. Junior Casey Tucker, a USC commit, looks like a future five-star prospect. He is every bit of 6-5, plays with a nasty demeanor and has great feet. Senior Patrick Joseph, committed to Army, will move inside at the next level because of his height (6-3) but is athletic enough to play right tackle in a pinch. He is strong and plays with a good base.
Senior Cole Luke, committed to Notre Dame, is the real deal. Luke looks almost effortless in coverage. He has tremendous ball skills and could play as a true freshman at Notre Dame. He is also a dangerous returner.
Junior defensive end Qualen Cunningham is one of the top young defensive players on the West Coast. He had his hands full, going head to head with UCLA commit Kenny Lacy, but he is already very heavily coveted. Cunningham has plenty of size to stop the run and has the speed and athletic ability to get to the quarterback.
The above mentioned Lacy has turned into a complete offensive tackle. Despite going both ways, Lacy plays extremely hard. He has the feet to be a left tackle in college, runs extremely well and has developed a nasty streak since his junior season.
Mountain Pointe will look to make another run at a state title in 2013 with two of the top juniors in the state returning. Guard Natrell Curtis is big and strong. He too plays both ways and one could see why he could be recruited on either side of the ball. I believe he will play on offense in college. He plays with some nasty and once he locks on, the battle is over.
Super athlete Jalen Brown also could be recruited on either side of the ball. He already has twenty plus offers and it is easy to see why. He is a playmaker with a knack for getting the football. On offense, he will catch anything thrown his way on defense he is a ball hawk.
Kevin Carden, West Recruiting Analyst
Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei vs Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
Mater Dei continued their run through the playoffs with an impressive 21-0 win over top-seeded St. Bonaventure on Friday night. 2014 quarterback Chase Forrest, who took over the starting job mid-season, looked very sharp in the win, completing 13-of-14 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown. Forrest has played with great poise since taking over the staring spot at the school that has produced big-time talents like: Matt Leinart, Colt Brennan, Matt Barkley and Max Wittek.
Jonathan Lockett, a 2014 cornerback for the Monarchs, has emerged as one of the top cornerbacks in the region, and had a terrific night against St. Bonaventure. Lockett is a pure cover corner and had a pair of big pass deflections in the win. He also had a 17-yard touchdown reception as a wide receiver. Lockett is currently hearing from most of the Pac-12 and will be one of the top cornerbacks in Southern California next season.
Two-way standout Thomas Duarte had another huge game. Duarte made a handful of clutch catches as a tight end/wide receiver and had an interception and quarterback sack on defense. Duarte will likely play tight end in college and will cause matchup nightmares in the passing game because of his rare combination of speed and size. Duarte currently has nine offers and has serious interest in Notre Dame, UCLA, Oregon and Washington.