Greg Biggins, National Recruiting Analyst
Corona (Calif.) Centennial vs. Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Poly pulled off the upset with an incredible defensive performance. Athlete Juju Smith was the best player on the field and looked like a college player playing with high school kids. He made plays at safety, receiver and even lined up at running back and showed why he's ranked among the nation's top 10 players. At 6-foot-2, 210-pounds, Smith has plus size, speed and toughness and always competes at a very level. Junior five-star corner Iman Marshall lined up opposite Centennial receiver and UCLA commit Barry Ware on every snap and held him without a catch. Marshall is a big corner at 6-foot-1, 190-pounds, is extremely physical and has the speed to run with just about anyone. Junior athlete James Brooks was one of the big surprises in the game and made big plays at running back and inside linebacker. Another junior, defensive lineman Joseph Wicker along with senior tackle Jason Fao were very strong up front and contained a Centennial running attack that went for over 500 yards a week earlier.
Centennial running back Tre Watson was held to just 49 yards after rushing for 466 yards a week ago. Watson didn't have much running room and was often hit in the back field by two or even three defenders on every play. When he had a crease, he showed his trademark quickness and burst but was never able to get going. Quarterback Robert Webber was the Huskies best player and can definitely play at the next level. He may just be 5-foot-10, 180-pounds, but he has a live arm, throws with anticipation and accuracy and is a competitor. He can hurt you with his legs as well as his arm and is a great leader as well. Junior receiver Javon McKinley made several nice plays for the Huskies and has some definite upside to him. He's about 6-foot-2, 180-pounds with a long, lean athletic body, good quickness and nice hands. He could emerge as one of the top junior receivers in the state by the end of the season. Offensive lineman and Alabama commit Viane Talamaivao was his usual dominant self. He's such a physical player, very strong and has improved his athleticism quite a bit since the spring.
Brandon Huffman - National Recruiting Analyst, West
Federal Way (Wash.) vs. Puyallup (Wash.) Emerald Ridge
Federal Way 2015 running back Chico McClatcher had a big night, with three touchdowns, and another one, a 60+ yard punt return for a score, nullified by a penalty. McClatcher is not a big guy, he's about 5-foot-7, maybe 5-foot-8, and around 165, but it's hard to hit what you can't catch. His speed and ability to stop on a dime and change direction is really unrivaled in the region. The four-star does a tremendous job of getting into the open field and using his speed, and doesn't waste a lot of time trying to make moves. But when he needs to make a move, he can. He did a good job catching the ball out of the backfield and when he's hit, he's get excellent balance. He reminds a lot of former USC running back Curtis Moody in their size and running style, those McClatcher is faster.
Federal Way defensive back Keenan Curran had a big night on both sides of the ball, intercepting a pass, forcing a fumble and delivering some big hits while also throwing a touchdown and running for two. While Curran plays quarterback for Federal Way, his future is on defense, and he's one of the more physical safeties in the region. He's got great ball skills and closing speed, but he almost would rather lay out a receiver than go for the pick. It burned him one time, where he went to deliver the big blow, but didn't wrap up, and the receiver bounced off and gained another 40 yards. Two plays later, Curran had a chance to lay out the receiver, but instead broke on the ball with a pick and ended the drive. He's also gotten bigger since the spring but still plays pretty fluidly.
Wenatchee (Wash.) vs. Yakima (Wash.) A.C. Davis
Wenatchee (Wash.) running back Isaiah Brandt-Sims, a Stanford commit, is the fastest football player in Washington and once he gets in the open field, he's gone. Davis did a good job of bottling him up in the early going, stacking the box and daring Wenatchee to beat them through the air. When Wenatchee started doing that, Davis lightened the box and then Brandt-Sims went to work. Probably his best play of the night was grabbing a swing pass, going one-on-one with a linebacker, making a move (the linebacker would go down with an injury because he bit so hard), and taking it in for a touchdown, but it was called back. Right before the half, though, Brandt-Sims put his elite speed to work, taking a play off right tackle, getting into the open field then cruising to a 74-yard touchdown.
Wenatchee (Wash.) 2015 offensive lineman Trey Adams, a commit to Washington, played both left tackle and defensive tackle for Wenatchee. He looks much bigger than the spring, probably a legit 6-foot-6, and was right around 285-290. He moves pretty well for his size and uses his long arms really well. He's better in run blocking than in pass pro, playing a bit too high in pass protection and a couple of times, letting the defender get under him and into the backfield. But in run blocking, he does a good job keeping his feet chopping and driving his defender back. Defensively, he consistently got a big push and got into the backfield and did a nice job wrapping up the back.
Jason Jewell, Southwest Recruiting Analyst
Surprise (Az.) Valley Vista vs Phoenix North Canyon
Two of the state's most underrated players will face off in this game and did not disappoint . Valley Vista's Terry Juniel and North Canyon's Bryant O'Georgia does everything for their teams. They both play wide receiver, defensive back, return kicks and serve as their team's punter. Both likely will play wide receiver in college. Because of his size, Juniel will have to play slot but O'Georgia, who also high jumps seven feet, has the size to play on the outside. Keep an eye on North Canyon offensive tackle Austin Jackson. He started at right tackle for the Rattlers and is only a freshman. At 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, he has a chance to be special.
Gilbert (Az.) Higley vs Phoenix Christian
What an offensive performance in this game, both squads featured a player that amassed over 400 yards of offense but the top prospect in the game was three-star offensive tackle from Higley Quinn Bailey. At 6-foot-5, 285 pounds, he towered over the Phoenix Christian defensive line. Bailey is tall with a frame to be over 300 pounds easily, has very longs arms and has a nasty streak. I like offensive linemen that are at least adequate on the defensive line and Bailey is above average, he rarely leaves the field. At the next level I think he will be a right tackle or a guard. Higley tight end Nick Colson impressed as well. Colson is not a traditional tight end; he never puts his hand on the ground, instead lining up as a big wide receiver. Big he is, listed at 6-foot-5, 225 pounds. Colson has very nice hands and already holds several mid-major offers. Keep an eye on Higley sophomore quarterback Tyler Bloom. The 6-foot-5 lefty has a strong arm, quick release and threw for 409 yards in this game. It is hard to believe that Phoenix Christian running back Scottie Jordan rushed for 445 yards and his team lost but he really impressed me. Jordan took the team on his back and almost pulled off the upset.