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Brian Dohn - Northeast Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Somerville (N.J.) Immaculata at Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic, 7 p.m.
The first round of the NJSIAA Group III non-public playoffs gets underway with a nice matchup. Immaculata, which produced LSU freshman Tashawn Bower and former Notre Dame star Theo Riddick, has Boston College defensive tackle commit Joe Vitiello. Red Bank Catholic also produces FBS players, and the latest will be four-star offensive tackle Quenton Nelson, who is committed to Notre Dame. Class of 2015 defensive end James Gordinier already holds a Pittsburgh offer and class of 2016 offensive tackle Liam Smith is a name to watch.
Sam Hellman- Northeast Recruiting
Friday: Haddonfield (N.J.) Paul VI at Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep
Paul VI sports one of the top 2015 receivers in the region in Irvin Charles. A three-star, 6-foot-4 receiver, Charles snagged a Rutgers offer early in his recruitment and now holds verbal offers from Mississippi, Pittsburgh and Boston College as well. The majority of college talent on the field for this first-round game of the New Jersey state playoffs belongs to St. Peter's Prep. Rutgers commit Jonathan Hilliman is the biggest play maker for the Marauders, but there is plenty of younger talent around him. Class of 2015 four-star cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick (Florida State, Georgia Tech, LSU, Miami, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, Wisconsin among offers) and quarterback Brandon Wimbush (offers including Ohio State, Rutgers and Maryland) are two of the best in the area. Fitzpatrick projects to match up often as a cornerback against Charles of Paul VI and has already impressed against prospects like Freddy Canteen (Michigan commit) and Daiquan Kelly (Rutgers and Virginia offers). Temple cornerback commit Shamir Beerfield will also be in action.
Dave Lomonico - TerrapinTimes.com
Friday: Westminster (Md.) at Reisterstown (Md.) Franklin at 7 p.m.
Westminster (7-3) snuck into the class 3A playoffs in Maryland and features a potent, up-tempo passing attack that averaged 35 points per game. Quarterback Duke Etchison is a solid prospect for the Owls and has led them to seven straight wins. But the team to focus on here, at least from a recruiting perspective, is the Franklin Indians, which finished the regular season 8-2. An athletically gifted bunch, Franklin features at least three Division I-A players in junior offensive tackle Pat Allen, junior athlete Jordan Adams and class of 2016 dynamo Steven Smothers. All three currently hold BCS offers, and Allen (6-foot-5, 270 pounds) is already considered one of the best 2015 recruits in Maryland. Franklin typically produced a high-Division I athlete every year or so, and two years ago sent receiver Ian Thomas to Rutgers.
Chad Simmons - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Birmingham (Ala.) Shades Valley at Hoover (Ala.) at 7 p.m.
Shades Valley will be on the road at a tough place to play against a very good football team in Hoover. Shades Valley does have some talent though. Daron Payne is the top junior in Alabama and a five-star defensive tackle on Scout. He is currently favoring Alabama over Auburn, both have offered. Keith Mixon is a scat-back to keep an eye on the 2015 class too. He is quick and shifty back that picked up his first offer from South Alabama recently. On the other side, Hoover is loaded as always. Marlon Humphrey, the top senior prospect in Alabama is a five-star corner who Alabama and Florida State are fighting for. Christian Bell (Defensive end), Darrell Williams (Outside linebacker), and Bradrick Shaw (Running back) are the top juniors at Hoover. Bell and Williams are four star prospects and Shaw is three stars. It doesn't stop there. Jeremiah Moon is a sophomore outside linebacker and Mississippi State has offered him. Jermarius Jordan claims offers from Missouri and Vanderbilt, he is a sophomore corner. This game has tons of talent.
Jamie Newberg - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Dade City (Fla.) Pasco vs Citra (Fla.) North Marion, 7:30 p.m.
This is a game loaded with some of the state's top underclassmen. North Marion is led by junior linebacker De'Amonte Jackson. He's a true MIKE who lines up everywhere for his defense. Jackson, 6-foot-0, 250-pounds, has early scholarship offers from Miami and Florida State while getting major looks from every power in the country like Alabama, Tennessee and numerous others. Also in his class is running back James Allen and athlete Jack Reed. Allen, 6-foot-0, 185-pounds, is an explosive, downhill runner. Meanwhile, Reed is a guy that plays all the skill positions on offense and in the secondary on defense. Then you have two exciting sophomores in Cameron Mackey and Freddie Swain. Mackey is a slot, cornerback and exceptional return man while Swain is their big play wide receiver that has scored on touchdowns of 50-yards or better in each of the last five games. Speaking of sophomores, there may not be a better one in the state than Nate Craig from Pasco. He's a 6-foot-4, 205-pound wide receiver that's fast, smooth and very dangerous. Craig is already a five-star recruit who has piled up scholarship offers from teams like Florida, Florida State, Clemson, Ohio State, Tennessee and others. Pasco does have a pair of seniors in the Class of 2014 to keep an eye on in Malek Johns and R.J. Scaff. Johns, 5-foot-11, 175-pounds, is very similar to Janarion Grant (Rutgers) that played for them last season. He has scored 22 touchdowns this season and has played running back, wide receiver, slot, quarterback, safety and returns both punts and kickoffs. Scaff, 6-foot-6, 250-pounds, is a converted tight tight end that now plays offensive tackle. He has offers from FAU, Coastal Carolina and other small schools. Johns has offers from FAU, FIU, Appalachian State and others.
Michael Clark -
Atlantic Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Holly Springs (N.C.) at Garner (N.C.) at 7:30 p.m.
This 4AA first-round playoff matchup is between two schools that are less than 20 miles apart. Holly Springs comes in 6-5 and is the No. 11 seed in the East. The Golden Hawks won five of their last seven and seem to be peaking at the right time. They are led senior quarterback Will Forrestal, senior wide receiver Jordan Kornegay and senior defensive back Myiles Harrison. Holly Springs also features sophomore running back Trey Staten, who has rushed for 1,300 yards and 22 touchdowns. Like Holly Springs, Garner comes in playing well, winning four of their last five. They are 8-3 and the No. 6 seed in the East. With the Trojans, it all starts with junior running back Nyheim Hines, who is having a huge season. He has nearly 2,500 yards rushing and 39 touchdowns and 600 yards receiving and nine touchdown catches. Garner also features senior offensive lineman Dillon Counts, senior offensive lineman Najee Simpson, senior tight end Terry Whitehead, senior defensive end Gregory Wells, senior offensive lineman Jonathan Lee, senior defensive back Michael Jenkins and senior offensive lineman Caleb Pipkin.
Patrick Burnham - Regional Recruiting Analyst
Thursday, November 15th: Perry (Fla.) Taylor County High School at Tallahassee (Fla.) Florida High School at 7:30 p.m.
The state playoffs start in Florida this week and the Class 4-A first-round between Taylor County and Florida High will feature several future FBS football players. Taylor County (5-5) is led by wide receiver Moral Stephens. Stephens has several BCS-level offers including Kentucky, Louisville, Iowa State and Penn State among others. The 6-foot-3 and 205-pound is also being recruited by Florida where he took an unofficial visit last weekend. Florida High (6-4) is led by junior quarterback Ronnie Harrison who is committed to North Carolina. Harrison has recently come out and said that while he is currently committed to the Tar Heels he was still going to consider a list of schools that include Georgia Tech and Kentucky. Harrison will have a lot of help playing behind an offensive line that features three future FBS or FCS caliber road graders. Garrett McGhin is a 6-foot-6 and 280-pound future offensive tackle who is committed to South Alabama. McGhin who also plays some tight end recently took an official visit to East Carolina. Center Connor Jackson, 6-foot-3 and 250-pounds, has been committed to Furman since attending camp their earlier this summer and may have some bigger schools take a look at him later in the recruiting process. Jackson is a bit undersized but a hard-nosed player. Offensive guard Andrew Harrell, 6-foot-3 and 310-pounds has held offers from Middle Tennessee, Georgia State and Troy since this summer. Harrell is limited athletically and would be better served by playing at a lighter weight.
John Garcia Jr. - Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Calera (Ala.) High at Dadeville (Ala.) High at 7:00 p.m.
Alabama's second weekend of playoff football figures to be a good one, and this Class 4A clash may be one of the toughest games to call. Calera is led by four-star Alabama commitment Ronnie Clark, who is a future defensive back in Nick Saban's program, though he is also playing quarterback for the Eagles. As the games get closer, he'll see more reps on each side of the ball, so Scout will be interested to see how he handles being counted on to make plays the entire game. He'll have some help, though, in senior wide receiver Jordan Bishop and emerging 2015 running back Shakeith Tyes, who has become a force in recent weeks. Dadeville has some under-the-radar prospects on both sides of the ball, but Anfernee Jennings isn't one of them. The junior is already a three-star defensive end prospect on Scout with offers from Arkansas and Mississippi State to his name. Can the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Jennings help slow Clark and company?
Amy Campbell - Florida Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Tampa (Fla.) Wharton at Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips at 7:30 p.m.
It's the first week of playoffs in Florida and 7-3 Wharton will travel to Orlando to face undefeated Dr. Phillips. Wharton quarterback Chase Litton will have his work cut out for him against the Florida powerhouse program. Litton is a former South Florida commitment, but now plenty of questions swirl about his recruitment. Dr. Phillips is loaded with playmakers on both sides of the ball, starting with senior wide receiver Roderick Proctor. The Memphis commitment is complimented by speedy athlete Deionte Gaines, an electric playmaker on both sides of the ball. On defense, senior cornerback Davin Pierce, a Cincinnati commit, and junior safety Vernon Walker will be a big challenge for the Wharton offense.
Geoff Vogt - Florida Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Boynton Beach (Fl) at Miami (Fl) Central at 7:30 at Traz Powell Stadium
Both teams enter this first round 6A playoff game with just one loss, but Miami Central has played a murderer's row schedule that included Booker T. Washington, Northwestern, Carol City, University School, Norland, and American Heritage-Plantation. The Rocket's are as battle tested as any team in the country and feature two of the top running back's in the country in Joseph Yearby and Dalvin Cook. It is the defense that has really come around over the last month as they have surrendered just 40 points in their last three games. Boynton Beach will counter with an athletic group led by junior quarterback Lamar Jackson. The Tiger's were last scene two weeks beating a game Hallandale team 35-7 in what was perhaps their best performance of the year. There is a big edge here in experience as Miami Central is defending state champ's and has made it an annual right to go deep in the playoffs.
Wayne McGahee, III - NolesDigest.com Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Jacksonville (Fla.) Harvest Community vs. Tallahassee (Fla.) North Florida Christian at 7:30 p.m.
Harvest community is led by two-star 2014 running back and outside linebacker Lonnie Marts III. Marts, 6-foot-2, 196-pounds, has run for almost 1,300 yards this season and has 46 tackles and six tackles for a loss. He holds an offer from Hawaii. His little brother, Gavin Marts, is only in 8th grade, but has shown a nose for the football intercepting five passes and recovering three fumbles. Florida State running back commit Johnathan Vickers leads the way for North Florida Christian. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound running back is surprisingly nimble for his size. He has great vision and does a great job receiving out of the backfield as well. Vickers has run for 956 yards and 14 touchdowns so far this season. Christian Philpott is their star receiver. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound three-star holds offers from more than 10 schools so far including Penn State, Northwestern and Texas Tech. He has 26 receptions for 571 yards and eight touchdowns this season. He looks to be one of the area's top junior wide receivers.
Corey Bender - USFNation.com Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Tampa Jefferson vs Largo (Fla.), 7:30 p.m.
Tampa Jefferson is led by quarterback and South Florida commit Deiondre Porter. Porter, a dynamic dual-threat athlete that averagess 373 yards per game with 43 total touchdowns on the year, projects best at cornerback at the next level. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Porter has several weapons at his disposal. One of Porter's favorite targets has been 6-foot-3 wide receiver, Ventell Bryant. On the year, Bryant has snagged 29 passes for 627 yards and 10 touchdowns and provides big play ability on the outside. Other weapons to keep an eye on are Ohio Bobcats' wide receiver commit Derrick Ingram and Chaven Pownell, who currently holds a handful of FBS offers and projects to move to the defensive side of the ball when he gets to college. The Largo Packers will be without one of their star offensive players for the remainder of the 2013 season. Running back and South Florida commit Jarvis Stewart was arrested late last week on a felony charge and will be held out of the action for the second straight week. Frankie Hernandez, a very good linebacker and Marshall commit, is the backup to Stewart and was also suspended last week from a school incident. If Hernandez doesn't suit up, expect dynamic junior athlete Reggie Campbell to fill their shoes. Campbell has an offer from Middle Tennessee and ascending interest from Mississippi State, South Florida and Kentucky amongst others. Wide receiver Raheem Harvey provides a great set of hands at the wide receiver position and has offers from, Northern Illinois, Western Kentucky and FAU. There are numerous Division-I athletes roaming around for Rick Rodriquez's defense for the Packers. Jonathan Crawford, a 6-foot-2 junior defensive back, holds offers from Middle Tennessee, Indiana, UCF and Connecticut. 2014 cornerback Cordell Hudson has narrowed his schools down to Iowa State, Rutgers and Syracuse.
Allen Trieu - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Battle Creek (Mich.) Pennfield vs Grand Rapids (Mich.) South Christian at Byron Center HS at 7 p.m.
In this West Side playoff battle, we will get to see South Christian's powerful offense lead by junior quarterback Jon Wassink, who is hearing from BCS programs. Fellow junior Mitch Quakkelaar is a defensive end also receiving attention from colleges. Derek Postma, Casey Elzinga and Brendan Huyser lead the Sailors up front and Sam Heyboer is a 6-foot-4 pass catcher to watch for. Battle Creek Pennfield has a prospect we are interested to see in 6-foot-8 junior offensive tackle Ryan Lowe.
Dave Berk - Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Dayton (Ohio) Thurgood Marshall vs. Tipp City (Ohio) Tippecanoe at 7:30 p.m. @ Clayton (Ohio) Northmont High School
An 11-0 Tipp City squad will face off against battle tested Thurgood Marshall (7-3) in what should be a good second round playoff game in Division Three, Region 10. This will be our first chance to catch senior fullback Jacob Hall who has rushed for 1,745 yards and 31 touchdowns. He is joined by fellow senior Cameron Johnson who has rushed for 790 yards and 15 touchdowns of his own while posting 38 total tackles with three interceptions. On defense, Alex Demers is a high academic player who has posted 70 tackles and five sacks. Thurgood Marshall will look to Michigan State pledge Vayante Copeland on both sides of the field and Cincinnati pledge Landon Brazile at defensive end to slow down the rushing attack from Tippecanoe.
Saturday: Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder vs. Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller at 7:00 p.m. @ Nippert Stadium, The University of Cincinnati
Defending state champion Moeller looks to keep on the path to win another championship but must get past league foe Elder. These two teams battled in early October with Moeller winning 35-14 on the road. Elder will look to sophomore quarterback Peyton Ramsey (1,641 yards passing, 7 touchdowns, 483 yards rushing 4 touchdowns) to take the next step in his early development by protecting the ball and using running back Chris Schroer (917 yards rushing, 13 touchdowns) to keep Moeller's offense off the field. Moeller senior quarterback Gus Ragland is one of Ohio's hidden gems with 1,331 passing yards and 16 touchdowns while also rushing for 870 yards and 16 scores on the season. He will look to one of Ohio's top receiving targets in Kent State pledge Isaiah Gentry (629 yards, 6 touchdowns) to stretch the field and open up the running game. On defense the big question is the health of junior defensive tackle Elijah Taylor who has been banged up over the past few weeks. However, there is plenty of help for Taylor with Ohio State pledge Sam Hubbard, defensive end Chalmer Frueauf, junior linebacker Ryan Stofko and senior backer P.J. Barron. Between the four they've recorded a combined 233 tackles with Frueauf posting eight sacks on the year.
Derek Young - Midwest Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Trotwood-Madison (Ohio) vs. Springfield Shawnee (Ohio) at Piqua at 7:30 p.m.
Trotwood-Madison is littered with Division I prospects all over the field as is usually the case. Under center is sophomore Messiah deWeaver. He may be the best quarterback in Ohio for his class and already holds an offer from Louisville. Senior Ashton Jackson has had a strong season in the backfield. Jackson has earned a couple Big Ten offers. Junior Kei Beckham anchors a strong defense in the back end. The talented cornerback holds offers from Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and Minnesota.
Saturday: Austintown-Fitch (Ohio) vs. Westerville Central (Ohio) at Mansfield Senior at 7:30 p.m.
Austintown-Fitch tries to extend their winning streak of 11 games in a game that will be quite a battle in the trenches. Both teams play a physical brand of football that should be entertaining to watch. Junior running back Darrin Hall is the playmaker on offense for Austintown-Fitch and already holds several BCS offers. Westerville Central has put together a strong campaign themselves and have been led by Kentucky commit Nick Richardson. The senior offensive tackle has had quite an impressive season. Westerville Central junior defensive tackle Ben Cooper leads the defense and holds an offer from Kentucky.
Beth Long -
Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Saturday: East St. Louis (Ill.) at Providence Catholic (Ill.) at 1 p.m.
The Illinois State championship quarterfinals are upon us, and that brings a pretty big 6A match-up between talent heavy East St. Louis and rising star Providence Catholic. East St. Louis is led by senior Missouri defensive back/wide receiver commit Greg Taylor and senior linebacker Kyron Watson, who is committed to Kansas. On top of those two there are plenty more division one guys on the field like defensive back Treevon Prater who will attend Western Michigan, four-star 2015 lineman Terry Beckner Jr, and explosive junior running back Nate Strong who has made a big impression this season. Providence Catholic won't be out done though, they feature one of the best juniors in in the state, four-star wide receiver Myles Boykin who has offers from Illinois, Michigan State, Ole Miss and others. The winner advances to the state semifinals and is just one step away from the championship games in DeKalb.
Greg Powers - National Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Euless (Texas) Trinity vs. Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus at 7:00 p.m. CST
Marcus makes it in to the playoffs despite the fact that it lost eight games this season, but the two games it did win were in district. That being said it is talented enough to give any team a tough match-up and has been a consistent winner come playoff time as of late. Leading the charge for the team will be Class of 2016 tight end Kaden Smith, who already has major offers. On the other side of the ball Trinity has won eight in a row after suffering initial back-to-back losses to Jenks (Okla.) high and DeSoto (Texas) High. Class of 2016 running back Ja'Ron Wilson has emerged as the team's premiere playmaker, leading the team with 15 touchdowns.
Friday: Plano (Texas) High vs. Dallas (Texas) Skyline at 7:30 p.m. CST
This is a very interesting first round game with two teams from differing styles on the field. Plano has been running a hard-knock style defense, shutting down most of the opponents it has played in 2013, outside of a crushing Allen (Texas) High attack, while Skyline has been putting up points in its high octane spread em out style offense. The classic defense vs. offense showdown. Sam Tecklenburg is the most notable prospect for Plano. The Class of 2015 defensive lineman already has an offer from Texas Tech. Skyline is littered with prospects on both sides of the ball, but features three four-stars in offensive linemen Ty Barrett, linebacker Anthony Wheeler and receiver Carlos Strickland.
Ahmard Vital - Midlands Recruiting Analyst
Thursday, November 14: Conroe (Tex.) Oak Ridge vs. Spring (Tex.) Westfield at 7 p.m. CST
Westfield comes into the first round of the playoffs with an unbeaten record, taking on an Oak Ridge team looking to deliver that first blow. Westfield would love to build on its success from last year after going four rounds deep. There's enough talent to do that, and possibly more with a solid and nasty defense. Defensive back Brian Peavy in the secondary is one of the top skilled guys. In the trenches, tackle Ed Oliver is tough to block and Michael Jackson has come on strong in his final year. On offense, Toby Weathersby and Marcus Oliver leads a great offensive line group, which has produced nearly 2,500 yards rushing in 10 games.
Friday, November 15: Houston (Tex.) Cy Ridge vs. Houston (Tex.) Eisenhower at 7 p.m. CST
This is a star-studded affair, but only one team can leave with the win. Cy Ridge has played the better ball through 10 games and lots of that could be that there are serious playmakers on the edge with two great Division I wide receivers in Darious Crawley and Kemah Siverand. On the offensive line, Willie Wright is a player to watch. For Eisenhower, Texas running back commitment Donald Catalon has done all he can to lead his team to wins while Trevion Roberts has been used as a quarterback and wide receiver for this season. Roberts is an Oklahoma State commitment.
Saturday, November 16: Houston (Tex.) Nimitz vs. Houston (Tex.) Cy Woods at 1 p.m. CST
Here is an interesting game where the two teams actually match up quite well. Also, both are probably excited due to the fact that neither were in the postseason a year ago. Nimitz comes into the game with a potent offense led by quarterback Jonathan Banks, who has come on strong during his district run. Banks has a reliable target in Joshua Walker, who has also been coming on strong lately. In the backfield, Martinez Syria is the workhorse, though it is uncertain as to if the Iowa State commitment will be available for the game. And while Nimitz has the goods on offense, Woods comes with a stout defense led by Taylor Holmes. On offense, Rice running back commitment Samuel Stewart will likely be called upon early and often.
Erin Hartigan - Midlands Field Reporter
Thursday: Dallas (Texas) Carter vs. Dallas (Texas) Lincoln at 7:30 p.m.
It's playoff time in Texas and opening rounds begin Thursday. It was in week three of the high school football season that the 8-2 Dallas Carter Cowboys went on a 8-0 win streak to finish unbeaten in district play and with the top seed in Class 4A's Division I for the first time since 2009, a season that ended in the second round of the playoffs. Coach Patrick Williams, former Carter state champion running back, is confident this year's group could dive deeper with the help of his protege, (uncommitted) senior running back Corey Avery, who has run for 1550 yards and 17 touchdowns, averaging 11 yards per carry, while also proving to be a threat out wide taking 12 catches for 225 yards and four more scores. Avery is heavily eyeing Baylor, Texas Tech and Ohio State. Atop the receiving corp is SMU commitment Jordan Ingram and his 4.3 40-yard dash speed. Averaging 22 yards per catch, Ingram has accounted for 782 total yards and 14 touchdowns. Junior quarterback Kenneth Spencer comes with experience, having started for the Cowboys since his freshman year. He's done it all this season with both the arm and the legs, tossing for more than 1,220 yards and 21 touchdowns with only three interceptions, running in an additional eight scores. Leading the Carter defense is 6-foot-2, 205-pound rangy Texas linebacker pledge Cameron Hampton, looking to stifle fellow Longhorn commit and Dallas Lincoln's top target Emanuel Porter, former basketball player and big possession receiver who has averaged 16 yards per catch for 575 yards and seven touchdowns on the year. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Dallas' Forester Stadium.
Saturday: Mansfield (Texas) Legacy vs. Tyler (Texas) John Tyler at 2:30 p.m.
John Tyler (4-1 in District 16-4A) is hungry for a rebound following last week's 55-54 district championship loss to Whitehouse, a nail-biter that featured 954 yards and 109 points and came down to a defensive stand on a two-point conversion. Running back/receiver Jeremy Wilson accounted for 170 of those yards on just 11 touches, breaking open the game with a 70-yard touchdown run. He and dual-threat quarterback Geovari McCollister will be top targets for Legacy's big defense (physically and metaphorically) made up of 2014 Minnesota linebacker commitment Everett Williams (6-2, 220), 2014 SMU defensive end pledge Chad Pursley (6-5, 235) and junior defensive tackle Taaj Bakari (6-2, 265). Legacy senior running back/receiver Kijana Amous has led the offense with 1,836 total yards on 27 touchdowns through an 8-2 regular season. He will be defended on both ends by John Tyler junior defensive end Jassavia Reese (6-4, 220, with growing Big 12 and SEC interest) and senior defensive back Terry Ausborne, with an SMU offer and growing interest from TCU, Oklahoma State and Houston. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. at Forney's City Bank Stadium.
Annabel Stephan - Midlands Field Reporter
Friday: San Antonio (Texas) Churchill vs. Converse (Texas) Judson at Comalander Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
When these teams faced off earlier in the season, Judson nabbed the 28-6 win. Currently sitting at 8-2, the Rockets team is looking to continue their three-game win streak and advance to the second round of playoffs. Receiver Cameron Johnson (5-foot-11, 170) is a prospect to watch for the Rockets. Churchill's season record is 6-4, and though they are the underdog in this matchup, they have a talent on the field in tight end Dimitri Flowers, a 6-foot-3, 220-pounder who recently switched his verbal commitment from Boise State to Oklahoma after picking up an offer from the Sooners. This will be the first neutral site game for both teams.
Brandon Huffman - National Recruiting Analyst
Saturday: Tacoma (Wash.) Bellarmine Prep at Bellevue (Wash.) Newport at 2:00 p.m.
The Lions lost their quarterback, Sefo Liufau to graduation (who's now starting as a true freshman at Colorado), and after making the state finals last year, were written off, but here they are in the round of 16 and 8-2. While the star power isn't what it's been the past few years, this is still a team to watch closely, thanks to receiver duo Drew Griffin and Garrett McKay and tight end Nick Selden. Newport also lost their quarterback to the Pac-12 (Isaac Dotson, now at Washington State), but they too have battled this season to an 8-2 year. They, though, still have plenty of star power, led by three-star tight end Drew Sample, a commit to Boise State, who's one of the best pass-catching tight ends in the West, but happens to have to play in the veer, where he's a stellar blocker. Two-way 2015 lineman Calvin Throckmorton, a three-star with Pac-12 offers, has his heart on the defensive line but his future is as an offensive tackle. One of the most physical prospects in the Northwest is Newport fullback Conner Baumann, who has a handful of offers
Greg Biggins - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Long Beach Poly (Calif.) at Orange Lutheran (Calif.) at 7 p.m.
The Lancers are led by one of the nation's elite 2015 prospects in defensive end Keisean Lucier-South. The 5-star prospect has offers from several Pac 12 programs including Arizona, California, Oregon, UCLA, USC and Washington along with national programs like Miami, Tennessee and Texas. Linebacker Aisea Tongilava is a San Jose State commit and one of the fastest 'backers in the state. He ran a 4.58-40 at the SoCal NIKE Camp and earned all-Trinity League honors last season. Defensive back Cory Hollowell is another player to watch. The corner has looked strong in coverage all season. The offensive line is huge up front led by offensive guard Kavienga Tuitahi, one of the most under-recruited sleepers in the state. Poly is surging late as they always do and is led by national top 10 prospect Juju Smith. Smith will line up at safety, receiver and even some running back and is a major 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. In an amazing stat, Marshall went the whole season without giving up a single catch. After battling injuries, safety Elijah Moody, a Nevada commitment, has come on strong and can play the run and the pass. The Poly defensive line is very tough led by tackle Jason Fao and 2015 Scout 300 member Joseph Wicker. Quarterback Tai Tiedamann has a live arm and Christian Pabico is an underrated receiver target.
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.
- Southwest Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Surprise (Az.) Shadow Ridge at Goodyear Desert Edge at 7 p.m.
A second round playoff game that is a rematch of a regular season game, one in which Desert Edge handily won 63-28. Desert Edge can put up numbers and no one in the state has been as productive as wide receiver Elijah Marks. Last week, Marks broke the single season state record, topping the 1,800 yards mark. He has caught 102 passes for 1,960 yards and 22 touchdowns. The Scorpions are led on defense by outside linebacker Ismael Murphy-Richardson. Shadow Ridge loves to run the ball and control the clock. Chris Salsberry topped 300 yards in the first round and scored five times. He will run behind a massive offensive line led by tackle Tevita Matu.
Kristen Rodgers - SCPlaybook.com Intern
Friday: Woodlands Hills (Calif.) El Camino at Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne at 7 p.m.
After winning the Marine League title, Narbonne (8-2) earned the No. 1 seed in the City Division I playoffs and drew No. 16 El Camino. Narbonne is the two-time defending City Division I champion. They're led this season on defense by Uchenna Nwosu. Nwosu is a 2014 two-star outside linebacker who recently landed an offer from USC interim head coach Ed Orgeron. Just five days after receiving the offer Nwosu, 6-foot-2 210 pounds, gave his verbal commitment to the Trojans. He also held offers from Oregon State, Portland State and Wyoming. Nwosu is joined on defense by defensive back Khalil Rashad-Brown, who roams in the secondary. Rashad-Brown is a 2014 two-star prospect. He's been offered by Old Dominion and San Diego State. Offensively it's been senior quarterback Eban Jackson running the show for Narbonne. The 6-foot-3 185 pound two-star prospect is still waiting for his first offer, but a deep run in the City Division playoffs could give a handful of coaches the final nudge needed to extend one to him.