Scout Recruiting Team Out West

A look at the games that the Scout Recruiting Team out West will be hitting this weekend...

THURSDAY

Gilbert (Ariz.) High at Gilbert (Ariz.) Mesquite at 7 p.m.
At Gilbert, it all starts up front with monster offensive tackle Steve Miller. The 6-foot-5, 295 pound left tackle has already committed to Arizona State. He is a raw player with a high ceiling that already has improved ten fold since last season, his first playing football. Junior tackle Thayne Miller is hoping to follow in Miller's footsteps. Mesquite had a great 2013 season, surprising most with an 11-2 record. They too are strong in the trenches. Their top player is junior Roy Lopez. He transferred from Tempe Marcos de Niza where he was an all-section offensive guard. (Follow @jason247scout on Twitter)

Herriman (Utah) at South Jordan (Utah) Bingham at 7 p.m.
The top senior in this contest is Andre James, who committed to UCLA over a handful of top 25 programs at The Opening. James isn’t only the best offensive tackle in the region, but one of the best linemen prospects in the country. He is a unique athlete that moves very well for his size and is also as strong as an ox. He is currently rated as the 12th best offensive tackle in the country. James will have his hands full as he goes against Bingham’s tenacious defense. 2017 four-star defensive end, Langi Tuifua, kicked off the season with two sacks last week against Davis, and will be a tough match up for James. Tuifua committed to Utah over the summer, but will bring in plenty of offers between now and his senior year. Bingham also has three-star linebacker Daniel Langi and three-star kicker Chayden Johnston. Langi has offers from Nevada and Utah, while Johnston is committed to Utah. Kade Cloward, Cameron Smith, Harris LaChance, and Kalisi Moli are other prospects worth keeping an eye on. (Follow @DougKimmelScout on Twitter)

FRIDAY

Sacramento (Calif.) Grant at Sacramento (Calif.) Burbank at 5 p.m.
The Pacers are finally playing with experience again and they have the horses up front, namely three-star offensive tackle Darrin Paulo, who's top four includes Oregon, UCLA, USC and Washington State, where his brother plays. Donovan Brown will run the Pacers offense after starting as a junior. Speaking of Washington State, they've taken some of the talent from Burbank, with Calvin Green and Ngalu Tapa gone from their 2013 squad and now playing for the Cougars. But there are two more Tapa's in the mix, Kavaliku and Aleki, who play on both lines and will open up holes for Harrison Anderson, who takes over the primary ball-carrier duties from Green. (Follow @BrandonHuffman on Twitter)

Sandy (Utah) Jordan at Salt Lake City (Utah) East at 7 p.m.
This is could be one of the best games in Utah all year. Jordan is led by All-American quarterback, Austin Kafentzis, who has been committed to Wisconsin for over a year now. Game planning for Kafentzis has been a nightmare for opposing defenses, he has been lethal with his arm and legs over the past three years. East is one of the few teams in Utah that could be up for the task. Led by four-star linebacker and Stanford commit, Christian Folau, East has one of the most talented teams in Utah as usual. Folau is one of the most instinctive and hard hitting linebackers in the country, and he could be spying Kafentzis throughout the night. Nevada commit, Hausia Sekona could also factor into the containment of AK. Sekona is a talented defensive tackle, that has one of the best get-offs in the country. Lorenzo Manu is another senior for East worth keeping an eye on, last year he led the state with 11 interceptions, and already had one in the season opener. Manu is also playing QB for East this year. Lastly, three-star 2016 East defensive end/tight end Loa Kaufusi could be a huge factor in containing Kafentzis. Kaufusi has tremendous length and a great motor, once he adds one 30-40 pounds, he could be one of the best out West. (Follow @DougKimmelScout on Twitter)

Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman at Anaheim (Calif.) Servite at 7 p.m.
This game is loaded with talent on both sides of the ball. Gorman is led offensively by UCLA commit Alize Jones, the most athletic tight end in the country who can really stretch the field. Wide out Cordell Broadus is another national recruit and also watch for sophomore transfer Tyjon Lindsey to be the teams big play receiver threat. Jackson Perry leads a big physical offensive line and Notre Dame commit Nicco Fertitta is one of the top safeties in the region. Servite is led by Oregon commit Travis Waller, one of the nation's top quarterbacks. He has plenty of options at receiver led by national recruit Equanimeous St. Brown and USC commit Clayton Johnston leads a physical offensive line. Defensively, the Friars are led by their secondary as Maurice Davison is a talented corner and Micah Croom should have a big impact at safety. (Follow @GregBiggins on Twitter)

Chandler (Ariz.) at Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial at 7 p.m.
There will be seven players that currently have division-one scholarship offers on the field and that number could double by the end of the year. These are two of Arizona's best squads taking each other on in week one of the season. The team's have contrasting styles on offense, which makes this game interesting. Chandler is wide open and has a ton of speed. They are led by Arizona State commit, quarterback Bryce Perkins. Perkins has the most weapons on the state to get the ball to. Junior running back Chase Lucas along with receivers Justin Jan, N'keal Harry, Kolby Taylor, Terrell Flanigan and Danny Mahan make up the state's best receiving corp. Centennial is a run first team that has size upfront. Colorado commit Brett Tonz and junior guards Marshal Nathe and Steven Bailey pave the way for the 210 pound Dedrick Young. (Follow @jason247scout on Twitter)

La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat at Santa Margarita (Calif.) at 7 p.m.
The Bishop Amat Lancers have two of the top junior prospects nationally in Tyler Vaughns, who is rated the nation’s No. 4 wide receiver, and Trevon Sidney, who is rated as the nation’s No. 3 cornerback. Vaughns claims scholarship offers from USC, UCLA, Washington State and Colorado State. He could make a decision at the end of his junior year. Sidney unofficially visited USC, Oregon and UCLA in the off season. He hopes to still visit Washington and Arizona and some point as well. Santa Margarita fields one of the nation top 2016 quarterbacks in K.J. Costello. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound signal caller was recently offered a scholarship by USC, giving Costello more than a dozen scholarships offers to date. The Eagles also feature 6-foot-5, 235-pound defensive end, Rick Wade, who committed to UCLA over several other Pac-12 schools in July.
(Follow @DougKimmelScout on Twitter)

Honolulu (Hawaii) Kamehameha vs. Loomis (Calif.) Del Oro at 8 p.m.
Kamehameha comes to the mainland to take on the reigning CIF NorCal D-I Champions, Del Oro, who are hosting the five-game Honor Bowl. Kamehameha has Oregon commit Dylan Kane in their secondary, and Kane, one of the top overall athletes in Hawaii, will also play offense and Kamehameha will try to get the ball into his hands. BYU verbal Mika Tafua leads the defensive line for the Warriors. Preston Kalai, a cornerback for Kamehameha, helps Kane in the secondary. Del Oro suffered some graduation losses from their team that made it to the D-I Bowl Game. Junior receiver Tre Udoffia is Del Oro's top playmaker. (Follow @BrandonHuffman on Twitter)

SATURDAY

Saturday: Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North vs. Sparks (Nev.) Reed at Del Oro HS at 2 p.m.
The Broncos come in loaded with one of the Central Section's best teams and they have a pair of Pac-12 commits plus several other D-I prospects on their team. Scout 100 defensive tackle Jacob Daniel, a commit to USC, is the top defender on the Broncos, but a knee injury suffered last season could still keep him out for the opener. Bolu Olorunfunmi, a three-star running back committed to UCLA, heads into his third year as the starter in the backfield. Fullback Westin Hatcher, who leads the way for Bolu, is a Top 5 fullback in the West. Defensively, Bransin Johnson, Malachi Foote and Noruwa Obanor are a part of a secondary that has all three with D-I offers. Linebacker Hayden Haupt has a number of offers too. Reed, which has made it to the Nevada state finals two of the last three years, is hoping their second game goes better than last week's 66-13 loss to defending Arizona state champion Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe. (Follow @BrandonHuffman on Twitter)

Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw vs. Long Beach (Calif.) Poly at Mission Viejo HS at 4 p.m.
Crenshaw has a young team but they always have athletes. Junior running back Andre Carter, younger brother of former all-city RB Raymond Carter, could develop in to one of the top backs in the state. Defensive lineman Khalil Jones is another junior to watch and was an all-state underclass selection a year ago. Junior Derek Moore is another athletic defensive end and is poised for a double digit sack season. Poly is loaded all over and could have their most talented teams in years. DB Iman Marshall is one of the nation's top corners and will see time at receiver as well. Defensive lineman Joseph Wicker can play inside or outside and defensive back Colin Samuel gives the Jackrabbits two of the biggest and most talented corners in the state. Josh Love is a smooth, efficient quarterback and junior receiver Jack Jones is one of the most explosive players in the state. (Follow @GregBiggins on Twitter)

Saturday: Santa Rosa (Calif.) Cardinal Newman vs. Churchill County (Nev.) at Del Oro HS at 5 p.m.
Churchill County lost in the state finals in Nevada last year, but hopes to start the 2014 season off right and they'll go as senior quarterback Joe Pyle takes them. Cardinal Newman saw Keaton Dunsford go on to prep school (where he's now a commit to Princeton) after running their offense the past two years, but Jordan Brookshire, a 2017 prospect, will take over the offense and he's one to watch the next three years. (Follow @BrandonHuffman on Twitter)

Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei vs. Corona (Calif.) Centennial at Mission Viejo HS at 8 p.m.
The Monarchs are led by Ben Humphreys, one of the region's best two-way players, who is an impact player at linebacker/safety and receiver. Quarterback Jack Lowary is untested but talented and tight end Kyle Penniston, a Wisconsin commit, is one of the region's best at his position. Junior tackle Frank Martin is a national recruit along the offensive line and the defensive line is loaded led by Malik McMorris, Rasheed Williams and Olive Sagapolu. The Huskies have a great one-two punch at receiver led by California commit Greyson Bankhead and standout junior Javon McKinley. Also watch out for sophomore J.J. Taylor to have a breakout season at running back, receiver and returning kicks. Defensively, Oregon corner commit Jihree Stewart leads the secondary and fellow corner Gabreal Hughes will be one of the fastest players on the field.
(Follow @GregBiggins on Twitter)

Saturday: Concord (Calif.) Clayton Valley vs. Carson (Nev.) at Del Oro HS at 8 p.m.
Clayton Valley welcomes two newcomers this year, 2017 offensive lineman Jalen McKenzie and 2015 defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie. Kahlil just happens to be the No. 1 prospect in the country by Scout.com, a five-star committed to Tennessee. After playing last season at De La Salle, Kahlil transferred to Clayton Valley and he's still waiting for word from the CIF-North Coast Section on if he's immediately eligble or if he has to sit out for transfer reasons. Carson has quarterback Nolan Shine now running the offense after an all-league junior season at linebacker. Running back Colby Brown is now healthy and figures to carry the load for the Senators.
(Follow @BrandonHuffman on Twitter)


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