Greg Powers, National Recruiting Analyst- Midlands
Thursday: Little Elm (Texas) at McKinney (Texas) North at 7 p.m.
While do not know yet about the division one prospect to focus in on for Little Elm, we do know that North is stacked up with them. Oklahoma State running back commit Ronald Jones is one of the fastest and most elusive backs in the state. 22016 Scout four-star defensive end Justin Madubuike has had a nice could of weeks adding offers from Ohio State and TCU. 2015 safety Bryce Balous is one of the areas top sleepers and is always around the ball. And we have finally found the elusive Gage Thomason, a left tackle in the 2016 class who grabbed our eye playing for Sherman last season.
Friday: Denison (Texas) High vs. Argyle (Texas) High at AT&T Stadium at 2 p.m.
Denison had a couple of receivers and defensive backs who caught our eye in seven-on-seven that we will watch to see if they need Scout.com profiles and Argyle will be reloading after losing an abundance of division one signees off of last year’s state championship team. The star of the show now is Arizona State commit Nick Ralston, who could lead on both sides of the ball at running back and linebacker. Also a big-ime recruit is tight end J.C. Chalk, who is a 2016 prospect committed to Clemson.
Friday: Arlington (Texas) Martin vs. Dallas (Texas) Skyline at AT&T Stadium at 5 p.m.
Martin is led in the 2015 class by UCF tight end commit Jess Trussell, but 2016 prospects like running back Nic Smith and wide receiver Tyler Wilson had big games in week one for the team. Skyline is loaded as they always are. Both receiver Carlos Strickland and linebacker Anthony Wheeler are rated as Top 150 level four-stars. But Kylan Johnson, who started at quarterback, stole the show in week one racking up 300 yards and four scores. Rice commit Zach Abercrumbia will lead the defensive front and 2016 offensive tackle Clarence Henderson will lead the offensive front.
Friday: Southlake (Texas) Carroll vs. Tulsa (Okla.) Union at AT&T Stadium at 8 p.m.
This year’s TXHSFB vs. OKPreps clash will once again feature a couple of the state’s most powerful and tradition rich teams. Union is always in the state championship hunt and even though no senior prospects are listing offers at this point it is pretty safe to assume that will not be the case come February. Corner Robert Thomas looked good last season and fellow defensive back Tre Brown is on the 2017 watch list. The Dragons will be led by quarterback Ryan Agnew on offense and King Newton, the son of former Dallas Cowboy Nate Newton. One player who I particularly look forward to seeing is Scout four-star junior Obi Eboh, who secured his first P5 offer from Mississippi State this week.
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Derek Young, Regional Recruiting Analyst - Midlands
Thursday: Lawrence (Kan.) at Blue Valley (Kan.) West at 7 p.m.
The standout prospect in this showdown featuring two high school programs on the first night of high school football in Kansas is junior defensive end Amani Bledsoe. He's already listed as the nation's 16th best defensive end in his class and an early 2016 four-star prospect. He's already racked up scholarship offers from Kansas, Kansas State, North Carolina State, and Oklahoma State.
Friday: Independence (Mo.) Fort Osage at Lee's Summit (Mo.) at 7 p.m.
The third weekend of high school football in the state of Missouri pits two Kansas City area programs that come into the matchup unscathed so far this year. Fort Osage comes off a thrilling victory over defending 6A state champion Blue Springs, while Lee's Summit enters the contest having already lit up the scoreboard in the two games prior with 81 points in the opener and 41 more last Friday. It'll be a showdown between two of the best quarterbacks in the area in Fort Osage junior Skylar Thompson and Lee's Summit's senior signal caller Drew Lock. Thompson has received serious interest from Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, and Arkansas already, while Lock was an Elite 11 finalist and a current Missouri commit.
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Ahmard Vital, Regional Recruiting Analyst - Texas
Thursday: Houston (Tex.) Alief Elsik vs. Houston (Tex.) Stratford at 7 p.m.
Of all the Thursday game slated, this match up looked to be the best of what’s available. Elsik is coming off a landslide win while Stratford lost to its longtime community rival. Though it is still early in the season, it is quite clear that Elsik was able to use its ground game with EJ Davis and Aaron Jackson leading the way. When the ball is thrown, it’s likely that Patrick Onyiah will be the target. On defense, one of the best of 2016 in four-star linebacker Dontavious Jackson will lead the way. For Stratford, the team is much more balanced, but junior running back Rakeem Boyd is the team’s top prospect.
Friday: Missouri City (Tex.) Hightower vs. Missouri City (Tex.) Ridge Point at 7 p.m.
Not many miles separate these two teams and they are nearly considered neighbors. Many things the two have in common is that both are poised to have big seasons, are led by veterans at key positions and each has a number of college prospects featured. For Hightower, quarterback Neiko Hollins is ready to make a name for himself after his team failed to score in the previous week. But this team is loaded on the defensive side. Tackle Darius Anderson, a three-star athlete leads the way up front. Michael Johnson is at the end spot. Clifton Lewis is at linebacker while Rice commit Christian Bertrand and Julian Chandler are two solid players in the secondary. At Ridge Point, four-star linebacker Cameron Townsend (Top 3: Texas, Oklahoma, Oregon State) is one of the state’s best and will likely be coming off the edge to apply pressure. Sticking with the defense, Baylor cornerback commitment Jordan Tolbert is a ball hawk and a playmaker. Maryland commit Jameel Cook is a safety prospect worth keeping an eye on. On offense, quarterback Jesse Crebbe is going on his second year in the Ridge Point system. Crebbe will have two back with him, both of which can gain plenty of yards. Two-star athlete Remus Bulmer is the primary back while Ke’Shawn Ledet should get some touches as well.
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Gabe Brooks, Regional Recruiting Analyst - Texas
Thursday: Fort Worth (Texas) Paschal at Fort Worth (Texas) South Hills at 7 p.m.
Paschal and South Hills have some underclassmen talent that should make for an interesting contest. Paschal 2016 athlete Dylan Thomas threw for 1,953 yards and ran for 954 playing quarterback as a sophomore in 2013. Scout projects the 6-foot 1/2, 185-pound Thomas as a receiver. Thomas is No. 296 overall in the 2016 Scout 300 and has early offers from TCU and SMU. The South Hills Scorpions boast a pair of talented 2017 twins in quarterback Tracin Wallace and receiver Tylan Wallace. Both players await their first offer, but have received interest from several Big 12 programs.
Friday: Plano (Texas) West at Sachse (Texas) at 7:30 p.m.
Sachse has two of the state's top eight players in Scout's 2016 rankings: four-star receiver Devin Duvernay and four-star cornerback Jared Mayden. Scout ranks Duvernay as the nation's No. 2 receiver in the 2016 class. He holds 23 offers, including Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Clemson, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M, and UCLA, among others. Mayden, Scout's No. 2 cornerback in 2016, has a very similar offer list. He has 25 offers and has already named a top 10 (in alphabetic order) of Baylor, Louisville, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Rice, TCU, Tennessee, and Texas A&M. Mayden has an older brother who plays at Rice. Sachse also has 2015 three-star running back Devine Ozigbo, who committed in August to Iowa State, picking the Cyclones out of 20-plus offers. Plano West features 2015 four-star running back Sotonye Jamabo, one of the top senior running backs in the country. Scout ranks Jamabo No. 2 at his position in the 2015 cycle. Jamabo joins 2016 four-star linebacker McKinley Mitchell, who holds offers from Arizona State, Baylor, Navy, SMU, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech. McKinley, known commonly as "Kiwi," is the younger brother of former five-star linebacker Mike Mitchell and big-time basketball prospect Mickey Mitchell. Plano West safety Mark Cooks has offers from Arkansas State, Louisiana-Monroe, and UTEP.
Saturday: Euless (Texas) Trinity vs. Rockwall-Heath (Texas) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington at 5 p.m.
Perennial power Trinity always features front-line talent and this fall is no different. Four-star offensive guard and Texas commit Patrick Vahe leads the offensive line, while three-star defensive end Tipa Galea'i holds offers from Houston, North Texas, Utah, Utah State, and Washington State. Trinity also has an emerging 2016 defensive tackle in Chris Daniels, who has picked up recent offers from TCU and USC in addition to his first from Western Michigan. Rockwall-Heath features four-star offensive tackle and Texas A&M commit Trevor Elbert, as well as four-star safety and Texas pledge DeShon Elliott. Rockwall-Heath also has Tulsa-bound cornerback David Richardson, offensive guard J.J. Nwigwe (New Mexico State, Nevada offers), running back Rico Henderson (Nevada, Texas State offers), and defensive tackle Denzel Chukwukelu (UTEP offer) in the 2015 class.
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Annabel Stephan, Midlands Field Reporter
Thursday: Austin (Texas) Anderson vs. Round Rock (Texas) Westwood at 7:00 p.m.
This Westwood team is looking to bounce back after a week one 29-5 loss versus Georgetown (Texas). A lot of changes surround this team, most notably the loss of Bear Fenimore, a current Houston Cougar, at quarterback. The reigns have been handed off to 6-foot, 200-pound junior Jack Swensen. The offensive line also had a big hit with the loss of current Maryland offensive lineman Brendan Moore, so the biggest question mark going into the game is who will step up as a leader for this Warrior team. Anderson, which enters week two 1-0, hasn't had a prospect come out in a few years, but the player to watch in this game is junior safety Michael Onuoha. Others: quarterback Kirby Hill, receiver Dalton Harris.
Friday: Temple (Texas) vs. Austin (Texas) Westlake at 7:30 p.m.
The undefeated Temple Wildcats, quarterbacked by Baylor commit Chad President, will head to Westlake fresh off of a 35-28 win over Round Rock (Texas). President, who has already signed a financial agreement with the Bears, missed most of his junior season due to injury, but looked much improved in 7on7 this summer. Others to watch include running back Jeff Carr, a CenTex sleeper, and safety Marquelle Ponce. Westlake suffered a close loss in week one versus Southlake (Texas) Carroll. The Chaps lost quarterback Jordan Severt to SMU, and offensive linemen Will Copa and Calvin Anderson to Texas State and Rice, respective, but new head coach Todd Dodge will get this team back on track. to Keep an eye on linebacker Hudson Hall, who holds an offer from San Diego State and other interest including Baylor, TCU, and Arkansas, as well as linebacker Breckyn Hager, a Baylor commit.
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