Follow the Scouts of Scout.com on Twitter as they bring you live coverage of the weekend's high school football across the nation, with several members of the Class of 2015 Scout 300 in action as well as a number of top 2016 and 2017 prospects and a host of games Scout.com Top 50 teams.
Brian Dohn, National Recruiting Analyst- East
Thursday: Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic at Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic, 10 a.m. (scrimmage)
Bergen Catholic is led by class of 2016 four-star quarterback Jarrett Guarantano, who recently trimmed his list Ohio State, Clemson, Oklahoma and Alabama. It will be his first year as a full-time starters. Red Bank Catholic, the alma mater of Miami coach Al Golden, is led by outside linebacker/defensive end Jamie Gordinier, who is committed to the Hurricanes. There is talent in the junior class as well in four-star offensive lineman Liam Smith and safety prospect Eddie Hahn, who holds a North Carolina State offer.
Friday: Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha at Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood, 7 p.m.
It is a nice neighboring state matchup as WB Wood is led by a pair of Penn State commits in offensive lineman Ryan Bates and linebacker Jake Cooper. Class of 2016 quarterback Tom Garlick is also a player to watch as he develops this season. One of his main targets is class of 2017 receiver Mark Webb, who already has an offer from Temple. DeMataha is loaded with prospects, led by Ohio State safety commit Tyler Green and class of 2016 defensive end and Penn State commit Shane Simmons. The Stags also have defensive end and Temple commit DeAndre Kelly in the 2015 class, class of 2016 offensive linemen Terrance Davis and J.P. Urquidez, both of whom have double digit offers, receivers Tino Ellis (multiple offers) and Darryle Turner, and running back Lorenzo Harrison, who has several offers. In the 2017 class, running back Anthony McFarland is the headliner.
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Mike McAllister, CuseNation.com Publisher
Saturday: Cicero-North Syracuse (N.Y.) High at Christian Brothers Academy (N.Y.) at 10 a.m.(scrimmage)
CBA is led by junior quarterback Jack Brotzki, who earned a Syracuse offer during a summer camp. Brotzki is a transfer from Jamesville-DeWitt and there is not a lot of film on him available. This will be a great opportunity to see what he can do in person. CBA also features a pair of other division one prospects. Three-star senior offensive lineman and Boston College commit John Phillips will line up at tackle for the Brothers. Maybe the most intriguing prospect is sophomore wide receiver Noah Jordan-Williams. Like Brotzki, Jordan-Williams picked up an offer from Syracuse during a summer camp. Already over 6-feet tall, Jordan-Williams impressed with his smooth route running and solid hands. He figures to be a big target for Brotzki this season.
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Jacquie Franciulli, East Field Reporter
Thursday: Hampton (Va.) Phoebus at Gloucester (Va.) High at 7 p.m.
Players from Phoebus High School told the Daily Press in Newport News that they have some unfinished business this season. After winning four consecutive state titles, the Phantoms want to get back to winning ways after a two year championship drought. Phoebus returns big-time talent like 2016 cornerback Robbie Robinson, who holds double-digit offers including: Penn State, Clemson, Virginia, Michigan State and Wisconsin among others. Robinson will also try to be a menace on offense at wide receiver, as the Phantoms are looking to replace now Virginia Tech running back Marshawn Williams. Head coach Jeremy Blunt also returns a veteran offensive line anchored by Hokies commit Harry Lewis. Other guys we will be watching incudes Norfolk Christian transfer quarterback Jonathan Kraft and Florida transfer Elijah Nelson.
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Chad Simmons, National Recruiting Analyst- South
Friday: Newnan (Ga.) at Carrollton (Ga.) at 7:30 p.m.
There are two talented defensive backs in this game that will likely play against each other on the next level. The home team, Carrollton, is led by Georgia Tech commit, Dante Wigley. He is a long and rangy corner with ball skills. Some of the other prospects to watch on Carrollton are juniors, Jarvis Terrell (Running back) and Jarrell Rowe (Wide receiver), and sophomores, Case Cook (Defensive line) and Jamie Echols (Offensive line). North Carolina commit, J.K. Britt leads Newnan's squad into this game. Like Wigley, Britt is a solid three-star prospect on Scout. Junior linebacker, Emanuel Bridges is a Scout 300 inside linebacker prospect with offers from Alabama, Louisville, Ole Miss, and Nebraska among others.
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Jamie Newberg, National Recruiting Analyst- Florida
Friday: Orlando (Fla.) Timber Creek vs. Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips at 7:30 p.m.
Timber Creek is led by one of the very best and most coveted offensive prospects in this 2015 class in running back Jacques Patrick. Patrick is an outstanding big back at 6-foot-2, 231-pounds. I mean this kid is a horse and so tough to handle. He’s strong between the tackles and can move a pile. Patrick is also deceptive in the open field. He favors Florida State and Alabama and plans on making his college commitment on October 27th. Dr. Phillips will certainly have their hands full but they are very capable and always one of the top programs in central Florida. This group is talented in all classes. Quarterback Rudy Norwood is a D1 guy with offers from Temple, UAB, Georgia Southern and Western Michigan. On the other side of the ball, Vernon Walker is one of the better safeties in the state and could see his stock explode this fall. Junior linebacker Jonathan Pollack is active and everywhere for this defense. He’s already committed to Mississippi State. Then you have a pair of outstanding sophomores in their class of 2017 in Calvin Ashley and Dylan Meeks. In fact, Ashley could very well challenge for the state’s top overall prospect when it’s all said and done. This offensive tackle already holds a slew of offers from teams like South Carolina, FSU, Auburn, Miami, Clemson and many others. Meeks is a defensive end with a big time future as well. Both did the impossible at Dr. Phillips last year… they started as freshman from day one.
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Michael Clark, Atlantic Recruiting Analyst
Friday: New Bern (N.C.) at Havelock (N.C.) at 7 p.m.
This is a battle of two of the top programs in the state. The schools are less than 20 miles from each other and both come in 1-0. New Bern is led by senior Mike Hughes, who is one of the most dynamic prospects in North Carolina. Although he will play cornerback in college, Hughes is starting at quarterback for the second straight season. He finished his junior campaign with nearly 3,300 yards of offense and 42 total touchdowns. Hughes is down to Florida, North Carolina, North Carolina, Ohio State and South Carolina. Defensively, the Bears are led by senior middle linebacker Sha’mond Squires, who holds an offer from Charleston Southern and is attracting interest from other schools, as well as senior safety Cypress Borden. New Bern also features junior cornerback Tyric McCarter, who has a chance to be the next major prospect for the Bears. Offensively, Havelock is led by senior wide receiver and South Carolina commit Michael Bowman, who had nearly a 1,000 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns last year, and dynamic senior playmaker Matthew Boykin, who scored 17 touchdowns a year ago. The Rams also have wide receiver Kyran Bowman, who is one of the juniors in the state, and committed to North Carolina. Defensively, Havelock features junior five-star outside linebacker Keion Joyner, who is the No. 2 prospect in the 2016 class. Joyner’s early list of favorites includes LSU, Auburn, North Carolina and Florida.
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Geoff Vogt, Florida Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Palmetto (Fla.) at Venice (Fla) at 7:30 p.m.
Two of the better programs in Manatee and Sarasota Counties facing off to start the season. Palmetto is led by junior QB Jack Allison (Miami commit) and wide receivers Simon Williams, Dearius Washington, and Tanka Smith. Head Coach Dave Marino is 35-15 in his first four years at Palmetto and this version of the Tiger's seems poised to make a deep playoff run. Venice has averaged nine wins over the past seven years (made playoffs in each season) and are one of the most consistent programs in the state. The Indian's have size this year---lots of it----led by Miami verbal Tyler Gauthier, Kent State verbal Alex Hoag, and Jarrod Hewitt. Junior athlete Langston Provitt will be a key player as he is expected to line up at QB, WR, and DB this season.
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Amy Campbell, Southeast Field Reporter
Friday: Kennesaw (Ga.) North Cobb at Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett at 7:30 p.m.
Last week, North Gwinnett took down McEachern in an exciting, come-from-behind, last second win in the Corky Kell Classic. This week, they welcome North Cobb in their home opener. North Cobb four-star quarterback Tyler Queen has fully recovered from an elbow injury that held him out in spring. He’s a solid Auburn commitment and big recruiter for the Tigers. Leading the North Gwinnett offense is quarterback John Urzua, who threw for 490-yards last week against McEachern. North Gwinnett has plenty of offensive stars, including five-star offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt. Hyatt is committed to Clemson. There’s no shortage of solid pass-catchers for Urzua either. Senior receivers Daniel Imatorbhebhe (Missouri commit) and Almonzo Brown (Minnesota commit), as well as junior receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe, should all be strong offensive weapons for North Gwinnett. Plenty of big schools are already after Josh, including Michigan State, Ohio State, Missouri, Nebraska, and Vanderbilt. On defense, senior defensive end Anree Saint-Armour is one to watch. The three-star lineman has several offers including Ohio State, Tennessee, Missouri, and Louisville.
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John Garcia, Regional Recruiting Analyst- Alabama
Friday: Lovejoy (Ga.) at Jonesboro (Ga.) Mundy's Mill at 7:30 p.m.
The player all eyes will be on in this one is Scout's No. 1 senior wide receiver and five-star Preston Williams. The Tennessee Volunteer pledge has done nothing but impress all offseason long, and he'll lead another talented Lovejoy roster into the 2014 season. The Wildcats defense is something to keep an eye on as well, with four-star Alabama safety pledge Montrell Custis, Williams and fellow senior Treveyion Custis patrolling the back-end. But offensively, Williams is joined by three-star wideout Tremaine Dillard, who is not only nearly as big as Williams at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, but has offers from Indiana, East Carolina and Marshall to his name. Up front, Atlanta NFTC standout Randy Robinson anchors the line. Fellow two-star prospect Darius Anderson does the same for Mundy's Mill, looking to kick off 2014 in the right way. The 6-foot, 270-pounder committed to East Carolina over the summer, where he projects as an offensive guard.
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Corey Bender, Regional Recruiting Analyst- Florida
Friday: Washington (D.C.) St. John's College at Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy at 7:30
With the 2014 regular season set to kick into gear on Friday, Washington (D.C) St. John's College will be making their season debut in the Sunshine State against a Bradenton (Fla.) IMG squad who has over a dozen Division I prospects sprinkled throughout their roster. Leading the charge on the defensive side of the ball for the Cadets is Ayron Monroe, a 6-foot-2, 197-pound defensive back who's verbally committed to James Franklin and Penn State. He's aggressive in run support and projects best at safety, but could possibly play linebacker down the road as well. Eric Assoua, 6-foot-2, 215-pounds, is a three-star outside linebacker who's garnered offers from Boston College, Western Michigan and Toledo, but that should change during the fall. Scottie Washington is a big target at 6-foot-5, 200-pounds. He's the nation's No. 192 wide receiver on Scout.com with offers from the likes of Virginia, Nebraska and Boston College. An underclassman who has a chance to be special is Terrell Hall, an effective pass-rusher with a high ceiling at 6-foot-5, 225-pounds, Devante Brooks, 6-foot-6, 240-pounds, is a 2016 tight end with several Division I offers, but is out with a torn ACL. You might not find another offensive line across the country with more premier talent than the IMG Academy. Tyree St. Louis (Miami), Evan Mallory (Cincinnati), Mirko Jurkovic (Nebraska) and Miki Fifita (Oregon State) are all verbally committed to Division I programs and have terrific size for a group. Deondre Francois, the nation's No. 9 quarterback on Scout.com, can sling it with the best of them and is committed to Jimbo Fisher and Florida State. The Orlando native was stellar in week one and played mistake free football with no turnovers. Tavares Chase is a four-star wide receiver who transferred in over the offseason from Plant City (Fla.) High School. The 2016 standout should be able to choose any program in the nation two years from now on National Signing Day. The Ascenders have a battery ram at running back in Tony Jones, a 2016 prospect who measures in at 6-foot-1, 220-pounds. Florida is the team to beat early on for the four-star ball-carrier. Saivion Smith is an elite talent at cornerback who came down with two interceptions in his preseason game a week ago. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Smith has an elite set of offers and is the No. 11 cornerback in the country out of the 2016 class. Scott Patchan and Ryan Fines, a pair of three-star defensive lineman, are set to play their college ball in Coral Gables for the Miami Hurricanes and possess high motors in the trenches.
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Bob Redman, FightinGators.com Insider
Thursday: Columbia (Fla.) at Gainesville (Fla.) at 7:30 p.m.
The Tigers of Columbia come in after an emotional last minute win last week against central Florida power West Orange. The games count now and the Tigers will lean on star running back Lonnie Underwood who has offers from the likes of USF, FIU, Akron and on the verge of more. Underwood put the ball in the end zone five times a week ago, only to have two of them called back. Linebacker Zedrick Woods is a hit machine currently committed to Mississippi. Malachi Jean is a 6-foot-2, 340 pound monster in the middle of the defense at tackle and holds offers from Cincinnati, East Carolina, FIU, and more. He has nice quickness for a huge man and makes plays. New on the scene is running back Kamario Bell who is a standout in the 2017 class. Gainesville will be an issue up front with defensive ends Calvin Brown who goes 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds and is a blur off the edge and boasts of offers from Cincinnati, FAU, NC State, Indiana, Purdue and others and 2016 star Jordan Giberti who goes 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds. Giberti also plays tight end for the Purple Hurricanes and has an offer from Utah and being looked at by Florida, Kentucky and others. Electric athlete Ahmad Ivey is still looking to get on the map and could play corner, slot, or running back at the next level.
Friday: Miami (Fla.) Westminster Christian at Harvest Community (Fla.)
Westminster Christian should come in as big favorites but have to travel six hours to Jacksonville for the game. Cornerback Tim Irvin can play several spots on the field. The four-star corner has offers from all over the planet and it appears Miami and Florida are the two teams most involved here. Running back Jordan Cronkrite is a load and a Miami commitment. Tobias Moss is a shifty receiver that holds an offer from Wisconsin among others as we head into the season.
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Allen Trieu, National Recruiting Analyst - Midwest
Thursday: West Bloomfield (Mich.) vs. Dearborn at 1 p.m.
West Bloomfield has several recruited players including Bowling Green defensive tackle commit Eddy Wilson and cornerback Obbie Jackson, who has several MAC offers. Wide receiver Michael King is an exciting playmaker who has schools looking his way.
Thursday: Temperance (Mich.) Bedford vs. Dearborn (Mich.) Fordson at 4 p.m.
Fordson is lead by Central Michigan commit Jamil Sabbagh at receiver and defensive back and Ball State commit Abdallah Jaffal at linebacker.
Thursday: Plymouth (Mich.) at Salem (Mich.) at 7 p.m.
The Wildcats have Scout 300 junior offensive tackle Michael Jordan, who holds offers from Michigan and Ohio State and interest from several other BCS programs.
Friday: Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's vs. Southfield (Mich.) at 4 p.m.
A loaded contest will feature St. Mary's Scout 300 cornerback Tyson Smith, who is committed to Michigan State. The Eaglets also have two top 2017 prospects, wide receiver K.J. Hamler, who has Cincinnati and Michigan State offers, and linebacker Josh Ross, who has offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Ohio State and more. Junior offensive lineman Cameron Kolwich is another to watch. Southfield has a loaded secondary which features Wake Forest commit Dior Johnson, Western Michigan commit Davontae Ginwright, Central Michigan commit Ja'Mar Antwine, and Minnesota commit Ray Buford. We are also looking forward to seeing talented 2016 running back Matt Falcon, a Scout 300 prospect primed to make a big move up the rankings this year.
Friday: Detroit Cass Tech vs. Oak Park (Mich.) at 7 p.m.
Cass Tech is, as usual, full of Division-1 talent. Michigan commit Mike Weber, a four-star running back leads the offense along with explosive 2017 receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones, who holds offers from NC State, Penn State, Miami (Fla.) and others, and 2016 receiver Demetric Vance, who has an NC State offer. Two-way lineman Joshua Alabi is committed to Ohio State, and linebacker Michael Oliver is committed to Central Michigan. Michael Onwenu, a four-star junior, also plays on both sides of the line and has offers from Michigan, Ohio State and more. 2016 cornerback LaVert Hill has ten offers, including Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and more. 2017 cornerback Donovan Johnson looks like a future offer type. Jayru Campbell, a one-time Michigan State commit, lead the Technicians to two state titles at quarterback, but may play other positions this year. 2017 quarterback Rodney Hall is a talented kid who may inherit the reigns. In addition, a number of other potential D1 prospects are on the roster including linebacker Andre Gregory, defensive end Eldrick Matthews, and offensive tackle Ostell Martin. Oak Park is lead by John Kelly, who is down to Michigan State and Minnesota and could play running back, slot or defensive back in college. Western Michigan linebacker commit Junior McMullen is an outstanding player who is ranked in the top 15 prospects in the state. Central Michigan commit Shahid Bellamy leads the way on both lines along with Ricardo Smith.
Saturday: East English Village Prep vs. Lansing Sexton at 11 a.m.
EEVP has one of the top 2017 prospects in the Midwest, offensive lineman Emani Mason, who does not have any offers yet, but has schools like Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and others interested. Western Michigan commit Anton Curtis can play quarterback, receiver and defensive back. 2016 receiver Armani Posey should receive offers in time. We will also be keeping an eye on running back Leon Timmons, receiver Lindrell Mitchell and defensive end Kamahl March. Sexton is lead by big, physical running back and linebacker Avonte Bell, who has an offer from Western Michigan. Big, athletic receiver and linebacker Rayshawn Wilborn is committed to Central Michigan.
Saturday: Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) Brother Rice vs. Chicago (Ill.) Brother Rice at 4 p.m.
The Michigan Brother Rice is lead by Michigan commit Alex Malzone, a four-star quarterback. He has a couple of great targets to throw to in Grant Perry, who has several MAC offers, and is still on the radar of other program, and Western Michigan commit Delano Madison. On defense, Jack Dunaway had 15 sacks last year, and younger brother Carter Dunaway is a 6-foot-6 class of 2017 tight end to look out for. Marc Miller, a two-way lineman, holds several offers and may receive more this Fall. The Illinois Brother Rice has speedy Northern Illinois commit Marcus Jones at running back and slot, and outstanding 2017 receiver Ricky Smalling, who recently received his first offer from Virginia.
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Bill Greene, Regional Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Akron (Ohio) Firestone at Akron (Ohio) Hoban at 7 p.m.
Hoban features top sophomore runningback Todd Sibley, who is receiving early interest from Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, and others. Junior Jonah Morris plays both wide receiver and safety, and is ready to hit the recruiting radar after an impressive summer camp performance at Ohio State.
Friday: Mayfield (Ohio) at Macedonia (Ohio) Nordonia at 7:30 p.m.
Nordonia is loaded with Division-I talent, including cornerback Denzel Ward who is committed to Ohio State, and Michigan State commit Justice Alexander, who plays defensive end. Both players are ranked as three-star prospects, and both could be in line to move up in the rankings. Senior Alex Alders plays wide receiver and safety, and he holds a few MAC offers. Cornerback Dylan Mabin and defensive end Nic Grayson also hold MAC offers, while quarterback David Murray is drawing interest.
Sunday: Gilman (Md.) at Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward at 2:00 p.m.
ESPN will be televising this matchup between two powerhouse programs. Gilman features four 2016 prospects holding BCS offers. Four-star defensive tackle Ellison Jordan has been offered by Maryland, Georgia Tech, Michigan State and Virginia Tech. Three-star defensive end Devery Hamilton and offensive tackle Stephen Spanellis both hold offers from Maryland, Georgia Tech, Michigan State and South Carolina. Runningback Antonio Dupree has been offered by Ohio State, Michigan State and West Virginia. For St. Edward, this senior-laden squad has over ten players holding Division-I offers, including many that have made verbal commitments. Four-star athlete Shaun Crawford is one of Ohio's more electrifying players, and the Notre Dame commit plays cornerback and wide receiver. Four-star twin brothers David and Andrew Dowell recently de-committed from Northwestern, and are currently favoring Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Louisville. Quarterback Brett Kean has committed to South Florida, while wide receiver Alex Stump has pledged to Kentucky. On the defensive side of the football, linebackers Troy Henderson (Syracuse) and Troy Dipre (Kent State) are impact players. Junior wide receiver/defensive back Tony Butler has been offered by Toledo, and could be one of the state's top 2016 prospects.
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Dave Berk, Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Fairfield (Ohio) vs. Cincinnati (Ohio) Withrow at Lockland Stadium at 7:00 p.m.
Lots of questions surrounding Withrow as they open the season under new head coach Ryan Drake who took over for Jim Place. The loss of 33 seniors from last year’s team means we’ll see a lot of young players on the field. Fairfield head coach Jason Krause will look to his son and Class of 2016 quarterback Hunter Krause to lead the offense. Krause will look for senior offensive lineman Richard Rhodes to protect him and open holes for sophomore running back Kesean Gamble. On defense the Indians have senior safeties Jason Graves and Brandon Mitchell to go with junior corner Mitchell Larsen. T.C. Wells is a name to remember as the 6-foot-2, 215-pound athlete will see time on both sides of the field.
Friday: West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West vs. Loveland (Ohio) at Yager Stadium at 6:00 p.m.
Leading the way for Lakota West head coach Larry Cox will be senior linebacker C.J. Stalker (Virginia pledge), offensive tackle George Asafo-Adjei (Kentucky), defensive end Donte Horton (Western Michigan) and wide receiver Braxton Neal (Cincinnati). However, the biggest question going into the season is at quarterback where Cox must replace the departed Malik Grove. Loveland head coach Fred Cranford will bring a confident team into the game after winning the Ohio Division II state championship last season. He’ll look to senior offensive lineman Ian Leever (Miami Ohio) to open holes for senior running back Nate Slagel who as the Divisoin II Offensive Player of the Year despite the fact he missed the later part of the season after tearing his ACL in week eight. Slagel rushed for 1,340 yards and 18 rushing touchdowns a season ago. Sophomore running back Luke Waddell was also impressive last season as he rushed for 1,593 yards and 18 rushing touchdowns. On defense Cranford will look to junior defensive lineman Jake Saunders who started all 15 games a season ago and is getting plenty of recruiting interest.
Friday: Cincinnati (Ohio) Colerain vs. Cincinnati (Ohio) La Salle at Yager Stadium at 8:30 p.m.
Northwestern pledge Jordan Thompson is not expected to play (slight meniscus tear) for La Salle leaving a major gap along their defensive front. So look for head coach Nate Moore to have his offense ready to roll behind junior quarterback Nick Watson. Watson will look to receiver Kevin Ferguson and running back Jeremy Larkin to help carry the load against a young Colerain team that has three future college players on defense. Colerain head coach Tom Bolden will look for seniors Demetrius Colbert (Eastern Michigan), Mayne Williams (Ohio) and Jeffrey Christian to help an otherwise young team through a tough early schedule until the offense gets rolling as Bolden must find a replacement for departed quarterback Kelvin Cook (Miami Ohio). Early on look for senior running back Jordan Asberry to be the big name on offense.
Saturday: East St. Louis (Ill.) Senior at Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier at 3:00 p.m.
Lots of talent will be on the field for both teams in this marquee match-up. For East St. Louis, defensive end Terry Beckner holds offers from all over the country while defensive tackle Kenny Knight has already given his pledge to Ball State and running back Natereace Strong is set to sign with Missouri. Several underclassmen including 2017 wide receiver Jeff Thomas could cause St. Xavier problems. Leading the way for the Bombers will be Ohio State linebacker pledge Justin Hilliard who we expect to also see reps at running back. He’ll be joined by Boston College pledge Ben Glines and fellow seniors Cole Jones and Simeon Lane. New names to watch for St. Xavier include juniors Brody Ketron (cornerback), Sean Prophit (safety) and rising sophomore quarterback Sean Clifford.
Saturday: Middletown (Ohio) Bishop Fenwick vs. Cincinnati Hills (Ohio) Christian Academy at Kings Stadium at 7:00 p.m.
All eyes will be on super junior Prince Sammons as the 6-foot-7, 262-pounder enters only his second year of organized football holding offers from Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia, Auburn and several others. Sammons will be joined by two-way senior lineman Jacob Halter (Penn pledge) and linebacker Bobby Mumma who posted more than 70 tackles a season ago. Fenwick will look to senior linebacker Billy Hinton (Wofford) in hopes of stopping the CHCA air attack.
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Beth Long, Midwest Field Reporter
Friday: Homewood Flossmoor (Ill.) vs Chicago (Ill.) Harlan at 7:30 p.m.
The top prospect in this one is junior offensive guard Desmond Bland out of Homewood-Flossmoor. The 6-foot-4, 255 pound prospect has an offer from North Carolina State and interest from around the Big Ten. HF also features senior tight end James Sheehan who is beginning to get some looks on the recruiting trail.
Sunday: St. Joseph Prep (Pa.) vs Chicago (Ill.) Mount Carmel at 12 p.m.
Two defending state champions meet in this one, the defending 7A Illinois state champions, Mount Carmel take on PIAA AAAA champions St. Joseph Prep. Mount Carmel will present a tough time for St. Joes in the trenches, with Syracuse commit and three-star offensive lineman Andrejas Duerig and defensive lineman Kevin Thurmon who recently picked up an offer from Wisconsin as well as interest from Minnesota, Illinois and several other Big Ten schools. Carmel lost several offensive powers like eventual Illinois running back Matt Domer this season so their offense must rebound in this one. Carmel also features defensive back Marquise Peggs who has offers from Western Michigan, Northern Illinois, Miami of Ohio and others.
Sunday: St. Ignatius (Ill.) vs Walter Payton Prep (Ill.) at 3 p.m.
The middle game of the IHSA kickoff Classic at Toyota park is two teams that have largely unknown rosters, but always have under the radar talent.
Sunday: St. Rita (Ill.) vs Chicago (Ill.) Simeon at 6 p.m.
St. Rita is a perennial powerhouse in the Chicago area and is rebuilding after losing quarterback Tommy Mister to Indiana, who was a dynamic force on the offense. Simeon is going to be led by two 6-foot-4, 250-plus pound offensive lineman prospect Kevin Agee and Terrell Maclin-Dupree. The two should provide a good night-cap on the IHSA Kickoff Classic at Toyota Park.
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Simone Scott, Midwest Field Reporter
Friday: Moeller (Ohio) vs. Pickerington (Ohio) North at 7:30 p.m
The season starts off with the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown. Moeller travels to Columbus Crew Stadium to take on Pickerington North. Moeller is filled with Division 1 talent. Senior defensive tackle Elijah Taylor is committed to Notre Dame. His fellow senior tight end Doug Bates is a Cincinnati commit. Wide receiver Chase Pankey committed to Boston College during the summer. Tight end Jake Hausmann is the top junior in Ohio. With over a dozen offers from the likes of Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State and Notre Dame, he is the player to watch. Pickerington North is a very young team this year. Leading the way for the Panthers is new quarterback Christian Whitner, who transferred from Pickerington (Ohio) Central. Lineman Kyle Beemiller will play on both sides of the ball.
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Anna Hickey, Recruiting Reporter - Indiana
Friday: Cathedral (Ind.) at Warren Central (Ind.) at 7 p.m.
Cathedral features three-star 6-foot-4, 255-pound offensive guard Jared Thomas, a Northwestern commit. Headlining the roster for Warren Central is undoubtedly three-star safety Mykelti Williams, who has offers from the likes of Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Purdue, Wake Forest and Wisconsin. He does not have any official visits currently scheduled at this time, though Ole Miss and Louisville are the favorites heading into the fall season. Last week against Center Grove, Williams had 14 tackles and an interception return for the game-winning touchdown in overtime. Running back Tirone Young holds an Illinois offer. In the 2016 class, defensive lineman Jasion Brogan has the potential to explode onto the national scene this year. In the 2017 class, Warren Central has an impressive dual-threat sophomore quarterback in Zach Summeier as well as two promising offensive linemen in Joshua Bridgford and Dominik Mathis. Dijon Anderson, a safety that will be featured on both sides of the ball for Warren Central, has plenty of upside as well.
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Rob Howe, HawkeyeInsider.com Publisher
Friday: Iowa City (Iowa) Regina at Solon (Iowa) at 7:30 p.m.
Regina takes the field for its season opener going for its 57th victory in a row, which would be an all-class state record. The Regals are led by quarterback Drew Cook, the son of head coach Marv Cook, a former tight end with Iowa and the New England Patriots. The young Cook committed to the Hawkeyes in late February. While there's speculation that he will switch to his father's position at the next level, he's been told by the Hawkeye staff that he will receive his first look under center. Drew spent the summer working with one of Iowa's all-time great signal callers in Chuck Long in hopes of raising his play as a senior. Solon wide receiver/defensive back Connor Ham is being evaluated by several D-I programs, including Iowa. He won the Class 3A 110-meter hurdles and 200 at the state track me in the spring.
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Ryan Easterling, IlliniPlaybook.com
Friday: LaGrange (Ill.) Lyons Township at Gurnee (Ill.) Warren at 7 p.m.
Illinois high school football kicks off this weekend with several top-tier games, one of which is taking place on the north side between Lyons Township, featuring Miami (OH) commit RB Leonard Ross and senior QB Tom Fiedler. Lyons aired it out often last season, and there's no reason to believe that with Fiedler at the helm, that they won't do the same again. For Warren, it all starts with Illinois commit Caleb Reams. The TE/H-Back poses an interesting matchup for most opponents with his smooth route running and great athleticism for his size. Freshman Micah Jones hasn't quite cracked the Varsity roster yet, but he's a guy who will be a force on the field before too long.
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Josh Newkirk, Michigan Recruiting Reporter
Thursday: Saginaw (Mich.) Arthur Hill at Saginaw (Mich.) Heritage at 7 p.m.
This game features the top prospect from Michigan and current Wolverine commit Brian Cole. The four-star prospect comes in at 6-foot-2, 210-pounds, and is a match up nightmare for opposing secondary’s. Rated Scout.com’s No. 6 wide receiver, Cole also excels at running back and safety. He is a big time player and this should be a nice opening night act for the Great Lakes’ State standout. Arthur Hill's defense, which will be geared up to stop him, is lead by 2016 defensive end Lawrence Gordon and 2017 end Will Rodgers.
Saturday: Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius at Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence Central at 7 p.m.
This game features multiple future Division 1 athletes. The standout, of course, is future Wolverine linebacker commit Darrin Kirkland, who straps up for Lawrence Central. He is an ideal middle linebacker and has been committed to Michigan since the beginning of the summer. St. Ignatius counters with 2016 four-star offensive tackle Liam Eichenberg, who already holds offers from Michigan and Ohio State among others.
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Greg Powers, National Recruiting Analyst- Midlands
Thursday: Sherman (Texas) at Frisco (Texas) Lone Star at 7 p.m.
Lone Star is starting to crank out more Frisco D1 talent with each class and sophomore quarterback Jason Shelley is one of 16 players rated as a four-star prospect in the 2017 class from the Midlands region after a strong freshman campaign. Also will be keeping an eye on offensive lineman Charlie Grammel, a senior. Sherman is a team that is a traditional power on the TXHSFB scene and new coach Bill Patterson will be coaching his first game. Offensive lineman Aaron Garza is a three-star committed to Kansas. Gage Thomason was a Class of 2016 offensive lineman who caught our eye last year in a game against Sulphur Springs.
Friday: Lewisville (Texas) Hebron at Coppell (Texas) at 7:30 p.m.
This should be an intriguing game to kick the season off and like always Coppell is loaded with talent spread out all over the field. Running back and three-star Charles West has been one of the top offensive weapons for two seasons and enters the game with a lot of expectations. Three-star Connor Williams is one of the most heavily recruited uncommitted offensive lineman left on the board. Defensive back Jacob Murray is committed to Northwestern. For Hebron, offensive leader and Arkansas commit Zach Rogers will be back on the field after an ACL injury forced him to miss his junior year. One of the most powerful offensive linemen in the country, Rogers return could mean good things for Oregon State running back/linebacker commit Angelo Garbutt.
Saturday: Cedar Hill (Texas) vs. South Oak Cliff (Texas) at Kincaide Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
It is hard not to really get excited about a match-up between Cedar Hill and South Oak Cliff, which both myself and Scout co-analyst Gabe Brooks will be at on Saturday night. It’s a game that will feature, by a quick in my head estimate, about 20 D1 prospects on the same field. Cedar Hill is coming back with a large portion of its team in place from a remarkable state championship run in 2013 and SOC had its best season in years last year, advancing deep in to the playoffs. This should be a remarkably entertaining game and while ‘The Hill’ is the more established of the two teams with the superior depth, SOC should not be slept on because position by position it should be able to stand the test. It should be especially fun to see potential match up like CB Darrell Miller vs. WR J.F. Thomas or WR DaMarkus Lodge vs. Jamile Johnson. Texas commit Jordan Stevenson is the most explosive and exciting running back in the Dallas area and his play could be instrumental if SOC is to pull the upset.
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Derek Young, Regional Recruiting Analyst - Midlands
Thursday: Lee's Summit (Mo.) North at Kansas City (Mo.) Winnetonka at 7 p.m.
The major prospects of note in this showdown lie on the side of Winnetonka in athlete Marquise Doherty and safety Djimon Colbert. Doherty is a 2015 prospect that will play both football and baseball in college, recently narrowed his list of offers down to Kansas State, Iowa, Oregon, Missouri, and Louisville. He's being recruited as a defensive back by some, and running back by others. Colbert is a 2017 prospect that has already received significant interest from Missouri and Kansas, but has yet to rake in his first offer. He will be up for consideration as the top prospect in the state for his class. His time is coming.
Friday: Webb City (Mo.) at Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst at 7 p.m.
Athlete KiAnte Hardin and offensive tackle Dalton Ford are two major returning senior starters for Webb City and anchor their experienced roster. They both have several offers. Hardin's come at a variety of positions, including running back, wide receiver, safety, and cornerback. Ford picked up an offer this week from Arkansas State as well, adding it to a collection that also includes Syracuse and Illinois. Rockhurst boasts a very talented roster that includes 2015 prospects in quarterback T.J. Green (son of NFL quarterback Trent Green) and offensive tackle Charlie Heck (son of former Notre Dame all-american and current Kansas City Chiefs offensive line coach Andy Heck). Offensive guard Claudio Martin, offensive tackle Brendan McConnell, and running back A.J. Taylor are a trio of juniors that will also be holding scholarship offers this time next year..
Saturday: Jefferson City (Mo.) Helias at Hannibal (Mo.) at 6:30 p.m.
For Hannibal it is all about their junior prospects in defensive back Jerry McBride and offensive lineman Dylan Powell. Both have yet to rake in their first offer, but their time is coming. They're already hearing from an assortment of college programs. Helias' headliner is Alabama tight end commit Hale Hentges. He'll star on both sides of the ball, also contributing as a defensive end.
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Ahmard Vital, Regional Recruiting Analyst - Texas
Thursday: Alvin (Tex.) Manvel at Spring (Tex.) Westfield at 7 p.m.
In the Houston area, the first game out of the gate should be a great one. Here this is a matchup of two teams that know how to win, and win big as both have gone deep in the playoffs for the past couple of seasons. On top of that, the two teams will field more than a dozen Division I players. With Manvel, both sides of the ball are loaded. The wide open, fast-paced offense has a talented leader in four-star athlete Deriq King, who saw his recruitment sky rocket over this past off season. King is joined in the backfield with running back D'Vaughn Pennamon and has a solid target out wide in Reggie Hemphill, another highly-regarded 2016 target. Gary Haynes is another bonafide playmaker who can break the game open at any given moment. Up front, lineman McKenzie Nworah and Austin Myers will work to keep King clean. Defensively, linebackers Shane Jackson, Collin Scott and Jordan Carmouche are all players college coaches like a lot, while UCLA defensive back commitment Will Lockett usually handles the opponents top receiver. Four-star junior safety Deontay Anderson, who holds double-digit offers, holds down the back side of the Manvel defense. On the Westfield side, it more of a line up and pound it type of offense, but this team can also get up the field in a hurry as well. With quarterback Dillon Sterling-Cole running the show, the offense has many more options, which includes newcomer receiver Tyrie Cleveland, a player who became a hot prospect during spring practices. As stated, it is the ground game that Westfield lives by and four-star Texas commitment Toby Weathersby leads this talented group along with TCU pledge Cordel Iwuagwu. Defensively, tackle Ed Oliver is a player to keep an eye on.
Friday: Houston (Tex.) Bellaire at Missouri City (Tex.) Elkins at 7 p.m.
As for the playmakers in this game, each team has a guy who can go the distance on any play. For Elkins, quarterback Jonathan Giles is the team¹s go-to guy. The Texas Tech commitment will play on the edge once on campus in Lubbock, Tex. For now, at quarterback, Giles has a receiver in Darren Woods who should have a breakout year and earn the offers that he has been working for. At running back, Darrick Dickerson will do the dirty work. Defensively, Houston linebacker commit Leroy Godfrey leads the way. On the Bellaire side, Trevon Smith runs the offense. But all eyes will be on junior receiver Courtney Lark, who pulled in a nice set of offers in the off season. Running back Xzaviar Campbell would love to show what he can do in his final season and defender Shellie Adams feels the same way.
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Gabe Brooks, Regional Recruiting Analyst - Texas
Thursday: Irving (Texas) MacArthur at Garland (Texas) at 7 p.m.
The appetizer for a healthy kickoff weekend in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex features two teams with some under-the-radar talent. Host Garland has an athletic 2015 safety in Luther Kirk, who could also see some time at quarterback. Kirk doesn't have any offers yet, but should see increasing interest with a strong season. He teams with 2015 defensive tackle Donovan Ransom, who committed in mid-June to Arkansas State. Irving MacArthur is home to 2015 defensive end T.J. King, a 6-foot-4, 225-pounder who committed in late July to Louisiana Tech, choosing the Bulldogs over an offer from UTSA.
Friday: Allen (Texas) vs. Denton (Texas) Guyer at 7:30 p.m., University of North Texas' Apogee Stadium in Denton
Allen is the two-time defending Class 5A Division I state champion, while Guyer is the two-time defending Class 4A Division I state champion. Thanks to February's realignment, both schools reside in the newly-formed Class 6A and feature loads of college talent. Allen's offense has Texas A&M 2015 four-star quarterback commit Kyler Murray, Oklahoma 2015 four-star tackle commit Bobby Evans, Texas A&M 2016 five-star tackle commit Greg Little, and Notre Dame 2015 receiver commit Jalen Guyton. Little is the No. 1 player in Scout's 2016 state rankings and No. 3 overall nationally. Defensively, Allen boasts 2016 four-star cornerback Jaylon Jones, who has offers from schools such as Arizona State, Baylor, Miami, Ole Miss, and TCU. Guyer features 2017 four-star quarterback Shawn Robinson, who already holds Nebraska and Texas offers, as well as Kansas 2015 defensive tackle Carl Thompson, Iowa State 2015 safety commit Jordan Wallace, and Texas State 2015 running back pledge Anthony Taylor, among a few other players with FBS offers. Nebraska 2015 quarterback commit Kevin Dillman was recently ruled ineligible by the state's governing body to play for Guyer this season after moving in the offseason from California. BigRedReport.com reported that Dillman will play for Guyer's JV.
Saturday: Dallas South Oak Cliff vs. Cedar Hill (Texas) at 7:30 p.m., Kincaide Stadium in Dallas
This game features about 20 players with FBS offers. South Oak Cliff has 13 players with at least one offer, thanks in part to Louisville offering 10 players on the same day during the spring. Four-star 2016 defensive end/outside linebacker Marvin Terry is probably SOC's top uncommitted player. Terry has 10 offers, including Arkansas, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech, and UCLA, among others. SOC's committed seniors include running back Jordan Stevenson (Texas), safety Prentice McKinney (Notre Dame), safety Jamile Johnson (North Carolina), receiver J.F. Thomas (TCU), cornerback X'zavien Ausborne (Wisconsin), cornerback Takadrae Williams (Wisconsin), receiver Ladarryl Blair (Boise State), and receiver Lamont Johnson (SMU). But Cedar Hill, a defending state champion, is loaded, too. Committed seniors include five-star receiver DaMarkus Lodge (Texas A&M), running back Aca'cedric Ware (USC), quarterback Justin McMillan (LSU), linebacker Richard Moore (Texas A&M), and cornerback Darrell Miller (Tennessee). Receiver/cornerback Jaylon Jackson is a very athletic 2017 prospect who already has four stars from Scout. Receiver D'Aundrey Bradley is one of the state's best senior sleepers.
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Annabel Stephan, Midlands Field Reporter
Thursday: Manvel (Texas) at Houston (Texas) Westfield at 7 p.m.
Where to begin? The talent for this match up is so stacked that there are over ten players with Division-I offers who will be on the field on Thursday night. Westfield's offensive line is anchored by Texas four-star commit Toby Weathersby and TCU three-star commit Cordel Iwauagwu. The defense features Scout's 15th-overall prospect for the 2016 class: defensive lineman Ed Oliver, whose extensive offer list includes Oklahoma, Texas, TCU, LSU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and UCLA. Also on the roster are 2016 receiver Tyrie Cleveland, who holds Kentucky, Texas A&M, TCU, and Louisville offers, and 2016 quarterback Dillon Sterling-Cole, who transferred to Westfield from West Orange-Stark. If that wasn't enough, let's take a look at Manvel's roster, which features two of the top prospects in the 2016 class: four-star receiver Reggie Hemphill, who holds offers including Texas, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, UCLA, and Texas A&M, just to name a few, and four-star safety Deontay Anderson, who, in addition to the above, has also been offered by Alabama, Florida State, and Stanford. UCLA will also have a commit on the field in cornerback William Locket, and other 2015 prospects of note include linebacker Collin Scott (Air Force, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State offers), linebacker Shane Jackson (Memphis, New Mexico State offers), and athlete Gary Haynes (Houston, Louisiana - Lafayette offers). In addition to Hemphill and Anderson, there are five other 2016 prospects with offers: receiver Deriq King (UCLA, Texas Tech, Michigan State, Louisville, Clemson, and Baylor), linebacker Jordan Carmouche (Arkansas, Houston), defensive lineman Hasaun Glasgow (Louisville), offensive lineman Austin Myers (Clemson), and running back D'Vaughn Pennamon (Louisville, Washington State).
Friday: Missouri (Texas) Marshall vs Houston (Texas) Madison at 7 p.m. at Butler Stadium
There won't be as many recruits in this game, but the level of talent is still there with Marshall five-star athlete Kendall Sheffield, ranked as Scout's top cornerback nationally. Sheffield has been offered by dozens of programs around the country, including UCLA, Alabam, LSU, Ohio State, Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Florida State, Oregon, and more, though the 6-foot, 180-pounder has managed to keep things close to the vest. Marshall offensive lineman Sam Awolope is a 6-foot-6, 250-pound Rice commit, and running back Davon Crookshank is committed to Wisconsin. 2016 receiver Jeremy Smith currently holds SMU and Michigan State offers.
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Greg Biggins, National Recruiting Analyst- West
Friday: 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.
Saturday: 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.
Saturday: 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.
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Brandon Huffman, National Recruiting Analyst- West
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.
Friday: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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Jason Jewell, Southwest Recruiting Analyst
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.
Thursday: 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.
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Doug Kimmel, Mountain Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: 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.
Friday: 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.
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Gerard Martinez, Regional Recruiting Analyst- Southern California
Friday: 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.
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