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Brian Dohn- East Coast Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Pittsburgh Mt. Lebanon at Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny at 7:30 p.m.
Two powerhouses matchup in the season opener, and the game includes one of the top uncommitted prospects in the region. Four-star offensive tackle Alex Bookser anchors the offensive line for Mt. Lebanon. Penn State, Pittsburgh, Ohio State and Alabama are among the schools on Bookser's list while Penn State commit Troy Apke, a four-star receiver, is a main threat on offense. North Allegheny has safety/receiver Elijah Zeise, who is committed to Pittsburgh.
Saturday: Harrisburg (Pa.) High at Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt at 10:30 a.m.
Two of the top running backs in the state face off in a morning tilt. Rutgers commit Robert Martin, who will also play linebacker, leads Harrisburg while class of 2015 four-star running back Andre Robinson leads Bishop McDevitt. His offer list includes Maryland, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Virginia Tech.
Saturday: Ambridge (Pa.) High at Aliquippa (Pa.) High at 7 p.m.
The Quips begin their quest to earn a return trip to the Class AA state title game, and it begins with four-star uncommitted cornerback Dravon Henry, who also is a big-time running back. Henry continues to consider a number of schools, but Penn State, West Virginia and Ohio State are the highest on his list. Aliquippa also has defensive tackle Jaleel Fields, who recently visited West Virginia, and running back Terry Swanson.
Sunday: Baltimore St. Frances vs. Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate at University of Maryland at 1 p.m.
This is the first of a star-studded day as four-star cornerback Jalen Tabor leads Friendship Academy. Tabor is considering Maryland, Florida, Alabama and Vanderbilt, but he is not alone in talent. Running back Jonathan Haden (Arizona commit) and safety Daejuan Funderburk (Temple) are joined by cornerback Dimitri Lee and receiver Chicozie Onyekwere in the 2014 class. The 2015 class is led by offensive lineman Quarvez Boulware and safety Ashton White, both of whom hold BCS offers. St.Frances is led by running back Marcus Byrd, who has several FBS offers.
Sunday: Washington (D.C.) Gozaga vs. Cocoa (Fla.) High at University of Maryland at 4 p.m.
Cocoa coach Johnny Wilkinson always has an abundance of talent and this season no different. It is led by senior defensive tackle Freddie Booth-Lloyd. He played on the offensive front the last two seasons but made the switch to the defensive side of the ball this year. He's a load at 6- -2, 315 pounds. He's deceptively athletic and can run and has offers from Georgia Tech, Tulane, South Alabama and others. Cornerback Jamel Jackson has offers from Bowling Green, Florida A&M and South Alabama. Perhaps the top prospect is 2015 cornerback Jamel Dean. This 6-1, 185-pounder, runs a 10.58 100 meters and some big time programs have already taken notice. He has early offers from Florida and Ohio State. Then you have sophomore safety Chauncey Gardner, who is already committed to Miami. He is a ball hawk. Gonzaga also has talent, and much of it is in the 2015 class and led by quarterback Nick Johns, who has a Virginia offer. Cornerback Marcus Lewis holds offers from Maryland, Clemson and Temple, offensive lineman Richie Petitbon has double digit offers and receiver Jabari Greenwood holds offers from Maryland, Pittsburgh and Virginia. In the 2014 class, Georgia Tech commit Miles Taylor plays in the secondary and Ohio commit Robbie Walker is a strong player at receiver and defensive back.
Sunday: Baltimore The Gilman School vs. Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee at University of Maryland at 7 p.m
Gilman is coming off a big upset of rival Olney (Md.) Our Lady of Good Counsel and is led by class of 2015 quarterback Kai Locksley, who hold several offers, including Maryland. Gilman cornerback Troy Vincent Jr. is committed to Penn State and defensive end Melvin Keihn is readying to trim a deep offer list to five or six schools in the next few weeks. Manatee brings a wealth of talent north and is led by four-star defensive tackle DeMarcus Christmas (Florida State commit) and running back Trevon Walters (Missouri). The Hurricanes also have a pair of BCS offensive lineman in Mike Galati (South Florida) and Jake Strickler (Georgia Tech) as well Division prospects in linebacker Greg Reaves, cornerback Darian Dailey and class of 2015 defensive tackle Ryan Fines.
Monday: Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic vs. Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby at University of Maryland at 3 p.m.
DeMatha has the most Division I talent in Maryland, and it is led by defensive end Deonte Holden (North Carolina State commit), receiver Cameron Phillips (Virginia Tech) and running back Taiwan Deal (Wisconsin). Offensive tackle Brock Ruble has Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina State, Ohio State and Tennessee as finalists, linebacker Jawhaun Bentley (favoring Iowa and Maryland) and receiver Chris Jones. Running back Mark Allen (Penn State) is not expected to play as he recovers from a knee injury. The Stags also have 2015 receiver Tyler Green and a pair of 2016 standouts in defensive end Shane Simmons and receiver Tino Ellis. Godby travels north with Florida State commit Jacob Pugh, an outside linebacker/defensive end, and Louisville commit DeEric Culver, a defensive back, leading the way. Quarterback J.T. Bradwell and receiver/cornerback Jaylin Heyward of the 2015 class are also ones to watch.
Tony Greco, Panther Digest Publisher
Friday: Upper St. Clair (Pa.) at Woodland Hills (Pa.) at 7:30 p.m.
Upper St. Clair completes the home-and-home series, visiting Woodland Hills, following last year's 31-12 season-opening win at home. However, the Woodland Hills ended Upper St. Clair's 2012 season with a 42-20 win in the WPIAL Quad-A semi-finals. There's no shortage of talent on either side for this opener. Woodland Hills is highlighted by a talented pair of 2014 skill players in Harry Randall and Trevon Mathis. Randall, a 6-0, 185-pound standout, is going to take over quarterback duties for the Wolverines. He has an offer from West Virginia, and has also been hearing from Georgia Tech and Pittsburgh. Mathis, who will be a threat at receiver and corner, holds offers from Georgia Tech, Toledo and Old Dominion. Also keep an eye on 2016 running back Miles Sanders, who led the team in rushing as a freshman with 738 yards on 129 carries (5.7 avg). Upper St. Clair has one of the most inspiring stories. Rori Blair returns to the field after suffering a life-threatening stroke in the spring of 2012. He sat out the 2012 season--which was initially supposed to be his senior year. He has been medically cleared to play this season, and was granted an extra year of eligibility. He was offered a scholarship by Pittsburgh, and committed to the Panthers late last month. In 2011, his last season of play, he finished with 40 tackles, four tackles for losses and 2.5 sacks. He will play linebacker at Pittsburgh.
South Allegheny (Pa.) at Seton-LaSalle (Pa.) at 1 pm
South Allegheny ended the WPIAL's longest playoff drought last year--26 years without a playoff appearance. They open 2013 with a tough task, at Seton-LaSalle on Saturday afternoon. The Rebels lost tight end Scott Orndoff, who is a freshman tight end at Pittsburgh. Keep an eye on 2014 receiver Malik White--a 6-4, 220-pound basketball player, giving football a shot for the first time. Massachusetts has offered him, before even playing his first game. Pittsburgh is also interested.
Jacquie Franciulli, Field Reporter-East
Friday: Cosby (Va.) at Thomas Dale (Va..) at 7 p.m.
Thomas Dale is producing a steady line of prospects and are looking to two of their division one prospects to help turn around from their disappointing 2012 season. The Knights not only have Virginia Tech commit CJ Reavis returning on the defense, but have highly touted defensive tackle Darvin Taylor. Taylor is a four star prospect, who already holds a healthy sum of offers including Clemson, Maryland, Miami, Florida State, North Carolina State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
Chad Simmons- National Recruiting Analyst- Southeast
This is game one for both of these schools and each school is known for having athletes. The top 2014 prospect in this contest is athlete Quinton Flowers out of Jackson. He is a former South Florida commitment, but is now exploring all options. He plays quarterback, but could end up as a wide receiver, running back, or safety on the next level. He is one of the top athletes in the Sunshine State. Jovon Durante is a 2015 wide receiver at Jackson and he is already committed to West Virginia. He is likely going to take other visits though. Florida State and Miami among others have offered the 6-foot, 180 pound slot receiver. The top prospect for North Miami Beach is 2014 wide receiver Steve Ishmael. He is a bigger receiver at 6-3, 190 pounds and he is strong in the red zone. He has double-digit offers from schools like Boston College, Miami, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
Friday: Miami (Fla.) Central at Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage at 7 p.m.
This game is loaded with elite prospects on both rosters. Starting with the home team, American Heritage, they have the top prospect in Florida, Sony Michel. The Georgia commitment is a five-star running back. Some of the other top senior prospects are Cincinnati commit Carter Jacobs (Safety), defensive tackle Edgar Cerenord, and athlete Isaiah McKenzie. Arkansas and Tennessee look to be the hot schools for Cerenord right now. Notre Dame is trending with McKenzie. American Heritage has two elite 2015 prospects too in quarterback Terrance Gibson and defensive back Tavarus McFadden. Both prospects have impressive offer lists. The big one behind that pair is 2017 offensive tackle Tedarrell Slaton. He is playing a lot and is already 6-5, 308 pounds. Moving over to Miami Central, they have two of the top running backs in the country. Miami commit Joseph Yearby and Florida commit Dalvin Cook are right there with Michel at the top at this position. Yearby is not the only Miami commit, Scout 100 offensive tackle Trevor Darling is as well. Former Miami Central head coach Telly Lockett is now coaching at South Florida and offensive guard Michael Smith and defensive back Deatrick Nichols are committed to the Bulls. Their top 2014 uncommitted prospect is Raul Diaz, a true center, and a very good one. Kentucky, Louisville, USF, and others have offered. At least three juniors will sign with top programs as well. Safety Calvin Brewton, wide receiver Davante Phillips (Florida commit), and outside linebacker Fermin Silva have already put their names on the map.
Jamie Newberg - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Tampa Sickles at Tampa Robinson at 7:30 p.m.
Sickles has several standouts. Offensive lineman Zach Hudson is committed Missouri. This is a three-star that has very good size at 6-foot-6 and 265 pounds. He also had offers from Florida Atlantic, Western Kentucky and Georgia State. Senior linebacker Josh Black has scholarship offers from USF, Arizona, Iowa State, Western Kentucky, Minnesota, FIU and others. Sickles has one of the top 2015 prospects from the Tampa Bay area in Ray Ray McCloud. McCloud stars on both sides of the ball at running back and cornerback. He currently holds offers from teams like Arizona, Clemson, Kentucky, Louisville, Tennessee and USF. Robinson's top senior is linebacker/fullback Jordan Guyton. He made all-county last year recording nearly 100 tackles. He's a bit undersized at 5-foot-11 but makes plays all over the field. Junior Michael Duclos is a guy that plays everywhere at running back, cornerback and kick returner. He's smaller, in the 5-foot-7, 5-foot-8 range, but he's compact and has some speed and power.
Atlantic Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Havelock (N.C.) at New Bern (N.C) at 7:30 p.m. .
This is one of the biggest rivalries in North Carolina and both schools are coming off state championships seasons. Havelock has won two state championships in a row and is led by four-star running back Derrell Scott, who is one of the most exciting players in the country. Scott is down to Florida State, North Carolina State, Ohio State, South Carolina and Tennessee. The Rams also feature senior running back Taylor Woods, junior wide receiver Michael Bowman, who holds offers from East Carolina, North Carolina, N.C. State, Penn State and South Carolina and sophomore outside linebacker Keion Joyner. New Bern lost a tough game last week against Durham (N.C.) Hillside, but will look to bounce back against Havelock. Leading the way for the Bears is senior safety/linebacker Cody Purdie, who is committed to East Carolina and junior cornerback Mike Hughes. Hughes is New Bern's quarterback this season, but is one of the top cornerbacks in the South. He holds offers from Clemson, East Carolina, Florida, North Carolina, N.C. State, South Carolina, UNC-Charlotte, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Friday's game has the potential to be one of North Carolina's best in the 2013 season.
John Garcia Jr. - Alabama Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Tanner (Ala.) at Madison (Ala.) Academy at 7 p.m.
Underclassmen standouts collide in this battle of 2012 state champions. Madison Academy, the Class 3A champs a season ago, returns their most important group of players for another title run, led by Kerryon Johnson. The class of 2015 talent excels at both running back and safety, but Scout currently pegs him as not only a running back, but a four-star and the No. 4 prospect at his position nationally among juniors. He has a who's who list of SEC offers in a race that may come down to Alabama, Auburn and childhood favorite Florida State in the end. His running-mate on both sides of the ball is Malik Miller, a bulky sophomore inside linebacker and fullback who may also wind up in the SEC with early offers from Auburn and Vanderbilt to his name. For Tanner, the reigning Class 2A champs, the game and possibly the 2013 season will rest on the shoulders of talented junior athlete Johnathan Fletcher. At 6-foot, 180 pounds, the 2015 prospect occupies the starting quarterback and cornerback spots for a team that lost a lot of seniors from it's championship roster. If Fletcher can keep up with his fellow underclassmen standouts with dynamic runs and passing efficiency offensively, the game may be one for the ages. On the recruiting front, the junior has yet to reel in his first offer although SEC schools like Kentucky and Mississippi State are interested.
Friday: Rochelle (Ga.) Wilcox County at Irwinton (Ga.) Wilkinson County at 7 p.m.
This Peach State matchup surrounds Alabama commitment Johnny Dwight. The Wilcox County standout came out of nowhere in the spring, and Alabama offered him after visiting with him at his school. Less than a month later, the 6-foot-3, 295-pound defensive tackle committed to the Crimson Tide after dominating its early June camp. Dwight's stock is still on the rise, as he earned a fourth star from Scout.com earlier in August. Wilcox County underclassmen wide receivers Telly Whitfield and Quinn Tisdol, as well as running back Maurice Edwards are each looking to get on the recruiting radar.
Patrick Burnham - Regional Recruiting Analyst
Friday, August 30th: Crawfordville (FL) Wakulla High at Tallahassee (FL) Florida High at 7p.m.
Wakulla High School heads just up the road to Tallahassee to take on Florida High in the regular season opener for both teams. This game will feature at least seven players combined who have multiple scholarship offer and two players who have already committed to their future college. Wakulla is led by it's young quarterback in sophomore sensation Feleipe Jordan who is 6-foot-5 and 190-pounds. Jordan threw for 523 yards as a freshman. Jordan already has offers from Florida and Clemson. He is also receiving interest from Florida State. He has two big targets to throw to in senior wide receiver Jordan Franks, Feleipe's older brother and fellow sophomore Keith Gavin. Both receivers measure in at 6-foot-4 and 200-pounds. Jordan Franks has offers from Florida A&M, Jacksonville State and Southern Miss. He is also hearing from Florida, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt among a handful of other BCS schools. Some schools are trying to project the eldest Franks as a tight end/H-back. Gavin already has offers from Clemson, Florida, Florida State and Vanderbilt. Florida High is led by junior quarterback/cornerback Ronnie Harrison who has already committed to play at North Carolina after high school. The 6-foot-2 and 190-pound athlete also had offers from East Carolina, South Florida and Northern Illinois. The strength of the Florida High team will be it's offensive line which features three seniors who all have multiple scholarship offers however two of the lineman have already announced their future college homes. The most intriquing of the offensive line prospects is offensive tackle Garrett McGhin who is 6-foot-5 and 250-pounds. The tackle is a good athlete who has split time between football and baseball. McGhin has already committed to South Alabama where he will play both football and baseball. Center Connor Jackson is a hard-nosed two-way player who has committed to Furman. Jackson is 6-foot-3 and 240-pounds. Offensive guard Andrew Harrell is the most college ready of the lineman from a physical maturity standpoint. The senior is 6-foot-4 and 300-pounds. Harrell has offers from Florida A&M, Georgia State, Middle Tennessee and Troy. He is also hearing from Florida, Kentucky and South Florida after successful summer camp stops at each school.
Steve Robertson - Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Friday: U-High (LA) at Redemptorist (LA) at 7 p.m.
LSU Lab school is better know as U-High, but based on recent events the Lab school could easily be considered an SEC feeder school. The Tigers currently hold verbal commitments from Scout 2014 four star offensive guard Garrett Brumfield and Scout 2015 four star running back Nicholas Brossette. Florida legacy Tre Jackson is one of the stars on the team despite being an underclassmen. Jackson has elected to follow in his father's footsteps and play for the Gators once his time in high school is done. Perhaps the most talked about prospect at U-High is Dylan Moses, who will be making his first start on the prep level. Moses is just completing the first few weeks of high school and he already holds double digit scholarship offers including a half dozen from the SEC. Redemptorist will counter with a solid squad led by 2014 rising prospect Russell Gage who holds offers from Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss and Tulane.
Amy Campbell - Florida Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Prattvile (Ala.) at Carver-Montgomery (Ala.) at 7 p.m.
Kamryn Pettway is the name to know from Prattville. The 6-foot, 222-pound physical running back is committed to Auburn and is the key to Prattville's team. Carver has several prospects to keep an eye on, including Alabama linebacker commitment Shaun Hamilton, and Southern Miss defensive end commitment Jon Michael Edwards on defense. Senior receiver and tight end Charles Standberry will be a playmaker for the offense. The 6-foot-4. 208-pound athlete is committed to Ole Miss. Stepping up to fill in the shoes of 2013 Auburn quarterback signee Jeremy Johnson is Draequon Murphy. The 2014 athlete is being recruited at safety and has a handful of offers including Arkansas State and Western Kentucky.
OTHERS TO WATCH
Thursday: Chilton County vs. Jemison at 7pm CST
Friday: Miramar at South Plantation at 7 p.m. EST
Friday: Thomas County Central at Valdosta at 8 p.m. EST
Friday: Colquitt County vs. Hoover
Allen Trieu - National Recruiting Analyst- Midwest
Thursday: Zeeland (Mich.) West at Detroit (Mich.) Country Day at 6 p.m.
Country Day has "triplets" at the skill positions with Rutgers commit Tyler Wiegers at quarterback, Boston College verbal Richard Wilson at running back and Michigan commit Maurice Ways at wide receiver. Zeeland West has Western Michigan commit Jordan Van Dort at tight end. The 6'5, 285-pound Van Dort will move to the offensive line in college.
Friday: East English (Mich.) Village Prep vs Detroit (Mich.) Loyola at 1 p.m.
Loyola is strong up front with two-way lineman Ka'John Armstrong, who has an Eastern Michigan offer and a host of other interested schools. East English is lead by athletic junior defensive end Kamahl March and sophomores Nate Boulware at running back and Anton Curtis at quarterback.
Friday: Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's vs Oak Park (Mich.) at 4 p.m.
There will be several Division-1 athletes on the field in this matchup. St. Mary's has a great duo at corner with senior Jalen Watts-Jackson, who is committed to Michigan State, and junior Tyson Smith, who has a Spartan offer. Oak Park is lead by junior running back/defensive back John Kelly, who has a Michigan State offer as well, and junior linemen Ricardo Smith and Shahid Bellamy. St. Mary's also has several young prospects with early interest. Sophomore linebacker Daelin Hayes is a long, athletic youngster. Freshman linebacker Joshua Ross will start for the Eaglets. The younger brother of Michigan linebacker James Ross, he is expected to blossom into a big time player as well.
Friday: Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech at Southfield (Mich.) at 7 p.m.
The night cap of the Detroit Kickoff Classic could have over 20 Division-1 players on the field. Cass Tech cornerback Damon Webb and Southfield defensive tackle Malik McDowell are both national top 40 prospects. Webb is committed to Ohio State while McDowell is considering offers from around the country. McDowell is joined on the defensive line by four-star Michigan commit Lawrence Marshall and Chris Williams, who has an offer from Old Dominion. The quarterback dual features Cass Tech's junior Michigan State commit Jayru Campbell against Southfield senior Jalen Brady, committed to Bowling Green. Cass Tech's other top senior prospects include Eastern Michigan Gary Hosey at linebacker and tailback, William White, a one-time Toledo commit at linebacker, and Bowling Green commit Brian Sanders at defensive end. Michigan State commit Deon Drake, an athletic linebacker, is still fighting back from a knee injury. Tight end Chris McDaniel is a senior currently without an offer but indications are that they will come. In the junior class, running back Mike Weber and defensive end Joshua Alabi are both four-star prospects with offers from around the country and defensive end Keith Jones is receiving collegiate attention. In the sophomore class, defensive tackle Michael Onwenu, offensive tackle Ostell Martin, wide receiver Demetric Vance and cornerback Lavert Hill all have high-major potential. Then you have freshman Donovan Peoples-Jones, a wide receiver-defensive back already dubbed "freak" because of his athleticism. Southfield has a speedy senior receiver Jordan Billingslea who is committed to Western Michigan. Junior cornerback-wide receiver Ray Buford had a big summer, adding several offers. A good season and more will be on their way. Senior offensive tackle Chukwuma Okorafor is committed to Western Michigan. Senior receiver Devonte Alfred and defensive back Jacob Studdard are receiving recruiting attention as is junior linebacker Jordan Cry.
Saturday: Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) Brother Rice vs Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius at 1:30 p.m.
The top prospect on either side is St. Ignatius linebacker and Ohio State commit Kyle Berger, who recently injured his knee and will miss the season. Ignatius is still very talented. On the offensive line, senior Jimmy Byrne is a four-star prospect committed to Notre Dame and he's joined by sophomore Liam Eichenberg, who already holds an Ohio State offer. Senior linebacker Dameon Willis has several Division-1 offers, as does sure handed wide receiver Michael Siragusa, who may be one of the more underappreciated players in the Midwest. Another to watch is 6'5, 250-pound defensive end Dre'Mont Jones, who has big time potential. Brother Rice is lead by junior quarterback Alex Malzone, a strong-armed youngster who split time as a sophomore and flashed a ton of potential. A good season in his first as the full time starter and he is in the position to earn offers. He will have a couple of outstanding receivers to throw to in senior Corey Lacanaria, who holds some small college offers and a preferred walk-on from Ohio State and junior Grant Perry, who impressed over the summer. Senior safety/kicker Jason Alessi is an outstanding player who is committed to Michigan for lacrosse, but is exploring his football options. He has an Air Force offer on the gridiron. Other seniors with college interest and offers are safety Chris Carter, defensive tackle Alberto Sandoval and running back Brian Walker.
Saturday: Warren (Mich.) De La Salle vs Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic at 5:00 p.m.
De La Salle is lead by Michigan commit Jared Wangler at linebacker. A one time Penn State commit, Wangler is a good athlete who also plays tight end on offense. He'll be facing off against four-star quarterback Deshone Kizer, who is committed to Notre Dame. Kizer has help around him in the form of senior offensive lineman Zach Harmon, who is committed to Duke and wide receiver Derich Weiland who has a Kent State offer. Senior linebacker Paul Moses has several offers and junior linebacker Chris Green is a BCS prospect with a number of offers in his own right. Junior offensive tackle Ramon Miles has size, potential, and an early offer from Akron and safety Charles Smith, who transferred in this year, also is receiving college attention. In addition to Wangler. De La Salle has other seniors who are being recruited including quarterback Giovanni Rescigno and wide receivers Brent Morris and Carter Wilson.
Bill Greene - Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Parma Normandy at Cleveland Benedictine at 7 p.m.
The opening week of high school football in Ohio, and the main attraction in this game is junior linebacker/tailback Jerome Baker. The Benedictine athlete is an early four-star recruit on Scout, and is one of the top players in the state for 2015. Already holds offers from the likes of Arkansas, Florida, Michigan, Ohio State, and others.
Friday: Austintown Fitch at Warren Harding at 7 p.m.
In a great early season matchup, two teams with playoff aspirations do battle in Ohio. Fitch features junior four-star tailback Darrin Hall, who holds 11 offers, including Arkansas, Kentucky, Michigan State and Nebraska. Harding counters with two junior linemen, offensive guard James Daniels, who holds offers from the likes of Michigan State, Penn State and Indiana, and junior defensive tackle Javon Provitt (Toledo offer).
Saturday: Cleveland Glenville at Lakewood St. Edward at 2 p.m.
The top game in the state features two traditional powers doing battle. Lakewood St. Edward is led by four-star junior cornerback Shaun Crawford, a recent Michigan commit. They also have David Dowell and Andrew Dowell, and the twins both hold multiple offers. Glenville features top 2014 prospects, Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith, and both four-star players holds offers from the likes of Alabama, Michigan and Ohio State. Senior tackle Marcelys Jones is a three-star recruit that is committed to Ohio State.
Dave Berk - Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Wednesday: Cincinnati (Ohio) La Salle vs. Cincinnati (Ohio) Oak Hills at 7 p.m. Nippert Stadium, University of Cincinnati
All eyes will be on La Salle wide receiver Derek Kief as the Alabama pledge looks to lead a loaded Lancers team to an opening week victory in the famed Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown now in its 16-th year. Senior wide receiver Izaiah Fuller may not hold an offer, but don't be surprised when programs take notice. We'll also be keeping tabs on junior receiver Kevin Ferguson who is a player that could steal the spotlight from his running mates. Sophomores Nick Watson (QB) and Jeremy Larkin (RB) both look primed to breakout this season. On defense the Lancers are led by senior safety Cameron Bouldin who holds offers from Kent State, Akron, Ohio and Miami Ohio. Junior defensive tackle Jordan Thompson is a three-year starter and should start to college interest from several programs while linebacker John Junker showed well in summer camps turning heads along the way. For Oak Hills we'll be watching senior cornerback Khiren Beaman.
Thursday: Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder vs. Middletown (Ohio) at 7:30 p.m. Nippert Stadium, University of Cincinnati
We'll get solid looks at two prospects that have already made their commitments in Elder tight end Devin Pike who has given Louisville his verbal pledge. Middletown counters with tight end Chance Sorrell who has committed to Vanderbilt as an offensive tackle. The Middies look to replace former standout Jalin Marshall who has taken his talents to Ohio State.
Friday: Springfield (Ohio) vs. Trotwood (Ohio) Madison at 6:00 p.m. Welcome Stadium, University of Dayton
Scout.com four-star receiver and Kentucky pledge Thaddeus Snodgrass is joined by West Virginia linebacker pledge Davonte James as the Wildcats look to turn the corner and change the face of the program. The two are not alone as three other seniors are receiving attention as well. Safety Marques Moore looks to be in line for an offer from Indiana if he can chore up some academic work and defensive back Marlon Nunn could find a few takers if he can get off to a fast start. The biggest sleeper in the game could be lineman Devin Nye who at 6-foot-5, 235-pounds, is under weight but one of the top wrestlers in Ohio and has the frame to add weight and become an offensive tackle or even play on defense. Trotwood always has talent and this year is not different as the Rams will look to running back Ashton Jackson who looks to be favoring Purdue at this time. Jackson is also expected to get some time at linebacker and join Verondtae Wilkinson who moved from defensive end to linebacker this summer. Wilkinson holds offers from Kentucky and Indiana and could see more if his early film is impressive. Sophomore quarterback Messiah deWeaver holds an early offer from Louisville but enters the game having missed the teams final two scrimmages of the preseason.
Friday: Clayton (Ohio) Northmont vs. Dayton (Ohio) Thurgood Marshall at 8:30 p.m. Welcome Stadium, University of Dayton
Northmont will look to Louisville defensive end pledge Terry Ramsey to stop Michigan State pledge Vayante Copeland who will head up the Thurgood Marshall offensive attack at running back and wide receiver. Copeland will also get plenty of time in the defensive secondary where the Spartans project he'll play when he arrives. Ramsey will have help on defense from fellow defensive end Kenny Coleman who is in his first season at the school. Coleman is still looking for his first offer but has seen Youngstown State and Akron show interest. Defensive back Josh Blanton holds an offer from Miami Ohio and is looking to add a few more early this season. Joining Copeland is safety D'Angelo Martin and Cincinnati pledge Landon Brazile who is playing his first year of high school football. At 6-foot-6, 225-pounds, Brazile is also hearing from Indiana and Arkansas and could see others jump on board if he gets off to a solid start.
Saturday: West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West vs. Cincinnati (Ohio) Winton Woods at 7:00 p.m. Fairfield Stadium
The coming out party for Winton Woods highly offered athlete George Brown will be a solid test. While Brown holds a reported offer list second to none, he's still an unknown having not played many snaps at his previous school. Uncommitted defensive tackle Daniel Cage is still looking at Louisville, Michigan State, Georgia Tech and Florida and has not set a timeline on when he'll make an announcement. Kentucky defensive back pledge Mike Edwards and Demetrius Suesberry (Akron, Ball State) will look to stop the Lakota West passing attack. Edwards will also get a chance to stop good friend and future Kentucky teammate Mikel Horton as the 6-foot1, 225-pound power running back will look to have a big game. Senior Tyler Jones is one of the best skill players in Southwest Ohio with offers from Akron, Kent State and Ohio. Junior George Asafo-Adjei who stands 6-foot-4, 290-pounds, is a player to keep an eye on as he showed well at a few camps this summer.
Simone Scott -
Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Colerain (Ohio) vs. Park Vista (Fla.) at 6 p.m.
The 2013 football season kicks off in Ohio Friday with the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown in Cincinnati. Being in their backyard, Colerain should have the crowd advantage. But when it comes to what really matters on the field, it looks like an even matchup. Colerain is led by senior outside linebacker Tegray Scales, who holds over a dozen offers from the likes of Louisville, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. Senior cornerback Jalen Christian has been hearing from Purdue while senior wide receiver Travon Hudson has an offer from the Boilermakers along with interest from Cincinnati, Miami (FL) and Michigan. Look for Park Vista, making the trip all the way from Florida, to be led by senior wide receiver Marques Gayot. Gayot committed to Louisville in April. Senior quarterback Renard Cheren holds offers from Florida International, Middle Tennessee State and Northern Illinois.
Friday: Pike (Ind.) vs. Moeller (Ohio) at 8:30 p.m.
In another interstate battle, Pike High School is making their way from Indianapolis to take on Moeller. Pike is led by senior wide receiver Dominique Booth. Booth is a recent Tennessee commit and one of the top wide receivers in the country. Booth will be getting help from senior quarterback Brent Lyles and running back Derrick Wilkerson. Moeller will depend on senior outside linebacker Sam Hubbard, an Ohio State commit, to take the lead. Hubbard will have help from senior defensive end Chalmer Freauf who holds offers from Akron, Ohio and Western Michigan amongst others. Senior wide receiver Isaiah Gentry has his first two offers from Akron and Kent State. An underclassman to keep an eye out for is defensive tackle Elijah Taylor. The junior has half a dozen offers from schools like Illinois, Louisville and Michigan State.
Saturday: Stebbins (Ohio) vs. West Carrollton (Ohio) at 2 p.m.
Both schools are hoping to start off their season strong. Stebbins is led by senior linebacker Jared Brumfield. Coming off of a commitment to Ohio during the summer, Brumfield hopes his team can sustain this positive momentum. West Carrollton is a relatively young squad. A standout player to watch is sophomore outside linebacker Amir Cribbs. Quarterback Chad Vannest has the senior leadership that the team is looking for.
Saturday: Blanchester (Ohio) vs. Clinton-Massie (Ohio) at 6 p.m.
Blanchester is looking for a hot start to the season. The Wildcats are a young squad led by head coach Jack O'Rourke and will be using this first game to find their senior leaders. Clinton-Massie's senior Bayle Wolf had an impressive summer. The outside linebacker attended many camps and was impressive. Standing at 6-foot, 201 pounds, Wolf ran a personal best forty time of 4.49 over the summer.
Saturday: Carlisle (Ohio) vs. Franklin (Ohio) at 8:30 p.m.
The final matchup for the opening weekend will be Carlisle against Franklin. Carlisle will look at senior quarterback Levi Boyer to lead the team down the field with help from running back Jason Sandlin and wide receiver K.C. Clark. Leading Franklin is dual-sport athlete Luke Kennard. While Kennard gets more attention on the basketball court with over a dozen offers from the likes of Kentucky, Ohio State and North Carolina, Saturday the junior will be playing quarterback.
Derek Young - Midwest Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Worthington Kilbourne (Ohio) at Dublin Scioto (Ohio) at 7:30 p.m.
Dublin Scioto features a talented 2015 linebacker in Nick Conner. He was not a known commodity before the summer but his stock has since risen after an impressive camp circuit. Illinois and Kentucky have already offered the Ohio prospect. Ohio State and Indiana are a couple other Midwest programs that have their eyes on him as well. An impressive junior campaign could lead to even more attention on the recruiting trail for Conner.
Anna Hickey -
Indiana Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Hamilton Southeastern (Ind.) at Fishers (Ind.) at 7 p.m.
Hamilton Southeastern features one of the best wide receivers in the state of Indiana, Louisville commit Cameron Polk, who has the elite speed and natural athleticism to have a huge senior year. Another Hamilton Southeastern wide out, junior Chris Ford, had two touchdown catches in the season opener, one that went for 52 yards, and the other 47. Ford camped with Ohio State this summer. More firepower on offense for Hamilton Southeastern comes from, 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior tight end Kyle Schrank, who has the potential to earn some looks with a strong senior showing. Cross-town rival Fishers features three-star wide receiver and Indiana commit J-shun Harris who earned MVP at the Nike Football Traninig Camp in Chicago this summer. Offensive guard Drew Broughton, who holds an offer from Massachusetts and is generating interest from Central Michigan, Indiana and Purdue, will anchor Fishers' offensive line.
Beth Long -
Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Bolingbrook (Ill.) vs Hinsdale Central (Ill.) at 7 p.m.
Bolingbrook is highlighted by four-star cornerback Parrker Wesphal, who is making the move to safety. He will match up against Michigan tight end commit Ian Bunting of Hinsdale Central. Also on HC, is Michigan State offensive lineman commit Brian Allen. Bolingbrook has more young talent on the defense in end Micah Dew-Treadway and linebacker Tuf Borland.
Saturday: Mount Carmel (Ill.) vs St. Patrick (Ill.) Soldier Field Kickoff classic at 10a.m.
The defending 8A Illinois state champions, Mount Carmel, take the field with two Big Ten commits on the defensive line in Michigan State commit Enoch Smith Jr., and Minnesota commit Steven Richardson. Not to mention Illinois commit and senior running back Matt Domer who are all ready to defend the first title the program has won in a decade.
Saturday: De La Salle (Ill.) vs Wendell Phillips (Ill.) Soldier Field Kickoff classic at 1pm
De La Salle's headlining player -- Ohio State offensive lineman commit and four-star Jamarco Jones is sidelined for the first couple matches with shoulder rehab. But the team still had offensive lineman Aaron Roberts, who is likely choosing between offers from Syracuse and Illinois, Vanderbilt running back commit Mikale Wilbon and division one prospect at quarterback Shelby Spence.
Saturday: Marist (Ill.) vs St. Rita (Ill.) Soldier Field Kickoff classic at 7pm.
One of the top tight ends in the state, Notre Dame commit and Marist's Nic Weishar takes the field to start off his senior season against St. Rita. Marist also has 2015 wide receiver prospect Flynn Nagel who has offers from Illinois and Indiana. St. Rita features Iowa State running back commit Tommy Mister in what might prove to be the best games of the early season in Illinois.
Greg Powers - National Recruiting Analyst- Midlands
Thursday: Mesquite (Texas) Poteet vs. Frisco (Texas) Liberty at FC Dallas Stadium at 7 p.m. CST
Poteet's Malik Jefferson is the No. 1 rated player in the Midlands in the Class of 2015. Jefferson is the heart and soul of the Pirates defense, which should remain much unchanged now that 2012 defensive coordinator Kody Groves has taken over as head coach. Jefferson is one of 20 early Scout.com five star prospects in his class and the No. 3 rated prospect overall. He is already considering offers from major BCS schools like Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Florida State amongst a host of others. Jefferson is not the only division one recruit that will take to the field for Poteet. Baylor commit Verkedric Vaughns will see action on both sides of the ball. The defensive side will feature four total future college signees with SMU safety commit Nathaniel Gaines and Rice outside linebacker commit Denzel Thomas joining Jefferson and Vaughns.
Friday: Coppell (Texas) vs. Longview
(Texas) at FC Dallas Stadium
at 7:30 p.m. CST
Coppell is led by four-star defensive end prospect Solomon Thomas. Who is one of the top-rated uncommitted prospects in Texas. He has announced that he is down to a final five schools: Arkansas, Ohio State, Alabama, Stanford and Notre Dame. Thomas is one of the most experienced defenders in the region, a three-year starter. Thomas is not the only division one prospect that will suit up for the Cowboys. Baylor tight end commit Blake Mahon will lead the offense. With fellow seniors linebacker John Herubin and offensive lineman Bill Weber getting looks. Chris Biggurs and Charles West lead a group of juniors to keep an eye on. Longview will be without TCU defensive tackle commit Zaycoven Henderson, who is sidelined with an injury, but they will have a number of other players to monitor. Junior running back Ja'Mycal Hasty is already rated as a Scout300, four-star prospect and senior wide receiver Dorian Leonard has already made a commitment to play for Texas. Junior quarterback Dezmond Chumley will be the beneficiary of those two valuable weapons, as he tries to emerge on to the major recruiting landscape.
Ahmard Vital - Texas Recruiting Analyst
Thursday, August 29: League City (Tex.) Clear Creek vs. Missouri City (Tex.) Ridge Point at 7 p.m. CST
Opening week in the Lone Star State and here is a battle between teams of different classifications. Either way it should turn out to be a good one. For Clear Creek, quarterback Jarrett Hildreth leads the way with his prolific passing abilities (nearly 3,000 yards, 22 TDs in 2012). He has a few Division I offers including Utah and Houston, Speaking on UH, running back Kaliq Kokuma, who has already committed there, will be the primary back for Clear Creek. For Ridge Point, it's all about the continuation to build. In its first varsity season it made the postseason. Now the smaller class school will take on the bigger program in the opening week. Lots will be expected from quarterback Jesse Crebbe and running back Je'marcus Johnson to fuel the offense. Defensively Ridge Point has one of the top junior linebackers in the country in Cameron Townsend while the secondary has Camyron Brown making the plays.
Friday, August 30: Missouri City (Tex.) Hightower vs. Houston (Tex.) Eisenhower at 7 p.m. CST
A top offense against a top defense should always make for an exciting match up, which is exactly what is going on here. For Hightower, four total players have given their commitments to the University of Houston, three of which play on defense. Linebacker Matthew Adams leads this tough bunch and is a player to watch after a successful off season. Joeal Williams and Khalil Williams are proven secondary players as they look to make things tough on a good Eisenhower offense. Defensive end Chibuzor Ugwu will add the pressure up front. On offense, Roosevelt Appleton, also headed to UH, will be the Hightower running back. Eisenhower is led by two players who have proven for years to make plays. At running back Donald Catalon, who is committed to Texas, has been the go-to guy since his freshman season and has set a high mark of 2,000 yards for this season. In front of him is quarterback Trey Roberts, who has looked impressive this offseason. The Oklahoma State commitment is looking to lead his team past the first round of the playoffs. The road to that goal begins now.
Erin Hartigan - Midlands Field Reporter
Thursday: Denton (Texas) Guyer at Cedar Hill (Texas) at 7:30 p.m.
One of the state's marquee Week 0 matchups will come from two teams that reached their respective state title games a season ago. And it's a matchup Texas' Mack Brown and Co. will certainly be keeping an eye on. Why? Well visiting Denton Guyer is led by 2014 Texas commitment Jerrod Heard, and host Cedar Hill is led by 2015 wide receiver DaMarkus Lodge, UT's top receiver target in his class. Lodge, despite having six catches for 59 yards and zero touchdowns as a sophomore, already holds offers from Arizona State, Auburn, Baylor, Iowa, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA and Utah. Marcus Green is Cedar Hill's main guy on defense. He and 2015 DB Darrell Miller will be tasked with keeping tabs on Heard's top targets.
Annabel Stephan, West Field Reporter
Friday: Houston (Tex.) Lamar at Houston (Tex.) Klein Forest at 7:00 p.m. CST
Though Houston (Tex.) Klein Forest has had it's share of talented prospects in the past, this weekend's opening match up favors Houston (Tex.) Lamar, whose 2012 run ended in a loss at the State Championship versus Allen. From what we've seen in 7on7 this summer, Lamar promises to be one of the top area teams this fall. The Redskins enter the season at #17 on the FOX Sports/Scout Top 50, which is no surprise considering the amount of talent on both sides of the ball. The offense, which returns eight starters, is led by SMU quarterback commit Darrell Colbert; wide receiver Shelby Walker and offensive lineman Braylon Hyder have also given their verbal commitments to the Mustangs' program. The Redskins' secondary features of the top tandems in four-star, #9-ranked safety John Bonney and four-star, #23-ranked corner John Plattenburg, who recently rejoined the team after playing for California powerhouse Corona Centennial. Both athletes have offers well into the double-digits. The defensive line also has a Division-I commit in Ira Lewis, who is headed to Baylor. There are also two 2014 prospects with current offers: running back Ronnie Wesley and corner Holton Hill, whose offer list includes Baylor, Houston, SMU, TCU, and Texas Tech.
Greg Biggins - National Recruiting Analyst- West
Friday: Upland (Calif.) at Mater Dei (Calif.) at 7 p.m.
Upland benefited from several off-season transfers headlined by junior quarterback Tyler Hilinski and junior safety Kameron Powell, both members of the 2015 Scout 300. Oregon State and Washington have offered Powell and fellow junior Elijah Jones, another 2015 Scout 300 member has an offer from San Diego StateTwo-way standout Jeff Farrar committed to Virginia and should be a force at receiver and safety and freshman wide out Nathan Tilford was offered by USC after starring at their summer camp. Mater Dei has a pair of 2015 Scout 300 members as well in tight end Kyle Penniston and two-way standout Ben Humphries. Quarterback Chase Forrest is one of the state's top signal callers and Washington commit Jonathan Lockett is one of the nation's elite corners and will also be asked to carry the load at receiver this year.
Sam Hellman- Northeast Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Central (Fresno, Calif.) at Hanford (Calif.) at 7:30 p.m.
Central is loaded with BCS talent and boasts one of the best prospects in the country in five-star receiver Michiah Quick. Quick is an explosive 5-foot-11 receiver that should remain uncommitted for quite some time with four official visits set to Oregon, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Alabama. USC, UCLA and California all remain in play for Quick in terms of in-season visits. Looking beyond Quick, Central has a trio of Arizona commits in four-star running back Nick Wilson, three-star defensive tackle Sharif Williams and three-star safety Devon Brewer. Williams is likely out for the season and a scratch for the Hanford game because of a knee injury suffered in the opener. The talent does not stop there for Central, which needs a strong showing from four-star USC defensive tackle commit Tashon Smallwood. Smallwood committed to the Trojans six months ago but visited other schools during the spring and summer. Class of 2015 cornerback Dehlon Preston holds a verbal offer from Houston and Hanford starting quarterback Jake Young has interest from many regional schools but no offers.
Scott Kennedy- Director of Scouting
Thursday: Narbonne (Calif.) at Palos Verdes (Calif.) at 3 p.m.
City-Section Champion Narbonne opens its season against a tough Palos Verdes team. Both teams are rebuilding from stellar 2012 campaigns with Narbonne enduring particularly heavy losses including starting quarterback Troy Williams (Washington). Narbonne is not barren of talent though as the Gauchos return a pair of seniors with D1 offers including linebacker Uchenna Nwosu and defensive back Khalil Rashad-Brown. Nwoso claims an offer from Oregon State, and Rashad-Brown lists a San Diego State offer.
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.
Friday: Upland (Calif.) at Mater Dei (Calif.) at 7p.m. (Prepzone)
Upland hasn't lost a regular season game in over two years, but the Scots haven't faced a challenge like they will get against a deep and experienced Mater Day team. Mater Dei returns 15 starters from a Pac-5 final team including quarterback Chase Forrest who helped lead the Monarch run in the playoffs. Washington verbal commitment Jonathan Lockett is a triple threat as a receiver, defensive back and return man for the Monarchs. Mater Dei tight end Kyle Penniston has already gotten a scholarship offer from Florida State as a junior. Upland lost a lot of talented players including quarterback Nate Romine and sackmaster Joe Mathis, but the Scots lost a lot off of their 2011 team and still went 13-1 last year. Junior quarterback Tyler Hilinski joined the Scots last year from Notre Dame and will make his first start for Upland. He will have talented senior athlete Jeff Farrar to throw to. Farrar is headed to Virginia next year. One of the most intriguing players to watch could be freshman receiver Nathan Tilford who already claims offers from Arizona State and USC.
Friday: Crenshaw (Calif.) at Long Beach Poly (Calif.) at 7 p.m. (Prepzone)
Poly's league schedule leaves a lot to be desired, so the Jackrabbits load up their non-league schedule with local powers including perennial City-Section power Crenshaw this week. The Jackrabbits got off to a rough start in 2012 only to rebound and win the prestigious Pac-5 Championship over Mater Dei. Poly has the best defensive back tandem in the country in senior safety JuJu Smith and junior cornerback Iman Marshall. Smith is a highlight reel waiting to happen at defensive back and receiver. He doesn't get the press time of his highly recruited teammates, but linebacker Caleb Tucker is one of the top high school players in the state. Crenshaw returns dynamic quarterback Ajene Harris. Harris is undersized for the college level, but that doesn't help anyone trying to slow him down on Friday Nights. Harris returns his top weapon in running back Jacob Knight, and the defense is spearheaded by linebacker Corey Walker and defensive lineman Kenneth Davis.
Friday: Serrano (Calif.) @ Paraclete (Calif.) at 7p.m. (Prepzone)
Serrano and Paraclete both had terrific seasons in 2012 advancing to the CIF Finals in the Eastern and Mid-Valley Divisions respectively. Paraclete brings back an especially impressive team with 40 players returning from last season including 16 starters. New quarterback Brett Nelson has big shoes to fill as Tyler Carvolho has graduated, but big play receiver Triston Brown comes back after posting 14 touchdowns and four interceptions on offense. Serrano has more of a rebuilding job with nine starters returning including athlete Jay Henderson who is committed to San Diego State. Henderson posted 82 tackles and 6.5 sacks on defense and sees some time at receiver as well. Linebacker John Mackesy is only a junior, but he still led the team in tackles with 160 as a sophomore.
South Anchorage (Alaska) at Moorpark (Calif.) at 7 p.m. (Prepzone)
And you thought your road trip was tough? South Anchorage endures the 2300+ miles flight to take on Moorpark. The Wolverines have already played two games, and that experience could prove to be the difference as Moorpark will be shaking off the rust. Moorpark has a new quarterback in Anthony Upshaw, but they return Marmonte League lineman of the year Tyler Puccio who claims offers from Fresno State and Utah State.
Jason Jewell, Southwest Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Peoria (Az.) Centennial at Chandler (Az.) at 7 p.m.
This game will be won in the trenches and it should be a great battle. Centennial has the state's top offensive line with three-star tackle Layth Friekh and two-star guard Kamryn Bennett leading the charge. Keep an eye on two up and coming underclassmen. Sophomore guard Marshal Nathe will start his first game and two-way RB/OLB Dedrick Young will get his first opportunity to carry the load after scoring 15 times as a reserve as a sophomore. Chandler had the most players taken in this year's NFL Draft and the Wolves are still loaded. Defensive tackles Jordan Hoyt and Cruz Flores are stout up front while Chandler has one of the state's best secondaries led by Arizona commit J.R. Hunt. Despite having multiple offers, this will be QB Bryce Perkins' first start for Chandler.
OTHERS TO WATCH
Saturday: Desert Vista at Mission Hills at 2 p.m. PST
Punahou at Helix at 7 p.m. PST