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Brian Dohn- Northeast Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Brooklyn (N.Y.) New Utrecht at Brooklyn Abraham Lincoln at 7 p.m.
Abraham Lincoln's latest standout is four-star defensive tackle Thomas Holley, who is in his second season of high school football. Among the schools remaining on his list are Ohio State, Notre Dame, Florida, Penn State, Syracuse and Rutgers. He is being recruiting to play nose guard and 3-technique. Abraham Lincoln also has cornerback Khendell Puryear, who is hearing from Connecticut, Pittsburgh and UMass.
Saturday: No. 8 St. Joseph's-Montvale (N.J.) High vs. Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic at 7 p.m.
One of the marquee matchups in North Jersey's parochial school matchups pits two of the most talented programs in the region. St. Joseph's-Montvale is led by running back Sherman Alston (Boston College commit) and defensive tackle Kevin Wilkins, who is hearing a lot from Maryland and Rutgers, as well as UMass receiver commit Quai Jefferson. Also, class of 2015 offensive lineman Tommy Hatton (Rutgers, UConn, Indiana, UMass and Boston College offers) and linebacker Joe Giles-Harris play for St. Joseph's-Montvale. Bergen Catholic is led by uncommitted four-star defensive end/tight end Garrett Dickerson (Stanford, Northwestern and Michigan) and uncommitted defensive end Kurt Holuba (Stanford, Northwestern, Duke, Wisconsin and Florida State). Northwestern commit Cameron Quiero plays linebacker for the Crusaders.
Sam Hellman- Northeast Recruiting
Saturday: Nutley (N.J.) at Montclair (N.J.) 1 p.m.
Montclair is one of the top public football programs in New Jersey and spots two BCS defensive linemen as the figureheads of the roster. Three-star defensive end Darius Slade trimmed down to Rutgers, West Virginia and Michigan State with one or two more visits coming before a college decision. Slade has an official visit Oct. 12 to Michigan State and checks in as the No. 91 defensive end in the class of 2014. Fellow defensive end Austin Stevens recently committed to Kansas over Temple. Montclair 2015 athlete Elijah Robinson has offers from Virginia and Massachusetts and is the focal point of the offense.
Tony Greco, Panther Digest Publisher
Friday: Central Valley (Pa.) at West Allegheny (Pa.) at 7 p.m.
It will be a collision of two of the top Class 3A programs in Pennsylvania as the Central Valley Warriors (4-0) travel to West Allegheny to take on the 4-0 Indians. In a game that will likely decide the Parkway Conference title, this game also may determine the No. 1 seed for the WPIAL playoffs, which is four weeks away. Both teams come in with pretty measurable defensive characteristics--Central Valley allowing six points all season, and that was in Week One to New Castle. Since then, the Warriors have posted three consecutive shutouts. West Allegheny's defense has allowed just 26 points all year. Central Valley is led by senior quarterback Nate Climo. A two-year starter, Climo has thrown for 310 yards and three touchdown passes this season. He is receiving some Ivy League interest. Jordan Whitehead is already known as one of the top junior prospects in the state, and is rated a four-star prospect. A three-year starter, Whitehead has 517 all-purpose yards (129.3 per game), including 380 yards rushing (9.7 per carry) with eight touchdowns. On defense, where Whitehead projects in college, he has 15 tackles, an interception and five passes broken up. He holds offers from Pittsburgh, Penn State and Rutgers, just to name a few. Also keep an eye on senior JaQuan Pennington, who has rushed for 320 yards and a pair of touchdowns in four games. Pennington has received interest from some MAC schools. West Allegheny, the defending WPIAL Class AAA champions, is a team that continues to roll, yet is stocked with juniors. Leading the way is quarterback Andrew Koester. The 6-4, 180-pounder has heard a little from Pittsburgh. This season, he's thrown for 460 yards and five touchdown passes; no interceptions. Koester's chief target is 6-3, 203-pounder Tory Delmonico. Delmonico leads the team with 195 yards on just 11 catches, and another 217 yards on the ground. He leads the team with nine total touchdowns on the season. He holds offers from Army and Navy. Also contributing to the ground game are Chayse Dillon and Armande Dellovade. All three--Delmonico, Dillon and Dellovade--factor in heavily on linebacker on defense. Dillon leads the team with 513 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.
Jacquie Franciulli, Field Reporter-East
Friday: Harmony (Pa.) Seneca High School vs. Pittsburgh (Pa.) Central Catholic High School
It will be the battle of the undefeated teams in Pittsburgh on Friday night. Seneca and Central Catholic boast a 4-0 record respectively, with Seneca coming off an upset beating North Allegheny last week. The Raiders were led by junior quarterback T.J. Holl, who had two touchdowns and 201 total yards in Seneca's 20-6 win over the Tigers. Holl is still looking for his first offer; he has attended camps at Penn State and Temple this summer. Holl isn't the only signal caller to watch. Central Catholic's four star quarterback and Florida State commit J.J. Cosentino has led his offense to a perfect start averaging 50 points a game this season. Consentino does have help with running back Luigi Lista-Brinza. Brinza was Central Catholic's leading rusher last season, and he started off this season where he left off last-rushing for four touchdowns in the opening game of the season. Bowling Green has shown interest in Brinza.
East Field Reporter
Friday: Governor Thomas Johnson (Frederick, Md.) at Linganore (Frederick, Md.), 7 p.m.
Friday night will feature a head-to-head battle for Class 3A supremacy in Frederick County (Md.) as Governor Thomas Johnson (3-0) travels to Linanore (3-0). Linganore has an explosive offense featuring senior wide receiver Josh Gonatrek, who is averaging more than 40 yards per catch. Lancers senior quarterback Josh Stieren has thrown for over 650 yards and seven touchdowns, thanks largely in part to the protection of his big offensive tackle E.J. Donahue (6'5, 330). The Lancers junior already holds offers from Maryland, West Virginia, and Old Dominion, and a number of other schools are also expressing interest in the young lineman.
Saturday: Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.) at Archbishop Carroll (Washington D.C.), 2 p.m.
First-year head coach Keith Goganious has Eagles off to a perfect 4-0 start behind one of the top offensive lineman in the country, Damian Prince and wide receiver Jordan Crockett. Crockett has already racked up 600 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. Prince, who has narrowed his list down to: Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Alabama, Maryland, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio State, Rutgers and Vanderbilt, has been dominate in the trenches so far this season. However, Prince might get an unexpected challenge from Carroll's young left tackle Jauan Williams. At 6-foot-7, 260-pounds Williams has size, strength, and athleticism, to play at the next level according to his coach Rick Houchens, and going up against Prince will be a true test of his skills.
Mike McAllister- Northeast Recruiting Analyst
Saturday: Rochester East (N.Y.) at Edison Tech (N.Y.) at 2 p.m.
Rochester East High is led by 2014 three star wide receiver Justin Noye who is verbally committed to Connecticut. Noye plays quarterback for East High as arguably the best athlete in the area. He faces an Edison Tech squad that features two-way lineman Joseph Foster. Foster is a 2014 prospect looking for his first offer. Foster had improved his body over the last year, shedding baby fat and increasing muscle mass. A strong senior year could make him a diamond in the rough for a regional school.
Chad Simmons- National Recruiting Analyst
This game is loaded with top prospects on each team. Starting with John Curtis Christian, they are led by five-star wide receiver Malachi Dupre. He is the top wideout in the country on Scout and currently favors Alabama, Florida State, LSU, and UCLA. It doesn't stop there. On the defensive side of the ball is four-star linebacker Kenny Young and three-star defensive backs Terrence Alexander and Matrell McGraw. All three have over 20 scholarship offers. Hunter Dale is a junior safety with big-time offers and the next big recruit out of JCC is offensive tackle Willie Allen. Allen is a 6-foot-6, 260 pound offensive tackle. Edna Karr has two Scout 100 seniors and they are five-star defensive lineman Gerald Willis and four-star athlete Speedy Noil. Willis dominates in the trenches and Noil is one of the most explosive athletes in the country. LSU is on both hard as is Texas A&M among others. Other top seniors are linebacker Donnie Alexander (LSU commit), tight end Anthony Jones (Lafayette commit), and defensive lineman Joyan Williams (Oklahoma State commit). Some of their top underclassmen are 2015 defensive end Isaiah Washington and 2016 athlete Raekwon Bush. Bush is a 6-foot-4, 200 pound sophomore that the coaching staff is very high on.
Friday: Bossier City (La.) Airline at West Monroe (La.) at 7:00 p.m.
This is the battle of Alabama commitments. Airline defensive tackle O.J. Smith goes against five-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson of West Monroe. Both are committed to the Crimson Tide. Smith is a little less known than the No. 2 prospect in the country, Robinson. West Monroe has some young talent to keep an eye on too. Quarterback Jon Randall Belton is a sophomore and he is a dual-threat athlete that will have the ball in his hands a lot. Junior defensive tackle John Washington is expected to be a top 20 prospect in Louisiana next year. Most eyes will be on the Alabama commitments though in this game.
Saturday: Baton Rouge (La.) Catholic at. Metarie (La.) Rummel at 7:00 p.m.
There will be some SEC talent on the field in this contest and the top senior prospects in this game are both committed to Arkansas. Linebacker Dwayne Eugene is always around the ball and defensive back Henre Toliver can work at safety or corner. Both are committed to Arkansas. Both are three-star prospects on Scout. There is a freshman creating some buzz too and his name is Devin Hutton. He is a 6-3, 220 pound athlete. On the other side, the top prospect is 2015 running back Derrius Guice. The four-star junior is a total package at runnig and has a nice blend of speed and power. LSU has already offered.
Jamie Newberg - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Tampa (Fla.) Plant @ Tampa Bay (Fla.) Tech, 7:30
Plant is one of the Bay area's top programs year in and year out. This year's squad is led by a strong offensive line group. One offensive tackle is Ray Raulerson. This 6-foot-5, 275-pounder, has committed to the Volunteers. The other is junior standout Jake Fruhmorgen. Fruhmorgen, 6-foot-5, 270-pounds, is already a four-star prospect and the No. 12 ranked tackle in the 2015 class. He has banked scholarship offers from teams like Florida, FSU, Miami, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Ohio State, Tennessee and others. Center Richard Bush is likely headed to play for an Ivy League school. Another junior prospect is wide receiver Derrick Baity. He already holds an offer from the Bulls. The Panther defense is led by Texas commitment Andrew Beck. This is a three-star middle linebacker that can run and hit. Cornerback Mazzi Wilkins has committed to South Florida. Tampa Bay Tech is led by junior quarterback Deon Cain. He is a splendid athlete that could play a variety positions in college. He has offers right now from Florida State, USF and UCF. The Seminoles believe he's a wide receiver, the Bulls prefer him to play quarterback while the Knights just like him as an athlete. Cain is already a four-star rated recruit in the 2015 class. There are three senior standouts on this team in Tajee Fullwood, Deon Thompson and Fred Russ. Fullwood has committed to USF and is arguably their top commitment. He stars on both sides of the ball at wide receiver, cornerback and safety. Thompson is an undersized running back with offers from teams like Marshall, Bethune-Cookman and UMass. Russ is a terrific football player. He averages a dozen tackles a game as their middle linebacker and has committed to FIU. Russ lacks ideal measurable. He's a 5-foot-10, 220-pound defender who just makes plays.
Atlantic Recruiting Analyst
Saturday: Richmond (Va.) Benedictine at Richmond (Va.) St. Christopher's at 2 p.m.
This is a star-studded matchup between two crosstown rivals. Benedictine is 1-3, but has played a tough schedule. The Cadets are led by four-star outside linebacker Raymon Minor, who has scholarship offers from across the country. Benedictine also features 2015 four-star defensive end Clelin Ferrell and big-time 2016 wide receiver Scott Bracey. St. Christopher's comes in 3-1 The Saints have two of the top 2015 prospects in the country in five-star outside linebacker Ricky DeBerry and four-star cornerback Garrett Taylor. Combined, the two have nearly 70 scholarship offers.
John Garcia Jr. - Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Bessemer City (Ala.) Vs. Birmingham (Ala.) Woodlawn, 7 p.m.
Bessemer City comes in as hot as possible as one of the few undefeated teams in Class 6A. South Alabama commitment John Wilkerson will make plays as both a wide receiver and a defensive back, as will fellow senior Brandon Byner, who also has a USA offer. Darryl Williams, a junior offensive tackle prospect, has early SEC and ACC interest at 6-foot-3, 285 pounds. Woodlawn has an uphill battle on its hands.
Friday: Hoover (Ala.) High vs. Birmingham (Ala.) Vestavia Hills, 7 p.m.
This rivalry continues with plenty of prospects on the field. Hoover is led by the top prospect in the state and five-star cornerback Marlon Humphrey. The senior has every offer imaginable, and will likely play in the SEC at Alabama, where his father played. Florida State, Oregon and several others are all facing an uphill battle for the track star. Joining him on the Bucs' stellar defense is junior linebacker Darrell Williams, and early four-star with several SEC offers, and fellow SEC prospect and junior defensive end Christian Bell. Hoover's offense is paced by 2015 tailback Bradrick Shaw, who also has SEC aspirations with an offer from Mississippi State to his name. Vestavia Hills is stout up front, and will challenge Hoover on both sides of the ball. The offensive line is led by center prospect Ryan Childers, who has considerable interest from FBS programs and the defense is anchored by fellow senior Tristan Thomaseb. The defensive lineman projects best as a linebacker at the next level, where he just got the equivalent of an offer from Harvard.
Amy Campbell - Florida Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Decatur (Ga.) Southwest DeKalb at Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson at 7:00 p.m.
Southwest DeKalb looks to rebound from last week's 43-24 loss to Atlanta (Ga.) Mays, but the Panthers have a tough match-up this week when they travel to face undefeated Stephenson. Stephenson is loaded with prospects from top to bottom, starting on the offensive line with a pair of 2014 athletes in Tyler Jones and Jordan Harris. Both are committed to Mississippi State. On offense, Stephenson running back Dallas Rivers, a Vanderbilt commitment, is one to watch. Junior wide receiver Dexter Neal has a long list of programs after him already, including Clemson, Tennessee, South Carolina, and West Virginia. On defense for Stephenson is a pair of senior defensive backs, Cameron Glenn and Jared Tucker. Glenn is committed to West Virginia and Tucker to Kentucky. In the junior class is 2015 linebacker Chauncey Rivers, a South Carolina commit. Don't forget Khalil Ladler, a 2016 cornerback who already has offers from Alabama, LSU, Florida State, Tennessee, South Carolina, and more.
Geoff Vogt - Florida Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Lake Wales (Fl) at Haines City (Fl) at 7:00
Classic Polk County match-up between two teams that should be fighting for playoff berths down the road. This is a non-district game that features 5-7 D-1 prospects. For Haines City the headliner is junior athlete Derwin James (FSU commitment). James reminds some of former Polk County five-star Karlos Williams and tools wise he has them all. Running back Dacorius Law is also a prospect that has attracted plenty of attention. Railond Garrett, Dedric Brinson, Justin Henderson, Davion Riley, and Luke Heirs are all D-1 prospects for Lake Wales. Limiting mistakes will be the key to the game for the Highlanders.
Mike Coppage - Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Evangel Christian (La.) at St. Thomas More (La.)
This has become a yearly non-district series pitting one of the state's top private schools in the north, Evangel from Shreveport, against St. Thomas More, which is situated in the heart of the south-central portion of Louisiana known as "Acadiana." Evangel comes to town with a freshman QB, Connor Curry, who made Chad Simmons' Top 10 2017 names to watch in the southeast. Curry's favorite target is Arkansas WR commit Jared Cornelius, a three-star prospect. Evangel also boasts three-star DE Chris Bradley, DB Santos Ramirez (LSU/Arkansas offers) and four-star junior OT Jerry Tillery, a Notre Dame commit. St. Thomas More's top recruit is senior WR Kendall Johnson, who holds FBS offers from the likes of Nevada, Tulsa, ULM and Tulane. The Cougars have a hard-nosed athlete in versatile Rivers Cahee. These games have typically been high-scoring and excitement filled; Evangel nipped STM 36-33 last year.
Yancy Porter - Mississippi Scout
Friday: West Point (Miss.) at Oxford (Miss.) at 7:00 p.m.
4-0 Oxford is looking to gather its first win over West Point in school history. The Chargers are led on offense by Ole Miss sophomore commit D.K. Metcalf. The 6-foot-2, 185 pound, wide receiver is averaging over a 120 yards of offense per game and leads their team in touchdowns with six. Sophomore quarterback Jack Abraham is perhaps the state's biggest surprise this season. He is 75-115 for 927 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. Tight end, Issac Smith, is also one to keep an eye on. The 6-foot-3, 195 pound, tight end is averaging over ten yards a catch this season. On the defensive side of the ball the Chargers are led by junior middle linebacker Michael McGhee. The 250-pounder led their team in tackles last season with 118. MSU commit, Darius Liggins, is the playmaker for Oxford's defensive line. The 6-foot-4, 245 pound, defensive end had his best game of the season against Columbus with a pick and 11 tackles. West Point is led on offense by MSU commit Aeris Williams. Scout.com's #39 rated running back opened his season in style when he rushed for 198 yards and four touchdowns against South Panola. Also keep an eye on Aeris' backup in Joshua Ewing as he is averaging over eight yards per carry. The defensive side is led by Ladarius Gallion. The 6-foot-4-, 320 pound, defensive tackle is a true run stuffer and is one of the more talented players inside the Magnolia State.
Bob Redman, FightinGators.com Managing Editor
Friday: Citra (Fla.) North Marion at Gainesville (Fla.) Eastside at 7 p.m.
Eastside will be without a few defensive stars after an altercation a week ago left some suspended for the match up with North Marion. The Rams still have some talent and the best of which is probably senior defensive end / tight end Barry Johnson has a big thick frame and really knows how to get after the quarterback. Senior Keandre McCray is a tall receiver that has a knack for finding the holes in the secondary. Junior running back Malachi Lofland is one to watch. The Colts of North Marion boast a quartet of junior players that have a chance to be big time by the time they finish their senior seasons. Running back James Allen can fly and has the body to be a big time college back. Receiver Devin Munnerlyn isn't huge, but has good size and is physical for the position. Middle linebacker Deamontae Jackson is a Scout300 prospect and has monster size at the position, but has the ability to really run and play in space. Receiver Jack Reed is one of the fastest players in the state and knows how to use his speed in the passing game.
OTHERS TO WATCH
Friday: Nova at St. Thomas Aquinas at 7 p.m
Allen Trieu - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Muskegon (Mich.) at Muskegon (Mich.) Mona Shores at 7 p.m.
The Big Reds have two committed prospects in Western Michigan verbal Kenny Finley at defensive tackle and Ball State pledge Malik King on the offensive line. They also feature senior Deshaun Thrower at quarterback, who is having a big year and may receive late Division-1 attention as well as talented sophomore offensive tackle Juanye Johnson, senior linebacker Will Hunt and junior receiver Joeviair Kennedy. Mona Shores has Western Michigan commit Asantay Brown, who is still receiving BCS attention. Senior receiver Marquon Sargent is receiving FBS attention as is sophomore quarterback Tyree Jackson. Sophomore receiver Hunter Broersma is a potential big time prospect down the road.
Bill Greene - Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Columbus Marion-Franklin at Columbus Walnut Ridge at 7 p.m.
Marion-Franklin lines up with one of the top offensive linemen in the state in senior Martesse Patterson. He currently holds over ten offers, including Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. For Walnut Ridge, junior linebacker Anthony McKee is one of the top 2015 prospects in Ohio and he now holds seven offers, including Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia.
Friday: Mentor at Lyndhurst Brush at 7:30 p.m.
Mentor has one of the more high-powered offenses in the state of Ohio, and senior wide receiver Brandon Fritts is their best football player. The North Carolina commit has been putting up big numbers since his sophomore season. Senior defensive end Kent Berger has committed to Ohio University. For Brush, sophomore two-way athlete Jordan Overton is a player to watch in the class of 2016. He already holds an offer from Akron.
Saturday: Paramus (NJ) Catholic at Cleveland St. Ignatius at 2:30 p.m.
In one of the top games in the country, Paramus Catholic travels to the Midwest to face one of Ohio's top programs. Senior cornerback Jabril Peppers is one of the finest athletes in the senior class in America, and the five-star prospect has already committed to Michigan. Senior offensive tackle Juwan Bushell-Beatty is also committed to the Wolverines. Offensive lineman Billy Ray Mitchell is committed to Virginia Tech. For Ignatius, four-star linebacker Kyle Berger is out with a knee injury and the Ohio State commit is missed on the defensive side of the ball, but senior linebacker Dameon Willis is a multiple offer prospect capable of picking up the slack. Sophomore offensive lineman Liam Eichenberg already holds an Ohio State offer. Senior wide receiver Michael Siragusa might have the best pair of hands in the state, and he currently has Pittsburgh as one of his five offers.
Dave Berk - Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Cincinnati (Ohio) Winton Woods vs. Dayton (Ohio) Thurgood Marshall at 7:00 p.m. Welcome Stadium / TV: FOX Sports Ohio Game of the Week
The FOX Sports Ohio Game of the Week should be a great battle with two teams full of talent. Leading Winton Woods offensively is senior quarterback Shermar Hooks and junior fullback Marcus Davis. The duo has combined for 1,105 yards and 12 touchdowns in the first four games of the season behind an offensive line led by juniors George Brown and Noah Listermann. Defensively for Winton Woods defensive tackle Daniel Cage anchors the middle and is currently down to Louisville and Michigan State with a possibility Ohio State could come calling in the near future. Cage allows junior linebackers David Long and David Sparks free to make plays. In the secondary Winton Woods relies on Kentucky pledge Mike Edwards and Demetrius Suesberry to keep things in check. Thurgood Marshall will counter with a double wing run offense led by quarterback Jamahl Manley who will use all of his running backs including Michigan State pledge Vayante Copeland. On defense, Copeland is a shutdown cornerback with great ball skills capable of turning an interception into a score. He is joined in the secondary by Mike Mills and Deangelo Martin who is a tall lanky safety who projects as an outside linebacker in college. First year football player Landon Brazile made an early commitment to Cincinnati and is now picking up interest from others. At 6-foot-6, 225-pounds, Brazile has made a smooth transition to the game and has a high ceiling at the next level.
Friday: Middletown (Ohio) Lakota East vs. Cincinnati (Ohio) Princeton at 7:30 p.m. Viking Stadium, Pat Mancuso Field
Princeton is led by dual-threat senior quarterback Tyrell Gilbert who leads the Vikings with 557 yards passing and four touchdowns while also gaining a team leading 430 yards on the ground and eight touchdowns. His main target so far this season has been junior receiver Elijah Ball younger brother of former Louisville tight end Stephon Ball. Lakota East will look to run the ball behind Kentucky offensive line pledge Jarrett LaRubbio with senior quarterback Eric Eichler and senior running back Bobby Brown. Brown has been slowed with a shoulder injury but holds offers from Kent State and Ohio while also receiving interest from Pittsburgh as a linebacker.
Simone Scott -
Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Hilliard (Ohio) Bradley vs. Westerville (Ohio) South at 7:30 p.m.
Hilliard Bradley is coming off of a 22-0 win over Dublin Jerome and will travel to Westerville South Friday night. Setting the offense for Hilliard Bradley is senior center and Buffalo commit, Skylar Hartley. On the other side of the ball, defensive back Walker Hamilton, who had an interception in week three, will look to continue his impressive play. In week three, Westerville South had their way against Canal Winchester, winning by a score of 50-7. They're hoping that strong play from Kentucky commit Darryl Long, junior lineman Rob Dowdy, who holds offers from the likes of Arkansas, Kentucky and Louisville as well as senior wide receiver Torrodd Carter has offers from Minnesota and Kentucky will keep the team's momentum on an upswing.
Derek Young - Midwest Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Columbus Walnut Ridge (Ohio) at Marion-Franklin (Ohio)
Junior linebacker Anthony McKee stands out on the defensive side of the ball for Walnut Ridge. Holding close to ten offers, McKee has been hearing from various other top suitors such as Ohio State and Michigan State. McKee is an elite rush linebacker and will have to be the focus for Marion-Franklin's game-plan, as he can become quite a nuisance in the backfield. Walnut Ridge junior defensive tackle Joshua Jones is another young prospect to watch. Senior offensive offensive lineman Martesse Patterson anchors an elite rushing attack for Marion-Franklin. The offensive tackle holds offers from Kentucky, Cincinnati, Illinois, and Purdue.
Beth Long -
Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Gordon Tech (Ill.) at Providence Catholic (Ill.) at 7:30 p.m.
One of the top juniors in the state, Providence Catholic four-star wide receiver Miles Boykin takes on Gordon Tech and rising defensive lineman prospect Raequon "Ray Ray" Williams. Boykin stands 6-foot-4, 207 pounds and has offers from Illinois, Ole Miss, Michigan State and Toledo and is getting plenty of other attention. Another prospect that Providence features is senior offensive lineman Logan Plantz who has received attention from across the MAC. Gordon Tech is highlighted by junior 6-foot-5, 265 pound Williams, who has started hearing from schools like Michigan, Iowa, and Michigan State -- and is poised to get some big offers in the coming months.
Anna Hickey -
Indiana Recruiting Reporter
Friday: South Bend (Ind.) Riley at South Bend (Ind.) Adams
South Bend Adams features senior running back Shaq Vann, who currently holds offers from Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan and Miami (OH). Vann, standing at 5-foot-10, 195-pounds, has put on a clinic so far this season having scored 11 touchdowns and run over 1,000 yards in just four games. Notre Dame is the most recent school to express interest in Vann, and he'll visit the Irish for their game against Oklahoma this Saturday.
Rob Howe -
Thursday: Cretin-Derham Hall (MN) at East Ridge (MN) at 7 p.m.
Cretin-Derham Hall (2-2) faces a stiff challenge traveling to the second-ranked team in the Star-Tribune's Metro Poll. The Raiders are armed with one of the top junior defenders in the country in end Jashon Cornell. East Ridge lost running back Nick Leach (671 rushing yards, 11 touchdowns through four games) to a torn ACL. His replacements can be comforted in knowing that 6-3, 300-pound center J.C. Hassenauer, an Alabama verbal, is paving the way up front.
Ryan Easterling -
Friday: LaGrange (IL) Lyons Township at Downers Grove (IL) North at 7 P.M.:
This matchup pits two teams who really know how to run the ball against each other. Offense isn't really an issue for Lyons. In three of their four games, they scored 35, 49, and 31, but only came away victorious in one of those three contests. On offense, junior running back Leonard Ross, who holds an Illinois offer and is receiving interest from several other BCS programs, is a big back for Lyons at 6'0" tall and 195 pounds. Downers Grove North is also a strong running team, led by junior quarterback David Edwards, who is being recruited as both a quarterback and tight end by several BCS schools. Edwards, who leads the option rushing attack for the 2-2 Trojans, stands tall at 6'6" but has no problem hitting anyone that gets in his way. On defense, North seniors Richard Olekanma (Toledo commit) and Vontae Diggs (a former Toledo commit) will be tough to contend with in the run game for Lyons. If those two have solid games, the advantage will go to Downers Grove North.
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Friday: Sun Prairie (Wisc.) at Madison (Wisc.) Memorial, 7:30 p.m.
Two of the best athletes in the area will be going head-to-head with first place in the Big 8 conference up for grabs between two undefeated schools. Sun Prairie is led by four-star Craig Evans, who is committed to Wisconsin but took an official visit to Arkansas two weeks ago. Memorial has wide receiver Daurice Fountain, one of the more underrated players in the state. A speedster who won state track titles in the hurdles, Fountain holds an offer from South Dakota State and has been hearing from BCS schools.
Josh Newkirk- Michigan Reporter
Friday: Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's vs Warren (Mich.) De La Salle at 7 P.M.
St. Mary's is lead by Michigan State commit Jalen Watts-Jackson at cornerback and receiver. Junior quarterback-defensive back Tyson Smith has an offer from the Spartans as well. Class of 2016 running back Daelin Hayes and class of 2017 linebacker Josh Ross are among the top young prospects in the state. De La Salle is lead by Michigan commit Jared Wangler, who plays safety and receiver, but projects to linebacker for the Wolverines. Senior quarterback Giovanni Rescigno, senior receiver Carter Wilson, junior receiver Damon King, and sophomores Eric Rogers and Tru Wilson are other college prospects on the Pilot roster.
Greg Powers - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Gladewater (Texas) High at Gilmer (Texas) High at 7:30 p.m. CST
An East Texas showdown. The undefeated Buckeyes from Gilmer are looking to get back to the State Championship game and Gladewater's Bears are looking to take it to the next level and a winning record. The Bears are led by Scout.com Class of 2015 five-star defensive tackle Daylon Mack, who is coming off a very impressive performance against Atlanta. Mack is a force up front, commanding a double team at all times. Gilmer has a bevy of top prospects. They are lead emotionally and defensively by Texas A&M commit Josh Walker, Scout.com four-star prospect. On offense, it is Class of 2015 Top 100 member Kris Boyd at running back stealing the spotlight. He is also a lockdown corner on defense. You will also want to remember his Class of 2016 brother Demarco Boyd. The next big thing in East Texas.
Ahmard Vital - Midlands Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Crosby (Tex.) vs. Humble (Tex.) Summer Creek at 7 p.m. CST
Here is a solid battle of unbeaten teams in the Houston area. And while both teams are solid collectively, the individual parts are equally impressive. For Crosby, Aston Walter and Austin Walter have been great contributors to what Crosby has been doing, as well as wide receiver Raelon Singleton. The Walters brothers are headed to Rice while Singleton is Pac-12 bound going to Utah. On defense, linebacker Chase Nix is a player to watch as well. For Summer Creek, the class that has been producing for several years are now seniors, led by quarterback Aaron Sharp, who will take his talents to Kansas State. In the backfield with him is running backs Jordan Braden and DeUnte Chatman. Defensively, Summer Creek is led by top linebacker Dakota Allen, who committed to Texas Tech earlier this year.
Saturday: Humble (Tex.) Atascocita vs. Spring (Tex.) Westfield at 7 p.m. CST
Here's a game of North Houston area that has a couple of stars playing. For Atascocita, wide receiver Greg Campbell is the player to watch. For Westfield, defensive back Brian Peavy is one of the top skilled guys. It is the trenches where Westfield is the strongest. Marcus Oliver and Toby Weathersby lead a great offensive line group while the younger Oliver, Ed Oliver, a 2016 top recruit, is great on the defensive line.
Bob Przybylo - Midlands Reporter
Friday: Lawton (Okla.) High vs. Edmond (Okla.) Memorial at 7 p.m. CST at University of Central Oklahoma
All eyes will be locked on Class of 2015 Scout 300 offensive guard Jalin Barnett, who has started his season in fine fashion for Lawton. Expected to be the state's top recruit for the class, he already has offers from schools such as Oklahoma, Stanford and Auburn. But there are other talents in this game, including an emerging one in 2014 Lawton running back Michael Warren, who has rushed for 655 yards on 62 attempts and eight touchdowns. Three-star defensive tackle Ivan Thomas, committed to Texas Tech, has been plugging up the middle as well. Edmond Memorial is anchored by 2015 running back Warren Wand. At only 5-foot-7, he can get lost in the shuffle, but all he does is produce. Wand has rushed for 546 yards on 74 carries and five touchdowns. Class of 2015 defensive end LaManuel Singleton will also be one to watch. A transfer from Louisiana, Singleton has two sacks this season and was impressive at OU's camp in June.
Erin Hartigan - Midlands Field Reporter
Thursday: Weatherford (Texas) at Arlington (Texas) Bowie at 7:00 p.m.
Bowie's 6-foot-2, 212-pound four-star senior linebacker Edwin Freeman headlines this matchup. Freeman recently made a game day visit to Texas A&M for the Aggies' much anticipated rematch with Alabama. And while the Aggies' day ended in a 49-42 loss, it didn't stop Freeman from naming Texas A&M his leader in his top four of Texas, TCU and LSU. Keep an eye on 2015 defensive back Niko Small. Named District 3-5A's Defensive Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore, Small has continued to be a major defensive weapon behind Freeman. 2015 athlete Tony James has again taken the quarterback reigns following senior Keaton Perry's season-ending re-tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in week one. And like last year, James has hit the pocket running, completing 16 of 21 passes for 123 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions, keeping it 26 times for 219 yards and another four scores. Senior Trenton Shumate has remained a top option, taking 31 handoffs for 220 yards and three touchdowns while averaging 12.4 yards per catch on seven passes. Junior Jalin Badger has averaged 13.3 yards per catch with three carries for 61 yards and a score. Both are sleepers on the recruiting trails, but that should change with strong performances through district play. Someone who's not a sleeper: Bowie's 6-foot-4, 260-pound senior offensive guard Kris Thigpen. Thigpen holds offers from Texas Tech, Houston and Rice. Bowie (2-1) comes off of a bye week and looks to rebound from a week three 52-28 loss to Dallas Skyline, while Weatherford (0-3) still searches for its first win.
Annabel Stephan, Midlands Field Reporter
Thursday: Cibolo (Texas) Steele at San Marcos (Texas) at 7:30 p.m.
The Steele Knights enter this game 3-1, their only defeat coming in a 46-45 loss to San Antonio (Texas) Madison in week one. There are a number of top prospects on Steele's team; the offense features running back Justin Stockton, a Texas Tech commit who has rushed for 760 yards and seven touchdowns this season. The offensive line is led by Deionte Noel, who will join Stockton in Lubbock next year, and the defensive line by Baylor commit Josh Malin, who has racked up 20 tackles this fall (nine of them solo). Other prospects to watch include defensive end Matthew Simmons, 2015 quarterback L.G. Williams, and 2016 running back Bryson Denley, who has near 250 all-purpose yards this season. The Knights are facing a 3-1 San Marcos team fresh off of a 29-8 win over Waco (Texas) University.
Friday: Cedar Park (Texas) at Leander (Texas) at 7:30 p.m.
The 3-1 Timberwolves were one of the highest touted Texas teams coming into the season and their sole loss was to Abilene (Texas) Cooper, 24-21. Cedar Park's offense is led by quarterback Nate Grimm, who has thrown for 673 yards and eight touchdowns this season. Grimm, who holds an offer from Sam Houston State, is also the team's leading rusher, with 320 yards and five touchdowns. Fullback Thomas Middleton has accounted for an additional almost 100 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, the prospect to watch is 2015 lineman Myles Cheatum; head coach Joe Willis was high on the 6-foot-2, 225-pounder during the off-season, and Cheatum has received interest from programs including TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Kansas, and Houston interest. Leander enters the game 2-2. Defensive end Michael Epley is an SMU commit and has scored a defensive touchdown this season. The other defensive prospect to keep an eye on is linebacker Martin Nwakamma, a Rice commit.
Brandon Huffman - National Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Kent (Wash.) Kentlake at Auburn (Wash.) Riverside at 7:00 p.m.
Kentlake has one of the top two-way linemen in the Northwest in Mason Johnson. Several schools like Johnson as a guard, his future might be best suited as a defensive tackle. Riverside is off to its best start in years and a big part of that has been its offense, which is averaging 38 points a game. Quarterback Kevin Thompson is another Northwest quarterback who's flying under the radar, but the 6-foot-2 dual-threat passer has put his name on the radar already this year and could be a late recruit, especially if the season continues to go how it has for him.
Greg Biggins - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison at Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei at 7 p.m.
Edison's strength is on their line with a pair of Div I commitments leading the way. Tico Fuga is a talented offensive guard/nose guard and has committed to BYU. He'll play on both sides of the ball and was recruited to play defense for the Cougars. Offensive lineman Jesse Sosebee is a Boise State commitment and is one of the top tackles in the area. He's a huge kid at 6-foot-6, 300 pounds and will be key in keeping a strong Mater Dei front at bay. Junior quarterback Matt Gane has strong physical tools including a big arm and plus athleticism and just needs to continue to develop a little more poise and understanding of how to play the position. Two-way athlete Kiante Goudeau is an undersized corner but very talented. He's only about 5-6 but has good speed and play making skills. He'll also play some receiver and is a dangerous return man as well. Mater Dei has a pair of 2015 Scout 300 members tight end Kyle Penniston and two-way standout Ben Humphries. Penniston has an early offer from Florida State and Humphries was just offered by California this week. Humphries might be the teams best all around player and will line up at receiver and linebacker. 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 and is a threat to take it to the house returning punts and kicks as well.
Jason Jewell, Southwest Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Glendale (Ariz.) Mountain Ridge at Gilbert (Ariz.) Perry at 7 p.m.
The state of Arizona is deep along the offensive line class and Mountain Ridge tackle Troy Kowalski rates as one of the best The 6-foot-4, 270 pound Kowalski holds multiple mid-major scholarship offers mainly because of his athletic ability; he is exactly what schools look for. Kowalski will have his hands full with Stanford commit Lane Veach. The 6-foot-6, 220 pound Veach can play outside linebacker or defensive end. He has drawn comparisons to current Stanford player Trent Murphy, also from Arizona.
Friday: Tempe (Az.) Marcos de Niza at Tucson Salpointe Catholic at 7 p.m.
The top two teams in Arizona's division-two conference face off and both have plenty of firepower, so expect a lot of points to be scored. Marcos quarterback Josh Eckley has been unreal in 2013. The dual-threat passer has already thrown 17 touchdowns and is the team's leading rusher. Sophomore wide receiver N'Keal Harry has emerged as a division-one prospect, averaging over 30 yards per catch. Salpointe has the best wide receiver tandem in the state with Arizona commit Cameron Denson and Kaelin Deboskie making plays all over the field. Four year starting quarterback Andy Cota has been great this year after missing part of his junior year with an injury. Big offensive tackle Breeon Auzene has an offer from Washington.
Lindsey Thiry, West Coast Field Reporter
Friday: Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe at Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton at 7 p.m.
This is the showdown that everyone has been waiting for; the number one and number two ranked teams face off head to head in a rematch of last year's state championship game. Mt. Pointe won in the regular season last year while Hamilton was triumphant in the state title game, expect tensions to be high. Both will be missing star players due to injuries. Hamilton will be without five-star offensive tackle Casey Tucker and two-star linebacker Santana Sterling while Mt. Pointe linebacker Wesley Payne is out. Despite the injuries, there will be division-one talent all over the field. Hamilton's defensive line has three players with offers led by four-star defensive end Qualen Cunningham. Underclassmen Caleb Peart and Garrett Rand round out the group. Mt. Pointe is led by a pair of four-star prospects in wide receiver Jalen Brown and offensive guard Natrell Curtis.