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Chad Simmons- National Recruiting Analyst
When you hear Grayson is playing, the No. 1 prospect in the country has to come to mind. Robert Nkemdiche is the top prospect in this game and he will be playing offense and defense as usual, but there are plenty of other prospects that deserve to be mentioned playing in this contest. Nkemdiche is committed to Clemson and so are his teammates Wayne Gallman (Running back) and David Kamara (Cornerback). You then have Penn State commitment Kasey Gaines (Safety), Tennessee commitment Zach Barnes (Defensive end), and Arizona commit Jack Banda (Defensive end). Ryan Carter is another 2013 prospect with offers and running back Jordan Germany is one to watch. Their next top recruit looks to be 2015 lineman Justin Young. He starts on the offensive line right now, but projects on the defensive line. Archer is led by Florida commitment Antonio Riles. The jumbo-athlete can play multiple positions, but his home looks to be defensive end when he gets to Gainesville. They have a pair of senior defensive backs to watch too. Trevellus Cheeks is a cover corner who is committed to California and Deondre Singleton could play corner or free safety on the next level, and he is receiving interest from numerous schools. A big running back to watch out of Archer is Ernest Alexander. He runs with power and a low center of gravity.
Friday: Chamblee (Ga.) vs. Marist (Ga.) at 7:30 p.m.
Chamblee enters this game undefeated and Marist has one loss out of region, so this game is for all the marbles. Marist is at home and has been in this position plenty of times before and Chamblee is playing as good as anyone right now. Florida State commitment Davin Bellamy leads Chamblee and he will be moved around on the defensive side of the ball. He will play with his hand down some at end and will play standing up at linebacker too. He is a Scout300 defensive end. Marist has some talent on their team and they have more Division 1 prospects than Chamblee. New Stanford commitment Greg Taboada is the top prospect on the team and he is one of the top 15 tight end prospects in the country. The man running the show at quarterback is Boston College commitment Myles Willis. He is a versatile athlete that could play running back, safety, or slot receiver on the next level. Running back Gay King is a big-play guy and he is drawing interest from numerous schools as well. Florida State and Vanderbilt have already offered 2014 lineman Kendall Baker. He is an early member of the 2014 Scout300 and Scout projects him as an offensive tackle. He can play either side of the ball.
Jamie Newberg - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Tampa (Fla.) Alonso at Tampa (Fla.) Wharton at 7:30 p.m.
Wharton is home to the nation's No. 1 cornerback prospect in Vernon Hargreaves. This kid has wonderful ball skills, good size and all the attributes and intangibles to make a splash in Gainesville next season. He has committed to the University of Florida. Wharton's Chase Litton is a 6-foot-6 (195-pounds) quarterback prospect with a nice arm and tons of potential. He should emerge as one of the top signal caller in the state next season, as he's only a junior. Litton has so much promise and has really improved year to year. Alonso tight end Marcus Mosley is one to watch next season in the Class of 2014.
Atlantic Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Winston Salem (N.C.) Mount Tabor vs. High Point (N.C.) Central at 7:30 p.m.
This 4A first-round playoff matchup should be a good one. Mount Tabor is led by three-star tight end Lucas Wilson. Wilson is the top tight end in North Carolina and recently narrowed his list of schools to three – Air Force, South Florida, and Tennessee. The Spartans also have senior running back Jared Huntley, senior fullback/defensive lineman Corbin Martin, and senior lineman Jonathan Napper. Central comes in on a six-game winning streak and is led by junior safety Germaine Pratt. He has offers from North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Virginia, and Wake Forest. Junior wide receiver Juwan Foggie is attracting serious interest from several ACC schools. He has close to 900 yards receiving and five touchdowns this season. Central also has senior quarterback Justin Johnson and senior linebacker Rubin Crosby.
Geoff Vogt - Florida Recruiting Analyst
Friday: East Lee County (Fla.) at Cape Coral (Fla.)
A win gives East Lee County their first district championship in school history. They have a talented group of offensive talent including QB Winfred Ward (Jr), ATH Kendall Sawyer (Jr), TE Sheldon Fleming (Sr), and RB Omaris Tolbert. East Lee has been as good as anyone since week 3. Cape Coral needs a win to get into the playoffs in what, for them, is a re-building season. ATH Trey Daniels, OL Chase Nixon, DB Rashad Jiles, and WR Rayshawn Gaymon are next level talent. Jiles is making a name for himself as physical hitter in the secondary.
John Garcia Jr. - Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Hazel Green (Ala.) at Huntsville (Ala.) at 7:00 p.m.
The Panthers clinched a playoff berth last week and they are looking to follow it up with a win on Senior Night. Alabama offensive line commit Grant Hill and Auburn linebacker commit Cameron Toney lead the home team, but under-the-radar players like senior quarterback Joseph Savoy and junior defensive back Brewer Hicklen are looking to turn heads. Hazel Green senior defensive end Parker Cothren sports a Western Kentucky offer, so we'll check out where he's at in recruiting.
Friday: Douglas (Ala.) at New Hope (Ala.) 7:00 p.m.
New Hope senior running back Johnathan Ford is committed to Vanderbilt, but the No. 1 RB in the state in 2013 has other programs - including Alabama - hot on his trail. We'll get the latest from the 5-foot-11, 190-pounder after watching him in the regular season finale.
Steve Robertson - Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Murrah (Miss.) at Northwest Rankin (Miss.) at 7 p.m.
Southern Miss offensive line commitment James Davis will look to lead the Mustangs to a win in the season finale over the Cougars of Northwest Rankin. Northwest will counter with senior wide out Jekory Trigg and a talented group of underclassmen. The main attaction of the evening should prove to be future four star 2015 prospect Malik Dear of Murrah. Dear emerged this summer as an elite prospect with a high ceiling. While his team will not be participating in the post season this year, Dear looks to be on the verge of some great things over the course of the next two years.
Amy Campbell - Florida Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Glen St. Mary (Fla.) Baker County at Jacksonville (Fla.) Bishop Kenny at 7 p.m
Bishop Kenny hopes to continue its undefeated home record Friday when welcoming Baker County to Jacksonville. Four-star wide receiver Ahmad Fulwood is the big name to watch for Bishop Kenny. The Army All-American remains strongly committed to Florida. Junior quarterback John Wolford is still looking for that first offer, but has plenty of big-time interest. The name to remember from Baker County is 2015 standout defensive tackle CeCe Jefferson. The 6-foot-2, 250-pound lineman already has offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Clemson, Auburn, and more.
Fox Sports Florida
Friday: Miami (Fla.) Central at Belen (Fla.) Jesuit at 4 p.m.
Friday: Cocoa (Fla.) at Lake Highland (Fla.) at 7 p.m.
Allen Trieu - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Lawrence Central (Ind.) at Indianapolis (Ind.) North Central at 7 p.m.
North Central has four-star defensive tackle Darius Latham, who recently decommitted from Wisconsin. He will facing Lawrence Central's senior offensive lineman Tim Gardner, an Ohio State commit. The Bears also have several juniors being recruited: linebacker Brandon Lee, defensive tackle Kevin Willis and wide receiver Kenny Jones all have BCS offers. On the defensive line, they also feature seniors Deshai Powell and Derrick Dunlap, both committed to Western Michigan. North Central has a few juniors also receiving college interest, they include defensive tackle Tre Harris, running back Jalen McIntyre, linebacker Jeff Harris, quarterback Michael Loggan, offensive lineman Joel Williams, and linebacker Sherrod Graham.
Saturday: Zeeland West (Mich.) at Grand Rapids Christian (Mich.) at 2 p.m.
Christian has a strong junior class lead by four-star Michigan State commit Drake Harris at wide receiver and offensive lineman Tommy Doles, who holds two BCS offers. Senior tight end Zach Crouch is committed to Central Michigan, and several other players on the roster are being recruited. West, riding high after a big win over their rival Zeeland East, features tight end Jordan Van Dort, receiving BCS interest as an offensive lineman, and junior fullback Marcus Lambert, who has put up big numbers this season.
Dave Berk - Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Trotwood (Ohio) Madison at Cincinnati (Ohio) Mt. Healthy at 7:30 p.m.
Trotwood enters the playoffs battled tested having played in the past two state championship games in Division II and winning it all last season. However, Mt. Healthy might be one of the few teams the Rams will face capable of matching their athletic talent. Tyree Elliott rushed for 1,145 yards and 17 touchdowns on the season for Mt. Healthy and earned an early 3-star ranking in the process. While Elliott is the main weapon for the Owls they can also look at sophomore Leon Currie-Davis who rushed for over 500 yards on the season. The Rams will look to their senior leadership with four Division One pledges in defensive back Cameron Burrows (Ohio State), linebacker Michael McCray (Michigan), defensive back Reon Dawson (Illinois) and defensive lineman Jarrod Clements (Illinois) to make another magical run to the championship.
Simone Scott -
Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Saturday: Westerville (Ohio) South at Hilliard (Ohio) Darby at 7 p.m.
The first round of the Ohio state playoffs will match undefeated Hilliard Darby taking on Westerville-South. Hilliard Darby is known to run the ball behind 2013 Illinois commit Caleb Day. Seniors Cameron Kohl (offer from Bowling Green) and Tae Evans (offer from Ball State) will also be players to watch. Westerville South is led by senior athlete Marcus Ball. Ball holds over 20 offers including Wisconsin, Arizona State, Notre Dame, North Carolina State and Penn State. Alongside Ball will be senior running back Jalen Bell, junior Darryl Long (offer from Ohio), as well as sophomore Rob Dowdy.
Beth Long -
Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Lake Villa (Ill.) vs. Lake Forest (Ill.) at 7:30 p.m.
In a 6A playoff battle, number #2 Lakes Community High School takes on #10 seed Lake Forest High Friday at 7:30. Lakes Community is highlighted by senior running back Direll Clark has been having an impressive senior season for Lakes Community. Clark has four offers from Purdue, Western Kentucky, Eastern Illinois, and North Dakota.
Saturday: Lincolnshire Stevenson (Ill.) vs. Glenbard North (Ill.)
In a number 4 and 5 seed match-up of the 8A Illinois State playoffs, there are plenty of big names to check out. Glenbard North is led by junior running back Justin Jackson who has offers from Purdue, Illinois, Boston College and Northwestern. Lincolnshire Stevenson defensive back Matt Morrissey looks to help his defense lead the attack against Jackson, after receiving his first offer from Toledo Tuesday. Along with junior offensive lineman Zach Novolosky who has been having an impressive season.
Greg Powers - National Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Coppell (Texas) at Denton (Texas) Ryan at 7:00 p.m.
Coppell is in the middle of a strong season, but has had to deal with some heartache surrounding the passing of star player Jacob Logan, who was a valuable piece to the community and the team. Leading the offensive charge is wide receiver Cameron Smith, who has put up major numbers. On the defensive side of the ball Class of 2014 Scout 100 member Solomon Thomas is one of the best defensive end prospects in the country. Denton Ryan also has a pair of defensive line stars in Sekou Clark and J.T. Williams, who will both be highly sought after targets. In the Class of 2012 they have a couple of sleepers worth noting in offensive lineman Matt Griffin and defensive back B.J. Floyd.
Ahmard Vital - Midlands Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Alvin (Texas) Manvel at Pearland (Texas) at 7 p.m.
This game comes with plenty of firepower being that these programs are geographically in the same area in Greater Houston. It even holds more weight now since Manvel has made the jump to Class 5A. Manvel of course is a "loaded" squad and there will be plenty of players starring on college rosters next season. Known for its high-profile offensive attack, quarterback Shane McCarley, who committed to Old Dominion earlier this year leads the way. He may have the best collection of targets to throw to with Oklahoma commit Austin Bennett, Texas A&M commit Kyrion Parker and Carlos Thompson, a player who is likely to be playing on Saturdays. Up front, Travis Romero is seeking more activity in his recruitment and is considered one of the top sleeper guards in the city. Defensively, there is Division I talent at every position. UTEP hauled in defensive tackle Dewan Edmonson in late July while Jonathan London has an offer from San Jose State with TCU on the lookout. The secondary has Texas A&M commit Tavares Garner and Jared Ambres. Pearland has a solid 2014 linebacker in Justin Phillips, who has hauled in an early offer from Oklahoma State. More will be coming soon.
Saturday: Houston (Texas) Langham Creek at Houston (Texas) Cy Ridge at 1 p.m.
With the race getting tight in the Cy Fair ISD playoff hunt. For Creek, quarterback Connor Feist leads the way and is one of the more underrated players in the city. He's protected by a solid offensive lineman in Kenneth Thompson, who made the pledge to Rice earlier this season. On defensive, cornerback Jeremy Land is another solid player who will be a good pick up for a Division I program. For Ridge, running back Rennie Childs has been tearing it up this season, but his offers have not caught up with his performances. Colorado State and Houston have extended the offer, but word is many more want to see more tape before getting in the mix.
Erin Hartigan - Midlands Recruiting Reporter
Saturday: Arlington (Texas) Bowie at Arlington (Texas) at 7 p.m.
Bowie brings in a plethora of prospects on both sides of the ball, featuring TCU cornerback commit Steve Wesley and four-star safety/linebacker Edwin Freeman, a 2014 prospect with offers from Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Nebraska and others. On the offensive side, bringing the speed are wideouts Eric Rivers and Jordan Versey, and dual-threat quarterback Tony James. Just a sophomore, James was thrown into the role in week three following senior Keaton Perry's ACL tear, and quickly proved capable of filling the shoes, putting together 287 total offensive yards and five touchdowns in leading his Vols past the nation's then third-ranked Dallas Skyline, 38-36. Helping him continue to put up video game-like numbers is a rock-solid offensive line, led by 2014 lineman Kris Thigpen. Headlining Arlington is TCU linebacker pledge Sammy Douglas and 2013 cornerback Devin Harris, who has offers from ULM, Louisiana Tech, Tulsa, Rice and Navy.
Brandon Huffman - National Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Regis (Colo.) Jesuit vs. Aurora (Colo.) Gateway at 6:00 p.m.
The first round matchup of the Colorado state 5A playoffs pits Regis Jesuit against a solid Gateway squad that features Colorado State commit Zackary Golditch, a 6-5, 265-pound offensive lineman. Gateway junior receiver Anthony Holmes is a 6-6, 195-pounder who's getting a lot of interest for basketball as well as football.
Friday: Littleton (Colo.) Columbine at Grand Junction (Colo.) at 1:00 p.m.
Grand Junction features a pair of Mountain West commits, Wyoming defensive tackle pledge James Diamante and Colorado State defensive end verbal Austin Berk. Junior Theron Verna is another to watch for Grand Junction. Columbine is home to Colorado verbal John Lisella as well as running back prospect Bernard McDondle.
Friday: Castle Rock (Colo.) Castle View vs. Arvada (Colo.) Ralston Valley at
Ralston Valley has a pair of D-I prospects, one being 6-10 offensive tackle Dan Skipper, an SEC commit headed to Tennessee. Ralston Valley also has linebacker Jordan Anderson, who has a couple of offers.
Friday: Broomfield (Colo.) Legacy at Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor
Christian at 7:00 p.m.
One of the most talented teams in the state, Valor Christian begins their run in the playoffs as the #4 seed. They're led by Oklahoma State commit Luke Del Rio, an Elite 11 passer, and running back Christian McCaffrey a Scout 300 prospect from the 2014 class who's got a slew of offers. Fellow running back Daryl Hawkins, a senior, has some FCS offers.
Saturday: Parker (Colo.) Chaparral at Highlands Ranch
(Colo.) Rock Canyon at 4:00 p.m.
Chaparral is paced by three-star tight end Mitch Parsons, who just decommitted from Colorado and is now wide open, as well as quarterback Max Kuhns. Receiver Brendan Malone is a 2014 prospect.
Greg Biggins - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: El Toro (Calif.) at Mission Viejo (Calif.) at 7:00 p.m.
This is a huge South Coast League matchup with both teams, 9-0, 4-0 in league and a conference title at stake. The Chargers are led by Utah quarterback commit Connor Manning, who has been putting up video game numbers all season. Manning has thrown for over 3,500 yards and 38 touchdowns with just three interceptions. El Toro also has a strong running game led by 1,000 yard rusher Jacob Furnani and has an offer from Air Force. For Mission Viejo, two-way standout Max Redfield is the clear headliner. Redfield is headed to USC to play safety but he's one of the top receivers in the region and a top 50 player nationally as well. UCLA offensive line commit Erik Bunte has looked very comfortable playing for the Diablos after his much publicized transfer from Santa Margarita. Bunte starts at left tackle for Mission and has had a solid season. Junior quarterback Ian Fieber is having a strong season and is a definite BCS prospect. He has good size, a live arm and can make all the throws. Another junior to watch for the Diablos is running back Alex Suchesk. The athlete is a physical runner and one of the fastest players in the state having clocked a 10.72-100m last year.
Scott Kennedy- Director of Scouting
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.
Jason Jewell, Southwest Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Phoenix (Ariz.) Paradise Valley at Peoria (Ariz.) Liberty at 7 p.m.
The first round of the Arizona state playoffs start Friday and this division-three opening round match-up is a rematch from early in the season, one in which Liberty won. With two of the top quarterbacks in the state playing in this game, expect a ton of offense. Paradise Valley is led by Boise State commit Ryan Finley who leads the state in passing yards. He is protected up front by tackle Patrick Johnson, who has an offer from Idaho. Liberty's dual-threat passer, Tyler Rogers, is exciting to watch. Rogers has offers from Air Force and South Dakota State currently.
Northwest Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Seattle (Wash.) Kings vs. Sumner (Wash.) Cascade Christian at 7:00 p.m.
Seattle (Wash.) Kings is led by quarterback and BYU commit Billy Green. The signal caller has already thrown over 40 touchdowns this season and the Knights are a huge favorite in the 1A classification.
Saturday: Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea vs. Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes at 4:00 p.m.
Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes wide receiver and Washington commit Sammie Long has great size at 6'4" 190lbs. Long is best when the ball is in the air and has the ability to go up and pull it down. Long also holds an offer from Utah and could consider visiting later this year. In addition to Long, Lakes has another college level wide receiver in Marquin Russell. He holds offers from Army and Idaho and is an elite athlete that some believe could be more talented than Long. Two Lakes players that have a chance to be the top prospects in the state in their respective classes are 2015 defensive end Benning Potoae and 2016 offensive tackle Jared Goldwire. Potoae is the younger brother of current Washington Husky Sione Potoae and is already a dominant force. Just a freshman, Goldwire stands 6'6" 265lbs and will bring back memories of Lakes last giant lineman, USC tackle Zach Banner. The star for O'Dea is athlete and speedster Tatum Taylor, who took an official visit to Arizona State this past weekend. Taylor is also planning on visiting Oregon State and Washington State. O'Dea has a collection of underclassmen worth keeping an eye on. 2014 quarterback Pierre Le Dorze, 2014 fullback Jack Flor, 2015 running back Myles Gaskin, 2015 wide receiver Mikel Owes and 2015 cornerback Kaleb Swain all have a chance to play at the next level.
Saturday: Mountlake Terrace (Wash.) High vs. Burien (Wash.) Kennedy at 7:00 p.m.
Mountlake Terrace star 2014 running back Devante Downs picked up offers from Utah and Washington recently. He will be one of the top prospects in the state next season and should have a handful of offers by the time he signs. The two standouts for Kennedy are big men. Washington State commit Cole Madison is the smaller of the two, but both he and teammate Desmound Thompson are listed at 6'6" 260lbs. Thompson has seen recruiting pick up during the season with productive and improved play on the field.
Kevin Carden, West Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyon at Newhall (Calif.) Hart at 7:30 p.m.
The top prospect in Friday's matchup is Canyon wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky, who recently broke the California state record for receiving yards in a career that was held by former USC star Steve Smith. The 6-3, 200-pound receiver has eight scholarship offers and is interested in San Jose State, Minnesota and Army. On the opposite sideline, Hart features a pair of talented 2015 prospects in wide receiver Trent Irwin and quarterback Brady White. Irwin has created quite a bit of buzz because of his impressive performances the last two years at camps and offseason 7-on-7 tournaments. He has great hands, good size and deceptive speed.
Annabel Stephan, West Field Reporter
Friday: Etiwanda (Calif.) at Upland (Calif.) at Friday at 7 p.m.
The Upland (Calif.) Scots are 9-0 as they prepare to host 4-5 Etiwanda (Calif.) in this Inland Empire match up. Upland is led by quarterback Nate Romine (6-0, 185), who has been hearing from the likes of Oregon State, Houston, and Air Force. The Scots' defense is anchored by one of the nation's top defense ends in Joe Mathis, who has picked up over fifty offers and is seriously considering schools including Washington, Nebraska, and Utah, where he took an official visit last weekend. Mathis will be presented with his U.S. Army All-American Game Jersey before Friday's game; he's mentioned that he will be announcing his college decision during January's game. The talented defensive back duo of cornerback Delvin Batiste (a San Diego State commit) and safety James Johnson (an Arizona State commit) adds to the threat. Players to watch include running back Tyler Bratton and receiver Russell Boucher. Etiwanda's biggest play-maker is receiver Jordan Villamin, an Oregon State commit. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound player gave his verbal to the Beavers over the summer, though he also recently took an official visit to Utah.