Scout On the Town Weekend Preview
This story originally published on FOXSportsRecruiting.com
Alfred Pullom
Alfred Pullom
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Nov 10, 2012


The Scout.com recruiting team will be at top games throughout the country all weekend...

Follow the Scouts of Scout.com on Twitter as they bring you live coverage of the weekend's high school football across the nation, with several members of the Class of 2013 Scout 300 in action as well as a number of top 2014 and 2015 prospects and a host of games involving FoxSports/Scout.com Top 50 teams.

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EAST

Kristen Kenney- Northeast Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Bayside (Va.) vs. Oscar Smith (Va.) at 7 p.m.
Both teams are loaded with some of the best talent in the state of Virginia. Four-star running back and UVA commit Taquan "Smoke" Mizzell is a game-changer for Bayside along with defensive back Quinn Blanding, a highly touted 2014 recruit. At helm, Bayside has Deion Stitt. Looking at Oscar Smith, 2014 defensive tackle Andrew Brown is a stud, and UVA wide receiver commit Zack Jones is not one to miss.
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SOUTHEAST

Chad Simmons- National Recruiting Analyst

Friday: Columbus (Ga.) Carver vs. Jackson (Ga.) at 7:30 p.m.
This game has top prospects on each team and leading the way at seniors Jay Woods and Justin Akins from Jackson and Marqui Hawkins from Carver.  Woods is a strong defensive lineman committed to Vanderbilt and Akins is a defensive end committed to Georgia Tech.  Hawkins is an athlete that is committed to Florida as a wide receiver.  He could be a very good free safety too.  Each team has underclassmen to watch as well.  The top two are 2015 defensive end Mekhi Brown from Carver and 2016 defensive tackle Michael Carter from Jackson.  Brown was recently offered a scholarship by Alabama and he could become a national recruit.  Carter has started every game this season and he will appear on many radars in the years to come.
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Jamie Newberg - National Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln vs. Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby at 6 p.m.
Lincoln is 8-0 and as usual is loaded with talent. They are led by Gator bound linebacker James Hearns, Georgia commit in wide receiver Reggie Williams and uncommitted wideout Taj Williams. Those are just three of their senior standouts. Junior defensive back Kendall Randolph and linebackers Travis Hearns and Jeffrey Williams are all big time guys in 2014. Godby is led by senior running back Khalid Thomas. He’s a versatile talent committed to Kentucky. Safety Deion Singleton and linebackers Kris Harris and Jacob Pugh are all BCS 2014 recruits while sophomore cornerback Jaylin Hayward already holds some major scholarship offers from teams like FSU, Florida and Miami.

Friday: Hamilton (Ga.) Harris County at Thomasville (Ga.) Thomas County Central at 8 p.m.
Harris County is home to three-star defensive tackle Jay Ellison. He’s one of the top DL prospects from the Peach State with scholarship offers from teams like Auburn, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Harris County has two very talented sophomores in quarterback/defensive back Taquon Marshall and wide receiver Tae Crowder. Thomas County Central is led by 2014 running back Adam Choice. If the last name sounds familiar he’s a cousin of former Georgia Tech running backs Tashard Choice as well as Joe Burns. TCC also has another D1 running back in Deondre Cooksey, who’s also a junior.
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Michael Clark- Atlantic Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Apex (N.C.) Middle Creek vs. Raleigh (N.C.) Leesville Road at 7:30 p.m.
This second round playoff matchup features two of the top teams in the Triangle area.  Middle Creek comes in with an 11-1 record, while Leesville Road is 11-0.  Both teams have high-powered offenses, so whoever gets the ball last could win the game.  Middle Creek is led by senior quarterback David Salmon, who has thrown for close to 3,000 yards and 35 touchdowns.  The Mustangs also have junior wide receiver Curtis Burtson.  He has close to 900 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns.   The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Burston is attracting interest from several schools in the Southeast. Leesville is led by junior playmaker Braxton Berrios.  Over the course of the game, Berrios will likely line up at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, defensive back, and kick returner.  He has scholarship offers from Duke, East Carolina, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.
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Geoff Vogt - Florida Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Immokalee (Fla.) at Fort Myers (Fla.) Dunbar at 7:30 p.m.
Two of the most talented teams in Southwest Florida play a game that should prepare each for the playoffs (that starts next week).  Immokalee CB Mackensie Alexander will be tested by Dunbar's talented trio at WR:  Johnell Barnes (Duke), Ryeshene Bronson (UF- 2014), and Joe Williams(2014).  Dunbar also has a pair of sensational sophomore's in Daniel Cobb (ATH/QB) and Marquise Bryant (RB).  It has not been the season that Immokalee envisioned, but they are still district champs and one of the most dangerous teams in the 5A classification. The return of do everything QB Tshumbi Johnson (Cincinnati) should open up the offense to allow their own set of talented wide receivers space:  J.C. Jackson (FSU-2014), Xavier Richardson (USF), and Jimmy Bayes(2014).  Want defense?  There should be plenty of that on both sides with Deadrin Senat, Mackenro Alexander, James Hurajay, Sam Jones, Tajze Battle (UNC-2014), and Ahmad Richards (WKU). There could be 17 D-1 players on the field in this one.
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John Garcia Jr. - Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Atlanta (Ga.) Marist at Carver Atlanta (Ga.) at 8:00 p.m.
Marist is led by Stanford tight end commit Greg Taboada, and he also doubles as the team’s defensive end on that side of the ball. Myles Willis, a Boston College pledge, sets the pace as the signal-caller for the War Eagles. The athlete is the floor general for the triple-option attack and he can make plays all night long, especially in the open field. Those seniors are already through the recruiting process, so we’ll look to get more film on 2014 talent Kendell Baker, who projects best as an offensive lineman at the moment. Carver is filled with talented underclassmen led by junior wide receiver Tevish Clarke, who has already snagged a Purdue offer. Sophomore defensive back Aaron Williams is already getting SEC mail early in the process. His run support skill will be on full display against the run-heavy Marist bunch.
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Steve Robertson - Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Hattiesburg (Miss.) at Gulfport (Miss.) at 7 p.m.
The Tigers of HHS will travel to region champ Gulfport High School this Friday night in a first round playoff game for both teams. Hattiesburg will look to get the ball to 2013 prospects Brandon Acker and Mississippi All-Star selection Tony Bridges. Gulfport was without head coach Mike Justice for part of the season due to some health issues. Justice is back in the saddle and the Admirals are playing their best football of the season.
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Yancy Porter - Mississippi Scout
Friday: Southwind (Tenn.) at Whitehaven (Tenn.) at 7:00 p.m.
Whitehaven has become a hot bed for talent in the state of Tennessee.  There will be several D1 candidates that will be on display Friday.  They feature a trio of players committed to SEC schools in RB Mark Dodson (Ole Miss), CB Darrius Sims (Vandy), and WR Gerald Perry (Vandy).  Other D1 names to keep an eye on are OL Vincent Hunter, and QB Patrick Smith. Southwind features tailback Darius Henderson who scored three touchdowns in their opening win in the playoffs last week against Houston. On the defensive side of the ball keep your eye on free safety Cedric Miller.
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Amy Campbell - Florida Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Dwyer at Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage at 7 p.m.
The stage is set for an intense battle between two top Florida teams in undefeated American Heritage and 8-1 Dwyer. Both teams are absolutely loaded with Division-I prospects. American Heritage running back Greg Bryant is one of the most electric playmakers in the state and has plenty of schools after him. Lately, Bryant's been talking mostly to Auburn, Florida State, and South Carolina. Senior athlete Marcus Davis and offensive lineman Roderick Johnson have plenty of schools after them as well. The Dwyer defense boasts of senior defensive end Malik Brown, who has double digit offers including Cincinnati, Illinois, USF, Kentucky and Mississippi. 2014 wide receiver Johnnie Dixon already has big-time attention including offers from Florida, Florida State, Miami, Alabama, and Ohio State. Junior defensive end Mark Kelly has also been a playmaker on the defensive line for Dwyer this season.
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Kristen Ledlow - Southeast Field Reporter
Friday: Landmark Christian (Ga.) at Eagles Landing Christian (Ga.) at 7 p.m.
As Landmark Christian heads to Eagles Landing, top prospects in the southeast will face-off on the gridiron. The home team boasts four-star defensive end Isaac Rochell, who has been committed to Notre Dame since June. With more than twenty collegiate offers, Rochell has not expressed an interest in visiting others. Eagles Landing is also home to three-star running back Keyante Green, who committed to Purdue in July after formerly being committed to UCLA. Green also holds a handful of offers, namely in the ACC and SEC. The visiting team, Landmark Christian, is home to senior defensive back Cole Higbie. Alongside Higbie are fellow seniors in Joshua Nobles, a receiver, and offensive tackle John-Paul Reed.
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MIDWEST

Bill Greene - Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Kent (Ohio) Roosevelt vs. Aurora (Ohio) at 7:30 p.m.
Kent Roosevelt features the dual-threat talents of quarterback Tra'Von Chapman, and the Pittsburgh commit has had a great senior season. Wide receiver Trei Thomas holds MAC offers, and is Chapman's favorite target. Aurora is led by three seniors on the defensive side of the ball. Patrick Dougherty is a defensive end with several offers. Linebackers Zach Quinn (Toledo commit) and Zach Smierciak (Miami of Ohio commit) are both impressive players. This is a great second round playoff matchup.

Saturday: Hubbard (Ohio) vs. Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary at 7:00 p.m.
The second round playoff game will feature several top underclassmen in Ohio. Junior linebacker Dante Booker has six Big Ten offers, and is one of the top 2014 prospects in Ohio. He has impressed this year on the field. Senior wide receiver Franshon Bickley holds an Akron offer and is a threat to score from long distance. For Hubbard, sophomore twins Larry and Isaiah Scott are both top 2015 prospects in Ohio. Larry Scott is a power-running tailback and could be the top overall 2015 prospect in-state, while Isaiah Scott is a wide receiver/linebacker prospect. 
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Dave Berk - Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Batavia (Ohio) vs. Clarksville (Ohio) Clinton Massie at Kings (Ohio) High School at 7:30 p.m.
Two 11-0 teams in Division IV (Region 16) look to advance and a couple of players we’ve not seen in action will have a chance to showcase their talents.  Batavia athlete KeShawn Foley is averaging over 100 yards rushing per game and is coming off a 174 yard four touchdown performance in the first round of the playoffs.  Clinton Massie is looking to advance and will look to two-way standout Trent Smart who is committed to Ohio University.

Friday: Franklin (Ohio) vs. Cincinnati (Ohio) Turpin at Mason (Ohio) High School at 7:30 p.m.
The second round of the Division II (Region 8) playoffs has two exciting games on Friday night as we’ve selected this one as No. 1 seed Turpin looks to stay undefeated against No. 4 seed Franklin led by sophomore quarterback and two-sport standout Luke Kennard (6-foot-5, 180-pounds) who earned Quarterback of the Year honors in the Southwestern Buckeye League and has thrown for 1,746 yards and 23 touchdowns so far this season.  Kennard already holds offers in basketball from the likes of Ohio State, Michigan, West Virginia and Indiana to name a few.  We saw Turpin early in the season and was impressed with linemen Yanni Gregg (6-3, 220) and Tyler Ernst (6-4, 225) and look forward to getting a second look at them again.

Saturday: Liberty Township (Ohio) Lakota East vs. Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller at University of Cincinnati at 2:00 p.m.
In the first of two Division I (Region 4) games Lakota East will look to keep winning behind their high powered rushing attack with three players with over 500 yards on the season.  Up front 6-foot-5, 265-pound junior offensive lineman Jarrett LaRubbio and senior Richie Gould (6-6, 240) lead the way.  However, Moeller is playing some of its best football of the season with back-to-back wins over Louisville (KY) Trinity and Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne.  The Crusaders have senior leadership in running back Keith Watkins (Northwestern), linebacker Shane Jones (Michigan State) and offensive lineman Alex Gall (Miami Fla.).  Watkins earned Greater Catholic League South Athlete of the Year honors with a great season that has him with 1,592 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns on the season.

Saturday: Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder vs Cincinnati (Ohio) Colerain at University of Cincinnati at 6:00 p.m.
The second Region Four match-up has 11-0 Colerain taking on 8-3 Elder who is back in the playoffs for the first time since 2009.  Elder senior quarterback Josh Moore has passed for 2,023 yards and 15 touchdowns this season and junior running back Chris Schroer has rushed for 1,382 yards and 23 scores on the season against a big and physical offensive line.  Colerain will look to use its size and speed on both sides of the ball to advance to the regional final next weekend.  Leading the way up front for the Cardinals offense is University of Cincinnati pledge Dylan Wiesman (6-4, 300) who has helped senior quarterback Alfred Ramsby have a great season passing for 1,425 yards and 14 touchdowns while running for 1,240 yards and 17 scores.  On defense senior Dae’shaun Durham clogs the middle for junior linebacker Tegray Scales who is getting interest from many.
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Beth Long - Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Saturday: Wheaton (Ill.) North vs. Glenbard (Ill.) West at 1 p.m.
Two of the most explosive offenses that I have seen all season meet in an 7A quarterfinal battle. Five seed Wheaton North takes on one seed Glenbard West to see who advances to the state semi-finals. Wheaton North is led by senior quarterback Johnny Peltz and junior quarterback and wide receiver Clayton Thorson. Thorson has offers from Iowa, Northwestern, Penn State, Illinois, Indiana and NIU at the quarterback position. Glenbard West on the other hand is led by senior wide receiver Nathan Marcus who is committed to Vanderbilt, and been making plenty of big yardage plays throughout the playoffs. Marcus joins 2013 defensive lineman Ruben Dunbar who recently picked up an offer from Oklahoma State, along with offers from Illinois, Purdue and others. Several juniors are also looking to make an impact after picking up their first offers, Glenbard West defensive back Hayden Carlson and offensive lineman Eric Shute. 

Saturday: Mount Carmel (Ill.) at Lyons Township (Ill.) at 7 p.m.
In an 8A quarterfinal number three seeded Mount Carmel takes on surprise number fifteen seeded Lyons Township to see who advances to the IHSA semifinals. Mount Carmel is led by junior defensive lineman Enoch Smith Jr. who has offers from Indiana, Illinois, Notre Dame and others. Plus junior center Nate Oquendo and plenty of others. Lyons Township is highlighted by Northwestern 2013 commit Matt Harris, who plays both wide receiver and defensive back.
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MIDLANDS

Greg Powers - National Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Arlington (Tex.) Bowie vs. Arlington (Tex.) Martin at 7 p.m.
Two of Dallas-Fort Worth's best square off with undefeated district records on the line. Winner gets the district championship. Bowie (8-1) made waves with an early upset win over nationally-ranked Dallas Skyline 38-36. Bowie is led by multiple high-level 2014 prospects. Edwin Freeman (6-1 210) may project as a safety at the next level, but he's been a monster linebacker this season after moving into the box. Kristopher Thigpen (6-3 260) might be one of the state's top interior linemen for 2014, as well, helping to pave the way for a high-powered offense. Martin (7-2) lost its first two games of the season — including a 37-34 loss to Skyline — but has rallied to win its last seven, including its last four by an average of 39.6 points per game. Martin's offense is buoyed by 2013 Texas commitment Kyle Hicks (5-10 170), one of the state's top running back prospects, but who headlines the Warriors' offense at quarterback to touch the ball nearly every down. Martin also has a top prospect on defense in 2014 defensive end Myles Garrett (6-4 235), one of the state's most gifted junior players athletically.
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Ahmard Vital - Midlands Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Katy (Texas) at Houston (Texas) Memorial at 7 p.m.
Here’s a good battle between not only Houston-area powerhouses, but these two have solid defenses. Katy has a couple of solid guys with Oklahoma defensive end commit Matt Dimon, who is a premier lineman in the state. On the edge, cornerback Isaiah Brown, who leads the area with six interceptions, is headed to Tulsa. From the 2014 class, linebacker Jake Blomstrom is a name to remember and is already on the recruiting radar. On the other side, four-star running back Adam Taylor has been sensational this season and has double-digit offers to his credit. At receiver, Baylor commit Kyle Fulks is a speedy target on the edge. From the 2015 class, Rodney Anderson will be major when college coaches can begin speaking with him. For Memorial, linebacker Brian Womac is the Mustangs’ top defender and he is pledged to Rice.

Saturday: Houston (Texas) Jersey Village at Houston (Texas) Cy Woods at 1 p.m.
Here is a game of pride as neither of these teams will advance on to postseason play. But it should still be a good game given the number of top players on the field. For Cy Woods, the leader of the defense, Deoundrei Davis is out with an injury, so safety Alfred Pullom will be next in line. He’s headed to Baylor. Same goes for the offense as Rice quarterback commit Nate German is out with injury. Of course, there are two Division I backs in the lineup with Trent Holmes, who is committed to Air Force and 2014 back Sam Stewart, a player with SEC and Big 12 offers already in hand. For Jersey Village, defensive back Latravien Gee is a watch player who is still seeking offer No. 1. 
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Erin Hartigan - Midlands Field Reporter
Thursday: DeSoto (Texas) at Mansfield (Texas) at 7 p.m.
Headlining the perfect 9-0 DeSoto Eagles is four-star senior running back and Oregon pledge Dontre Wilson, who has racked up a whopping 1,622 yards and 29 scores alongside his partner-in-crime and junior quarterback Desmon White who has contributed more than 2,800 total offensive yards and 26 touchdowns. Holding it down in the secondary will be Washington State commitment Myron Turner and 2014 prospect Nick Orr, son of former NFL-er Terry Orr. For Mansfield, look for defensive standouts George Baltimore (TCU safety commit) and linebacker Chad Whitener (verballed to California) to have big games. Also keep an eye on sophomore running back Julius Lewis, not too shabby with 945 yards and ten scores on 97 carries. 
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WEST

Brandon Huffman - National Recruiting Analyst
Saturday: Bellevue (Wash.) Newport at Spokane (Wash.) Mead at Joe Albi Stadium at 1:00 p.m.
In a first-round matchup in the 4A state playoffs, Newport goes on the road to what's expected to be a cold weekend in Eastern Washington, where Mead of Spokane is waiting for them.  Newport is led by quarterback Isaac Dotson, a top 100 quarterback nationally who's committed to Nevada. He's joined by a pair of underclassmen, 2014 tight end Drew Sample and 2015 defensive lineman Calvin Throckmorton.  Mead's top prospect is Scout 300 tight end Danny Mattingly, a four-star committed to Notre Dame.  Mattingly also plays on the defensive side of the ball, where he's joined by fellow FBS prospect Langston Ward, a defensive end who has offers from Illinois and Wyoming among others.
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Greg Biggins - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat at Long Beach Poly (Calif.) at 7 p.m.
Amat is led by explosive two-way standout Darren Andrews, a Duke commit. Andrews could play on either side of the ball in college but was recruited to play receiver by most programs. UCLA just offered Andrews. Running back/safety Dionza Blue is another two-way standout with the talent to play multiple positions in college. San Diego State has offered Blue as a DB. After starting the year 1-3, Poly reeled off six straight wins to close out the season. Washington State commit Gerard Wicks is one of the state's top running backs. Linebacker Jayon Brown, a UCLA commit, could end up at safety in college. Safety David Price is back from injuries and has offers from Arizona, Colorado and SMU and sophomore corner Iman Marshall is one of the best 10th graders in the entire west region.
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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.

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Jason Jewell, Southwest Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro at Goodyear (Ariz.) Desert Edge at 7 p.m.
Second round of the playoffs and this should be a great game. Defending state champs Saguaro take on the new kid on the block and undefeated Desert Edge. Saguaro's offense is ranked one of the top in the entire country and it is led by junior quarterback Luke Rubenzer. He is a dual threat passer that has thrown for over 2,000 yards and rushed for over 1,000. His top target is sophomore wide receiver Christian Kirk. Kirk already has been offered by UCLA and Arizona State. Desert Edge is salty on defense. They are fast and play with a chip on their shoulder. Junior OLB Ismael Murphy-Richardson has the looks of a division-one player, standing 6-4 200. He doubles as an excellent wide receiver. RB/S Kyle Woolard has rushed for over 1,000 yards this season after recording 7 INTs as a junior on defense. Saguaro is known for having a great offensive line and watch the battle between Saguaro center Devin Brunetti and Desert Edge NG R.J. Tui.
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Jake Worthen- Northwest Recruiting Analyst
Saturday: Bellevue (Wash.) Newport at Spokane (Wash.) Mead at Joe Albi Stadium at 1:00 p.m.
In a first-round matchup in the 4A state playoffs, Newport goes on the road to what's expected to be a cold weekend in Eastern Washington, where Mead of Spokane is waiting for them.  Newport is led by quarterback Isaac Dotson, a top 100 quarterback nationally who's committed to Nevada. He's joined by a pair of underclassmen, 2014 tight end Drew Sample and 2015 defensive lineman Calvin Throckmorton.  Mead's top prospect is Scout 300 tight end Danny Mattingly, a four-star committed to Notre Dame.  Mattingly also plays on the defensive side of the ball, where he's joined by fellow FBS prospect Langston Ward, a defensive end who has offers from Illinois and Wyoming among others.
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Kevin Carden, West Recruiting Analyst
Friday: West Covina (Calif.) South Hills at Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta at 7:30 p.m.
This first-round playoff game features one of the top overall talents in the 2013 class, in Vista Murrieta athlete, Su’a Cravens. The talented USC commit should see his workload increased during the playoffs and will make a big impact from his safety spot, as well as in a variety of ways on offense. Senior quarterback Nick Stevens, a Colorado State commit, has put together an impressive season and will challenge South Hills’ defense with his strong arm and ability to run the ball.
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Inna Lazarev, West Field Reporter
Friday: Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista at Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton at 7 p.m.
In an anticipated rematch of last year's Divison 1 State Championship Game, both squads are expected to come out without a lack of motivation on Friday night. Defending state champion, Desert Vista, which is led by quarterback Matt Young, features a number of talented players. Running back Jarek Hilgers holds offers from Air Force, New Mexico State, and San Diego State. North Dakota, South Dakota State, and NAU have offered defensive end Lorenzo Melvin. Additional players to lookout for are wide receiver Kaleb Germinaro (Pennsylvania commit), offensive/defensive lineman Dylan Fischer (Navy commit), offensive tackle Mitch Wehrli (North Dakota offer), safety Nick Farina (South Dakota State offer), and defensive tackle Zack Tamburo. The Thunder is stacked, but so are the Huskies… Hamilton four-star cornerback and recent Notre Dame commit, Cole Luke, who has been playing on both sides of the ball, is an exciting athlete to watch. On the offensive line, pay attention to offensive guards Patrick Joseph (Army commit) and Devin Finai, as well as 2014 USC offensive tackle commit, Casey Tucker. Junior defensive end, Qualen Cunningham, has already collected offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Nebraska, Texas A&M, and Washington. Additional players to keep an eye on for the Huskies are wide receiver Frankie Felix (North Dakota offer), linebacker Luke Parrish, quarterback Allen Thigpen, running back Kevin Walters, and defensive tackle Arik Burns, along with juniors, wide receiver Israel Simpson, safeties Josiah Pola and Juwan Jones (San Diego State offer), and linebacker Santana Sterling.
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Annabel Stephan, West Field Reporter
Friday: Las Flores (Calif.) Tesoro at Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco at 7:30 p.m.
Tesoro and St. John Bosco will face off in the first round of playoffs this weekend; Bosco, who was undefeated in Trinity League play this season, received the number three seed in the Pac-5 Division earlier this week. The Braves' offense features Scout.com's 9th-ranked offensive tackle in the country, Nico Falah; the 6-foot-5, 270-pound prospect committed to USC in July. The team also boasts a number of talented 2014 prospects, including cornerback Jaleel Wadood, who holds offers from Arizona State and Oregon State, 6-foot-5, 345-pound offensive lineman Damien Mama, who picked up an early offer from Colorado, and defensive end Malik Dorton, who has been offered by both Utah and Utah State. All three players are hearing from the Pac-12, as well as Nebraska and Wisconsin. Quarterback Josh Rosen, a 2015 prospect who currently holds a 4.0 GPA, has been receiving early interest from both Stanford and California, as well as Ivy League programs; he holds an early offer from Fresno State. Tesoro, who nabbed the at-large bid for the opportunity to play in the game, finished the regular season 1-3 in conference play, and recently replaced head coach Brian Barnes for undisclosed reasons. Players to watch include quarterback Matt Adam, athlete Nick Crouch, and defensive tackle Chazz Roberts as well as sophomore lineman Zach Hickman.
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Brian Swinney & Doug Kimmel
Thursday: South Jordan (Utah) Bingham vs. Syracuse (Utah) at 11:00 AM at Rice-Eccles Stadium (5A Semifinal)
4th seed Bingham takes on top seed, and undefeated Syracuse in semifinal number 1. The Miners seem to be hitting their stride, having dominated their first two playoff opponents by a score of 90-13. Led by 3 star defensive tackle, Lowell Lotulelei, the Bingham defensive boasts multiple next level prospects including linebackers Durant Miles (Boise State) and Drake Miller (Hawaii). Offensively, Bingham is led by two BYU commits in wide receiver Hayden Weichers and offensive lineman Keegan Hicks as well as 2014 4 start tight end and Scout 100 member Dalton Schultz. Schultz will have his choice of schools from all over the country, but Stanford appears to be the early leader. Syracuse will try to move on despite the loss of quarterback. The Titans don't have the next level prospects that Bingham has, but 2014 safety Kavika Fonua is receiving a lot of interest from the local schools.

Thursday: Sandy (Utah) Jordan vs. Highland (Utah) Lone Peak at 2:30 PM at Rice-Eccles Stadium (5A Semifinal)
It's a rematch of a semifinal from 2011 with the consensus top team in the state in Jordan taking on defending champion Lone Peak. The big cheese for Jordan is sophomore quarterback Austin Kafentzis, who will  have double digit BCS level offers eventually to go along with currently claimed offers from Utah and BYU.  Linebacker Colton Shaver could end up as one of the top ten prospects in the state for 2014 and is receiving a lot of interest from Utah. Lone Peak isn't the same team they were in 2011, but wide receiver prospect Talon Shumway is headed to BYU and is the biggest weapon on offense. He'll be catching balls from QB Baron Gajkowski, who transfered to Lone Peak from Jordan this year. Gajkowski has thrown for almost 2,000 yards and run for over 1,000 in 2012. Defensively, Josh Buck and Spencer Reinstein have combined for 249 tackles on the year.

Thursday: Highland (Utah) vs. Hyrum (Utah) Mountain Crest at 11:00 AM at Rice-Eccles Stadium (4A Semifinal)
2014 Highland defensive tackle Brian Mone is an early Scout 100 member, sporting offers from Utah, Utah State, BYU, UCLA, and Michigan. He's a load inside at 6-4, 316 pounds and will be one of the more sought after players in his class. Wide receiver Moroni Laulu Pututau is a BYU commit for Mountain Crest and is one of the fastest players in the state. 

Thursday: Salt Lake City (Utah) East vs. Provo (Utah) Timpview at 2:20 PM at Rice-Eccles Stadium (4A Semifinal)
It's the bulk and size on the lines of East against the speed and finesse of Timpview. East features 2014 running back Ola Tulatau with offers from BYU and Utah State and bruising 240 pound back Patrick Palau, who is headed to BYU. Wide Receiver John Fakahafua (Utah State) is a weapon while the defense is anchored by  linebacker Patrick Palau and 300 pound lineman Merril Taliauli, both BYU commits, along with 2014 end Korey Rush. Timpview quarterback Jake Lloyd has been arguably the top signal caller in the state and has an offer from Yale. Receiver Dax Raymond is picking up a lot of local interest and has an offer from Utah State.
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