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Brian Dohn - Northeast Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep at Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional, 10:30 a.m. on FOX Sports 1
Two of the top talent-producing programs take to the field for their traditional Thanksgiving Day matchup, and there will be at least 10 Division I-caliber athletes on the field. St. Joseph Regional is led by defensive tackle Kevin Wilkins, who is committed to Rutgers. He is quick and athletic, and also is a pretty darn good offensive lineman. The Green Knights' offense is led by Boston College commit Sherman Alston, a diminutive running back with excellent stoop-start ability and elusiveness. Receiver Quai Jefferson, who is committed to UMass, is a threat down the field. Class of 2015 offensive lineman Tommy Hatton is approaching double digit offers and plays with an incredible motor and classmate Joe Giles-Harris, a linebacker, holds offers from Temple, Rutgers and Boston College. Don Bosco's senior class includes quarterback Frank Nutile (Temple commit), offensive lineman Tyrell Smith (Virginia Tech commit) and 6-foot-6 tight end Tom Sweeney, who is committed to Boston College. In the 2015 class, offensive tackle Kevin Feder, who is 6-9, holds an offer from Miami and is getting strong interest from Rutgers. Class of 2015 cornerback Daivon Ellison is also getting interest from FBS schools but is still looking for his first offer.
Chad Simmons - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Columbus (Ga.) Carver at Buford (Ga.), 7 p.m.
After a coin flip early Saturday morning to decide which No. 1 seed had home field, Buford will host the talented Tigers. Buford has been one of the most dominant teams in the country over the past decade winning multiple state titles and producing numerous Division 1 prospects in each class. The Wolves are led by Clemson commitment Korie Rogers at linebacker, Missouri commitment Thomas Wilson at running back, and Tre Neal at defensive back. Those seniors have a couple of state title rings and the underclassmen will likely get at least a couple too. The top prospect on their team is sophomore tight end Isaac Nauta, he has over a dozen offers. Junior Quay Picou (defensive tackle), Nick Polino (offensive guard), Austin Thomas (linebacker), and Joshua Thomas (running back) all have offers. Long snapper Blake Ferguson is committed to LSU. Buford is very talented. Carver is too. Their top prospects are young and leading the way is Alabama commitment Mekhi Brown. The big defensive end has all the big offers in the southeast. Khane Pass is another junior and he is a hard hitting safety with ACC/SEC offers. Sophomore quarterback Jawon Pass is already a four-star on Scout and he could be one of the best in his class. It is early, but freshman linebacker Giovannia Moore is one to watch out of Carver. This game will have top talent all over the field.
Jamie Newberg - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian vs Tampa (Fla.) Catholic, 7:30 p.m.
Trinity Christian travels to Tampa Catholic for one of the state semi-final games in Class 3A in the state of Florida. The team that advances will play Clearwater Central Catholic or Miami Westminster for the state championship next weekend in Orlando. Trinity Christian is led by some of the state's top underclassmen in Kevin Toliver, Jeff Holland, Jalen Buie, and Kendrick Norton. Toliver, Holland and Norton are all national blue chip recruits in the 2015 class. Toliver is the state's top recruit next year and has already committed to LSU. He's a five-star cornerback prospect. Holland and Norton are both four-star. Holland, a four-star linebacker (also plays running back), already has scholarship offers from teams like Florida, FSU, Alabama, Notre Dame, Oregon, USC and practically everyone else in the nation. Norton is a three-star guard with offers from Florida State, Florida, Auburn, Penn State and numerous others. Buie, is a sophomore running back with offers from teams like Auburn, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State, South Carolina and others. Of course Trinity Christian has two very good seniors in wide receiver Isaiah Ford and lineman Kavaris Harkless. Both of these three stars are headed to Louisville to play their college football. Tampa Catholic has their share of top tier talent. Four-star offensive tackle Corey Martinez is committed to Florida State. He likely projects as an inside player at the next level. Four-star safety/running back T.J. Harrell has not made his decision yet. Michigan State, Louisville, Ole Miss, and N.C. State appear to be his teams at the top. Linebacker Tre Watson is very much an underrated recruit on the defensive side of the ball. South Florida, FAU, Illinois and UCF are some of the schools that have offered him at this time.
Michael Clark -
Atlantic Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Matthews (N.C.) Butler at Clemmons (N.C.) West Forsyth at 7:30 p.m.
This third-round playoff game is a matchup between two of the top teams in North Carolina. Butler is 10-3 and West Forsyth is 12-1. Butler is led by senior middle linebacker Isaac Stewart, who is committed to Louisville. On defense, Stewart is joined by 2015 outside linebacker Jay Gibbs and 2016 cornerback Clifton Duck. The Bulldogs' high-powered offense features 2015 three-star quarterback Anthony Ratliff, 2015 wide receiver Alex Barrow and 2016 running back Benjamin Lemay. West Forsyth's defense has been a major reason for their success. The Titans are only giving up 10 points per game and are led by 2015 four-star defensive end Jalen Dalton. West Forsyth also has 2015 safety Luke Hedrick and 2016 linebacker/safety Tyki Lawson-Oates. Offensively, the Titans feature senior running back Kealand Dirks and 2016 quarterback Darion Slade. This game should be one of the best playoff matchups this season.
Patrick Burnham - Regional Recruiting Analyst
Friday, November 29th: Fort Walton Beach (Fla.) Choctawhatchee High School at St. Johns (Fla.) Bartram Trail High School at 7:30 p.m.
Friday night Choctaw will make the trek across the Florida panhandle to face Bartram Trail in the Class 6-A regional final. Both teams are coming off hard fought wins on the road last week to advance to the game that would get them to the state semi-final game with a win on Friday night. Choctaw is led by junior running back John Hicks who had career high 231 yards rushing last week in a 28-21 win over Navarre. Garrison Floyd is the trigger man for the run happy Choctaw offense. In the game against Navarre Floyd accounted for two touchdowns with one coming on the ground and the other through the air. Bartram Trail meanwhile is coming off a 29-24 victory against Lake City Columbia. Led by senior quarterback and Furman commit P.J. Blazejowski, Bartram Trail runs a wide open spread offense. Last week Blazejowski accounted for three touchdowns, 158 yards through the air and 56 yards rushing. The signal-caller has gotten plenty of help in the backfield from sophomore running back David Coleman who has rushed for 1,279 yards this year including 153 yards against Columbia last week. Both Coleman and Blazejowski benefit from the protection and blocking from an outstanding offensive line led by senior Jesse Burkett who is committed to Vanderbilt but still has several suitors still on his heels including Stanford, Florida State and South Carolina.
Amy Campbell - Florida Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Miramar (Fla.) at Palm Beach Gardens (Fla) at 7:30p.m.
Undefeated Miramar sits at number 13 in the Scout Top 50 and this week they'll take on 8-4 Palm Beach Gardens in hopes of advancing to the 8A semifinals. Leading the Miramar offense is senior quarterback Nick Jeanty. He holds offers from UCF, Western Kentucky, Eastern Michigan, and more. Senior safety Andre Godfrey and junior corners Tyrek Cole and Jeffery Hill provide for a scary Miramar secondary. Godfrey holds a long list and seems to have the most interest in Louisville, UCLA, Wisconsin, and Utah. Cole is one of the top juniors in the state and has a long list of programs after him including Florida State, Florida, Miami, Notre Dame, UCLA, and South Carolina. Palm Beach Gardens senior quarterback J.P. Caruso will certainly have his work cut out for him against a dominant Miramar team. Caruso is committed to Appalachian State.
Dave Berk - Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Kenton (Ohio) vs. Clarksville (Ohio) Clinton-Massie at 7:30 p.m. at Welcome Stadium, The University of Dayton
The Division IV State Semifinals match between Kenton and Clinton-Massie brings two entirely different offensive attacks to the field. Kenton senior quarterback Grant Sherman continues the programs tradition of putting up huge passing numbers. He'll be protected by junior offensive lineman Larry Wells who already holds an offer from Akron and is hearing from several Big Ten programs. On defense, Kenton is led by Michigan pledge Noah Furbush who needs to play a big role in stopping Clinton-Massie if Kenton hopes to advance to a state championship game. Clinton-Massie is the defending Division IV state champions for a good reason and will look for record setting running back Bayle Wolf to help carry them to another championship game. Wolf is coming off a 33 carry, six touchdown, 365 yard performance in last weekend's game. Wolf is one of Ohio's hidden gems college coaches really need to take a closer look at.
Saturday: Hilliard (Ohio) Davidson vs. Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller at 7:00 p.m. at Welcome Stadium, The University of Dayton
Moeller is the defending Division One state champion and looks to punch their ticket to another championship game behind senior quarterback Gus Ragland who has rushed for 1,375 yards and 25 touchdowns while passing for 1,726 yards and 18 scores on the season. When Ragland looks to throw he looks to Kent State pledge Isaiah Gentry who has pulled down 36 balls for 916 yards and eight scores. Ohio State pledge Sam Hubbard leads the way with 86 total tackles and is helped by top junior defensive tackle Elijah Taylor who holds early offers from Notre Dame and Michigan State to name a few. The Crusaders defense will have to be ready as Davidson is the regions No. 1 seed in Region 2 and will bring their option attack led by quarterback Nick Iske. Pittsburgh pledge Phillipie Motley will go both as will top junior prospect Markus Bailey. The key for Moeller to advance will be their ability to shutdown Davidson's ground attack and force them to throw the football.
Simone Scott -
Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Saturday: Akron (Ohio) Manchester vs. Columbus (Ohio) Bishop Hartley at 7:00 p.m. at Mansfield Arlin Stadium
Two number two-seeded teams face off in the state semifinals. Manchester was dominant in their quarterfinal win over Crestview. They won by a score of 69-21 and rushed for 616 yards. Junior wide receiver Mason Hayes had five touchdowns in that game, while Anthony Miltner rushed for two touchdowns of his own. Hayes will have his hands full with Duke commit Alonzo Saxton covering him. For the year Saxton has nine interceptions. Lineman Kalil Morris, a Kent State commit, has also been impressive this season and is one to watch.
Beth Long -
Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Geneseo (Ill.) vs. Rochester (Ill.) at Huskie Stadium at 7 p.m.
Two 12-1 teams meet in the 4A State Championship match-up and the nightcap game on Friday. Rochester is led by 6-foot-7, 210 pound defensive end Matt Swaine who has received some attention from Iowa at this point.
Saturday: Montini (Ill.) vs. Sacred Heart-Griffin (Ill.) at Huskie Stadium
at 10 a.m.
It is a battle of unbeaten teams in the 5A state final game. Montini is on the hunt for their fifth straight state championship, and Springfield area Sacred Heart-Griffin is looking to stop them. Montini is one of the most talented teams in the state pound for pound. Highlighted by senior Ohio State commit Dylan Thompson on the defensive line and senior linebacker Nile Sykes who just added an offer from Notre Dame to his list of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, Syracuse and others. Montini also has gotten big contributions from junior wide receiver Leon Thornton. Sacred Heart Griffin wide receiver Malik Turner and Illinois commit has size and reliable hands and has helped lead the offense put up big numbers this year. Junior offensive lineman Quinn Oseland recently added his first offer from Northern Illinois and quarterback Gabe Green has had a good season as well.
Saturday: Batavia (Ill.) vs. Richards (Ill.) at Huskie Stadium at 1
The 6A state championship game features a re-match of week two of the regular season, one in which Richards came out on top. That was Batavia's only loss, and they face a 12-1 Richards team. Richards defense has stepped up during the playoffs, allowing opponents to score less than 20 points in four games. They are highlighted by senior defensive end Savon Robinson who is getting interest from lots of Midwestern teams, linebackers and brothers Romel Hill and Ramonte Hill and junior quarterback Hasan Muhammad-Rodgers. Defensive back Michael Moffatt of Batavia is one of their top players and has been a ballhawk throughout the season.
Saturday: Lake Zurich (Ill.) vs. Mt. Carmel (Ill.) at Huskie Stadium
at 4 p.m.
Two of the most consistent and top teams in the 7A bracket meet for the state championship. One seeded Lake Zurich will take on two-seeded Mt. Carmel Saturday in DeKalb. Lake Zurich is led by Syracuse commit linebacker Colton Moskal, who heads up a defense that is incredibly poised and consistent. The Caravan won the 8A state championship last season and is looking to defend their title in the 7A division. What is being heralded as one Coach Frank Lenti's best teams in recent memory features Illinois running back commit Matt Domer, Michigan State defensive end commit Enoch Smith Jr., and Minnesota defensive lineman commit Steven Richardson.
Saturday: Loyola (Ill.) vs. Naperville Central (Ill.) at Huskie Stadium
at 7 p.m.
The Cinderella story of the Illinois State playoffs happens to be in the 8A classification, where three-loss Naperville Central beat a hot Marist team to advance to the state championship game against Loyola. (for the first time since the early 2000's). Loyola is known for their disciplined defense and is led by Dartmouth defensive lineman commit Charlie Pontarelli and quarterback Jack Penn. Naperville Central quarterback Jake Kolbe is a Scout.com three-star signal caller and is headed to Illinois State, plus junior linebacker Bobby McMillen has had a good season.
Anna Hickey -
Indiana Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Carmel (Ind.) High vs. Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central
In this Indiana 6-A State Championship clash, Warren Central will be led by senior quarterback Jeff George, who holds an offer from Illinois and is hearing from Indiana. Senior running back Mykelti Williams holds an Indiana offer. Senior wide receiver Darius Lee, senior linebacker Max Hernandez, and junior running back Tirone Young are also promising prospects. Headlining Carmel is wide receiver Austin Roberts, who committed to UCLA this fall and just took his official visit to see the Bruins last weekend. Also playing for Carmel is junior Isaac James, who splits time at wide receiver and quarterback. James holds an offer from Indiana.
Greg Powers - National Recruiting Analyst
Saturday: Mesquite (Texas) Poteet vs. Whitehouse (Texas) at Allen Eagle Stadium at 1:00 p.m. CST
Poteet features a tough defense led by Scout.com's No. 1 player in the region in the Class of 2015, linebacker Malik Jefferson. Jefferson will put plenty of pressure on the Whitehouse offense. In the secondary they will also have Baylor defensive back commit Verkedric Vaughns and SMU commit Nathaniel Gaines. Gaines plays safety and Vaughns locks down half of the field at corner. Offensively, junior receiver DeAndre McNe`al has emerged as an offensive threat. Whitehouse will be without junior safety Justin Dunning, a Texas A&M commit, who is out with an ACL tear. Linebacker Reggie Long will have to step up in a major way. But Whitehouse will be able to move the ball on offense behind Texas Tech quarterback commit Patrick Mahomes, who has had two great games to get the playoffs started.
Ahmard Vital - Midlands Recruiting Analyst
Friday, November 29: Brenham (Tex.) vs. Texas City (Tex.) at 7:30 p.m. CST
In the Class 4A Division, this game could pull people away from the 95-dollar television Black Friday deal to catch a great match up. For Brenham, versatile athlete Courtland Sutton will make plays on both sides of the ball. Offensive tackle Austin Schlottmann leads a good line group and is a TCU commitment. On defense, linebacker D'Vonta Hinton is a player to watch as well. Texas City has been an interesting story thus far and while the offense gets plenty of headlines, the defense has been equally impressive, pitching shutouts in a quarter of its game this season. Quarterback Andrew Allen, a New Mexico State commit, leads the offense that has not trouble scoring when it needs to. It helps that Allen has a couple of brothers in the backfield and on the edge to make plays as well. D'Onta Foreman is nearing the 2,000-yard mark and has been doing the heavy lifting for most of the season. All-purpose athlete Armanti Foreman, as a receiver has been the go-to guy in the passing game. But he is also effective in the secondary and leads the team interceptions. Both of the Foreman brothers are Texas commitments.
Saturday, November 30: Magnolia (Tex.) West vs. Pearland (Tex.) Dawson at 2 p.m. CST
Last week West pulled off a win that caught many off guard so next up is a Dawson team that has been playing great this year as well. Already at the 10-win mark for the year, Dawson comes into the game with a number of playmakers, headlined by wide receiver Tony Upchurch. The LSU commit Upchurch has over 50 catches on the year so far. In the backfield, Bryce Winnegan keeps the chains moving for Dawson with the ground game., Texas State commit Cody Casey leads the way on defense. For West, offensive lineman Seth Blendermann will protect and give quarterback Troy Logan time to make plays. Three-star Baylor defensive end commit Xavier Jones heads up the defense.
Brandon Huffman - National Recruiting Analyst
Saturday: Canby (Ore.) vs. Portland (Ore.) Jesuit at Jeld-Wen Field at 12 p.m.
Canby snuck into the playoffs, going in at 4-5, but has caught fire, winning three straight to advance to the 6A semifinals. Jesuit, at 10-2, though, expected to be here. Their only losses this season were to unbeaten Central Catholic, the top seed in the 6A playoffs and to Camas, the No. 1 4A team in Washington. Both teams lost their emotional leaders to injuries, Canby losing Sam Bodine, their linebacker-fullback in September to a broken leg and then Jesuit losing Joey Alfieri, their workhouse running back and four-star linebacker (and Stanford commit) last month to a knee injury, sidelining him for the season. The difference is Jesuit has more depth and talent. The Crusaders have Henry Mondeaux, the versatile two-way jumbo athlete who committed to Oregon earlier this week as well as Christian Martinek, a tight end/defensive end who's headed to Oregon State to play baseball but would have had plenty of offers for football had he chosen that route. Jesuit also boasts junior running back Chase Morrison, who's been stellar in stepping in for Alfieri.
Saturday: Tigard (Ore.) vs. Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic at Jeld-Wen
Field at 4 p.m.
Tigard has Montana commit A.J. Hotchkins leading the way at both running back and linebacker and also features safety Manu Rasmussen and quarterback Jett Even, who was the QB MVP at the Oregon NFTC. Central Catholic features a pair of Pac-12 commits in Arizona State-bound Connor Humphreys, who's primary spot is on the defensive line but also plays offensive line for the Rams as well as Oregon State commit Ryan Nall, who plays both running back and linebacker. Junior running back Cameron Scarlett has been a star as a returner this year and quarterback Aidan Wilder, who has FCS offers, has flawlessly led the Rams offense.
Greg Biggins - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Lompoc (Calif.) at West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade at 7 p.m.
Lompoc is led by talented defensive line prospect Ainuu Taua, one of the top tackle prospects in the region. Taua is very strong, quick off the ball and has violent hands. The Braves can run the football have three backs with over 800 yards led by junior Derrick Portis. Portis has rushed 1,456 yards and 21 touchdowns this season and will be one of the fastest players on the field. A.J. Florez has rushed for 1,381 yards and 19 touchdowns and junior Austin Hayes might have the most upside in the group rushing for 846 yards and 13 touchdowns while averaging over 12 yards a carry. Chaminade has a balanced offense with star power all over. Quarterback Brad Kaaya is a Miami commit and one of the top five signal callers in the region. Donovan Lee is a dynamic play maker at running back, receiver and corner and his sophomore brother Dymond Lee already has an offer from Miami. Junior left tackle Bar Milo is a 2015 Scout 300 member with offers from California, Miami, Nebraska and Washington and safety Jojo McIntosh is a UCLA commit and one of the top defensive backs in the state.
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. http://www.foxsportswest.com/pages/prepzone.
- Southwest Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro vs. Gilbert (Ariz.) Queen Creek at 1 p.m. in Tucson at Arizona Stadium
Queen Creek returns to the division-three state title game for second year in a row and is healthy at the right time. They battled through injuries to their top two running backs, Matt Guida who is committed to Air Force and junior Weston Barlow, to secure their spot in the title game with an upset win over number one seed Williams Field. Their ground game will be vital in keeping Saguaro's potent offense off the field. Saguaro scored 77 points in their semi-final win over Desert Edge. Quarterback Luke Rubenzer has been on fire. he hasn't thrown an interception since week one and threw for over 500 yards and nine touchdowns last week. His main weapons are top 50 junior Christian Kirk and senior wide receiver J.T. Nettleton.
Friday: Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral vs. Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic at 6 p.m. in Tucson at Arizona Stadium
If you want to see division-one caliber athletes, this is the game to go to. Salpointe is the number one seed and rightfully so, they have yet to be challenged this year. Their offense is led by a pair of Arizona commits, Cameron Denson and Kaelin Deboskie. Big offensive tackle Breeon Auzenne holds multiple offers and junior linebacker Taylor Powell is a division-one prospect. The local Arizona fans will get a chance to see three Wildcat commitments when you add in Chaparral tight end Trevor Wood. The Firebirds have multiple division-one athletes themselves led by Wood, Arizona State commit Tyler Whiley, linebacker Joe Nauert and four-star junior offensive tackle Keenan Walker.
(Ariz.) Hamilton vs. Phoenix
(Ariz.) Mountain Pointe at
3:30 p.m. in Glendale at University of Phoenix Stadium
This is a rematch of last year's state championship game, one in which Hamilton was the victor. Expect to see two great running games. Hamilton has massive offensive line with five-star tackle Casey Tucker manning the left tackle spot and Oregon State commit Trent Moore next to him at guard. Those two will battle Mountain Pointe's four-star prospect natrell Curtis, who is committed to Washington. Curtis starts both ways, as do handful of the Pride's top players including Oregon commit Jalen Brown and running back/linebacker Wesley Payne.