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Brian Dohn- Northeast Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Clairton (Pa.) High vs. Sto-Rox High (McKeesport, Pa.), (WPIAL Class A championship at 11 a.m. at Heinz Field
Clairton is looking for a fifth straight WPIAL title and isled by four-star uncommitted receiver Tyler Boyd, who made an official visit toPittsburgh last weekend and is also considering West Virginia, Ohio State and afew others. The Bears also have Panthers commit Titus Howard in the secondaryand receiver Terrish Webb, who is committed to Kent State. Sto-Rox is led by 2014 running back Brendan Blair and seniorquarterback Lenny Williams, who has thrown and run for more than 1,000 yards.
Friday: North Allegheny High (Wexford, Pa.) vs. Woodland Hills High (Pittsburgh), WPIAL Class AAAA championship Friday, 2 p.m., Heinz Field
Five-star Patrick Kugler, a Michigan commit and the topguard in FOXSportsNEXT's 2013 class, leads undefeated North Allegheny, which islooking for an unprecedented third straight AAAA title. Stephen A. Austincommit Mack Leftwich, a quarterback, has thrown for 2,411 yards and 32touchdowns. The Tigers also have class of 2014 safety Elijah Zeise, who holds aPittsburgh offer.
Friday: Aliquippa (Pa.) High vs. Washington (Pa.) High, Friday, 5 p.m.,WPIAL Class AA championship Heinz Field
Aliquippa is loaded in the 2014 class, and it is led byrunning back/safety Dravon Henry. He holds offers from the likes of Maryland,Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and West Virginia, and is being recruited forthe defensive side. Defensive tackle Jaleel Fields and Terry Swanson are alsodrawing BCS interest. Washington is led by 2014 running back Shai McKenzie, whohas run for 2,656 yards and 41 touchdowns for the 12-0 Prexies. McKenzie holdsoffers from Connecticut, Duke, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Toledo and YoungstownState. The Prexies also have 2013 linebacker Jaylin Kelly, who holds offersfrom Eastern Michigan and Connecticut, where he is in the process of setting upan official visit.
Friday: West Allegheny (Imperial, Pa.) vs. West Mifflin (Pa.) High, WPIAL Class AAA championship Friday, 8 p.m., Heinz Field
West Allegheny has 2014 running back Tory Delmonico. 2013offensive lineman Dustin Windemaker, who could get some late FBS looks, and 2015linebacker Amonde Dellovade, who leads the team with 86 tackles. West Mifflin has prolific 2014 running back Jimmy Wheeler,who has run for 2,144 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Atlantic Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Hampton (Va.) Phoebus vs. Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor at 7:30 p.m.
This Division 5 third round playoff showdown features two Virginia powerhouses. Phoebus and Lake Taylor are both 12-0 and have been on a collision course all season. Phoebus is led by senior running back Tony Pittman and senior defensive end Mark Wilson (Old Dominion commit). The Phantoms also have junior offensive lineman Walter Brantley and sophomore defensive end Harry Lewis. Lake Taylor is led two big-time juniors -- defensive end Jalyn Holmes and defensive tackle Nyquan Harris. Each player has several Division l offers. Lake Taylor also has junior running back Brandon Moore, who was recently named Eastern District Offensive Player of the Year. Phoebus is 5-0 all-time against Lake Taylor in the playoffs.
Chad Simmons- National Recruiting Analyst
This is a second round playoff game in the state of Georgia and Kell is known for its stingy defense while Gainesville is known for scoring a lot of points. The Kell Longhorns are led by a pair of Georgia commitments, cornerback Brendan Langley and safety Quincy Mauger. They have a 2014 lineman in Donnell Greene who is one to watch too. He plays defensive tackle now, but may project as an offensive tackle. Gainesville has one of the top 2014 quarterbacks and that is DeShaun Watson. He can throw and run and he is already committed to Clemson. He's a member if the 2014 Scout300.
Jamie Newberg - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Vero Beach (Fla.) at Tarpon Springs (Fla.) at 7:30 p.m.
Vero Beach is led up front by Florida International commitment Chris Flaig. This 6-foot-5 and 285-pound offensive tackle prospect also had scholarship offers from Memphis, Florida Atlantic, Eastern Michigan and others. Center Connor Moore has offers from Georgia Southern and Jacksonville State. Defensive back Sean Paul is their highest rated prospect. He favors Wake Forest and Louisville. Cornerback Dravious Wright has D1 offers from teams like FSU, Northern Illinois and Western Kentucky. East Lake is led by their quarterback Pete DiNovo. He's one of the state's top signal callers and he has already committed to UCF. East Lake has a handful of major BCS prospects in juniors Artavis Scott, Mason Cole and Devin Abraham and sophomore George Campbell. Scott and Campbell are explosive receivers while Cole is an offensive line prospect and Abraham is a cornerback. All four already have major scholarship offers.
Mike Bakas - Florida Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Jones (Fla.) at Cocoa (Fla.) at 7 p.m.
Both teams are loaded with quality players. The top prospect at Jones High is wide receiver Kermit Whitfield. At 5-foot-8 and 160 pounds, Whitfield is widely considered the fastest player in the state in this year's class. He is committed to Florida State. Defensive end Devin Washington (6-2/225) is one of the area's top pass rushers and he's already committed to South Carolina. The top two prospects for Cocoa are running back Tarean Folston and defensive end Deondre Barnett. At 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds, Folston is one of the state's top running back prospects and is still considering a number of schools including Notre Dame and Oregon – two schools he's already visited. Barnett (6-2/220) hasn't been playing football very long but is very athletic and active. He recently committed to UCF.
Steve Robertson - Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Friday: South Panola (Miss.) at Madison Central (Miss.) at 7 p.m.
Two of Mississippi's top football programs will square off in the 6A north state title game once again. Five star safety Antonio Conner and Mississippi State commitment Deon Mix will look to boost the Tigers back into the state championship game for the third time in their four year careers. Madison Central wide out Keith Williams is one of Mississippi's best kept secrets. Williams and a talented senior class will look to get over the South Panola hump for the first time in their four years at Madison.
Amy Campbell - Florida Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Gainesville (Fla.) Buchholz at Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln at 7:30 p.m.
The 9-1 Lincoln squad welcomes a 6-5 Buchholz team that upset First Coast (Jacksonville, FL) last week. Lincoln is the heavy favorite, but few expected Buchholz to make it to this game. Florida commitment James Hearns holds down the Lincoln defense. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound linebacker is fully recovered from an ACL injury and is having an impressive season. Junior cornerback Kendall Randolph has also been a big play-maker on defense. The 6-foot, 190-pound athlete has offers from Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Auburn, Louisville, and more. Lincoln has some big-time offensive weapons as well in senior wide receivers Reggie Davis and Taj Williams. Davis remains committed to Georgia, and Williams has several offers including Florida State, South Carolina, Georgia, and South Florida.
Kristen Ledlow - Southeast Field Reporter
Friday: Pensacola Catholic (Fla.) at Madison County High School (Fla.) at 7 p.m.
Madison County High School welcomes Pensacola Catholic in the Florida High School playoffs on Friday night. Four-star offensive lineman Ira Denson, named an "overnight sensation" by our Jamie Newberg, committed to Florida State University before the start of his high school season. Denson has not expressed an interest in visiting elsewhere and will be on-hand at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday as FSU welcomes the University of Florida to Tallahassee. Denson is surrounded by strong junior talent in linebacker Brice Hamilton, who is also interested in the 'Noles along with the University of Alabama. Finally, Madison County boasts top running back talent in junior Deonshay Wells. Pensacola Catholic is home to four-star linebacker Delvin Purifoy, a junior with offers from Florida State, South Florida and Tennessee.
Simone Scott -
Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Saturday: Mentor (Ohio) vs. Toledo (Ohio) Whitmer at 7 p.m.
This state semifinal game will feature two talented teams. Mentor is coming off of a triple overtime win over powerhouse St. Ignatius. The Cardinals are lead by North Carolina commit Mitch Trubisky. The senior quarterback had six touchdowns in the quarterfinal win and has quickly become a name to know. On the receiver ends of those touchdowns have been Brandon Fritts (offer from Toledo), Conner Krizancic (interest from Michigan State), and Corey Plavcan, Whitmer is undefeated this season and is looking to keep that win streak alive. Quarterback Nick Holley ran for over 100 yards as well as passed for over 100 yards in their quarterfinal win and will be a force Mentor will have to contain. On the defensive end, all eyes will be on Toledo commit Marquise Moore.
Beth Long -
Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Mercer County (Ill.) vs Althoff Catholic (Ill.) at 1 p.m.
The state championship games kick off Friday in Champaign, and Mercer County has racked up a perfect 13-0 record, en route to the state championship game. Althoff Catholic is led by 2013 Illinois defensive line commit Merrick Jackson who committed to the Illini in April. Another prospect to keep an eye on is Althoff Catholic linebacker Erik Furmanek.
Friday: Aurora Christian (Ill.) vs Tolono Unity (Ill.) at 4 p.m.
The 3A battle for the state title is between two 12-1 teams that are playing hot right now, Aurora Christian and Unity. Aurora Christian is led by two Northern Illinois commits, senior cornerback Brandon Mayes who stands 5-foot-11, 170 pounds. And teams up with current and future teammate and wide receiver Chad Beebe.Tolono Unity is led by senior wide receiver Micah Johnson who has several MAC offers and has been looked to to provide an offensive spark all season.
Friday: Alleman (Ill.) vs. Rochester (Ill.) at 7 p.m.
Both Rock Island and Rochester come into the game with solid 12-1 records, and are looking to end the season with just one loss. This is a game with plenty of offensive firepower, highlighted by Wisconsin commit Garrett Dooley who has helped Rochester reach back-to-back finals.
Saturday: Montini (Ill.) vs. Morris High (Ill.) at 10 a.m.
Montini is looking to take four state titles in a row Saturday morning. Some of the top prospects on the defense are senior defensive end Freddy Beaugard who has recently received offers from Western Michigan, Eastern Illinois, North Dakota. Others to watch are 2013 offensive lineman Tate Briggs and 2014 defensive lineman Dylan Thompson. Morris High is led by Indiana commit and tight end/defensive end Danny Friend. Friend teams up with wide receiver Anthonee Monsoon and Central Michigan linebacker commit Jeffery Perry.
Saturday: Cary Grove (Ill.) vs. Crete Monee (Ill.) at 1 p.m.
The 6A championship is a battle of two unbeatens. Plus, Crete-Monee is loaded with top prospects, perhaps led by 2013 wide receiver Laquon Treadwell. Treadwell is the top uncommitted prospect in the midwest and lists Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, Michigan and Michigan State at the top of his lists. Crete-Monee also features junior linebacker Nyles Morgan, who recently picked up offers from Wisconsin and Ohio State. As well as senior wide receiver Lance Lenior who is hearing from several division one programs as well as senior defensive back Jaylen Dunlap.
Saturday: Glenbard West (Ill.) vs. Lincoln-Way East (Ill.) at 4 p.m.
Both teams in the 7A classification are undefeated and coming into the state championship game and are playing with tons of momentum. Lincoln-Way East's offense is led by senior quarterback and Northern Illinois commit Tommy Fuessell, senior wide receiver Justin Corbett, and junior offensive lineman Nicky Allegretti (Illinois and Cincinnati offers). Glenbard West's offense is equally as explosive, led by Vanderbilt tight end commit Nathan Marcus, 2013 offensive lineman Eric Shute, and junior running back Scottie Andrews. Also look to defensive lineman Ruben Dunbar (Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma State and other offers) and junior defensive back Hayden Carlson (Toledo offer).
Saturday: Glenbard North (Ill.) vs Mount Carmel (Ill.) at 7 p.m.
The battle for the 8A crown is between heavyweight programs. Glenbard North is led by junior running back Justin Jackson all season for a spark on offense, and colleges have taken notice of the talented back. Jackson has offers from Indiana, Illinois, Boston College, Northwestern, Toledo and Purdue. Glenbard North is also led by Michigan 2013 wrestling commit and quarterback Brian Murphy. Mount Carmel is highlighted by junior defensive lineman Enoch Smith Jr.
Ahmard Vital - Midlands Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Houston (Texas) Stratford vs. Pearland (Texas) Dawson at 4 p.m.
Forget Black Friday shopping. There are several stadiums in Greater Houston hosting double and triple headers. Reliant Stadium is one of those places. In the Stratford/Dawson game, there are several key players to keep an eye on. For Stratford, three-star lineman Christian Daimler, an Arizona State commit, is usually a dominant force on the line. Dawson has a couple of guys as well, starting with running back James White, a Texas A&M commit has been handling business on the ground while junior receiver Tony Upchurch is making plenty of plays as well. Upchurch has an early offer from LSU and look for many other programs to follow suit. Also from the 2014 class, linebacker Cody Casey was a preseason watch player.
Saturday: Houston (Texas) Lamar vs. Houston (Texas) Alief Taylor at 11 a.m.
There should be plenty of fireworks for Saturday morning as Lamar and Taylor have proven that both can put up some points. Lamar is led by top 2014 quarterback Darrell Colbert, who is a player who picked up a great deal of offseason buzz. For Taylor, there is plenty of talent here. The headliner is clearly four-star defensive end Torrodney Prevot, who committed to USC this past summer. The other two defensive ends, Ogbonnia Okoronwu and Duke Ejiofor are also a pair of Division I players who will be at Oklahoma State and Rice respectively. In the secondary, safety Jonathan Wiggins is SEC bound going to Texas A&M and junior cornerback Chris Hardeman made an early commitment to LSU. On to the offense, running back Trevorris Johnson was flying under the radar for most of last year, but a solid off season landed him more than 10 offers. Ultimately, he decided on TCU. Wide receiver Keenen Brown is a top recruit for 2014, with offers to Ole Miss, Utah and SMU. Receiver Romello Brooker, also a junior will be a top target after a full season on the varsity level.
Saturday: Katy (Texas) Cinco Ranch vs. Houston (Texas) Alief Elsik at 3 p.m.
One of the nation's best will be lining up for Cinco Ranch with Notre Dame running back commitment Jamel James. For Elsik, 2014 cornerback Dominique Barnett is a potential prospect.
Annabel Stephan - West Field Reporter
Friday: Katy (Tex.) vs. Houston (Tex.) Langham Creek at 12 p.m.
Football powerhouse Katy is undefeated as they prepare to face off against the 9-11 Langham Creek Lobos. Both teams are stacked with talent. The Tigers' offense features running back Adam Taylor (6-0, 210), a Nebraska commit. Cornerback duo Kyle Fulks, a Baylor commit, and Isaiah Brown, a Tulsa commit pose a threat to the Lobos' receivers, and 2014 linebacker Jake Blomstrom (6-3, 235) has been garnering heavy interest. 2015 running back Rodney Anderson (5-11, 175) is another Tiger to keep an eye on. The Lobos offense is led by quarterback Connor Feist, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound signal-caller who has been receiving recent interest from TCU. The offensive line features guard Kenneth Thompson (6-4, 285), a Rice commit. Receiver Jeremy Land holds a New Mexico State offer and has been hearing from a few other programs, though he's projected to play on defense at the next level.
Friday: Pearland (Tex.) Dawson vs. Houston (Tex.) Stratford at 4 p.m.
Dawson's offense is propelled by four-star prospects running back James White (6-0, 190), a Scout.com four-star prospect and Texas A&M commit, and 2014 receiver Tony Upchurch, who holds an early offer from LSU and has been hearing from the likes of Oklahoma and Texas. The 11-0 Eagles are facing a 9-2 Spartans team, whose highest-touted prospect is three star offensive tackle Christian Daimler (6-7, 280), who picked up a number of offers before recently committing to Arizona State.
Brandon Huffman - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Lynden (Wash.) vs. Olympia (Wash.) Capital at Tacoma Dome at 1:00 p.m.
Lynden is looking to win another 2A state title and they'll travel down to the Tacoma Dome for the 2A state semifinals. They'll bring a talented squad which is led by Washington State verbal Matt Meyer on the offensive line and defensive end Caleb Newman, who has an offer from the Cougars among others. Capital will have a nice, more local crowd on hand for the semifinals.
Friday: Snoqualmie (Wash.) Mount Si vs. Bellevue (Wash.) at Tacoma Dome at 7:00 p.m.
Bellevue is the prohibitive favorite to win the 3A state title, which would be its fifth in a row. The Wolverines are ranked fifth in the country by FoxSportsNext.com, and have really not been tested by anyone in state. And they're in their home away from home, the Tacoma Dome. Mount Si was chugging along earlier this year, unbeaten, before they met Bellevue in a league game, and promptly got walloped. Now they take on a Wolverine team that's even more motivated to win another title. Junior quarterback Nick Mitchell will lead Mount Si, who also has Washington commit Cameron Van Winkle as their punter and kicker. And they'll have to play the game of their lives against a loaded Wolverines team, led by UCLA commit Myles Jack, the top outside linebacker in the region, 2014 two-way athlete Budda Baker, a top 10 player at his position in his class, and Sean Constantine, a linebacker who's headed to Washington.
Greg Biggins - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) at Vista Murrieta (Calif.) at 7:00 p.m.
Rancho Cucamonga is led by one of the nation's top secondary's in USC commit Chris Hawkins and elite safety Tahaan Goodman. Hawkins is a lock down corner and Goodman, looking at USC, UCLA, LSU, Nebraska, Washington and several others, is a big hitter at safety with cover skills. Inside linebacker Viliami Latu is a tremendous prospect and his twin brother Alani Latu can fly around and hit. The twins will both play for Arizona State next fall. Oregon State commit Jermel Walker is an explosive wide out and leads the Cougars offense. Vista Murrieta is led by the top player in the entire West region in Su'a Cravens. Cravens is a dominant linebacker/safety on defense and is a big play threat at receiver as well. Quarterback Nick Stevens, headed to Colorado State, has a big arm and is one of the state's most under-rated prospects. Treshon Broughton is a talented cover corner and an Oregon State lean an junior linebacker Greg Hoyd is another player to watch closely in this one.
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
Saturday: Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe vs. Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton at 12 p.m. at University of Phoenix Stadium (Division 1 State Championship)
Mountain Pointe beat Hamilton in week one and the Huskies will be out to avenge the loss. If you love good battles in the trenches, this is a must see. Mt. Pointe features two-way starters Kenny Lacy (UCLA commit) and junior Natrell Curtis. Hamilton's junior DE Qualen Cunningham is a special player that already holds multiple BCS offers. Hamilton's offensive line features USC commit Casey Tucker and Army commit Patrick Joseph.
Saturday: Goodyear (Ariz.) Liberty vs. Queen Creek (Ariz.) at 3 p.m. at Sun Devil Stadium (Division 3 State Championship)
This should be a great match-up of undefeated teams. Queen Creek is led by 2,000 yard rusher Matt Guida while Desert Edge is as fast on defense as I have seen this year. Their OLB Ismael Murphy-Richardson has a chance to be special.
Saturday: Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial vs. Oro Valley (Ariz.) Ironwood Ridge at 7 p.m. at Sun Devil Stadium (Division 2 State Championship)
Centennial is looking for revenge against the only team to beat them this year. The Coyotes are strong up front and have an offensive line with four D1 prospects. Seniors Hayden Johnson and Spencer Nathe each have Air Force offers and juniors Layth Friekh and Kamryn Bennett will be FBS players. Friekh already has offers from Oregon State, Utah, Washington and Arizona. UCLA commit RB Jalen Ortiz is having a monster year on both sides of the ball. Ironwood Ridge revolves around three-star CB Tyler Williams. Williams plays quarterback and is a difference maker. He holds offers from Colorado, San Diego State and Army as a defensive back.
Kevin Carden, West Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei at Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure at 7 p.m.
Two of the traditional Southland powers meet in a CIF-SS Pac-5 semifinal matchup. Mater Dei is headed by four-star tight end Thomas Duarte, the #2-ranked tight end in the West, as well as 2014 cornerback Jonathan Lockett, a Scout 300 prospect for his class. The Seraphs boast Arizona verbal Zachary Green at running back, who's been stellar this season, and two of the top underclassmen in the West, 2015 quarterback Ricky Town, who has offers from Miami and UCLA, and Scout 300 2014 tight end Bryce Dixon, who is nearing double-digit offers.