Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos at Redlands
(Calif.) at 7 p.m.
A couple of Pac-12 commits headline this Inland Empire clash. Los Osos,
with Oregon State commit Victor Bolden at receiver and quarterback Stephen
Johnson, comes in at 2-0, with a surprising 1-point win over Colorado power
Englewood (Colo.) Cherry Creek. The Grizzlies will try to stay unbeaten
against a Redlands team that got its first win of the season with a stunning win
itself, a 21-12 victory over Fontana Summit. Redlands is paced by
four-star running back Craig Lee, a commit to UCLA, as well as
receiver/cornerback Walter Jones. Quarterback Jimmy Walker leads the
Terriers offense, which also features Daryl Miller, who's got some offers,
despite backing up Lee. (@BrandonHuffman, @cLoperII)
Peoria (Ariz.) Liberty at Phoenix (Ariz.) Paradise Valley at 7
This game features two of the top signal callers in the state in Boise
State commit Ryan Finley from Paradise Valley and Tyler Rogers, who has
offers from Air Force and South Dakota State, from Liberty. Both team
are undefeated and both quarterbacks are the heart and soul of their
teams. Paradise Valley's Patrick Johnson played left tackle last year
but has transitioned to center. He currently has an offer from Idaho.
Villa Park (Calif.) at Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison at 7:00 p.m.
Villa Park, ranked No. 4 in the CIF Southwest division, is led by one of the state's top two-way lineman in Nick Whitton. Whitton is a dominant player but at just 6-2, 250 pounds, schools have been shy in recruiting him. Air Force is his lone offer at the moment. Dimitri Medenas is another talented lineman and plays right next to Whitton giving the Spartans a pair of elite H.S linemen. Edison is ranked No. 2 in the SW Division and is led by underrated quarterback Alek Torgersen. Torgersen didn't start as a junior but boasts one of the strongest arms in the state and is an emerging talent. Ivy League schools Harvard and Brown are watching him. Offensive lineman Jeremiah Frost is a load at 6-1, 345 pounds and is very talented but grade concerns have scared away recruiters at the moment.
Long Beach (Calif.) Woodrow Wilson at Tustin (Calif.) at 7 p.m.
The Wilson Bruins are looking for their first win of the season, but face a tough opponent this week in Tustin (2-0), the 2011 CIF Southwest Division Champions.
Tustin’s offensive line is anchored by David Maka (6’5”- 350), whose offers include UCLA, Utah, and San Diego State, and is also receiving interest from other Pac-12 programs, including favorite Washington. The offense also features running back Davonte Young (5’11”-185), who is in his first season with the Tillers after transferring from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco. Young holds offers from Arizona and SMU, but is working hard this season to pick up a few more. Running back Terence Martinez (5’11”-205) is also one to keep an eye on.
The Tillers defense is highlighted by talented linebacking duo Edward Tandy (offers include California, Washington, Colorado, and Nevada) and Marshaun Daniel (hearing from Pac-12 programs, as well as UNLV, Nevada, and Houston). Both prospects have said they are waiting until after their senior seasons to focus on recruiting.
Gardena (Calif.) at Los Angeles (Calif.) Jefferson at 3 p.m.
Jefferson boasts one of the City Section's top prospects in the 2013 class,
two-way threat Marcus Stamps. The San Diego State commit stars at running
back for Jefferson, while also anchoring the secondary for the Democrats, the
side of the ball he'll play in college. (@BrandonHuffman)
Glendale (Ariz.) Apollo at Glendale (Ariz.) Ironwood at 7 p.m.
Most thought Apollo would be rebuilding but come into this game
averaging over 50 points per game. Ironwood will try to keep the Hawk
offense off the field with a strong rushing attack. The Eagles have
rushed for over 1,000 yards in the last two games and big back Mike
Alexander is their go to guy. At 5 foot 11 and weighing 240 pounds,
Alexander is a load. He has one of the state's top offensive lineman in
6 foot 5 300 pound offensive tackle Elijah Cox blocking for him. Keep an
eye on junior offensive guard Jon Sekona from Apollo, at 6 foot 3, 290 pounds,
he has the tools of a division-one player.
Bakersfield (Calif.) Stockdale at Inglewood (Calif.) at 7:00 p.m.
The top recruit in the Stockdale-Inglewood showdown on Friday is Stockdale tailback Deon Martin. The shifty back with great speed already holds offers from UCLA, Fresno State, ASU and Vanderbilt. Along with Martin, Stockdale also features running back Anthony Wood. Inglewood defensive ends Chauntez Jackson and Mike Williams lead the way for Inglewood. Jackson, a 2013 standout, has 7 offers and has serious interest in Tennessee. Inglewood safety Tre Wilcoxen holds an offer from MAC power Ohio.
Covina (Calif.) Workman at Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian at 7 p.m.
Salesian is one of the most loaded small-school programs in the Southland, with
one BCS commit, two 2014 BCS prospects and one of the best quarterbacks in
Southern Section. Before they play Pasadena, they'll host Workman, and it
will be our first chance to see UCLA commit Jermaine Kelly, a
cornerback/receiver who had over 150 yards receiving a week ago, play in pads
for Salesian. Getting him the ball will be pound-for-pound, the strongest
armed quarterback in the West, Jihad Vercher, who had a huge game last week,
with 200-yards passing and two touchdowns and almost 200 yards rushing and three
touchdowns. The Mustangs also feature a pair of top 2014 prospects in Marquis
Ware, who plays tight end and linebacker and is nearing double-digit offers as
well as Jamardre Cobb, a two-way threat who also has a number of offers. (@BrandonHuffman)
Long Beach (Calif.) Poly at Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne at 7:00 p.m.
Poly has beaten Narbonne five straight years but will be a slight underdog in this one. The Jackrabbits have several FBS prospects on both sides of the ball. Running back Gerard Wicks, a Washington State commit, is strong and fast and runs with power. The secondary will be the strength of the Poly defense led by safety David Price and sophomore corner Iman Marshall. Arizona, Colorado and SMU have offered Price, one of the biggest hitters in the state. Marshall has been labeled a 'phenom' since the 8th grade and has offers from UCLA and interest from programs all over the country. Narbonne has a pair of Pac 12 commits leading the offense in Elite 11 QB Troy Williams, a Washington commit, and talented California receiver commit A.J. Richardson. Williams is the state's top signal caller and Richardson has as good a hands as you'll see. Linebacker Keishawn Bierria
is a load in the middle- big, fast and active and holds offers from Arizona,
Colorado, Colorado State, Iowa State, Oregon State and San Diego State.
Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe at Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista at 7 p.m.
Mountain Pointe is highlighted by four-star senior offensive lineman Kenny Lacy and one of Arizona's top 2014 prospects, junior wide receiver/defensive back Jalen Brown. Each recruit holds offers from top programs throughout the nation. UCLA, Arkansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, California, and in-state schools Arizona and Arizona State are the seven programs that remain on Lacy's list of favorites. Offensive/defensive lineman Natrell Curtis, who already has eight scholarship offers, is another junior to pay attention to, as well as senior running back Thomas Warren, whose first offer came from New Mexico State. Additional players to keep an eye on are wide receiver Thair Blakes, cornerback Travonn White, and junior linebacker Wesley Payne. 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. Wide receiver Kaleb Germinaro has been offered by Pennsylvania and Georgetown. North Dakota, South Dakota State, and NAU have offered defensive end Lorenzo Melvin. Additional players to lookout for are offensive tackle Mitch Wehrli (North Dakota offer), offensive/defensive lineman Dylan Fischer (Navy offer), safety Nick Farina (South Dakota State offer), and defensive tackle Zack Tamburo.
Carson (Calif.) at Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei at 7:30 p.m.
Carson is 0-2 as they head into this match up versus football powerhouse Mater Dei.
Nicknamed “Quarterback High”, Mater Dei is the alma mater of former USC quarterback Matt Leinart and current Trojan signal-caller Matt Barkley. The Monarchs’ current quarterback, Ryan McMahon, is also committed to the Trojans…to play baseball (he’s a third baseman).
The key player in this match up is Mater Dei tight end Thomas Duarte (6’4”- 225), one of the West’s top uncommitted prospects who holds offers from Notre Dame, Oregon, Washington, Utah, UCLA, Oregon State, California, Colorado, and Arizona State. Duarte, FOX Sports NEXT’s
11th-ranked tight end, had originally planned to make a collegiate decision over
the summer, but will now likely wait to announce closer to National Signing Day.
He recently mentioned that he is thinking about taking his official visits to
UCLA, Oregon, Notre Dame, Washington, and “probably" USC.
La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat at La Mirada (Calif.) at 7 p.m.
Bishop Amat comes in off a 48-48 tie against Chino Hills to face an unbeaten La
Mirada team that has beaten St. Paul and La Habra, two area nemesis', in their
first two games. Bishop Amat's top prospect is Duke commit Darren Andrews
while running back Dionza Blue, who San Diego just offered, is one of the
prospects who's starting to cash in on a good start to his senior year. La
Mirada has the most heavily recruited junior in the West, 2014 athlete Tyler
Luatua, who has nearly 20 offers, from schools like Alabama, Arkansas, Miami,
Florida State, Notre Dame, UCLA and USC, as well as 2015 quarterback Kevin
Dillman, who is nearing double-digit offers of his own. The Matadores top
2013 prospect is three-star linebacker Koa Kaleopaa. (@cLoperII)
Santa Margarita (Calif.) vs. Trabuco Hills (Calif.) at 7 p.m.
Santa Margarita features four-star quarterback Johnny Stanton, a commit to
Nebraska, and two three-star linemen in Riley Sorenson and Dane Crane
(Washington). Defensively, Nick Begg (Arizona State) and Connor O'Brien
(Washington), lead the way for the top team in Southern California. (@joshharveyscout)
FSN WEST PREP ZONE
Venice (Calif.) at Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian at
Oaks Christian has been impressive in its two opening wins, while Venice was beaten handily by Chaminade before rebounding against Sylmar. From a college prospect standpoint, this one is a blowout in favor of Oaks Christian. The Lions senior class features linebacker Cameron Judge (6'2/215, UCLA) and receiverFrancis Owusu (6'3/195, Stanford). The junior class may be even more talent laden with quarterback Brandon Dawkins(6'4/215) and athlete Chris Davis (5'9/170) leading the way. Dawkins already has offers from the likes of Notre Dame and Utah among others. (@ScoutKennedy)
Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw at Westlake (Calif.) at 7:00 p.m.
Crenshaw has gotten off to a good start with a core of seniors that includes Mossi Johnson (6'1/185), Earl Glinton (6'1/185) and Dominic Hatfield (5'11/165), all defensive backs who are receiving college looks. Westlake would have been one of the favorites in the Pac-5 before it lost starting quarterback Justin Moore. The Warriors have struggled to find an identity on offense, but the defense held Del Oro and Granite Bay to a combined 19 points. Dashon Hunt(5'9/175) is a do-it-all dynamo for Westlake who was committed to UCLA at one time. He plays defensive back and running back for the Warriors and is considering Nebraska and Arizona among others. (@ScoutKennedy)
La Verne (Calif.) Bonita at Whittier (Calif.) La Serna at 7:00
Junior Tanner Diebold hopes to lead his Bonita team to its first victory of the season. He had a good opening week game against San Dimas with 173 yards and three touchdowns, but threw two interceptions in a week two loss to South Hills. La Serna is coming off of a good win over Downey. Senior Nick McCarty is the go-to player for the Lancers, having already run for three touchdowns on the season. (@ScoutKennedy)
San Diego (Calif.) Francis Parker at Rio Hondo (Calif.) Prep at
Parker is a tough small school program in the San Diego section but is coming off back to back sub-par years after having won 23 games the prior two seasons. Parker blew out Coronado in its first game behind four touchdown passes by senior Gabe Harrington (6'4/210). Rio Hondo Prep is coming off of a 13-1 season, but the Kares
got waxed by Mission Prep last week. (@ScoutKennedy)
Clovis (Calif.) West at Encino (Calif.) Crespi at 7:00 p.m.
The Crespi Celts feature a handful of talented prospects, led by four-star safety Tyler Foreman, who has offers from almost the entire Pac-12. Crespi’s defensive also includes defensive end Ray Davison, who lists Boise State as his top school and three-star safety Brandon Arnold. Michigan State and Cal are currently Arnold’s top schools. On offensive, wide receiver Jabrian Blackwell has emerged as the top playmaker and 2015 tailback Okalani Langi
has a bright future ahead.