Chad Simmons, National Recruiting Analyst
Loganville (Ga.) Grayson vs Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer
This game was over fairly quickly and Grayson won 48-0 in the end. Grayson had much more talent and they put up many more points. The Rams are known for their defense and they played fast, strong, and downhill in this contest.
Robert Nkemdiche got off to a good start and the nation's No. 1 prospect was always accounted for in this game. He was getting cut, chopped blocked, and double-teamed at times, but still was in on a number of plays and pressured the quarterback a handful of times. He was an emotional leader on the field and he played hard and with a lot of fire. A lot of eyes were on him, like always, and he did not disappoint.
Jamie Newberg, National Recruiting Analyst
Admiral Farragut @ Cambridge Christian
The major recruit for Admiral Farragut is 2014 linebacker/running back Cortavious Givens. This 5-foot-11 and 225-pound two-way standout was slowed by a hamstring injury and that certainly affected his play on Friday. He was limited on offense except for pass protection duties. Defensively, he showed some range from his middle linebacker spot. This is a physical player with a high motor. He's strong at filling the hole and is a sound tackler. Certainly his better days are ahead and he looks fully recovered from a 2011 ACL injury. Look for him to be a major BCS recruit.
John Garcia, Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Hazel Green (Ala.) vs Huntsville (Ala.)
Hazel Green was able to ruin the senior night of Alabama offensive line commit Grant Hill and Auburn linebacker commit Cameron Toney. Parker Cothran had as much to do with The Trojans' upset as any player, especially when Hill went down with an ankle injury. The Purdue defensive end pledge helped to dominate the game off the edge, coming up with one tackle-for-loss after another, adding a big strip-sack to seal the 24-3 win. At 6-foot-5, 230-pounds, Cothren not only shows a high motor and good closing speed, but he punishes ball-carriers when he arrives at the point of attack.
Mike Bakas, Florida Field Reporter
Kissimmee (Fla.) Osceola vs Orlando (Fla.) Gateway
Osceola, one of the best teams in all of central Florida this year, won its district championship with a 28-0 win here. Osceola is led by two of the top prospects in the greater Orlando area in the 2013 class – running back Stafon McCray and defensive back Hassan Childs. Both players were very impressive in this game.
Amy Campbell, Florida Field Reporter
Glen St. Mary (Fla.) Baker County vs Jacksonville (Fla.) Bishop Kenny
Baker County sealed the district title Friday night in a 49-35 win over Bishop Kenny. Sophomore CeCe Jefferson played defensive line, offensive line, and occasionally fullback. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Baker County standout also blocked two punts. Jefferson already has eight offers including Alabama, Florida, Florida State, and Clemson. Bishop Kenny's Ahmad Fulwood had 92-yards receiving on six catches and one touchdown. The solid Florida commitment also played safety and had five tackles and a 44-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Fulwood remains solid to Florida and isn't talking to any other schools at this time.
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Greg Powers, National Recruiting Analyst
Coppell (Texas) vs Denton (Texas) Ryan
It was a tough, hard fought game, but at the end it was Coppell who kept an undefeated record alive with a 21-3 victory. The offense was led by sleeper prospect Cameron Smith, a 6-foot-0, 180-pound wide receiver who racked up 9 receptions for 114 yards and two scores. He was easy to get open and made tough catches look easy. It was not a huge surprise to find out after that he had secured two official offers from Illinois and North Texas. Controlling the defensive front was defensive end William Udeh, who is committed to New Mexico and top 2014 defensive end Solomon Thomas. Thomas showed why he has secured 17 scholarship offers already, as he never takes a play off. On the Denton Ryan side of things it was Class of 2014 defensive end Sekou Clark who really stood out. He has the frame and length college coaches are going to love at the position.
Ahmard Vital, Midlands Recruiting
Alvin (Texas) Manvel at Pearland (Texas)
It was the Manvel team, which is new to the big school ranks, which outlasted Pearland 42-28. In the win, Old Dominion quarterback commit Shane McCarley was having his way throwing all over the lot. He ended up with 422 yards and five touchdowns, to only one interception. What was a standout moment in this game on McCarley was his ability to escape the rush and keep plays alive. That alone was critical on third-and-long plays and accounted for at least two of the five touchdowns.
Erin Hartigan, Midlands Field Reporter
Arlington (Tx) Bowie vs Arlington (Tx) High
It was in week three that Arlington Bowie sophomore Tony James was thrust into the quarterback role following junior Keaton Perry's ACL injury. James quickly proved capable of filling the shoes, leading the Vols past the nation's then third-ranked Dallas Skyline. Six weeks later, he continues to manifest, steering Bowie over rival Arlington High Friday, 38-7, and into the District 3-5A championship.
In the win, James completed 16 of 23 passes for 234 yards and a touchdown, using the ground 15 times for 105 yards and two 30-plus-yard scores. Also key was receiver Eric Rivers with his 74 yards and touchdown on just 5 catches, in addition to the lockdown defense of TCU cornerback commitment Steve Wesley behind four-star junior linebacker/safety Edwin Freeman. Freeman carries a heavy plate of offers from Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Nebraska, and others.
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Michael Clark, East Recruiting Analyst
Winston-Salem (N.C.) Mount Tabor vs. High Point (N.C.) Central
On Friday night, Mount Tabor went on the road and won a hard-fought first road playoff game against High Point Central 15-12. Mount Tabor tight end Lucas Wilson played well. Wilson, the top tight end in the state, is not flashy, but very effective. He showed his versatility lining up at wide receiver on several plays. Wilson runs good routes and has soft hands. The 6-foot-5, 227-pound Wilson will need to add weight and get stronger. However, with his work ethic that should not be a problem when he gets to college. While Wilson said a few weeks ago that he was down to Air Force, South Florida, and Tennessee, he visited North Carolina State on Saturday. It will be interesting to see how his recruitment plays out.
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Allen Trieu, National Recruiting Analyst
Lawrence Central (Ind.) vs Indianapolis North Central (Ind.)
North Central issued a tough challenge, but Lawrence Central remained undefeated on their quest towards a state title.
Ohio State commit Tim Gardner had a good game while being matched up with four-star defensive tackle Darius Latham. Gardner dropped weight this summer and is moving better and getting off the ball better than what we had seen of him previously. He doesn't have the length for tackle, but shows the tools to be able to make a successful move inside come college. I don't see him as an instant contributor, but his improvement and willingness to work at getting in shape and playing at a higher level gives me confidence that he can compete after a year or two. Latham has great size. He's likely to play inside in college, but plays end for North Central. He's a good athlete who is light on his feet. The biggest thing for him will be learning to play with lower pad level as an inside guy. He offers a lot of potential for the next level because of his tools.
Zeeland (Mich.) West vs Grand Rapids (Mich.) Christian
Michigan State commit Drake Harris was the star of the game. He went high to grab several highly contested touchdowns on 3rd and long. He is an elite athlete who can really jump, has great ball skills and glides on the field. The only thing he needs is to add a little weight and strength, but in terms of positional skills and athletic talents, he has it all. Junior offensive lineman Tommy Doles is another who has to add a little weight, but he is a technician with great footwork, knee bend and smarts. Zeeland West's Jordan Van Dort, a tight end likely to be an offensive lineman in college, had a very nice game. He was strong as a blocker, showing natural strength that makes it seemingly effortless for him to move people out of the way. He has soft hands and is a good athlete for being 6'4, 275-lbs, which bodes well for a potential move to guard at the next level.
Dave Berk, Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Trotwood (Ohio) Madison vs Cincinnati (Ohio) Mt. Healthy
Game was a total blowout as we learned upon arriving Mt. Healthy 2014 athlete Tyree Elliott was out after suffering an ACL injury a couple weeks prior and had successful surgery on October 30-th. Without Elliott the Owls didn't have a chance against a very powerful Trotwood team winning 48-0. The return of Illinois pledge Jarrod Clements (6-foot-3, 260-pounds) could help the Rams reach their goal of playing in their third consecutive state finals. Clements is not at full strength (75%) as he returns from an ACL tear but still played a big role in the Rams defensive success. Michigan pledge Michael McCray had a great night that saw a long interception return for a touchdown called back by penalty. Trotwood will be tested next Friday as they'll battle Cincinnati (Ohio) Winton Woods who advanced with a 50-7 victory over Edgewood.
Beth Long, Midwest Field Reporter
Lakes Community (Ill.) vs Lake Forest (Ill.)
In a hard fought battle, Lake Forest came out on top of Lakes Community 23-21. After Lakes Community barely missed a last second field goal, in what was an incredibly close game. Lakes Community had it's fair share of big plays though, highlighted by 2013 running back Dirrell Clark, who holds an offer from Purdue. Several other players that stood out in the game were Lake Forest 2014 running back Stephen Cirame, 2014 linebacker Trent Williams, and Lakes Community 2014 wide receiver Nick Battaglia.
Simone Scott, Midwest Recruiting Reporter
Westerville (OH) South vs. Hilliard (OH) Darby
It was easy to see why Hilliard Darby was undefeated throughout the regular season and continued that in the first round of the playoffs. Illinois commit Caleb Day was active with a 15 yard touchdown reception plus an interception to put the game out of reach. Junior Devon Rogers also added a 30 yard touchdown catch and could be a prospect to keep up with in the future. Jalen Bell was impressive for Westerville South. The senior scored the only touchdown for his team off of a 4 yard catch as well as several big runs. Also showing out for Westerville was senior Noah Prentiss. Prentiss had several big runs and needed multiple player to attempt to slow him down.
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Brandon Huffman, National Recruiting Analyst
Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian vs. Legacy (Colo.)
Luke Del Rio (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Valor Christian), is headed to Oklahoma State to play in the Cowboys high-powered offense, and he's got plenty of practice in VC's offense. It was a workmanlike night for Del Rio, who threw four touchdown passes in the first half, and was out with the other starters by halftime. Del Rio looks noticeably bigger since we saw him during the Elite 11, and he showed tremendous pocket presence, something we didn't get to see on the camp tour, as well as the ability to make all the throws. He was especially adept in the short and intermediate routes, putting good spin on his throws and threading the needle.
Greg Biggins, National Recruiting Analyst
El Toro (Calif.) at Mission Viejo (Calif.)
Mission Viejo safety Max Redfield had a huge game in all three phases of the game. He had several big hits at safety, caught a 48 yard touchdown at receiver and blocked a punt as well. Redfield has gotten a lot more physical in the last year and plays with an edge to him now. He enjoys contact and doesn't shy away from stepping up in the running game. He's very good in the pass game and is the most athletic safety in the west this year.
Annabell Stephan, West Field Reporter
Etiwanda (Calif.) vs Upland (Calif.)
Though the game went back and forth for a while, as both offenses managed to rack up a combined total of over 1000 yards, Upland rallied to clench the 57-39 victory, making them 20-0 in regular season play, as Nate Romine became 22-1 as the Scots' starting quarterback. Romine had 309 yards for four touchdowns in the first half alone; the signal-caller finished the night going 11-18 for 361 yards and five touchdowns. Romine also showed off his run game, racking up 96 rushing yards and an additional touchdown before back-up Zac Sturdivant took over in the fourth quarter. Highly-touted defensive end Joe Mathis, who has consistently faced double and triple coverage as his reputation as a threat on the field has grown, was forced to leave the game with an injury in the first quarter, perhaps part of the reason that Upland's defense allowed 39 points, a season high. Mathis did, however, get a safety for the Scots within the first few minutes of the game. Cornerback Delvin Batiste (a San Diego State commit) and safety James Johnson, Jr. (an Arizona State commit) both had an impact on the field and each displayed versatility at defensive back, as well as showing off some offensive skills throughout the night.
Jason Jewell Southwest Analyst
Phoenix (Ariz.) Paradise Valleyat Peoria (Ariz.) Liberty
First round playoff action and I had the chance to watch two of the state's top passers in Ryan Finley from Paradise Valley and Tyler Rogers from Liberty.
Finley, the early commit to Boise State, was not able to lead his team to a victory but still looked the part. Finley runs a very complex no huddle scheme and handles it with poise. At 6 foot 4, he has plenty of size and his frame will allow him to bulk up to be 200 pounds plus. He throws a nice catchable ball, is very accurate and has a strong arm. What I like most about Finley is his decision making; he does not throw many picks and he makes very smart throws, typically placing the ball where only his receiver has a chance to make a play.
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