Pomona (Calif.) Garey at Ontario (Calif.) Colony at 7 p.m.
The most highly-touted player in Thursday night's match up is Colony receiver Samajie Grant, who committed to Arizona at the end of June, telling Scout.com “It’s where I wanted to go, so I figured there was no point in waiting.” Grant also held offers from UCLA, Utah, Washington State, and San Diego State. Colony lost both their starting and back up quarterbacks due to transfer earlier this season, so Grant has stepped up as the team's signal caller. Though Colony sits at 4-3 as they enter Week 8 of the season, the Titans are still undefeated in league play (Mt. Baldy League) and have a good chance of continuing that undefeated streak versus Garey.
Scottsdale (Ariz.) Notre Dame Prep at Cave Creek (Ariz.) Cactus Shadows at
Notre Dame has had one of the state's toughest schedules thus far and are
sitting at a 3-4 record. But there is plenty of talent on the roster. Arizona
State commit Grant Martinez is one of the state's top tight ends. Linebacker
Luke Taffuri is having a stellar year roaming the middle and OLB Duncan Morfitt
has multiple academy offers. DE Parker Zellers is having an all-state season and
junior safety Jordan Schlueter already has an offer from Colorado State.
Cactus Shadows has a dangerous passing attack and QB Bryce Kinsler has already
passed for 600 yards in a single game this year.
Spanaway Lake (Wash.) High vs. Federal Way (Wash.) High at 7:00 p.m.
The Federal Way roster is filled with college level talent and should win easily Thirsday night. The top prospect in the game might be 2015 running back Chico McClatcher, who landed an offer from Washington last weekend. McClatcher is on the smaller side, but has enough athleticism and playmaking ability to cover it up. Wide receiver Mike Tate is the top senior prospect and holds offers from Eastern Washington, Idaho, Montana, Portland State and Wyoming. Federal Way (Wash.) Cornerback D’Londo Tucker has offers from Eastern Washington, Idaho and Portland State and is one of the best cover corners in the state. Linebacker Albert Havili might be one of the top high school defenders in the state and is finally starting to get recruiting attention. He recently picked up offers from Eastern Washington and Montana State. Brothers Ezekiel McNeal and Jeremiah McNeal will also be worth keeping an eye on. (@JakeWorthen)
Goodyear (Ariz.) Desert Edge @ Peoria (Ariz.) Liberty at 7:00 p.m.
Two undefeated teams in the division-three ranks and both have talent.
Liberty is lead by QB Tyler Rogers. Surprisingly only Air Force and South Dakota
State have offered by he is on Utah and Utah State's radar as well. Desert
Edge is led by RB/DB Kyle Woolard and junior OLB/WR Ismael Murphy-Richardson.
Neither have offers yet but both have FBS skills.
Encino (Calif.) Crespi at Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame at 7:00 p.m.
Crespi vs. Notre Dame, one of the best rivalry games in Southern California, will once again feature several big-time college prospects on both sides of the ball. Speedy tailback Khalfni Muhammad, who is coming off a four touchdown performance last week, three-star quarterback Kelly Hilinski and 2014 WR/DB Koa Farmer will face a stiff challenge from Crespi’s star-studded defense. The Celts defense is led by four-star safety Tyler Foreman, who is one of the most physical defensive backs in the region and has double-digit scholarship offers. Fellow safety Brandon Arnold is another highly sought after recruit and has serious interest in Cal and Michigan State. Defensive end Ray Davison should also have a big impact on Friday as well. On the offensive side of the ball, keep an eye on Crespi wide receiver Jabrian Blackwell and 2015 tailback Okalani Langi.
Gardena (Calif.) Serra at Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral at 7:00 p.m.
Serra has some of the top underclass talent in the state headlined by elite junior corner Adoree Jackson. Jackson was rated the No. 34 player in the nation in the 2014 Scout 300 and holds offers from Colorado, Nebraska, Northwestern, SMU, UCLA, Utah, and Washington. Fellow junior Dwight Williams was rated the No. 167 player in the Scout 300 and is one of the state's top linebackers. Colorado and UCLA have both offered. Junior quarterback Jalen Greene has been impressive this year and has a chance to be one of the state's top dual threat signal callers next fall. Speaking of quarterbacks, few can sling it like Cathedrals Hayden Rettig. The LSU commit has an absolute cannon and could be the best pure thrower in the state. Wide out Damari Scott is a physical receiver with speed and claims offers from Boston College, Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada and San Diego State. Two-way athlete Torry McTyer
can play receiver or corner in college and just landed an offer from California
a week ago.
Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline at Bellevue (Wash.) Newport at 7:00 p.m.
In one of the few matchups in Washington this year of two FBS quarterbacks,
Newport will host Skyline in a key KingCo game. Skyline is unbeaten and
ranked 31st nationally by FOX Sports NEXT this week, and they're led by the
nation's premier quarterback, Max Browne, the five-star who's headed to USC.
Browne's favorite target is Nic Sblendorio, one of the biggest playmakers in the
Northwest. Defensively, the Spartans are paced by linebacker Peyton
Pelluer, a commit to Washington State. Newport has an FBS commit of their
own in 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. (@BrandonHuffman, @LindseyThiry)
Bellevue (Wash.) vs. Snoqualmie (Wash.) Mount Si at 7:00 p.m.
This may be a matchup of the top two 3A teams in the state of Washington. Both come in unbeaten and while one will get a loss, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them face off again in the state playoffs. Bellevue is loaded with talent, starting with UCLA commit and four-star outside linebacker Myles Jack. 2014 athlete Budda Baker is the top ranked player in his class in the Northwest region and already boasts a double digit offer list. Washington commit and MLB Sean Constantine is a constant performer in the heart of the defense. Bellevue also has a list of players like outside linebacker Michael Carlson, defensive tackle Darien Freeman and Reuben Mwehla (Idaho commit) that are garnering college attention. Mount Si has an impressive list of their own. Kicker Cameron Van Winkle is committed to Washington and has a good case to go down as the best prep kicker in state history. 2014 quarterback Nick Mitchell is the younger brother of lineman Josh Mitchell who is currently playing for Oregon State. Mitchell has a very good shot at following his brother into the college ranks. Safety Hunter Malberg is one of the most underrated players in the state of Washington and is a likely source for some big plays Friday night. Tight end Griffin McLain is still waiting for his first offer, but has college size. (@JakeWorthen)
Glendale (Ariz.) Independence at Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial at 7:00 p.m.
Centennial (6-1) is stacked. This team is very strong on the offensive line, which features offensive tackle Hayden Johnson (Air Force, Idaho, South Dakota State offers), offensive guard Spencer Nathe (Air Force offer), and junior offensive tackles Kamryn Bennett, and Layth Friekh, who received his first three offers (from Oregon State, Utah, and Arizona) last Friday. The Coyotes boast two Pac-12 commitments, in UCLA running back commit, Jalen Ortiz, and Washington defensive end commit, Marcus Farria. Other players to watch on this squad are: quarterback Tre Grant, wide receiver Shawn Poindexter, defensive end Sam Ray, linebacker Wes Westbrook, long snapper Reed Buce, and junior wide receivers Darius Aguirre and Keesean Green. (@InnaLazarev)
FSN WEST PREP ZONE
Prepzone hits its stride this week with two of the best matchups
you'll find anywhere including more college prospects than some entire states.
Here is a look at the games and the players to watch this week.
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.
Mission Viejo (Calif.) at San Clemente (Calif.) at 7 p.m.
This is the South Coast League opener for Mission Viejo who has cruised through its early schedule without breaking much of a sweat. San Clemente has come back to the pack this year after losing so much talent from last year's squad, but they're still a quality opponent. Mission Viejo's big name is still USC commitment Max Redfield. Redfield plays receiver and safety for the Diablos and is capable of making game changing plays on either side of the ball. UCLA commitment Erik Bunte joined the flood of Orange County players to transfer to Mission Viejo this year, and this will be our first look at the big offensive tackle in his new digs. Quarterback Ian Fieber and running back Alex Suchesk are two more transfers who have made a big impact for Mission Viejo. The will likely be college prospects in the Class of 2014. San Clemente has lost three in a row after getting off to a 4-0 start. Offensive tackle Sean Harlow is one of the few remaining impact players from the 2011 squad. He is committed to the Washington Huskies.
Encino (Calif.) Crespi at Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame at 7 p.m.
Crespi made its debut on Prepzone last week with an impressive 20-7 win over Loyola. Notre Dame has been on the Prepzone three times... all of them hard fought losses. Crespi's top college prospect is safety Tyler Foreman who appears to be choosing between Oklahoma and UCLA. Foreman will get challenged more against Notre Dame's passing offense than he was against Loyola's ground game. Linebacker Ray Davison lines up at linebacker and has a Top 2 schools of Boise State and Iowa State. Safety Brandon Arnold has a host of offers and should choose between Cal and Michigan State. Notre Dame has a home run threat at running back in track star Khalfani Muhammad. Muhammad ran like a different back last week against Alemany rushing for over 200 yards and four touchdowns. Muhammad showed instincts and balance that had been lacking in earlier Prepzone games and appears to be growing into a football player, rather than just a track guy playing football. Quarterback Kelly Hilinski also has shown improvement avoiding the rush and keeping his eyes downfield.
Rialto (Calif.) Carter at Rialto (Calif.) at 7 p.m.
Carter features one of the nation's best defensive tackles in UCLA commitment Kenneth Clark. At 6'2/295 Clark took some reps playing middle linebacker at 7v7s last summer, and he was athletic enough to be comfortable there. He's more than Rialto will be able to handle.
La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis at North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake at 7
Harvard-Westlake has reeled off five wins in a row after losing its opener to Loyola. St. Francis has three losses by an average of four points. Harvard-Westlake is led by Vanderbilt commitment Chad Kanoff at quarterback. Kanoff is a heady, accurate passer who runs the show from the line of scrimmage. Helping to clear the way for him is offensive lineman Thomas Oser who has offers from the likes of Colorado, Oregon, and Vanderbilt among others. St. Francis has a good quarterback in its own right in senior Jared Lebowitz. Lebowitz is averaging over 250 yards per game and has an impressive 14-3 TD to INT ratio.