Scout On the Town Weekend Preview

The Scout.com recruiting team will be at top games throughout the nation all weekend as the 2014 season kicks off in much of the country...

Follow the Scouts of Scout.com on Twitter as they bring you live coverage of the weekend's high school football across the nation, with several members of the Class of 2015 Scout 300 in action as well as a number of top 2016 and 2017 prospects and a host of games Scout.com Top 50 teams.

EAST

Brian Dohn, National Recruiting Analyst, East
Friday: Malvern (Pa.) Prep at Holland (Pa.) Council Rock South at 10 a.m. (scrimmage)
A nice get-together as the season approaches features severalhigh-profile players in eastern Pennsylvania in the 2015 class. Malvern Prep ishome to offensive tackle and Miami commit Hayden Mahoney, quarterback andPittsburgh commit Alex Hornibrook and linebacker and Rutgers commit Trevor Morris.

Monday: Paramus (N.J.) Catholic at Erial (N.J.) Timber Creek at 1 p.m. (scrimmage)
It would be aregular season game worthy of national t.v., but we’ll settle for a scrimmageas the Paladins travel south. Paramus Catholic is led by the No. 1 player inthe 2016 class is defensive tackle Rashan Gary, and also includes 2015linebacker Saleem Brightwell and 2015 tight end Najee Clayton. Timber Creek hasTemple cornerback commit Kareem Ali and four-star class of 2016 receiver CameronChambers, who is committed to Michigan State.
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SOUTH

Chad Simmons, National Recruiting Analyst-South
Thursday: Providence (Fla.) at Clay (Fla.) at 7 p.m.

The top senior in this contest is Michael Howard, a jumbo-athlete who could project as a big tight end or a lean offensive tackle. He has a nice offer list with no real favorites, but schools like Oregon, Tennessee, and UCF are schools he likes. Zack Baker, an offensive tackle is also a senior to know, and he is committed to Clay. The top prospect in this game, also plays for Clay, and he is 2017 running back, Colin Wilson. He already has offers from Clemson, Ohio State, and South Carolina among others. Bilal Ally is a 2016 athlete out of Clay to know as well. Providence has a junior to know -- offensive lineman Andrew Boselli, who already has offers from Maryland and Miami. He could project as a guard or center.

Friday: Baker County (Fla.) at Ed White (Fla.) at 7 p.m.
The biggest star in this game when talking recruiting is five-star end CeCe Jefferson. The Baker County star is athlete and has offers from schools nationwide. Alabama and Florida are considered his leaders. Ed White has their share of top prospects and seniors, Javarius Davis and Taylor Thomas lead the way. Davis is an athlete that is committed to North Carolina. Thomas is a running back and he is committed to Utah. Those two seniors are good, but Jordan Johnson, a 2016 offensive lineman may be their top overall prospect. The junior has close to double-digit offers from schools like Georgia Tech and Ohio State.
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Jamie Newberg, National Recruiting Analyst – Florida
Friday: Tampa (Fla.) Tampa Bay Tech at Tampa (Fla.) Blake at 7:30 p.m.
Both of these Tampa teams have a chance for big 2014 seasons. Tech is led by quarterback Deon Cain. He’s a four-star prospect and the No. 5 wide receiver prospect in the nation. Cain has committed to Clemson. Tech is also home to another future star wideout in sophomore Daquon Green. He already holds a USF scholarship offer. Meanwhile, Blake is home to arguably the state’s top recruit in the next class in Shavar Manuel. This defensive end had 21 sacks one year ago. He has scholarship offers already from teams like FSU, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Miami, Georgia, UCLA and countless others. This five-star will be a household recruiting name next year. Blake has several other potential D1 guys littered throughout their roster that I will report on next week.

Saturday: Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby at Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy at 7:00. p.m.
Godby has been one of the state’s top teams over the past few seasons. They will get a stiff challenge in this one and will need some big plays on both sides of the ball from P.J. Simmons and Jaylin Heyward. Simmons has 10 plus offers from teams like North Carolina, Cincinnati, USF and Vanderbilt. He plays running back and safety. Heyward is a slot, cornerback and return man. He too is sitting on double digit offers from schools like Kentucky, Virginia, and Illinois. Godby offensive tackle Brendan Loftus committed to Miami last month. Godby will need a big game from Cedric Wood. This 2016 four-star defensive tackle has already committed to Florida State. All three linebackers (Albert Cannon, Tim Faison, and Jim Jones) will be playing on Saturday as well cornerback Marcus Holton. They all have small school offers. This is another very talented Godby team. Meanwhile, IMG starts their second season as a program. Their coach is former Heisman Trophy winner and FSU star and NFLer Chris Weinke. Their starting quarterback is the state’s to signal caller in Deondre Francois (committed to FSU). IMG’s entire offensive front will be playing college ball. Their two starting tackles, Tyree St. Louis and Mirko Jurkovic have pledged to Miami and Nebraska respectively. Guard Evan Mallory has committed to Cincinnati. Another OL prospect, Miki Fifita, has committed to Oregon State. Defensively, they are led by Miami commitment and defensive end Scott Patchan and Wisconsin linebacker pledge Nick Thomas. Three explosive juniors to watch for are running back Tony Jones and wide receivers Jack Wegher and Saivion Smith.
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Michael Clark, Atlantic Recruiting Analyst
Friday: New Bern (N.C.) at Durham (N.C.) Hillside at 7:30 p.m.
This is a showdown between two of the top programs in North Carolina. New Bern is led by senior Mike Hughes, who is one of the most dynamic prospects in North Carolina. Although he will play cornerback in college, Hughes will start at quarterback for the second straight season. He finished his junior campaign with nearly 3,300 yards of offense and 42 total touchdowns. Hughes will likely choose between North Carolina and NC State sometime in the near future. Defensively, the Bears are led by senior middle linebacker Sha’mond Squires, who holds an offer from Charleston Southern and is attracting interest from other schools, as well as senior safety Cypress Borden. New Bern also features junior cornerback Tyric McCarter, who has a chance to be the next major prospect for the Bears. As usual, Hillside is loaded with talent. The headliner is four-star Emanuel McGirt, who is one of the top offensive tackles in the country. He is still considering Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, North Carolina and NC State. The offense also features senior Naszir Forte-Ferguson, who is a returning starter and was all-conference selection as a junior and senior wide receiver Miles Kelly. Defensively, three all-conference selections from last season lead the way – senior defensive back Jalon Bethea, senior linebacker Marcus Crutchfield and senior linebacker Keith Beasley. Others to watch are senior linebacker Jarrett McCarter and senior defensive back Chris Williams.
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Geoff Vogt, Florida Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Hialeah (Fla) at Naples (Fla) at 7:30

Naples is one of the elite programs in the state as the Golden Eagle's are consistently a playoff team that finds themselves playing deep into November and December. There are no surprises as Naples will run it down your throat and play stiff defense. A plethora of RB talent should give the Eagles plenty of options. Florida commit Tyler Byrd is sure to make an impact on both sides of the football (WR/DB). Hialeah always has talent as a big class Dade County team that consistently sends prospects to the D-1 level, but that talent will be young in 2014 and this will be a stiff test to open the season. The Thoroughbred's will need to play sound assignment defense to give their offense a chance to gel.
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Amy Campbell, Southeast Field Reporter
Thursday: Whitehall (Pa.) at Haines City (Fla) at 7:30p.m.
The nation’s top 2015 safety Derwin James and his Haines City team don’t officially begin their season until next week, but they’ll welcome Whitehall all the way from Pennsylvania on Thursday for a preseason match-up. James has been committed to Florida State for more than a year and is considered a rock solid commitment to the Seminoles. His skills far exceed his age and he is always exciting to watch on the field. Whitehall’s Saquon Barkley is also no stranger to the spotlight. The four-star running back impressed on a big state at The Opening this past summer. He has been committed to Penn State for quite awhile and his commitment appears solid.

Friday: Longwood (Fla.) Lyman at Apopka (Fla) at 7:30p.m.
Apopka ended last season at the Citrus Bowl, but the Blue Darters fell to South Dade in the state title game. This season, they have high expectations once again and some big-time national recruits hoping to end their senior seasons with a championship. Apopka has the top prospect in Florida and the number four prospect in the nation in top offensive tackle Martez Ivey. Also to watch for the Blue Darters is the nation’s top fullback Chandler Cox. Cox and Ivey are close friends and have experienced a lot of the recruiting process together. Cox is committed to Auburn, and while Ivey is still on the market, Auburn and Florida seem to be the two in contention to land the big man.
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John Garcia, Regional Recruiting Analyst- Alabama
Friday: Florence (Ala.) at Irondale (Ala.) Shades Valley, 7 p.m.

The state’s top prospect is Shades Valley defensive tackle Daron Payne, the lone five-star senior in Alabama, but he only kicks off the FBS frenzy in this one. Alabama and Auburn continue to be in the top position to snag the quicker-than-you-think 335-pounder, though Texas, Florida State and Mississippi State remain in contention. The reason the Bulldogs are optimistic is because of Shades Valley running back and Payne’s close friend, three-star Kieth Mixon. Though small, there may not be a more dynamic running and receiving threat in the state this fall. Getting him the ball will be dual-threat quarterback Rashad Louie, who holds a South Alabama offer. Florence has routinely placed its athletes at high-level programs, and its class of 2015 figures to be more of the same. Three-star linebacker Keaton Anderson is already committed to Alabama, while three-star safety Darius Smith could be the prospect with most to gain with a standout senior season. Even still Missouri, Miami (Fla.) and a host of others have offered and are on his trail. The Falcons also have Texas State defensive line commitment Malik Manciel on the roster, as well as long and versatile tight end Tucker Sigle, who holds multiple extensions, himself.

Saturday: Miami (Fla.) Central at Hoover (Ala.), 11 a.m.
The game of the week in Alabama and maybe nationally, both of these elite programs are coming off of dominating state title game victories. Yes, five-stars have departed from each, but reloading is never a difficult task for either. Miami Central lost most of its offense, but four-star wide receiver Da’vante Phillips is the lone standout back. He’s turned heads with his ball skill all summer, making it little surprise that he’s so coveted in the state. The one-time Florida commitment is trending for rival Florida State at this time. Defensively, the Rockets remain deep, with four-star Florida State commitment Calvin Brewerton leading the secondary, Marshall commitment Marquis Couch leading the linebackers along with fellow three-star Fermin Silva and Keivonnis Davis -- another three-star -- anchoring the defensive line. Silva and Davis each have multi-conference offers. Hoover remains the class of Alabama, coming off of a pair of state championship wins, failing to lose a game in the process. The Bucs will look to ride three-star running back Bradrick Shaw, who can churn yards as a runner or receiver, to a 31st straight win on offense. He’ll be helped by basketball-sized wideouts and three-stars Justin Johnson, a Mississippi State commitment, and Leonard Wood, who could end up in the SEC as well. While study, the Bucs remain a defense-first team, led by the state’s top linebacker and four-star Auburn pledge Darrell Williams and Christian Bell, an Alabama commitment, up front. The secondary has a new look to it, but the talent remains on the edges with promising 2016 cornerbacks P.J. Hall, Malachi Herron and Jermarius Jordan. The physical and confident Hall and fellow junior Jeremiah Moon, an early four-star linebacker who excels in space, have SEC written all over them.

Saturday: Dadeville (Ala.) vs. Piedmont (Ala.), at Cramton Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.), 5 p.m.
Kicking off a double-header on Saturday at one of Montgomery’s most storied venues, Dadeville will bring a reloaded offense with it to this one. Three-star junior defensive back projection ShawnDarius Jennings is the new quarterback, and his top target is his older brother and three-star Alabama commitment Anfernee Jennings. Each will also help anchor the defense, though assistance from seniors Jalyn Johnson and Jaquan Alvies should help in the trenches while promising young 2017 cornerback Margarius Buchanan could again prove while he’ll be a name to know down the road. Piedmont has two similar talents on offense in running back Dreek Thompson and wide receiver C.J. Savage, and it will depend on each. Thompson has solid speed and can also play defensive back, while Savage has a UAB offer to his name despite a 5-foot-9, 160-pound frame.

Saturday: Millbrook (Ala.) Stanhope-Elmore vs. Spanish Fort (Ala.), at Cramton Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.), 7:30 p.m.
Defending state champion Spanish Fort may be too much for any opponent, but the future is bright for Stanhope-Elmore, evidenced by its young defensive end Kelvin Stokes, a class of 2018 prospect already on radar. But the Toros, who like Hoover are coming off of two state title game wins, have a ton of firepower on both sides of the ball. 2016 dual-threat QB Tyler Johnston may be the best signal caller in the state, regardless of class, and his top target is one of the most reliable as a tight end or wide receiver, Kevin Marion. The defense will again hold its own, led by junior linebacker Tre Threat, already sporting SEC offers, as well as 2017 outside linebacker Thomas Johnston (Tyler’s brother) -- who could be the best underclassmen in the Mobile area.
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MIDWEST

Allen Trieu, National Recruiting Analyst - Midwest
Thursday: Cedarburg (WI) at Greendale (WI) at 6 p.m.
The main focus for us in this game will be Greendale's junior linebacker Tristian Pipp. After a good sophomore season, he appears ready to become one of the Badger State's top recruits. Wisconsin is among the schools showing early interest, but that list should grow if he has the type of junior season we think he will.

Friday: Hartland Arrowhead (WI) at Kenosha Bradford (WI) at 6 p.m.
Arrowhead has the top 2016 prospect in the Midwest in offensive lineman Ben Bredeson. Bredeson, also the nation's top guard, has offers from Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and others. His older brother Jack is a 6-foot-6 defensive end committed to Michigan for baseball.
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Dave Berk, Ohio Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Rockcastle County (Ky.) at Madison Southern (Ky.) at 7:30 p.m.
Our visit to Madison Southern High School in Berea, Kentucky is all about watching Scout.com No. 1 running back Damien Harris in game action. The explosive big-play back has great film and dominated events we've seen him attend over the past year. This will be the first time we've caught the former Michigan pledge on the field in full pads and fans of five schools have been watching Harris closely since he narrowed his list down to Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Ohio State and Texas A&M at the beginning of the month. We’ll also get a chance to checkout Madison Southern junior quarterback Aaron Slone during the visit.
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Anna Hickey, Recruiting Reporter - Indiana
Friday: Bishop Chatard (Ind.) vs. Brebeuf Jesuit (Ind.) at 5 p.m.
As the 2014 high school football season begins in Indiana, the Indianapolis Colts will open up Lucas Oil Stadium to host their annual Horseshoe Classic: Friday Night Kickoff, a double-header featuring four teams in the Indianapolis area. A pair of three-star offensive guards will lead the way for Bishop Chatard. Matt McCann, a Purdue commit, and Adam Solomon, an Illinois commit, are two of the best linemen in the state. Jesuit features three-star running back Levante Bellamy, who touts offers from Ball State, Cincinnati, and Miami (Ohio).

Lawrence Central (Ind.) vs. Avon (Ind.) at 8:30 p.m.
Three-star running back James Gilbert, a Miami (Ohio) commit, three-star defensive tackle Eric Whitehead, a Virginia Tech commit, and four-star linebacker Darrin Kirkland, a Michigan commit, highlight a talented Lawrence Central team. Leading the way for Avon is three-star defensive end Joe Belden, an Indiana commit, and 2016 three-star quarterback Brandon Peters, who boasts offers from Virginia Tech and Iowa.
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MIDLANDS

Derek Young, Regional Recruiting Analyst - Midlands
Thursday: Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (Okla.) at Coffeyville C.C. (Kan.) at 6 p.m.

Two of the stronger junior college programs in the country go head-to-head early on in the season. Both are known for producing FBS prospects year in and year out, and this season is no different. Northeastern Oklahoma A&M is lead by 6-foot-2 cornerback Justin Martin, who holds offers from Florida, LSU, Ole Miss, Nebraska, and Tennessee. The Nashville native will have four years to play three seasons after his brief stint in the junior college ranks. Coffeyville is host to several FBS prospects as always. The headliners are wideout Dominique Reed, defensive end Timmy Hamilton, and defensive tackle Bobby Leath. Reed is leaning towards returning home to play for Arkansas. Hamilton is giving strong consideration to Illinois and Arizona, while Leath has been focused on Iowa State and Illinois.

Friday: St. Joseph Central (Mo.) at Kearney (Mo.) at 7 p.m.
St. Joseph Central has two 2016 prospects of note in quarterback Jacob Hess and offensive tackle Jacob Olsen. Both have tremendous size at the position and are definitely on the radar as FBS recruits in their class. Kearney has a couple offensive standouts in the 2015 class lead by Missouri offensive tackle commit Tanner Owen, who is a prospect with a ton of upside. Tight end Zack Davis is more of a sleeper prospect, but has an offer from Air Force and could add more throughout the season. 2016 Kearney linebacker Cale Garrett already has a Kansas offer that came while camping in front of the Jayhawk staff, and is receiving strong interest from the in-state Missouri Tigers as well.
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WEST

Scott Kennedy, Director of Scouting
Friday: Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco vs. Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis at 7 p.m.
The No. 3 team in the preseason Scout poll, St. John Bosco, puts their 16-game winning streak on the line when they visit the Islands to take on the Crusaders. It's a rare out-of-state matchup that features two players that are ranked No. 1 at their position. And both are UCLA commits. Fred Ulu-Perry, the top center prospect nationally anchors the St. Louis offensive line and also plays on the defensive line. The Crusaders also boast four-star 2016 receiver Drew Kobayashi and sleeper 2015 quarterback Ryder Kuhns. The Braves, won the CIF State Open Division title last year in California are led by the nation's top quarterback, Josh Rosen, who could be taking snaps from Ulu-Perry in college, but will try to play rude guests in this game. The Braves have a slew of stars in their sophomore and junior classes too, namely four-star 2016 running back Sean McGrew.

Saturday: Honolulu (Hawaii) Farrington vs. Kapolei (Hawaii) at 5:30 p.m.
The key battle in this game will be in the trenches, with Farrington the home to the state's No. 1 prospect, Scout Top 50 defensive tackle Breiden Fehoko. A Texas Tech commit, Fehoko is one of the strongest players in the entire country and helped Farrington to a blowout win that was called early last week. Kapolei has arguably the best offensive line in the state, with 2015 three-stars William Auwae and Pesi Savea and 2016 three-star Toleafoa Auwae all starting for the Hurricanes.
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Jason Jewell, Southwest Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Chandler (Az.) Hamilton at Phoenix (Az.) O'Connor at 7 p.m.
It all starts up front for Hamilton. The Huskies have a great tradition of producing quality offensive and defensive linemen and 2014 will be no exception. Hamilton has two of the best defensive linemen in the state. Senior defensive end Caleb Peart knows how to get to the quarterback. The Vanderbilt commit lined up as a linebacker in the off-season, a position he could play in college, so it will be interesting to see if Hamilton plays him standing up. Junior defensive tackle Garrett Rand is one of the nation's top prospects in the 2016 class. O'Connor offensive tackle Jamison Pruitt will be asked to handle Peart one on one and those match-ups will be ones to watch all night long. Pruitt has verbally committed to Northern Arizona.
(Follow @jason247scout on Twitter)

Doug Kimmel, Mountain Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton at American Fork (Utah) at 7 p.m.
What a way to kickoff the season! Between Brighton and AF there are 9 prospects with D1 offers, including the top 2015 and 2016 prospects in the state of Utah. Five-star outside linebacker, Osa Masina, is the main draw Friday night. Masina narrowed his offer list of 20+ down to 5 over the summer and is now focusing his attention on Arizona State, Michigan, UCLA, USC, and Wisconsin. Masina does it all for Brighton, he is their running back, linebacker, and even returns kicks. Masina is not the only draw though. American Fork offensive guard, James Empey, is one of the top guards out West. Empey has nearly 10 offers, but seems to be focusing on BYU, Boise State, Utah, Utah State, and Washington. Brighton also features 2016 four-star wide receiver, Simi Fehoko, 2016 three-star safety Drew Jensen, and 2016 three-star quarterback Kahi Neves. Fehoko has early offers from Clemson, Utah and BYU, Jensen offers from BYU and Utah, and Neves is drawing attention from all over the country, including Auburn, USC, and Alabama. Sione Heimuli-Lund is one of the best 2017 prospects out West, and he will be playing running back and linebacker next to Osa Masina for Brighton. He holds early offers from Utah and BYU. Brighton safety/outside linebacker Cody Barton is currently committed to Utah and could be a major steal in the 2015 class. Lopini Katoa and Nate Heaps are two other American Fork that have emerged as D1 prospects.
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