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Brian Dohn- Northeast Recruiting Analyst
Friday: PIAL Class A championship- Clairton (Pa.) High vs. Dunmore (Pa.) High at 1 p.m. at Hershey Park Stadium
Clairton is looking to extended is five-year winning streak with another title. It is led by four-star uncommitted receiver Tyler Boyd, who made an official visit to Pittsburgh last month and canceled an official to West Virginia last week and took an unofficial to Pittsburgh. The Bears receiver Terrish Webb, who is committed to Kent State but recently picked up an offer from Pittsburgh. Dunmore has class of 2014 lineman John McHale, is 6-foot-7and could be on the verge of gaining offers.
Friday: PIAL Class AAA championship- Cathedral Prep (Erie, Pa.) vs. Archbishop Wood (Warminster,Pa.) at 7 p.m., Hershey Park Stadium
Defending champ Archbishop Wood is led by tight end and Rutgers commit Nick Arcidiacono. Cathedral Prep is led by a pair of Michigan State commits in quarterback Damion Terry and athlete Delton Williams.
Saturday: PIAL Class AA Final- Aliquippa (Pa.) High vs. Wyomissing (Pa.) Area High at 12 p.m. at Hershey Park Stadium
This is a marquee matchup involves Aliquippa 2014 running back Dravon Henry against Wyomissing linebacker Alex Anzalone. Henry already is approaching double digit offers, including one from Ohio State. Anzalone is heading to Notre Dame for a January enrollment.
Saturday: PIAL Class AAAA Final- North Allegheny (High Wesford, Pa.) vs. Coatesville (Pa.) High at 6 p.m. at Hershey Park Stadium
Undefeated North Allegheny is led on the offensive line by five-star Patrick Kugler, a Michigan commit and the top guard in FOXSportsNEXT's 2013 class. The Tigers also have class of 2014 safety/receiver Elijah Zeise, who holds a Pittsburgh offer. Coatesville has a pair of 2014 prospects in linebacker/tight end Tyler Burke and cornerback Daquan Worley. Burke has offers from North Carolina State, Boston College and Temple. Worley is getting strong interest from several schools, including Rutgers and Pittsburgh.
Jamie Newberg - National Recruiting Analyst
Amy Campbell - Florida Recruiting Reporter
Friday: 5A State Championship- Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby vs. Immokalee (Fla.) at 1 p.m.
Junior quarterback J.T. Bradwell leads a Godby team that not many expected to make it to the Citrus Bowl. He runs their up-tempo offense with many weapons at his disposal like seniors in wide receiver Earl Calloway and running back Khalid Thomas and Tim Longmire and super sophomore Jaylin Hayward. Defensively, safety Deion Singleton and linebacker Jacob Pugh are two national recruits. Hayward is also a top-notch cornerback prospect. Immokalee has their share of stars as well, led by everyone's All-American in four-star cornerback Mackensie Alexander. He plays everywhere and is one of the most dynamic players in the state. He's not the only big time BCS recruit. Running back Jacky Marcellus has committed to West Virginia and receivers Xavier Richardson and Tshumbi Johnson are, are committed to USF and Cincinnati respectively. Defensive tackle Deadrin Senat was previously committed to FSU but has been back on the open market for quite some time.
Friday: 7A State Championship- Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln vs Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas at 7 p.m.
Two state powers meet for the 7A title. Lincoln defeated Kissimmee Osceola to get here while St. Thomas Aquinas upset the nation's top ranked team in Bradenton Manatee. Simply, Lincoln is loaded. Pick your poison on offense. The wide receiver group is as good as any with seniors Reggie Davis (Georgia commit), Myles Gaines (Yale) and Taj Williams and standout sophomore John Burt. Defensively, the Trojans are led by Florida commitment James Hearns. Safety Jamerson Blount is starting to generate BCS interest. It was quarterback John O'Korn and running back Fred Coppett that did Manatee in last week. This pair leads the Raiders offense. O'Korn has committed to Houston while Coppett is still undecided. Defensively, it's five-star defensive lineman Joey Bosa (Ohio State) that is their headliner. Wide receiver Mark Barr (Marshall), linebacker Kyle Virgil (Wake Forest) and offensive linemen Kyle Schafenacker (Connecticut) and Austin Bland (FAU) have all made their college picks.
Saturday: 6A State Championship- Gainesville (Fla.) vs Miami (Fla.) Central at 1 p.m.
A trio of seniors lead this Gainesville team. Wide receiver Chris Thompson is committed to Florida while running back Raphael Webb and linebacker Keith Kelsey remain open with a handful of BCS scholarship offers between them. Junior running back Tony James will be one of the most coveted players at his position in next year's class while receiver Kenric Young already holds an offer or two. Central has some special talent of their own, namely running backs Joseph Yearby and Dalvin Cook. The two have already committed, Yearby to Florida State and Cook to Clemson. 2014 offensive lineman Trevor Darling has given his pledge to Miami. The Rockets do have a talented senior class as well like safety Ahmad Thomas (Oklahoma), linebacker Marqez Hodge (Syracuse), and cornerback De'Wan Hunte (N.C. State).
Saturday: 8A State Championship- Apopka (Fla.) vs Weston (Fla.) Cypress Bay at 7 p.m.
Quarterback Zack Darlington leads the Blue Darters. He's only a junior and will be one of the top signal callers in the state next year. Darlington threw for three touchdown passes in their win last week over Orlando Dr. Phillips. Defensive end Isaiah Buehler is another one to watch in the Class of 2014. Cypress Bay has a solid senior class led by D1 standouts wide receiver Alex Montgomery, offensive lineman Jason Rae (Florida International), quarterback Jaranta Lewis, defensive back Boaz Joseph and linebacker Nico Marley (Tulane). Former N.C. State commitment running back Matt Dayes rushed for 180 yards and a pair of touchdowns in their win over Miami Columbus last week. Cornerback Deon Hallmon and safety Marquise Dudley-Jordan are two 2014 recruits at Cypress Bay. This will be their first appearance in the state finals.
Erin Hartigan - Midlands Field Reporter
Saturday: DeSoto (Texas) vs. Allen (Texas) at 6:00 p.m.
Eight 5A teams remain in the state of Texas. Two of them are DeSoto and Allen, who square off Saturday in a primetime matchup under the lights of SMU's Ford Stadium to see which group will keep extend the flame and punch its ticket to Cowboys Stadium next weekend for the 5A-Division I State Championship. DeSoto, without a blemish in the loss column this season, brings in the state's most electric running back Dontre Wilson and his videogame-like numbers: having taken 279 handoffs for 1,856 yards and 36 scores, in addition to his 691 yards and 8 TDs on just 30 catches in slot. His playmaking partner in crime, junior dual-threat quarterback Desmon White, also brings in the digits- having accounted for 42 scores and more than 4,400 total yards this fall. On the other side of the ball is Allen's sophomore (yes, sophomore) QB Kyler Murray who has played largely in leading his Eagles deep into December, completing 63-percent of his passes for 1,860 yards and 15 touchdowns, while adding another 1,127 and 21 on the ground. Allen has proven to be one of the most conditioned teams in the state, playing fourth quarters as hard as they did the first, outworking and outlasting their last four playoff opponents. If Nick Orr, Myron Turner and the high-flying DeSoto defense can hang with Allen for a full 48 minutes, expect this battle to be a nailbiter to the finish.
Brandon Huffman - National Recruiting Analyst
Greg Biggins - National Recruiting Analyst
Kevin Carden, West Recruiting Analyst
Annabel Stephan, West Field Reporter
Friday: CIF State Football Championship Division IV Bowl Game- Solana Beach (Calif.) Santa Fe Christian vs. Modesto (Calif.) Central Catholic at Home Depot Center at 4:00 p.m.
The state bowl games kickoff with a matchup of teams from the SacJoaquin Section and the San Diego Section. Santa Fe Christian is led by their quarterback-running back combo of Hunter Vacarro behind center and Tony Miro at running back. Meanwhile, Central Catholic is led by one of the top tight ends in the West, John Mundt, a commit to Oregon, who also plays on defense, and has been a huge part of the Raiders' success this season, on both sides of the ball.
Friday: CIF State Football Championship Division I Bowl Game- Long Beach (Calif.) Poly vs. Granite Bay (Calif.) at
Home Depot Center at 8:00 p.m.
Long Beach Poly, regarded as arguably the top talent producer in all of high school football over the past twenty years, is once again loaded with college level talent at several positions. The top overall prospect for the Jackrabbits is sophomore cornerback Iman Marshall. The elite 2015 corner has been stellar all season. Junior safety John Smith has great size, physicality and ball skills and has a handful of offers. UCLA linebacker commit Jayon Brown is another big-time prospect that plays with a lot of passion and attitude. On the offensive side of the ball, Washington State tailback commit Gerard Wicks is a tremendous power backs and is a great get for Mike Leach. Manusamoa Lu'uga also carries the ball for the Jackrabbits. Junior quarterback Eban Jackson took control of the Poly offense last week in their win over Clovis North. Granite Bay has rebounded from a 1-3 start and is playing in the state bowl game for the first time. They're led by Beau Hershberger, the linebacker who's been the anchor of their defense this season. Grant Caraway runs the Grizzlies offense and the two-headed running back duo of John Cooley and Tony Ellison has been a key to their streak, combining for over 2,700 yards.
Saturday: CIF State Football Championship Division III Bowl Game- San Diego (Calif.) Madison vs. Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic at
Home Depot Center at 12:00 p.m.
Madison has a pair of Arizona commitments leading the way. Running back Pierre Cormier is one of the most explosive backs in the region and rushed for 1,976 yards and 26 touchdowns. Cormier committed to the Cats over Washington, UCLA and several others. Fellow UA commit Lee Walker is an explosive receiver and return man and caught 11 touchdowns this past season. Junior defensive back/receiver Michael Garner has already been offered by Arizona and could play on either side of the ball in college. Marin Catholic has one of the nation's top quarterbacks in Jared Goff. Goff had a strong showing at the Elite 11 QB Camp in the summer and had a big season throwing for 3,430 yards and 36 touchdowns.Offensive lineman Gunnar Graham is a Colorado commit and was the league lineman of the year. Junior receiver Andrew Celis is Goff's favorite target and is a talented cornerback as well. He caught 66 balls for 1,179 yards and nine touchdowns this past season.
Saturday: CIF State Football Championship Division II Bowl Game- Gardena (Calif.) Serra vs. Oakdale
(Calif.) at Home Depot Center at 4:00 p.m.
Serra is loaded with underclassmen including potentially the top prospect in the state next fall. Defensive back Adoree Jackson is an elite corner with huge upside. He could be the state's top corner right now and is one of the nation's top long jumpers as well. Junior linebacker Dwight Williams is an athlete who can run and hit and will have double digit scholarship offers by the end of the spring. Junior quarterback Jalen Greene is a dual threat quarterback who can hurt you with his arm or legs. Senior receiver Darrell Fuery caught 11 touchdowns and has good size and body control. Oakdale doesn't have a BCS prospect on their roster but has a pair of 1,000 yard rushers in Marcus Northcutt and Nikk Ryan. Quarterback Spencer Thomas has thrown for 1,671 yards and 25 touchdowns and Austin Jones is a deep threat who caught 48 balls for over 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Saturday: CIF State Football Championship Open Division Bowl Game- Corona (Calif.) Centennial vs. Concord (Calif.) De La Salle at
Home Depot Center at 8:00 p.m.
Centennial is known for their line play and they have one of the best tackles in the state in California commit Cameron Hunt. Hunt could play tackle or guard in college and has landed offers in the last week from Oregon, Michigan and Nebraska. On the other side of the line, DE Garrett Hughes has also committed to Cal and has had a very solid season. Junior QB Robert Webber may not have the size to play at the next level but he has dominated the competition this year. Webber has led the Huskies charge, but has gotten a lot of help from receivers Ryan Pascarella and Chase Krivashei, who both have come up with clutch catches in the last two weeks in game-sealing drives, against pretty vaunted secondaries. De La Salle is still the only school to appear in every state bowl game, making their seventh straight trip to Carson, and they're aiming for their fourth consecutive CIF State Open Division title. The state's top program features a loaded roster, headlined by U.S. Army All-American Michael Hutchings, a four-star outside linebacker who's committed to USC. He leads the Spartans' vaunted linebacker corps, that includes three-stars Victor Egu (Cal) and D.J. Moffitt. The Spartans were without Austin Hooper for part of the year, but the three star linebacker is back and healthy, and last week he had three sacks in their shellacking of Folsom. Also on the defensive line, Sumner Houston, a 2014 prospect, who's the younger brother of Wisconsin freshman quarterback Bart Houston, reminds many of former Spartan four-star and current Oregon State defensive lineman Dylan Wynn. Another 2014 prospect to remember is offensive lineman Larry Allen Jr., the son of former NFL All-Pro lineman Larry Allen.