Thursday: South Jordan (Utah) Bingham vs. Syracuse (Utah) at 11:00 AM at Rice-Eccles Stadium (5A Semifinal)
4th seed Bingham takes on top seed, and undefeated Syracuse in semifinal number 1. The Miners seem to be hitting their stride, having dominated their first two playoff opponents by a score of 90-13. Led by 3 star defensive tackle, Lowell Lotulelei, the Bingham defensive boasts multiple next level prospects including linebackers Durant Miles (Boise State) and Drake Miller (Hawaii). Offensively, Bingham is led by two BYU commits in wide receiver Hayden Weichers and offensive lineman Keegan Hicks as well as 2014 4 start tight end and Scout 100 member Dalton Schultz. Schultz will have his choice of schools from all over the country, but Stanford appears to be the early leader. Syracuse will try to move on despite the loss of quarterback. The Titans don't have the next level prospects that Bingham has, but 2014 safety Kavika Fonua is receiving a lot of interest from the local schools. (@InsideTheUtes, @UtahUtesInsider)
Thursday: Sandy (Utah) Jordan vs. Highland (Utah) Lone Peak at 2:30 PM at Rice-Eccles Stadium (5A Semifinal)
It's a rematch of a semifinal from 2011 with the consensus top team in the state in Jordan taking on defending champion Lone Peak. The big cheese for Jordan is sophomore quarterback Austin Kafentzis, who will have double digit BCS level offers eventually to go along with currently claimed offers from Utah and BYU. Linebacker Colton Shaver could end up as one of the top ten prospects in the state for 2014 and is receiving a lot of interest from Utah. Lone Peak isn't the same team they were in 2011, but wide receiver prospect Talon Shumway is headed to BYU and is the biggest weapon on offense. He'll be catching balls from QB Baron Gajkowski, who transfered to Lone Peak from Jordan this year. Gajkowski has thrown for almost 2,000 yards and run for over 1,000 in 2012. Defensively, Josh Buck and Spencer Reinstein have combined for 249 tackles on the year. (@InsideTheUtes, @UtahUtesInsider)
Thursday: Highland (Utah) vs. Hyrum (Utah) Mountain Crest at 11:00 AM at Rice-Eccles Stadium (4A Semifinal)
2014 Highland defensive tackle Brian Mone is an early Scout 100 member, sporting offers from Utah, Utah State, BYU, UCLA, and Michigan. He's a load inside at 6-4, 316 pounds and will be one of the more sought after players in his class. Wide receiver Moroni Laulu Pututau is a BYU commit for Mountain Crest and is one of the fastest players in the state. (@InsideTheUtes, @UtahUtesInsider)
Thursday: Salt Lake City (Utah) East vs. Provo (Utah) Timpview at 2:20 PM at Rice-Eccles Stadium (4A Semifinal)
It's the bulk and size on the lines of East against the speed and finesse of Timpview. East features 2014 running back Ola Tulatau with offers from BYU and Utah State and bruising 240 pound back Patrick Palau, who is headed to BYU. Wide Receiver John Fakahafua (Utah State) is a weapon while the defense is anchored by linebacker Patrick Palau and 300 pound lineman Merril Taliauli, both BYU commits, along with 2014 end Korey Rush. Timpview quarterback Jake Lloyd has been arguably the top signal caller in the state and has an offer from Yale. Receiver Dax Raymond is picking up a lot of local interest and has an offer from Utah State. (@InsideTheUtes, @UtahUtesInsider)
Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro at Goodyear (Ariz.) Desert Edge at 7 p.m.
Second round of the playoffs and this should be a great game. Defending state champs Saguaro take on the new kid on the block and undefeated Desert Edge. Saguaro's offense is ranked one of the top in the entire country and it is led by junior quarterback Luke Rubenzer. He is a dual threat passer that has thrown for over 2,000 yards and rushed for over 1,000. His top target is sophomore wide receiver Christian Kirk. Kirk already has been offered by UCLA and Arizona State. Desert Edge is salty on defense. They are fast and play with a chip on their shoulder. Junior OLB Ismael Murphy-Richardson has the looks of a division-one player, standing 6-4 200. He doubles as an excellent wide receiver. RB/S Kyle Woolard has rushed for over 1,000 yards this season after recording 7 INTs as a junior on defense. Saguaro is known for having a great offensive line and watch the battle between Saguaro center Devin Brunetti and Desert Edge NG R.J. Tui. (@jason247scout)
La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat at Long Beach Poly (Calif.) at 7 p.m.
Amat is led by explosive two-way standout Darren Andrews, a Duke commit. Andrews could play on either side of the ball in college but was recruited to play receiver by most programs. UCLA just offered Andrews. Running back/safety Dionza Blue is another two-way standout with the talent to play multiple positions in college. San Diego State has offered Blue as a DB. After starting the year 1-3, Poly reeled off six straight wins to close out the season. Washington State commit Gerard Wicks is one of the state's top running backs. Linebacker Jayon Brown, a UCLA commit, could end up at safety in college. Safety David Price is back from injuries and has offers from Arizona, Colorado and SMU and sophomore corner Iman Marshall is one of the best 10th graders in the entire west region. (@GregBiggins)
Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista at Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton at 7 p.m.
In an anticipated rematch of last year's Divison 1 State Championship Game, both squads are expected to come out without a lack of motivation on Friday night. 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. North Dakota, South Dakota State, and NAU have offered defensive end Lorenzo Melvin. Additional players to lookout for are wide receiver Kaleb Germinaro (Pennsylvania commit), offensive/defensive lineman Dylan Fischer (Navy commit), offensive tackle Mitch Wehrli (North Dakota offer), safety Nick Farina (South Dakota State offer), and defensive tackle Zack Tamburo. The Thunder is stacked, but so are the Huskies. Hamilton four-star cornerback and recent Notre Dame commit, Cole Luke, who has been playing on both sides of the ball, is an exciting athlete to watch. On the offensive line, pay attention to offensive guards Patrick Joseph (Army commit) and Devin Finai, as well as 2014 USC offensive tackle commit, Casey Tucker. Junior defensive end, Qualen Cunningham, has already collected offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Nebraska, Texas A&M, and Washington. Additional players to keep an eye on for the Huskies are wide receiver Frankie Felix (North Dakota offer), linebacker Luke Parrish, quarterback Allen Thigpen, running back Kevin Walters, and defensive tackle Arik Burns, along with juniors, wide receiver Israel Simpson, safeties Josiah Pola and Juwan Jones (San Diego State offer), and linebacker Santana Sterling. (@InnaLazarev)
Las Flores (Calif.) Tesoro at Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco at 7:30 p.m.
Tesoro and St. John Bosco will face off in the first round of playoffs this weekend; Bosco, who was undefeated in Trinity League play this season, received the number three seed in the Pac-5 Division earlier this week. The Braves' offense features Scout.com's 9th-ranked offensive tackle in the country, Nico Falah; the 6-foot-5, 270-pound prospect committed to USC in July. The team also boasts a number of talented 2014 prospects, including cornerback Jaleel Wadood, who holds offers from Arizona State and Oregon State, 6-foot-5, 345-pound offensive lineman Damien Mama, who picked up an early offer from Colorado, and defensive end Malik Dorton, who has been offered by both Utah and Utah State. All three players are hearing from the Pac-12, as well as Nebraska and Wisconsin. Quarterback Josh Rosen, a 2015 prospect who currently holds a 4.0 GPA, has been receiving early interest from both Stanford and California, as well as Ivy League programs; he holds an early offer from Fresno State. Tesoro, who nabbed the at-large bid for the opportunity to play in the game, finished the regular season 1-3 in conference play, and recently replaced head coach Brian Barnes for undisclosed reasons. Players to watch include quarterback Matt Adam, athlete Nick Crouch, and defensive tackle Chazz Roberts as well as sophomore lineman Zach Hickman. (@AnnabelStephan)
West Covina (Calif.) South Hills at Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta at 7:30 p.m.
This first-round playoff game features one of the top overall talents in the 2013 class, in Vista Murrieta athlete, Su'a Cravens. The talented USC commit should see his workload increased during the playoffs and will make a big impact from his safety spot, as well as in a variety of ways on offense. Senior quarterback Nick Stevens, a Colorado State commit, has put together an impressive season and will challenge South Hills' defense with his strong arm and ability to run the ball. (@KevinCarden)
Saturday: Bellevue (Wash.) Newport at Spokane (Wash.) Mead at Joe Albi
Stadium at 1:00 p.m.
In a first-round matchup in the 4A state playoffs, Newport goes on the road to what's expected to be a cold weekend in Eastern Washington, where Mead of Spokane is waiting for them. Newport is led by quarterback 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. Mead's top prospect is Scout 300 tight end Danny Mattingly, a four-star committed to Notre Dame. Mattingly also plays on the defensive side of the ball, where he's joined by fellow FBS prospect Langston Ward, a defensive end who has offers from Illinois and Wyoming among others. (@BrandonHuffman, @JakeWorthen)
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. (@ScoutKennedy)http://www.foxsportswest.com/pages/prepzone