Brandon Huffman, National Recruiting Analyst
Concord (Calif.) De La Salle vs. Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill
Michael Hutchings (Concord, Calif./De La Salle), was steady throughout the evening, scoring a touchdown on a 10-yard run playing running back, though he did drop another potential scoring threat. Defensively, the four-star linebacker who’s headed to USC, was solid all game, nothing spectacular, but still had near double-digit tackles, and forced a fumble on a big hit. Hutchings looks like he’s lost some weight since the spring, and looked skinnier than before. He’s talked about potentially playing safety at USC, so that could be why some weight is down. He looked more agile than we saw during the spring and summer too.
D.J. Moffitt (Concord, Calif./De La Salle), probably had the best game of anyone from De La Salle, with a takeaway, double-digit tackles and several big hits that broke up passes. Moffitt moves really well laterally and plays good in space, but is just as adept in stuffing the run, which he did on the few occasions that Foothill tried to run. He can get sideline to sideline pretty quickly and unlike Hutchings, he looks noticeably bigger since we saw him in May at the Oakland NFTC. Moffitt has a handful of offers, some as a safety, some as a linebacker, and the more we watched him, the more we think he’ll move up into the box.
Victor Egu (Concord, Calif./De La Salle), was quiet for much of the evening until turning it on in the second half, when he had a couple of sacks and another tackle for loss. Much of the action was ran away from him, but he wasn’t getting a ton of pressureon the quarterback. Egu plays defensive end for the Spartans, but will have to be an outside linebacker in college unless he puts on a lot more weight, as he’s still pretty slight. He showed a much better motor in the second half and was more active with his hands and disengaging better from his blocker.
Ray Hudson (Pleasanton, Calif./Foothill), was the do-it-all guy for Foothill, playing receiver, free safety, punter and punt returner. Hudson, who’s committed to Cal to play tight end, was really the bright spot for the Falcons, with around nine catches for 100 yards, while also being targeted at least another 7-8 times. He’s got very soft hands and is a very good route runner, with decent speed (he’s more of an inside receiver/tight end in college rather than a true receiver), but is also physical and catch the ball well in traffic.
Kevin Carden, West Recruiting Analyst
Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame avsMission Hills (Calif.) Alemany
All of the big-time prospects showed up in Alemany’s 49-42 win over Notre Dame. The most impressive performance of the night came from Notre Dame tailback Khalfani Muhammad, who scored four touchdowns in the loss. Muhammad is known as one of the fastest players in the nation and displayed on Friday night that he also has the ability to run tough inside and pick up tough yards when needed. Muhammad finished the night with 212 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries in his most impressive game of the season.
The Knights also got solid performances from quarterback Kelly Hilinski and 2014 DB Koa Farmer. Hilinski, a 6-6 signal-caller, threw the ball well and also added a pair of running touchdowns.
Alemany got big contributions from several players including USC commit Steven Mitchell, Colorado commit Devin Ross, quarterback Devon Dunn and tailback Deshone Randall. Mitchell ended the night with seven receptions for 78 yards and added a touchdown run. Dunn, Alemany’s senior quarterback had a huge night through the air and on ground, while tailback Deshone Randall did his part with 128 yards rushing on 13 carries.
Jason Jewell, Southwest Recruiting Analyst
Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial v. Glendale (Ariz.) Deer Valley
Centennial rolled 55-0 and they are led by one of the best offensive line groups I have seen. Three current players on their starting line have division-one offers and another most certainly will. The most heavily recruited of the bunch is 6 foot 5 junior left tackle Layth Friekh. Layth is extremely athletic and has the length desired out of a tackle. Friekh was most recently offered by Oregon State, Utah and Arizona. His bookend at right tackle, 6 foot 5 Hayden Johnson, currently has offers from Air Force, Idaho and South Dakota State. Johnson is still developing as a player but has a ton of tools. He is thick in the trunk and is still developing his upper body. Senior Spencer Nathe and junior Kamryn Bennett man the guard spots and are both big and physical. Nathe has been offered by Air Force and is a team captain. He reports a 365 pound bench. Bennett could possibly be the Coyotes best offensive lineman. The 6 foot 4, Bennett has a nasty streak, good feet and is very strong as well.
Two talented backs run behind this massive offensive line and it is paying dividends as both are averaging neary 10 yards per carry. UCLA commit Jalen Ortiz looked great on Thursday night. The first two times he touched the ball, he scored, although one was called bac for a holding. rtiz also showed why he could end up playing in the slot, making a great catch in stride along the sideline for a score. Keep an eye out for sophomore back Dedrick Young. He has the makings of a FoxSportsNext Top 300 player in the 2015 class.
Mesa (Ariz.) Desert Ridge vs Chandler (Ariz.) Basha
Basha wide receiver Nate Phillips, a commit to the University of Arizona, came into the game as one of the state's leading receivers. He was held relatively in check on the night, catching one late touchdown pass, but you can see the ability is there. Phillips stands just 5-foot-9 but he is extremely quick. He gets in and out of his routes and has nice hands. He likely will play st in Tucson.
The top performer on the night was Desert Ridge's J.J. Husar. The runnin back rushed for 250 yards and two scores, had a receiving touchdown, an interception and forced a fumble. No offers yet for Husar but Southern Utah has expressed the most interest.
Desert Ridge's top recruit is two-way lineman Nick Allen. Right now Allen looks like a defensive end, he is 6-foot-5 and weighs 235-pounds but I think he is more talented as an offensive lineman. Allen is extremely athletic, is a waist bender, will roll his hips, has a nasty streak and is good in pass pro. The biggest question is will his frame be big enough to hold 300 pounds? Colorado, Idaho and San Diego State have extended offers.
Jake Worthen, Northwest Recruiting Analyst
Snohomish (Wash.) Glacier Peak vs. Bothell (Wash.)
Bothell (Wash.) 2015 quarterback Ross Bowers is going to be big time. Every time I see Bowers, I leave impressed and he shows improvement. Bowers has the arm to make any throw on the field, I was especially impressed with his touch and accuracy throwing the deep ball. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound quarterback finished 12 for 15 for 206-yards and three touchdowns. Bowers will be a Pac-12 level quarterback and I would not be shocked to see offers start trickling in as soon as this season.
Bothell (Wash.) fullback and BYU commit Darrin Laufasa found a lot of space Friday night. Laufasa was utilized as a tailback, fullback and even a quarterback in “wildcat” formations. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound prospect was mainly used as a blocker, but also showed his athleticism by rushing seven times for 83 yards.
Bothell (Wash.) running back Danny Wilson had his best game of the year, rushing for 166-yards and three scores. Wilson is likely destined for a smaller school, but has a future at running back or corner. Bothell cornerback Reshon Watson is an excellent tackler and is extremely physical with receivers. Watson should grow into a safety, but is an FCS caliber athlete.
Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach vs. Bellevue (Wash.) Eastside Catholic
Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic cornerback and Washington State commit Markell Sanders did not play in the game. The 6’1” 175lbs athlete was hoping to return from a shoulder injury that has sidelined him for weeks.
Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach offensive tackle Leo Keilani is massive, standing 6-foot-10, 340-pounds. Keilani has offers from Idaho and Wyoming, but struggles to move laterally and doesn’t have great feet. Keilani did not move opponents off the line of scrimmage like you would hope, and fears that he is too large may be accurate.
Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic 2015 defensive tackle Deion Fetui is worth keeping an eye. The 5-foot-11, 290-pound sophomore should develop into a college prospect.
Annabel Stephan, West Field Reporter
San Clemente (Calif.) vs. Lake Forest (Calif.) El Toro
This match-up came down to the last quarter, but Lake Forest (Calif.) El Toro quarterback Conner Manning (6-2/195) was able to bring back from behind to best San Clemente (Calif.) 49-37. Manning, a Utah commit, showed off his big arm, but impressed even more with his poise on the field, taking his time to read the defense and make the appropriate calls to get the ball into the end zone. He finished the game with 349 yards and three touchdowns. Manning said after the game that though he wouldn't be taking his official visit to Salt Lake City until after the season, but that his commitment to the Utes was solid. El Toro is now 7-0.
San Clemente's most highly touted player is offensive tackle Sean Harlow, a Washington commit, who is every bit of the 6-foot-5, 260-pounds that he listed. Harlow showcased controlled aggression and is the anchor of the Tritons' line; he also blocked a PAT late in the second quarter. Harlow plans to take a visit to Boise State when the Broncos host Colorado State and could also potentially visit Wisconsin, but said post-game that his commitment to the Huskies is solid. Harlow also received his Semper Fidelis All-American jersey and accepted the invitation to play in the prestigious game earlier in the day. Tritons' kicker Bret Miller also impressed, nailing a 55-yard field goal at the end of the half.
North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard Westlake vs Santa Fe Springs (Calif.) St Paul
North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard Westlake quarterback Chad Kanoff (6-4/195) had an outstanding showing in Friday night's Mission League opener, throwing for 391 yards and six touchdowns in the Wolverines' 44-11 win over Santa Fe Springs (Calif.) St Paul, also playing on special teams. Kanoff, a Vanderbilt commit, is 100% solid to the Commodores and plans to take his official visit after the season. Offensive lineman Thomas Oser (6-5/280) played center throughout the night, as well as a few series on defense, though he projects himself at offensive guard in college. Oser holds a variety of offers and is considering programs such as Stanford, Oregon, Oregon State, Vanderbilt, and Utah. Oser, however, is in no hurry to make a decision and plans to take his visits after season.
Though St. Paul suffered the loss, there was no denying the talents of 2014 running back Kurt Scoby (5-8, 215). Scoby, the Swordsmen's key playmaker, racked up yards after contact on almost every play in which he touched the ball; unfortunately, the prospect consistently faced double and triple coverage and was often covered by defenders twice his size. Scoby, however, did show off both mental and physical toughness on many runs, including a big 60-yard gain late in the game. Scoby holds offers from Oregon State and Miami (FL), but is poised to get more recognition throughout his junior season.