Big Ten recruiting writers Tom VanHaaren and Brad Bournival outline this weekend’s high school football games featuring Big Ten commitments and targets.
Prep Kickoff Classic:
The annual Prep Kickoff Classic begins on August 29 and runs through Aug. 31 and will take place at Wayne State University in Detroit.
There will be plenty of Big Ten recruits in action throughout the weekend, especially in the highly touted game putting Detroit Cass Tech against Southfield on Friday at 7pm.
Cass Tech is loaded once again with five prospects committed to FBS schools, including Ohio State commit Damon Webb and ESPN Jr. 300 prospects Mike Weber and Joshua Alabi.
Orchard Lake St. Mary’s and Michigan State commit Jalen Watts-Jackson will take on Oak Park on Friday as well.
Birmingham Brother Rice, in head coach Al Fracassa’s last season, will take on Cleveland St. Ignatius, who has recently been beat up with injuries. Ohio State linebacker commit Kyle Berger tore his ACL, and will likely miss the remainder of the season, which is a big blow to the team.
Michigan linebacker commit Jared Wangler and Warren DeLaSalle will then face off against Notre Dame quarterback commit Deshone Kizer and Toledo Central Catholic at 5 pm. Kizer and 2015 linebacker Chris Green are hoping to come up north
Southfield is no slouch either with plenty of top-level prospects, including Michigan commit Lawrence Marshall and ESPN 300 defensive lineman Malik McDowell.
Cleveland Glenville at Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward, Saturday:
There’s already a built-in Ohio State-Michigan angle with Buckeyes pledge and offensive guard Marcelys Jones playing for Glenville and 2015 Michigan commitment and athlete Shaun Crawford suiting up for St. Edward.
This is more than just those two, however, as ESPN 300 athlete Marshon Lattimore and safety Erick Smith will give it a go for Glenville along with standouts Darius Lewis, Milen Golden and Trevon Story.
St. Edward counters with ESPN Junior 300 wide receiver David Dowell and his three-star brother Andrew at linebacker as well as Bowling Green commits Jack Walz III at quarterback and safety and defensive tackle Tyler King.
Here is a look at some other Big Ten targets and commits that will be in action:
Indiana Commit: 2014 OT Delroy Baker (West Port).
Game: Ocala (Fla.) West Port at Dunnellon (Fla.), Aug. 30
Other prospects: West Port: 2014 OT Chris Hudson, 2014 OLB Nick Farrell; Dunnellon: 2014 DT Keiwan Jones, 2014 CB La Darius Thomas, 2014 DT Keandre Brooks, 2014 DE Nick Weissman.
Illinois Commit: WR Mike Dudek (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley)
Game: Naperville North at Neuqua Valley, Aug. 30
Other prospects: 2014 RB DeSean Brown (Naperville, Ill./Naperville North)
Iowa Commit: 2014 RB C.J. Hillard (St. Xavier).
Game: Indianapolis Ben Davis at Cincinnati St. Xavier, Aug. 30
Other prospects: Ben Davis: 2014 CB Steven Walker, 2014 CB O’Shea Heard, 2015 QB Kyle Castner; St. Xavier: 2014 DT Simeon Lane, 2014 DE Nick Carovillano, 2015 OLB Justin Hilliard.
Minnesota Commit: RB Jeff Jones (Minneapolis/Washburn)
Game: Highland Park at Washburn, Aug. 30
Michigan Commits: OL Mason Cole (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake), WR George Campbell
Game: East Lake at Palm Harbor University, Aug. 30
Other prospects: 2014 WR ARtavis Scott (Clemson)
Michigan State Commit: OL Brian Allen (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central)
Game: Bolingbrook at Hinsdale Central, Aug. 30
Other prospects: Michigan commit Ian Bunting (Hinsdale Central), 2014 DB Parrker Westphal (Bolingbrook), 2016 LB Tuf Borland (Bolingbrook), 2015 DE Micah Dew-Treadway (Bolingbrook)
Nebraska Commit: OL DJ Foster (Lincoln, Neb./Lincoln Southeast), ATH Luke Gifford
Game: Lincoln Southeast at Millard West, Aug. 30
Other prospects: 2014 DE Harrison Phillips (Millard West/Stanford commit)
Northwestern Commit: QB Clayton Thorson (Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton North)
Game: Cary-Grove at Wheaton North, Aug. 30
Other Prospects: 2014 WR Matt Biegalski (Wheaton North), 2015 TE Jake Heggeland (Wheaton North)
Ohio State commits: LB Dante Booker (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent St. Mary), ATH Parris Campbell
Game: Garfield vs St. Vincent St. Mary, Aug. 30
Other prospects: 2016 DB Tyrece Speaight (St. Vincent St. Mary)
Penn State Commit: 2014 ATH De’Andre Thompkins (Swansboro).
Game: Swansboro (N.C.) vs. Wilmington (N.C.) Ashley, Aug. 30
Other prospect: Swansboro: 2014 CB Chris Phipps.
Purdue Commit: 2014 OT Denzel Ward (IMG Academy).
Game: Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy at Orlando (Fla.) Olympia, Aug. 30
Other prospects: IMG: 2014 QB Michael O’Connor, 2014 CB Matthew Boatenberg, 2015 OT Tyree St. Louis; Olympia: 2014 TE Alex Gomez, 2015 QB Deondre Francois.
Wisconsin Commit: 2014 RB Taiwan Deal (DeMatha Catholic).
Game: Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby vs. Hyattsville (Md.), Sep. 1
Other prospects: DeMatha Catholic: 2014 WR Cameron Phillips, 2014 DE Deonte Holden, 2014 RB Mark Allen; Godby: 2014 OLB Jacob Pugh, 2014 LS Stephen Gabbard, 2014 CB De’Eric Culver.