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Thursday, September 5, 2013
B1G High school games of the week

By Tom VanHaaren and Brad Bournival

Each week Big Ten recruiting reporters Tom VanHaaren and Brad Bournival outline a few big high school games involving Big Ten recruits and commits. Here is this week’s list:

Canton (Ohio) GlenOak at Massillon (Ohio) Washington, Thursday:
This is one coaches at Arkansas, Florida, Michigan State, Ohio State and West Virginia will have their eyes on. Freshman sensation Danny Clark will make his debut as a starting quarterback for Massillon and already has interest from the aforementioned schools. Clark came on in relief of Michigan kicker commit Andrew David and threw a 59-yard touchdown pass in his first attempt. The Tigers also have Cincinnati pledge Nathaniel Devers in the fold at offensive guard as well as Division I prospects in tight end Beau Huffman, cornerback Marcus Whitfield and offensive guard Chase Lash. GlenOak counters with running back Jason Simon.

Here’s a look at other big games Big Ten recruits and commits will be playing in:

De La Salle (Ill.) at Hales Franciscan (Ill.), Saturday
Illinois would still like to add De La Salle offensive lineman Aaron Roberts to the 2014 class. He and teammates Mikale Wilbon and Jamarco Jones take on 2015 defensive back Patrick Nelson and Hales Franciscan this weekend.

Fishers (Ind.) vs. Westfield (Ind.), Friday
Indiana pledge J-Shun Harris will team with fellow wide receiver and Louisville pledge Cameron Polk against the Shamrocks. Fishers also has a big-time recruit in Central Michigan commit Jimmy McCarthy. Westfield counters with Ball State pledge Devin Reece at wide receiver, Nick Ferrer at quarterback and Zane Burtron across the offensive line. Fishers won 40-30 last season.

Paramus (N.J.) Catholic vs. Baltimore Gilman (Md.), Sunday
Defensive end Terrence Harris, an Iowa pledge will team with Michigan commits Jabrill Peppers (cornerback) and Juwan Bushell-Beatty (offensive tackle). Offensive tackle Billy Ray Mitchell, a Virginia Tech pledge, will lead the Paladins as well. Gilman trots out Penn State commit Troy Vincent Jr. at cornerback along with linebacker Melvin Keihn and defensive tackle Chibuzo Ukandu.

Southfield (Mich.) at Farmington (Mich.), Friday
Wolverines commit Lawrence Marshall and 2014 target Malik McDowell are looking to rebound from a loss in week one to Detroit Cass Tech. The two teammates will be visiting Michigan the next day, but will be focused on the task at hand. They have their hands full with a good Farmington team that includes 2016 wide receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick, who will also be in Ann Arbor on Saturday for the Notre Dame game.

Michigan State:
Bolingbrook (Ill.) vs Romeoville (Ill.), Friday
Michigan State target Parrker Westphal recently said that he would be visiting the Spartans for a home game, but wasn’t sure when he would do so. He and 2016 linebacker teammate,Tuf Borland will be trying to gain a victory this weekend.

Washburn (Minn.) vs Edison (Minn.), Friday
Minnesota running back commit Jeff Jones had a monster first game, so he is looking to continue that success in this mathcup. If he has a good season there could be more interest in him as a prospect despite his commitment to Minnesota.

Alief Taylor (Texas) vs. Katy (Texas), Thursday
This game has a ton of prospects involved, including 2014 defensive back Joshua Kalu for Alief Taylor. His teammates, Chris Hardeman and Keenen Brown, are both committed to Oklahoma State, but Nebraska looks like it has a great shot at landing Kalu, who will be visiting the Cornhuskers this weekend. This should be a good game, as Katy also has Rutgers tight end commit Logan Lister and 2015 running back Rodney Anderson, who already pledged to Texas A&M.

Bergen Catholic (N.J.) at John Curtis (La.), Friday
This is a huge game for Northwestern target Garrett Dickerson and Bergen Catholic, who are traveling all the way from New Jersey to play a loaded John Curtis team. John Curtis is stacked, led by No. 1 wide receiver recruit Malachi Dupre. Teammates Mattrell McGraw, linebacker Kenny Young, and defensive backs Terrence Alexander and Hunter Dale will make it difficult for Dickerson to get anything accomplished.

Ohio State
Cleveland St. Ignatius at Mentor (Ohio), Friday
Last year this might have been the best high school game in Ohio as Mentor beat St. Ignatius 57-56 in triple overtime when Brandon Fritts caught a 2-point conversion to end it. Fritts, who is committed to North Carolina, is back along with Cincinnati pledge Connor Krizancic at wide receiver and Ohio University commit Kent Berger at defensive end. St. Ignatius will be without Ohio State pledge Kyle Berger at linebacker for the season, but has Notre Dame commit Jimmy Byrne at guard as well as Division I options Dameon Willis at linebacker and Mike Siragusa at wide receiver.

Penn State
Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional vs. Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic, Saturday
Nittany Lions commitment Mark Allen will team with future Wisconsin back Taiwan Deal, wide receiver Cameron Phillips, a Virginia Tech pledge, and Division I prospect Brock Ruble at offensive tackle for DeMatha Catholic. St. Joseph has weapons in Massachusetts pledge Quai Jefferson at wide receiver and Sherman Alston at running back. Defensively, DeMatha Catholic will trout out North Carolina State pledge Deonte Holden at defensive end and Richmond pledge Jarriel Jordan at defensive back.

North Miami Beach (Fla.) at Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy, Friday
Purdue offensive tackle commit Denzel Ward will team with Penn State pledge Michael O’Connor at quarterback as well as future Alabama athlete Bo Scarbrough and running back Michael Daniel in this one for IMG. North Miami Beach counters with wide receiver Steve Ishmael.

Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill vs. Oakley (Calif.) Freedom, Friday
Top running back recruit Joe Mixon and Freedom will square off against the Falcons and Foothill defensive back Jamirr Holland. Offensive guard Dominic Frederickson will lead the way for Mixon. Freedom walked away a 41-28 winner last season.