Five key games featuring USC recruits


Here are this week's top five high school football games featuring USC recruits:

Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline at Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood: The Max Browne show hits the road this week for what promises to be an aerial display. The USC quarterback commit passed for 291 yards and a touchdown in last week's opener and looks to continue his excellent start Friday against fellow Elite 11 competitor Cooper Bateman and reeling Cottonwood (0-2). Bateman, an Alabama commit, will try to steer Cottonwood away from its third straight loss to open the season. Browne and Skyline (1-0) have other plans. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU at 7 p.m. PT.

Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure vs. Redlands (Calif.) East Valley at Redlands High School: USC defensive end commit Kylie Fitts takes pride in his ability to pursue the ball, and he'll get his chance to prove it once more Friday against St. Bonaventure tailback Zachary Green, an Arizona commit who torched Corona (Calif.) Centennial for 164 rushing yards in a win last week. REV (1-0) and its talented defense face a difficult test against St. Bonny (2-0), which has hung over 40 points in each of its two games this season.

Riverside (Calif.) J.W. North at Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany: USC receiver commit Steven Mitchell has already brushed aside two early tests, snagging a combined five touchdowns and amassing over 180 receiving yards for high-powered Alemany (2-0). J.W. North (1-0) has Ohio State tight end commit Marcus Baugh, so there's potential for a lot of points in the San Fernando Valley on Friday.

Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder at Louisville (Ky.) Trinity): So far Trojans defensive end commit Jason Hatcher and Trinity (2-0) have lived up to the high billing. Hatcher has been a disruptive force up front, shortening the length of plays and allowing the defense to assert its aggressiveness. Elder (2-0) rolls into town with some confidence, so Trinity's Marshall Stadium will be rocking Friday night.

Washington D.C. Friendship Collegiate Academy at Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy: Class of 2015 quarterback David Sills has been spectacular through two weeks, throwing for a combined 719 yards and nine touchdowns in victories for Eastern Christian Academy (2-0). The USC commit passed for 372 yards last week, but will face a tougher task Friday against Friendship Collegiate Academy (2-0), which has four seniors committed to Maryland.