- Blair Angulo, Reporter, WeAreSC.com
Here are this week’s top five high school football games featuring USC recruits:
Redlands (Calif.) East Valley at Mission Viejo (Calif.): After a much-needed bye week, defensive end Kylie Fitts of Redlands East Valley looks to avoid losing to a fellow Trojans commit for a second straight game. Fitts and REV stumbled on Sept. 14 against Su'a Cravens and Vista Murrieta, the state's third-ranked team. REV couldn't muster any offense that night and was routed, 59-14. It doesn't figure to get any easier this week against Mission Viejo and USC free safety commit Max Redfield, who has starred on offense in recent weeks.
Louisville (Ky.) Trinity vs. Louisville (Ky.) St. Xavier at University of Louisville Papa John's Cardinal Stadium: USC defensive end commit Jason Hatcher had four sacks and forced a fumble last week in a game that was televised nationally by ESPN2. Needless to say, he wasn't shy in front of the cameras. This week, Hatcher will play in one of the state's biggest rivalry games, which usually draws more than 30,000 spectators. Trinity (5-0), the No. 3 team in the ESPN 25 power rankings, looks to stay on track against St. Xavier (4-2).
Santa Monica (Calif.) vs. Newhall (Calif.) Hart at College of the Canyons: After kicking off the season with two easy victories, Trojans receiver commit Sebastian LaRue and Santa Monica have fallen on hard times, struggling to generate offensive opportunities in back-to-back weeks against higher-division teams. This is yet another step up for Santa Monica (2-2) -- which competes in CIF Southern Section Division IV -- but it promises to help the Vikings prepare for league play. Hart (3-1) -- a Division III team -- has a number of playmakers, including class of 2015 receiver Trent Irwin.
Chandler (Ariz.) at Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton: The latest edition of this intra-city rivalry has all the makings of a classic. Hamilton (3-2) features 2014 offensive tackle commit Casey Tucker and has bounced back from an unexpected 0-2 start to win three in a row. Chandler (4-1) fell last week to Phoenix Mountain Pointe, a team that also defeated Hamilton.
Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco at Sandy (Utah) Jordan, Saturday: Even in the summer, when the start of camp was about three weeks away, USC offensive tackle commit Nico Falah believed St. John Bosco would surprise people. Well, the Braves were off to a 4-0 start before forfeiting all of their victories this week due to the use of an ineligible player. The Braves head east to face Jordan (5-0-1), the top-ranked team in Utah thanks in large part to top 2015 quarterback Austin Kafentzis, but probably won't need the extra motivation.
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