<
>
Insider

Five key games featuring USC recruits

USC commit Jalen Ramsey has a big game this Friday on ESPNU against Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth, the No. 20 team in the ESPN 25 Power Rankings. Dave Hooker

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

Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy at Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth, ESPNU:

Brentwood Academy (7-1) and USC cornerback commit Jalen Ramsey haven’t lost since the season opener against Louisville (Ky.) Trinity. They now look to knock off the top-ranked team in Tennessee in front of a nationally televised audience. Ensworth (8-0), the No. 20 team in the ESPN 25 Power Rankings, is led by four-star running back Cornelius Elder, who averages more than 200 rushing yards per game and has 26 touchdowns this season. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. PT.

Mission Viejo (Calif.) at Las Flores (Calif.) Tesoro:

Mission Viejo (7-0) made its debut in the ESPN 25 power rankings this week, checking in at No. 25 after a great start. The Diablos have outscored opponents 356 to 100 this season despite a minor offensive involvement by Trojans athlete commit Max Redfield. Neighboring rival Tesoro (6-1) will be hungry following its first loss. The game will be televised locally on Fox Spots West. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT.

Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta at Murrieta (Calif.) Valley:

Team records usually go out the window in crosstown rivalry games, but the unblemished marks of these two make the stakes high. USC safety commit Su’a Cravens and Vista Murrieta (7-0), No. 10 in the ESPN 25 Power Rankings, haven’t been challenged in league play yet. Murrieta Valley (7-0), which has already matched its win total from last season, will look to change that.

Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista at Concord (Calif.) De La Salle:

Trojans linebacker commit Michael Hutchings hopes to make senior night a memorable one against a Monte Vista (6-1) offense that averages over 36 points per game. A promising note: De La Salle (7-0), the No. 5 team in the ESPN 25 Power Rankings, earned a 17-point victory against Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill, the only team Monte Vista has lost to this year.

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco vs. Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei at Santa Ana Bowl:

Both teams head into this battle with momentum -- St. John Bosco (3-4) pulled out a thrilling overtime win against San Juan Capistrano (Calif.) JSerra last week while Mater Dei (6-1) upset previously-ranked Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Catholic. Mater Dei is No. 23 in the latest ESPN 25 Power Rankings and, with matchup nightmare Thomas Duarte rushing off the edge, will pose challenges for USC offensive line commit Nico Falah.