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Thursday, November 8, 2012
Key games featuring USC recruits

By Blair Angulo

Max Browne, Su'a Cravens
USC recruits Max Browne (left) and Su'a Cravens are looking for deep postseason runs before joining the Trojans.
Here are this week’s high school football games featuring USC commits:

Houston (Texas) Alief Hastings at Houston (Texas) Alief Taylor:: USC defensive end commit Torrodney Prevot and Alief Taylor (6-3) wrap up the regular season looking for momentum heading into the playoffs.

Moorpark (Calif.) at Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany: USC receiver commit Steven Mitchell and Alemany (8-2) open the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division playoffs at home, where they haven’t lost this season.

Las Flores (Calif.) Tesoro at Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco: USC offensive tackle commit Nico Falah and St. John Bosco (6-4) made history by winning the school's first Trinity League championship last week. Now, they look to take the next step in the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division playoffs.

West Covina (Calif.) South Hills at Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta: Su’a Cravens and Vista Murrieta (10-0) are favored in the CIF Southern Section Inland Division bracket and would likely receive a state bowl game bid if they were to capture the crown.

Norco (Calif.) at Redlands (Calif.) East Valley: USC defensive end commit Kylie Fitts is out as he recovers from a broken wrist, but Redlands East Valley (5-4) still has championship aspirations in a challenging CIF Southern Section Inland Division bracket.

Corona (Calif.) Santiago at Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.): Four-star cornerback Chris Hawkins is surrounded by future college players in the Rancho Cucamonga (8-2) defense. Hawkins wants a ring before he enroll early at USC, but it will be a difficult task in the CIF Southern Section Inland Division.

Templeton (Calif.) at Santa Monica (Calif.): Before four-star receiver Sebastian LaRue takes his official visit to Washington State this weekend, he’ll do his best to guide league champion Santa Monica (7-3) to a good start in the CIF Southern Section Western Division playoffs.

Hillmar (Calif.) at Auburn (Calif.) Placer: USC defensive tackle commit Eddie Vanderdoes led Placer (10-0) to its first outright league championship since 1981 last week and now turns his attention to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs.

Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy at Eads (Tenn.) Briarcrest Christian: Four-star cornerback commit Jalen Ramsey set official visits to Washington (Dec. 7) and Alabama (Jan. 11) earlier this week, but his interest lies in pushing Brentwood Academy (8-2) into the Tennessee State II-AA semifinals.

Richmond (Ky.) Madison Central at Louisville (Ky.) Trinity: After losing their perfect record in the regular season finale, USC defensive end commit Jason Hatcher and Trinity (9-1) seek redemption against the KHSAA Class 6A field.

Lake Stevens (Wash.) at Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline: Record-setting quarterback Max Browne of Skyline (10-0) has one final goal before he enrolls early at USC: a Division 4A state championship.

New Lenox (Ill.) Lincoln-Way West at Joliet (Ill.) Catholic Academy: USC running back commit Ty Isaac of Joliet Catholic (8-4) looks to continue his postseason tear in the third round Saturday.