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What to watch this weekend

11/17/2011

Stanford makes last official visit

Cincinnati Taft teammates Adolphus Washington and Dwayne Stanford II were supposed to have announced already, but this upcoming official visit to Oregon for Stanford pushed the announcement date back.

This weekend’s official visit to Oregon is the last official visit either Stanford or Washington will take before a decision on Nov. 22. Stanford is intrigued about Oregon and is looking to get his first and only look at the campus and program. Oregon only recently began putting the heat on Stanford, who then quickly put them in his top three.

As of now, Stanford looks like an Ohio State lean, but if Oregon does enough to impress him, it could sway him in the direction of the Ducks. The key thing for Ducks fans is to see if Stanford postpones his decision after the visit. If he does, it’s a good sign for the Ducks.

Could Michigan be the next to offer Daniel?

On Tuesday, Avon (Ind.) Class of 2013 defensive end and ESPNU Watch List member Elijah Daniel picked up an offer from Oklahoma after having almost no contact with the Sooners coaching staff.

Daniel said he thinks Michigan might be in a similar boat.

Daniel has not had much contact with the Michigan coaching staff, but they invited Daniel for the Wolverines' game against Nebraska on Saturday. If Daniel decides to make any visits this weekend, he said it will be to Ann Arbor.

If Daniel makes the trip, there is a possibility the Michigan coaches could extend Daniel an offer, which would be his seventh offer. He already holds offers from Florida (his early leader), Indiana, Iowa, Marshall, Oklahoma and Purdue.

Westbrook attempts to control stacked Trotwood D

In a much-anticipated Ohio high school football rematch, Trotwood-Madison and Kings meet for the Division II Region 8 championship. Both teams are undefeated and are in great position to become the Division II overall champions with a win on Friday.

The key for Kings to pull the upset is to get running back Jamire Westbrook, a Miami (Ohio) commit, going. Westbrook will be going up against one of the best defenses in the state, so Kings will have to wear them down with Westbrook.

Trotwood’s three best players all defensive stars, though. Bam Bradley is a three-star safety, and juniors Cam Burrows and Mike McCray are two of the best 2013 prospects in the state.

Bradley said the entire Trotwood team has been keeping an eye on Kings all season and that the Rams will be ready for an opponent looking to exact revenge for a playoff loss last season.

“They are pretty much on the hunt for us,” Bradley said, “but they don’t know what’s coming.”

Moeller and St. X set for region rematch

Last weekend, both Cincinnati programs -- Moeller and St. Xavier -- had to churn out wins against one-loss teams to make it to the final. Now that each has, they will see a familiar foe at Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium on Saturday.

Moeller defeated St. Xavier earlier in the season but both teams come into the game 9-3. Moeller was 7-0 before losing its last three games of the year.

St. Xavier seems to be rolling at the right time, though, after taking out rival Colerain last week.

Moeller is the one with all the star power in this matchup. Moeller has two quarterback prospects in Spencer Iacovone and Ricky Davis and two receiver prospects in Michael Means and Monty Madaris. On defense, Shane Jones controls the unit at linebacker.

Though St. Xavier doesn’t have many standout prospects, running back Conor Hundley is one of the better running backs in the state despite his lack of offers. Hundley continuously grinds opponents down, and Moeller’s defense is susceptible to the run.

Michigan commits square off in state playoffs

Starting next fall, offensive lineman Ben Braden and defensive tackle Matthew Godin will be teammates and going up against each other in practice. When they meet this weekend, though, a little more will be on the line.

Braden’s Rockford team will take on Godin and Detroit Catholic Central in the semifinals this weekend.

Both Braden and Godin are three-star prospects and stand 6-foot-5, with Braden having a little more weight on him. Godin is more of a run stuffer at defensive tackle than pass rusher, which makes for an exciting matchup as Braden is probably a better run blocker at this time according to our scouts.