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What to watch this weekend

11/3/2011

How will Armstead like Alabama?

Former USC commit Arik Armstead (Elk Grove, Calif./Pleasant Grove) will take his second official visit of the year to Alabama this weekend. The talented lineman, who’s currently ranked the No. 1 player in the West and the No. 15 player in the nation, has also visited Notre Dame.

Armstead was scheduled to visit the Tide last month, while still committed to the Trojans, but didn’t have all his NCAA paperwork turned in to be able to take an official visit. The timing couldn’t be better for Alabama as they’re now able to bring in Armstead for their huge battle with LSU with "College GameDay" in the house and the lineman is now completely open as well.

Armstead said his criteria for picking a school is finding a place that will allow him to play defensive end over offensive tackle, will allow him to play on the basketball team as well as football, a place where he can compete for a national championship and where he can mesh well with the coaching staff. If the Tide can meet all of those, they’ll have a real shot here.

Brewer could break state record

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral quarterback Connor Brewer will go down as one of the top signal-callers in state history and is closing in on some pretty big records. The Texas commit could break the big-school record for career touchdown passes this weekend.

The big-school record (class 4A and 5A) is currently held by Phillip Aholt with 94. Brewer has 90 career touchdowns passes and has thrown for four or more touchdowns three times this season. The Firebirds play a solid 7-3 Yuma (Ariz.) Gila Ridge team so Brewer could see time in the third and fourth quarter, something that hasn’t happened often this year.

Brewer is also closing in on Aholt’s career yardage record as well. Aholt has 8,312 career passing yards, Brewer is at 7,638 and another long playoff run is expected out of Chaparral. The talented quarterback could break this one in two or three games at worst.

Huge recruiting weekend for the Huskies

We’ll preview the visitor list more in depth in Friday’s West notebook, but this weekend is absolutely gigantic for Washington in more ways than one. Not only will the Huskies host several official visitors in what will be the last-ever game played in Husky Stadium, they’re taking on their bitter Northwest rival Oregon in what is arguably the nastiest feud in the Pac-12.

To say the Huskies and Ducks don’t like each other is to say there’s a small problem going on in the Middle East. The Huskies haven’t beaten the Ducks since 2003 and have been blown out by at least 20 points in every game since including a 53-16 loss a year ago.

The Huskies crowd, as always, will be rocking and although the sixth-ranked Ducks will be very tough, Washington should be able to put points on the board. Among the packed house will be double-digit official visitors including a trio of prospects from Compton (Calif.) Dominguez, who are all leaning to UW right now. A big win for Washington could propel them to a top 25 recruiting class when signing day rolls around.

Can UCLA flip Moore?

Elk Grove (Calif.) offensive lineman Steven Moore is a soft commitment to Arizona right now but he’ll take an official visit to Westwood this weekend to check out UCLA.

Moore, a three-star prospect and the No. 128 offensive tackle in the nation, camped with the Bruins over the summer and UCLA was his runner up choice before he committed to the Wildcats.

Fellow Pac-12 programs Utah and Colorado will also get official visits in December but the feeling is if any school has a chance to turn Moore away from Arizona, it’s UCLA. The Bruins picked up a solid commitment from offensive lineman Lacy Westbrook (Compton, Calif./Dominguez) earlier in the week and would love to keep the momentum going with Moore as well.

Is this the year Dorsey can get by Crenshaw?

Los Angeles Dorsey will be gunning for its first league championship in five years but has to get by city rival Los Angeles Crenshaw to do so. The ‘Shaw’ has owned the Coliseum League, winning the title the last four years and has two city titles in that span as well.

Last year these two teams met with the league title at stake and Crenshaw built a 47-0 lead in the 2nd quarter and went on to win 53-12. This year could be different as the Dons have their most talented team in years with eight FBS prospects on the roster and the Cougars are missing a certain player currently lighting it up in Oregon named DeAnthony Thomas.

Dorsey is 7-1 with their lone loss to undefeated and No. 7 stated ranked Redlands (Calif.) Redlands East Valley. Crenshaw was blown out in their season opener against Alta (Utah) and then lost the following week to Norco (Calif.) but has won five in a row since and is definitely peaking at the right time.