Scout Recruiting Team Out West

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A look at the games that the Scout Recruiting Team out West will be hitting this weekend...

FRIDAY

Surprise (Az.) Shadow Ridge at Goodyear Desert Edge at 7 p.m.
A second round playoff game that is a rematch of a regular season game, one in which Desert Edge handily won 63-28. Desert Edge can put up numbers and no one in the state has been as productive as wide receiver Elijah Marks. Last week, Marks broke the single season state record, topping the 1,800 yards mark. He has caught 102 passes for 1,960 yards and 22 touchdowns. The Scorpions are led on defense by outside linebacker Ismael Murphy-Richardson. Shadow Ridge loves to run the ball and control the clock. Chris Salsberry topped 300 yards in the first round and scored five times. He will run behind a massive offensive line led by tackle Tevita Matu. (@jason247scout)

Long Beach Poly (Calif.) at Orange Lutheran (Calif.) at 7 p.m.
The Lancers are led by one of the nation's elite 2015 prospects in defensive end Keisean Lucier-South. The 5-star prospect has offers from several Pac 12 programs including Arizona, California, Oregon, UCLA, USC and Washington along with national programs like Miami, Tennessee and Texas. Linebacker Aisea Tongilava is a San Jose State commit and one of the fastest 'backers in the state. He ran a 4.58-40 at the SoCal NIKE Camp and earned all-Trinity League honors last season. Defensive back Cory Hollowell is another player to watch. The corner has looked strong in coverage all season. The offensive line is huge up front led by offensive guard Kavienga Tuitahi, one of the most under-recruited sleepers in the state. Poly is surging late as they always do and is led by national top 10 prospect Juju Smith. Smith will line up at safety, receiver and even some running back and is a major difference maker on both sides of the ball. Junior Iman Marshall is a 5-star recruit in the 2015 class and will bounce between safety and corner. In an amazing stat, Marshall went the whole season without giving up a single catch. After battling injuries, safety Elijah Moody, a Nevada commitment, has come on strong and can play the run and the pass. The Poly defensive line is very tough led by tackle Jason Fao and 2015 Scout 300 member Joseph Wicker. Quarterback Tai Tiedamann has a live arm and Christian Pabico is an underrated receiver target. (@GregBiggins)

Woodland Hills (Calif.) El Camino at Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne at 7 p.m.
After winning the Marine League title, Narbonne (8-2) earned the No. 1 seed in the City Division I playoffs and drew No. 16 El Camino. Narbonne is the two-time defending City Division I champion. They're led this season on defense by Uchenna Nwosu. Nwosu is a 2014 two-star outside linebacker who recently landed an offer from USC interim head coach Ed Orgeron. Just five days after receiving the offer Nwosu, 6-foot-2 210 pounds, gave his verbal commitment to the Trojans. He also held offers from Oregon State, Portland State and Wyoming. Nwosu is joined on defense by defensive back Khalil Rashad-Brown, who roams in the secondary. Rashad-Brown is a 2014 two-star prospect. He's been offered by Old Dominion and San Diego State. Offensively it's been senior quarterback Eban Jackson running the show for Narbonne. The 6-foot-3 185 pound two-star prospect is still waiting for his first offer, but a deep run in the City Division playoffs could give a handful of coaches the final nudge needed to extend one to him. (@KristenERodgers)

FOX Sports West Prepzone at 7 p.m. (Prepzone)
FOX Sports West features four games per week streamed live on the internet with broadcasters and color analysts, and multi-angle cameras. This week Prepzone Live will feature host Kevin Barnett and Director of Scouting Scott Kennedy, highlighting the action from each of the four games as well as other news and notes across the Southland. Here is a look at this week's action on FOX Sports West's Prepzone. (@ScoutKennedy)

SATURDAY

Tacoma (Wash.) Bellarmine Prep at Bellevue (Wash.) Newport at 2:00 p.m.
The Lions lost their quarterback, Sefo Liufau to graduation (who's now starting as a true freshman at Colorado), and after making the state finals last year, were written off, but here they are in the round of 16 and 8-2.  While the star power isn't what it's been the past few years, this is still a team to watch closely, thanks to receiver duo Drew Griffin and Garrett McKay and tight end Nick Selden.  Newport also lost their quarterback to the Pac-12 (Isaac Dotson, now at Washington State), but they too have battled this season to an 8-2 year.  They, though, still have plenty of star power, led by three-star tight end Drew Sample, a commit to Boise State, who's one of the best pass-catching tight ends in the West, but happens to have to play in the veer, where he's a stellar blocker.  Two-way 2015 lineman Calvin Throckmorton, a three-star with Pac-12 offers, has his heart on the defensive line but his future is as an offensive tackle.  One of the most physical prospects in the Northwest is Newport fullback Conner Baumann, who has a handful of offers (@BrandonHuffman)

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