Here are this week’s top five high school football games featuring USC recruits:
Louisville (Ky.) Trinity at Indianapolis Cathedral: Lucas Oil Stadium, the home of the Indianapolis Colts, will be the setting for this one. USC defensive end commit Jason Hatcher of Trinity (4-0) -- the No. 3 team in the ESPN 25 power rankings -- will have the opportunity to showcase his talents on national television. The game will be broadcast by ESPN2 at 5:30 p.m. PT.
San Diego Cathedral Catholic at Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta: Despite not getting many opportunities on offense last week, USC safety commit Su'a Cravens found a way to make an impact in a blowout victory against fellow Inland Empire power Redlands (Calif.) East Valley and Trojans commit Kylie Fitts. Cravens was targeted only three times, but he made two receptions (both for touchdowns) in the first quarter of the Vista Murrieta (3-0) rout. Rolling into town this week is Cathedral (2-1), a team that has beaten traditional San Diego power La Mesa Helix. The game will be broadcast locally by Prime Ticket on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Yuba City (Calif.) at Auburn (Calif.) Placer: This will be a battle of unbeatens, and one that USC defensive tackle commit Eddie Vanderdoes hopes Placer (3-0) emerges from unscathed. Vanderdoes has been a force in the trenches early on this season, fighting through constant double-teams to help Placer to a good start and keep dreams of playing in the CIF State bowl game alive. Yuba City (4-0), though, will pose the toughest challenge yet.
Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany at Los Angeles Dorsey: Opponents haven't had an answer for Trojans receiver commit Steven Mitchell of Alemany the first four weeks, but that could change Friday under the lights at Rancho Cienega Park in Los Angeles. Mitchell already has 10 touchdown receptions in just four games. Dorsey, which always seems to feature an athletic defensive back or two, is led by Daquawn Brown and Jayme Otomewo. Mitchell and Alemany (3-1) are determined following a tough 36-32 road loss to Corona (Calif.) Centennial last week. Dorsey (2-1) went into Mission Hills last year and pulled off a shocker against Alemany.
Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) vs. Riverside (Calif.) J.W. North at Riverside C.C.: Chris Hawkins, a USC cornerback commit, and highly recruited teammate Tahaan Goodman haven't taken any breaks in the non-league portion of their schedule, and this week is no different. North has Ohio State tight end commit Marcus Baugh, who creates matchup problems all over the field. Prime Ticket will be broadcast the game on tape delay at 10:30 p.m. PT.