Big Ten recruiting writers Tom VanHaaren and Brad Bournival outline this weekend’s high school football games featuring Big Ten commitments and targets.
Prep Kickoff Classic:
The annual Prep Kickoff Classic begins on August 29 and runs through Aug. 31 and will take place at Wayne State University in Detroit.
There will be plenty of Big Ten recruits in action throughout the weekend, especially in the highly touted game putting Detroit Cass Tech against Southfield on Friday at 7pm.
Orchard Lake St. Mary’s and Michigan State commit Jalen Watts-Jackson will take on Oak Park on Friday as well.
Birmingham Brother Rice, in head coach Al Fracassa’s last season, will take on Cleveland St. Ignatius, who has recently been beat up with injuries. Ohio State linebacker commit Kyle Berger tore his ACL, and will likely miss the remainder of the season, which is a big blow to the team.
Michigan linebacker commit Jared Wangler and Warren DeLaSalle will then face off against Notre Dame quarterback commit Deshone Kizer and Toledo Central Catholic at 5 pm. Kizer and 2015 linebacker Chris Green are hoping to come up north
Cleveland Glenville at Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward, Saturday:
There’s already a built-in Ohio State-Michigan angle with Buckeyes pledge and offensive guard Marcelys Jones playing for Glenville and 2015 Michigan commitment and athlete Shaun Crawford suiting up for St. Edward.
This is more than just those two, however, as ESPN 300 athlete Marshon Lattimore and safety Erick Smith will give it a go for Glenville along with standouts Darius Lewis, Milen Golden and Trevon Story.
St. Edward counters with ESPN Junior 300 wide receiver David Dowell and his three-star brother Andrew at linebacker as well as Bowling Green commits Jack Walz III at quarterback and safety and defensive tackle Tyler King.
Here is a look at some other Big Ten targets and commits that will be in action:
Indiana Commit: 2014 OT Delroy Baker (West Port).
Game: Ocala (Fla.) West Port at Dunnellon (Fla.), Aug. 30
Illinois Commit: WR Mike Dudek (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley)
Game: Naperville North at Neuqua Valley, Aug. 30
Other prospects: 2014 RB DeSean Brown (Naperville, Ill./Naperville North)
Iowa Commit: 2014 RB C.J. Hillard (St. Xavier).
Game: Indianapolis Ben Davis at Cincinnati St. Xavier, Aug. 30
Minnesota Commit: RB Jeff Jones (Minneapolis/Washburn)
Game: Highland Park at Washburn, Aug. 30
Game: East Lake at Palm Harbor University, Aug. 30
Other prospects: 2014 WR ARtavis Scott (Clemson)
Michigan State Commit: OL Brian Allen (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central)
Game: Bolingbrook at Hinsdale Central, Aug. 30
Nebraska Commit: OL DJ Foster (Lincoln, Neb./Lincoln Southeast), ATH Luke Gifford
Game: Lincoln Southeast at Millard West, Aug. 30
Other prospects: 2014 DE Harrison Phillips (Millard West/Stanford commit)
Northwestern Commit: QB Clayton Thorson (Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton North)
Game: Cary-Grove at Wheaton North, Aug. 30
Other Prospects: 2014 WR Matt Biegalski (Wheaton North), 2015 TE Jake Heggeland (Wheaton North)
Ohio State commits: LB Dante Booker (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent St. Mary), ATH Parris Campbell
Game: Garfield vs St. Vincent St. Mary, Aug. 30
Other prospects: 2016 DB Tyrece Speaight (St. Vincent St. Mary)
Penn State Commit: 2014 ATH De’Andre Thompkins (Swansboro).
Game: Swansboro (N.C.) vs. Wilmington (N.C.) Ashley, Aug. 30
Other prospect: Swansboro: 2014 CB Chris Phipps.
Purdue Commit: 2014 OT Denzel Ward (IMG Academy).
Game: Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy at Orlando (Fla.) Olympia, Aug. 30
Wisconsin Commit: 2014 RB Taiwan Deal (DeMatha Catholic).
Game: Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby vs. Hyattsville (Md.), Sep. 1