With the high school football season kicking off in more states this weekend, there are a ton of annual rivalry games as well as key in-state games that are full of elite 2013, 2014 and 2015 prospects.
Here is a look at some of the top in-state games, with their preseason FOX Sports NEXT Top 50 ranking, as well as their top prospects to watch.
GAMES TO WATCH
Friday - August 24: New Bern (N.C.) at Havelock (N.C)
Havelock - 2013 prospects - WR/CB -Pharoh Cooper-Verbally committed to South Carolina, OG Malcolm Ashley-Verbally committed to East Carolina, DE Kendall Vickers-offers from Appalachian State., Western Carolina, and UNC-Charlotte, CB A.J. Copeland-offers from East Carolina, Appalachian State, and Coastal Carolina. 2014-RB Derrell Scott-offers from Florida State, Duke, East Carolina, Florida State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ohio State, South Carolina, and Tennessee. New Bern 2013 prospects- QB Josh Taylor, WR Bra'lon Cherry -committed to N.C. State, OG Christian Matau-committed to East Carolina, RB Jachin Watkins-committed to UNC-Charlotte, and WR Chandler Powell.
Saturday - August 25: Detroit Cass Tech (Mich.) vs Birmingham Brother Rice
(Mich.) at Wayne State
Cass CB Jourdan Lewis - 4-star, committed to Michigan OG David Dawson - 4-star, committed to Michigan S Delano Hill - 4-star, committed to Iowa DT Kenton Gibbs - committed to Illinois CB DeJuan Rogers - committed to Toledo OT Dennis Finley - multiple BCS offers, uncommitted '14 CB Damon Webb - multiple BCS offers '14 LB Deon Drake - multiple BCS offers '14 LB Gary Hosey - D1 prospect '14 LB William White - D1 prospect '15 QB Jayru Campbell - D1 prospect Birmingham Brother Rice LB Jon Reschke - 4-star, committed to Michigan State DE Sergio Perkovic - D1 prospect '14 RB Brian Walker - D1 prospect
Friday - August 31: Cibolo Steele (Texas) vs. San Antonio Madison (Texas)
San Antonio Madison HS prospects-Dannon Cavil (Ole Miss WR 2013 commit), Vincent Taylor (Oklahoma State 2013 DT commit), George Roberts 2013 OL, Marquis Warford 2013 RB, C.J. Reese 2014 WR. Cibolo Steele HS prospects-Erik Huhn 2013 safety (Texas), Joshua Malin 2014 DE, Breylann McCollum 2013 QB, Cory Staud 2013 DL, Jordan Sterns 2013 DB & Oklahoma State commit, Justin Stockton 2014 RB and 2013 Matthew Mayle.
Friday - August 31: Denton Guyer (Texas) v. Cedar Hill (Texas)
QB Jerrod Heard, WR Ellis Jefferson, OL Patrick Morris – QB Damion Hobbs, WR/RB Laquvionte Gonzalez, WR Quincy Adeboyjo
Saturday - September 1: Dallas Skyline (Texas) vs. The Woodlands (Texas)
There could be some added fuel between the Houston-area and Dallas Metroplex. After leading for most the match up last year deep into the playoffs, The Woodlands lead slipped away in the final moments of the fourth quarter to come away with a victory. Should be a great game to get the 2012 football season going in the Lone Star State. And, there is plenty of star-power for the hard-core recruitniks with Big 12, Pac 12 and SEC players involved in the game. CB Will Barrows (Texas Tech) DT Kerrick Huggins (Texas A&M) QB Devante Kincade (Ole Miss) WR Lamont Levels LB Roderick Moore (SMU) WR Ra'Shaad Samples (Oklahoma State) LB Isaiah Williams (Kansas State) Jonathan Huckins (Colorado) Sam Kronshage (Colorado) Jayme Taylor (Northwestern)
Thursday - September 6: Trotwood (Ohio) Madison @ Huber Heights (Ohio)
Television: FOX Sports Ohio | Simulcast on FOXSportsOhio.com. The Trotwood-Madison Rams head across town for what is sure to be a major battle against the Wayne Warriors. These two teams battled last season with Trotwood winning 47-27 on their way to an undefeated season and winning Ohio's Division II title. The Rams have four players already committed to Big Ten programs as Cameron Burrows (Ohio State), Michael McCray (Michigan), Jarrod Clements and Reon Dawson (Illinois). Clements, who is recovering from knee surgery, may not be back in time for this game. The Rams also have defensive end Tre Williams-Brown who holds offers from Arizona and several Mid American Conference programs. While loaded in the 2013 class, the Rams also have three players in the 2014 class already holding offers. Lineman Verondtae Wilkinson (Buffalo, Illinois, Ohio, Toledo), wide receiver Kendric Mallory (Illinois) and running back Ashton Jackson (Cincinnati, Illinois, Purdue, Toledo). The Warriors may not have the star power of the Rams this fall, but they still have plenty of talent led by quarterback Javon Harrison who pledged to Cincinnati this summer as a safety. Lovell Peterson holds offers from West Virginia, Illinois and Ohio and could see a move fulltime to defensive tackle after starting along the offensive line the past three seasons. Wide receiver Jesse Bray is a player starting to get high interest and holds an offer from Ohio while offensive lineman Cole Newsome is one of the better technique players in Ohio still looking for his first offer. Linebacker Dorian Hendrix is one of the top 2014 prospects in Ohio and has already picked up offers from Toledo, Illinois, Buffalo and Bowling Green. Hendrix is also receiving heavy interest from Ohio State, Notre Dame and Michigan State to name a few.
Friday - September 7: Louisville Central (Kentucky) at Ballard (Kentucky)
Top Prospects Central: Phillip Francis, Donald Styles, Demontre Boyd, JaJuan Hailey Ballard: Tyler Owens, Cam Lewis, Joey Bloomfield
Friday - September 7: Long Beach Poly (Calif.) vs. Harbor City Narbonne (Calif.)
Narbonne Prospects: Troy Williams, A.J. Richardson, Keishawn Bierra LB Poly: David Price, Iman Marshall, Thomas Tucker, Jayon Brown,
Friday - September 7: St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) at Cypress Bay (Fla.)
STA Top Players: DE Joey Bosa(OSU), DL Anthony Moten (2014), WR Corey Holmes (2014), RB Fred Coppet, CB Al Harris (2014) Cypress Bay: WR Alex Montgomery (WF), RB Matthew Dayes(NCSU), CB Boaz Joseph, S Marquise Dudley-Jordan(2014), QB Jaranta Lewis
Saturday - September 8: Miami Booker T Washington (Fla.) vs Miami Central (Fla.)
Booker T; OLB Matthew Thomas 2013 DE Chad Thomas 2014 OL Denver Kirkland 2013 DB Michael Johnson 2013 Central: RB Dalvin Cook 2014 RB Joseph Yearby 2014 OL Trevor Darling 2014 S Ahmad Thomas 2013
Friday - September 14: Bradenton Manatee (Fla.) vs. Miami Central (Fla.)
This game features two of Florida's best programs and a pair of the the nation's top high school teams. In addition, the game is loaded with talent. Manatee features Mississippi State bound signal caller Cord Sandberg and his go to guys in running back Anthony Lauro and receiver Ja'Juan Pollack. The Hurricanes also have one of the country's top defensive front, led by seniors Derrick Calloway and Blake Keller and '14 standout DeMarcus Christmas. Central is loaded with college bound recruits like Ahmad Thomas (Oklahoma), linebacker Marqez Hodge (Syracuse) and Da'Wan Hunte (NC State). Their junior class is even better. Running back Dalvin Cooke (Clemson) and Joseph Yearby (Florida State) are two of the state's best and they have already made their decisions. Offensive lineman Travor Darling has already pledged to Miami.
Friday - September 14: Lake Travis (Texas) vs. Round Rock Westwood (Texas)
Lake Travis: Ty Anderson 2014 OL, Zach Austin 2013 WR, Baker Mayfield 2013 QB, Shaun Nixon 2014 RB, Drake Rolland 2013 OL, Hunter Siddons 2013 OL. Westwood HS- Bear Fenimore 2014 QB, Parker Hanusa 2013 DE, Brad Watson 2013 DB (Wake Forest), Collin McGuire 2013 PK (Fresno State), Tyler Logan MLB 2013, Sean Hoeferkamp 2014 DB , Brendan Moore 2014 OL.
Friday - September 28: Louisville Trinity (Kentucky) vs. Louisville Saint Xavier (Kentucky)
Top Prospects Trinity: James Quick, Jason Hatcher, Ryan White, Reggie Bonnafon, Dalyn Dawkins Saint Xavier: Karl Roesler, Deonte Clyburn, Charles Walker, Brandon Moore
Friday - September 28: Dallas Skyline (Texas) vs. Dallas Jesuit (Texas)
QB Devante Kincade, WR Ra'Shaad Samples, DB Will Barrows – WR Jake Oliver, LB Jordan Mastrogiovanni, OL J.J. Gustafason
Friday - September 28: Chandler (Ariz.) at Chandler Hamilton (Ariz.)
Hamilton- Army commit OG Patrick Joseph, USC commit junior OT Casey Tucker, 4 star CB Cole Luke, junior DE Qualen Cunningham (multiple BCS offers), WR Frankie Felix and junior safety Juwan Jones. Chandler- San Jose State commit QB Darell Garretson, TE Patrick Baldenegro, OT Tyler Shank, sophomore QB/WR Bryce Perkins, junior DT Jordan Hoyt and junior safety J.R. Hunt (4 offers).
Friday - October 19: Beaverton Aloha (Ore.) vs. Portland Jesuit (Ore.)
Five of the top seven prospects in the Beaver State will be on the field, a good number for Oregon football. The headliner for Aloha is five-star running back Thomas Tyner (Oregon) and he'll be joined by four-star offensive lineman Brayden Kearsley (BYU) and tight end Bryson Sullivan. Jesuit counters with three BCS offensive linemen in Andrew Kirkland (Washington), Doug Brenner and Max Rich. This will not just be the likely Metro League title clash, it could also be for the top seed in the state playoffs.
Friday - November 2: Manvel (Texas) vs. Pearland (Texas)
This will end up being a game that holds plenty of bragging rights between Southeast Houston area powers, especially seeing that the two schools are close in proximity. It's the newer program (Manvel) versus the more established (Pearland). Both are quite successful in its own right. CB Devonte Dotson LB John Gibberman LB Justin Phillips WR Austin Bennett (Oklahoma) CB Tavares Garner (Texas A&M) LB Jonathan London QB Shane McCarley WR Kyrion Parker (Texas A&M) OL Travis Romero WR Carlos Thompson
Friday - November 2: Santa Margarita (Calif.) vs. Bellflower St. John Bosco
Santa Margarita Prospects: Johnny Stanton, Connor O'Brien, River Cracraft, Riley Sorensen, Erik Bunte, Dane Crane. St. John Bosco Prospects: Nico Falah, Jaleel Wadood, Chandler Lenieu
Friday - November 9: Immokalee (Fla.) vs. Ft Myers Dunbar (Fla.)
Immokalee top Players: CB Mackensie Alexander, DT Deadrin Senat, QB Tshumbi Johnson (USF commit), WR J.C. Jackson (FSU-2014), RB Jacky Marcellus (WVU) Dunbar Top Players: WR Johnell Barnes (Duke), WR Ryeshene Bronson (UF-2014), QB Daniel Cobb (2015), S Tajze Battle (UNC- 2014), S Joe Williams (2014)