2014 GEICO ESPN High School Football Showcase Matchups:
Note: Team Rankings are from USA Today. All game times ET
No. 26 De La Salle (CA) vs. Jesuit (CA)
Friday, August 29: 11 p.m. on ESPN2 from Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.
First high school football telecast from the San Francisco 49ers new stadium
De La Salle (CA) finished 14-1 last season and return two players in the ESPN 300: Junior defensive tackle Boss Tagaloa (No. 56) and junior tight end Devin Asiasi (No. 288)
Jesuit (CA) finished last season 9-4
Gilman (MD) vs. No. 12 St. Edward (OH)
Sunday, August 31: 4 p.m. on ESPNU from St. Edward High School, Lakewood, Ohio
Gilman (MD) finished the 2013 season at 7-3
Junior defensive tackle Ellison Jordan, No. 112 in the ESPN 300, returns for Gilman (MD)
St. Edward (OH) advanced to the 2013 Ohio Division 1 State Semifinals, finishing 11-2
Senior athlete Shaun Crawford, No. 161 in the ESPN 300 and Notre Dame verbal commit, returns for St. Edward (OH)
No. 25 Gonzaga (DC) vs. No. 5 Centreville (VA)
Friday, September 5: 8 p.m. on ESPNU from Centreville High School, Clifton, Va.
Gonzaga (DC) returns three players in the ESPN 300: Senior offensive guard Richie Petitbon (No. 130 and Alabama verbal commit), senior safety Marcus Lewis (No. 152), and junior linebacker Kyle Taylor (No. 174)
Centreville (VA) went undefeated (15-0) last season, capturing the Virginia 6A State Championship
Bergen Catholic (NJ) vs. No. 10 St. Peter’s Prep (NJ)
Thursday, September 11: 7 p.m. on ESPNU from St. Peters Prep, Jersey City, N.J.
Bergen Catholic (NJ), a traditional state power, returns junior quarterback Jarrett Guarantano, No. 140 in the ESPN 300. Guarantano has received more than 15 Division 1 offers
St. Peter’s Prep (NJ) finished last season at 10-2, advancing to the New Jersey State Playoffs Championship
St. Peter’s Prep (NJ) returns the top two players in the state, both in the ESPN 300: Senior cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick (No. 27 and Alabama verbal commit) and senior quarterback Brandon Wimbush (No. 71 and Penn State verbal commit)
Byrnes (SC) vs. No. 26 De La Salle (CA)
Friday, September 12: 10:15 p.m. on ESPNU from De La Salle High School, Concord, Calif.
This game will be the second appearance on ESPN for both teams in the 2014 season
Byrnes (SC) advanced to the semifinal round of the 4A I South Carolina Playoffs and finished 12-2 last season
Byrnes (SC) has won eight South Carolina State Championships since 2002
Lubbock Cooper (TX) vs. Stephenville (TX)
Thursday, September 18: 9 p.m. on ESPN2 from Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas
A rematch of the 2013 Texas 3A Division 1 State Playoffs, which Stephenville won
Lubbock Cooper (TX) finished last season 11-3
Stephenville (TX) advanced to the state finals last season
Senior quarterback Jarret Stidham, No. 2 dual-threat QB and No. 38 in the ESPN 300, returns for Stephenville (TX). Stidham has verbal committed to Texas Tech
No. 15 McEachern (GA) vs. Lovejoy (GA)
Friday, September 19: 8 p.m. on ESPNU from Lovejoy High School, Lovejoy, Ga.
McEachern (GA) advanced to the Georgia 6A State Semifinals last season, finishing 11-3
McEachern (GA) features three players in the ESPN 300: Senior offensive lineman Chuma Edoga (No. 20 and Southern Cal verbal commit), senior running back Taj Griffin (No. 50 and Oregon verbal commit) and junior defensive tackle Julian Rochester (No. 100)
Lovejoy (GA) advanced to the second round of the Georgia 6A State Playoffs last season, finishing 10-2
Wide receiver Preston Williams, No. 33 in the ESPN 300 and Tennessee verbal commit, returns for Lovejoy (GA)
No. 2 St. John Bosco (CA) vs. No. 1 Bishop Gorman (NV)
Friday, September 26: 9 p.m. on ESPNU from Bishop Gorman High School, Las Vegas, Nev.
Battle of 2013 State Champions
St. John Bosco (CA) won the CIF Open Division Title last season, finishing 16-0
Senior Josh Rosen, No. 1 pocket-passer quarterback, No. 19 in the ESPN 300 and UCLA verbal commit, leads St. John Bosco (CA) along with senior offensive tackle Zach Robertson, No. 268 in the ESPN 300, and junior athlete DJ Morgan, No. 289 in the ESPN 300
Bishop Gorman (NV) won the Nevada Division 1 State Championship last season, finishing 13-2
Senior tight end Alize Jones, No 52 in the ESPN 300 and UCLA verbal commit, and senior wide receiver Cordell Broadus, No. 133 in the ESPN 300, return for Bishop Gorman (NV)
Norcross (GA) vs. North Gwinnett (GA)
Friday, October 3: 7 p.m. on ESPN2 from North Gwinnett High School, Suwanee, Ga.
Rematch of the Georgia 6A State Championship which Norcross (GA) won
North Gwinnett (GA) finished 13-3 last season and returns senior offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt, No. 17 in the ESPN 300 and Clemson verbal commit, and junior wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe, No 162 in the ESPN 300
Pulaski County (KY) vs. Madison Southern (KY)
Friday, October 10: 6:30 p.m. on ESPNU from Madison Southern High School, Berea, Ky.
Rematch Kentucky Class 5A State Playoffs third round, which Pulaski won
Pulaski finished 15-1 last season
Senior running back Damien Harris, No. 30 in the ESPN 300, returns for Madison Southern (KY)
Trinity Christian Academy (FL) vs. IMG Academy (FL)
Thursday, October 16: 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU from IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.
Rematch from the 2013 regular season which Trinity Christian Academy (FL) won
Trinity Christian Academy (FL) won the 3A Florida State title and returns five players in the ESPN 300: Senior cornerback Kevin Toliver II (No. 5 and LSU verbal commit), senior linebacker Jeffery Holland (No. 41), senior offensive lineman Kendrick Norton (No. 78), senior safety Ben Edwards (No. 157), and senior safety Deontai Williams (No. 196 and Georgia verbal commit)
Suiting up for IMG Academy (FL) are four players in the ESPN 300: Senior quarterback Deondre Francois, (No. 55 and a Florida State verbal commit), senior defensive tackle Hjalte Froholdt (No. 99 and Arkansas verbal commit), junior wide receiver Tavares Chase (No 205) and senior offensive tackle Tyree St. Louis (No. 234 and Miami verbal commit)
No. 6 Cedar Hill (TX) vs. No. 38 DeSoto (TX)
Thursday, October 23: 8 p.m. on ESPN2 from Eagle Stadium at DeSoto High School, DeSoto, Texas
Cedar Hill (TX) won the Texas 5A Division 2 State Title last season, finishing 14-2
Senior wide receiver DaMarkus Lodge, No. 70 in the ESPN 300 and Texas A&M verbal commit, returns for Cedar Hill
DeSoto (TX) advanced to the Texas 5A Division 1 semifinals last season
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