Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Updated: September 6, 9:30 PM ET
By Mason Kelley and Erik McKinney
Two of the nation's top two signal-callers square off on Friday night when Max Browne and Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline visit Cooper Bateman and Cottonwood (Salt Lake City) at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU and WatchESPN.com.
Browne, a USC commit, and Bateman, an Alabama commit, both reached the Elite 11 finals this past July. Here's a breakdown of the top recruits from each game this weekend.
|Four-star QB and USC commit Max Browne is rated the nation's No. 2 pocket passer by ESPN.|
QB Max Browne, Class of 2013
The 6-foot-5, 214-pound USC commit has thrown for 8,216 yards and 95 touchdowns over his first two high school seasons. Rated the nation's No. 2 pocket passer and No. 18 overall recruit in the ESPN 150, Browne threw for 291 yards, a touchdown and an interception in a season-opening win against Bothell (Wash.), completing 24-of-35 passes.
Other Top Recruits
LB Peyton Pelluer, Class of 2013
Pelluer finished his junior season with 153 tackles, helping Skyline win Washington's Class 4A state title. He committed to Washington State in June and, as a senior, is testing his 6-foot-2, 230-pound frame at left guard in addition to leading the defense at linebacker.
WR/S Nic Sblendorio, Class of 2013
The 6-foot, 190-pound senior has made plays throughout his career at Skyline. In the season opener last week, he returned a punt 62 yards for a touchdown, caught eight passes for 86 yards, rushed for a touchdown and picked off a pass. Browne and coach Mat Taylor can't figure out why his only offer is from Northern Colorado.
QB Cooper Bateman, Class of 2013
The 6-foot-3, 196-pound Alabama commit is rated the No. 6 pocket passer in the country by ESPN and is an Under Armour All American. The Colts haven't gotten off to the start they envisioned this year, and after getting shut out to start the season, Bateman passed for 262 yards and a score in his most recent outing against Davis (Kaysville, Utah).
Other Top Recruits
WR Inoke Lotulelei, Class of 2013
The speedy wide receiver is Bateman's top target. He was an early commitment to UCLA, but switched early last month to BYU.
OT Haile Falemaka, Class of 2013
The 6-foot-4, 245 pound lineman received an early offer from Utah and jumped on it, committing to the Utes back in April.
TE Siale Fakailoatonga, Class of 2013
It was an early in-state battle between Utah and BYU for the 6-foot-4, 215-pound tight end, who committed to the Utes in March.
OG Elijah Tupai, Class of 2013
The talent up front for Cottonwood continues with the 6-foot-4, 250-pound guard. Tupai has already earned offers from San Diego State, Utah and Utah State.
S S.J. Fehoko, Class of 2014
The junior safety has been offered by Utah, and the impressive 2014 athlete has earned interest from programs such as Boise State, Nebraska, Oregon and UCLA.
DE T.J. Fehoko, Class of 2015
The younger -- but not so little -- brother of S.J., T.J. Fehoko checks in at 6-foot-1 and 245 pounds. He also has an early offer from Utah, and schools such as Hawaii, LSU, Nebraska and Oregon have expressed interest.