The nation’s top quarterbacks will perform under the national television spotlight all season long thanks to the 2015 GEICO ESPN High School Football Showcase.
Stars such as Shea Patterson (IMG Academy) and Jacob Eason (Lake Stevens, Wash.) — the top two quarterbacks in the Class of 2016 — and top juniors such as Hunter Johnson (Brownsburg, Ind.) and Bailey Hochman (McEachern in Georgia) will each get their turns.
The Showcase begins Sept. 6 with an Ohio matchup of Wayne and Michigan State commit and Elite 11 QB Messiah deWeaver against Moeller (Cincinnati). Games air weekly with the exception of Week 5 of the season, but there are two games on each of three weekends.
Four teams in the Super 25 preseason rankings on the schedule, including a much-anticipated game between No. 15 Paramus Catholic and No. 2 IMG Academy. See the Super 25 by clicking here
The season begins on the ESPN networks with the GEICO ESPN High School Football Kickoff from Aug. 28-30 with elite matchups throughout.
Here is the complete schedule of games with highlights and key players:
All times are Eastern
Wayne (Huber Heights, Ohio) vs. Moeller (Cincinnati), 4 p.m., ESPNU
This is a rematch of last year’s Ohio Division I state semifinals, won by Wayne 29-22. DeWeaver impressed at the Elite 11 and coach Trent Dilfer said deWeaver could be the best of the recent crop of quarterbacks that Michigan State has had. “He’ll be a phenomenal college player,” Dilfer said. For Moeller, tight end Jake Hausmann (No. 149 in the ESPN300) is an Ohio State commit.
Brownsburg (Ind.) vs. Avon (Ind.), 8 p.m., ESPNU
This in-state showdown features two talented QBs. Brownsburg’s Hunter Johnson, the No. 40 player in the ESPN Junior 300 for the Class of 2017, has offers from Michigan, Notre Dame and Oklahoma among others. Avon’s Brandon Peters is a Michigan commit and No. 117 in the ESPN 300 among seniors.
No. 13 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) vs. Central Catholic (Portland, Ore.), 11 p.m., ESPNU
Central won the 6A title in Oregon and only lost once last season — and that was a 42-14 defeat to Bosco in Southern California. The big names for Central are Oregon commits Brady Breeze (defensive back) and Lamar Winston (athlete). Bosco is looking to replace departed QB Josh Rosen (UCLA) but returns running back Sean McGrew (Washington) and has a talented secondary.
Archbishop Rummel (Metairie, La.) vs. Wayne County (Waynesboro, Miss.), 8 p.m., ESPNU
The stars here could be on defense — Wayne defensive tackle Benito Jones (No. 11 in the ESPN 300) and Rummel cornerback Kristian Fulton (No. 35 in the ESPN 300).
Montgomery (Texas) vs. Westfield (Houston), 8 p.m. ESPNU
State semifinalist Westfield is another school with a promising quarterback in Arizona State commit and Elite 11 finalists Dillon Sterling-Cole (No. 199), but the big name is a big guy on the defensive line: No. 5 overall prospect Edward Oliver. Watch out for receiver Tyrie Cleveland, ranked No. 60 with offers from Alabama, Florida, LSU, Ohio State and TCU. Montgomery was 6-4 last season.
Zachary (La.) vs. Calvary Baptist (Shreveport, La.), 8 p.m. ESPNU
Calvary, the Division III state champion, was supposed to have the best quarterback in the nation, but Patterson transferred to IMG, putting the spotlight on Jake Bartley. They return defensive backs Andraez Williams (LSU commit) and Rodarius Williams (Oklahoma State commit). Zachary lost in the state 5A semifinals last season. Among the key returnees is QB Lindsey Scott Jr.
Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) vs. DePaul Catholic (Wayne, N.J.), 8 p.m., ESPNU
The spotlight will be on Bergen QB Jarrett Guarantano, the No. 5 QB in the nation and No. 87 overall. He is a Tennessee commit. DePaul returns the top-ranked running back in the country, Kareem Walker, an Ohio State commit who is No. 22 overall in the ESPN 300.
Gonzaga College Prep (Washington, D.C.) vs. No. 6 DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.), 7 p.m, ESPN2
DeMatha will be strong in the trenches with defensive end Shane Simmons (a Penn State commit ranked No. 16 in the ESPN 300) and guard Terrance Davis (No. 124). The run game has two players committed to Maryland and Anthony McFarland, No. 60 in the 2017 ESPN 300.
Put one of the nation’s top offensive players in the nation in Patterson (Ole Miss) and have him face off against a defense led by No. 1 overall player Rashan Gary, and what do you get? This should be a lot of fun. IMG also has the top tight end in the nation in Isaac Nauta (recently decommitted from Florida State) and defensive stars at all three levels — lineman Shavar Manuel, linebacker Rashaun Smith (recently decommitted from Clemson) and cornerback Saivion Smith (LSU). Paramus’ defense also features two elite juniors Corey Bolds (No. 113) and Drew Singleton (No. 201).
Kamiak (Mukilteo, Wash). vs. Lake Stevens (Wash.), 10 p.m., ESPNU
Eason, No. 25 in the ESPN 300, leads Lake Stevens and will want to shine in this showcase after slipping in the eyes of some this summer. Kamiak was 7-3 last year but battled battle Lake Stevens before falling 37-34.
North Marion (Citra, Fla.) vs. Hoover (Ala.), 8 p.m., ESPN2
Hoover, the defending 7A champion, returns FBS prospects on defense in linebacker Jeremiah Moon and defensive back P.J. Hall. North Marion has offensive tackle Blake Vinson (No. 244 in the 2017 ESPN 300) and senior wide receiver Freddie Swain (No. 295).
Hillgrove (Cobb County, Ga.) vs. McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.), 8 p.m, ESPNU
McEachern, which lost in the 6A semifinals last season, features QB Bailey Hockman, the Georgia commit who is No. 11 in the ESPN 300 for the Class of 2017. On defense, the star is Julian Rochester, ranked No. 29 in the ESPN 300. Hillgrove is led by its defense with senior DB Jalen Phelps and senior LB Ryan Burns.