Recruiting Roundtable III: Which H.S. game will be most anticipated?
Butler-Mallard Creek in Charlotte will be strong start to season
Prattville vs. St. Thomas Aquinas will be a 'Bama-Florida showdown
In Texas, it rarely gets better than a Lufkin vs. Longview clash
With the class of 2012 recruiting cycle at its halfway point, it is time to put some members of the 247Sports national recruiting team on the hot seat.
In the coming days, 247Sports recruiting analysts JC Shurburtt, Barton Simmons, Steve Wiltfong, Gerry Hamilton and Rusty Mansell will respond to questions about what they have seen so far this year on the recruiting trail and what might happen in the fall.
Today's question: Which high school game are you looking forward to most this fall?
Shurburtt: Butler and Mallard Creek open the season in the Charlotte, N.C., area. Butler has a talented 2013 quarterback in Riley Ferguson and other top prospects. Five-star offensive tackle D.J. Humphries, fast-rising running back Jela Duncan and 2013 defensive back Brian Walker -- who already has an Auburn offer -- all play for Mallard Creek.
Simmons: I won't have to wait long for my game. The first weekend of the season for most schools in the southeast is Aug. 26, and that weekend Prattville (Ala.) High School plays host to Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas. Prattville is the most talented team in Alabama and one of the most talented teams in the nation. St. Thomas Aquinas is always among the teams with some stake to that claim. Top-100 defensive end Jelani Hamilton trying to chase down top-100 athlete Justin Thomas at quarterback should be worth the price of admission.
Mansell: I will get to see Burford, four-time defending champs in Georgia, take on Yulee, Fla., early in the season in Atlanta. Buford is loaded with prospects, and Yulee will bring one of the top running backs in the country in 2013 prospect Derrick Henry. Buford will have as many as eight high-level recruits on the field. Dillon Lee (Alabama commit), Vadal Alexander (Top247), Paris Head (Vanderbilt commit) and Kurt Freitag (Alabama, FSU, and Florida offers) are just some of the talent for the Buford Wolves.
Wiltfong: Detroit Cass Tech vs. Farmington Hills Harrison on Aug. 27. Several BCS-level players will be on the field, including Michigan commits Terry Richardson, Royce Jenkins-Stone, Devin Funchess and Mario Ojemudia.
Hamilton: It's nearly always the same for me, Lufkin at Longview. Even when these two teams don't feature star power, it's the hardest hitting game of the season in Texas. The two teams have been playing for years and always have their fair share of talent. It is a true rivalry game in the state and normally has more than 10,000 people in the stands.
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