Top 10 Matchup Highlights 2014 GEICO ESPN High School Football Kickoff This Weekend

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Top 10 Matchup Highlights 2014 GEICO ESPN High School Football Kickoff This Weekend

Previous Announcement: http://es.pn/TMu3fE

  • Nine games
  • 28 Recruits in the ESPN 300, including No. 1 Josh Sweat
  • 10 Verbal Commitments to Power Five Conferences
  • Six States Represented

ESPN presents the 2014 GEICO ESPN High School Football Kickoff launching its 2014-2015 high school football television coverage with nine games Friday, August 22, through Sunday, August 24. No. 8 Miami Central (FL) vs. No. 7 Hoover (AL) on Saturday, August 23, (12 p.m., ESPN) highlights a slate which features nine state champions and four nationally ranked reams. No. 1 Josh Sweat (DE) on Oscar Smith (VA) headlines the 28 participating recruits on the ESPN 300 and 10 verbal commitments to Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt. Six states will be represented and nine teams will make their ESPN debut.

The 2014 ESPN High School Football Kickoff preludes the 2014 GEICO ESPN High School Football Showcase, which begins on Friday, August 29, and continues through Thursday, October 23.

2014 High School Football Kickoff
ESPN 300 Participants (Seniors)

Rank and Player Position High School Verbal Commitment
No. 1 Josh Sweat DE Oscar Smith (VA)
No. 5 Kevin Toliver II CB Trinity Christian Academy (FL) LSU
No. 6 Trenton Thompson DT Westover (GA) Georgia
No. 12 Torrance Gibson ATH American Heritage (FL)
No. 29 Kerryon Johnson ATH Madison Academy (AL) Auburn
No. 41 Jeffery Holland OLB Trinity Christian Academy (FL)
No. 44 Tarvarus McFadden CB American Heritage (FL)
No. 49 Da’Vante Phillips WR Miami Central (FL)
No. 78 Kendrick Norton OG Trinity Christian Academy (FL)
No. 110 Jack Jones OG Oakland (TN) Tennessee
No. 157 Ben Edwards S Trinity Christian Academy (FL)
No. 184 Jauan Jennings ATH Blackman (TN) Tennessee
No. 196 Deontai Williams S Trinity Christian Academy (FL) Georgia
No. 212 Josh Smith OLB Oakland (TN) Vanderbilt
No. 219 Christian Bell DE Hoover (AL) Alabama
No. 254 Bradrick Shaw RB Hoover (AL)
No. 290 Tavares Martin WR Dwyer (FL)

ESPN 300 Participants (Juniors)

Rank and Player Position High School
No. 11 Dredrick Snelson** Wide Receiver American Heritage (FL)
No. 42 Isaac Nauta Tight End Buford (GA)
No. 76 Eli Stove Wide Receiver Niceville (FL)
No. 86 Romeo Finley Safety Niceville (FL)
No. 131 Mark Walton** Running Back Booker T. Washington (FL)
No. 146 Keyvone Bruton Safety Oscar Smith (VA)
No. 158 Malik Miller Running Back Madison Academy (AL)
No. 180 Jeremiah Moon Outside Linebacker Hoover (AL)
No. 208 Brandon Johnson Wide Receiver American Heritage (FL)
No. 231 Shug Frazier Defensive Tackle Buford (GA)
No. 269 Chris Barnes Offensive Tackle Lee County (GA)

** Denotes verbal commitment to Miami
ESPN 300 Rankings last updated July 31, 2014

Matchup and Programming Schedule:
Note: Team rankings are from USA Today

Date Time (ET) Matchup and Commentators Location Network
Fri. Aug. 22 6 p.m. Byrnes (SC) vs. Northwestern (SC)
Dave Neal, Craig Haubert
Rock Hill, S.C. ESPNU
  9 p.m. Leeds (AL) vs. Madison Academy (AL)
Adam Amin, John Congemi
Madison, Ala. ESPNU
Sat. Aug. 23 9 a.m. Westover (GA) vs. Lee County (GA)**
Clay Matvick, Anthony Becht
Leesburg, Ga ESPNU
  12 p.m. No. 8 Miami Central (FL) vs. No. 7 Hoover (AL)
Eamon McAnaney, Dan Hawkins
Hoover, Ala. ESPN
  4 p.m. Niceville (FL) vs. Clay-Chalkville (AL)
Eamon McAnaney, Dan Hawkins
Hoover, Ala. ESPNU
  9 p.m. No. 11 Booker T. Washington (FL) vs. Oscar Smith (VA)
Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
Chesapeake, Va. ESPNU
  9 p.m. Trinity Christian (FL) vs. No. 24 Buford (GA)
Tom Hart, Matt Stinchcomb
Buford, Ga. ESPN2
Sun. Aug. 24 12 p.m. Oakland (TN) vs. Blackman (TN)
Dave Lamont, David Diaz-Infante
Murfreesboro, Tenn. ESPN2
  3 p.m. Dwyer (FL) vs. American Heritage (FL)
Jason Benetti, Craig Haubert
Plantation, Fla. ESPN

Schedule subject to change
**Denotes time change from previously announced schedule
Previously announced Nixa (MO) vs. Helias (MO) game will not be televised as result of a schedule change due to weather

RecruitingNation.com: 

ESPN’s recruiting site will provide fans with in-depth analysis of the entire ESPN 2014 High School Football Kickoff, including features on teams and recruits, as well as updated player profiles.

The 2014 GEICO ESPN High School Football Kickoff and 2014 GEICO ESPN High School Football Showcase are produced in conjunction with Paragon Marketing Group.

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Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; [email protected] and @DerekVolner

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Derek Volner

I work in college sports, which includes football and basketball, with an emphasis on Olympic Sports. Additionally, I handle ESPN’s coverage of high school athletics and recruiting.
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