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  • Seven Games Available Across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and the ESPN App
  • Kickoff Features 25 Players ranked in ESPN 300

The ESPN High School Football Kickoff returns for its 10th year Friday, Aug. 23 – Sunday, Aug. 25. The seven game slate features 25 players ranked in the ESPN 300 including three players in the top 10: No. 4 Julian Fleming – WR (Southern Columbia, Pa.), No. 5 Chris Braswell – DE (St. Frances, Md.) and No. 6 Jordan Burch – DE (Hammond, S.C.). Games will be available throughout the weekend on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and the ESPN App.

Of the athletes participating,17 seniors have already committed to top Division I college football programs including Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

2019 ESPN GEICO High School Football Kickoff Schedule
Notes: All times are ET. Player rankings from ESPN 300 (Seniors in the Class of 2020).Team rankings per USA TODAY HS SPORTS Pre-Season Rankings

Friday, August 23
Mallard Creek (N.C.) vs. Dutch Fork (S.C.)
6 p.m. on ESPN2 from Dutch Fork High School in Irmo, S.C.

  • For the past decade, Mallard Creek has consistently been one of the most successful teams in North Carolina including winning three straight states titles in 2013-2015. The Mavericks’ defense is led by No. 111 Trenton Simpson – OLB (Auburn) as the team eyes a return to the state championship.
  • Dutch Fork has seen a run of success recently that includes three straight South Carolina 5A state championships. The Silver Foxes return senior QB Tyler Olenchuk (Clemson baseball commit) along with a pair of WR’s and DB’s with D1 offers.

No. 3 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) vs. De La Salle (Calif.)
9:30 p.m. on ESPNU from De La Salle High School in Concord, Ca.

  • The St. Thomas Aquinas senior class includes four ESPN 300 players: No. 47 Marcus Rosemy – WR (Georgia), No. 80 Marcus Dumervil – OT, No. 231 Derek Wingo – ATH (Florida) and No. 298 Jahvante Royal – ATH (Pitt)
  • Perennial California power De La Salle was 12-1 last season, advancing to the CIF Open Division Finals. The Spartans return their starting backfield – senior RB Shemar Garrett (Air Force, New Mexico, San Jose State) and junior QB Dorian Hale (12 TD’s passing last season), along with the traditional stout defense that De La Salle is known for.

Saturday, August 24
No. 7 St. Frances (Md.) vs. No. 12 Miami Central (Fla.)
Noon on ESPN from Traz Powell Stadium in Miami, Fla.

  • Frances boasts the highest number of ESPN 300 players (6) of any team participating in Kickoff with No. 5 Chris Braswell (Alabama), No. 109 Luke Hill – CB (Oregon), No. 128 Dominic Bailey – DT (Tennessee), No. 172 Demon Clowney – DE (LSU), No. 173 Blake Corum – RB (Michigan), and No. 193 Jordan Toles – S (LSU).
  • Miami Central, known for producing Division I athletes, has consistently shown up in the race for the state championship in Florida in recent years. The Rockets are led by No. 81 Henry Gray – CB.

Deerfield Beach (Fla.) vs. Carol City (Fla.)
4 p.m. on ESPNU from Traz Powell Stadium in Miami, Fla.

  • Deerfield Beach advanced to the 8A semifinals last year. This year’s team is led on offense by No. 85 Jaylan Knighton – RB, along with a trio of WR’S with D1 offers.
  • After suffering an early round loss to Miami Central in the 6A playoffs last year, Carol City will look to make a deeper run this season. Offensive weapons include No. 90 Thaiu Jones-Bell (Alabama) and No. 177 Marc Britt at WR, along with No. 161 Samuel Anaele – DE (Kentucky) anchoring the defense.

No. 24 DeMatha (Md.) vs. No. 2 St. John Bosco (Calif.)
9 p.m. on ESPN2 from St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, Calif.

  • DeMatha is a Maryland power that is no stranger to the national stage. The Stags travel to California with a top 25 national ranking to uphold, featuring No. 54 Marshawn Lloyd – RB (South Carolina) on offense and No. 148 Coziah Izzard – DE (Penn State) on defense.
  • In recent years, St. John Bosco has consistently been a high-ranking national power and are led on offense by No. 50 D.J. Uiagalelei – QB (Clemson) along with No. 242 Kourt Williams II – OLB to sure up the defense.

No. 10 Narbonne (Calif.) vs. Buchanan (Calif.)
11 p.m. on ESPNU from Buchanan High School in Clovis, Calif.

  • Narbonne improved as the season progressed last year, winning nine consecutive games on their way to an LA City Section Open Division Championship. Nearly a dozen seniors fielding multiple Division I offers return, including No. 269 – WR transfer Traeshon Holden (Alabama), as well as 2021 standout QB Jake Garcia.
  • Buchanan advanced to the CIF Central Section D1 semifinals last season behind their RB, No. 38 Kendall Milton, who is joined on offense by nine starters returning from a team that went 10-3 last year.

Sunday, August 25
Southern Columbia (Pa.) vs. Hammond School (S.C.)
2 p.m. on ESPN2 from Hammond School in Columbia, S.C.

  • Both Southern Columbia and Hammond School are coming off undefeated state championship seasons.
  • Southern Columbia features the No. 4 ranked player in the country Julian Flemming, who is the No. 1 ranked WR (Ohio State).
  • Hammond School’s stout defensive line features the No. 6 player – DE Jordan Burch, as well as No. 221 Alex Huntley – OG (South Carolina).

ESPN 300 Participants

ESPN RankPlayerPos.High SchoolCollege Commitment*
4Julian FlemingWRSouthern Columbia (PA)Ohio State
5Chris BraswellDESt. Frances (MD)Alabama
6Jordan BurchDEHammond (SC) 
38Kendall MiltonRBBuchanan (CA) 
47Marcus RosemyWRSt. Thomas Aquinas (FL)Georgia
50D.J. UiagaleleiQB-PPSt. John Bosco (CA)Clemson
54Marshawn LloydRBDeMatha (MD)South Carolina
80Marcus DumervilOTSt. Thomas Aquinas (FL) 
81Henry GrayCBMiami Central (FL) 
85Jaylan KnightonRBDeerfield Beach (FL) 
90Thaiu Jones-BellWRCarol City (FL)Alabama
109Luke HillCBSt. Frances (MD)Oregon
111Trenton SimpsonOLBMallard Creek (NC)Auburn
128Dominic BaileyDTSt. Frances (MD)Tennessee
148Coziah IzzardDEDeMatha (MD)Penn State
161Samuel AnaeleDECarol City (FL)Kentucky
172Demon ClowneyDESt. Frances (MD)LSU
173Blake CorumRBSt. Frances (MD) Michigan
177Marc BrittWRCarol City (FL) 
193Jordan TolesSSt. Frances (MD) LSU
221Alex HuntleyOGHammond (SC)South Carolina
231Derek WingoATHSt. Thomas Aquinas (FL)Florida
242Kourt Williams IIOLBSt. John Bosco (CA) 
269Traeshon HoldenWRNarbonne (CA)Alabama
298Jahvante RoyalATHSt. Thomas Aquinas (FL)Pittsburgh

*Please note: No player has signed with a school
All ESPN 300 Rankings and Verbal Commitments are up-to-date as of July 8, 2019

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