ESPNU will conclude Summer of Next with the 2015 GEICO ESPN High School Football Kickoff on August 28, 29, and 30. The 10-game slate on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will feature 33 players ranked in the ESPN 300, including No. 3 Nick Bosa (defensive end from St. Thomas Aquinas, Fla.), and commits from Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Michigan State, LSU, Ohio State, Penn State and Ole Miss. Additionally, the Kickoff will feature teams from ten states, including nine 2014 state champions. Three matchups will feature state champions going head-to-head. The 2015 GEICO ESPN High School Football Kickoff precedes the season-long 2015 GEICO ESPN High School Football Showcase
2015 ESPN GEICO High School Football Kickoff Schedule:
Notes: All times ET, team rankings are from USA Today and player rankings from ESPN 300. All ranked players are seniors.
Friday, August 28
Booker T. Washington (Fla.) vs. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.)
8 p.m. on ESPN from Brian Piccolo Stadium, St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Matchup of 2014 state champions.
Booker T. Washington finished 15-0 last season and No. 2, and enters the game on a 41-game winning streak
Thomas Aquinas went 14-1 in ’14, finishing No. 25.
Defensive end Nick Bosa and WR
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return for St. Thomas. Bosa and Bruce are ranked No. 3 and No. 75, respectively, and Bruce has committed to University of Miami.
Oxford (Miss.) vs. Starkville (Miss.)
9 p.m. on ESPNU from Yellow Jacket Stadium, Starkville High School in Starkville, Miss
The Little Egg Bowl features a high school football in-state rivalry.
Oxford went to the ’14 state championship and finished 13-2. Wide receiver DeKaylin Metcalf, an Ole Miss commit, is ranked No. 280 and returns for Oxford.
Starkville finished 2014 with a 13-1 record, advancing to the state semifinals. Wide receiver AJ Brown (No. 66) and DT Kobe Jones (No. 167) suit up for Starkville.
Saturday, August 29
Miami Central (Fla.) vs. DeMatha (Md.)
Noon on ESPN from Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex in Landover, Md.
Miami Central won the state title and then the inaugural State Champion Bowl Series, finishing 14-1 and No. 5.
Miami Central has three ranked players: WR Darnell Salomon (No. 63), S Jamel Cook (No. 161), and DE Keir Thomas (No. 222). Cook and Thomas have committed to Florida State.
DeMatha went 9-3 last season, and returns two ranked players: DE
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(No. 16), a Penn State commit, and OG Terrance Davis (No. 137).
Spartanburg (S.C.) vs. Wakulla (Fla.)
1 p.m. on ESPNU from JD Jones Stadium at Reynolds Memorial Field, Wakulla High School in Crawfordville, Fla.
Spartanburg won the 2014 state championship, finishing 12-3 and returns RB
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(No. 31) who has committed to Clemson.
Wakulla went 8-3 last season and will be led by QB Feleipe’ Franks (No. 57) who has committed to LSU. Wakulla WR Keith Gavin (No. 77) has committed to Florida State.
Benedictine (Ohio) vs. Central Catholic (Ohio)
4 p.m. on ESPNU from Gallagher Stadium, Central Catholic High School in Toledo, Ohio
A matchup of defending state champions.
Benedictine went 14-1 last season and returns WR Justin Layne (No. 247) who has committed to Michigan State.
Central Catholic finished 13-2.
Arlington Martin (Texas) vs. DeSoto (Texas)
5 p.m. on ESPN2 from Vernon Newsom Stadium in Mansfield, Texas.
First game of a doubleheader at Vernon Newsom Stadium.
DeSoto finished last year 10-2 and returns QB Tristen Wallace (No. 129) who has committed to Ohio State and WR Dee Anderson (No. 175), an LSU commit.
Arlington Martin is coming off a 10-3 season.
Peachtree Ridge (Ga.) vs. Archer (Ga.)
7 p.m. on ESPNU from Archer County Stadium, Archer High School in Lawrenceville, Ga.