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ESPN, in conjunction with Paragon Marketing Group, will air nine weeks of the nation’s best high school football games during the 11th annual GEICO ESPN High School Football Showcase across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. The 13 games in the season-long series are in addition to the 13 previously announced ESPN High School Kickoff games. In total, ESPN will feature the country’s leading college football recruits with 45 ESPN 300 players in-action and 23 State Champions taking the field between the 26 slated games in the Kickoff and Showcase.
The Showcase schedule begins Friday, Aug. 30, at 11 p.m. ET on ESPNU with an out-of-state game between Colquitt County (Ga.) at Alabama Class 6A Champion, Hoover (Ala.). Colquitt coach Rush Propst will return to Hoover for the first time since his departure following the 2007 season. The game will also include a top 10 uncommitted recruit with Marlon Humphrey (Hoover CB).
ESPN analyst Rene Ingoglia and play-by-play commentator Adam Amin will be the lead team across networks for ESPN’s high school football games this season.
The unveiled 2013 Showcase games currently features 23 teams in 12 games from 12 states. The schedule includes 10 teams that finished as 2012 State Champions: Hoover (Ala.), Godby (Fla.), Katy (Texas), Lake Taylor (Va.), De La Salle (Calif.), John Curtis (La.), Booker T. Washington (Fla.), Bishop Gorman (Nev.), Paramus Catholic (N.J.), and Gainesville (Ga.).The 2013 Showcase will feature 22 ESPN 300 ranked players, including:
St. Augustine RB: Leonard Fournette (No. 1, ESPN 300; uncommitted)
Paramus Catholic CB: Jabrill Peppers (No. 2, ESPN 300; Michigan)
Oscar Smith DT: Andrew Brown (No. 5, ESPN 300; Virginia)
Hoover CB: Marlon Humphrey (No. 9, ESPN 300; uncommitted)
Gainesville QB: Deshaun Watson (No. 16, ESPN 300; Clemson)
John Curtis WR: Malachi Dupre (No. 26, ESPN 300; uncommitted)
Chaparral CB: Tyler Whiley (No. 71, ESPN 300; ASU)
Desert Mountain QB: Kyle Allen (No. 74 ESPN 300; Texas A&M)
Godby OLB: Jacob Pugh (No. 108, ESPN 300; Florida State)
Paramus Catholic OT: Juwann Bushell-Beatty (No.122, ESPN 300; Michigan)
Booker T. Washington DE: Chad Thomas (No. 125, ESPN 300; Miami)
2013 GEICO ESPN High School Football Showcase Schedule (subject to change):
Date Time (ET) Game – Venue Network
Fri, Aug. 30 11 p.m. Colquitt County (Ga.) at Hoover (Ala.) Hoover Metropolitan Stadium ESPNU
Mon, Sept. 2 3 p.m. Godby (Fla.) vs. DeMatha (Md.) University of Maryland ESPN
Thu, Sept. 5 8 p.m. Katy (Texas) at Taylor (Texas) Crump Stadium ESPNU
Fri, Sept. 6 8 p.m. Oscar Smith (Va.) at Lake Taylor (Va.) Lake Taylor High SchoolESPNU
Fri, Sept. 13 8 p.m. TBATBA ESPN2
Fri, Sept. 13 10 p.m. De La Salle (Calif.) at St. Mary’s (Calif.) St. Mary’s High School ESPNU
Fri, Sept. 20 10 p.m. Chaparral (Ariz.) at Desert Mountain (Ariz.) Desert Mountain High School ESPNU
Fri, Oct. 4 8 p.m. John Curtis (La.) at St. Augustine (La.) Tad Gormley Stadium ESPN2
Fri, Oct. 4 10 p.m. Booker T. Washington (Fla.) at Bishop Gorman (Nev.) Bishop Gorman High School ESPNU Fri, Oct. 11
8 p.m. Pike (Ind.) at Carmel (Ind.) Carmel High School ESPNU
Fri, Oct. 18 6 p.m. Don Bosco (N.J.) at Paramus Catholic (N.J.) Paramus Catholic High School ESPN2
Thu, Oct. 24 8 p.m. Tuscaloosa County (Ala.) at Hoover (Ala.) Hoover Metropolitan Stadium ESPNU
Fri, Nov, 1 8 p.m. Gainesville (Ga.) at Loganville (Ga.) Loganville High School ESPNU
Christopher Walsh covers Alabama football for BamaOnline, 247Sports, and is the author of 18 books.
Hoover also plays @Florence High in North Alabama on the 23rd. I will be going over there since its only an hour away at most
County High @ Hoover? Damn, we're going to get massacred on national television.
Great to see Hoover Bucs on two times @ home. Go Bucs!!!
The game starts at 10pm central? Geez!
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