Weekend Prospect Preview: Week Zero

The prep football season kicks off in full effect this weekend up and down the West Coast and several of UCLA's commits and targets are in action...

Game of the Week: Bellevue vs. Oaks Christian FSN Prime Ticket at 8:30 p.m. (Saturday)
Bellevue, the three-time defending 3A state champs in Washington (and eight of the last 10) travel to Southern California to take on CIF-SS Northern Division champs Oaks Christian, who knocked off three-time Washington State champs Skyline two years ago.  The Wolverines featured their vaunted Wing-T, which is never easy to stop for opposing defenses, especially early in the season, and they'll use the offensive line featuring Jake Eldrenkamp and Michael Kneip to lead the way for quarterback Tyler Hasty, who also plays cornerback.  The Lions welcome in new quarterback Luke Falk, who moved from Utah to Southern California, and the junior already has an offer Florida State.  Oaks boasts four-star receiver Jordan Payton and four-star cornerback Ishmael Adams as well as three-star linebacker Mendoza, with Mendoza and Adams splitting carries in the backfield..

Bakersfield Centennial at Mission Viejo at 8:00 p.m. on FSN Prime Ticket (Friday)
Centennial will start life without Cody Kessler, who is now the backup at USC as a true freshman.  Mission Viejo is one of the top teams in the country and the host of the Mission Viejo Classic.  The Diablos are led by one of the best offensive lines in the region, headed by three-star Colby Cyburt, a UCLA target and Austin Maass (San Diego State commit), and they'll open holes for quarterback Alex Bridgford and USC commit Jahleel Pinner and newcomer Buzzy Yokoyama.

Encino Crespi at Compton Dominguez
One of the most talent laden games in the country, and one with a number of UCLA recruits involved, takes place as Crespi's four-star offensive linemen Jordan Simmons and under-recruited three-star wide receiver Chris Harper travel to Compton to take on Dominguez and 10 D1 prospects in the Class of 2012 headlined by Scout 300 members Brandon Beaver and Lacy Westbrook, both big Bruin targets, as well as Damion Turpin, a defensive linemen with a UCLA offer.  Keep an eye on 2013 Crespi safety Tyler Foreman.  

San Jose Independence vs. Fresno Bullard
In a contest featuring two top lineman, Independence's Fernando Villanueva and Bullard's Stephon McCray, it's UCLA commit Ian Taubler who is the top prospect in this game, playing tight end and defensive end for Bullard.

Sherman Oaks Notre Dame at Gardena Serra
An intriguing matchup of two traditionally strong programs has a Serra team hit by graduating facing a fast improving Notre Dame squad.  The Cavs are led by UCLA commit Raymond Ford as well as a couple of UCLA recruits like Thomas Brown and Kache Palacio.  The Knighs have 2013 running back Khalfani Muhammed, who has a UCLA offer, and 2013 quarterback Kelly Hilinski.

Honolulu Punahou at Vista
Vista will welcome the Hawaiian powerhouse, which features UCLA commit Steven Lakalaka and UCLA targets DeForest Buckner and Luke Kaumatule, the four-star defensive ends, though Kaumatule has been lost for the season with a knee injury.

Long Beach Poly at Sacramento Grant
The state's top skill position prospect, Shaquille Thompson, leads his Pacers team at home against Long Beach Poly in a rematch of the CIF State Open Division title game of 2008.  The Jackrabbits feature five Arizona State commits, receiver Josiah Blandin, receiver Richard Smith, cornerback Randall Goforth, linebacker Salamo Fiso and linebacker Matthew Rowe and top 2013 defensive back David Price.

Placentia El Dorado at La Habra
La Habra has won three straight CIF-SS titles and look to make it four in a row and they'll get things going this week against El Dorado, with UCLA commit Aaron Porter leading the Highlanders defense.

San Diego Cathedral vs. Spring Valley Steele Canyon
Steele Canyon is led by UCLA commit Mario Yakoo in the trenches and three-star receiver/safety Chanceller James is Steele Canyon's top skill prospect.

Lakewood at Los Angeles Locke
There should be ample opportunity for wide receivers Malik Gilmore (Oregon State) and Darius Powe, a UCLA target, to make plays as Lakewood faces an outmanned Locke team.

Euless Trinity vs. Abilene
Trinity has UCLA commit Hiva Lutui and a couple of other recruits that UCLA has targeted like linebacker Brian Nance, defensive end Polo Manukainiu and safety Laiu Moeakiola.

Dana Hills at Corona Santiago
The Sharks start their season against the Dolphins and the Sharks are led by UCLA commit Isaiah Folasa.

Other UCLA Commits in Action
Kona (Hawaii) Kealakehe and running back Psalm Wooching face Honoka'a. Bear (Dele.) Red Lion Christian defensive end Eli Ankou and Diablo Valley (Calif.) College defensive end Morgan Breslin are both off.

Other UCLA Offerees in Action
Los Angeles Dorsey and linebacker Jeremiah Allison host Los Angeles Jordan. Long Beach Cabrillo visits San Clemente and Kyle Murphy.  Puyallup and Joshua Garnett host Puyallup Rogers.

Other UCLA Recruits in Action
Chatsworth Sierra Canyon and quarterback Tyler Stewart visit San Diego Horizon.

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