Prospect Preview: Week Eight

A number of big games involving UCLA prospects take place this weekend, in Week Eight of the prep football season...

Game of the Week: Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw vs. Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey
Usually the most talented rivalry in the City Section, Crenshaw-Dorsey is a big game with Coliseum League implications.  Crenshaw is led by UCLA commit Mossi Johnson, who starts on both sides of the ball, and is the heart and soul of the Cougars.  Dorsey features UCLA recruit Daquawn Brown in the secondary along with Jayme Otomewo, Billy Vaughn Jr., Joshua Hill and Delvon Hardaway.

Redlands (Calif.) vs. Redlands (Calif.) East Valley
Once set to be a battle of USC and UCLA commits is down to just a UCLA verbal.  Bruin pledge Craig Lee and Redlands have won six straight games since an opening season loss and they'll take on a Redlands East Valley team that is now without USC commit Kylie Fitts, who had season ending surgery this week.  Both teams are unbeaten in Citrus Belt League play.

Beaverton (Ore.) Aloha vs. Portland (Ore.) Jesuit
Aloha, led by five-star running back Thomas Tyner, who decommitted from Oregon this week, then recommitted two days later, and four-star offensive lineman Brayden Kearsley, who's committed to BYU, but plans to visit UCLA officially, meet a Jesuit team featuring three BCS offensive lineman.  UCLA assistant coach Marques Tuiasosopo is expected to be in attendance.

Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei vs. Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
The Monarchs knocked off Santa Margarita last week but again face a tough and talented foe in Bosco, who's not lost this season on the field (though has four forfeit losses).  Mater Dei features UCLA recruit Thomas Duarte at tight end and 2014 prospect Jonathan Lockett while the Braves feature a slew of talented 2014 prospects like Jaleel Wadood, Malik Dorton and Damien Mama.

Orange (Calif.) Lutheran vs. Santa Margarita (Calif.)
Featuring UCLA commit John Lopez on the offensive line, the Lancers take on Santa Margarita, who has UCLA recruit Riley Sorenson on its offensive line.

Fresno (Calif.) Central vs. Clovis (Calif.) North
The vaunted Fresno Central secondary features UCLA target Johnny Johnson at one corner, Bruin target L.J. Moore at another corner and Hatari Byrd, who committed to Oklahoma, but whom UCLA is still recruiting.  The Tigers also feature a 2014 prospect with a UCLA offer, receiver Michiah Quick and three other underclassmen they're watching, safety Devon Brewer, defensive lineman Tashon Smallwood and running back Nick Wilson.  All four are members of the Scout 300 for 2014.  They were handed their first loss a week ago.

Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde vs. Riverside (Calif.) J.W. North
Rancho Verde, led by UCLA commit Poasi Moala and four-star receiver Demorea Stringfellow, take on J.W. North, who boasts the West's top tight end, Marcus Baugh, a commit to Ohio State.

Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial vs. Phoenix (Ariz.) O'Connor
Centennial boasts two Pac-12 commitments, in UCLA running back commit, Jalen Ortiz, and Washington defensive end commit, Marcus Farria, and Centennial has outscored its opponents 131-7 in the last two weeks.

Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe vs. Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain View
UCLA commit, offensive lineman Kenny Lacy, and UCLA 2014 offer target Jalen Brown, one of the top receivers in the West, look to improve to 8-1 on the 2012 season when they take on Mountain View.

Bellevue (Wash.) vs. Renton (Wash.) Liberty
Bellevue is loaded with talent, starting with UCLA commit and four-star outside linebacker Myles Jack. 2014 athlete Budda Baker is the top ranked player in his class in the Northwest region and already boasts a double digit offer list, including one from UCLA, and he was at UCLA's home game against Oregon State earlier this season.

Other UCLA Commits in Action
Rialto (Calif.) Carter and UCLA verbal Kenneth Clark meet San Bernardino (Calif.) San Gorgonio.  Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian and UCLA commit Jermaine Kelly take on Panorama City (Calif.) St. Genevieve.  Encinitas (Calif.) La Costa Canyon and commit Scott Quessenberry meet Vista (Calif.).  Fallbrook (Calif.) offensive tackle Sean Dowling plays San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills.  Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian and UCLA commit Cameron Judge face Calabasas (Calif.).  Long Beach (Calif.) Poly and UCLA commit Jayon Brown take on Long Beach (Calif.) Millikan.   Memphis (Tenn.) East offensive tackle Christian Morris meet Memphis (Tenn.) Craigmont. Missouri City (Texas) Marshall linebacker Deon Hollins go up against Tomball (Texas) Memorial.

Brandon is in his eighth year with FOX Sports NEXT, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the FOX Sports NEXT Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the FOX Sports NEXT network since 2003.
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