Two of the traditional Southland powers meet in a CIF-SS Pac-5 championship matchup. Mater Dei is headed by four-star tight end Thomas Duarte, the #2-ranked tight end in the West, as well as 2014 cornerback Jonathan Lockett, a Scout 300 prospect for his class. Offensive lineman David Bright has a handful of Pac-12 offers, including a recent one from Stanford. The Jackrabbits have several FBS prospects on both sides of the ball. Running back Gerard Wicks, a Washington State commit, is strong and fast and runs with power. The secondary will be the strength of the Poly defense led by safety David Price and sophomore corner Iman Marshall. Arizona, Colorado and SMU have offered Price, one of the biggest hitters in the state. Marshall has been labeled a 'phenom' since the 8th grade and has offers from UCLA and Washington State plus interest from programs all over the country. Linebacker Jayon Brown is committed to UCLA and junior receiver John Smith has a couple of Mountain West offers.
Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw vs. Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne
Crenshaw is trying to keep their outside chances at the state bowl game alive. Led by UCLA commit Mossi Johnson and Utah verbal Dominique Hatfield (who UCLA has offered), the Cougars face a Narbonne squad that may be the best team in Southern California, is the heavy favorite to play in the Open Division state bowl game in December. Narbonne is paced by Washington commit Troy Williams at quarterback and defensive lineman Paulo Lepua.
(Wash.) vs. Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic
Bellevue is the prohibitive favorite to win the 3A state title, which would be its fifth in a row. The Wolverines are ranked in the top ten in the country by FoxSportsNext.com, and have really not been tested by anyone in state. And they're in their home away from home, the Tacoma Dome. Mount Si was chugging along earlier this year, unbeaten, before they met Bellevue in a league game, and promptly got walloped. Eastside Catholic comes in unbeaten but will need to play the game of their lives against a loaded Wolverines team, led by UCLA commit Myles Jack, the top outside linebacker in the region, 2014 two-way athlete Budda Baker, a top 10 player at his position in his class, and Sean Constantine, a linebacker who's headed to Washington.
Gardena (Calif.) Serra vs. West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade
The Western Division Final will be stocked with plenty of talent on Friday night. Chaminade is led by 2013 tailback Terrell Newby, who is having a terrific senior season that included an eight-touchdown performance against Harvard-Westlake. Newby is one of the top all-around running backs in Southern California and has serious interest in Cal, Nebraska, Oregon and UCLA. In the passing game, junior quarterback Brad Kayaa has emerged as one of the better junior quarterbacks in the region and has a real weapon in wide receiver Elijah Dunston, a Colorado commit. Two-way standout Donovan Lee has contributed mainly as a defensive back this season and should take over the starting tailback spot next season. Serra is always one of the most talented teams in Southern California, and this year is no different, with several big-time underclassmen. Junior cornerback Adoree Jackson is the top overall prospect on the roster. The elite athlete already has nine offers and has all the tools needed to be a true lockdown corner. Fellow junior Dwight Williams, one of the fastest linebacker we have seen this season, already holds five offers and will end up with several more in the coming months. Also keep an eye on senior linebacker/safety Ardis Perez. Quarterback Jalen Greene has made great strides in the passing game and will get attention from college coaches looking for a dual-threat quarterback. Greene has several solid wide receivers to throw to lead by Greg Webb and Jordan Lasley. On the ground, sophomore tailback Malik Roberson has rushed for over 1,000 yards this season.
Fresno (Calif.) Central vs. Clovis (Calif.) North
The Tigers are hoping to continue their playoff run against Clovis North. Fresno Central is led by UCLA cornerback prospect Johnny Johnson and the West's top prospect in 2014, receiver Michiah Quick, who UCLA has also offered. The winner here has a good shot at the SoCal Division One regional game next week.
Other UCLA Commits and Prospects in Action
Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde and UCLA verbal Poasi Moala take on Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser in the CIF-SS Central Division finals. Missouri City (Texas) Marshall and linebacker Deon Hollins meet Elgin (Texas) in the Texas State playoffs.
Redlands (Calif.) running back Craig Lee, Encinitas (Calif.) La Costa Canyon offensive lineman Scott Quessenberry, Memphis (Tenn.) East offensive tackle Christian Morris, Rialto (Calif.) Carter defensive tackle Kenneth Clark, Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe offensive lineman Kenny Lacy, Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial running back Jalen Ortiz, Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian cornerback Jermaine Kelly, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian linebacker Cameron Judge, St Petersburg (Fla.) punter Sean Covington, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran offensive lineman John Lopez, Fallbrook (Calif.) offensive tackle Sean Dowling, Mission Viejo (Calif.) offensive tackle Erik Bunte and Sandy (Utah) Alta receiver Ammon Barker all have completed their senior seasons.