Prospect Preview: CIF State Bowls

There are several UCLA recruits playing in the CIF State Bowl Games this weekend in Carson at the Home Depot Center, including a UCLA commit in Jayon Brown...


CIF State Football Championship Division IV Bowl Game- Solana Beach (Calif.) Santa Fe Christian vs. Modesto (Calif.) Central Catholic at Home Depot Center at 4:00 p.m.
The state bowl games kickoff with a matchup of teams from the SacJoaquin Section and the San Diego Section.  Santa Fe Christian is led by their quarterback-running back combo of Hunter Vacarro behind center and Tony Miro at running back.  Meanwhile, Central Catholic is led by one of the top tight ends in the West, John Mundt, a commit to Oregon, who also plays on defense, and has been a huge part of the Raiders' success this season, on both sides of the ball. 

CIF State Football Championship Division I Bowl Game- Long Beach (Calif.) Poly vs. Granite Bay (Calif.) at Home Depot Center at 8:00 p.m.
Long Beach Poly, regarded as arguably the top talent producer in all of high school football over the past twenty years, is once again loaded with college level talent at several positions. The top overall prospect for the Jackrabbits is sophomore cornerback Iman Marshall. The elite 2015 corner has been stellar all season. Junior safety John Smith has great size, physicality and ball skills and has a handful of offers. UCLA linebacker commit Jayon Brown is another big-time prospect that plays with a lot of passion and attitude. On the offensive side of the ball, Washington State tailback commit Gerard Wicks is a tremendous power backs and is a great get for Mike Leach.  Manusamoa Lu'uga also carries the ball for the Jackrabbits.  Junior quarterback Eban Jackson took control of the Poly offense last week in their win over Clovis North.  Granite Bay has rebounded from a 1-3 start and is playing in the state bowl game for the first time.   They're led by Beau Hershberger, the linebacker who's been the anchor of their defense this season.  Grant Caraway runs the Grizzlies offense and the two-headed running back duo of John Cooley and Tony Ellison has been a key to their streak, combining for over 2,700 yards. 


Saturday: CIF State Football Championship Division III Bowl Game- San Diego (Calif.) Madison vs. Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic at Home Depot Center at 12:00 p.m.
Madison has a pair of Arizona commitments leading the way. Running back Pierre Cormier is one of the most explosive backs in the region and rushed for 1,976 yards and 26 touchdowns. Cormier committed to the Cats over Washington, UCLA and several others. Fellow UA commit Lee Walker is an explosive receiver and return man and caught 11 touchdowns this past season. Junior defensive back/receiver Michael Garner has already been offered by Arizona and could play on either side of the ball in college. Marin Catholic has one of the nation's top quarterbacks in Jared Goff. Goff had a strong showing at the Elite 11 QB Camp in the summer and had a big season throwing for 3,430 yards and 36 touchdowns.Offensive lineman Gunnar Graham is a Colorado commit and was the league lineman of the year. Junior receiver Andrew Celis is Goff's favorite target and is a talented cornerback as well. He caught 66 balls for 1,179 yards and nine touchdowns this past season. 

Saturday: CIF State Football Championship Division II Bowl Game- Gardena (Calif.) Serra vs. Oakdale (Calif.) at Home Depot Center at 4:00 p.m.
Serra is loaded with underclassmen including potentially the top prospect in the state next fall. Defensive back Adoree Jackson is an elite corner with huge upside. He could be the state's top corner right now and is one of the nation's top long jumpers as well. Junior linebacker Dwight Williams is an athlete who can run and hit and will have double digit scholarship offers by the end of the spring. Junior quarterback Jalen Greene is a dual threat quarterback who can hurt you with his arm or legs. Senior receiver Darrell Fuery caught 11 touchdowns and has good size and body control. Oakdale doesn't have a BCS prospect on their roster but has a pair of 1,000 yard rushers in Marcus Northcutt and Nikk Ryan. Quarterback Spencer Thomas has thrown for 1,671 yards and 25 touchdowns and Austin Jones is a deep threat who caught 48 balls for over 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns. 

Saturday: CIF State Football Championship Open Division Bowl Game- Corona (Calif.) Centennial vs. Concord (Calif.) De La Salle at Home Depot Center at 8:00 p.m.
Centennial is known for their line play and they have one of the best tackles in the state in California commit Cameron Hunt. Hunt could play tackle or guard in college and has landed offers in the last week from Oregon, Michigan and Nebraska. On the other side of the line, DE Garrett Hughes has also committed to Cal and has had a very solid season. Junior QB Robert Webber may not have the size to play at the next level but he has dominated the competition this year. Webber has led the Huskies charge, but has gotten a lot of help from receivers Ryan Pascarella and Chase Krivashei, who both have come up with clutch catches in the last two weeks in game-sealing drives, against pretty vaunted secondaries.  De La Salle is still the only school to appear in every state bowl game, making their seventh straight trip to Carson, and they're aiming for their fourth consecutive CIF State Open Division title.  The state's top program features a loaded roster, headlined by U.S. Army All-American Michael Hutchings, a four-star outside linebacker who's committed to USC. He leads the Spartans' vaunted linebacker corps, that includes three-stars Victor Egu (Cal) and D.J. Moffitt. The Spartans were without Austin Hooper for part of the year, but the three star linebacker is back and healthy, and last week he had three sacks in their shellacking of Folsom.  Also on the defensive line, Sumner Houston, a 2014 prospect, who's the younger brother of Wisconsin freshman quarterback Bart Houston, reminds many of former Spartan four-star and current Oregon State defensive lineman Dylan Wynn.  Another 2014 prospect to remember is offensive lineman Larry Allen Jr., the son of former NFL All-Pro lineman Larry Allen.

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