Prospect Preview: Week Two

There are big games galore this weekend all throughout the West, including a matchup of two CIF-SS champions and another featuring two 2015 quarterbacks that UCLA has offered...

Game of the Week: Corona Centennial at Long Beach Poly at 8 p.m.
Centennial might have the best offense in the region but they'll be tested against an always tough Poly defense. Running back Tre Watson, a California commit, who UCLA is trying with.  is rated the No. 8 back in the region but showed he's probably a top five back after a record breaking performance last week. Watson scored seven touchdowns and showed a burst, great balance, vision and toughness. He can play for any school out West. UCLA commit Barry Ware is also off to a great start at receiver.  Quarterback Robert Webber may lack the height to be a Div I signal caller but is one of the most prolific dual threat weapons in the state and has a very live arm and the Huskies are huge up front led by Alabama offensive guard commit Viane Talamaivao. Defensive end recruit Jaylen Johnson has visits set with Boise State and Oregon and has made a smooth transition to middle linebacker and USC defensive end commit Austin Maloata is an emerging talent. Poly will counter with national top 10 prospect Juju Smith who will line up at safety, receiver and maybe even some running back. He's a difference maker on both sides of the ball. Junior Iman Marshall is a 5-star recruit in the 2015 class and will bounce between safety and corner. He may even play some receiver and is an incredible talent. The Poly defensive line will need to step up huge and tackle Jason Fao and 2015 Scout 300 member Joseph Wicker will be counted on to have big games in the trenches.

St. John Bosco vs. Chandler (Ariz.)
Two of the top underclass quarterbacks in the West meet in this interstate matchup, in St. John Bosco's Josh Rosen and Chandler's Bryce Perkins, the younger brother of UCLA running back Paul Perkins.  UCLA has offered both Rosen and Perkins, the latter as an athlete.  Bosco has an embarrassment of riches with 13 players holding Div I offers. Jaleel Wadood is the No. 3 corner in the west and has committed to California. He plays safety for the Braves and is one of the most dynamic players in the region. Naijiel Hale, the No. 5 corner in the region, has committed to Arizona and rush end Malik Dorton, among the state's top pass rushers, has committed to USC. The Braves top recruit is massive offensive lineman Damien Mama who has trips set with Alabama and Wisconsin and is close to setting Notre Dame. UCLA and USC are heavily involved as well. Chandler has UCLA recruit Dionte Sykes in addition to Perkins and 2016 running back Chase Lucas.

Gardena Serra vs. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame
Serra will take on Serra League power Notre Dame Serra has all the players, eight with UCLA offers, including committed receiver Jordan Lasley, as well as five-star cornerback Adoree Jackson, four-star linebacker Dwight Williams, three-star safety Glenn Ihenacho, 2015 five-star linebacker John Houston, 2015 four-star defensive lineman Rasheem Green and 2015 four-star running back Malik Roberson (who is out for the year with an ACL injury) as well 2016 safety Brandon Burton.  Notre Dame features Cal commit Koa Farmer, who camped with UCLA during the summer.

Palmdale vs. Orange Lutheran
Junior defensive end Keisean Lucier-South made his debut in the inaugural 2015 Scout 300 as the No. 2 defensive end in the country. His talents will be on display Friday night for his Orange Lutheran (2-0) squad when they host Palmdale (1-1) at Orange Coast College. Lucier-South has all the tools to be an impact player in high school and at the next level: athleticism, speed, and the ability rush the passer. What he lacks still is size, which he has plenty of time to gain through two seasons remaining of high school football. Lucier-South already holds a handful of offers from schools in the Pac-12 and SEC. Lining up against Orange Lutheran and Lucier-South will be Palmdale running back Demario Richard. The senior ran for 1,722 yards and 24 touchdowns just a season ago on his way to earning a handful of offers across the country. Richard, a four-star recruit, has narrowed his list and believes his five official visits will be to Washington, Arizona State, West Virginia, Tennessee and Michigan State.

Anaheim Servite vs. La Mirada
La Mirada is paced by tight end Tyler Luatua, a UCLA recurit and Dallis Todd along with junior Kevin Dillman, who UCLA has offered as an athlete who will power the La Mirada offense. Over 30 schools have offered Luatua, a tight end; he'll be taking official visits to Alabama, Notre Dame, and Ohio State. Todd is a talented receiver and Oklahoma commit who UCLA is still watching. They'll be receiving the ball from Dillman, a junior quarterback who built an early resume at La Mirada and is parlaying that into a host of offers. Servite's top defensive prospect is linebacker Jack Savage, a 2015 prospect who's father is UCLA baseball coach John Savage and on offense, Scout 300 receiver Equanimeous St. Brown, another 2015 prospect. The Friars are coming off an upset win of Long Beach Poly.

El Cerrito vs. Santa Rosa Cardinal Newman
El Cerrito is led by new UCLA commit Adarius Pickett, who had two interceptions in the opener and he's joined by teammate D.J. Calhoun, a USC commit who UCLA was recruiting heavily (and now Pickett is).  Cardinal Newman has 2015 quarterback prospect Keaton Dunsford.

Corona Santiago vs. Elsinore
The Sharks will be led on defense by UCLA commit Ron Robinson and at quarterback, 2015 passer Blake Barnett, who camped with UCLA this summer and was at UCLA's opener against Nevada.

Fresno Central vs. El Diamante
UCLA has their sights set on five-star receiver Michiah Quick, who's come alive in the past two games.  Central defensive tackle Tashon Smallwoood has decommitted from USC, where he's been committed since February, and UCLA is still recruiting him, and he's openly expressed that the Bruins are in his top five.

Compton Centennial vs. Lancaster Paraclete
With newly committed cornerback Denzel Fisher, the Apaches look to get their second win of the season when they face Paraclete.

Carmel (Ind.) vs. Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence Central
Carmel features one of the best wide receivers in the state, senior Austin Roberts, who is committed to UCLA. Carmel signal-caller junior Isaac James holds an offer from Indiana and is visiting Northwestern on Saturday. Tight end Nate Becker of Carmel is also worth keeping an eye on.

Auburn (Ala.) vs. Smiths (Ala.) Station
Auburn boasts UCLA commit Antreal Allen and their chief linebacker target, Rashaan Evans and they'll face Smiths Station in their third game.

Other UCLA Targets in Action
Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks receiver Alex Van Dyke will play Elk Grove (Calif.) Franklin.  Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch offensive lineman Kammy Delp takes on Chino Hills (Calif.) Ayala.  Lompoc (Calif.) defensive tackle Ainuu Taua goes against Santa Maria (Calif.) Pioneer Valley.  Newhall Hart with 2015 quarterback Brady White and 2015 receiver Trent Irwin will play Bakersfield Ridgeview.

Thursday Action
West Hills Chaminade and UCLA commit Jojo McIntosh defeated Valencia, 56-34.

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