Prospect Preview: Week Five

A look at the week five matchups featuring UCLA commits and targets...

Game of the Week: Chaminade vs. Notre Dame
Chaminade has a balanced attack led by Miami commitment Brad Kaaya at quarterback who was recently offered by UCLA and running back Donovan Lee who has offers from Colorado and Colorado State among others. The Buffs are also represented by Rick Gamboa at linebacker who spearheads Chaminade's defense along with UCLA commit Jojo McIntosh at defensive back. Do everything athlete Koa Farmer (Cal) plays on both sides of the ball for Notre Dame.

St. John Bosco vs. Crenshaw
Bosco is led by a host of big-time college prospects including five-star junior quarterback Josh Rosen who should be back from his injury against Chandler on September 14th. Bosco also features a pair of the nation's best defensive ends in the country in Malik Dorton and Jacob Tuioti-Mariner. In reality, the Braves have over a dozen players who will sign scholarships, and two more are major UCLA targets, five-star tackle Damien Mama and four-star safety Jaleel Wadood. Quarterback Ajene Harris leads Crenshaw. He is headed to San Diego State next year. He is undersized at 5'10, but he has a quick release and a strong accurate arm.

De La Salle vs. Servite
De La Salle is the state's top team and once again is loaded on both sides of the ball. Defensive end Sumner Houston is an Oregon State commit and one of the most physical lineman in the region. Sophomore Boss Tagaloa plays on both sides of the line and will be in the running for top overall recruit out West in the class of 2016. At 6-foot-2, 260-pounds, he's a load to deal with and picked up an offer from Ole Miss over the summer despite barely playing last season. The line was also bolstered by the transfer of junior Kahlil McKenzie, son of Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie. McKenzie, who can play on both sides of the ball, played in Wisconsin a year ago and already has offers from Ole Miss and Washington. After being banged up earlier, Arizona State safety commit Das Tautalatasi is back in action and will also see plenty of time at running back. Talented junior Simba Short is another BCS player for the Spartans and will be one of the region's top linebackers next year and defensive back Kevin Griffin is a talented cover corner who has committed to Washington State. Larry Allen Jr., son of former Dallas Cowboy Hall of Fame guard Larry Allen Sr., is one of the top lineman in the west region and anchors arguably the region's top offensive line. Servite has been one of the big surprises in the Southern Section this year. Junior quarterback Travis Waller is a very intriguing kid and has made huge strides in the last year. He can beat you with his arm and his legs and will be a top prospect next year. The Friars junior class is loaded with cornerback Maurice Davison emerging as one of the state's best at his position, linebacker Jack Savage is a big hitter who can run and receivers Tony Brown and Equanimeous St. Brown already hold BCS offers. Another junior, Clayton Johnston lead an always powerful Servite offensive lineman.

El Cerrito vs. Richmond Salesian
El Cerrito is led by UCLA commit Adarius Pickett, who's shining at both running back and cornerback for El Cerrito and he is joined by teammate D.J. Calhoun, a USC commit who UCLA was recruiting heavily (and now Pickett is). 

Bellevue vs. Juanita
This is one of the rare out-of-state games that features players with UCLA offers on both teams.  Bellevue is the premier program in the state, as usual, and is loaded with top prospects. The Wolverines boast the Northwest's top player in Budda Baker, who'll play safety, running back and receiver for the Wolverines. The Wolverines also feature a pair of Pac-12 commits on the defensive line in Marcus Griffin (Washington State) and Shane Bowman (Oregon State). Offensively, Tim Haehl, who's headed to Harvard, starts at quarterback and will play behind an offensive line that includes Morgan Richey, a three-star guard, and 2015 Scout 300 tackle Henry Roberts. They also have 2016 athlete Isaiah Gilchrist, who's already got an offer from Washington. Juanita has a four-star of their own, 2015 defensive tackle Thomas Toki, who will try to stuff the vaunted Wolverines running game up the middle.

Carmel (Ind.) vs. Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central
Carmel features one of the best wide receivers in the state, senior Austin Roberts, who is committed to UCLA.

El Dorado Union Mines vs. Elk Grove Cosumnes Oaks
UCLA defensive line coach Angus McClure and receivers coach Eric Yarber will be at the game featuring four-star 2014 receiver Alex Van Dyke and 2015 four-star receiver L.J. Reed.

Auburn (Ala.) vs. Montgomery (Ala.) Carver
BCS prospects will be all over the field in this one, led by Scout 100 outside linebacker Rashaan Evans, of Auburn, who is down to a final four of Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and UCLA. The explosive edge rusher is often-refereed to as a "freak" with his quickness and explosion at 6-foot-3, 220-plus pounds. Next to him in the second level of the defense is a prospect with a slightly similar skill-set in Darian Yancey, a three-star Southern Miss commitment that was recently moved to middle linebacker this season. The Tigers also feature UCLA commitment Antreal Allen on defense, one of the more versatile secondary-men in the state. Offensively, Auburn's play-maker is Blaise Taylor, an undersized receiver that is a nightmare to deal with in space. Carver combats Auburn's steady defense with a great group of its own. Alabama linebacker commitment Shaun Hamilton leads the Wolverine defense, but the strength of the unit may be up front, with Southern Miss commitment Jon Michael Edwards and emerging sophomore Mac Wilson as the book-ends. Wilson has yet to hit the recruiting radar, but has made waves in the Wolverines' first handful of games including a three-sack performance in the season opener. Offensively, Carver will continue to lean on three-star Draequon Murphy, who is in his first full season as the starting quarterback. Murphy, an Arkansas State commitment, will look to run first and otherwise will look to talented pass-catchers Landy Capetillo and Ole Miss commitment Charles Standberry on the outside.

Chandler (Ariz.) vs. Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton
UCLA commit Dionte Sykes and 2015 quarterback recruit Bryce Perkins take on crosstown rival Hamilton, which features five-star tackle Casey Tucker and four-star defensive end Qualen Cunningham in a game that Noel Mazzone is expected to attend.

Other UCLA Targets in Action
Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch offensive lineman Kammy Delp takes on Hacienda Heights (Calif.) Los Altos.

UCLA Targets & Commits With Byes
Gardena Serra with everyone, Corona Santiago with Ron Robinson and Blake Barnett, Fresno Central with Michiah Quick and Tashon Smallwood, Oakley Freedom with Joe Mixon, Lompoc with Ainuu Taua and Corona Centennial with Barry Ware and Tre Watson have a bye.


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