Prospect Preview: Playoffs

A ook at the playoff matchups featuring UCLA commits and targets, including three games in the city of Ventura...

Game of the Week:  Long Beach Poly vs. St. Bonaventure
Poly is surging late as they always do and is led by national top 10 prospect Juju Smith. Smith will line up at safety, receiver and even some running back and is a major 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. In an amazing stat, Marshall went the whole season without giving up a single catch. After battling injuries, safety Elijah Moody, a Nevada commitment, has come on strong and can play the run and the pass. The Poly defensive line is very tough led by tackle Jason Fao and 2015 Scout 300 member Joseph Wicker. Quarterback Tai Tiedamann has a live arm and Christian Pabico is an underrated receiver target.  St. Bonaventure features UCLA target Bryce Dixon at tight end, a top five player at his position nationally and a five-star at quarterback, Ricky Town, an Alabama commit in 2015.

Bellflower St. John Bosco vs. Tesoro
Bosco has an embarrassment of riches with 13 players holding Div I offers. Jaleel Wadood is the No. 3 safety in the west and is one of the most dynamic players in the region.  He'll be visiting UCLA officially following the game.  Naijiel Hale, the No. 4 corner in the region, has committed to Arizona and rush end Malik Dorton, among the state's top pass rushers, has committed to USC. Wide out Shay Fields recently switched his commitment from Boise State to USC and cornerback Chandler Hawkins has committed to Air Force. The top recruit on the team is massive offensive lineman Damien Mama. Mama is the nation's top guard prospect and has his choice of any school in the country. Jacob Tuioti-Mariner has gained 20 pounds since last season and has established himself as one of the region's premier defensive lineman and UCLA is taking a long look at him and talented quarterback Josh Rosen is the No. 2 signal caller in the 2015 class and is UCLA's top target in 2015.

Corona Santiago vs. Upland
After a slow start, Upland rallied to win 8 of their last nine game. Junior quarterback Tyler Hilinski has made big strides this season and put up very solid numbers throwing for over 2,400 yards and 25 touchdowns. Junior safety Kameron Powell has played well all season and has established himself as one of the state's top defensive backs. Yet another junior, Elijah Jones has made a smooth transition to corner and had a very impressive season. Virginia commit Jeff Farrar leads the team with four interceptions from his safety position and receiver Trevor Wright has proven to be close to uncoverable with over 1,200 yards receiving and eight touchdowns. Santiago is led by junior quarterback Blake Barnett, who has quickly become one of the hottest recruits out West. Notre Dame is the current front runner here and he'll visit the Irish this weekend. UCLA safety commit Ron Robinson is a big, physical defender who can run and hit and could make the move to linebacker in college. Darien Haratyck is a sleeper offensive line prospect with some nice tools. At 6-foot-4, 285-pounds, he moves very well and has some definite upside. Jordan Huffman is a 6-foot-3 wide out and Barnett's favorite target. He has 58 catches on the year including 10 touchdowns.

Gardena Serra vs. Buena
Serra looks to win their fourth CIF-SS title in the past five years with 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.  The Cavs are the No. 1 seed in the CIF-SS Western Division.  Buena had a surprising win last week in the playoffs, but they've never made it to the CIF Finals in football and are known more for their girls basketball program.  Serra should have no problem with them.

West Hills Chaminade vs. Ventura
Chaminade has a balanced attack led by Miami commitment Brad Kaaya at quarterback who was recently offered by UCLA and USC and running back Donovan Lee who has offers from Colorado and Colorado State among others as well as his 2016 brother, Dymond Lee, who has an offer from Miami.. Defensively, Chaminade is led by UCLA commit Jojo McIntosh.  Chaminade is the No. 2 seed in the Western Division playoffs.  Ventura has won a couple of CIF-SS titles before and is one of the finest football programs in Ventura County historically.  The game will be played at Eric Turner Field, named after the All-American UCLA and Ventura HS alum.  The Cougars top prospect is Tevin Krall, a defensive lineman who has some FBS offers.  The Cougars will likely give Chaminade their toughest test.

Houston (Texas) Lamar vs. Houston (Texas) Alief Taylor
These two met against each other last season. Of course this was only one of the stopping points as Lamar was on its way to a state title run. Lamar is geared up and ready to get back there with an undrafted record up to this point. This team is led by quarterback Darrell Colbert, who is having an awesome year through the air and on the ground. Colbert (a three-star), along with one of his top targets in Shelby Walker is committed to SMU. Top 2015 running back Ronnie Wesley is one to watch while offensive lineman Braylon Hyder, also with SMU leads the guys up front. Defensively, Baylor defensive line commitment Ira Lewis is solid on the line. In the secondary players like John Bonney (Texas commit), recent UCLA commit John Plattenburg and top 2015 recruit Holton Hill, who has quickly established himself as one of the best secondary players in the country. For Taylor, there is no shortage of talent here either as wide receiver Keenen Brown and cornerback Chris Hardeman, both Oklahoma State commits will be ready to go. Brown is the go-to in the passing game and Hardeman is known to man up the opponent's top receiver. Look for Romello Brooker, a recent Houston commit, to be highly involved in the passing game as well. Also in the secondary, safety Josh Kalu, a Nebraska commit, is active on the back end as is Kenneth McGruder, a 2015 watch player.

El Cerrito vs. Novato
El Cerrito is led by UCLA commit Adarius Pickett, who's shining at both running back and cornerback for El Cerrito and after losing in the CIF-NCS finals a year ago, they had no problems last week in their first round win.

Corona Centennial vs. Temecula Chaparral
Centennial continue in their quest for their fifth CIF-SS Inland title in the past seven years and are the No. 2 seed in the Inland Division.  The Huskies are led by UCLA commit Barry Ware at receiver and UCLA target Tre Watson at running back.

Los Angeles View Park vs. Los Angeles Douglass
Led by newest UCLA verbal Cameron Griffin, View Park is the top seed in the CIF-City Section playoffs and face Douglass in their second round matchup.

Lompoc vs. Santa Monica
Lompoc and UCLA target Ainuu Taua take on Santa Monica, which is loaded with 2015 talent in their front seven.

Chandler (Ariz.) vs. Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton
After beating Hamilton for the first time ever earlier this year, Chandler meets them again in the playoffs.  UCLA commit Dionte Sykes and 2015 quarterback recruit Bryce Perkins take on a Hamilton squad, which features five-star tackle Casey Tucker and four-star defensive end Qualen Cunningham.

Carmel (Ind.) vs. Warren Central (Ind.)
Headlining Carmel is wide receiver Austin Roberts, who committed to UCLA this summer and they'll place Warren next Saturday in the 6A State Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Auburn (Ala.) vs. Carver (Ala.)
Auburn is led on defense by UCLA commit Antreal Allen in the secondary and one of their chief linebacker targets, Rashaan Evans and they face Carver in the third round of the playoffs.

Sarasota (Fla.) Booker vs. Hardee (Fla.)
With new UCLA commit Marlon Mack, Booker plays Hardee in the second round of the state playoffs.

Galena Park (Texas) North Shore vs. Fort Bend Hightower
North Shore with UCLA commit Najee Toran take on Fort Bend Hightower in a second round playoff game.

Seasons Complete
Compton Centennial cornerback Denzel Fisher has completed his senior season.  Elk Grove Cosumnes Oaks receiver Alex Van Dyke has completed his senior season. Pomona Diamond Ranch offensive lineman Kammy Delp has completed his senior season.


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