*QB Josh Rosen (2015)- Rosen played as good as he has all season and stepped up huge on the biggest stage. Rosen has some natural gifts- he has a prototype frame, a huge arm and is athletic. He has struggled a bit throwing the deep ball and with his overall poise in the pocket at times during the year.
On this night, Rosen was exceptional in both areas. He never looked rattled, stood strong in the pocket and ran very well when he needed to. He threw a beautiful 62 yard touchdown off his back foot with a man in his face that was about as good a ball as you'll see at the high school level. The great thing with Rosen is he can still get a lot better.
He doesn't always step in to his throws, relying too much on his superior arm strength and he'll improve in his ability to throw more accurately on the run. He's maturing as a quarterback and as a leader and he's definitely in the running for the top overall prospect in the West next fall.
UCLA Angle: The Bruins are doing well with Rosen, with it being safe to say they lead for him at this point.
*OL Damien Mama- The mammoth lineman had another strong game and drew praise from the DLS coaching staff afterwards. At 6-4, 370 pounds, there has been a lot of discussion that Mama is carrying too much weight but he was still the best lineman on the field and it wasn't close. We've said it numerous times but for as big as he is, it's amazing how well he can move and get off the ball.
Mama plays right tackle for the Braves but will move to guard at the next level. He's smart, aggressive, very physical and the emotional leader of the team. He's not just a dominant run blocker but has the lateral mobility to be an excellent pass blocker as well.
UCLA Angle: The word for Mama keeps trending that he's leaning heavily to USC.
*ATH Jaleel Wadood- Wadood was his usual standout self at safety and receiver. Some games he'll have a bigger impact on one side of the ball over the other and in this one, he really excelled catching the football. He had two touchdown receptions, including a 62 yard deep ball and looked like one of the quickest players on the field.
Defensively, Wadood was strong in pass coverage and solid in run support. He missed one tackle that went for a touchdown but as he continues to fill out and get bigger and stronger, his tackling will improve. He's always been very physical against the run and his overall ball skills and instincts for the position are unparalleled.
UCLA Angle: Wadood is one of the cornerstone commitments of UCLA's 2014 class.
*RB Sean McGrew (2016)- Two weeks ago, McGrew rushed for over 300 yards and scored seven touchdowns and without question, he was even more impressive against the Spartans. McGrew may not have put up the same gaudy numbers but he showed his toughness, that he can make yards after contact and that he can take a hit and not lose a step.
McGrew has incredible quickness and even better top end speed. He can outrun a secondary even when they have the angle but the durability he showed as well as the ability to spin off a defender and make the tough yards was eye opening. He may not be the biggest back out there, but he showed he's definitely a BCS level prospect and can play at the next level for just about anyone.
UCLA Angle: It's still really early for the sophomore, but the Bruins are definitely watching him with interest.
*OL Zach Robertson (2015)- Robertson was the perceived weak link of the Braves line before the game and we heard talk the Spartans were going to send a lot of pressure his way. The big lineman held up just fine and played a very strong game.
Like Mama, he's probably more of a natural guard in college but has the size and athleticism to excel as a tackle right now. He cleared some huge holes for McGrew when Bosco ran to his left side and after missing the first games of the season this year, look for him to have a breakout senior year next fall.
UCLA Angle: The Bruins have offered and are the strong leader for the 2015 OL.
*LB Chandler Leniu- Leniu had an incredible run through the playoffs and the more you watch him, the more impressive he gets. He's relentless in pursuit, hits like a truck and is very comfortable dropping back in to coverage. He's everything you want your inside ‘backer to be, tough, physical and a natural leader. He was all over the field against the Spartans and was a huge reason the Braves were able to shut down the Lancers usually dominant run game.
*DE Jacob Tuioti-Mariner- Tuioti-Mariner had a strong play off run as well and has elevated his stock to the point where he should be in the discussion for top defensive end in the state. He always plays hard, is very physical and is strong against the run and a solid pass rusher as well. His upside is very high as he has yet to take part in spring football practice since he's an All-CIF volleyball player. Once he gets to college and is locked in the weight room, he should take his game to a completely different level.
UCLA Angle: UCLA offered Tuioti-Mariner a couple of weeks ago and have moved into the leader spot for him. He's been saying he wants to take a few visits, but he could verbally commit to UCLA soon.
*DE Malik Dorton- Dorton struggled a week ago against a very good Corona (Calif.) Centennial team but was very good against DLS. He did a much better job getting off blocks and making plays and was tough in run support. He showed improved quickness chasing down plays run away from him and also played with an improved motor.
*DB Chandler Hawkins- Hawkins has established himself as one of the state's top corners and was very good in this one. He was especially strong in run support making several one on one tackles that could have gone for long yardage. He was strong in coverage as well and Air Force is getting an absolute steal in Hawkins.
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*DL Kahlil McKenzie (2015)- Despite constant double teams, McKenzie was still a beast in the middle of the defensive line. He's all of 6-3, 315 pounds and might be the strongest lineman in the 2015 West Coast class. He uses his hands well and has the quickness to split a double team and the power to toss a lineman a side and make a play.
McKenzie plays with a great effort as well and drew multiple holding penalties. He's currently rated a 4-star prospect but will be in the running for 5-star mention in the summer and will compete for top defensive tackle in the region honors, he's that good.
UCLA Angle: The Bruins haven't offered yet, but with how McKenzie has emerged it's pretty safe to assume McKenzie is one of the top defensive linemen on UCLA's board for 2015.
*OL Larry Allen- Allen is one of the state's top guard prospects and was impressive in this game. Some have questioned Allen's size but he looks all of 6-2, 285 pounds and is very quick. He's naturally strong and can really fire off the ball. Allen plays with a mean streak and great technique, not surprising since his father, Larry Allen Sr. is arguably the best guard in the NFL history. Allen was consistently able to get in to the second level and make a block on a linebacker or safety. He's going to fill out even more in college and should be recruited a lot more heavily than he currently is.
UCLA Angle: Allen has shown he's a high-major despite size concerns. The UCLA staff is close with Allen's father, the NFL Hall of Famer, and his recruitment very well could be going down the road to a UCLA offer. If so, the Bruins would be the leader.
*DL Sumner Houston- Houston plays on both sides of the ball and is one of the most physical lineman in the state. He played more tackle than end on defense and was very active. He's good with his hands and is incredibly strong. He'll probably play more on the edge in college but does have the frame to continue to add weight and could move inside if needed.
*WR Marquis Morris- He's going to USC on a track scholarship but as a football player, Morris is an intriguing player for sure. At 6-3, 170 pounds, he has a long athletic frame and can absolutely fly. He burned the Bosco secondary on a 52 yard touchdown reception and with the Braves stacking the box daring the Spartans to beat them over the top, you had to question why they didn't try and go to Morris a few more times.
*DE Boss Tagaloa (2016)- Just a sophomore, Tagaloa is another player that just oozes upside. He's big, physical, athletic, uses his hands very well and has a nice burst around the edge. He already has a college frame right now and it's scary to think how good he'll be with two more years of physical development and coaching. He definitely has a chance to be the top prospect in the state when he's a senior.
LB Simba Short (2015)- Short has a safety frame but plays linebacker. He's physical enough to play close to the line of scrimmage and a very good tackler. He runs well and shows excellent football instincts. Look for Short to be recruited at the high Div I level next fall.
DB Das Tautalatasi- Tautalatasi has been banged up most of the year and has only been able to play safety after starring at running back as well last year. He's a big hitter and when healthy, can fly to the football. He had some physical tackles in this game and is going to be a very good player for Arizona State but didn't have the same burst he showed earlier in the year.