Prospect Recap: Early Kickoffs

AUG. 25 -- Several UCLA commits and recruits were in action during week one, with Josh Rosen and Osa Masina both starring in their opening games...

Game of the Week: Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco def. Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis, 63-14
California's defending CIF State Open Bowl champs and the No. 1 ranked team in the state, St. John Bosco, had no problem with the travel to Hawaii or their opponents, St. Louis. The Braves offense didn't seem to miss a beat despite graduating so many players from their 16-0 squad a year ago. Bosco totaled 585 yards in the rout. UCLA verbal Josh Rosen threw for 252 yards and a touchdown and ran for a touchdown in a little less than three quarters of work. UCLA 2016 recruit Sean McGrew ran for 179 yards on 14 carries and three touchdowns, runs of four-yards, 30-yards and 47-yards. St. Louis lineman Fred Ulu-Perry, a UCLA commit as a center, played at left tackle and according to Scout's Director of Scouting, Scott Kennedy, showed terrific feet and a bounce to his step. It doesn't get any easier for St. Louis, who plays Hawaii's No. 1 team, Punahou, next week while Bosco has a bye.

Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman def. Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep, 44-0
Longtime UCLA commit Alize Jones had a big night, with four catches for 125 yards and a touchdown, the score coming on the first play of the second half, where Jones took a short pass from Danny Hong and turned it in to an impressive and fast 80-yard catch-and-run touchdown. UCLA target Cordell Broadus had four catches of his own in his Gorman debut, racking up 35 yards receiving.

Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton def American Fork (Utah), 24-23
Brighton rallied for a stunning victory, returning a kickoff 75-yards right after American Fork went up by seven, then scored on a two-point conversion, on a block opened up by UCLA target Osa Masina. The five-star had a big game on defense, had a 40-yard kickoff return, opened up a slew of holes for Drew Jensen and helped Brighton in their comeback win.

Buford (Ga.) def. Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy, 17-0
Trinity Christain Academy came in with all the attention and more college prospects, including UCLA commit Victor Alexander, but Buford played rude hosts and shutout the defending Florida State champions, 17-0. Alexander, who just missed a pick-six, and the Conquerors defense only allowed 213 yards, but amassed only 72 yards of offense on their own and dropped their season-opener.

Herriman (Utah) def. West Jordan (Utah), 30-0
Behind the blocking of UCLA offensive line commit Andre James, the Mustangs ran for almost 300 yards and three touchdowns in a season opening shutout of West Jordan, their tune-up before they play top-ranked South Jordan (Utah) Bingham. The Mustangs ease at running the ball kept their offense in ground-control the majority of the game, with just 14 passing attempts and no sacks for the Herriman offense.

Other UCLA Recruit Notes: According to Scout's Amy Campbell, UCLA commit T.J. Simmons, a senior running back from Lakeland (Fla.) Christian, suffered an injury in his teams preseason game. According to the school, Simmons suffered a fractured ankle, leaving the field on a stretcher with an inflatable cast on his leg. Simmons suffered a season-ending injury earlier in his prep career too. It's unknown how long Simmons will be sidelined. Lodi (Calif.) Tokay receiver L.J. Reed, a UCLA commit, will have to sit out the season opener against Hercules next week, and may have to sit a few more games in September to satisfy CIF SacJoaquin Section transfer rules. Reed transferred to Tokay from Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks.

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