UCLA Prospect Preview: Week One

A loaded slate throughout the West marks the first full weekend of games featuring almost all of UCLA's commits and recruits...

Game of the Week: Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North vs. Folsom (Calif.)
The Broncos come in loaded with one of the Central Section's best teams and they have a pair of Pac-12 commits plus several other D-I prospects on their team. Bolu Olorunfunmi, a three-star running back committed to UCLA, heads into his third year as the starter in the backfield and rushed for 130 yards last week in his season debut. Fullback Westin Hatcher, who leads the way for Bolu, is a Top 5 fullback in the West. Defensively, Bransin Johnson, Malachi Foote and Noruwa Obanor are a part of a secondary that has all three with D-I offers. Linebacker Hayden Haupt has a number of offers too. Scout 100 defensive tackle Jacob Daniel, a commit to USC, is the top defender on the Broncos, but a knee injury suffered last season keeps him out until next month. Folsom is paced by Washington commit Jake Browning at quarterback, the state player of the year in 2013. They also feature Arizona commit Cody Creason on the offensive line and 2016 offensive lineman Jonah Williams, who has a handful of offers. Folsom hasn't lost to a team not named De La Salle in the past two years.

Bellevue (Wash.) vs. Gardena (Calif.) Serra at Honor Bowl in Oceanside (Calif.)
Bellevue, the alma mater of Myles Jack, is loaded on both sides of the ball. Offensive tackle Henry Roberts is one of the region's top line prospects and just committed to Washington on Wednesday, junior Isaiah Gilchrist is a national recruit at cornerback and running back and fellow junior tight end Isaac Garcia has early offers from USC and Washington State. And quarterback Justus Rogers makes his debut running the offense to start his junior year. Serra is led by 5-star defensive lineman Rasheem Green and fellow 5-star linebacker John Houston. Stanley Norman is a play maker at corner and receiver and wide out Deontay Burnett has committed to Washington State. UCLA running back recruit Malik Roberson is back and healthy and will be a key part of the Cavs' offense. Plus Serra has other UCLA recruits like Brandon Burton, Oluwole Betiku, Blake Walls and C.J. Pollard.

Corona (Calif.) Santiago at Santa Margarita (Calif.)
In a matchup of two of the best quarterbacks in the country, Santiago will head down to South Orange County to face Santa Margarita. Santiago is home to five-star quarterback Blake Barnett, a commit to Alabama, who's made the jump from top tier prospect to all-around quarterback. Santa Margarita fields one of the nation top 2016 quarterbacks in K.J. Costello. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound signal caller was recently offered a scholarship by UCLA and USC, giving Costello more than a dozen scholarships offers to date. The Eagles also feature 6-foot-5, 235-pound defensive end, Rick Wade, who committed to UCLA over several other Pac-12 schools in July.

South Jordan (Utah) Bingham vs. Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman on FSN Prime Ticket
Gorman's 2014 Western tour puts them against a school from the third different state in as many weeks when Utah powerhouse Bingham visits Vegas. Bingham has 2017 Utah commit Langi Tuifua, 2016 athlete Kahi Neves and 2015 three-star Daniel Langi to lead them. Gorman has UCLA commit Alize Jones as their top prospect, the five-star tight end also playing defensive end. But a bursa sac issue in his knee could keep him sidelined this weekend after knocking him out against Servite. Gorman also has UCLA target Cordell Broadus at receiver and with 2017 quarterback Tate Martell, a Washington commit, inserted into the lineup last weekend to spark the Gaels offense, it could be his offense completely. Another 2017 four-star is receiver Tyjon Lindsey, who really burst on to the scene a week ago.

Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis vs. Honolulu (Hawaii) Pac-Five
After opening up with a nightmare schedule that saw them face the defending California state champions (St. John Bosco) and Hawaii state champions (Punahou), in two of their first three games, St. Louis sees their schedule lighten up a bit. Fred Ulu-Perry, the top center prospect nationally, who's committed to UCLA, anchors the St. Louis offensive line and also plays on the defensive line. The Crusaders also boast four-star 2016 receiver Drew Kobayashi and sleeper 2015 quarterback Ryder Kuhns.

Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou vs. Honolulu (Hawaii) Damien
Punahou is home to two more Scout 300 prospects that UCLA is recruiting, offensive lineman Semisi Uluave, who made his debut last week after initially being ruled out, and defensive end Canton Kaumatule, who's also playing tackle.

Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne vs. Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Poly is loaded all over and could have their most talented teams in years. DB Iman Marshall is one of the nation's top corners and will see time at receiver as well. Defensive lineman Joseph Wicker can play inside or outside, and is coming off a five-sack performance against Crenshaw a week ago. Defensive back Colin Samuel gives the Jackrabbits two of the biggest and most talented corners in the state. Josh Love is a smooth, efficient quarterback and junior receiver Jack Jones, who UCLA offered at their camp this summer, is one of the most explosive players in the state. Narbonne has 2016 linebacker Lawson Hall, who has a Mountain West offer and San Jose State cornerback commit Trevon Bierria leading their defense.

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco vs. Norwalk (Calif.)
This game is a mismatch on paper, the Braves just loaded everywhere. Bosco won the CIF State Open Division title last year in California, and rolled over Honolulu St. Louis in their opener. THey are led by the nation's top quarterback, Josh Rosen, UCLA's quarterback commit. The Braves have a slew of stars in their sophomore and junior classes too, namely four-star 2016 running back Sean McGrew and D.J. Morgan, a safety/receiver. Norwalk defensive tackle Dillon Faamatau, a prospect UCLA is keeping an eye on, is their top prospect.

La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat at Aledo (Texas)
A rare California-Texas matchup is actually one that features UCLA targets on both sides. Bishop Amat has two of the top junior prospects nationally in Tyler Vaughns, who is rated the nation’s No. 4 wide receiver, and Trevon Sidney, who is rated as the nation’s No. 3 cornerback. Vaughns claims scholarship offers from USC, UCLA, Washington State and Colorado State. He could make a decision at the end of his junior year. Sidney unofficially visited USC, Oregon and UCLA in the off season and is one of UCLA's primary targets in the 2016 class. Aledo has one of UCLA's top targets in the 2015 class, four-star receiver Ryan Newsome, who eliminated Oregon from his list this week, a school that many felt could be tough competition for the Bruins.

Upland (Calif.) vs. Redondo (Calif.)
UCLA linebacker commit Josh Woods is part of a talented Upland team which features two Washington State commits, Kameron Powell and Tyler Hilinski and 2017 four-star athlete Nathan Tilford, who has a UCLA offer already. Redondo's top prospect is San Jose State commit Amir Crear, a linebacker.

Murrieta (Calif.) Mesa vs. Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde
UCLA offensive line commit Tevita Halalilo and Rancho Verde, which features Florida commit Sheriron Jones at quarterback and Arizona verbal Cedric Peterson, takes on Murrieta Mesa in Week Two.

DeSoto (Texas) vs. Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy
UCLA defensive tackle commit Bryce English and DeSoto will host ECA, which is led by former USC quarterback commit and now West Virginia pledge David Sills at quarterback.

Manvel (Texas) vs. Houston (Texas) North Shore
UCLA cornerback commit William Lockett and Manvel will play a North Shore team that lost two true freshman who played for UCLA last week, Najee Toran and Zach Whitley, but has started the season 2-0.

Herriman (Utah) vs. West Valley City (Utah) Hunter
A matchup in Utah that features a Pac-12 commit on both sides, UCLA verbal Andre James and Herriman will try to get back in to the win column when they host Hunter. Hunter has tight end Noah Togiai, a basketball commit to Utah who has several football offers and the Utes are hoping he does both sports for them.

Orange (Calif.) Lutheran vs. Corona (Calif.) Centennial
The Lancers are paced by five-star outside linebacker Keisean Lucier-South, one of UCLA's top targets in the class as well as Nevada verbal Riley Brand. The Huskies have a great one-two punch at receiver led by California commit Greyson Bankhead and standout junior Javon McKinley. Also watch out for junior J.J. Taylor to have a breakout season at running back, receiver and returning kicks. He's not the biggest but he's as electric a player as you'll find in Southern California and he was the running back MVP at the Los Angeles NFTC. Defensively, Oregon corner commit Jihree Stewart leads the secondary and fellow corner Gabreal Hughes will be one of the fastest players on the field.

Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy and UCLA commit Victor Alexander play South Daytona (Fla.) Warner Christian. Lakeland (Fla.) Christian running back T.J. Simmons is out for the season with a broken leg so will miss their game against West Palm Beach (Fla.) Oxbridge Academy. Lodi (Calif.) Tokay receiver L.J. Reed is still out after transferring from Cosumnes Oaks and won't play tonight against Stockton (Calif.) Bear Creek. San Leandro (Calif.) athlete Stephen Johnson is out indefinitely with a foot injury and will miss the game against Union City (Calif.) Logan.

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