UCLA Prospect Preview: Week Three

A look at the games this weekend involving UCLA commits and recruits in Week Three...

Game of the Week: Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman vs. Santa Margarita (Calif.)
It's a game that features UCLA commits on both sides of the ball, and could see them go against each other with Rick Wade playing defensive end for Santa Margarita and Alize Jones playing tight end for Bishop Gorman. 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. Gorman's 2014 Western tour puts them against another powerhouse. Gorman also has UCLA target Cordell Broadus at receiver and 2017 quarterback Tate Martell, a Washington commit, now completely running the Gaels offense. Another 2017 four-star is receiver Tyjon Lindsey, a versatile all-purpose weapon. UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone is expected at this game.

Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North vs. Fresno (Calif.) Edison
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. Edison has a pair of three-stars in their secondary in A.J. Greeley (Fresno State) and Tyler Horton.

Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis vs. Honolulu (Hawaii) Kamehameha
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. Kamehameha has Oregon commit Dylan Kane in the secondary and BYU commit Mika Tafua, who UCLA is watching, at outside linebacker.

Corona (Calif.) Centennial 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 has ten sacks in the first three games and that led UCLA to offer him earlier this month. 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. 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.

Upland (Calif.) vs. Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
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. Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei has 2016 four-star offensive lineman Frank Martin, who has a UCLA offer.

Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure vs. San Juan Capistrano (Calif.) JSerra
JSerra has 2016 three-star offensive lineman Luke Wattenberg, who has a UCLA offer and Yale commit D.J. Bailey, a rising defensive end/outside linebacker who's drawing more FBS interest. UCLA coach Angus McClure is expected to be at this game. St. Bonaventure has USC commits Ricky Town and Daelin Hayes as well as four-star receiver Lavon Alston.

Redlands (Calif.) East Valley. 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 Redlands East Valley, which is paced by four-star running back Malik Lovette, an Oregon commit.

Herriman (Utah) vs. Sandy (Utah) Jordan
UCLA verbal Andre James and Herriman take on Sandy (Utah) Jordan and Wisconsin quarterback commit Austin Kafentzis, in a game in which UCLA quarterbacks coach Taylor Mazzone is expected to attend.

Orange (Calif.) Lutheran vs. Long Beach (Calif.) Cabrillo
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 and UCLA defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich is expected.

Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton vs. West Valley City (Utah) 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. Brighton has the state's top prospect, and one of UCLA's primary targets, Osa Masina, leading them offensively and defensively.

San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills vs. Poway (Calif.)
With UCLA defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin expected to be in attendance, four-star cornerback Dechaun Holiday, receiver Martel Holmes and 2016 three-star Troy Warner take on Poway.

Riverside (Calif.) Poly vs. Riverside (Calif.) King
Martin is also expected to see Riverside Poly four-star athlete Ykili Ross on Saturday night against King.

Others:
DeSoto (Texas) and UCLA commit Bryce English beat Cibolo (Texas) Steele, 29-24 on Thursday. Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco and UCLA commit Josh Rosen has a bye. UCLA commit William Lockett and Manvel (Texas) look to stay unbeaten against Houston (Texas) Dobie. Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy and UCLA commit Victor Alexander play Madison County (Fla.). Lakeland (Fla.) Christian running back T.J. Simmons is out for the season with a broken leg and his team has a bye. Lodi (Calif.) Tokay receiver L.J. Reed is still out after transferring from Cosumnes Oaks and won't play tonight against Stockton (Calif.) Franklin. San Leandro (Calif.) athlete Stephen Johnson is out indefinitely with a foot injury and will miss the game against Oakley (Calif.) Freedom.


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