Bruin Recruit Preview, Week 4

With so many players committed to UCLA, every week there are some great high school match-ups and this week is no exception, with UCLA commitments and prospects facing off against each other in a number of games...

Week Four features two games with UCLA commitments on both sides, including a huge clash in the City Section, and a couple more that have UCLA targets playing each other.

Game of the Week: Birmingham at Dorsey
Last year, BRO had two people at the Dorsey-Birmingham game, that the Patriots won, and little did anyone know that the game between the two would have four juniors who would eventually commit to UCLA just a few months later. Now that all four are back for their senior year, this game has added some significance between the future teammates, but also because since opening-day losses, both teams have put together some impressive wins. Dorsey dropped their opener in Utah, but since then has reeled off three wins, including an impressive win over Santa Margarita. Few schools are hotter, though, than Birmingham, who's beaten Long Beach Poly and Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, both when they were nationally ranked. Both of the running backs are headed to Westwood, Johnathan Franklin from Dorsey and Milton Knox from Birmingham, while each has a defensive player also following suit, Donovan Carter for the Patriots, and the Dons' Rahim Moore, who is, to date, the Bruins highest ranked commit.

Crenshaw at Culver City
In another game featuring future Bruins on each side, the Cougars, fresh off their long-awaited first win, visit Culver City. Clint Floyd, a prospect UCLA is keeping an eye on, has taken over the quarterback duties fulltime for the Cougars and UCLA commit Kemonte Bateman will be his favorite target. The Centaurs are led by quarterback Darius Banks, who puts the ball in the hands of another Bruin-to-be, Antwon Moutra, who has been having a strong season both at receiver and at safety.

St. Bonaventure at Crespi
The Seraphs daunting schedule continues when they visit Crespi in a game featuring a pair of top 10 teams in SoCal. St. Bonaventure has owned the Celts in the past few years, but this game will feature equal talent on both sides. The Seraphs are led by the nation's premier running back and UCLA target, Darrell Scott, and stud junior Patrick Hall. Vaughn Dotsy, who UCLA is recruiting, leads the offensive line for the Seraphs. Crespi had a bye a week after losing to Corona Centennial, but still have a chance for the D-II nod, provided they win out. This is the kind of game that is big for their strength of schedule. With Kevin Prince out for the season, sophomore Brian Bennett has filled in admirably, but expect UCLA committed safety E.J. Woods to carry a bigger load at running back, along with Austin Shanks.

Huntington Beach Edison at Mater Dei
This game features two of the best quarterbacks in the country, regardless of class, in Edison's Nick Crissman, committed to UCLA, and Mater Dei's Matt Barkley, the top passer in the class of 2009. Barkley has been on fire since the beginning of the year, using his multitude of receivers, highlighted by Carlo Valdes and Robbie Boyer, both who camped at UCLA this summer. Crissman came back last week against Servite, his first action since the season opener after having his appendix removed. He was victimized by receivers dropping six passes, but after another week of getting back in the offense, should be sharper. But he'll have his work cut out for him in a very tough game against Mater Dei, the top-ranked team in SoCal.

Venice at Oaks Christian
For the first time in four years, Oaks Christian lost a game, dropping a road contest at St. Bonaventure last week. Venice, on the other hand, is unbeaten in 2007, thanks to the three-headed offensive monster of quarterback Richard Ragland, running back Curtis McNeal (USC) and receiver Jerry Johnson (UCLA). This game was closer than people expected a year ago, when a loaded Oaks team beat Venice on the road. This year, Venice has just as much talent, if not more, but has to visit Westlake Village.

Temecula Chaparral at Santiago
UCLA commit Anthony Dye will be able to match up against a solid quarterback in Colorado commit Tyler Hansen in a key non-league game. Last year, Chaparral advanced to the CIF Finals, but that was with Talmadge Jackson carrying the load. This time, expect them to pass, which will be fine with Dye, who was in on over 30 tackles a week ago. Santiago's running back B.J. Iverson, who's getting some D-1 recruiting looks, was held to one of his lowest offensive performances a week ago, but expect him to get back this week.

Chino Hills at Etiwanda
Athletes will abound on both sides of the ball, Chino Hills featuring UCLA commit Cory Harkey at both tight end and defensive end, and Etiwanda boasting one of the elite receivers in the West in highly recruited Marvin Jones, who will also play safety. The Huskies also feature running back Michael Harris, a D-I recruit himself, whereas Etiwanda has another one in junior running back/cornerback Vincent Minor.

Long Beach Cabrillo at Compton
A Moore League opener for both, Cabrillo faces their second tough opponent after having played Mater Dei a week ago. Coached by former Bruin safety Marcus Turner, and led by his son Marcus Jr., Cabrillo won't find the Tarbabes easy, thanks to a stellar offense led by Donald Green. Defensively, UCLA commit Datone Jones paces an excellent Tarbabe defense, which has given up only 21 points in four games.

Carson at Harvard-Westlake
Carson was rocked by Long Beach Poly a week ago, and quarterback Dominique Blackman had a miserable game. They step out of City Section play again to face Harvard-Westlake, which is led by running back Theron O'Neal, younger brother of UCLA freshman walk-on Terry O'Neal, and UCLA commit Jonathan Martin, who opens holes for O'Neal in an excellent Wolverines running game.

Other Games for September 27th-29th
Alief Taylor at Katy (UCLA commit Aundre Dean)
Banning at Taft (UCLA recruit Craig Noble)
Burbank at Arcadia (UCLA commit Kevan Walker and 2009 target Todd Golper)
Colton (UCLA commit Damien Holmes) at Marina
Diamond Bar at Troy (UCLA commit Derrick Coleman)
El Camino (UCLA commit Nelson Rosario) at Rancho Buena Vista
Hart (UCLA commit Patrick Larimore) at Claremont
Hawthorne at Leuzinger (UCLA commit Uona Kaveinga)
Loyola at Dominguez (UCLA commit Aaron Hester)
McClymonds (UCLA recruit Allen Carroll) at Madera
Palm Desert at Hemet (UCLA recruit Hamani Stevens)
Palmdale (UCLA commit Connor Bradford) at Quartz Hill
St. John Bosco at Valencia (UCLA commit Marlon Pollard)
Tolleson at Mountain Ridge (UCLA commit Jeff Locke)


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