Friday Prospect Preview: Week 5

A big clash in SoCal between Serra and Taft and NorCal between De La Salle and Monte Vista featuring UCLA commits like Brett Nottingham and targets like Paul Richardson, highlight this weekend's prep action...

Game of the Week: Gardena Serra vs. Taft
Speed and skill will be on display on both sides as one of the best teams in the state, Serra, led by the three-headed receiver corps of UCLA target Paul Richardson, George Farmer and Robert Woods and junior quarterback Connor Preston face a Taft squad led by USC commit D.J. Morgan, Washington commit Brent Williams and elite 2011 defensive tackle Antwaun Woods.

Monte Vista vs. De La Salle
The top two teams in Northern California collide in the EBAL opener. De La Salle has not lost a game to an NCS opponent since 1991. Monte Vista could be the team that does it, behind the arm of UCLA-bound quarterback Brett Nottingham, who's been excellent this season, and the defense led by Dave Wilkerson, a commit to Cal. De La Salle features the running back duo of Tyler Anderson and Terran Ward, and elite 2011 defender Dylan Wynn.

Colton at Kaiser
Kaiser, with USC commit Anthony Brown and UCLA target Josh Shirley, who is getting more and more comfortable playing linebacker, take on a Colton squad that is paced by UCLA recruit Derrick Malone and cornerback Jonathan Mack, the younger brother of Bruin running back Christian Ramirez.

Oaks Christian vs. Long Beach Jordan
Paced by the newest UCLA commitment, Malcolm Jones, the Lions look to take out another non-league foe, this one from the Moore League when they take on Jordan, who's without star two-way threat John Timu for the season, a commit to Washington. Jordan does have, though, Princeton Fuimaono, another Washington commit, in a game that Husky fans will have a vested interest, but so will Bruin fans, waiting to see what the newest Bruin Jones will do.

Clovis West at Fresno Edison
The Tigers, led by two UCLA commits Wesley Flowers and Tevin McDonald, try to bounce back from their first loss when they took on their longtime nemesis Clovis West, who's been a thorn in their side for years in their final non-league matchup.

Chula Vista Eastlake at Chula Vista Hilltop
UCLA commit and U.S. Army All-American Tony Jefferson and Eastlake look to open Mesa League play with a win when they take on crosstown foe Hilltop

Bellevue vs. Sammamish
Bellevue looks to extend their streak to 17 wins over Washington opponents when they face Sammamish in KingCo play.

Loyola at Valencia
Junior quarterback Jerry Neuheisel and UCLA target John Young lead the Cubs into non-league action against Valencia, who's led by UCLA recruit Brock Vereen.

Corona at Riverside Poly
UCLA running back target Jordon James is back and healthy, witness his 300+ yard performance a week ago against Norco and the Panthers have a Saturday evening contest with Riverside Poly. Two others to watch for the Panthers include UCLA recruit Chidera Uzo-Direbe and 2011 prospect DeVante Wilson.

Brookhaven (Ohio) vs. Centennial
UCLA commit Derrick Bryant and Brookhaven face Centennial in their homecoming game.

Birmingham Brother Rice at Orchard Lake St. Mary Prep
UCLA pledge Earnest Thomas and OLSMP take on Birmingham Brother Rice in Saturday afternoon action.

Other UCLA Offers in Action
Los Angeles Cathedral and Anthony Jefferson will take on Oxnard Santa Clara. Palmdale and Josh Shaw visit Quartz Hill. Palmdale Highland and Christian Thomas take on Palmdale Knight. Pittsburg, though Erick Dargan is sidelined, faces Oakland Fremont.

Thursday Night Action
Los Alamitos and Shaq Richardson trounced Harbor City Narbonne and Sean Parker, 21-6. La Canada St. Francis behind Dietrich Riley downed Pico Rivera El Rancho, 42-7.

UCLA targets and commits off this week
Los Angeles Crenshaw, with Hayes Pullard and DeAnthony Thomas are off. Servite and Kirifi Taula have a bye. La Costa Canyon and Kenny Stills take the week off. Tesoro and Sil Ajawara have a bye before league play begins next week. Carson and Wade Yandall also have a bye. Santa Ana Mater Dei and Chris Ward are off.


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