Prepzone hits its stride this week with two of the best matchups you'll find
anywhere including more college prospects than some entire states. Here is a
look at the games and the players to watch this week.
No. 6 St. Bonaventure @ No. 1 Santa Margarita
9/21 7PM PST
Maybe the game of the year early on, this one could help decide who represents
the south in either the Open or D1 Bowl game at the conclusion of the
St. Bonaventure is battle tested having already beaten No. 9 Corona Centennial
and Redlands East Valley, but Santa Margarita presents a different test. The
Seraphs will lean heavily on running back Zachary Green (Arizona) who is a
punishing between the tackles runner and a good receiver out of the backfield.
Tight end Bryce Dixon ('14) could end up being one of the more heavily recruited
players in the Southland next year.
Santa Margarita makes its second consecutive appearance on the Prepzone after humiliating
Carson 72-0 last week. The starters should be crisp after many of them took
snaps in the fourth quarter with a 10 touchdown lead. Nebraska commitment Johnny Stanton may be the best high school quarterback in the country because of what
he can do with his legs and his arm. In front of him are a pair of D1 lineman in
center Dane Crane (Washington) and Riley Sorenson. The Washington Huskies are
well represented in this one with another commitment from safety Connor O'Brien
Prediction: St. Bonaventure will take the fight right to Santa
Margarita after the Eagles have preyed on three weak opponents to the tune of
162-6 the last three weeks. Sophomore quarterback Ricky Towns will need to stay
poised and manage the game for St. Bonaventure to have a chance. In the end, too
much power up front, too much Johnny Stanton as Santa Margarita holds on to the
No. 1 spot.
Narbonne (3-0) @ No. 8 Serra (4-0)
How much do we really know about Narbonne? While talented, the Gauchos have
blown out three terrible teams to the tune of 158-6. Serra has been in some
battles already including a win over No. 17 Notre Dame on Prepzone. Narbonne is
no fluke though, this same Gaucho team beat Serra last year and both teams are
returning a bevy of college level prospects.
Narbonne is led by Washington commitment Troy Williams at quarterback. Williams
will leave Narbonne having started games in all four of his seasons. He is
incredibly poised and has a plus arm with command of his offense. Cal commitment
A.J. Richardson is Williams' go-to receiver. Linebacker Keishawn Bierria is one
of the more unheralded players in the Southland, but he's one of the most active
backers we'll see on the Prepzone. He is looking at offers from the likes of
Arizona, Colorado, and Oregon State among others. Defensive end Paulo Lepua is
one of the fastest rising prospect in California and boasts offers from Utah,
Arizona, and Oregon State.
Serra is not exactly coming to the field empty handed when it comes to talented
players, though most of the Cavaliers talent lies in the underclass. Junior
quarterback Jalen Green is a strong armed lefty who can run by most defenders on
this level. Defensive back Adoree Jackson already holds offers from UCLA,
Washington, and Nebraska, and he will be tested early and often by Williams.
Linebacker Dwight Williams is part of a talented linebacker crew, and Williams
already has an offer from UCLA as well.
Prediction: Senior talent wins out over Junior talent as Narbonne
continues its winning ways in a hard fought shootout with Serra.
Valencia (1-2) @ Santa Monica (2-1)
Two evenly matched opponents square as Santa Monica looks to rebound from its
blowout loss to Mater Dei last week. Santa Monica will look to get USC
commitment Sebastian LaRue more involved in the action as he's a threat
receiving and on returns.
Valencia's Gabe Perez is a linebacker prospect drawing the attention of schools
from San Diego State to Boise State. He looks to be leaning to the Broncos at
Prediction: Valencia is able to contain Santa Monica and LaRue to
even its record at 2-2.
Birmingham (3-1) vs. Hart (2-1) @ College of the Canyon
The top prospect in this game is only a sophomore in Hart's receiver Trent Irwin. Irwin is a player I've likened to Reggie Miller of NBA fame. Irwin has an
elite talent and boundless energy to get open, just like Miller working for his
shot. Only Irwin's elite talent instead of shooting is catching. If the ball is
near Irwin, he's going to catch it. Big junior tight end Davis Koppenhaver is a
player to keep an eye on as well. At 6'5/210, he's not hard to find.
Prediction: Hart gave No. 11 Tesoro all it wanted in Week 1. The
Titans needed a game saving drive at the end of the game to eek out a 10-7 win.
Hart has won comfortably the last two weeks and should be able to do the same
Scott began with Scout as the Southeast Regional Manager in 2002. In addition to his recruiting responsibilities, Scott developed and ran the National Scout Combine series from 2005 thru 2008. Scott has been Director of Scouting since 2006 and oversees the Recruiting Rankings for Scout.
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