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December 19, 2013

Pac-12 commits lead bowl teams

Friday marks the start of the eighth state bowl weekend headlined by the Open Division matchup between De La Salle and St. John Bosco. See who you should be watching including 15 players bound for the Pac-12.

Division IV Central Catholic (14-1) vs. Bakersfield Christian (11-3) 4:00 PM Friday: Central Catholic rolled to the Division IV state title in 2012, but should have a tougher task this year with quarterback Brandon Jones and Bakersfield Christian. Central Catholic will once again rely on the ground game behind Matt Ringer. Can the Raiders slow down Bakersfield Christian's passing attack? Central Catholic wins 38-28

Division I Del Oro (13-2) vs. Bakersfield (12-2) 8:00 PM Friday: Bakersfield will come out in a read option based attack led by dual-threat Asauni Rufus. He has accounted for more than 3,100 total yards to go with a defense which will show multiple looks. Del Oro counters with a power running game and play action pass attack. The defense led by Tanner Woods slowed down Serra's wide open attack last week. Outside of the Open game, this is the best matchup on the weekend. Del Oro 24-21

Division III Sacred Heart Prep (13-1) vs. Corona del Mar (15-0) 12:00 PM Saturday: The Sea Kings have rolled off 15 straight wins and outscored their opponents 521-140. They have held eight opponents to eight points or less. Sacred Heart Prep is averaging 280 rushing yards per game, but relies on a stout defense giving up less than 10 points per game. The Gators shocked the state last week with a 42-7 win over El Cerrito. Corona del Mar wins 14-10

Division II Enterprise (13-0) vs. Chaminade (13-2) 4:00 PM Saturday: Chaminade is a heavy favorite in the Division II game led by talented senior quarterback Brad Kaaya and a plethora of talent at the skill positions. Enterprise has rolled to a 13-0 mark behind the good ground game of Isaiah Matthews and size on the lines. Is it enough for NorCal to win its first Division II title since 2010? Chaminade 35-20

Open Division De La Salle (14-0) vs. St. John Bosco (15-0) 8:00 PM Saturday: This may be the most talent laden game in the state bowl series since the inception of the games in 2006 and one of the toughest tests for the Spartans. St. John Bosco can run it and throw it with success and boasts great size on the lines. Defensively, it is giving up 16 points per game against a very good schedule. De La Salle is coming off a 45-17 win over Folsom behind a potent run game of John Velasco and Antoine Custer. The defense is good at all three levels and held Jake Browning to just one touchdown last week. De La Salle 31-21

Top Prospects List

Larry Allen Jr. 6-foot-4, 285 pounds OG De La Salle (2014): Allen has continued his progression this fall and now sits as one of the top linemen prospects in Northern California. He is ranked No. 30 nationally among guards and has offers from Air Force, Arizona State, Boise State, Cal Poly, Colorado, Harvard, Hawaii, Oregon State, Toledo, Washington State and Yale.

Malik Dorton 6-foot-3, 227 pounds DE St. John Bosco (2014): One of the few commits Lane Kiffin was able to secure before he was fired midseason, Dorton is a 4-star end but could end up as a college linebacker. Ranked No. 40 in California, he is one of 14 commits for the Trojans.

Shay Fields 5-foot-10, 170 pounds WR St. John Bosco (2014): Fields was initially a Boise State commit before switching to USC in October. The 4-star is No. 41 among wide receivers in the country and No. 35 in the state overall. He is scheduled to take his official visit to USC on January 17.

Brad Kaaya 6-foot-4, 213 pounds QB Chaminade (2014): Rising up the recruiting lists this fall, Kaaya is ranked No. 194 in the country and is a long standing Miami commit despite overtures from local schools UCLA and USC. He helped guide Chaminade to an upset win over Serra-Gardena in the section finals.

Chandler Leniu 6-foot-0, 225 pounds LB St. John Bosco (2014): One of five St. John Bosco seniors committed to the Pac-12, Leniu will play his college ball at Washington State. He committed to the Cougars over offers from Fresno State, Iowa State, Kansas, Nevada, San Jose State and TCU. The 4-star linebacker is ranked No. 36 in the state.

Damien Mama 6-foot-5, 350 pounds OL St. John Bosco (2014): The 4-star prospect is ranked No. 41 in the country and the second highest guard in the Rivals rankings though he plays tackle in high school. With a wide array of offers, Mama has narrowed his list to Alabama, BYU, UCLA and USC. He is scheduled to make a decision on National Signing Day. This could be one of the first of many UCLA-USC battles on the recruiting trail.

Jaleel Wadood 5-foot-11, 165 pounds CB St. John Bosco (2014): After taking official visits to Oregon State, Utah and UCLA, the Bruins snagged the 4-star defensive back. He is ranked No. 156 overall and No. 12 for cornerbacks. Defensive backs have been a priority for UCLA in this class and Wadood will join El Cerrito standout Adarius Pickett.

Kahlil McKenzie 6-foot-3, 316 pounds DT De La Salle (2015): McKenzie has been a dominant force inside for the Spartans in being able to play with quickness and power. He has offers from Arizona, Duke, Illinois, Miami, Mississippi, Washington, Washington State and Wisconsin. McKenzie is ranked No. 192 overall and No. 16 for defensive tackles.

Bar Milo 6-foot-5, 305 pounds OT Chaminade (2015): With early offers from Cal, Miami, Nebraska, San Diego State, Washington and Washington State, Milo is one of the top juniors to watch at the state bowl games. He is ranked No. 197 overall and No. 25 for offensive tackles in the 2015 class.

Zach Robertson 6-foot-5, 308 pounds OL St. John Bosco (2015): Ranked No. 126 in the country, four Pac-12 schools have reached out and offered Robertson in Cal, UCLA, USC and Utah. He reportedly has UCLA as a slight favorite in the early stages.

Josh Rosen 6-foot-4, 205 pounds QB St. John Bosco (2015): The top ranked junior quarterback in the country and No. 2 overall, Rosen is a big domino to fall in the upcoming quarterback recruiting game. He has offers from California, Duke, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Tennessee, Texas, UCLA, USC, Utah, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Washington.

Dymond Lee 6-foot-0, 160 pounds WR Chaminade (2016): One of the top sophomores in the state, Lee has an early offer from Miami with more surely to come flooding in over the next two years. He is an elite playmaker on the outside and will need to be a priority for Enterprise on Saturday.

Others to Watch Grant Bouma 6-foot-3, 220 pounds LB Bakersfield Christian (2014), Brandon Evers 6-foot-7, 275 pounds (2014-Washington State), Rick Gamboa 6-foot-0, 217 pounds (2014-Colorado), Kevin Griffin 6-foot-1, 185 pounds CB De La Salle (2014-Washington State), Naijiel Hale 5-foot-11, 170 pounds CB St. John Bosco (2014-Arizona), Chandler Hawkins 5-foot-11, 180 pounds CB St. John Bosco (2014-Arizona), Kevin Hayes 6-foot-3, 170 pounds S Bakersfield (2014-Oregon State), Sumner Houston 6-foot-3, 260 pounds DT De La Salle (2014-Oregon State), Donovan Lee 5-foot-8, 162 pounds CB Chaminade (2014-Colorado), Brayden Lenius 6-foot-5, 214 pounds WR Chaminade (2014), Joseph McIntosh 6-foot-2, 189 pounds S Chaminade (2014-Washington), Tyler Meteer 6-foot-4, 190 pounds LB Del Oro (2014), Larry Ross 6-foot-2, 230 pounds DE De La Salle (2014), Asauni Rufus 6-foot-0, 190 pounds ATH Bakersfield (2014-Nevada), Spencer Stark 6-foot-2, 305 pounds OL Central Catholic (2014), Dasmond Tautalatasi 6-foot-1, 185 pounds S De La Salle 92014-Arizona State), Jacob Tuioti-Mariner 6-foot-2, 248 pounds LB St. John Bosco (2014)

Ben Burr-Kirven 6-foot-1, 200 pounds RB/LB Sacred Heart Prep (2015), Matt Katnik 6-foot-4, 290 pounds OG St. John Bosco (2015), Isaiah Matthews 6-foot-1, 203 pounds RB Enterprise (2015), Jared Rice 6-foot-5 ATH Central Catholic (2015), Simba Short 6-foot-2, 185 pounds S De La Salle (2015), Drew Sullivan 6-foot-2, 306 pounds OG De La Salle (2015)

D.J. Morgan 6-foot-2, 185 pounds WR St. John Bosco (2016), Boss Tagaloa 6-foot-2, 286 pounds OL/DL De La Salle (2016), Trey Udoffia 6-foot-0 WR Del Oro (2016)

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