Los Angeles Preps: Alex Jackson

Dorsey's Allison picks Wazzu

January, 30, 2012
Washington State has nabbed another underrated Southern California prospect.

On Monday night it was Dorsey linebacker Jeremiah Allison who committed to new Cougars coach Mike Leach. The Los Angeles Times reported it earlier, and Allison later confirmed the news through a text message. He also had offers from Arizona, Boise State and UCLA, among others.

Allison, who competed in the inaugural U.S Marine Corps Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, was a fierce pass-rusher for Dorsey. He had 14 sacks for the Coliseum League champions last season, giving him a total of 34 over the last two seasons.

The 6-foot, 200-pound Allison projects as a hybrid end/linebacker at the next level. He joins Venice's Gabriel Marks and Teondray Caldwell, Culver City's Khalil Pettway and Alex Jackson, La Habra's Brett Bartolone and Gardena Serra's Kache Palacio on Washington State's list of commitments.

South East athlete Robert Lewis is also considering the Cougars.

Wednesday is the first day recruits can sign their letters of intent.

Venice's Marks commits to Wazzu

January, 15, 2012
Venice athlete Gabriel Marks committed to Washington State while on his visit to Pullman over the weekend, ESPNU Recruiting's Greg Biggins reported Sunday.

Marks had previously been committed to Southern Methodist but reconsidered his options after coach Adrian Klemm left SMU for UCLA.

Marks, who was chosen by City Section coaches as the defensive player of the year, intends to play receiver at the next level. He joins locals Alex Jackson (WR, Culver City) and Khalil Pettway (OLB, Culver City) and Brett Bartolone (WR, La Habra) on Washington State's list of commits.

National signing day is Wednesday, Feb. 1.

L.A. South: Recruiting roundup

December, 19, 2011
With the high school football season completed, we give you a list of the top 50 prospects in south Los Angeles County for the class of 2012, according to ESPNU recruiting rankings. (Notes: player's verbal college commitment in parentheses, and the list is sorted by ESPNU grades).

ATH Jabari Ruffin, Downey (USC)
DT Ellis McCarthy, Monrovia
WR Darius Powe, Lakewood (Cal)
WR Derrick Woods, Inglewood (Oklahoma)
WR Bryce Treggs, St. John Bosco (Cal)

ATH Kevon Seymour, Muir
RB Robert Lewis, South East (Southern Methodist)
WR Richard Smith, Long Beach Poly (Arizona State)
WR Alex Jackson, Culver City
LB Salamo Fiso, Long Beach Poly (Arizona State)

CB Randall Goforth, Long Beach Poly (Arizona State)
CB Brandon Beaver, Dominguez
LB Matt Rowe, Long Beach Poly (Arizona State)
WR Cameron Countryman, Beverly Hills (Penn)
ATH Jaydon Mickens, Dorsey

WR Darreus Rogers, Carson (USC)
WR Malik Gilmore, Lakewood (Oregon State)
WR Josiah Blandin, Long Beach Poly (Arizona State)
OL Lacy Westbrook, Dominguez (UCLA)
DL Alonzo Williams, Long Beach Poly (Texas A&M)

WR Gabriel Marks, Venice (Southern Methodist)
LB Jeremiah Allison, Dorsey
LB Khalil Pettway, Culver City
WR Dwayne Washington, Gahr (Washington)
WR Delshawn McClellon, Gahr (Utah)

ATH Taylor LaGace, Arcadia (UCLA)
CB Alphonso Marsh, Dominguez
WR Kodi Whitfield, Loyola (Stanford)
DL Damion Turpin, Dominguez (Washington)
ATH Chris Miller, Diamond Ranch (Oregon State)

OL Gerrad Kough, Pomona (Colorado)
ATH Dalis Bruce, St. John Bosco
OL Chase Eldredge, Palos Verdes (Oregon State)
ATH Trayvon Watson, West Adams (UCLA)
DL Kristopher Cooper, Gardena Serra

RB Tairen Owens, Muir (Washington)
LB Thomas Brown, Gardena Serra (Nebraska)
OL Chad Wheeler, Santa Monica (USC)
FB Ryan McDaniel, North Torrance (Washington)
CB Raymond Ford, Gardena Serra (UCLA)

ATH Diamonte Wiggins, Lynwood
OL Justin Johnson, Dorsey
CB Chaz Anderson, Loyola (Boise State)
QB Myles Carr, Arcadia
S Devian Shelton, Inglewood

DL Dejon Allen, Dominguez (Arizona State)
S Patrick Wooten, Gardena Serra
ATH Chris Solomon, West Covina
DB Ajee Montes, Bishop Amat
DL Darien Barrett, Inglewood (San Diego State)

Underdog Culver City still dancing

December, 7, 2011
Culver City looks like the team of destiny.

No one expected the Centaurs to make it past top-seeded Gardena Serra in the first round, let alone make it to Friday night's Western Division championship game at Arroyo Grande.

The team's three representatives were all smiles Monday morning at the CIF-Southern Section championships luncheon in Long Beach. But don't think they're happy just to have made it this far.

"We've taken that underdog role through this playoff run," senior receiver Alex Jackson said. "We're the Cinderella team."

The dance began with a complex waltz against local giant Serra. Culver City (10-3) came away with the surprise of the playoffs.

"It was a big win for us," senior captain Kevin Porche said. "Serra had been there many times before but we played hard."

Then, after a second-round blowout of Santa Maria Righetti, the Centaurs drew Ocean League rival Santa Monica, which had taken league and beaten Culver City 17-14 in November.

"We wanted the revenge," said senior quarterback Lukas O'Connor, who has passed for 3,002 yards and 32 touchdowns. "They beat us on our senior night and we wanted to beat them to get to the championship."

Said Jackson: "It was good that Santa Monica got the Ocean League title, but it was bigger for us to get to the divisional championship."

Now the Centaurs, making their first title game appearance in 33 years, travel up the coast to face Arroyo Grande (12-1), which aims to avenge last year's championship loss to Serra.

And if everything goes right, you can bet they'll dance on the bus ride back to Culver City.

All 170 miles.

Blair Angulo covers preps for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.

Preview: Culver City at Arroyo Grande

December, 7, 2011
At the beginning of the football season, there were not many observers predicting that Arroyo Grande and Culver City would be meeting in Friday night's CIF-Southern Section Western Division title game.

Back in early September, the so-called experts and fair-weathered fans, alike, appeared to be under the assumption the championship would ultimately be decided in a matchup between perennial powerhouse Gardena Serra and the Cavaliers' heir apparent, West Hills Chaminade.

Sante Fe Springs St. Paul and La Canada St Francis were a pair of programs also considered as threats in the grand scheme. That is, of course, during the early stages of the year. Shortly thereafter, Santa Monica and Ventura emerged as players in the postseason race.

Nevertheless, Arroyo Grande and Culver City stayed the course. A victory is the only thing separating both programs from winning it all, and finally, silencing the skepticism.

In retrospect, perhaps the Eagles (12-1) should have been given a bit more credit. After all, they lost to Serra in the title game last season and returned several skill-position players.

It begins, and ends, with Brent Vanderveen. The 6-foot-4, 205-plus pound senior quarterback has completed more than 57 percent of his passes for 2,244 yards and 19 touchdowns. The Oregon State commit threw for 140 yards and three scores last week against Chaminade.

His main target has been Garrett Owens. The fellow upperclassman has 758 yards receiving and six touchdowns. Owens also plays on the defensive side of the ball. In addition, he is considered one of the Southland's top kickers. Several colleges are interested in his services.

On the ground, senior Henry Adelman has gained 1,120 yards rushing and scored 16 touchdowns. He is another one of the many Eagles players who plays on defense as well.

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