Los Angeles Preps: Alphonso Marsh

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)

Football: No. 19 Dominguez

August, 22, 2011
Expectations are high in Compton, given the amount of experience Dominguez has coming back. The team returns both lines in full and eight starters from a defense that, on average, gave up less than 12 points per game last season.

Headlining that defense are seniors Brandon Beaver and Alphonso Marsh, arguably the best cornerback duo in the state. Beaver is the 20th-ranked corner nationally, according to ESPNU recruiting. Marsh isn't far behind at No. 34. Opponents will find it hard to throw the ball against the Dons.

"They're two lock-down corners," coach Keith Donerson said. "We've had a lot of corners that have gone on to the Pac-10 and played Division I. Brandon and Alphonso fall right into the same category. Those guys can shut down the outside receivers and that allows you to commit eight or nine guys to stopping the run."

Here is a closer look at the Dons:

Team: Dominguez.

Coach: Keith Donerson, 23rd season.

2010 Record: 10-2, lost in second round of CIF Southern Section Western Division playoffs.

Returning starters: 15 total. Seven on offense, eight on defense.

Key players on offense: OL Lacy Westbrook, OL Dejon Allen (Arizona State commit), RB Daveyon Monette

Key players on defense: CB Brandon Beaver, CB Alphonso Marsh, SS Lavell Sanders, DE Damion Turpin

Difference maker: Replacing tailback Will Gregory (Hawaii) should be facilitated by the return of linemen Westbrook and Allen, and Donerson expects Monette to shoulder a heavier load this year. In a game which Gregory missed last season because of injury, Monette rushed for 153 yards and two scores in 17 carries.

Newcomers: RB Michael Garrison (transfer from Morningside), FS Kalan Montgomery (transfer from Lakewood), RB Eric Black (up from junior varsity)

Not to be missed: vs. Gahr, Friday, Oct. 28. The Dons captured the San Gabriel Valley League title last year for the first time since 2007. Gahr, meanwhile, figures to be the biggest threat to a Dominguez repeat.

Coach’s comment: "We're expecting to win a CIF [Western Division] championship just like we expected to last year. The expectation hasn't changed."

Final analysis: Dominguez only lost one regular season game last season -- to Bishop Amat by a score of 21-15. The senior-led Dons should build off of that and, with nearby powerhouse Gardena Serra in somewhat of a rebuilding year, are a favorite in the race for the Western Division crown. If the old adage about defense leading to championships is true, then great things are on the horizon for this talented bunch.

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