Los Angeles Preps: Delshawn McClellon

Gahr QB Richardson a stat machine

October, 4, 2011

California's leading passer is averaging 390 yards per game, has 19 touchdowns and ranks eighth in completion percentage. He spreads the ball around like an automated machine and directs a fast-paced offense that, for all intents and purposes, leaves opponents panting.

He's senior Eric Richardson of undefeated Gahr, and he doesn't have any scholarship offers.

"It'd be nice to get something," Richardson says. "I want to play at the next level. It doesn't matter where. I just want to go somewhere."

Richardson is on pace to finish with 3,900 passing yards and 47 touchdowns. College recruiters might be forced to take a close look if he stays on track.

For now, Richardson is just glad to be playing football. An injury to his throwing shoulder last year required surgery and Richardson missed the last eight games. While most top high school juniors were on the field making a name for themselves, gaining exposure and piling up written offers, Richardson was rehabbing.

"Yeah, it was frustrating," he said, "but it helped me see the game from the sideline. I prepared myself for this season knowing what I had to do to be a better player."

And if there was any doubt about Richardson's arm heading into this season, he wasted no time to dispel it by torching Long Beach Millikan for seven touchdown passes in the opener. Gahr (4-0) can claim its first San Gabriel Valley League title with Richardson calling the shots, and Pac-12-bound receivers Delshawn McClellon (Utah) and Dwayne Washington (Washington) hauling in his throws.

In the meantime, Richardson will continue to send schools his highlight tape, hoping someone, anyone, calls back.

"The only thing I can really do is go out, play this season and show why I can play college football," Richardson said. "Hopefully it will come."

Blair Angulo covers preps for ESPN Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter.

Top returning WRs in south L.A. County

August, 24, 2011
With the start of the high school football season just a little over a week away, we give you a list of the top 15 returning receivers in south Los Angeles County, sorted by last year’s yardage totals. Keep in mind that players from schools in the San Fernando Valley, Orange County and Inland Empire are not included.

Darreus Rogers (Carson), a USC pledge and first-team All-City Section member, headlines the list. Bryce Treggs (St. John Bosco), a Cal commit who checks in at No. 4, is perhaps the top playmaker I saw all of last season. He'll be a major force in the Trinity League this fall. The most glaring omission is senior Derrick Woods (Inglewood), who had a versatile role in the backfield last season but is projected as a receiver at the next level. He has offers from USC, Florida, Alabama and Oklahoma, among others. Jabari Ruffin (Downey) and Malik Gilmore (Lakewood) aren't on the list either but should make their quarterbacks very happy.

Rank / Name (Year, School) / Yards / Touchdowns

1. Darreus Rogers (Senior, Carson): 1,347 yards, 8 TD
2. Delshawn McClellon (Senior, Gahr): 1,116 yards, 9 TD
3. Vinny Venegas (Senior, Covina): 1,064 yards, 12 TD
4. Bryce Treggs (Senior, St. John Bosco): 1,010 yards, 12 TD
5. George Katrib (Senior, Diamond Bar): 984 yards, 11 TD

6. Adam Aguirre (Senior, Cantwell-Sacred Heart): 981 yards, 11 TD
7. Christian Mack (Senior, St. Bernard): 976 yards, 10 TD
8. Darius Powe (Senior, Lakewood): 822 yards, 6 TD
9. Alex Jackson (Senior, Culver City): 814 yards, 13 TD
10. Alex Villalobos (Senior, San Gabriel): 802 yards, 8 TD

11. Robert McCovery (Senior, L.A. Jordan): 736 yards, 10 TD
12. Harold Johnson (Junior, West Adams Prep): 733 yards, 5 TD
13. James Simmons (Senior, Chadwick): 707 yards, 9 TD
14. Chris Gilchrist (Senior, Charter Oak): 704 yards, 5 TD
15. Peter de la Cruz (Senior, Covina): 700 yards, 4 TD

Here is a highlight tape of Treggs' junior season:

LA South: Five things from the weekend

April, 4, 2011
1. The Mira Costa boys volleyball team beat rival Loyola 23-25, 25-18, 23-25, 25-21, 15-12 at Loyola Marymount University on Friday night. It was a revenge of sorts for the Mustangs, who fell to Loyola in last year's CIF Southern Section Division I championship. Heading into Friday's match, Mira Costa (12-0) was the top-ranked team in the CIF-SS top 10 poll; Loyola (11-2) was ranked third.

2. Cerritos Gahr wide receiver Delshawn McClellon registered the fastest 40-yard dash time at the Nike SPARQ Combine, running a 4.37 on Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Long Beach. The rising senior figures to draw plenty of attention from recruiters in the fall.

3. Defensive back Lavell Sanders of Compton Dominguez had the fastest 20-yard shuttle at 3.98. Sanders will team up with highly touted cornerbacks Brandon Beaver and Alphonso Marsh to give Dominguez one of the top defenses in the region. Click here for a recap of the Nike SPARQ results from ESPN Rise.

4. Long Beach Poly forward Ryan Anderson had five points, four rebounds and two assists for the West team in the All-American Championship in Houston on Sunday. The West squad beat the East, 107-104. Anderson was named the Gatorade California Player of the Year last month after leading Poly to the CIF-SS Division 1AA basketball championship.

5. In baseball: Bonita, the top-ranked team in the CIF-SS Division 3 poll, has won eight of its last nine. The Bearcats can continue to make noise in the Arcadia Tournament this week. Long Beach Wilson took over the top spot in the Moore League standings with 3-1 wins against Millikan and Lakewood, the fourth-ranked team in the Division 1 poll.