Los Angeles Preps: Fresno State

Lakewood WR Shepherd a potential sleeper

May, 9, 2012
The receiver position was a loaded one last fall, with St. John Bosco's Bryce Treggs (Cal), Inglewood's Derrick Woods (Oklahoma), Oaks Christian's Jordan Payton (UCLA) and Lakewood's Darius Powe (Cal) leading the way.

Another deep class appears to be taking shape as we head into the summer, with Rancho Verde's Demorea Stringfellow, Alemany's Steven Mitchell, Santa Monica's Sebastian Larue and Oaks Christian's Francis Owusu pacing the group.

Lakewood's X'avier Shepherd might be close to joining the region's elite. He has scholarship offers from five Pac-12 schools -- UCLA, Utah, Arizona, Oregon State and Colorado -- as well as Fresno State.

Shepherd averaged over 15 yards per catch and hauled in six touchdowns last season despite sharing the ball with two seniors: Powe and Malik Gilmore (Oregon State).

"Both of them have had a very big impact on my game," Shepherd said. "They've given me a lot of information on the recruiting process and have never steered me wrong before, so I'm sure that everything will work out smoothly."

LA North: Football recruits

February, 1, 2011
Here's the next round of football recruits and where they have committed ahead of Wednesday's signing day. A couple of Crespi kids are headed to Fresno State. The LA North produced quite a number of talented wide receivers. Nelson Spruce from Westlake is headed to Colorado. Blair Holliday from Oaks Christian is going to Duke.


Will Oliver, K, Harvard-Westlake

Nelson Spruce, WR, Westlake


Curtis Arndt, OL, Moorpark


Blair Holliday, wide receiver, Oaks Christian

Fresno State

Charles Washington DB, Crespi

Ronald Ussery DL, OL, Crespi

L.A. North: Washington makes his decision

December, 6, 2010
ENCINO -- It appears as if Charles Washington has decided where he'll spend the next four years. The 6-foot, 185-pound senior defensive back for the Crespi High football team verbally committed to Fresno State on Monday morning, according to Paul Rawate, Crespi's director of marketing and public relations. Washington chose the Bulldogs despite having scholarship offers from several other schools.

Washington was a fixture in the secondary for Crespi (8-4) this season. He averaged six tackles per game, had three interceptions and five pass deflections to help guide the Celts to the Southern Section Pac-5 Division playoff quarterfinals, where they eventually lost to perennial Southland powerhouse Anaheim Servite, 40-16.

"Charles does many things well for us, too many to count, he's a playmaker,'' Crespi coach Jon Mack said. "He's got a good attitude and is a hard-worker, Charles has a bright future ahead of him.''

The fact Washington played well this season shouldn't come as a surprise considering the success he had as a junior: 72 tackles and five pass deflections as an underclassman is good indication of just that. Accordingly, Iowa State, New Mexico State and Wyoming were among the many programs interested in his services.

Ultimately, Fresno State proved to be the best fit, although nothing is official until Washington signs a letter of intent. And putting his name on the dotted line figures to be formality at this point.