Los Angeles Preps: Jeremiah Allison

Dorsey's Brown bags UCLA offer

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Dorsey defensive back Daquawn Brown received a scholarship offer from childhood favorite UCLA this week, the latest indication that recruitment for the rising senior is heating up.

Oklahoma dropped by Dorsey on Tuesday. USC and Nebraska did the same on Wednesday. Brown has college coaches intrigued and looks to add to a list of offers that already includes Arizona State, Cal, San Jose State and Washington State.

"It's catching up to me," Brown said of his recruitment. "To be noticed by my favorite, ideal schools is an honor."

Brown said he will commit to the most "genuine" school, meaning the one that has his best interests, both athletically and academically, in mind. Brown has sought the advice of former Dorsey standouts Jeremiah Allison (Washington State) and Jaydon Mickens (Washington), as well as Oregon phenom De'Anthony Thomas, an inner-city legend who attended rival Crenshaw.

"We all grew up together, playing for the same teams in Pop Warner," Brown said. "They're all helping me."

Don't expect the 5-foot-11 Brown to make a college decision soon. He hopes to take all five official campus visits to get a feel for what each school has to offer, and he anticipates that a choice will likely come near signing day in February.

Dorsey's Mickens commits to Washington

January, 31, 2012
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Three-star athlete Jaydon Mickens of Dorsey High committed to Washington at an announcement ceremony at L.A. Live on Tuesday night.

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Blair Angulo/For ESPNLA.comJaydon Mickens had once pledged to attend USC, but Tuesday he said he would go to Washington.
Oklahoma State appeared to be the leader when Mickens returned from his Jan. 13 visit to Stillwater, but Mickens was wowed by the Huskies late in the process.

Oregon was always high on Mickens’ list — the speedster wore the Ducks’ bright neon yellow Nike socks throughout his senior season — but he was never offered.

The Los Angeles native was a longtime USC pledge but might have been a victim of the Trojans’ strict scholarship restrictions. He re-opened his recruitment and raised eyebrows with an MVP performance at the inaugural U.S. Marine Corps Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in early January. Mickens is electric in open space, comparable in that sense to Oregon’s De’Anthony Thomas, the city’s most coveted recruit last year out of nearby Crenshaw.

Mickens will be joined by other local products in Seattle. Washington also has commitments from Gahr receiver Dwayne Washington, North Torrance fullback Ryan McDaniel and Compton Dominguez lineman Damion Turpin. Another top area receiver, Oaks Christian's Jordan Payton, committed to Washington earlier Tuesday during a signing day preview show on ESPNU.

Dorsey teammate Jeremiah Allison, a three-star linebacker, committed to in-state rival Washington State on Monday night.

Dorsey's Allison picks Wazzu

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

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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.

Dorsey's Mickens named MVP in Phoenix

January, 4, 2012
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Los Angeles Dorsey athlete Jaydon Mickens was named the most valuable player of the inaugural U.S. Marine Corps Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on Tuesday night. Mickens led the West squad to a 17-14 win against the East at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz.

Mickens had some company from local standouts. The south Los Angeles County region had four other representatives in the all-star game: linebacker Jeremiah Allison (Dorsey), receivers Malik Gilmore (Lakewood) and Bryce Treggs (St. John Bosco), and punter Conrad Ukropina (Loyola).

Mickens caught the game-tying touchdown in the first half and also added an electrifying 33-yard run. The former USC commit was explosive as kick returner, too.

Treggs, a Cal commit, and Gilmore, an Oregon State commit, had a pair of catches for the East team. Treggs added a 37-yard kickoff return to set up his team near midfield with less than five minutes left but the West came up with a game-clinching turnover.

Ukropina, a Stanford commit, had a 64-yard punt.

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

L.A. South: List of bowl game participants

December, 30, 2011
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Here's a list of the south Los Angeles County senior football players participating in All-American bowl games.

THE U.S. MARINE CORPS SEMPER FIDELIS ALL-AMERICAN BOWL GAME
Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz.
Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 3 p.m. PT

LB Jeremiah Allison (Dorsey)
WR Malik Gilmore (Lakewood/verbal to Oregon State)
WR Jaydon Mickens (Dorsey)
WR Bryce Treggs (St. John Bosco/verbal to Cal)
K/P Conrad Ukropina (Loyola)

UNDER ARMOUR ALL-AMERICAN GAME
Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Thursday, Jan. 5 at 4:30 p.m. PT
TV: ESPN

WR Darius Powe (Lakewood/verbal to Cal)

U.S. ARMY ALL-AMERICAN BOWL
The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas
Saturday, Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. PT
TV: NBC

DB Brandon Beaver (Dominguez)
DT Ellis McCarthy (Monrovia)
LB Jabari Ruffin (Downey/verbal to USC)
DB Kevon Seymour (Muir)
WR Derrick Woods (Inglewood/verbal to Oklahoma)

L.A. South: All-region football teams

December, 20, 2011
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Here’s an all-encompassing look at the top performers in south Los Angeles County for the 2011 prep football season.

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Troy Williams, Narbonne, Junior -– Williams was superb in managing Narbonne's no-huddle spread attack. He did it with his arm (3,247 passing yards, 34 touchdowns), he did it with his legs (587 yards, 11 scores), and he made the right decisions with the football. The junior quarterback guided the Gauchos to the City Section Division I title.

OFFENSIVE MVP

Robert Lewis, South East, Senior -– Opposing coaches schemed to stop Lewis but the electrifying tailback still averaged 10 yards per carry and amassed 2,023 yards and 30 touchdowns for the City Section Division II champs. Coach Derwin Henderson pegged him as the city's best all-around talent. Lewis has verbally committed to Southern Methodist.

DEFENSIVE MVP

Ellis McCarthy, Monrovia, Senior -– The mind-boggling numbers aren't quite there because the big guy faced double- and triple-teams on a weekly basis. Coach Ryan Maddox built his defense around the 305-pound defensive tackle and it paid off with Monrovia capturing its second straight Mid-Valley Division championship. McCarthy has offers from all over, including Cal, USC, Florida, Oregon and Washington.

SPECIAL TEAMS MVP

Jack Schneider, Charter Oak, Junior -– With 89 total points, Schneider was the region's top scorer among kickers. In 12 games he made 65 extra points for the Sierra League champions.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Manual Douglas, Narbonne –- By the end of the season, Douglas had his Gauchos playing as well as any team in the area. Narbonne finished 11-3 and reached its third City Section title game in the last four years. Douglas scheduled tough with games at Long Beach Poly and Tesoro, and the strategy paid dividends.

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

QB – Steven Rivera, Arroyo, Sr. –- Rivera capped his stellar four-year stay at Arroyo by passing for 3,408 yards and 38 touchdowns, leading the Knights to the Mission Valley League title.

RB – Tray Boone, Narbonne, Sr. –- The shifty back rushed for six touchdowns in the City Section Division I title game to finish with 1,400 yards and 22 touchdowns. He did all of this in an offense that primarily throws the ball.

RB – Marquise Bias, Monrovia, Sr. -– The powerful Bias pounded his way to 260 yards and three touchdowns in the Mid-Valley Division title game, and finished with more than 1,500 yards for the season.

WR – Bryce Treggs, St. John Bosco, Sr. –- The Cal commit made Trinity League defenses look foolish, hauling in 11 touchdowns to go along with 1,377 receiving yards.

WR – Darreus Rogers, Carson, Sr. –- Rogers, a USC commit, was the City Section's leading receiver with 1,251 yards. He had a monster performance in the title game but it wasn't enough for the Colts.

WR – Alex Villalobos, San Gabriel, Sr. -– The slot-type Villalobos was the state leader with 2,001 receiving yards. He added 21 touchdowns for the Mid-Valley Division runner-up Matadors.

OL - Beau Leati, Narbonne, Sr. -- City Section coaches selected Leati as the lineman of the year and for good reason. He anchored a line that opened gaping holes for Boone and protected Williams.

OL – Lacy Westbrook, Dominguez, Sr. -– The UCLA commit was out when the Dons started the season with two losses, but his added a major spark to their ground attack.

OL – Beau Boyster, St. John Bosco, Sr. -– The Braves averaged more than 400 yards of offense per game and the Arizona commit was in the middle of it, with his protection of strong-armed Rene Medina.

OL – Gerrad Kough, Pomona, Sr. -– The Colorado commit spearheaded a Pomona running game that averaged more than 215 yards per game.

OL – George Castro, West Covina, Sr. -– West Covina was 25th in the state in rushing yards per game (332) and Castro was a big reason why.

PK – Mason Bryant, Monrovia, Jr. -– Bryant did it all for the back-to-back champion Wildcats as a receiver, defensive back and kicker, totaling 117 total points.

P - Conrad Ukropina, Loyola, Sr. –- Six of Ukropina's 25 punts were downed inside the 20-yard line, and he averaged 43 yards per punt, the best in the Pac-5 Division.

SECOND TEAM

QB – Travis Santiago, Charter Oak, Sr.
RB – Jimmy Frazier, West Covina, Sr.
RB – Kurt Scoby, Charter Oak, So.
WR – Richard Smith, Long Beach Poly, Sr.
WR - Antoine Anderson, Narbonne, Sr.
WR – Hunter Duran, Arroyo, Sr.
OL – Chase Eldredge, Palos Verdes, Sr.
OL – Chad Wheeler, Santa Monica, Sr.
OL – Justin Johnson, Dorsey, Sr.
OL – Alec Zenner, San Dimas, Sr.
OL – Nico Falah, St. John Bosco, Jr.
PK - Ret Tilman, Culver City, Sr.
P – Hayden Hunt, Long Beach Poly, Sr.

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

DL – Demetric McKinney, West Adams, Sr. -– McKinney recorded a state-leading 26 sacks in only 12 games.

DL – Jeremiah Allison, Dorsey, Sr. -– Allison will be used as a linebacker in college but he was fierce coming off the three-point stance for Dorsey. Allison had 14 sacks for the Coliseum League champions, giving him 34 over his last two seasons.

DL – Jesse Ojeda, San Dimas, Sr. -– He only measures 5-feet, 7-inches but Ojeda was a force for the Saints, getting to the quarterback 17 times.

LB – Brett Walsh, Monrovia, Jr. -– Walsh was second in the entire Southern Section with 192 tackles, thriving behind McCarthy's havoc up front. He added eight sacks, and figures to garner attention during the offseason.

LB – Sergio Gonzalez, Ganesha, Jr. -– The outside linebacker led the Mid-Valley Division with 17 sacks.

LB – Nuoye Clemmons III, West Adams, Sr. -– Clemmons ranked second in the City Section with 146 tackles.

LB – Salamo Fiso, Long Beach Poly, Sr. -– The Arizona State commit spearheaded a strong Jackrabbits defense with 117 tackles.

DB – Kevin Page, Dorsey, Sr. -– Page intercepted six passes, including a big one on the road to clinch a victory at Alemany.

DB – Tyrone Taylor, Torrance, Sr. -– The Cal State Fullerton baseball signee had 190 tackles from the safety position.

DB – Shane Baumann, St. John Bosco, Sr. -– Baumann was in the middle of every defensive play, it seemed. He ranked fifth in the Pac-5 Division with 126 tackles and also had five interceptions.

DB – Mark Wright, Rolling Hills Prep, Sr. –- Wright had 10 interceptions in nine games, good for a tie for second place in the state.

SECOND TEAM

DL – Alonzo Williams, Long Beach Poly, Sr.
DL – Robbie Haines, Arcadia, Sr.
DL – Daniel Rios, Rosemead, Jr.
LB – Keishawn Haley, Culver City, Jr.
LB – Matt Rowe, Long Beach Poly, Sr.
LB – Jabari Ruffin, Downey, Sr.
LB – Thomas Brown, Gardena Serra, Sr.
DB – Trayvon Watson, West Adams, Sr.
DB – Gabriel Marks, Venice, Sr.
DB – Naijel Hale, Lakewood, So.
DB – Chris Solomon, West Covina, Sr.

L.A. South: Recruiting roundup

December, 19, 2011
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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)

Norco's Starr picked for All-American bowl

December, 10, 2011
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Scott StarrMiller Safrit/ESPN.comNorco's Scott Starr is headed to USC this fall as a linebacker
Scott Starr stepped up to the podium on Friday afternoon, seemingly as proud as can be to accept his jersey for the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. It was the crowning achievement for a season's worth of diligent work from the senior from Norco.

For his efforts, the 6-foot-2 and 220-pound linebacker, will play in the inaugural game on Jan 3. in Phoenix. Once there, the USC-bound Starr will compete against 100 of the nation's premier prospects in the highly anticipated East vs. West showdown.

“It was definitely a cool experience to get that uniform in front of all of my close friends, family and teammates. It's an honor,'' Starr said. “Being named an All-American is something that I've dreamed about since I was a little kid. It's a reality now.''

The selection was indeed worthy given his resume.

Starr has been a starter at Norco for the last four years. He emerged as a legitimate prospect as a junior, however, and there's been no stopping him since then.

Starr had 96 tackles and six sacks this season for the Cougars, who finished with a 6-5 overall record. Undoubtedly, he opened the eyes of the powers that be, namely the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl committee, with several standout individual efforts.

A 16-tackle effort against Corona Roosevelt back in late September was a sign of good things to come. Two weeks later, he had 13 stops against Riverside King. Not to be outdone, in mid-November, Starr finished with 15 tackles against Redlands East Valley.

“Scott Starr means a lot to this program, it's been that way for a while now, '' Norco coach Todd Gerhart said. “He gets the stats and headlines most of the time, but he also does other things for us, both on an off the field. He's a good representative of this school.''

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Dorsey-Narbonne: strength vs. strength

November, 30, 2011
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DorseyBlair Angulo/For ESPNLA.comDorsey gets its chance for respect Friday when it takes on Narbonne in the City semifinals.

On a Saturday earlier this month, the Dorsey Dons were in the film room when coach Paul Knox walked in ready to share two bits of information. The good news: Dorsey had received one of four seedings for the City Section Division I football playoffs. The bad: The Dons were seeded third despite winning their league and losing just once, on the road to highly regarded Redlands East Valley.

Adding salt to the wound was the fact that Narbonne, the Marine League runner-up to top-seeded San Pedro and loser of three games, received the No. 2 seeding.

Coliseum League champion Dorsey (11-1) gets a chance to state its case under the lights Friday in Harbor City.

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"We want to make skeptics believers," Dons defensive end Jeremiah Allison said.

It doesn't promise to be an easy task. Narbonne (9-3) averages 48 points per game behind dual-threat quarterback Troy Williams, one of the city's top junior prospects. Williams touts single-game highs of 385 passing yards and 124 rushing yards this year.

"I know he has a pretty good feet on him," said Allison, who has been credited with 14 sacks.

But Williams is aware of what he and the explosive Gauchos offense is up against. The Dons are quick defensively and haven't given up more than 26 points in a game this season. On average they give up only 10.

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"It's the best defense we've see all year," Williams said.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., with the winner advancing to the Dec. 10 championship game at East L.A. College. Marine League foes San Pedro (12-0) and Carson (7-5) square off in the other semifinal.

Here are four other top third-round playoff games in south Los Angeles County on Friday (with ESPN Los Angeles prep football Top 25 rankings):

City: Carson (7-5) at No. 11 San Pedro (12-0), 7 p.m. -- The top-seeded Pirates won 21-0 when these two met in Carson on Oct. 28. Senior quarterback Kenny Potter looks to lead San Pedro to its first title-game appearance since 2008. The Colts, meanwhile, hope to get back to the championship game after losing to Crenshaw at the Coliseum last year.

Western: No. 20 Santa Monica (11-1) at No. 22 Culver City (9-3), 7:30 p.m. -- A chance at redemption for Culver City, which wasn't even expected to make it past Gardena Serra in the opening round. The Centaurs lost to Santa Monica, 17-14, during the regular season. The Vikings pulled that one out thanks to a pair of late-game takeaways.

Southeast: Muir (8-4) vs. La Serna (9-3) at California High, 7 p.m. -- What resolve the Muir Mustangs have shown without coach Ken Howard, who has been on administrative leave since Week 4 following an on-campus incident with a student. Muir has won its two playoff games by scores of 39-7 and 48-0.

Mid-Valley: Monrovia (9-3) vs. Covina (11-1) at Covina District Stadium, 7 p.m. -- After this one is over, either defending division champion Monrovia or top-seeded Covina will be eliminated. The Wildcats, behind big defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy, have been playing their best football lately and could give the Colts a serious scare.

No. 21 Dorsey 7, Crenshaw 6

November, 4, 2011
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LOS ANGELES -- They call him "Ocho" because the number eight is stitched onto his jersey. But with the way Dorsey defensive end Jeremiah Allison played Thursday night, the moniker could stand for the amount of blockers Crenshaw should have used to keep him away from the quarterback.

An Allison-led defense played quick and physical in a 7-6 win before a standing-room only crowd at Crenshaw, helping Dorsey snap a four-year losing streak to its biggest rival. A win against Locke next week would give the Dons their first Coliseum League crown since 2006.

Allison made it difficult on Crenshaw's offensive line all night, rushing the edge and forcing quarterback Jerry McConico into quick decisions. It's the way Dorsey (8-1, 4-0) has been winning all season.

"Just speed," Allison said. "We keep preaching speed. We can't get complacent. We've got a lot of senior leadership on this team. We've got to keep going 100 miles per hour."

Junior Max Lyons broke the scoreless tie with a lunge from three yards away in the first quarter, and Dorsey's defense made it stand. The Cougars (5-3, 3-1) got on the board with a 25-yard pass from McConico to Andre Edwards in the third quarter but a missed extra-point attempt kept them from tying it. Crenshaw could have taken the lead early in the fourth but Anthony Matombe missed a 25-yard field goal.

"We put the game in the defense's hands," Dorsey coach Paul Knox said. "They've done a great job. To hold a really good team like this to one touchdown is really an accomplishment."

The Dons appeared to take a two-touchdown lead late in the second quarter but Reginald Bell’s 61-yard heave was called back when it was ruled that he stepped out of bounds before his release. Bell, a junior, appeared flustered under the big game's bright lights. He finished with 65 yards passing and completed only one of his seven second-half attempts.

McConico threw for 273 yards but had to pick himself up off the turf on numerous occasions. Crenshaw’s first series began on the Dorsey 35 but the Cougars turned the ball over on downs. It was only an indication of things to come. Allison had nine sacks heading into the night and added at least three to that number Thursday. He had 20 sacks as a junior last season.

The Cougars got the ball back at their own 20 with 28.3 seconds remaining but it proved too big of a task for McConico and Co. This year, Crenshaw didn't have De'Anthony Thomas, now a freshman phenom for the Oregon Ducks, on its side. The Cougars stormed into Rancho Cienega Park last season, beating Dorsey 53-12 behind Thomas' 171 yards and four total touchdowns.

Not facing Thomas was "very easy, very easy," Dorsey's Jaydon Mickens said. "The speed of the game slowed down from last year and the year before. It slowed down and we got to execute."

Football: All-American feel in the air

October, 20, 2011
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LOS ANGELES -- Jeremiah Allison and Jaydon Mickens slowly walked up to the stage on Thursday afternoon. Purposely or not, the senior tandem from the Dorsey football team took their time, as if they wanted the moment to last for as long as it possibly could.

Jeremiah Allison and Jaydon Mickens
Dorsey HSDorsey players Jeremiah Allison (12), left, and Jaydon Mickens (12) were picked for the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.
Once Mickens and Allison arrived at the podium, former NFL veteran Mark McMillian was standing there. Accordingly, he announced the duo as participants in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl and presented them with jerseys for the game Jan. 3 in Phoenix, an event that will feature 100 of the nation's premier prospects in an East vs. West showdown.

With that, suddenly, the pomp and circumstance was over.

Nevertheless, the fleeting minutes beforehand built memories Allison and Mickens won't soon forget. Suppose that best explains their attempt to take in all of the happenings at a leisurely pace. They were not alone, mind you. Bellflower St. John Bosco senior Bryce Treggs did the same thing Wednesday when he was announced to the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.

“This is the greatest honor any player can have, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me,'' Mickens said. “I've been dreaming about something like this for a long time.''

Junior Rank and the United States Marine Corps recently teamed up to make the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl become a reality for Allison, Mickens and Treggs, among others. The festivities are scheduled to take place in accordance with Fiesta Bowl Week and the BCS Bowl. As for the game, it will be nationally televised from Chase Field by CBS Sports.

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Top returning sackmen in south L.A. County

August, 25, 2011
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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 sackmen in south Los Angeles County, sorted by last year’s totals. Keep in mind that players from schools in the San Fernando Valley, Orange County and Inland Empire are not included.

Jeremiah Allison (Dorsey) is the area's top sack artist. He's quick, unforgiving, and projects as a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker in college. The most sought-after recruit on this list is five-star defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy (Monrovia). ESPNU ranks McCarthy as the fifth-best player in the state in the class of 2012. He has offers from all over, including the two local schools.

Rank / Name (Year, School) / 2010 Sacks

1. Jeremiah Allison (Senior, Dorsey): 20
2. Nathan Hamming (Senior, Pasadena Poly): 16
3. Johnny Carrillo (Senior, Lincoln): 14
4. Mau Lauaki (Junior, St. Monica): 13.5
5. Justen Meaders (Senior, West Covina): 12

6. Ellis McCarthy (Senior, Monrovia): 11
7. Nick Hynes (Senior, Covina): 10.5
8. Chris Collins (Senior, Santa Monica): 10
8. Avery Crump (Senior, Verbum Dei): 10
8. Michael Turner (Junior, Bishop Montgomery): 10

11. Byron Barahona (Senior, Bell): 9
11. Raymond Sierra (Junior, Hacienda Heights Wilson): 9
13. Hassan Allison (Junior, L.A. Cathedral): 8.5
13. Eric Ortiz (Junior, Charter Oak): 8.5
13. Johnny Padilla (Senior, Covina): 8.5

Here is Allison's highlight tape:

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