Los Angeles Preps: Teondray Caldwell

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.

LA South: Games of the week

September, 16, 2010
Harbor City Narbonne will be dealing with an angry Long Beach Poly team Friday night.

Poly will be seeking a revenge of sorts following last week's shocking 32-7 home loss to Ventura St. Bonaventure. The Jackrabbits fell 11 spots -- from No. 5 to No. 16 -- in the latest ESPNLA.com high school rankings.

"We just need to change everything around," defensive end Corey Waller said following the defeat.

It's a test for Poly's players, and not just because Narbonne (1-0) is a formidable opponent. Forgetting an early-season loss is difficult enough. Try ignoring the fact that your state title hopes are probably gone.

"Right now we can't talk about 15-0, state title or CIF," Waller said. "Right now we just have to go game by game."

That starts with Narbonne on Friday night.

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LA South: Five things from the weekend

September, 13, 2010

Blair Angulo/For ESPNLA.com It doesn't seem as if Lakewood's football team has many weaknesses.

Some observations from Week 1 in the South Los Angeles region.

1. There may not be a better defensive team than Lakewood. Coach Thadd MacNeal is thrilled with the Lancers' run defense -- and for good reason. Lakewood was downright stingy at St. John Bosco on Friday, allowing the only score on a reverse wideout pass at the end of the first half. If there's a cause for concern, it would be the special teams, which missed a pair of easy field-goal attempts and muffed a punt.

2. It's a shame we're not headed for an undefeated showdown between Moore League rivals Long Beach Poly and Lakewood. The Jackrabbits suffered an ugly 32-7 loss to visiting Ventura St. Bonaventure on Friday. Perhaps the Seraphs are as good as the score indicates, or maybe Poly's passing attack isn't as refined as originally thought.

Blair Angulo/For ESPNLA.com Dorsey came out firing on Thursday.

3. Don't be too alarmed by Crenshaw's 0-2 start. The defending state runner-up Cougars are good, having lost both road games by a combined nine points. But good may not be good enough -- they needed to be great to get back to the state title game.

4. Watch out for Dorsey if Joseph Gray gets into a rhythm. The senior quarterback started hot, cooled off, then turned it on in a win Thursday over Woodland Hills Taft. A deep corps of receivers -- led by speedster Marvin Hall -- gives Gray enough options to spread it around in Dorsey's no-huddle offense.

5. Venice running back Teondray Caldwell is opening some eyes early. Click here for a quick feature on what he's done so far, including a seven-touchdown performance against Harvard-Westlake.