Jordan Simmons proves his worth

Encino (Calif.) Crispi didn't have as many FBS prospects on the field as Compton (Calif.) Dominguez, but they had the two best players by a wide margin and defeated the Dons easily 48-6.

Celt offensive lineman Jordan Simmons is No. 86 in the ESPNU 150 and despite a somewhat subpar game by his standards, still showed why he's considered among the nation's top prospects.

"I didn't think I played well at all," Simmons said after the game. "I had no explosiveness at all and just felt real slow out there. I'll get it going though. I always get off to a slow start and then kind of play my way back in to shape so I'm not worried."

Simmons played the entire game at right tackle and was going up against a pair of Division I prospects for the Dons.

"First I went up against Damion Turpin and then Dejon Allen," Simmons said. "They were both very good and are big, physical players. Like I said, I know I can play better but at the same time, it's not like I was going up against a couple of scrubs. I enjoyed the challenge though and both of those guys will be playing at the next level."

Simmons didn't allow a sack and a got a good push in the run game but his lack of explosiveness can be directly tied to his weight gain over the last year. It has been stated multiple times before, but Simmons could stand to lose at least 20-25 pounds, something he said he has been working on for months.

"I'm trying everything," Simmons said. "I'm working out hard in the weight room, watching what I eat, I just can't lose the weight right now. I hurt my knee at the end of last season and wasn't able to condition as hard as I wanted to and that held me back a little.

On the recruiting front, Simmons has received calls from Oregon, USC, Ohio State, Nebraska, Miami and Cal and is hoping to set up his first few trips sometime during the season.

"I missed a few calls but those are the ones I actually talked with," Simmons said. "I would like to take two to three visits during the season and the rest after we're done. I'm not sure when I'll commit, just whenever it feels right."

Harper explodes in opener
While Simmons may have been the best prospect on the field, Crespi receiver Chris Harper was easily the best player on the field and had a huge first half. Dominguez standout corner Brandon Beaver shadowed Harper all over the field, no matter where he lined up, but it was a one-sided matchup and Beaver was eventually pulled off the receiver.

Harper finished the half with four catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns, including a 75-yarder late in the half and had no problem getting open all game long before sitting out most of the second half due to the blowout.

"I play on the same seven-on-seven team, the 1925 all-stars, with Brandon and we're friends," Harper said. "He's a big-time player and it was fun to go up against him. I have big expectations for myself this year and tonight, I wanted to score every time I touched the ball. I wasn't able to do that but I was still happy with how I did."

Harper said he has received phone calls from Cal Poly Pomona and Colorado and has three schools in mind for his official visits.

"I want to visit CU, Oregon and Cal," Harper said. "Colorado has offered and Cal is recruiting me hard too. I haven't heard from Oregon yet but hopefully they'll get involved. I really like their offense a lot so I'm hoping a big year will get me some looks from them."

Westbrook hoping to get back soon
Offensive lineman Lacy Westbrook (Compton, Calif./Dominguez) had to sit out the game with Crespi but is hoping to see the field within a few weeks. The big tackle is still recovering from two surgeries performed on a broken leg that costs him the last three games of his junior season.

"I'm getting closer," Westbrook said. "I've been conditioning and lifting and I'm feeling pretty good. I'm not doing any explosive movements yet and that will be the last test for me before I get back out there but I'm hoping by week three or four I'll be back on the field."

Westbrook said he has received phone calls from UCLA and Auburn, but said a few schools, including the Tigers, are taking a wait-and-see approach with him right now.

"I think a lot of schools want to make sure I'm healthy before they get more involved," Westbrook said. "Even Auburn, who offered me in the spring verbally, said they want to make sure I'm 100 percent healthy before they put the offer in writing.

"Right now, I'm open to everyone and plan on taking all my visits. I want to visit Auburn and a lot of us on the team, Brandon Beaver, Alphonso Marsh and Damion Turpin, all want to visit Washington together. I'll figure out my other trips later on. Right now, I just want back on the field."

Underclassman to watch: Crespi DB Tyler Foreman
Celts free safety Tyler Foreman is just a junior, but at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, he was one of the most physically impressive players on the field. Foreman will be a three-year starter for Crespi and has all the physical tools to be a major FBS recruit next fall.

Foreman not only has good size but runs very well and had the hit of the game, coming up in run support and knocking an opposing Dons running back about five yards backward.

"Overall, I felt I did pretty well out here," Foreman said. "I'm a physical player and I'm not afraid of contact. I can read plays pretty well, I know about coverages and I think I can break on the ball pretty quickly as well."

Foreman said he's already hearing from Washington, Oregon, Northwestern, Notre Dame and Nebraska.

"I like Washington and Oregon a lot right now," Foreman said. "Washington has a cool family atmosphere and they're a really good program. I already have a good relationship with Coach [Demetrice] Martin and I'm excited to learn more about their program.

"I really like the Oregon program, I've always liked them to be honest. I like Coach [John] Neal and they have a couple of my former teammates there, Bryan Bennett and Hroniss Grasu, so I would have a comfort level there right away. I could see myself at UCLA too if I decided to stay local. They're showing some interest and Devin Lucien is there and he's happy so that's another option as well."

Poly transfer comes up big in season opener
In one of the big marquee games of the weekend, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly defeated Sacramento (Calif.) Grant 24-23. The Jackrabbits outgained the Pacers 327-143 and defensive end Alonzo Williams had an impressive debut for Poly.

Williams, a Texas A&M commitment, transferred to Poly from Abbeville (La.) late in the summer and spent a majority of the game in the Pacers backfield. He recorded three sacks for the Jackrabbits and it will be very interesting to see if the Pac-12 schools attempt to recruit the Aggies commit.

"He came out here to live with his uncle," Poly coach Doc Moye said. "We're definitely excited to have him here, he's a monster and will be a great player for us. He can play some tight end too but right now, he's on the defensive line and is almost impossible to block one on one."

Rogers does it again
Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei is annually one of the state's top programs but Carson (Calif.) definitely has their number. The Colts beat the Monarchs 26-22 on Friday, which was the third straight year Carson has beaten the Monarchs.

Colts receiver and USC commit Darreus Rogers was definitely the star of the night as he dismantled the Monarchs catching 12 balls for 255 yards and three touchdowns, including the game winner with 12 seconds left in the contest.

Several of Rogers' catches came with two and even three Monarch players draped all over him. The standout receiver simply jumped over the opposing corner or physically muscled them out of the way.

Next weekend, the Colts and Rogers will have another big challenge when they take on Long Beach Poly, who will likely have Arizona State commit Randall Goforth shadowing the receiver all over the field.

Region's top team survives a scare
Concord (Calif.) De La Salle is not just the top ranked team in the region, but the No. 2 ranked team in the country in the Fab 50. In fact, the Spartans have a 213-game winning streak against Northern California opponents but needed a mini-miracle to pull out a double overtime win over a tough San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine squad.

Spartans quarterback Bart Houston, a Wisconsin commit, had three turnovers in the first half, including two interceptions, and the Spartans were shutout in the first half for the first time in years. The game went to overtime and after De La Salle scored but missed the extra point, the door was wide open for the Bells.

Bellarmine quarterback Travis McHugh scored on an eight-yard touchdown run and the extra point would give the Bells the win as well as the Spartans first sectional loss since 1991. The kick was missed by inches and after a Bellarmine field goal to open up the second overtime, Houston ran in a one-yard keeper to give the Spartans the 26-23 win.

"That was almost a heartbreaker," Spartan junior linebacker Michael Hutchings said. "Luckily we came out with the win but we're going to have to play a lot better if we want to beat [Fort Lauderdale, Fla.] St. Thomas Aquinas. Bellarmine was a great team though, give them credit but we still pulled out the win and now we get a bye this weekend to prepare for the next few games."

Junior RB shines in upset win
Gardena (Calif.) Serra hadn't lost a regular season game in three years but was knocked off over the weekend by Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame and their talented junior running back Khalfani Muhammad.

Muhammad, also a top sprinter, rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns in the Knights 35-13 win over the Cavaliers. Notre Dame has produced two previous state 100 meter champions who also rushed for over 2,000 yards in a season in Justin Fargas (former Michigan signee, transferred to USC) and Rodney Glass (Arizona State).

While Muhammad isn't currently regarded as highly a football prospect as Fargas and Glass at the same stage, he has even better track times and Washington and UCLA have already offered scholarships. More games like Friday night and Muhammad could see his stock rise dramatically in the eyes of college scouts.

Hasty takes over for Bellevue
Bellevue (Wash.) took out Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian 31-21 in the marquee game of the Mission Viejo Classic last Saturday. Wolverine two-way standout Tyler Hasty was the star of the game on both sides of the ball.

Hasty picked off two passes, rushed for 99 yards and complete 5-of-6 passes for 46 yards at quarterback. He also had the play of the game when he ran down Lions running back Ishmael Adams from behind and stripped him of the ball before turning up the field. Bellevue would score and take the lead the following possession.

"I think we just wanted it more," Hasty said. "We worked so hard for this game and even though we were down at halftime, we knew we would come back. We made some adjustments and were able to come out with a big win."

Surprisingly, Colorado is the lone offer for Hasty at the moment, although he is receiving interest from Washington, Washington State and Oregon State.

Lewis shines in opener
He may play receiver in college, but running back Robert Lewis (South Gate, Calif./Southeast) looked just fine toting the rock for the Jaguars in their 35-0 win over Eagle Rock (Calif.). Lewis, an SMU commit, rushed for 194 yards in 23 carries and two touchdowns and added an 82 yard kickoff return for a score.

Despite his commitment to the Mustangs, Lewis will take official visits to Ole Miss and Oregon during the season and could visit Colorado as well.

Greg Biggins covers recruiting in the West region for ESPN.com. He can be reached at greg@studentsports.com.