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Friday, August 15, 2008
Updated: August 25, 4:37 PM ET
Greater L.A. All-Area Football

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Here's a preseason look at the players to watch in the greater Los Angeles area:

OFFENSE
[POSITION] NAME SCHOOL HT/WT YEAR
[QB] Matt Barkley Mater Dei 6-3/225 Senior
[QB] Richard Brehaut Los Osos 6-2/206 Senior
[RB] Chris Brown Newbury Park 6-0/185 Senior
[RB] Cierre Wood Santa Clara 6-0/192 Senior
[WR] Randall Carroll Cathedral 5-11/175 Senior
[WR] Shaquelle Evans Inglewood 6-1/203 Senior
[WR] De'Von Flournoy Birmingham 6-0/178 Senior
[TE] Morrell Presley Carson 6-3/215 Senior
[OL] Kevin Graf Agoura 6-5/300 Senior
[OL] Jordan Johnson Corona Santiago 6-5/280 Senior
[OL] Michael Philipp Arroyo Valley 6-4/295 Senior



DEFENSE
POSITION/NAME SCHOOL HT/WT YEAR
[DL] James Boyd Jordan 6-5/230 Senior
[DL] Jackson Powell Newbury Park 6-3/230 Senior
[LB] Jordan Barrett S.O. Notre Dame 6-3/235 Senior
[LB] Vontaze Burfict Corona Centennial 6-2/235 Senior
[LB] Trevor Erno Lakewood 6-0/225 Senior
[LB] Todd Golper Arcadia 6-1/225 Senior
[LB] Marquis Simmons Dominguez 6-0/220 Senior
[DB] Patrick Hall St. Bonaventure 6-1/185 Senior
[DB] Chris Metcalf Compton 6-1/190 Senior
[DB] Byron Moore Narbonne 6-1/200 Senior
[DB] Marlon Pollard Cajon 6-0/160 Senior



OTHER TOP PLAYERS
NAME SCHOOL POSITION YEAR
Marlion Barnett Corona Santiago TE Sr.
Bryan Bennett Crespi QB Jr.
Isaiah Bowens Bishop Amat LB Sr.
Allan Bridgford Mission Viejo QB Sr.
Chris Coyle Oaks Christian TE/DL Sr.
John Michael Davis Tesoro LB Sr.
Exavier Edwards Orange Lutheran RB Jr.
Clark Evans Los Alamitos QB Sr.
Morgan Fennell Long Beach Poly QB Sr.
Trevor Fox Chaparral OL Sr.
Robert Franco San Pedro LB Sr.
Osahon Irabor Upland WR/DB Sr.
Daniel Jenkins Rancho Verde RB Sr.
Darryl Jenkins Los Alamitos WR Sr.
Malcolm Jones Oaks Christian RB/LB Jr.
Eric Martin Rancho Verde LB Sr.
Alex Mascarenas Mission Viejo DB Sr.
D.J. Morgan Taft RB Jr.
Josh Nunes Upland QB Sr.
Jeremiah Pemasa Orange Lutheran DB Sr.
Sheldon Price Bishop Amat DB Sr.
Melvin Richardson Long Beach Poly RB Sr.
Dietrich Riley St. Francis RB/DB Jr.
Jemari Roberts Long Beach Wilson WR Sr.
Vachel Samuels Lynwood DB Sr.
Will Sutton Corona Centennial DL Sr.
Iuta Tepa Long Beach Poly DL Sr.
Dijon Washington Leuzinger DB Sr.
Robert Woods Junipero Serra WR/DB Jr.
Ryan Zirbel Saugus RB Sr.

PRIME-TIME PLAYERS

CIERRE WOOD
The area's most explosive player, the Notre Damebound Wood ran for 2,612 yards on 178 carries (14.7 yards per carry) last year. He scored 42 touchdowns, including 34 on the ground.

SHAQUELLE EVANS
Evans used his speed and strength to record 700 receiving yards and six touchdowns last year. He has offers from the likes of USC, Ohio State, LSU and Notre Dame.

VONTAZE BURFICT
The hard-hitting Burfict was the lone junior on the Los Angeles Times' All-Star defensive team last year and with good reason. The USC recruit had 168 tackles and four forced fumbles.

PATRICK HALL
The USC-bound Hall, who also plays running back and could play either position at the next level, is ready to explode this season following the graduation of star Darrell Scott, who's now at Colorado.

COACH'S TAKE

AN AREA COACH ON JORDAN BARRETT:
"He was great as a sophomore, and last year I felt he was better than the kid who got the scholarship to Notre Dame. He was their best defensive player last year. He's mobile, big and aggressive -- he'll hit you. He definitely passes the eye test."