Long Beach (Calif.) Poly will soon be busing up to Berkeley, Calif., to play in a much-anticipated re-match with Concord (Calif.) De La Salle on Saturday night. This contest will match two of the nation's best and most glamorous programs, along with some of the nation's top recruits.
Talent is never a question for Poly it was a matter of who would emerge.
The three marquee players for Poly were offensive lineman/defensive lineman Kevin Brown (6-2, 285, 5.0), defensive end Junior Lemau'u (6-5, 240, 4.5) and linebacker Mark Washington (6-3, 240, 4.58).
Brown has been banged up a little this season but his talent cannot be denied. He is a prospect on both sides of the ball but colleges are tending to like him better as an offensive lineman.
Brown has offers from ASU, Oregon, UCLA, UNLV and Washington. He is getting good recruiting action from Michigan and Florida State.
Lemau'u is getting a lot of attention from opposing teams with double teams. Still his ability shows through. He is very physical and aggressive.
Lemau'u has offers from Arizona, Cal, Oregon, USC and Colorado.
Washington started the game after the De La Salle contest a year ago and has never looked back. He's a ferocious hitter.
Washington has offers from Colorado (Washington's Dad played for CU), USC, Oregon and Washington.
Quarterback Leon Jackson (6-2, 190, 4.58) and defensive back Freddie Parish (6-1, 195, 4.4) were known talents from their sophomore years at other schools but sat behind two talented players their junior year.
Jackson sat behind Brandon Brooks the signal caller who led Poly to a CIF championship and Parish sat behind all-world and member of the Poly Five Darnell Bing.
Jackson is having a great season and a victory this Saturday should enhance his stature as a recruit. Jackson has shown great poise and playmaking ability for Poly his senior season.
Jackson has offers from Washington State, Kansas and San Jose State.
Parish was one of the more interesting recruiting stories of the year. He was somewhat of a sleeper going into the season, but through hard work he shined at every combine he entered and the offers started coming in.
Parish received offers from the likes of Oregon, USC, UCLA and Stanford before he said yes to Ty Willingham and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.
Poly five other senior players who have impressed Rivals and could get D-I scholarships.
They are defensive tackle Joshua Tauanuu (6-3, 270, 4.9), running back Lorenzo Bursey (5-9, 165, 4.4), running back Dwayne Washington (5-7, 170, 4.45), offensive lineman Charles Owens (6-5, 285, 4.93), and offensive lineman Hercules Satele (6-3, 252, 4.9).
Tauanuu has impressed since last spring with impressive performances in every camp we saw him at. Proving it was no fluke Tauanuu has been down right dominating so far his senior season.
Tauanuu has an offer from ASU and if he gets a passing SAT score watch out. The scholie offers will follow.
Bursey transferred to Poly after being named league offensive Player of the Year as a junior. He is a threat to run or catch the football. When called upon he is a good lockdown cover corner.
Bursey has one offer from Oregon State.
Washington shares the workload with Bursey and possesses the same kind of skills. No offers as of yet.
Owens is a dominating offensive lineman who is coming into his own as a senior. His stock is on a definite rise. No offers as of yet.
Satele is another player who Rivals saw at several camps and showed up well. He is an extreme competitor. Satele is playing offensive center his senior season and it's a good thing too. Center is his probable position on the collegiate level. This one is a good football player.
Satele has offers Washington State and ASU.
While De La Salle is loaded with underclass talent and we can't mention them all, but keep your eye on playmaking wide receiver Cameron Colvin (6-0, 180, 4.45). This young man made play after play in Hawaii.
Poly also has a junior player to watch this Saturday in budding superstar Derrick Jones (6-0, 175, 4.4). Revenge may be on this young man's mind. Jones dropped three potentially touchdown passes against De La Salle in last years game.