Scout Out West: CIF State Bowl Games

John Mundt

A look at the top prospects from the CIF State Division IV and Division I state championship games...

Game Scouted:
CIF Division IV State Bowl Game: Modesto (Calif.) Central Catholic vs. Solano Beach (Calif.) Santa Fe Christian
CIF Division I State Bowl Game: Granite Bay (Calif.) vs. Long Beach (Calif.) Poly

Scout Out West
Beau Hershberger – 6-2.5/225 - LB – Granite Bay (Calif.) - 2013
Recruiting: Several offers, interest in Western schools
Scouting Report: The anchor of the Grizzlies defense, Hershberger can play outside linebacker but projects to inside in college.  Against Poly, Hershberger was all over the field, moving well in space, with good lateral movement and able to play sideline to sideline.  He'll hit you and knock you on your tail and vocally, was a leader out there for Granite Bay.  He's a player who's best football is still ahead of him.
Dylan Keeney – 6-5/215 – OLB – Granite Bay (Calif.)- 2014
Recruiting: Interest in Western schools
Scouting Report: The most noticeable thing about Keeney is his ability to make the big plays.  Early in the game, he had a real athletic interception, going up and backwards to snag it.  He's long and lean, and still has room to put some weight to put on.  He moves really well when he dropped into coverage, but also was able to get after the quarterback.  He had a momentum shifting play, dropping into coverage, picking off a pass, and outrunning all of Poly for a touchdown. 
Gerard Wicks – 5-10/195 – RB – Long Beach (Calif.) Poly- 2013
Recruiting: Committed to Washington State
Scouting Report: For as good as Wicks is, Poly didn't use him nearly enough, and it likely cost them.  He was a big part of the Jackrabbits' run through the playoffs, but in the state bowl game, didn't have a lot of opportunities to get into the open field.  Part of that was Granite Bay did a good job of game planning and trying to bottle him up.  But when given the chance, he had a couple of runs you wanted to see from a back of his caliber.  Poly got a little too creative, and went away from Wicks, and their offense sputtered at times as a result.
Jayon Brown – 6-0/205 – OLB – Long Beach (Calif.) Poly- 2013
Recruiting: Committed to UCLA
Scouting Report: Spearheaded the Jackrabbits' defensive front seven, Brown is a prospect who really blossomed this season.  He was noticeably bigger from the spring, and is a perfect fit for UCLA's defense, playing that safety/linebacker hybrid role.  He's a linebacker by trade, but with safety size, and could follow in the footsteaps of Stan McKay, who's playing that spot for the Bruins, after starring at Poly.  Brown had a forced fumble, had a near pick that likely would have gone for a score and had two sacks.
 
Iman Marshall – 6-1/175 – CB – Long Beach (Calif.) Poly- 2015
Recruiting: Several offers, interest in Western schools
Scouting Report: Marshall has gotten bigger from when we saw him in the spring as a freshman.  Marshall doesn't lack confidence, and has a lot of swagger to him.  He thinks he's the best player on the field, and he will tell you as much, but he backs it up.  Marshall is a big time physical player, one play he crushed the GB quarterback and is just a gamer.  Already, he looks like he could be a starter in college, though he's only a sophomore in high school, and he's already the leader in the clubhouse to be the top prospect in 2015.