- Erik McKinney, RecruitingNation
Two of this weekend's more intriguing high school games were completed on Thursday night, as some schools finish their non-conference schedules while others will get their first taste of league play. WeAreSC also provides updates on two linebacker recruits -- one committed and one being pursued -- and a look at the USC official-visit strategy.
Westlake Village Oaks Christian (3-2) vs. Westlake Village Westlake (5-0): Westlake made a big statement with a 43-21 victory over Oaks Christian on Thursday night, behind 439 rushing yards -- 222 of them coming from Justin Moore. The teams had been tied for first place in the Marmonte League, but Westlake now sits atop the league.
Encino Crespi (5-1) vs. Woodland Hills Taft (1-4): Crespi bounced back from a tough loss to Vista Murrieta with a huge win over Taft, 56-7. USC target Jordan Simmons paved the way up front, but wide receivers Chris Harper and Michael Davison each scored two touchdowns. Harper's first was a terrific grab over a defender on a deep ball, and Davison's second was on a punt return. Crespi now heads into league play with tough games against Notre Dame, Bishop Amat, Alemany and Loyola to close their regular season.
WeAreSC looks at Friday's high school slate, Ryan McDaniel's injury and USC's official visit plan.