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Football: Linebacker Jack Savage to be preferred walk-on at UCLA

All-Trinity League linebacker Jack Savage of Servite has accepted a preferred walk-on spot at UCLA.

Savage was one of the best defensive players in the Trinity League, considered the toughest high school league in California.

His father, John, is the baseball coach at UCLA.




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Football: QB Nick Robinson will be walk-on at Georgia

All-Trinity League quarterback Nick Robinson from JSerra has decided to attend Georgia as a preferred walk-on.

He will be Georgia's only quarterback recruit from this year's class.

Robinson led JSerra to success during his senior year as a runner and passer. He passed for 2,054 yards and 22 touchdowns.



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Football: New bowl format is passed at CIF meeting

A new bowl format will begin this fall in the CIF for football.

By a vote of 71-64, the CIF state Federated Council approved the measure on Friday.

It means all 51 section champions from around the state will be invited to play in regional bowl games. This past year, only 18 participated. It means all three City Section champions from Division I, II and III will play in bowl games.

The Southern Section, the largest section in the state, opposed the measure.

There will be 13 divisions matched by competitive equity and the championship games will be played throughout the state.




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Football: QB Khalil Tate has offers from USC, Florida State

Junior quarterback Khalil Tate of Gardena Serra has become a popular target for college recruiters.

USC has offered him as an athlete and Florida State also has offered, Coach Scott Altenberg said.

Tate doesn't turn 17 until late until his senior this fall. He can pass, he can run.

"He's a freak," Altenberg said.




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Football: Malik McMorris to visit West Point

Standout defensive lineman Malik McMorris of Santa Ana Mater Dei has a recruiting visit to Army at West Point this weekend, Coach Bruce Rollinson said.

He remains undecided, with offers from Cal Poly SLO and UC Davis while also exploring options of walking on.

He's also an outstanding shot putter.




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Boys' basketball: No. 1 Sierra Canyon faces No. 2 Fairfax on Saturday

It could be the game of the year in high school basketball _ at least for this weekend.

No. 1 Sierra Canyon (15-1) will play No. 2 Fairfax (21-0) on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Fairfax as game No. 8 of the Fairfax State Preview Classic.

It's going to be tricky for fans wanting to attend the game. There will be nine games on Saturday starting at 8 a.m. Admission is $10. You can see one game or nine games. But if the gym is sold out prior to the Sierra Canyon-Fairfax game, you're out of luck. You can't leave and come back.

Here's the link to the complete schedule.

It's rare for No. 1 to face No. 2 but it might happen in back to back weeks. Next week, Fairfax is scheduled to face Mater Dei on Feb. 7 in the Nike Extravaganza. Mater Dei is ranked No. 3 by The Times.

Sierra Canyon poses a big challenge for Fairfax in that 6-foot-8 Cody Riley is unlike any big man the Lions have faced all season.




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