College football recruiters have suddenly concluded that Chris Brown, a senior offensive lineman at Los Angeles Loyola, is a big-time prospect.
UCLA, USC, Texas A&M;, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Mississippi, Oregon, Washington, Boise State, Washington State — they've all made scholarship offers since the season began.
At the same time, the Internet recruiting experts who didn't have any stars marked on Brown's name in September have been left scrambling to catch up.
Brown, 6 feet 6 and 290 pounds, is still trying to figure out how he became so popular.
"I really don't know, to be honest," he said. "It's definitely kind of overwhelming at times since it just happened kind of out of nowhere."
Brown has started since his sophomore season. He missed several games last season with an injury. He went to a USC lineman camp in the summer but no schools other than San Diego State made a scholarship offer.
It left him a little discouraged going into his senior season, knowing that so many players are offered scholarships after their junior year.
But as his senior season unfolded and video was sent out and recruiters saw what he was accomplishing as a blocker, scholarship offers started pouring in.
"I worked out and trained real hard to get stronger and quicker," Brown said.
Washington State offered in early September, and others soon followed.
Brown has trips to Oregon and Texas A&M; scheduled.
"I'm totally open," he said. "I don't have a preference."
For only the fifth time since Oaks Christian opened in 2000 a short walk away from Westlake in Westlake Village, the two schools will meet on the football field on Friday night in the Marmonte League championship game at Westlake.
It seems silly now that the two schools didn't want to play for so long, because sold-out crowds and community enthusiasm have taken over.
"To have a game that could be sold out before the kickoff is good for the community and it's two schools right across the street from each other," Westlake Coach Jim Benkert said. "It's a positive for high school sports. It gives the local fans a great game to circle on their calendar. It's been a great rivalry created through playoffs and league competition."
Adding to the intrigue this season is that Westlake's starting quarterback, sophomore Malik Henry, was a backup at Oaks Christian last season while playing behind starter Brandon Dawkins, who passed the 8,000-yard mark in career passing last week.
On Saturday, the City Section seeding committee will put together its playoff brackets, and putting teams in the proper seedings won't be easy.
Venice (7-2) and Crenshaw (5-4) both have strong arguments to be seeded No. 1 in Division I, though Narbonne (7-2) also is in the mix. All three schools played tough nonleague schedules and are unbeaten in league play.
In Division II, San Fernando (9-0), Eagle Rock (9-0) and surging Granada Hills (5-4) make it another tough decision.
In Division III, View Park (8-0) is the clear favorite.