first_imgIt’s nice to have options, just ask Bryan Randolph. The Simi Valley High quarterback has three to choose from, seniors Lorne Bell, T.J. Washington and Collin Franklin, who are as formidable a receiving corps as there is in the Marmonte League, perhaps the area, for that matter. “I have confidence in all three of them, all the time. It doesn’t matter if it’s practice, the beginning of the game or a big-time situation late in the fourth quarter,” Randolph said. “They make my job a lot easier.” Sure, there are other combinations rivaling the trio – Agoura’s J.T. Wright, Orel Tagai and Jerry Henry; Newbury Park’s Josh Baker, Jordan Cameron and Travis Dickey; and Hart of Newhall’s Troy Yudin, James Wheeler and Taylor Embree. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Yet, the Pioneers (5-1, 2-1) are off to the best start in recent memory, averaging 367 total yards per game, fourth best among area large schools. And how many teams can boast having three potential Division I prospects running patterns in the secondary? “Defenses can’t just clamp down on Bell. You can’t clamp down on Washington either or we’ll go to Franklin,” Simi Valley coach Todd Borowski said. Bell is the most complete receiver of the group. The 5-foot-11 205-pound athlete can go over the middle and make the tough catch, work the sidelines, or create separation at the line of scrimmage against a cornerback and find his way past the free safety into the clear. “Lorne is our go-to guy,” Washington said. He leads the team in receptions (36), yards (508) and touchdowns (4) and ranks in the top 5 among area wideouts in most categories. Bell is being recruited by several programs, including California, Washington and Fresno State. “He’s legit. He can play anywhere in the country,” Borowski said. Washington is more one-dimensional, due mainly because of his lack of experience. This is his first year of varsity football. Borowski caught a glimpse of Washington playing basketball on campus one afternoon and convinced him to set aside the baggy basketball shorts and high tops for a minute and give the pads and cleats a try. “Shoot, the first thing I did was call him into my office. I had to have this guy play for me,” Borowski said. He lines up opposite of Bell and has shown the ability to stretch opposing defenses with consistency – he averages 18.5 yards per catch. At 6-3, 190, Bell also presents a big target in the red zone, down around the goal line, in particular. “T.J. is an unknown commodity,” Borowski said. Not for long. He’s been contacted by Washington and other schools should follow as he improves. Franklin does the dirty work and doesn’t get nearly the acclaim. It’s understandable, too, considering he’s 6-5, 225 and looks more like an offensive lineman than a tight end. His primary role is to run and pass block and he occasionally gets a ball thrown to him. “Blocking is tedious at times but I have fun being the hammer that hits the nail,” Franklin said. “Don’t get me wrong, I like getting in the end zone.” That was apparent Friday when he caught a 15-yard touchdown reception from Randolph in a 36-35 overtime league loss against Newbury Park. Franklin has eight catches this season, three for scores. Fresno State, Northern Arizona and Sacramento State are among the schools interested. “Franklin is a big target. Washington goes and gets the ball. Bell is flat out phenomenal,” Randolph said. “They’re on point.” And so is Simi Valley as a result. Sean Ceglinsky, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] AT A GLANCE Simi Valley seniors Lorne Bell, T.J. Washington and Collin Franklin are quite capable receivers at the high school level and will likely move on to play Division I football next season. Here’s a look at their statistics thus far: Player Receptions Yards Avg. TDs Bell 3650814.14 Washington 1527718.52 Franklin 812415.53 Totals 5990915.49 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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