Upland High School graduate Marquis Wimberly has committed to UNLV.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound wide receiver is headed into his sophomore year at Chaffey College and was relieved to have the recruiting process behind him.
“The whole process is stressful, fun, there’s pressure. It has a lot of ups and downs,” he said. “Having the decision out of the way is a big relief. Now I can just work on getting better and showing what I can do.”
Wimberly had seven offers with UNLV joined by Idaho, South Alabama, North Arizona, Northern Texas, Georgia State and Weber State.
He said the campus atmosphere and coaching staff made the difference. Wimberly said he hit it off right away with new head coach Tony Sanchez.
“I liked the atmosphere of the campus and the town,” he said. “And I really like coach Sanchez both as a coach and as a person.”
Wimberly caught 49 passes for 659 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games last year for the Chaffey Panthers.
He said he is looking forward to competing for a starting spot in 2016. Typically community college players that move on to Division I schools are brought in to contribute right away since they only have two years of eligibility left.
The interim label has been lifted and John Shipp is officially the head football coach at San Bernardino Valley College.
Shipp was first appointed a year ago but got the nod with an interim label because there wasn’t enough time to clear all the hurdles that needed to be cleared for a formal appointment.
He had to go through the application and interview process again this year and the board of trustees recognized that he was still the right man for the job.
“It’s nice to have it out the way because you never know,” he said, “I went about this like it was my job and I was going to be here because that’s the only way I know to do things. If it was going to be my job I wanted to be in the best position possible coming into this season and if it wasn’t I wanted to leave the best possible situation for the person coming in.”
Despite getting the job late last July he still led the team to a 6-4 regular season showing. The Wolverines were 4-3 in American Mountain Division play which was only good enough for third place.
While most counted the season as a success given how late Shipp came in, the coach thinks it could have been better. He admits he learned a lot in the fist year which will serve him well moving forward.
“As a competitor you always think you can do better,” he said. “There were definitely a couple of other games we could have won.”
There will be only minor tweaks to the coaching staff. Shipp calls the offense while Kenny Lawler remains the defensive coordinator. The most notable addition is former 49er Dana Hall who will coach the secondary.
SBVC opens the season at home on Sept. 5 against Santa Barbara City.
Chaffey College basketball standout Tyler Warren is headed to San Diego State.
Panthers coach Jeff Klein says the 6-foot-7 post player out of Silverado High School saw limited time last year and he grey-shirted the previous year so he will have three years of eligibility remaining.
“He’s got a lot of raw talent,” Klein said. “He can really jump, he works hard and is a very coachable kid so he has a lot of upside.”
Klein said the player had a lot of offers from smaller schools where he likely could have played right away but he wanted to go to a bigger school and got a good combined academic-athletic financial aid package.