Etiwanda’s Santiago commits to Army as a QB


After a visit to West Point last weekend, Etiwanda quarterback Angel Santiago verbally committed on Tuesday to Army, the only of the three schools that offered him a scholarship to play quarterback.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound senior received offers from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to play cornerback and Division I-AA Idaho State to play wide receiver. With the option to remain a quarterback at a Division-I program, Santiago said the decision was not a difficult one.

“I know that I’m not your protypical 6-2, 6-3 quarterback,” he said. “But I knew somebody that runs the spread or the triple option would give me a shot.”

Army’s option offense appears an ideal fit for the mobile Santiago, who rushed for 917 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior in addition to passing for 2,459 yards and 18 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. In his three years as the starting quarterback, Santiago accounted for 84 touchdowns and nearly 9,000 yards of total offense.

He needed more than just gaudy statistics to warrant an offer from Army. In addition to his 3.5 grade-point average, Army required a letter of recommendation from his congressman, among others. It just so happens that Rep. Joe Baca is a family friend through business dealings with Santiago’s father, an elected official himself.

“It was kind of hectic,” Santiago said of the application process. “But once I sat down with them and they explained that to graduate from West Point, the degree holds a lot it itself, it all seemed to make sense.”

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  • victor gallardo

    Hi. At this late date if Angel Santiago or his family would like any addition info on going to USMAPS please forward my EM. Our family had two grads. from USMA, West Point. One attended the Prep School and then went on the big school. The other is committed to four years of teaching @ West Point, starting this June. So, fell free to countact us if you like. I hope to meet Angel in two years when at the big school playing football. Thank you, victor ga..805 312 5170

  • This is interesting. I forgot how much money the remaining schools could make from the penatly fees. The remaining 5 schools could try to broker a football alliance with the Big East but remain the Big 12 in name.
    Officials from five Big 12 schools — Kansas, Missouri, Kansas State, Iowa State and Baylor — held a conference call on Saturday, The Kansas City Star reported. The schools agreed they would like to continue as members of the Big 12.
    The five potential teams that could be left in the Big 12 if the exodus of five others continues to the Pac-10 would be wise to remain together, a conference commissioner with experience dealing with expansion told’s Andy Katz.
    The reason is simple: The five remaining schools would be due a huge payday and ultimately could salvage automatic berths to the NCAA tournament and possibly the BCS through expansion themselves.
    The commissioner, who didn’t want to be identified because he’s involved in the ongoing realignment of college athletics, told Katz it would be critical for Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Baylor and Iowa State to maintain the Big 12 as an entity or corporation.
    “The assets, the amount of money that they would be due by exit fees back to the corporation would be huge,” said the commissioner. “Rather than dissolve the Big 12, they are better off as a Big 12 entity then moving to the Mountain West.”
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