Etiwanda’s Jordan McLaughlin didn’t exactly make the conventional choice when he committed to USC today, but could the point guard be the type of transcendent talent that could help turn the program around? It’s certainly a possibility. After all, the senior has often been compared to Etiwanda alum Darren Collison, a four-year NBA veteran who led UCLA to three Final Fours.
The college coaching community certainly thinks a lot of McLaughlin. The final list of schools under consideration include some of the most storied programs in the country in Kansas, UCLA and Indiana. In the end, I don’t think McLaughlin wanted to leave Southern California and Andy Enfield, the coach that took Florida Gulf Coast to the sweet 16 last season, gave the Trojans the edge. Who can blame a 17-year-old for being intrigued by an offense that took the college basketball world by storm a few months ago?
Here is the complete story on McLaughlin’s recruitment.
2013 CAL-HI SPORTS PRESEASON ALL-STATE FOOTBALL TEAMS
First Team Offense
WR — Michiah Quick (Central, Fresno) 5-11, 170, Sr.
WR — John “JuJu” Smith (Long Beach Poly, Long Beach) 6-1, 180, Sr.
TE — Tyler Luatua (La Mirada) 6-4, 230, Sr.
OL — Kammy Delp (Diamond Ranch, Pomona) 6-4, 305, Sr.
OL — Toa Lobendahn (La Habra) 6-5, 295, Sr.
OL — Damien Mama (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) 6-5, 350, Sr.
OL — Kolton Miller (Roseville) 6-8, 280, Sr.
OL — Jordan Poland (La Jolla Country Day) 6-8, 335, Sr.
QB — Keller Chryst (Palo Alto) 6-4, 210, Sr.
RB — Royce Freeman (Imperial) 6-1, 220, Sr.
RB — Joe Mixon (Freedom, Oakley) 6-1, 205, Sr.
PK — Kevin Robledo (Westlake, Westlake Village) 6-0, 170, Jr.
Upland football coach Tim Salter didn’t shed much light on Thursday’s Los Angeles Times report that two Upland coaches were removed from their positions and three Upland players had been declared ineligible.
Salter gestured to a group of at least nine Upland players not in uniform, but declined to specify how many were not playing due to injury.
“All I can tell you is that everything in (the report) is not true,” Salter said. “We’ll try to get this all straightened out.”