Chino defensive back Malik Demby officially signed with New Mexico State, according to Cowboys coach Jim Baty.
Demby, a 6-foot-2, 180-pounder, was the Defensive Player of the Year in the Mt. Baldy League. He managed 74 tackles, 7 sacks and but was used on the other side of the ball. He tallied 307 yards and four touchdowns on 44 carries, in addition to 14 receptions for 281 yards.
He was a second-team All-Inland Valley selection.
Baty said his player visited the school last month and enjoyed the trip enough he didn’t feel it necessary to make any other trips.
Earlier this week veteran coach John Kusleika was appointed head coach at Ontario High School. If anyone can turn the Jaguars around, he’s the guy.
Most recently he served as offensive coordinator for long time friend Kurt Bruich at Redlands East Valley. He also served as an assistant at Rancho Cucamonga, as well as at the University of La Verne since his most noteworthy stint as head coach at Alta Loma High school.
What he did at Alta Loma was impressive. In seven years directing the Braves Kuslieka’s teams were 37-36-1 with four playoff appearances. They haven’t come close to sniffing the playoffs since then.
Yep, it’s been awhile since the school won a Baseline League game – 2008 to be exact. But his teams won league games each season.
Most would say the Ontario job isn’t a good one. The track record in football hasn’t been good for awhile. Ron Stocking, who started last season as head coach, wasn’t on staff at the school. And Kusleika won’t be either, at least for now. He teaches at Los Osos. That presents an obstacle in itself.
I always considered him a good coach who makes the most and does a lot with a little. This will be a true test!
You hear the same old things from prep athletes when it comes to signing a letter-of-intent with the college of their choice . . .
“I liked the coaches”
“They have food program”
“I liked the school”
“I like the academics”
Yes those are all good reasons for picking the place you want to spend four years. But offensive line standout Kammy Delp of Diamond Ranch came up with one I hadn’t yet heard of.
He picked Oregon State, after committing, then de-committing from Arizona State. The big reason . . .
“They have a big Polynesian community there,” said Delp, who is Samoan.
Let’s not forget, these young people are moving away from home, in many cases out of state. The fact that they are comfortable in the community is very important.
Panthers coach Roddy Layton said Delp even got to go to the LDS church in the area, which made him feel even more at home.
It sounds like he definitely considered all factors. The recruits who don’t are usually the ones that end up coming back for some reason.
Versatile senior Chazz Eldridge of Chino Hills High School will sign with UNLV on Wednesday according to Huskies coach Matt Bechtel.
Eldridge was the team’s second-leading receiver with 33 catches for 645 yards and nine touchdowns. He also starred on defense with 35 tackles, two interceptions and 14 passes defended. He was also use on special teams as a kick and punt returner.
Eldridge, a 6-foot-2, 185-pounder, was a second-team All-Inland Valley selection.
UNLV finished last season 7-6, capped off with a 36-14 loss to North Texas in the Heart of Texas Bowl.
Bonita and Alta Loma High schools will join together for benefit baseball scrimmages in honor of former baseball coach Ted Persell.
Persell, an assistant at Bonita last year and head coach at Alta Loma the previous decade, died in automobile accident in December.
Those two schools will square off with the freshmen and varsity teams playing each other at 6:30 p.m. at Bonita and the junior varsity teams playing at 3:15 p.m. at Alta Loma.
There is no admission charge but donations will be taken at the gate. The concession stand will be open and a 50-50 raffle held with all proceeds going to Persell’s family.
Persell grew up in Duarte and played at Bishop Amat. Bonita coach John Knott said he might look into expanding the event into a tournament to include part of the San Gabriel Valley.
Rancho Cucamonga High School defensive lineman Chris Unga has decided to attend Utah State. He made that decision after visiting the past weekend.
He was also considering University of Hawaii and had a trip planned there but canceled that after coming back from Utah. Boise State also came into the picture late, visiting him at school on Monday after he had already made up his mind.
One of the biggest factors in the decision for Unga, the Inland Valley’s Defensive Player of the Year, was that the school was willing to wait for him to start his collegiate career. Unga is planning a Morman mission trip after graduation. He said some Division I schools backed off of him because of that.
Chino Hills High School basketball standout Lonzo Ball has committed to UCLA. And oh yeah, he’s just a sophomore.
And Ball is that good. He’s a 6-foot-5 point guard and only 16 so can’t imagine how much better he’ll get as he gets stronger and matures physically.
He had offers from nearly all the Pac 12 schools and was considering Connecticut and Washington but he preferred to stay close to home. The tradition of the UCLA program was also a factor.
He liked the idea of getting that decision out of the way early too.
“Now I won’t have to worry who is in the stands watching me play or wonder what happens if I have a bad game,” he said.
Ball has a freshman brother LiAngelo who is also pretty good, as evidenced by the fact he’s a starter too. And yes, he’d like to go to UCLA if at all possible.
Etiwanda High School offensive lineman Zach Berdnik has committed to Division II University of Central Missouri, according to Eagles coach Brandon Rohrer.
Berdnik, a 6-foot-5, 290-pounder was a two-year starter at tackle. He is a relative newcomer to the sport, having played for the first time as a junior.
“He’s an athletic kid with a tremendous upside,” Rohrer said. “No one really knew about him he had a lot of interest coming late. With a year in a college weight program he could really develop into quote a player.”
Rohrer said his player also had planned trips to Arkansas State and Wyoming but those schools both had coaching changes so Berdnik didn’t end up making the visits.
Berdnik will join a Mules program that went 6-5 last season. The school is located in Warrensburg, Mo. and has an enrollment of 12,000. The Mules compete in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.
Damien High School kicking standout Tristan Vizcaino had committed to Washington State as far back as July.
But University of Washington came in with a late offer and the Spartan senior ended up changing his mind after visiting the campus and the Huskies coaching staff over the weekend.
Vizcaino, an all Sierra League and first team All-Inland Valley selection, said he was originally slated to visit Washington the first weekend in December but that was right when then-coach Steve Sarkisian left for the USC job. He waited until the dust cleared before rescheduling that visit.
He got a good vibe from new coach Chris Peterson, who made the move from Boise State, as well as special teams coordinator Jeff Choate, who came in from Florida.
He called the Washington State coaching staff Sunday night, soon after he returned from the Washington visit to let them know of his decision.
“I was set on Washington State but when this came up at the end of my regular season I thought I owed it to myself to at least think about it,” he said. “I felt bad having to tell a school I changed my mind but it’s part of the recruiting game. I had to do what was best for me.”
Versatile Diamond Bar High School football standout Tyler Brown has made a verbal commitment to Northern Arizona University, following a visit there the past weekend.
Brown, a first-team All-Hacienda League and all Inland Valley selection, rushed for 1,112 yards and 16 touchdowns and caught 27 passes for 255 yards.
He was also a factor on special teams with four kickoff returns for 201 yards and a touchdown.
Brown also excelled on defense with 60 tackles from his defensive back position. He had four caused fumbles, 1 recovered fumble and an interception returned for a touchdown.