Etiwanda’s Khaylan Thomas decides on Arizona State

Etiwanda High School linebacker Khaylan Thomas has made a verbal commitment to Arizona State. The 6-foot, 217-pound standout announced the decision via Twitter tonight.

He had 15 or so offers. He had made “unofficial” trips to Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA and USC with the unofficial to Arizona State coming over the summer. He had a visit planned for Oregon State and hasn’t decided whether or not he’ll make that one.

“It was family oriented and I liked that. They all seemed like they were very together,” he said. “I decided that was where my heart was and where I wanted to go.”

Thomas, an All-Inland Valley selection last year as a junior, has 43 total tackles, five of those for a loss, with one interception and a fumble recovery so far this season for the Eagles.

Thomas plans to major in sports business.


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Etiwanda’s Michael Neal commits to Washington

Eitwanda High School football standout Michael Neal has made a verbal commitment to University of Washington.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound wide receiver put up modest statistics last year with just nine catches for 127 yards but that was because the Eagles were a run-first team.

Because of that, Neal considered himself one of those “under the radar” players.

He has not visited the school yet. He plans to take an “unofficial” visit there in August and than go on an “official” visit sometime during the football season.

“They really wanted me and they offered me,” he said. “I felt good about that and it showed they really wanted me that they offered when they didn’t have a lot to go on.”

Among the other schools showing some interest were Arizona, Arizona State and San Diego State although those schools had not formally offered.

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Etiwanda’s Zach Berdnik decides on a college

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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.

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