Diamond Ranch two-way lineman Kammy Delp picked up his ninth scholarship offer Monday, but schools like San Jose State better get in a word while they can. The 6-foot-5, 318-pound junior is a national recruit, he just doesn’t have the offers to match. Yet.
Delp already has five Pac-12 offers – UCLA, USC and Oregon have visited but not offered – and has received visits at spring practice from Alabama, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Michigan, etc. The list just keep growing and the offers are likely soon to follow, according to Diamond Ranch head coach Roddy Layton.
“He could end up with 20 or 30 offers,” Layton said. “Every school that comes out has the same reaction, ‘Oh, he’s bigger than I thought he was.’”
Summit receiver Erik Brown doesn’t yet know which college he will choose, but one thing recently became a certainty. Wherever he goes it will be with his cousin Devon Blackmon, a four-star receiver from the Summit class of 2011 who went to Oregon before transferring to Riverside City College in January.
Brown (pictured, right) has collected nine scholarship offers since the end of Summit’s season in November. Blackmon has pulled in several offers with the intention of transferring to a Division I school after his first season at Riverside City. Two offers the duo has in common are Boise State and Washington, which are high on the a short list that includes USC, a school that has expressed interest in both players but is yet to offer.
“It’s always been in the back of our minds (to go to the same school),” Blackmon said. “I would like to show (Brown) the ropes in college and steer him away from some of the mistakes I made.”
Doors just keep opening for Summit’s Erik Brown. Perhaps that’s why the junior wide receiver resisted the temptation to commit immediately after UCLA issued him a scholarship offer last week.
It was the sixth scholarship offer for Brown since the end of football season, and the third Pac-12 offer. Brown also has offers from Washington and Oregon State. Nevada, Houston and San Diego State have also offered Brown.
“UCLA is his dream school,” Summit head coach Cesar Villalobos said. “And I expect him to keep getting offers partly because he’s doing so well with his seven-on-seven team.”
Two years ago, Adam Friederichsen was the fourth-string quarterback at Carlsbad La Costa Canyon. Next season, he will be on the University of Arizona roster.
In his only season at Rancho Cucamonga, the senior started and helped the Cougars to the CIF-SS Inland Division semifinals, helping him earn a priority walk-on offer from Arizona, which means he won’t receive a scholarship but will be guaranteed a spot on the roster.
A family illness prompted Friederichsen’s family to move closer to the City of Hope cancer treatment center in Duarte, landing him at a school that had just graduated its two-year starting quarterback.
Jordie Munford is glad Oregon annoyed her with its persistence. If not for the incessant phone calls, the Rancho Cucamonga High School hurdler would have made a decision between USC and UCLA yesterday morning when she signed a letter of intent.
Two weeks ago Oregon wasn’t even on the radar of one of the country’s top track recruits. Two weeks later she signed a letter of intent with the Ducks on Wednesday.
“They just kept calling and kept calling,” Munford said. “Finally they convinced me to take a trip up there. After my visit, they were pretty much in front from there.”
Tanya Samarzich has played plenty of soccer at venues around the globe as a member of the Mexican national team. The Upland High School senior made it official on Wednesday that her newest destination will be USC, with which she signed on National Signing Day.
The forward with scholarship offers from around the country had a short list that included North Carolina, Michigan, Texas and most of the Pac-12. Despite all the options, USC was an easy choice.
“USC is my dream school,” Samarzich said. “They’re been recruiting me since I was a freshman and my whole family are USC fans. So, it really was an easy choice.”
Webb went beyond simply bucking the trend that one percent of high school students earn athletic scholarships. The private school in Claremont with an enrollment of less than 400 had five athletes sign, but three of them with Pac-12 schools.
Shortstop Aaron DiGimarino, who hit .493 with 41 RBIs last season, signed with USC. Webb is sending another athlete to USC, which also signed soccer player Ashlynn Ramos. Another girls soccer player from Webb, Carly Olszewski, signed with a Stanford team currently ranked No. 3 in the country.
Jack Austin, Chino Hills, WR – Cal
Delvin Batiste, Upland, DB – Northern Arizona (FCS)
Victor Bolden, Los Osos, WR – Oregon State
Jerrion Burton, Eisenhower, LB – New Mexico State
Kenny Clark, Carter, DL – UCLA
Tahaan Goodman, Rancho Cucamonga, S – UCLA
Samajie Grant, Colony, RB – Arizona
The Rancho Cucamonga High School signing class is as deep as it is talented. The Cougars sent five football players to Division I schools, all of which played on the same side of the ball. Needless to say, the Rancho Cucamonga defense played no small role in advancing the football team to the CIF-SS Inland Division semifinals for the third season in a row. Football was far from the only sport at Rancho Cucamonga with signees to reputable schools on National Signing Day.
Tahaan Goodman, S – UCLA
Chris Hawkins, CB – USC
A.J. Latu, LB – Arizona State
Viliami Latu, LB – Arizona State
Armond Hawkins, DB – Idaho
Ty Lauderdale, OL – Menlo College
Tyan Washington, RB – Azusa Pacific