Oregon swoops in on top track recruit just in time for Signing Day

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.”

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Mexican National team member from Upland HS will play soccer at USC

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.”

Small private school’s signing class includes five total, three to Pac-12

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.

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National Signing Day: final list of Division-I football signees

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
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RCHS signing class includes 13 members, five D-I football players

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.

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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

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National Signing Day: list of football players expected to sign today

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
Amond Hawkins, Rancho Cucamonga, DB – Idaho
Chris Hawkins, Rancho Cucamonga, CB – USC
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Colony guard’s late-season push drawing eye of college scouts

There was a specific point this season at which Colony guard Everett Turner began to draw the eye of more college scouts, something he hopes will continue at a high-profile showcase on Saturday. Colony will take on Mission Viejo at noon in the Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei High School, where the senior hopes to continue a tear that began following the Titans loss to Mt. Baldy League rival Montclair Jan. 4.

The 6-foot-2 combo guard is averaging 27.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and four steals since Jan. 4. The streak includes a 41-point game and 22 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in a rematch win over Montclair on Jan. 18.

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Rancho’s Munford, one of nation’s top track recruits, took trip last week that may effect Signing Day decision

All of the high profile football recruits in the area have already issued their verbal commitments, but one athlete in particular will provide some drama on Feb. 6, National Signing Day.

Rancho Cucamonga High School track star Jordie Munford, one of the top recruits in the country in her sport, will announce her college decision and sign her letter of intent on Wednesday. The senior hurdler has narrowed 30 scholarship offers to a list that includes USC, UCLA and Oregon.

“It was a pretty big list until two weeks ago,” Munford said. “I’ve pretty much made my decision, but I haven’t let anybody know.”

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