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.”
Tahaan Goodman ended the suspense earlier than expected when the Rancho Cucamonga safety verbally committed to UCLA Wednesday. Goodman, who had more than 40 scholarship offers, was still considering nine schools as of last week and trying to squeeze in as many visits as possible before Feb. 6, National Signing Day.
He didn’t take a scheduled official visit to LSU last weekend when his travel materials weren’t delivered on time, opting instead to visit UCLA. Had he made the visit to LSU, Goodman imagines things could have gone differently.
“I think I wouldn’t have committed yet,” Goodman said. “I think I would have more to think about.”
Tahaan Godman, the top-ranked uncommitted safety in the country, won’t make his scheduled visit to LSU this weekend in what could have been a key recruiting trip with National Signing Day fast approaching.
The four-star recruit from Rancho Cucamonga High School spoke with LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond on Thursday about leaving for Baton Rouge, La., on Friday. But as of Friday afternoon, rivals.com’s fourth-ranked safety in the nation hadn’t received the travel information to make the visit.
“I guess it’s too late to go now,” Goodman said. “Some of my friends are going to UCLA this weekend, so I was thinking about stopping by there.”
With just three weeks before National Signing Day on Feb. 6, Rancho Cucamonga four-star safety Tahaan Goodman has some studying to do.
The No. 4 safety in the country, according to rivals.com, has narrowed more than 40 scholarship offers to a list of nine. UCLA may be the frontrunner based on the fact that Goodman hasn’t felt drawn to any of the schools he has visited out of state and has had no contact with USC as of late.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior visited Oklahoma Jan. 11 and is visiting LSU this weekend.
“I’m open to going to a school out of the state, but I haven’t been to one yet that felt like it was somewhere I could live,” Goodman said. “(Oklahoma) wasn’t much different that a lot of schools I’ve seen. It wasn’t anything too special.”
Los Osos outside hitter Ashten Smith-Gooden (pictured above) claimed Player of the Year honors for the 2012 All-Valley volleyball team after helping her team to the CIF finals for the first time in school history. Los Osos coach Franco Macchia also reaped the benefits of the Grizzlies best ever season, earning Coach of the Year honors.
MEGHAN BUZZERIO, Chino Hills
The sophomore burst onto the scene with 532 kills in just 29 games to lead the Huskies to a playoff berth. The outside hitter also had 228 digs, 33 aces and 26 solo blocks to go along with a kill percentage of 39 for a Chino Hills team that posted an 18-11 record.
ERIN CLARK, Ayala
The Ayala setter had a spectacular year with 617 assists for the Bulldogs, who finished second in the Sierra League behind St. Lucy’s, the No. 1 seed in the CIF-SS Division 1A playoffs. The junior was instrumental in the team’s turnaround from a fifth-place finish in league in 2011 to second in 2012.
ARDEN DAVIS, St. Lucy’s
The senior libero, a member of two CIF-SS championship teams during her tenure, totaled 308 digs this season and earned All-CIF honors in Division 1A. Davis helped the Regents win a fourth consecutive Sierra League championship and a No. 1 playoff seed.
Offensive MVP: Nate Romine, Upland, QB, Sr.
Defensive co-MVPs: Viliami Latu, Rancho Cucamonga, LB, Sr.; Alani Latu, Rancho Cucamonga, LB, Sr.
Tyler Bratton, Upland, RB, SR
Stephen Johnson, Los Osos, QB, SR
Vic Bolden, Los Osos, UTL, SR
Cade Lindsay, Glendora, RB, SR
Adam Friederichsen, Rancho Cucamonga, QB, SR
Anthony Romero, Upland, TE/WR, SR
Trevor Wright, Upland, WR, SR
Jordan Villamin, Etiwanda, WR, SR
Jermel Walker, Rancho Cucamonga, WR, SR
BOYS BASKETBALL TOP 10
4. Chino Hills
5. Rancho Cucamonga
6. La Verne Lutheran
His team bowed out of the CIF playoffs on Friday, but the season isn’t over for Rancho Cucamonga High School football coach Nick Baiz.
Baiz was asked last week to be an assistant coach of the West team in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, one of two prestigious national high school all-star games. The Cougars’ seventh-year coach readily accepted the request to coach in the game that includes two members of his secondary, seniors Chris Hawkins and Tahaan Goodman.
Baiz will arrive in San Antonio on Dec. 29 to coach the team during the week of practice leading up to the Jan. 5 game at the Alamodome to be televised on NBC. Baiz will be contacted this week by West head coach Mike Jinks of Cibolo (Texas) Steele High School to further define his role on the coaching staff.
“A month ago, they let me know they would be flying me out to watch the game, but then last week they called and asked if I wanted to coach in it,” Baiz said. “I’ll get to be there with Chris and Tahaan, so it’s going to be a lot of fun.”