Nick Monica has had some athletes in his three years at San Bernardino High School in the likes of San Diego State signee Aarein Booker and All-Sun first-team wide receiver Vanzell Richardson. But he feels that Khleem Perkins might be the best of the bunch, as the 6-foot-4, 180-pound sophomore quarterback made the MaxPreps.com 2013 players to watch and is already receiving recruiting interest.
“We have schools around here that we’ve never seen before,” Monica said. “Penn State, Michigan State, UConn, they’ve all been by to see this kid and he’s only going to be a sophomore. We are excited about his potential and can’t wait to see what he’s capable of doing.”
Monica’s enthusiasm goes beyond just Perkins though. The Cardinals are coming off a fourth-place finish in the San Andreas League last season – their best showing under Monica – and have increased numbers of players out. Plus Monica believes that being in the fourth year of the system is paying off as well.
“We have a lot of seniors that have been with us four years and they know what to expect,” Monica said. “They are eligible, they know what we are trying to do and know how to do it. If we can maintain discipline on the field, I think we have a good shot.”
With Perkins moving to quarterback, last year’s signal-caller – senior De’Andre Effinger – is moving to wide receiver. Effinger (6-0, 190) was effective as a dual-threat quarterback last year, throwing for 2,761 yards and 16 touchdows and adding 389 yards rushing and should seamlessly move into a talented corps of wide receivers that include Daviontay Glass (6-2, 200), Shelton Mosley (6-2, 200) and Jamal Stephens (6-4, 180).
Robert Brown (5-8, 175), who Monica calls “Barely Sanders”, will start at running back and run behind an offensive line led by hulking senior Robert Nimmo (6-6, 300). Juniors Pierre Morris (6-1, 285) and Ramses Casarez (6-1, 275) provide quite a bit of size as well.
San Bernardino’s defensive strength will be in the secondary, as cornerbacks Joaquin Castaneda (5-9, 170) and Justin Slater (6-3, 190) will get help from two-way athletes such as Perkins, Glass and Mosley. Elisaac Galbadon (5-9, 180) and Davion Haynes (6-0, 200) will see time at linebacker.
San Bernardino 2010 schedule (Home games in CAPS, * indicates league game)
Sept. 10 – at Sultana
Sept. 17 – PALM DESERT
Sept. 24 – FONTANA
Oct. 1 – at Pacific*
Oct. 8 – RIALTO*
Oct. 15 – COLTON*
Oct. 22 – at San Gorgonio*
Oct. 29 – at Carter*
Nov. 5 – ARROYO VALLEY*
Nov. 12 – at Cajon*