Before we get into this, here’s a picture of Los Osos wide receiver Paul Pitts, who was one of three county players to sign with San Diego State today. The picture was submitted by his parents.
Number of signees by high school:
1 tie) Colton 3, Kaiser 3, 3 tie) Chino 2, Chino Hills 2, Etiwanda 2, Redlands 2, Upland 2, 8 tie) Los Osos 1, Redlands East Valley 1, San Gorgonio 1, Summit 1.
Kind of a down year as far as numbers, as REV – which is good for 3 guys a year – only sent Josh Armstrong to FCS Sacramento State. As you would guess, the more successful schools sent the most guys on, as every school with multiple signees went to the playoffs with all but Redlands making it to the second round. The top two schools, Colton and Kaiser, were extremely successful, with the Cats going 12-1 and the Yellowjackets winning the CIF-SS Central Division number.
Crazily enough, the JCs were fruitful this year, with Chaffey sending three to BCS schools and Victor Valley sending 1.
Number of signees by college.
1) Oregon 4 2) San Diego State 3 3 tie) Nebraska 2, Portland State 2, Sacramento State 2, UC Davis 2 7 tie) Boise State 1, Hawaii 1, Montana 1, Nevada 1, San Jose State 1, Texas A&M 1, USC 1, Utah 1, Washington State 1.
Two of the more successful programs of late built on their successes this year, as Oregon and San Diego State have each combined to sign seven county kids over the last two recruiting cycles. The Ducks were especially effective, grabbing the top two kids in the area in Summit’s Devon Blackmon and Chino Hills’ Ifo Ekpre-Olomu along with Colton’s Rodney Hardrick and Etiwanda’s Jamal Prater.
With Oregon’s surge came the fall from the two LA powers, as UCLA was shutout after cleaning up in 2009 and USC only got Chaffey College’s Dallas Kelley this year after grabbing three players last year. And it wasn’t for lack of trying, as both schools were after Blackmon and USC made a last-ditch effort to get Chino’s Quinton Pedroza, who signed with Utah after decommitting from Arizona State this morning.
San Diego State has been a force in the IE under Brady Hoke and kept San Gorgonio’s Paul Rodriguez, Redlands’ Jordan Smith and Pitts (pictured above) despite Hoke going to Michigan. It will be interesting to see if Rocky Long can keep up Hoke’s momentum, or if the Wolverines start becoming a factor in Southern California again.