Two Toailoas to UCLA?
Well-decorated Carter linebacker Lokeni Toailoa has already committed to UCLA. Now, his brother, Leni could be joining him there. Leni, recruited as a defensive back, received a scholarship offer to join Lokeni at UCLA this week. The brothers are both seniors at Carter, although Lokeni is older.
According to coach Alex Pierce, Leni is considering the offer, even though he had already given a verbal commitment to San Jose State back in March.
“I felt like I had a good relationship with San Jose State,” Green said. “He (coach) talked about me getting my degree, and when football is over, you need to have a degree.”
It didn’t hurt that his teammate, safety Leni Toailoa had already committed there, but was not the overwhelming factor.
“He lives down the street from me and he recruited me hard, too,” Green said. “But I have to worry about myself.”
Green, the third Carter player to commit in the last few months, had 54 total tackles last year, one interception,
He wants to focus on his team and has some individual goals, too.
“I can mainly just focus on my team, getting to CIF and to state,” said Green, who had not gotten another Division I offer, yet. “I want to lead the CBL in picks and tackles.”
Carter beats Etiwanda 2-1 in 9 innings, but watch the game-saving defensive play by the Carter infield in the seventh inning in the highlights above.
Carter’s Anthony Villegas, above pitched a nine-hitter, striking out six and walking two (one intentionally)
Coach Samuel Lopez above, talks after the win. In three playoff games, covering 25 innings, Carter has outscored its opponents 6-2. Pitching and defense have been the key to the playoff run
Big-time college offers are coming in for area football programs, and not all of them are schools that have gotten top scholarship offers in recent history.
Miller, which is coming off three straight 1-9 seasons, is one of those.
Soon-to-be senior linebacker Freddy Livai, who is listed at 6-foot-3 and 251 pounds, got offers from Oregon State, Washington, Boise State and Northern Arizona, and previously received offers from Colorado and New Mexico.
He’s not the only Rebel getting noticed. Quarterback Malik Flowers, who will be a junior, received an offer from Weber State. Flowers threw for 925 yards and six touchdowns last year and was also the team’s leading rusher with 848 yards and five touchdowns.
Oregon State is also focusing its efforts on Carter, where the Beavers have made offers to two more players.
While Lokeni Toailoa has gotten a lot of recruiting focus for more than a year, his brother Leni, a wingback/defensive back,is getting noticed now and received an offer from Oregon State. His teammate, Marcus Strong, also a wingback/defensive back, was offered a scholarship by Oregon State.
It’s been eight years since Brian Kidd was a head football coach, but on Friday he was officially introduced as Bloomington’s new coach. Kidd was confirmed at Thursday night’s school board meeting.
“He’s a proven winner bringing in a good staff and we share the same philosophy to turn it around right now,” Bloomington athletic director Chris Brickley said.
Kidd, 39, was the head coach for Riverside Notre Dame in 2004, then took over for Mike Churchill for the final three games of the 2005 season at Carter. Kidd was also the head coach at Carter in 2006-07 before stepping down. He led Carter to a 7-4 record and a playoff berth in his first full season at Carter in 2006.
He last coached at Riverside Ramona in 2013 as the defensive coordinator and spent last season recovering from back surgery.
“I was ready to get back into it,” Kidd said of applying for the Bloomington job.
Bloomington has been 4-26 the past three years, but Kidd thinks the Bruins can surpass that win total this upcoming season alone.
“Probably 5-5 would be a great turnaround,” he said. “That’s realistic. When I took over the Carter team that was 3-7 the first year, we went 7-3 (in the regular season). I have the same aspirations for this team, to be competitive and be in every game.”
Part of Kidd’s plan is to get athletes from other sports playing football. One of those sports is wrestling, where Bloomington co-coach Vince LaFarge is expected to be on Kidd’s staff.
Kidd will not be an on-campus coach; he will continue to teach at Jehue Middle Schools, which is in the Rialto district.
Brickley said hiring Kidd wasn’t impacted by him being off campus.
“We wanted to get the best coach possible,” Brickley said.
San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino serves as the host of the County Clash that host a series of games of a span of four weeks. The games below are for the second weekend of the 2015 County Clash series which take place on April 4.
Carter coach Alex Pierce talks before Lokeni’s commitment
It may be hard to see on the video, but Lokeni had 2 hats in the bag: one USC and one UCLA
Lokeni Toailoa talks about picking UCLA. He showed some maturity in not getting too tied to the coaching staff, because he knows one or more of those coaches might not be around in the fall of 2016.
Rialto Carter High linebacker Lokeni Toailoa has confirmed that he will make his verbal commitment on March 23 at the Athletic Republic in Ontario.
Toailoa has several offers but took to Twitter on Saturday to announce his list of seven schools he has interest in.
The list is in no particular order:
- Notre Dame
While several high school athletes committed to colleges long ago, and others have been courted and are expected to make their decisions in the next week, there are other future college athletes who fall into different categories.
TX Body: One of those is Carter High nose guard Kyon Clark, who originally committed to Montana, but has since de-committed.
Carter coach Alex Pierce said that Clark changed his mind when Montana underwent a coaching chance as former coach Mick Delaney retired.
So, what’s next? Possibly UCLA, where Clark’s brother Kenny, the former Sun Defensive Player of the Year, was a standout sophomore defensive lineman last season.
According to rivals.com, Clark is scheduled to make a visit to UCLA this weekend although Pierce could not confirm that. Although there has been no official offer yet, UCLA is the only possibility out there for him other than Montana. Rivals has Clark listed as a three-star recruit.
“I think people are missing the boat on him,” Pierce said. “He’s been able to move really well with his weight. He’s really flexible. He can put his nose to his knee and he’s stronger than his brother at this age.”