Here is an early list of San Bernardino high school athletes expected to sign National Letters of Intent next Wednesday.
Philip Afia, DB, Ayala, Utah
Gary Baker, OL-DL, Upland, Oregon
Jerry Chaney, WR, Rancho Cucamonga San Diego State
Lionel Crosby, OL/DL, Jurupa Hills, W. New Mexico
Vincent Elefante, DL, Upland, Sacramento State
Deshawn Fortune, DE-LB, Etiwanda, San Jose State
Trent Goens, DE, Chino Hills, Northwestern
Donnie Greene, OL, Upland, Fresno State
Tyler Hilinksi , QB, Upland, Washington State
Elijah Jones, DB, Upland, Navy
Malik Lovette, WR, Redlands East Valley, Oregon
David Martinez, OL, Upland, New Mexico
Nate Meadors, DB, San Gorgonio, TBA
Jalen Moore, DB, Upland, Oregon State
Nick Navarro Jurupa Hills LB Sacramento State
Michael Neal, TE, Etiwanda, Washington
Tre Norman, TE/DE, Kaiser, W. New Mexico
Dwayne Parchment, LB, Kaiser, San Diego State
Joseph Price, OL, Redlands East Valley, Washington State
Malik Psalms, DB, Ayala, Cal
Caleb Repp, WR, Los Osos, Utah
Ervin Richard, SS, Colony, Western New Mexico
Julian Rodriguez, OL, San Gorgonio, TBA
Hasani Smith, TE, Upland, San Diego State
Chase Stephens, WR, Rancho Cucamonga, Southern Utah
Keon Stephens, WR, Etiwanda, Montana State
Ray Surry, WR, Rancho Cucamonga San Jose State
Khalyan Thomas, LB, Etiwanda, Arizona State
Paul Trujillo-Langdon, OL, Carter,Cal Poly SLO
Damonyae Williams, OL/DL, San Gorgonio, TBA
Zamore Zigler, RB, Carter, San Jose State
Here is the roster for the East squad, coached by Colony’s Steve Randall, for Friday’s San Gabriel Valley Hall of Fame Game, at West Covina HS, 7:30 p.m. San Bernardino County players in bold:
Coach: Steve Randall, Colony
Zack Sturdivant QB Chino Hills
Christian Lara QB La Mirada
Josh Radecki OL South Hills
Josiah Grey OL Rancho Cucamonga
Angelo Lojero OL La Mirada
Albert Gonzales OL Whittier
Travis Miller OL La Serna
Ben Northrup OL Glendora
Abel Martinez OL Claremont
Clay Garcelli OL Chino Hills
Jesse Garcia RB South Hills
Angel Verdugo RB Bonita
Pernell Smalley RB Covina
Kenyon Woods WR Pomona
Blake Fisher WR Rancho Cucamonga
Mackenzie Sternquist WR Damien
Malcom Smith WR Los Osos
Keon Stevens WR Etiwanda
Caleb Repp TE Los Osos
Noah Evans TE Whittier Christian
Michael Neal TE Etiwanda
Axl Mendoza K Colony
Sarkis Panossian RB/LB Western Christian
Kele Scott DB Pomona
Desmond Bobo DB Pomona
James Oxier DB Chaffey
Erick Ware DB San Dimas
Ryan Kinnard DB Colony
Julio Reynoso DB Pioneer
Preston Carr LB Don Lugo
Jason Ortiz LB Charter Oak
Jacob Underhill LB Charter Oak
Zack Lewallen LB Glendora
Justin Frasier LB Glendora
Uepi Kaufusi DL Rancho Cucamonga
Patrick Sanchez DL Damien
Peyrn En Twogood DL Claremont
Marcus Lewis DL Chino
Daniel Porraz DL Colony
San Gorgonio athlete Nate Meadors had a home visit from Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly.
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.”
A little more than a month ago, Redlands East Valley’s football team won its Division II state championship.
Now, you don’t have to wait until next football season to buy your championship gear, you can order it now. Apparently, they will be available for pickup on February 13, available in red or black. Also available through the team’s web site are the Citrus Belt League champion gear, which I’m guessing is not quite as hot a seller as the state championship gear.
Although IE defense was not was just as good as the offense in a 69-16 win over Orange County on Saturday. OC managed barely over 100 yards of total offense. Of OC’s 16 points, only 3 of them were from the OC offense: as field goal on their opening drive. Since then, essentially nothing. 13 of the points came from OC’s defense and special teams.
Of the 9 IE TDs, San Bernardino County represented well. 1 was on a pass from San Gorgonio’s Nate Meadors, another was scored by Cajon’s Armani Green. Chino Hills’ Trent Goens also wreaked havoc, getting pressure on the OC quarterbacks.
Aquinas football coach Chris Ybarra has stepped down, and assistant coach Jordan Brusig has been named his successor.
“The future is bright. There’s a lot of returning players as well as good athletes who will work hard. It’s going to be just like every other year, where our players will work hard in the offseason to prepare for the upcoming season. It’s going to be positive,” said Ybarra in the press release.
Ybarra said Brusig, who graduated from Aquinas in 2005 after playing for former head coach Josh Henderson, has been his assistant head coach/defensive coordinator the three years that Ybarra was the head coach. Ybarra was 14-16-1 as Aquinas’ head coach, making one playoff appearance in 2012. He will continue as the school’s athletic director and softball coach.
“I’m glad that I was the one that they picked to take over this job,” said Brusig in the press release. “…One of my biggest hopes for next season is to restore our winning ways, as well as the tradition and pride in Aquinas as a school and in the football program.”
When Ybarra took over as football coach, he did keeping in mind that he would find a successor.
“I wanted to keep continuity in the program,” Ybarra said. “Then find someone who could take over. I feel he (Brusig) is ready.”
My take: While I don’t know Jordan Brusig, I know Chris Ybarra and he had a lot on his plate. Not only was he head football coach, head softball coach, and athletic director, but he also ran a Saturday league for the Archdiocese. And he’s got 2 daughters at the school. So having someone who can devote more of his time to the football program will be good for the Aquinas football program, and for Chris Ybarra.
All three head football coaching jobs in the Colton Unified School District were posted as being open on Thursday, but its entirely possible only one of the schools will change head coaches.
The one that will change is at Bloomington, where Marcos Fino stepped down after three straight 1-9 seasons.
“He felt that the players weren’t responding to him,” Bloomington athletic director Chris Brickley said of the reason why Fino stepped down.
Brickley said he feels like if the Bruins get the right person in place, it can be turned around next year.
“We want someone who is experienced in turning programs around,” Brickley said. “I think our preseason schedule is favorable. And we return quite a few starters. A turnaround is possible if we get the right guy.”
Brickley also said that a massive stadium renovation at Bloomington should make the job even more attractive to applicants.
The other two head coaching positions in the district, at Colton and Grand Terrace were also posted as being open on a job web site. But both of those coaches, Chris Mailo from Colton and Ryan Smalls from Grand Terrace are planning on returning.
However, because Mailo and Smalls are not on-campus teachers at the school, the positions are opened up each year. Should a teacher on campus meet the qualifications, they would get priority for the job.
Does this seem a little odd? And is there more to this story?
I would say yes, and no.
It is odd, because of the multitude of off-campus coaches each year, they aren’t all opened up every year at least in other districts they aren’t. This could be an exception because either it’s Colton district (and maybe they do things differently), or it’s football, because it’s the highest-profile sport.
It has been suggested that there may be more to this. But if Smalls and Mailo are being pushed out for any reason, I think they would know about it. And by all appearances, they don’t know about it and intend on being back.