Early Signing Day List

Signings from San Bernardino County from the early signing period, either have already signed or are expected to sign.

Ayala volleyball
Erin Clark, Portland State

Bloomington wrestling
Uzo Owuama, Grand Canyon
Derrick Jones III, Grand Canyon

Chino Hills baseball
Aaron Dominguez, Mississippi St
Izzy Fuentes, San Diego State
Cody Sporrer, UC Riverside
Jake Taylor, New Mexico St
Kyle Wade, Iowa
Josh Walker, Grand Canyon

Chino Hills softball
Shianne Brannan, Cal State Fullerton
Patricia Parks, Arizona
Alyssa Mendez, Nevada

Chino Hills volleyball
Mallory Beard, Hampton University (Va.)

Etiwanda girls basketball
Alyssa Anderson UNLV
McKynzie Fort, Oregon
Cherice Harris, Arizona
Amy Okonkwo USC
Deaja Smith, Cal State Fullerton

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Walker to sign with La Sierra tomorrow

Rialto’s do-everything forward Brittani Walker will sign with La Sierra University in a ceremony in the Rialto High School Gymnasium according to a phone call I received from Knights coach Michael Anderson. Walker, who was the glue do Rialto’s CIF-SS championship and CIF-State runner-up team, averaged 8.4 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.1 steals this past season.

Signing Day Breakdown

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.

Updated signing list

Along with the list below, here are a couple pictures of some signings, the first being San Gorgonio offensive lineman Paul Rodriguez to San Diego State. Ajzhana Cordova and Summer Mathews contributed the photo.

And here are Kaiser players (from left) Dennis Taylor, Walter Earnest and Desman Carter, who signed this morning with Portland State, UC Davis and Nevada, respectively. Kaiser coach Phil Zelaya is in the background.

And the rest of the list.

Promise Amadi, WR, Chino — Hawaii
Josh Armstrong, DB, Redlands East Valley — Sacramento State (FCS)
Devon Blackmon, WR, Summit — Oregon
Desman Carter, DB, Kaiser — Nevada
Joseph Carter, DE, Chaffey College — Nebraska
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, DB, Chino Hills — Oregon
Walter Earnest, DE, Kaiser — UC Davis (FCS)
Tyler Ervin, RB/DB, Colton — San Jose State
Johntel Franklin, DB, Victor Valley College — Texas A&M
Rodney Hardrick, LB, Colton — Oregon
Nate Harris, DB, Chino Hills — Montana (FCS)
Dallas Kelley, LB, Chaffey College — USC
Marcus Mason, RB, Etiwanda — Washington State
Justin Nunes, QB, Upland — UC Davis (FCS)
Quinton Pedroza, WR, Chino — Utah
Paul Pitts, WR, Los Osos — San Diego State
Jamal Prater, OL, Etiwanda — Oregon
Paul Rodriguez, OL, San Gorgonio — San Diego State
John Siliga, DL, Redlands — Portland State (FCS)
Jordan Smith, OL, Redlands — San Diego State
Daimion Stafford, DB, Chaffey College — Nebraska
Dennis Taylor, LB, Kaiser — Portland State (FCS)
John Taylor, OL/DL, Colton — Sacramento State (FCS)
Jake Van Ginkel, K, Upland — Boise State

Roddy to sign Wednesday

Got a text message from Cajon athletic director Rich Imbriani indicating that senior volleyball player Mackenzie Roddy will be signing a National Letter of Intent to Northern Illinois University at 11 a.m. Wednesday in his office.

Know of any other players signing this week? Drop me a note at tj.berka@inlandnewspapers.com.

Cal, Oregon standing out for Ekpre-Olomu

According to an article by the University of California-Berkeley’s Rivals.com site, highly-touted Chino Hills defensive back Ifo Ekpre-Olomu has declared Cal and Oregon as his top two.

Ekpre-Olomu, a two-time All-Sun (All-Inland Valley) first-team selection, is the No. 155 ranked player in the country according to Rivals.com and the No. 19 player in the state of California. He is also ranked as the No. 14 player in the state. He told the site that he was planning on officially visiting Oregon this upcoming weekend while scheduling a visit to Cal sometime during the next month. He also indicated that he’d like to have a decision made before the playoffs start in mid-November.

“Hopefully before playoffs start, so I can get it out of the way,” Ekpre-Olomu said in the article. “But, hopefully before that.”

The article can be accessed here with a Rivals subscription.

Colton fivesome sign at assembly

Prior to making the death march down the 10 to LA, I was at Colton, where Colton High School put on an assembly honoring DB Derrick Malone (Oregon), K Alejandro Maldonado (Oregon), DB Jonathan Mack (UNLV), DE Michael Newton (Arizona Western Junior College) and LB Ma’alona Kiliona (University of Redlands), along with softball players April Vasquez and Jessica Lemus.

Several hundred students showed up to honor the athletes, who added to Colton’s rich tradition of sending players to college.

“It’s something we take a lot of pride in,” Colton athletic director Harold Strauss said. “When these kids come into this program, I tell them that if they give me their all in the classroom and on the field, we’ll give them our all in getting their college paid for.”

Both Malone and Maldonado will be Ducks, with Malone deciding for Oregon in November and Maldonado deciding over the weekend, switching his commitment from Washington.

“It was hard to tell Washington no, but I had to go with what was in my heart,” Maldonado said. “When I visited Oregon, I knew that was where I had to be. Washington was nice, but Oregon was perfect.”

Malone chose the Ducks over several colleges, including most of the Pac-10 and Nebraska. While he made his decision well before Maldonado made his and was pumped about Oregon already, having his teammate with him made it that much sweeter.

“It’s awesome,” Malone said. “I’ve been going to school with (Maldonado) since middle school. Middle school, then high school, and now college together. It’s going to be fun and I can’t wait.”

Mack might have been the happiest of the Division I signees. As of Monday, Mack was unsure if he would sign today, but he secured his ride with the Rebels Tuesday night and was all smiles when he signed his letter of intent today.

“My mom was really nervous, but I had faith that it was all going to work out,” Mack said. “I’m really happy right now and it’s a big relief.”

Shirley back from Miami

Kaiser linebacker Josh Shirley returned from an official visit from Miami (Fla) Sunday indicating that he was still undecided on a college choice according to an article published by Miami’s Rivals.com site. The article, written here says that Shirley will be choosing between USC, Miami (Fla), Arizona and Washington on National Signing Day Wednesday.

Preliminary signing day list

This is what we got on the Sun side heading into National Signing Day Wednesday. Let me know if there is anyone that has to be added.

Jamil Austin, RB, Colony — Portland State (FCS)
Everett Beed, DL/TE, Serrano — San Diego State
Jered Bell, DB, Colony — Colorado
Gary Berwick, OL, Rancho Cucamonga – San Diego (FCS)
Steven Bethley, DB, Don Lugo – Montana State (FCS)
Dionza Bradford, RB, Serrano — UNLV
Anthony Brown, RB/DB, Kaiser — USC
Ronald Douglas, RB, Chaffey – Sacramento State (FCS)
Ofa Fifita, LB, Arroyo Valley – Fresno State
Manase Foketi, OL, Mt. SAC (Sultana) – Kansas State
Ricky Howard, TE, Chaffey College (Hesperia) — Iowa State
Andrew Hudson, DL, Redlands East Valley — Washington
Jim Jones, WR, Aquinas — UTEP
Alejandro Maldonado, K, Colton — Oregon
Derrick Malone, DB, Colton — Oregon
Nick Martin, OL, Los Osos – UTEP
Damon Ogburn, WR, Arroyo Valley — San Jose State
David Peterson, OL, Redlands East Valley — San Jose State
Bryce Quigley, TE, Granite Hills — San Diego State
Bobby Ratliff, WR, Etiwanda — Washington State
Angel Santiago, QB, Etiwanda — Army
Kenneth Scott, WR, Colony — Utah
Tyler Shreve, QB, Redlands East Valley — Utah
Corey Sims, DB, Upland — Sacramento State (FCS)
Randall Telfer, TE, Rancho Cucamonga — USC
Jordan Thomas, DL, Redlands — San Diego State
Sebastian Tretola, OL, Cajon — Nevada
George Uko, DL, Don Lugo — USC
Jay Waddell, WR, Hesperia — San Diego State
Tony Washington, DL, Los Osos — Oregon
Greg Watson, QB, Rancho Cucamonga — Fresno State

Fifita, Ogburn get new offers

The recruiting for Arroyo Valley linebacker Ofa Fifita and Arroyo Valley wide receiver Damon Ogburn is picking up steam, as both players have received offers recently according to Hawks coach Marcus Soward.

Soward said that Fifita has just been offered by Fresno State while Ogburn, a fast-riser after a dominant senior season, was offered by UNLV. Ogburn will be on the San Bernardino County all-star team in tonight’s Inland Empire All-Star Football Classic at Corona High School.

Both players will be taking an official visit to San Jose State next week, part of a busy January. Two weeks from now, Fifita will head to Fresno State while Ogburn will be at UNLV, while the weekend of Jan. 29 will see Fifita visiting Hawaii and Ogburn visiting Idaho State.