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.
The U.S. Army All-American Game selection tour is stopping locally a next Monday, as they’ll be swinging by Kaiser High School according to a press release sent earlier today. They will hold a ceremony at 11:43 a.m. with a pep rally to announce the selection of a player to the game, which will be held January 9 in San Antonio, Texas. A jersey will be presented to the player.
The release didn’t indicate who the player would be, but the easy money is on Kaiser LB Josh Shirley – a four-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com. Shirley, who had 17 sacks a year ago and is the anchor of a ferocious Cats defense, has scholarship offers from around the country and is down to a final 8 of USC, UCLA, California, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Miami (Fla.), Arizona and Washington.
This will be the second stop in the IE for the tour, as it stopped at Rancho Verde High School last week to present 5-star DE Ronald Powell with an invitation. Arroyo Valley’s Michael Philipp, now a freshman at Oregon State, played in the game last year.
After talking to UCLA commit Jayson Allmond at the conclusion of the Inland Empire All-Star Football Classic, I learned that Cajon cornerback Marlon Pollard has switched his commitment back from Notre Dame to UCLA. A corresponding story has gone up on Rivals.com which can be read here.
“I just heard tonight,” said Allmond after San Bernardino’s 38-7 loss to Riverside County at Los Osos High School. “It’s great to have him as a Bruin.”
Pollard is on his official visit to UCLA this weekend, which is why he didn’t take part in the all-star game. The 6-foot-1, 160-pound cornerback transferred to Cajon from Valencia last winter. He had verbally committed to UCLA in the summer of 2007 but decommitted over this past summer after Karl Dorrell was fired and Rick Neuheisel was hired. He committed to Notre Dame in July and said his commitment was solid when Charlie Weis visited the Cajon campus in early December, but concerns over Weis’ job security and Neuheisel’s persistence seems to have won out.
Pollard joins an Inland Empire-heavy Bruin recruiting class which includes Allmond, Los Osos QB Richard Brehaut and Diamond Ranch CB Brandon Sermons. I’ll have a more in-depth account with Pollard himself up tomorrow.