Amadi commits to New Mexico State, then Hawaii

Chino wide receiver/defensive back Promise Amadi went through a wild ride this past week, committing to Hawaii on an official visit this past weekend after making a soft commitment to New Mexico State the weekend before. The situation is detailed further in Clay Fowler’s blog here.

Either way, the commitment makes him the second Cowboy player to verbally commit during the past month, joining Arizona State commit Quentin Pedroza – who is still getting attention from Utah and USC. The 6-foot, 180-pound senior was a second-team all-Sun utility selection, as he caught 46 passes for 790 yards and 10 touchdowns while running for another 503 yards on 50 carries and 14 scores. Amadi also had 30 tackles and five interceptions in helping the Cowboys to an 11-1 record and a Mt. Baldy League championship.

Fifita commits to Fresno State

Got a text message from Arroyo Valley head coach Marcus Soward this morning confirming the commitment of linebacker Ofa Fifita to Fresno State. Fifita, a three-star prospect according to both Rivals.com and Scout.com, chose the Bulldogs over Nevada, Colorado State, Hawaii and UNLV.

“This feels awesome right now,” Soward said. “Ofa actually committed last night. Pat Hill came by the school a couple of days ago and was really impressive. He was a great guy who capitivated everyone – he was joking around with the secretaries and really made a good presentation.

“Fresno State is a very good program that goes to bowls and plays the upper-echelon teams and more importantly, they graduate players. That’s what I really enjoyed about what he said.”

Fifita visited Fresno State last weekend and was scheduled to go to Hawaii this weekend before pulling the trigger. His commitment marks the third straight year that the Hawks have had a player commit to a Division I FBS school, joining defensive end Keenan Brown (San Jose State) and quarterback Robert Fuller (Utah State) from two years ago and freshman All-American offensive lineman Michael Philipp (Oregon State) from last year.

“When I came here two years ago, my goal was to give kids the opportunity to go to college and hopefully, get them to graduate from college,” Soward said. “If they do well and make it to the pros that’s great, but getting them a college degree is what I want. There’s plenty of talent around here and recruiters are picking up on it. If we hit the books a little harder around here this will continue.”

Another Hawk, wide receiver Damon Ogburn, has also received Division I interest and could sign Wednesday. He is down to Idaho State, an FCS school that he is taking an official visit to this weekend, and San Jose State, where he has already visited. Soward expects to know Ogburn’s decision Sunday when he comes back from Idaho State.

Fifita’s commitment is also the third from a county player to Fresno State, joining Rancho Cucamonga quarterback Greg Watson and Los Osos wide receiver Sean Alston.

Tretola commits to Nevada

Cajon offensive lineman Sebastian Tretola made a verbal commitment to the University of Nevada after taking his official visit to the school this past weekend according to an e-mail sent by his father Sunday evening. Tretola, a 6-foot-5, 285-pound offensive tackle, was the linchpin of a Cajon offensive line that led the Cowboys to their fourth straight playoff berth.

Subscribers can read about Tretola’s commitment here.

Jones commits to UTEP

Football recruiting also is going strong right now as Aquinas quarterback/wide receiver Jim Jones verbally committed to UTEP last week, according to Scout.com.

The 6-foot-1, 177-pound Jones, a first-team all-Sun pick at wide receiver last year, led the county with 64 receptions for 1,307 yards and 15 touchdowns. He has played much of this season at quarterback for the Falcons and has run and passed for eight touchdowns.

Ratliff commits to Washington State

Etiwanda wide receiver Bobby Ratliff verbally committed to Washington State Wednesday according to Scout.com. Ratliff, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound receiver, called the Cougar coaches up to notify them of his decision.

“I told them I had good news, that I was committing to Washington State. I heard in the background a ‘Yeah Bobby!’ Ratliff said to Scout.com. “It was everything — the coaches, how close the coaches and the players were, the college town, I just really liked all of it.”

Ratliff, who has 20 receptions for 227 yards and two touchdowns this despite missing a game due to injury, was also offered by Nevada, New Mexico, New Mexico State and San Diego State. He joins WR Marvin Jones (California), RB Vince Minor (New Mexico) and DE Ike Nduka (Fresno State) as Eagles who have committed/signed to Division I schools over the past two years.

Colton recruiting update

There is a lot going on in the world of football recruiting, as the May evaluation period is underway. According to Rivals.com, Colton kicker Alejandro Maldonado has verbally committed to Washington while teammates Derrick Malone and Jonathan Mack are receiving intersst from schools such as Nebraska.

Maldonado verbally committed to the Huskies after they saw him practice Wednesday, which he accepted. This is what Maldonado told Rivals:

“I accepted it right away,” he said. “It feels really good. It was my first one. I told my mom and dad about it, and everybody is really excited. I would say I’m a soft commitment, but I was told that I could come in there right and be their starting kicker right away.”

Malone, a safety, is up to five scholarship offers (Arizona State, Nebraska, Nevada, UTEP and Washington) while Mack, a cornerback, has an offer from the Cornhuskers.

Jefferies commits to Fresno State

Eisenhower wide receiver Alex Jefferies left for Fresno State on an official visit this weekend. After spending the weekend on the campus, Jefferies – who had official visits to Utah and Nebraska on his itinerary – knew where he wanted to go to school.

“I commited to Fresno State this morning,” Jefferies said. “I wanted to go to a school that really was with me the entire time and showed that they wanted me. Fresno State was always around and I really liked my trip up there.”

The Bulldogs indicated to Jefferies that they wanted him to play wide receiver, which seems to be a pretty smart choice. Jefferies has been an all-Citrus Belt League first-team performer the last two seasons, catching 47 passes for 815 yards and nine touchdowns this year. He also ran for 298 yards, playing quarterback at times because of an injury to starter Anthony Lucero.

“I really want to play wide receiver in college,” said Jefferies, who was also being looked at as a safety. “I’m just so relieved to get this whole thing over.”

With the verbal commitment, Jefferies is forgoing official visits to Utah – which he was set to go on this upcoming weekend – and Nebraska, which offered him recently and wanted him to visit in January. But Jefferies is content with that.

“I’m happy that I’ll still be in California,” Jefferies said. “It’s close to family and I don’t have to worry about it being cold.”