Junior running back Stephen Carr remains committed to the University of Southern California football program despite recent the events that have unfolded involving head coach Steve Sarkisian.
“Not at all,” Carr said when asked whether his commitment to USC has changed.
Members of the Trojans staff has reached out to several of its commits including Carr to touch base.
In the meantime, other programs have continued to show interest in the Fontana Summit High athlete.
Carr holds six scholarship offers after he received an offer from the University of Georgia on Monday.
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UPDATED: Carter High safety Leni Toailoa decommitted from San Jose State to verbally commit to the UCLA Bruins’ football program, an offer he has had since July.
“It’s a big relief,” Toailoa said. “I was ready to be done with the process.”
The safety, ranked 13th in the West by Scout.com at the position, is commit No. 18 for the Bruins’ 2016 recruiting class that includes his older brother and high school teammate, Lokeni.
Carter coach Alex Pierce stated that he was not surprised with Leni’s commitment to UCLA, but he “thought there was one other school in the running, Arizona State. They were the first PAC-12 school to offer him but being around family was important to him.”
Lokeni announced his decision to go to UCLA at a ceremony in Rancho Cucamonga, the same event in which Leni made his verbal commitment to San Jose State on March 23.
The flip to UCLA places the brothers on a defense once again following their career at Carter High.
“It wasn’t anything,” said Leni, in regards to telling his brother about his decision. “We always knew we were going to go play together in college.”
The Toailoa brothers will led the Carter defense on Friday in its game against defending state champions, Redlands East Valley.
— #⃣2⃣ (@Leni_Uno) September 22, 2015
Redlands East Valley junior linebacker Jaelan Phillips received two offers this week.
Phillips received an offer from both Colorado and Nebraska to compliment the offer he received this summer from Washington.
“It’s just really humbling and a true blessing to have the opportunity to play Division 1 football especially from such prestigious programs,” Phillips said.
While he has interest from Pac-12 programs, such as Colorado and Washington, the linebacker does have a dream school in mind that happens to be within the conference.
“I have been a lifelong UCLA fan because my dad, grandpa and grandma went there,” he explained. “But I am really open minded and just honored to get any offers.”
With the experience from last year’s CIF State Championship season, Phillips knows he still has time to improve on the fundamentals of the game.
“One of my main problems is playing to high,” he said. “I am constantly working to get lower and making sure I just play 100 percent and stay true to our defensive scheme.”
What Carter High linebacker and UCLA commit Lokeni Toailoa did with his Twitter account should serve as an example for fellow athletes to follow.Following a call by the referee that led to the ejection of Toailoa in Friday’s game against Los Osos, which will cause him to miss Carter’s upcoming game against city-rival Rialto High, the four-star linebacker decided to remove his Twitter page.
Whether any highly recruited athlete will admit it or not, they are always under the microscope and face constant pressure because of their status and talent.
By removing oneself from a social media platform like Twitter, Toailoa avoided all drama that can come from social media users, while at the same time allowing him as a player to reflect on the situation and move forward.
Anytime I have spoken with Lokeni, he has been nothing but respectful.
While it was a bit shocking to hear he was ejected from a game, I think the way he went about handling his business off the field, with what I am assuming is a brief stint away from the website, was done honorably.
This generation’s high school athletes do not realize just how easy it is to lose a scholarship or interest from a college because of their actions. In a case like this, being poked at and responding in a particular way could be enough to lose it all.
Interested in what NCAA Division II football is about but you don’t want to leave San Bernardino County?
Then San Gorgonio is the place to be, Aug. 20 at 6 p.m.
The Spartans’ stadium will be the site of an Azusa Pacific University football scrimmage at that time. Yes, UCLA football has been practicing in San Bernardino, but playing for the Bruins is not a attainable reality for 99 percent of high school football players.
Division II Azusa Pacific, however, is more attainable. Coach Ron Gueringer sees many advantages to the event. APU was looking to showcase their football team outside of their home in Azusa, and Gueringer not only wants people to see the school’s quality athletic facilities, but also show them another option for college.
“We’ve had a good relationship with those guys for a few years and they were looking for a place to go,” Gueringer said. “It’s a great opportunity for our kids to see college football.”
Junior linebacker Jaelan Phillips became the second member from Redlands East Valley High School to receive an offer from the University of Washington.
It is the first offer Phillips, according to REV football coach Kurt Bruich when he shared the news on Twitter yesterday.
As reported earlier this week, REV’s Khris Vaughn was the other player to land an offer from Washington.
Senior defensive tackle Shynol McClain also received his first offer from Trinity International University.