You’re probably sitting at your desk, in bed or at a Starbucks (if I’ve banned your IP address) wondering what prompted Aram to write this. Well, I’ve been talking to some coaches some in the division the past few days and nobody wants to lay claim to being the favorite. Well, so sorry. That’s what I’m here for. So if you don’t want to, I’ll do it for you.
La Mirada coach Mike Moschetti says “It’s not us”, but I think it is …
1. La Mirada 2-1 — QB is the only worry, right? Well word is that Shane Blood will do just fine replacing Daniel Poncedeleon. Oh yeah, and there’s FIVE D-1 talents on the roster. 2. West Covina 3-1 — The Bulldogs have their physically strongest team in years and there’s speed to burn with veterans in most of the skill spots. What else do you want? 3. Diamond Ranch 7-2 — The Panthers have gone from early favorites to being a bit of a concern for me. But we all know how Roddy’s teams play in November. 4. Burbank 7-2 — This is one scary team with the combo of QB Adam Colman and RB Ulises Ochoa back. 5. Santa Fe 5-1 — The Chiefs always put out a great product and they have to be the early favorites in the Del Rio. 6. Rowland 6-1 — Best QB in the division in Michael Ball? Possibly, but there are a lot of questions that need to be answered. 7. Muir 7-1 — The ‘Stangs have a very dangerous feel to them this year. More than usual. 8. California 10-1 — Just can’t get over the loss of Terris Jones, but like I’ve said, Whittier Daily News guru Andrew Campa says watch out. 9. Bonita 10-1 — Here’s your sleeper team. That’s all I’m going to say. 10. Norwalk 12-1 — Can they repeat last year’s success? The street is skeptical.
South Hills stud offensive lineman Siosi Aiono just added his third offer — Hawaii. Aiono already had offers from BYU and San Jose State. Pretty nice dilemma … “Should I play in a tropical paradise, or should I wait out more offers?”
Aram’s take: Obviously, more offers are around the corner. But Hawaii for four years would be pretty tough to pass up. I mean, if you’re factoring in the ladies, then Hawaii has to be lean right now over the other two.
Former Muir football and track coach Jim Brownfield passed away on Monday from complications of heart surgery at 81.
Brownfield had an amazing run at Muir during the 1980s and 90s and also was the game organizer for the Hall of Fame All-Star Game for several years.
Aram’s take: A true legend and gentelman, I had the pleasure of working with Coach Brownfield for a few years on the Hall of Fame Game. I can also recall watching his Muir teams play in the early 90s. Heaven just got one fine football man. God rest your soul, Coach.
See what happens when you’re gone for 2 1/2 years? Anyway, I just found out today that Blair has a big-time recruit in offensive lineman Donnell Wilson, who already has an offer from Kansas.
Wilson is 6-foot-4, 280 pounds. He’s run a 5.1 40-yard dash and was even part of the school’s 4×100 relay team.
“As of right now, Kansas would probably be my favorite,” Wilson told JayhawkSlant.com’s Bryan Cisler.. “I have really liked the coaches that I have talked to and it just seems like a good environment that I would like to be in.”
Glendora’s Chad Jeffries had another huge performance at a quarterback showcase. This time it was at the Elite 11 regional camp at Cal.
Here’s what was written in Greg Biggins‘ ESPN article about it:
In terms of consistency, Chad Jeffries from Glendora (Glendora, Calif.) shined throughout the camp and is having a strong spring. Jeffries was the QB MVP at the NIKE Camp at USC and was even better in Berkeley.
“We called him Mr. Accuracy because he was on the money with every throw,” lead quarterback coach Matt James said. “I can only remember one ball hitting the ground all day and that was late in the camp on a post-corner route.”
“He’s being way under-recruited right now and is a definite Division I prospect,” James added. “He has good enough size, can make all the throws and is an athletic kid. He was probably my No. 1 guy today.”
I spoke to Glendora coach Mark Pasquarella about how Jeffries is starting blow up on the recruiting the scene.
Here’s what Coach Pasquarella said:
“We’re getting a lot of action around here with him, it’s unbelievable,” Pasquarella said. “I’ve never been so busy.”
Aram’s take: “Bad Chad”? “Chad ‘The Situation’”? Somebody help me come up with a nickname for this kid. We’re gonna need it. Finally a big time QB recruit in the SGV. The answer to my wishes. Oh man, am I looking forward to the Charter Oak-Glendora game. Jeffries doing his thing with CO’s Maurice Clement coming off the edge. Can’t get here fast enough.