Who’s favored in the Southeast Division? I’m setting the odds …

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.

Siosi in paradise? It could happen …

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.

SGV football legend Jim Brownfield passes away at 81 …

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.

Hey, did you know that Blair has a big-time recruit?

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.”

Aram’s take: Nice!

Glendora’s Chad Jeffries starting to look Elite …

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.

2006 All-Area linebacker Anthony Hile joins Scott Morrison’s staff at Workman …

Anthony Hile, a 2006 Tribune All-Area selection at linebacker for Damien, has joined Scott Morrison’s staff at Workman as the team’s linebackers coach.

Aram’s take: Like it. Morrison’s well on his way to putting together a good staff at Workman. I’m telling you, it may not take much to turn the Lobos into the Montview’s perennial favorite (sorry, Azusa) and a solid Mid-Valley Division contender. Hope the Lobos like to hit. If not, Hile will make them.

OK, who’s going to carry the rock at Amat now that Jay Anderson is officially not playing football this season …

Fred “Deadline” Robledo got the official word from Keith Anderson, the father of Jay Anderson, that the star running back won’t be playing football this season.

So now the question becomes, who will carry the rock in Anderson’s place? You can’t tell me the cupboard is bare. Obviously, there’s probably not anybody around who can tote it like Anderson, but there has to at least be some decent options.

Zachary Shay?
Jalen Moore?

Aram’s take:
This absolutely blows. What was shaping up to be an amazing season at Amat is now somewhat in doubt. There are obviously plenty of studs still around, like QB Rio Ruiz and WR Wallace Gonazlez. But this was the offense’s best returner, at least in terms of numbers. Now coach Steve Hagerty and his dynamic staff have to really coach ‘em up.

Freddie “Deadline” Robledo has the latest on Amat RB Jay Anderson … and some opinion, too …

Check out the latest and see what Freddie thinks about it.

Aram’s take: It will be very disappointing if Anderson isn’t toting the rock for Amat this season. And it also drops the Lancers down a peg. It seemed the Golden A’s were headed toward a monster season, but this would be a blow. I have to think this will get resolved. Time will tell.

I can’t believe I have D-Ranch, WestCo and Muir ranked ahead of La Mirada …

… Yeah, that’s gonna change when the next All-Encompassing SGV (N) Top 25 comes out. It’s obviously time for me to stop thinking that D-Ranch and WestCo and maybe Muir should be the favorites in the Southeast Division. La Mirada might just be better than all of them.


Max Gama (#6) is headed to Washington St. and E.J. Galvez (#69) is going to Nevada.

Here are the stud recruits from La Mirada this season and the colleges that want them:

Isaac Luatua, 6-3, 300 OG: SEC: Arkansas, Tennessee, BIG EAST: Syracuse, ACC: Boston College, PAC 10: UCLA, Washington St, BIG 10: Minnesota, MT. WEST: Colorado St, New Mexico, Wyoming WAC: New Mexico St.

Bryan Peter, 6-5 305 OT: Florida St, Colorado St, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming.

Aaron Bouzos, 5-11, 185 S/WR:
Nebraska, New Mexico St, Wyoming.

Max Gama, 6-0, 190 RB/LB: Committed to Washington St.

E.J. Galvez, 6-2, 260 C/G: Committed to Nevada.

Aram’s take: La Mirada went 13-1 last season. They have FIVE, count ‘em, FIVE D-1 prospects!!! That’s it, I’m flipping. Granted, D-Ranch, WestCo and Muir have studs of their own, but FIVE? There’s no doubt that D-Ranch, WestCo and Muir and maybe even Rowland or the Del Rio champ could beat La Mirada in the playoffs, but right now the Matadores have to be favored. Ahh yes, but can they beat La Habra in the opener?