Baldwin Park’s Wardell Crutchfield III, aka WC3, heading to UTEP …

Baldwin Park linebacker Wardell Crutchfield III has given a verbal commitment to UTEP.

Crutchfield, who transferred to Baldwin Park from Duarte prior to his junior season in ’09, is the son of former Duarte coach and current Baldwin Park coach Wardell Crutchfield Jr., who is the brother of former Muir and BYU standout Tony Crutchfield.

Aram’s take: Needless to say, football runs in the Crutchfield family. Congrats to WC3!!! He’s headed to an up and coming UTEP program and has a chance to start right away as a freshman, from what I hear. But first he has to help the Bravos get through the Valle Vista League.

Glendora’s Chad Jeffries picks San Diego St. …

Glendora senior quarterback Chad Jeffries gave a verbal commitment San Diego State on Monday afternoon.

Rather than write an article, I will just let you know what Jeffries had to say about the decision.

Aram: Why did you choose San Diego St.?

Chad Jeffries: The feel of the whole school, coaching staff and facilities. I went there Thursday and had a visit. I felt that if I go go there, I’d have a better chance of playing earlier and a better chance of making it to the next level.

Aram: What were your other choices?

Chad Jeffries: Oregon St., UTEP and Utah.

Aram: Why make your choice now?

Chad Jeffries: I kind of just wanted to get it out of the way and relax a bit going into my last season and have fun and play ball like I always do.

Aram: Did the fact that San Diego is close to home make a difference?

Chad Jeffries: That came into my decision. The fact is it’s far enough that I’m gone from home, but I’m also close enough that I could home on weekends.

Aram: What if my theory comes true — you guys beat Charter Oak and Notre Dame makes an offer. Will you change your mind?

Chad Jeffries: No. I’m pretty sure about this commitment.

When passing league matters, Aaron Cantu’s dilemma, Amat’s schedule and Keith Jones’ legacy …

There appears to be quite a bit of argument going on about what conclusions we can draw from what took place this past weekend during the Hall of Fame Game and Bonita Air Assault.


Why can’t Amat dial 909 when trying to set its schedule?

Some of you think there’s nothing to be gleaned from any of it. YOU’RE %100 WRONG. Here’s some things I came up with. Read them and tell me if I’m crazy, even though I know I’m not.

Aaron Cantu
— I know what you’re thinking — what’s Aaron Cantu got to do with this past weekend? Well, I can tell you. If you attended the Hall of Fame Game you saw Cantu’s top-two targets from last year – Carlos Arredondo and Angel Sanchez. What occurred to me right away is something a hardened Schurr supporter has been yelling in my ear for months — Schurr CANNOT repeat last year’s stats. With Arredondo, Sanchez and Nick Castillo all graduated, I can see the point. It helps the Spartans have 68,172 kids out for spring practice, but they aren’t like to find a set of skill guys better than last year, thus Cantu’s number appear likely to take a hit.

Chino Hills — There’s quite a few people saying “So what” to Chino Hills winning the Bonita Air Assault. Well, if I were a Charter Oak, Ayala, South Hills, Claremont or Damien fan, I’d be DAMNED WORRIED. Why? Well, going into any season Chino Hills has to be considered the deepest team in the Sierra League. Plus, you always know that because of the depth they’re going to have some horses up front. So if you’re argument against caring about Chino Hills’ Air Assault win is “Who cares, wait ’til there’s linemen” then you’re barking up the wrong tree. The last thing Sierra League team should want to see is Chino Hills with a strong group of skill player, because good size and depth are basically a given when it comes to the Huskies in any season.

Bishop Amat — Speaking of Chino Hills, why doesn’t Amat schedule a game with them? Instead of looking West of the 605 for all of its nonleague opponents, and instead of trying to prove they’re the kings of East L.A., why don’t the Lancers start looking EAST for your opponents. And what better place to start than Chino Hills?

Keith Jones — I can’t believe anybody would doubt, question or put down former San Gabriel coach Keith Jones. But as is typical with these blogs or any other, if you put up a thread about Santa Claus or ice cream, somebody would bash it. But those of you who are doing this need to rent a flux capacitor and go back to the 1980s and 90s and watch some San Gabriel football. In terms of offensive minds and “coaching them up”, Jones was as good as anybody in the Valley. Oh yeah, and no offense to the West players, no coach was going to lead them to a win over the East.

Chino Hills wins Bonita passing tourney …

Chino Hills topped Valencia to win the Bonita Air Assault. What’s that say about the Huskies, beating 30 teams in a field that was absolutely no joke?

Aram’s take: Looks like I need to move the Huskies up in my rankings. What a Sierra League it’s going to be this year. Can South Hills or Charter Oak really stay with these guys?

East routs West with 40-0 win in Hall of Fame Game …

Readers of this blog were told about the East defense for the past two weeks. Well, the East defense was advertised. And Diamond Ranch’s Gus Viramontes took care of the rest, with three touchdown passes. What a game by the East!!!! Read the game story and see PHOTO gallery …


Viramontes does it with his legs and arm … fires three TDs for MVP honors.


East pitches the fourth shutout in series history.

It’s Hall of Fame time, I’ll show you my prediction if you show me yours …


Can the West find some magic to send Keith Jones off in style?…

Where: Baldwin Park HS (get there early)
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m. (get there early)
What: Top recently graduated SGV football standouts from the East and West sides of the 605 Freeway (get there early)
Series: East leads, 18-10-2 (get there early)


… or is the East just too impenetrable on defense to lose?

Aram’s take: I’ve seen quite a few Hall of Fame games. I always think the East is going to crush, but the West always plays with heart. Plus, it’s hard to get the cohesion needed offensively to consistently move the ball when you’re constantly changing personnel. So Friday’s showdown is going to come down to mistakes — who will make them and who will force them. I’ve talked to a lot of people who say this East defense, the first unit Mike Maggiore will send out, is loaded with D-1 players. You can’t beat that. I’m hoping Jones can go out with a win, but I just don’t see it. Jones and his offense will pull off a surprise or two, but in the end the East’s physicality and defense are the difference in a rather easy win.

Disclaimer: Having said, remember that I haven’t actually seen many of these guys ever play. Remember, I was doing 2 1/2 years of hard time in a Century City prison. So give me your takes!!!! Tell me where I’m wrong. Or if I’m wrong.

Offensive guru Keith Jones says goodbye on Friday …

Friday night’s Hall of Fame All-Star Game will be a going-away party not only for the area’s top players, but for one of its top coaches as well.

When San Gabriel High School’s Keith Jones leads the West into action just after 7 p.m. at Baldwin Park High, he’ll begin the final four quarters of a career that won’t soon be forgotten around these parts, and certainly not around the Matadors’ campus, where he took a lackluster program and made it into one of the area’s best. … Keep reading

Glendora’s Chad Jeffries gets offer from Utah …

Glendora quarterback Chad Jeffries has been offered by Utah. He was just in the office and broke the news to me and Freddie. His ever-growing list is now Utah, UTEP, San Diego State and Oregon St.

Aram’s take: We still need to settle on a nickname for him. Jeffries also said he will make his choice probably in the next two weeks. I told him that a win over Charter Oak could produce a Notre Dame offer, so maybe he should wait.