The Orange County Register is reporting that Mater Dei has landed its THIRD IMPACT TRANSFER of the offseason in former Orange Lutheran tight end Kyle Penniston, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound SOPHOMORE tight end.
(Before any of you say “big whoop, a sophomore with no varsity experience”, just know this, he played for the frosh team last year at O-Lu and already has an offer from Florida State!!!).
Penniston joins former Corona Santiago receiver Nik Little and former Newport Harbor lineman Sam Bush in jumping ship to Mater Dei this offseason.
Aram’s take: Yet more proof of why the SGV(N) cannot get somebody, anybody to bang heads at the absolute highest level. Sorry Amat fans, I’m talking semifinals, finals, bowls and so on. Thus far this offseason I’ve heard of ZERO impact transfers showing up at Amat or Charter Oak or Damien. Chino Hills got Matty Ice, and that’s nice. Monrovia got Gevontray Ainsworth, and that’s also nice. But the biggest name out there, Darick Holmes Jr., formerly of Muir, who EVERYONE and their mother KNEW wasn’t gonna be a Mustang past his frosh year, SOMEHOW ends up at Oaks Christian!!!! Sorry nobody told you, Darick, but Amat has plenty of skill players to replace from last year. Charter Oak lost its leading rusher, and you also may have gotten a look there at QB. And Damien, well, Sparty coulda used you ANYWHERE. I’m sorry nobody told you about all that. But, the problem with the SGV(N) is that anytime a program starts getting big-time transfers, that program gets crucified. Example: St. Paul. Why is Mater Dei getting all these guys? Joe Amat and Fred Robledo would have you believe that Mater Dei is no great shakes. They’ll claim Mater Dei and Amat have had the same recent playoff futility (not true) and that Amat beat Mater Dei last time they met in the postseason. Blah, blah, blah. THEN WHY, IF MATER DEI SUCKS SO BAD, DID THESE THREE PLAYERS END UP THERE? The reason is quite simply because Mater Dei is obviously HUSTLING. Mater Dei isn’t sitting there waiting for some dream freshmen class to show up at the doorstep. It’s smelling blood in the water with top-notch freshmen or sophomores and getting them to come to Mater Dei when they decide to transfer. Mater Dei isn’t gonna sit around and watch Servite and Santa Margarita steal the OC spotlight. Why doesn’t that happen in the SGV(N)? Think about that.