Antonio “Noodles” Hull, who was named the Tribune’s Newcomer of the Year after a strong sophomore season at several positions, has left West Covina and is enrolled at Diamond Bar.
Hull “checked in” to Diamond Bar on Wednesday. There were rumors that Hull was going to leave West Covina soon after the Bulldogs’ loss to La Serna in the Southeast Division semifinals. Hull looked like one of the top players in the division during the postseason and led the team to wins over Paramount and Muir.
West Covina won the Southeast Division in 2010 and ’11. The Bulldogs had a “down year” last season, during which they earned a share of the Hacienda League title, reached the semis and finished 7-6. West Covina has never not won or shared the Hacienda League title. Diamond Bar has never won more than
two three Hacienda League games in a single season. Eh, … but … the league’s only been around for three years.
Hull made a name for himself before ever reaching the high school level thanks to a strong career with the Compton Vikings in the Snoop Youth Football League. Rapper Snoop Dog’s son Cordell is currently a sophomore receiver at Diamond Bar.
Aram’s take: This was going to be a future “I heard things …” but it was so well known that I didn’t see a need to rush. Hell, me and Fred heard it as we were leaving West Covina’s loss to La Serna, but we thought it was just some angry WestCo fan venting. There’s going to be a lot of speculation about why this happened. I’ve heard from reliable sources that Noodles was unhappy about playing running back during the playoffs after starting QB Jon Najera got injured. Noodles has always maintained a preference to play QB. But will he even get that chance at D-Bar where sophomore Tyler Peterson figures to be entrenched as the starter? The next big question is whether Noodles’ close friend Sidney Jones joins him at D-Bar. Jones showed what an exceptional talent he is toward the end of last season. The senior-to-be figures to flourish next season no matter where he plays. Finally, this is a big coup for Diamond Bar. Granted, Noodles is another of the same type of talent the Brahmas already have (Broadus, Kanya, T-Brown). And what D-Bar really needs is some linemen. But still, teams don’t get worse by having a talent like Noodles around. Let the speculation begin on just how much influence, if any, Snoop had on this happening.