Emptying out the notebook: Daylon McCutcheon moves on, Noodles battling for QB gig at D-Bar, Arroyo ready to fire, East roster shaping up with Simko and Bobo …

When standout Antonio “Noodles” Hull left West Covina High School for Diamond Bar, it signaled the biggest transfer of the offseason.

In just a few short weeks, the mystery as to what position, exactly, Hull will be playing for the Brahmas this fall will begin to be solved.

A big early clue may come on Apr. 20 when the Brahmas have their first passing competition of the season at Arroyo High against the Knights and Montebello.

“He wants to try and play quarterback and we’re going to let him compete at it,” Diamond Bar coach Ryan Maine said.

One problem, though, the Brahmas already have a quarterback in junior-to-be Tyler Peterson, who had a solid sophomore season.

“Tyler Peterson is the starting quarterback,” Maine said. “We had a meeting and Antonio understands that. It’s Tyler Peterson’s job to lose. If Antonio does an amazing, then yeah, he’ll get playing time there.

“They’re working really well together and we’re starting to think of some wildcat packages for Antonio and stuff like that.”

Hull is also seeing time on defense at safety, but the major reason he left West Covina was his conviction that he can be a starting quarterback. At Diamond Bar, Hull will have a chance to play in a more wide-open system and with some top-notch skill talent in receivers Kanya Bell and Cordell Broadus.

The Brahmas are currently practicing one day a week and will up things to five days a week starting May 13 when a mini-spring practice schedule begins.

ARROYO BACK AT IT

Arroyo is typically one of the most active teams during the passing circuit and this year will be no different.

In addition to hosting Diamond Bar and Montebello on Apr. 20, the Knights will be hosting Diamond Bar on May 4 and West Covina on May 11. Beginning June 4, Arroyo will start participating in four-way throws twice a week.

On July 13, Arroyo will host its popular SGV Shootout Passing Tournament and there are 24 teams confirmed for the event.

MCCUTCHEON MOVES ON

Bishop Amat’s Daylon McCutcheon will not be on head coach Steve Hagerty’s staff this season after accepting a position in the New York Jets organization.

McCutcheon was a standout player at Amat before attending USC and enjoying a professional career with the Cleveland Browns. He was a popular assistant on Hagerty’s in recent years.

Amat is currently practicing one day a week, on Wednesdays, and is expected to begin normal spring practice in late April. The Lancers return Tribune Offensive Player of the Year Koa Haynes at quarterback, but are light on skill position experience elsewhere.

The offseason will be key for several soon-to-be sophomore from Amat’s talented freshman team last fall who are bidding to be starters this season under the lights.

CALLING ALL-STARS

The Hall of Fame All-Star Game will play earlier than usual this year with the game set to take place on May 17 at West Covina High.

Tribune Coach of the Year Albert Sanchez, formerly of Gladstone, is coaching the East team and reports that he’s already confirmed Chino Hills quarterback Matt Simko and Charter Oak receiver Bryce Bobo will be on the East roster.

El Monte’s Joel Sanchez will coach the West team, which will feature Tribune Player of the Year Brandon Martinez at quarterback.

  • Football Fan

    Tyler Peterson is going to be a great quarterback for Diamond Bar, to even consider Noodles the starting quarterback come late August seems unreal. Diamond Bar needs a quarterback like Peterson to be able to make the throws to the skill they have. Noodles will give them depth at RB, WR, and Db and maybe some wildcat formations but it seems as though the position at QB is pretty much guaranteed to Peterson. But it will be an interesting off season for the Hacienda. I think next year will be hard to overlook DB as maybe the favorite to win, but there is always WC, Diamond Ranch has many returners, and cant forget about Los Altos though no noise about them so far they have a great team returning next season, saw some of their defensive line at a 1 on 1 competition and they are big and skilled. Bonita though losing Turner have a good returning back but it seems they will need to fill much holes to graduation. Should be a great season in the Southeast

    • GP AKA Green Machine

      Watch out for another Transfer from noodles….If he does not start at QB, then all will have been for nothing…. I am not saying he can’t play QB, I am just saying he is too valuable to his team for that. His D1 Future lies at Def Back. He really should want to be a ATH and not lock himself down to one position. Especially a position that requires height on the next level. No matter where he played at, he would have had some QB snaps, he just wouldn’t be get full time duty. He will need to be a swiss army knife in order for DB to win..he will need to be all over the field and touching the ball in many different ways RB, WR, and QB. West Covina was the only school he could play QB and DB because they don’t throw, therefore they don’t need the QB to be coached up while the defense is on the field. If you have a more open and complicated offense you are going to need to make adjustments in between possessions and you can do that when noodles is your starting Free Safety as well. If DB tries to run a dual QB system just to please this kid, they won’t get past the 2nd round despite having all that talent.

      • http://www.facebook.com/ptyrone Patrick Tyrone

        He knew that already BEFORE he transferred over there! Did you think he didnt know Peterson??

        • GP AKA Green Machine

          yes…that’s why I am worried…

          • http://www.facebook.com/ptyrone Patrick Tyrone

            well doesnt that tell you that all is not lost if he isnt throwing the ball??? Gotta realize, he is also good friends with many of those kids!

          • GP AKA Green Machine

            I am saying that he Transfered to be in a Wide open system. Which is ok. However, in order for the system to be truly wide open and sucessful, they will need him to play RB, WR with limited snaps in the wildcat. Because he can throw, the Wild cat would be very dangerous in 3rd short and medium distance. In 3rd and long, I’d rather see him at RB and Broduas and Bell at WR which give Peterson options… Plus I think Bell and Hull are interchangeable at the WR/RB. Now you can run, pass, run option and have trick play ability…Very dangerous, where do you double, who could you bracket, which side could you overload? Playing multiple spots, really displays Hulls talents/Value and gives him the best chance on earning a major Division 1 offer…

    • http://www.facebook.com/ptyrone Patrick Tyrone

      Until WC is taken down , they are still considered the favorites! DB needs to have the mentality of the underdog going in!

  • WCDan

    Arrgh! wrote a message on this topic and lost it as I was signing in, anyways greetings all, got to get to my sons my sons baseball practice, will check back soon.

  • Valley Athletics

    It must be great to have some good choices at Qb like at diamond bar. Over at walnut they don’t even have a decent choice . Look out for Brennan mckenzie over at walnut . 6’1″ 225 pound sophmore to be linebacker/ running back and junior to be Christian Robinson 5’10″ 175 running back / linebacker/ D- back .

  • MonkeyWrench

    Speaking of QBs Damien’s QB has checked out of school and has enrolled at Rancho. Seems there is a great opportunity for someone to transfer into Damien and help the new coach establish his program.

    • Valley Athletics

      Who will be battling for Qb if no one transfers in?

  • OuttaYourMindTrib

    A soph no doubt. They didn’t have anything in the tank last year, somebody is going to have to either transfer in to a depleated program or they’ll be in for a long season.

    • GP AKA Green Machine

      I do agree…however there is hope. Jserra played some great ball last with a very young team full of soph…However they did not make the playoffs. Pac 5 requires experience and/or exceptional talented young players…BA’s QB is Exceptional and has experience….that’s about it though. Without a solid RB to take the pressure off Haynes…he could take a pounding this year…who’s the backup QB, that’s another concern…