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.
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.