Signing Day watch list for top football recruits … LET ME KNOW IF I’M MISSING ANYONE …


Taeon Mason, WR/DB, Muir (Washington St. commit)
Ben Northup, OL, Glendora (Hawaii verbal)
Antonio Hull, ATH, Diamond Bar (Wyoming offer)
Anthony Camargo, LB, Bishop Amat (Harvard commit)
John Carroll, TE/LB, St. Francis (San Diego St. commit)
Tony Brown, WR/DB, La Mirada, (Texas Tech verbal)
Eric Quevedo, OL, West Covina (Boise St. commit)
Octavius Spencer, WR, Monrovia, (UCLA commit)
Carlos Martin, RB, La Habra (Portland St. commit)
Noah Evans, TE, Whittier Christian (Undecided)
Tyler Spitzer, WR/DB, San Marino (Harvard commit)

Muir’s Taeon Mason commits to Washington St. … after shunning USC …


Muir WR/DB Taeon Mason, a two-time Star-News All-Area selection, has committed to play next fall at Washington St. Mason had previously committed to USC before recently opening his recruitment up again.

Mason is likely to play receiver and return kicks for the Cougars. Opposing offenses simply didn’t throw to Mason’s side of the field this past season. On offense, Mason had 569 yards receiving and eight touchdowns.

Antonio “Noodles” Hull offered by Wyoming …


Diamond Bar High all-purpose threat Antonio “Noodles” Hull received an offer to play next season at Wymoing on Tuesday. Hull has also had interest from Nevada, Hawaii, Washington and UNLV.

Hull, who missed all but one game of his junior season after his controversial transfer to D-Bar from West Covina, which CIF ruled to be athletically motivated, rushed for 1,278 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014.

Hull also had 235 yards receiving and two scores, and even threw three touchdown passes. Hull was also dangerous returning kicks where he finished with 526 return yards. Hull also added 38 tackles on defense. He was an all-Palomares League selection.

ROSTERS for the upcoming Hall of Fame All-Star Game on Jan. 30 announced …

When: Fri, Jan. 30
Where: West Covina HS, 7:30 p.m.


Coaches: Paul Schilling (Crescenta Valley), Steve Bogan (Maranatha)

Chase Walker WR Crescenta Valley
Christian Herrera DB El Monte
Israel Royal WR/RB Franklin
Jordan Lobianco WR Crescenta Valley
Josh Benson WR/RB Arcadia
Tyler Ili OLB West Covina
Caleb Devine RB Maranatha
Alex Camacho RB/DB Northview
Michael Fulton DE/LB Muir
Tevita Sina DE Los Altos
Xavious Boone DB Maranatha
Eli Snyder QB Maranatha
Jorge Reyna QB Pasadena
Brian Reyes LB Muir
Octavius Spencer WR Monrovia
Jean-luc Dauphiney DB Cantwell/Sacred Heart
Nick Jovanelly WR Eagle Rock
Aiden Anding LB Burroughs
David Smith DB Muir
Nick Cantong DB Burbank
Tony Toledo RB Burbank
Fernando Espinosa DB El Monte
Carter Otte WR Verdugo Hills
Jasper Chavez OLB Rosemead
Raul Alegria LB Eagle Rock
Josh Herrera DL West Covina
Blake Cusick K/P Monrovia
Michael Sahagun LB Rosemead
Chris Osorio RB Wilson (H.H.)
Christian Wiley LB Bishop Amat
Titus Stewart OL/DL Cantwell/Sacred Heart
Christian Walton OL Monrovia
David Tolmachoff OL Los Altos
Robert Sanchez OL Arroyo
Eric Quevedo OL West Covina
Davo Hokobyan OL Crescenta Valley
Andrew Mills OL Burroughs
Drew Nixon OL St. Francis
Andrew Lopez OL Bishop Amat
Cesar Jimenez OLB Franklin
Matt Erickson DE Crescenta Valley
Brandon Arconado WR Bishop Amat
David Jimenez DL Los Altos

Coach: Steve Randall, Colony
Zack Sturdivant QB Chino Hills
Christian Lara QB La Mirada
Josh Radecki OL South Hills
Josiah Grey OL Rancho Cucamonga
Angelo Lojero OL La Mirada
Albert Gonzales OL Whittier
Travis Miller OL La Serna
Ben Northrup OL Glendora
Abel Martinez OL Claremont
Clay Garcelli OL Chino Hills
Jesse Garcia RB South Hills
Angel Verdugo RB Bonita
Pernell Smalley RB Covina
Kenyon Woods WR Pomona
Blake Fisher WR Rancho Cucamonga
MacKenzie Stenquit WR Damien
Malcom Smith WR Los Osos
Keon Stevens WR Etiwanda
Caleb Repp TE Los Osos
Noah Evans TE Whittier Christian
Michael Neal TE Etiwanda
Axl Mendoza K Colony
Sarkis Panossian RB/LB Western Christian
Kele Scott DB Pomona
Desmond Bobo DB Pomona
James Oxier DB Chaffey
Erick Ware DB San Dimas
Ryan Kinnard DB Colony
Julio Reynoso DB Pioneer
Preston Carr LB Don Lugo
Jason Ortiz LB Charter Oak
Jacob Underhill LB Charter Oak
Zack Lewallen LB Glendora
Justin Frasier LB Glendora
Uepi Kaufusi DL Rancho Cucamonga
Patrick Sanchez DL Damien
Peyrn En Twogood DL Claremont
Marcus Lewis DL Chino
Daniel Porraz DL Colony

South Pasadena football coach Marty Konrad resigns …

South Pasadena High School football coach Marty Konrad has resigned, according to the school’s athletic Twitter account.

The tweet said that Konrad informed the team of his decision via text message on Thursday. Konrad was at the center of a controversial situation that centered around the filming of league foe La Canada’s practice the week of the game between the two teams in November.

La Canada alleged that Konrad’s brother, a former Tigers assistant coach, was spotted filming its practice. Rio Hondo League officials decided the week of the game that South Pasadena would forfeit its win and subsequently an opportunity to compete in the CIF-Southern Section Central Division playoffs.

South Pasadena won the game, which was for third place in the Rio Hondo League and the league’s final guaranteed playoff spot. Players weren’t informed of the league’s decision that a Tigers win would result in a forfeit until after the victory. It was a move that set off hard feelings among many South Pasadena players and their parents.

In a November letter to players and parents, Konrad admitted his brother was at La Canada on the day in question, but had not been a member of South Pasadena’s coaching staff for the past two years. Konrad’s brother, who was at the practice for 15 minutes and photographed leaning up against a fence, according to the letter, has a teenage who son who plays at neighboring St. Francis.

Also in the letter, Konrad charged the South Pasadena High administration with rushing to judgement without conducting a thorough investigation. Konrad was suspended for the La Canada game. South Pasadena won 21-3, but La Canada went to the playoffs where it lost in the first round the following week.

The Rio Hondo League held a special meeting in late November at Temple City High to cure and correct its original decision. Several South Pasadena parents had hoped the meeting would result in a reversal of the league’s original decision or a reconsideration of the facts despite the fact that playoffs were already well underway at that point.

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Muir names Antyone “Salmonella” Sims as new head coach …

Muir High School didn’t have to look long or far to find its next varsity football head coach.

The Mustangs promoted assistant Antyone Sims, a 1998 graduate of the school, to head coach late Thursday. Sims replaces John Hardy, who was fired in December after a successful three-year run.

“I’m excited to be the new head coach at John Muir,” Sims said. “I’ve been a lifetime fan and I’ve got my opportunity to be head coach. I’m just overjoyed.

“John Muir has always been a special place in my heart and I just felt like when the opening came up it was my turn to go and interview and hope for the best.”

St. Francis, Monrovia lose key players as transfer season begins

Transfer season in high school football has begun as two local powers found out this week.

The start of the second semester brings, for some, brings with it a new beginning and new school. Such is the case for standout receiver Dylan Crawford, who left St. Francis for Santa Margarita this week, and running back Kameron Johnson, who left Monrovia for Cathedral.

Crawford, a junior, is one of the nation’s top recruits and has college offers from UCLA, USC, Michigan, Notre Dame and Oklahoma, to name a few. He He had 44 receptions for 1,006 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2014.

Crawford’s father said Thursday the decision to leave St. Francis was based on his son’s academics. St. Francis head coach Jim Bonds declined comment.

“Our family has nothing but great feelings for St. Francis and wish them the best in all things,” Crawford’s father Glenn said. “The decision was made to accommodate academic options that would allow Dylan to graduate high school a semester early and allow him to start his life as a collegiate scholar-athlete.”

Aram’s take: Uh … what? This one is a shocker. Some things to keep in mind here: Crawford is close friends with Santa Margarita QB KJ Costello, a top recruit in his own right. But Crawford, unless there’s some sort of craftiness, is risking being a sit-out as far as CIF transfer rules go. Word is that Crawford wanted to graduate early so he could begin practicing with whatever college team he chooses this spring. St. Francis supposedly doesn’t offer its students that luxury. As for St. Francis, this is definitely a big blow. Talents like Crawford don’t come around these parts often and the Knights could have used his services to have another big season. Leading rusher Areg Nazarian is back. Junior-to-be QB Miles Bryant has tons of upside and flashed what he could do in the playoff vs. La Serna. The stage was set for SF to have a monster offense again if Crawford returned.

Charter Oak’s Zion Echols named Offensive MVP of U.S. Army All-American All-Combine Team


Charter Oak all-purpose threat Zion Echols was named Offensive MVP of the U.S. Army All-American All-Combine Team this weekend in San Antonio, Texas. The event is designed to showcase next year’s top football recruits while this year’s get ready for Sunday’s nationally televised all-star game.

Echols, who already had plenty of recruiting interest, may see his stock really take off because of what he did at Friday’s combine. Bishop Amat’s Tyler Vaughns, a the Tribune’s Player of the Year, was chosen as honorable mention on the All-Combine offensive team.

Echols rushed for 1,141 yards and 18 touchdowns last season. He also had 553 yards and six touchdowns receiving. Echols was named co-MVP of the Hacienda League after helping the Chargers to the league title.

Improved All-Star Game guidelines lead to bigger talent pool and more participation … Colony’s Randall to coach East, CV’s Schilling and Maranatha’s Bogan to coach West … Game is Jan. 30 at West Covina HS

Two CIF champion coaches and one legend have been selected to coach the upcoming San Gabriel Valley All-Star Game on Jan. 30 at West Covina High School.

Colony’s Steve Randall, who guided the Titans to a 12-2 record and Central Division championship, will coach the East team. Crescenta Valley’s Paul Schilling, who led the Falcons to a 14-0 record and the Southeast Division championship, will join forces with four-time CIF champion coach Steve Bogan of Maranatha to coach the West.

The game, which has traditionally been played in early summer, was moved to winter by game organizer and West Covina coach Mike Maggiore in order to provide players with one last recruiting showcase before signing day and hopefully lure some of the area’s top talent.

The borders have also been changed and expanded. Instead of using the 605 Freeway as the dividing line to determine East and West rosters, Azusa Avenue will be the new divider. This means that area powers like Bishop Amat, Los Altos and Northview will be part of the West’s talent pool. The West’s boundaries expands to the Burbank area.

The East has also expanded out to the 15 Freeway and that will mean the inclusion of the entire Baseline League. The expanded borders have led to some impressive early returns in terms of nominations, according to Maggiore. Roster are expected to be finalized in early January and there will be four practices for each team.

“The nice thing is that this year everyone is nominating their best players,” Maggiore said. “We’ve had more nominations than we’ve ever had and more Division I kids than we’ve ever had, so I think it’s going to be a more high-level game than we’ve ever had.”