Bonita, Villa Park, Basset, Santiago, Arroyo, Northview, Norco, Ganesha, Peninsula, Bishop Alemany,
Diamond Bar, Glendora, Damien, Alta Loma, Santa Fe, Garfield, Ayala, South Hills, Crescenta Valley, Kaiser
Charter Oak, Valencia, Hart, Workman, Fontana, Cathedral, Etiwanda, AB Miller, Norte Dame and Culver City.
FYI: Bishop Amat defeated Charter Oak Valencia in last year’s championship.
The decision to leave St. Francis for Santa Margarita will cost former St. Francis High School standout wide receiver Dylan Crawford half of the regular season next fall, according to a CIF-Southern Section ruling earlier this month.
Crawford won’t be eligible to play for Santa Margarita until Oct. 5. He is currently eligible to compete in track and field for the Eagles, though.
Crawford is one of the top receiver recruits on the West Coast. He was a two-time Pasadena Star-News All-Area performer while at St. Francis but shocked many people around these parts when he decided to transfer to Santa Margarita in what his father, Glenn Crawford, called an academic decision.
“Our family has nothing but great feelings for St. Francis and wish them the best in all things,” Glenn Crawford said in January. “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.”
Crawford has college offers from Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, UCLA and UCLA, among others. He had 44 receptions for 1,006 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. Crawford plays for Body By Tra’s offseason 7-on-7 team, which is quarterbacked by Santa Margarita starter KJ Costello.
NOTE:This is a story about Matt Fink’s meteoric rise as a college recruit this offseason. But while interviewing Fink, I discovered that Brandon Rohrer has become the Tartans’ new offensive coordinator and is working hard with Fink to put in a favorable offense. LOOK OUT!
There likely isn’t a high school football player around who’s having a better offseason than Glendora quarterback Matt Fink.
When Fink’s offseason started, the all important one between a prospect’s junior and senior year, the goal was to make him more visible on college recruiters’ radars.
Around these parts, Fink is known as the speedy Tartans quarterback with a cannon for an arm and a knack for pulling out close games late. Packaged with his 6-foot-5 inch frame, those talents figured to make him a irresistible target for recruiters.
One problem, though, Fink hadn’t gotten the exposure that other quarterbacks of his stature had because he never played with a travelling 7-on-7 team, which often serves as a showcase for recruiters.
Everything changed, however, in February. Fink participated in the Blue Grey All-American Southern California Regional combine in Ventura. Fink was named Offensive MVP and that week the college offers started to flood in.
Fink’s twitter account seemingly reported a new offer daily. UNLV, Utah, Boston College, Washington St. Kansas and Nevada all came calling. Then, a couple week later things got real serious when Notre Dame offered. USC soon followed.
“I’m guessing a lot of coaches might have seen that when the Blue Grey put me out as MVP,” Fink said. “It’s kind of a big deal and they looked into me even more. That’s what I think happened. It’s a blessing.”
In addition to gaining more exposure, Fink had an offseason goal of gaining more weight while maintaining his speed. He’s added 10 pounds of muscle and doesn’t feel like he’s lost any quickness.
Fink is in no rush to make a college choice. He says his parents are relieved that they likely won’t have to pay for college. Between now and the end of summer, Fink plans to visit as many campuses of his suitors as possible. Only then will he feel comfortable narrowing the list.
“I’m trying to go to the schools and tour the campuses,” Fink said. “I’m going to make a list and I’ll post it on Twitter saying these are my top-five choices. I have to see all these places before I can put a down or make a list. This summer is going to be big. I’m going to be very busy this summer.”
As for getting ready for Glendora’s upcoming season. Fink has been working hard with new offensive coordinator Brandon Rohrer, who most area fans will remember for recent head coach stops at La Puente and Etiwanda.
With Fink’s stock rising so high, the pressure will be on to produce a senior season at Glendora worthy of a top-shelf quarterback recruit.