The first one to arrive at photo day at the Tribune yesterday was none other than Antonio “Noodles” Hull, who informed me has indeed playing for Diamond Bar this season (despite no physical still).
Noodles told me he’s going to surprise even me by how good he will be this season and that he’s looking forward to putting together a year so good that the college offers will roll in. He is behind in the recruiting process a bit due to missing all but one game of his junior due to being ruled ineligible by CIF for an athletically motivated transfer from West Covina.
Noodles said he attended some camps and that Arizona and Arizon St. expressed interest and one or both are close to offering. So that’s great news. Noodles will likely be a corner back in college and said that’s what he’ll play this fall for the Brahmas.
As for Kanya Bell, the jury is still out. He is attending summer school at Diamond Bar and may end up being part of the Brahmas squad after all once he’s recovered from a knee injury. Another one of the talented players who left D-Bar also might be trying to come back, but he’ll remain nameless.
Aram’s Take: Very happy I get a chance to cover Noodles’ senior season. Hoping he shows everyone just how big-time of a talent he is this fall.
GAME OF THE DAY: Pomona beat Bishop Amat in pool play after Eric Harper intercepted a pass in the closing seconds of a tie game with Amat driving. The win gave the Devils two points and led to a 34-32 final. Pomona jumped all over Amat early but the Lancers found their sea legs and battled back and were on the doorstep of a win before the interception. Kudos to the Pomona fans who ran their smack earlier this week. The Devils look real, real good. Nobody in the Miramonte League is touching them and they look like real legit Mid-Valley Division title contenders. Lotsa talent. Amped up coaching staff who looks to have a good thing going on. As for Amat, QB play looks to be a serious issue as of now. A lot of guys broke open, the QBs saw it too late and the balls got their too late. But that’s what all this is for … so hopefully things get better. Both Amat and Pomona went 4-1 in the pool.
La Mirada wide receiver/defensive back Tony Brown was named wide receiver MVP at the USC Rising Stars Camp on Wednesday.
Brown transferred to La Mirada from Servite this offseason and figures to be one of the top weapons around. He has eight college offers currently from SMU, Utah, Purdue, Washington St., Iowa St., San Jose St., Utah St. and Colorado.
Brown and another transfer, QB Christian Lara (formerly of Santa Fe), are big reasons why there are high expectations for La Mirada yet again.
UPDATE: Despite missing the first three days of Diamond Bar football practice, Noodles’ mom has told me he will play at Diamond Bar and that the delay in him not practicing is due to not getting a physical yet. GREAT GREAT NEWS for D-Bar and local fans as Noodles will be one of the top talents around and should help D-Bar compete in the Palomares League.
UPDATE: Noodles also missed second day of practice on Tuesday.
The mass exodus of talent (and coaches) at Diamond Bar High doesn’t look to be over … In the latest sign of attrition from last year’s Brahmas’ talent base, Antonio “Noodles” Hull was a no-show for the team’s first practice on Monday. Also, the hot rumor is that receiver/defensive back Kanya Bell, who is recovering from a knee injuy, is headed to Long Beach Poly.
The rumor about Noodles is that he may be headed to Carson for his senior season. New head coach Marcus Hughes said he spoke to Hull last week and was told by the senior that he will be a Brahma this fall. If Bell and Hull both leave, they would join Cordell Broadus, Cameron Hayes and Brian Lamb as having left the program after being some of the top talent at the school. Lamb reportedly followed Broadus to Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, but is now believed to be at Citrus Hill in Corona Redlands. As for Hayes? You tell me.
Not exactly the greatest situation for new head coach Hughes to inherit. The Brahmas, had all or most of the talent stuck around, would have been one of the top teams in the area this fall.
WR/DB Cordell Broadus (transfer to Bishop Gorman)
WR/DB Cameron Hayes (left program)
RB/DB/LB Brian Lamb (transfer to Bishop Gorman/Citrus Hill?)
ALL Antonio “Noodles” Hull (STAYING)
WR/DB Kanya Bell (rumored transfer to LB Poly)
Head coach Ryan Maine (resign)
AD Kurt Davies (resign)
Look for Vasquez to terrorize opposing QBs this season off the edge for the Lancers. Hoping he’s something of a Julian Gener-type guy for Amat. Vasquez is a protege of former Los Altos star Brigham Harwell’s Trench Hogs, which is a workout group just for linemen types.
The much-anticipated, much-awaited varsity football career of Angel Verdugo is now back on track at Bonita.
Verdugo is/was thought to be on the verge of being one of the top weapons in the area a couple years ago, but his career has hit some bumps. Last August we reported that he left Bonita for Damien. He didn’t play for the Spartans and is now back at Bonita.
Look for Verdugo to be the Bearcats’ feature back and while it’s hard to say he will fill the void left by Jake Payton, he certainly is capable of having one of the better seasons around … assuming everything goes right.
The open job to be Bishop Amat High School’s next starting quarterback just got more competitive.
Steven Nava, who started at quarterback last season for Rosemead, left the Panthers this week to transfer to Bishop Amat.
Nava threw for 1,199 yards and 13 touchdowns in eight games last season as a sophomore. He will join juniors Damien Garcia and Ryder Ruiz in the battle to replace two-year starter Koa Haynes.
Garcia, who was Haynes’ back up last season on the varsity team, appeared to be the favorite this offseason. Meanwhile, Ruiz guided the Lancers’ junior varsity team to a 10-0 record last fall.
Whomever the starting quarterback is, he will have a loaded cast of receivers to work with led by senior Brandon Arconado and juniors Tyler Vaughns and Tre Sidney, who both already have multiple college offers.
Nava’s transfer is just the latest blow to a Rosemead program that last offseason saw two of its top players leave for Cathedral. Sophomore Isiah Ah-Hing, who got playing time last season, will take over as the starter at quarterback.
The Panthers still boast a plethora of returning starters and are many pundits’ early favorite in the Mission Valley League after going 8-3 last season.
Aram’s Take: One Rosemead insider told me that Nava is the best QB in the Valley. Hard to believe that when there’s someone like Glendora’s Matt Fink around. But point taken. They think he’s good. We’ll see if he’s Amat good.