Bishop Amat standout defensive back Tre Sidney now turning heads at receiver …


Already one of the country’s top recruits at corner back, Bishop Amat High School football standout Trevon Sidney wanted to use this offseason to showcase to college recruiters what he can do with the ball in his hands.

Sidney, the Tribune’s 2013 Newcomer of the Year after picking off 10 passes as a sophomore, and a 2014 All-Area selection at defensive back, prefers to play receiver. Both now and in college.

The gamble to showcase his prowess catching balls at the expense of developing further at corner has already started paying off.

Sidney was named Offensive MVP of the Passing Downs Tournament in Fontana last weekend while competing on behalf of the Body By Tra team. The team also includes 5-star receiver recruit and Sidney’s Bishop Amat teammate Tyler Vaughns.

Also at receiver for Body By Tra is former St. Francis standout Dylan Crawford who hopes to play his senior season at Santa Margarita. Crawford has multiple college offers. Charter Oak’s Zion Echols, a running back for the Chargers, also is part of the receiving corps.

But at the end of the day, there was Sidney holding the Offensive MVP honors. It’s something he hopes to parlay into more snaps at receiver this fall while playing with the Lancers.

“That’s the purpose of doing receiver,” Sidney said of his award. “That’s pretty much my position. I play corner because they need me to at Amat, so that’s why I play it.

“But my main position is receiver and that’s what I’m trying to get across. It seems like it’s working.”

Sidney has multiple next-level offers, but some of them are solely to play defensive back while others are for receiver. According to Sidney, his offers from USC, UCLA, Washington and Michigan are all to play receiver. He will play either position, though, if needed.

Last season at Amat, Sidney was third on the team in receiving with 38 receptions, 540 yards and three touchdowns. Sidney shined as a kick returner and had 47 tackles and four interceptions while on defense.

“I’m just trying to show I can play receiver, too,” Sidney said. “Recruiters are starting to open up a little more to me playing receiver. We’ve practicing a little bit (at Amat) and at practice I’ve been starting to go more to receiver. It looks like I’ll be playing more on the offensive side this year.”\

Sidney’s strong offseason has also earned him an invite to “The Opening”, a Nike-sponsored invite-only training camp this July held at University of Oregon. The event is for what’s considered to be the top 162 high school football players in the country.

Vaughns also earned an invite.

Morrison leaves La Puente for Corona Santiago …

Scott Morrison, who previously had head coach jobs at Damien and Workman, has resigned as La Puente High School football coach to become the new head coach at Corona Santiago.

Morrison announced his decision to La Puente late last week and will play a key role in finding his replacement as he remains on staff as athletic director through the end of the school year.

“It’s a crazy business, the business of high school football,” Morrison said. “There are just some opportunities that you just can’t pass on. This is one of those opportunities. It’s a great situation for my family.

“It was really hard. You can’t help in this business, getting attached to the people you serve and work for. I had grown really attached to this group (at La Puente). It’s a great place. The guys in the program are just dialed in and really care about the success of each other.”

Morrison made a name for himself locally when he was head coach at Damien. Although his record at Damien was an unspectacular 32-33-1, his teams won two league championships and made four playoff appearances in six seasons.

After being let go by Damien, Morrison resurfaced at Workman in 2010 where he went 7-23 in three seasons before moving across the Hacienda-La Puente Unified School District to La Puente.

Corona Santiago, like Damien, offers Morrison a return to big-time football. The Sharks play in the rugged Big VIII League, which is home to Southland power Corona Centennial. By virtue, Corona Santiago is in the Pac-5 Division.

Shopping for linemen? … Things are bitterSweet at Amat … Find you at the “A”?

Francisco Perez. Who? Exactly. Francisco Perez, dang it! I guess it’s partly our fault that you probably haven’t heard of Perez. We obviously missed the boat with our All-Area team when it came to Perez. He is a 6-foot-5, 300-pound senior-to-be offensive lineman from currently head coach-less Baldwin Park. Perez has DOMINATED the offseason buzz around these parts. Perez is/has been actively shopped all over town. First, the hot rumor was that he was headed to La Mirada. Okay fine. Who isn’t transferring to LM this offseason? Then the word was Perez was headed to Bishop Amat. Now, the buzz is possibly Charter Oak … but more likely Cathedral. And yet as far as anybody knows, Perez is still at Baldwin Park. It stands to reason that a lineman of Perez’s size would garner this kind of interest. After all, they’re in high demand and short supply. Stay tuned for his final destination. Speaking of Cathedral, bet you didn’t know that Arcadia hired former Cathedral assistant Robert Maxie. And in typical Cathedral form, Maxie is already getting after it on social media while trying to perhaps “attract” talent over to Campus Drive (see below). The eligibility of former St. Francis standout receiver Dylan Crawford, who transferred to Santa Margarita this offseason is in the “pending” phase, according to the CIF website. The case is awaiting “former school’s response” … which should be interesting. And finally, it’s been argued on this blog in the past that the catalyst for Bishop Amat’s mid-season turnaround in 2014 was the emergence of running back Torreanho Sweet. Once Sweet was inserted into the starting lineup, poof, Amat had a good ground game and the offense was darn near unstoppable. That also led to linebacker Anthony Camargo being able to focus solely on defense, and so on. And Sweet is (or was) one of the key returners for the Lancers … or so everyone thought. Turns out, Sweet is currently no longer part of the football program. He’s playing baseball for Amat but according to several sources is off the football team for some sort of violation. Will Sweet transfer? Will he be reinstated? Stay tuned … True SGV football veterans will agree that there was a time not long ago that under these circumstances a guy like Sweet and unseated Amat QB Damian Garcia would both be starting for Uncle Greg over at Los Altos next season.

Is that legal?

South Pasadena hires Chris “CB” Richards as new football coach …

South Pasadena has named Chris “CB” Richards as its new varsity football head coach. He is currently the school’s track and field coach and has been on the football staff in the past.

Richards replaces Marty Konrad, who stepped down earlier this winter and met controversy late in the season when his brother was accused of illegally filming La Canada’s practice, which led to a one-game suspension and a forfeit of the Tigers’ win. The forfeit cost South Pasadena third place in the Rio Hondo League and a berth in the Central Division playoffs.

Glendora QB Matt Fink named Offensive MVP at Saturday’s Blue Grey All-American SoCal Regional Combine ….

Glendora QB Matt Fink was named Offensive MVP at Saturday’s Blue Grey All-American Southern California Regional Combine held in Ventura.

Fink is one of the top QB prospects on the West Coast and already has offers from Boise St. and Washington with plenty more likely to come.

The fact Fink can run probably is a huge boost in competition like Saturday’s. But he also has big-time arm strength, something local fans often don’t get to see showcased during the regular season.