La Mirada DB Elijah Hicks commits to Notre Dame


La Mirada senior defensive back Elijah Hicks, a four-star recruit, will spend his college playing days in South Bend. Hicks gave a verbal commit to Notre Dame on Tuesday night, thus ending an active recruiting process that saw him garner interest from many of the country’s top football programs.

Hicks has 22 tackles and two interceptions this season. He’s also scored three touchdowns while on offense.

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Look what fell out of a tree at Charter Oak … WHO THE HECK IS THIS GUY???


So I’m reading Little Steevie R.’s game story about Charter Oak’s win over Chino on Friday and I see this:

Matthew Takata threw for 409 yards and three touchdowns and Charter Oak got its legendary coach his magic number Friday with a 45-21 victory over host Chino …

WAIT A SECOND, WHAT???? Matthew Takata? Steevie made a mistake. A roster screw up, or something. It happens. Wait nooooooooooooo, this wasn’t a mistake. Charter Oak has another legit QB!!!??? Los Altos head coach Dale Ziola was right, quarterbacks fall out of trees at Charter Oak.

I’m totally lost. I was at the game when Bret Clemetson got hurt. The kid who filled in was Zack Niccoli. And that’s who was under center in subsequent games … until last night. Ya follow? I sure don’t. I’m totally lost. Where was CO hiding Takata?

Before we go any further, let’s rewind. In the early and mid-2000s, I used to call coaches in summer and ask who they got as far as transfers. And ALL the coaches I covered used to rattle off name after name after name. It was almost bragodocious. But then they all started going stealth. “We didn’t get anyone in.” … yeah right. “You’ll have to see in Week 0 … I don’t want to say anything.” … yeah sure … “Don’t print anything, but we got (fill in the blank)” … yeah okay.

But all that stopped in the late 2000s when it became uncool to be Transfer Central. And getting a bunch of guys in drew unwanted scrutiny from CIF and area fans. Now, everyone wants to be stealth. “Coach, who’s that 6-foot-3, 200-pound linebacker I never knew you had?” … “Oh yeah, that’s Jimmy. His dad got a job over here and they transferred in.” SHUT UP!!!

So back to Takata. Where was Charter Oak hiding this guy? He’s a transfer from Santa Fe. I saw it on the CIF website under “approvals”. And why did the CO people act so taken aback when Ziola said what he did about QBs falling out of trees? It’s true! CO, specifically offensive coordinator Dominic Farrar, does a great a job developing QBs. It should be a hot spot destination for QBs.

If Friday’s showing by Takata was any indicator, the Chargers will be just fine whether Clemetson returns or not. And whether O’Leary, the South Hills transfer, gets cleared in time to play this season, or not. That’s because QBs fall out of trees at Charter Oak.

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Drake Beasley has appeal heard on Monday by CIF State

The wait is on for La Canada High School football player Drake Beasley Jr.

The standout running back who was declared ineligible for the season by the CIF Southern Section in September had his appeal hearing at the CIF State level on Monday afternoon. Now, the remaining days of his prep football career are in the hands of the three-member appeals committee.

“I’m holding up alright,” Beasley Jr. said after the hearing. “I’m hopeful. I want to play football, but I know there’s an opportunity that I won’t. Either way, I’m prepared. And I think either way it will be okay.”

Beasley, who has multiple college offers and is considered one of the running backs in the state, left Loyola in August and transferred to La Canada due to what his parents said were financial reasons. Loyola challenged the transfer, the first time the school had made such a move in 18 years, on grounds that it was because of undue influence from members of La Canada’s coaching staff.

After reviewing information presented by both schools and Beasley’s parents, the Southern Section declared Beasley ineligible at La Canada until August 2017, when he will presumably already be preparing for his freshman season at whichever college he chooses.

The Beasleys were represented at Monday’s hearing by attorney Brandon Leopolzus. Also present was La Canada head coach Ryan Zerbel and assistant coach Jason Sarceda. Loyola was not represented at the hearing.

With Beasley, La Canada figured to be the favorite in the Rio Hondo League this season. The Spartans haven’t had their would-be star player all season and started league play with a loss to Monrovia last week to even their season record at 3-3. La Canada has just four games left in the regular season.

No new evidence other than a letter penned by Beasley was introduced at the hearing, which took place at the Southern Section office in Los Alamitos. Beasley and his mother Rosa were allowed to make a closing a statement at the end of the hearing.

“I think they asked a lot of tough questions, but I think it went well,” Rosa Beasley said. “It let them see us on a human level more than just being on paper.”

Added Drake Beasley Sr.: “It’s out of our hands, but we’re going to continue be optimistic and whatever they rule, we’ll just have to live with it. Whatever decision they make, I’m going to cry if we win and I’m going to cry if we lose.”

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