The Scouting Guru has been all over the San Gabriel Valley and beyond, and like always, he’s offered to share his thoughts, free of charge. Don’t hate, enjoy it for what it’s worth, which is one man’s opinion on the talent in the San Gabriel Valley.
Scouting Guru Says: I don’t know if many of you go to cnnsi.com and read Peter King’s column once a week – if you don’t…you should! It is a great column by the best in the business. This week I’ve decided to pattern the notes for the month off of his format. That means you’ll get “10 Things I Think I Think” and more….
This business of recruiting can be a funny business at times. Just when you think you’ve figured it out, something just happens that scratches your head. For instance, many in our line of business were really surprised when we got word that Washington State offered Charter Oak RB Brandon Golden. It is something that we continually have to come back too. Schools have to find players that fit their system. For instance, I personally don’t think that Kaiser’s Josh Shirley will make an impact at USC if he goes there. He just never struck me as a USC guy. And despite the fact that he looked OK at the LB position at the USC Rising Stars Camp, I just don’t think that LB is a great position for him in college. If anything, he needs to keep his hand to the ground and play a 7-tech DE. Now, many of my Internet colleagues on Rivals and Scout are convinced that he can play LB. My response to that is….show me that on film. His highlight and game tape fail to show him playing any LB at all last year at Kaiser HS. In our opinion, UCLA has the inside track on getting him. And if the Bruins are smart they play him at DE. Now, in the case of Washington State, if CO’s Golden fits into their mold at RB, then they are getting a great kid. And a true sleeper in every sense of the word, since there was no buzz on the kid this spring. But, would you want to go to Pullman and suffer through four years of misery up there? That is what Golden has to figure out…good luck Brandon…I know it’s not an easy position.
Everyone’s talking about the peeping tom who caught a glimpse of ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews, yet it is Andrews who is taking some criticism for it. USA Today’s Christine Brennan tweeted:“Women sports journalists need to be smart and not play the frat house. There are tons of nuts out there. Erin Andrews incident is bad, but to add perspective: there are 100s of women sports journalists who have never had this happen to them.”
Football: The executive editor of Cougfan.com, a website devoted to Washington State University, emailed to say that Charter Oak running back Brandon Golden has given a verbal commitment to attend Washington State University.
San Dimas High School catcher Josh Leyland, the Tribune’s player of the year after leading the Saints to the Division IV title, has agreed to terms with the Oakland A’s after being drafted in the 16th round. Terms of the contract were not released. Leyland, one of the top recruits for Washington State, will begin his pro career immediately. Cougars coach Donnie Marbut had high hopes for Leyland, and had this to say on Cougsfan.com: “He had a chance to make Bailey-Brayton (WSU’s home field) look pretty small.”
Rancho Cucamonga and Charter Oak’s September 25 blockbuster at Charter Oak will be this year’s Fox Sports San Gabriel Valley game of the week. Nothing is confirmed, so don’t get too excited. But if it happens, what a great reward for the best team in the SGV.
At lunch I was glued into the discussion on KLAC 570-AM between Steve Hartman and Chris Myers debating ESPN’s stance not to report the alleged sexual assault civil suit against Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, even though many other news outlets have already reported it. Philadelphia Inquirer columnist John Gonzalez gives you more background and his opinion. What do you think?
“At this point, we are not reporting the allegations against Ben Roethlisberger because no criminal complaint has been filed,” an ESPN spokesman told Gonzalez. “As far as we know, this is a civil lawsuit that Roethlisberger has yet to address publicly.”
Above: Duarte’s Carlos Fisher has traded his Falcon blue for Cincinnati Red.
By Steve Ramirez
LOS ANGELES – Carlos Fisher remembers it vividly.
For him as a child, there was nothing better than the thrill and excitement of coming to Dodger Stadium. It’s still that way for Fisher, who made his return to Chavez Ravine on Monday night. He’s back, not as a fan, but as an opposing Major League Baseball player.