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.
The Guru Writes: Tuesday marks the first day that college coaches can get back on the road and start recruiting. There are two purposes of the visits these days — they are looking for any players that have fallen through the cracks and see if there is any interest from the player to their school and to start work for the class of 2012 and 2013.
So here is the latest update from our some of the area schools in the valley. If you don’t see your favorite school on here, don’t worry – I’ll have it for you next week. (To continue click thread).
South Hills — Things are getting interesting at Bogan University … oh I’m sorry – I meant to say South Hills. First offensive lineman Siaosi Aiono remains a solid commit to Utah. Arizona tried to come in late and get him to take an official trip out there, but that fell through the cracks and Aiono will be taking his official trip to Utah this weekend. There are two other interesting prospects out there. The one prospect that has really seen his stock raise is offensive lineman Jeff Vargas. He has good tape from the season and we think we can play defensive end as well. He has a preferred walk-on spot at UC Davis waiting for him, but we think that he’s worth the money to spend on. He is also excelling on the wrestling mat, he just took the 215 pound championship at the prestigious
Temecula Valley Tournament and was named upper weights MVP. It’s safe to say that he is the best 215 pounds wrestler in the valley and one of the top five in state. Defensive tackle Peter Nonu has also gotten some late interest and he is also excelling in wrestling at 285 pounds. The 2012 prospects
for the Huskies will be running back Jamel Hart and wide receiver Jamie Canada.
Here is a prediction for the 2012 season, Canada will be THE BEST ATHLETE IN THE SAN GABRIEL VALLEY and will get an offer from a D-1 school before the season in completed. You heard it here first. He is special!
Charter Oak — Here is the latest on Dennis Rufus. He has tripped to Idaho and will be tripping to Iowa St. in the near future. He has seven offers on the table and frankly no one in the know has an idea on where he is going. Charlie Avila has also been getting interest in the late going and he could get an offer. He has a preferred walk-on spot waiting for him at San Jose State if he wants it. Josiah Thropay has been garnering interest, but it looks like he might have to go down the JC route if he wants to play Division One
Football. The 2012 prospects include quarterback Travis Santiago (who’ll have to overcome his height to garner serious interest) and Chris Gilcrest.
Bishop Amat — Well Bishop Amat fans, this could be the first year in a long, long, long time that things could be quiet on Letter of Intent day. Right now, there is no one that has garnered a big-time D-1 offer.
That doesn’t mean that there aren’t any players that are getting looked at. The one kid that we have been pushing hard is defensive end Julian Gener. He is a stud!!! Played the game of his life against Crespi, then followed that up with excellent performances against Notre Dame, Loyola and Alemany. I love the kid and
I am rooting that he gets a D-1 FCS offer. Wide Receiver Wallace Gonzales had a good year, but there are
character questions about the kid, which is the main reason his recruiting has been very slow. The buzz I’m hearing is that might be in-line to get a baseball offer. I thought that Aaron Bowens and Michael Juarez were good high school players, but definitely a stretch for D-1 schools. As far 2012 is concerned, there is lots to like about Rio Ruiz, but the best player could be running back Jalen Moore. Love the kid and would be surprised if he was not offered by the end of the spring next year. He is very good! And don’t fall asleep on Zach Shay. He’s good too!
Glendora — As reported by Aram Tolegian on Friday, quarterback Chad Jefferies is a solid commit to San Diego State. He has already tripped their and is good to go with the Aztecs.
Diamond Ranch — The best player that has garnered the most interest in defensive back Jacoby Carter. He has taken an official trip to Sacramento State and could end giving an commitment to them in the near
future. He was a diamond in the rough for us and the only player we were interested in when we talked to head coach Roddy Layton last week.
West Covina — Strange happenings. The player that garnered the most interest was linebacker Maurice Dupleasis. He really stood out on film this year and garnered a lot of post-season honors, but needs to work on his academics. The other player that has been getting some buzz lately in B.J. Lee. But his size has colleges thinking twice. As far as 2012 is concerned, the one prospect that we like is Chris Solomon. That kid is a stud! BTW, it was great to see Walter Thurmond making an impact for the Seattle Seahawks late in the year.
Chino Hills — Best player in the 909 is Ifo Ekpre Olumu and he just committed to Oregon several weeks ago. The other player that we liked that has been getting a lot of interest from the D-1 FCS schools is Nate
Harris. He has offers from Montana, Northern Arizona and Portland State. He blossomed very nicely this season for the Huskies.,
That is part one. Part two comes next week. We will have updates from San Dimas, Bonita, Claremont among other schools.
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