Charter Oak’s Bryce Bobo is committed to Colorado, but will he listen to other offers? Aram Tolegian explorers all the possibilities for area standouts as the February signing day nears.
By Aram Tolegian, SGVN
National signing day for high school football recruits still is just over two months away, but things are heating up locally for several schools with multiple prospects looking to land scholarships to play at the next level.
Early indications are that a handful of schools will produce a bumper crop of talent headed to the next level.
Several of the area’s top players already have offers, but for those who don’t the next two months are a hustle period with highlight reels exchanging hands left and right with hopes of opening the eyes of recruiters to something they may have missed.
At West Covina, head coach Mike Maggiore is busy trying to get defensive end Justin Hornsby and defensive back Muleck Henderson signed, sealed and delivered by signing day, which falls on Feb. 6, 2013.
Despite not having a junior season highlight film, which is critical, and suffering a leg injury in the middle of the season Hornsby is getting his share of interest. The senior speed rusher has interest from Wyoming and Utah State and a forthcoming offer from South Dakota State.
Henderson has interest from New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, Portland State and South Dakota State.
The recruiting blitz for Maggiore won’t end with the class of 2013.
Bulldogs junior wide receiver/defensive back Sidney Jones figures to be one of the hottest recruits in the area next spring and summer. The same can be said for quarterback/running back/defensive back Antonio Hull, who has two years left to wow recruiters. Maggiore expects both players to get a chance to play in the Pac-12.
“I think Sidney will have offers before his senior year and Noodles before his junior year,” Maggiore said. “They can both play in the Pac-12. They just need to develop and improve. They’ll go to camps and it will all start in April and May.”
Monrovia just won its third consecutive Mid-Valley Division championship and the Wildcats should see the party continue all the way to signing day.
Linebackers George Frazier V (Colorado) and Brett Walsh (Northwestern) are firm commits.
Receiver/defensive back Anthony Craft has an offer from San Jose State and another could be forthcoming from Fresno State. Craft has some recruiting trips planned over the next several weeks and more offers could roll in.
All-purpose Wildcats standout Mason Bryant has interest from several Ivy League schools, not to mention Army and Air Force. Bryant also has an offer from Mid-American Conference power Ohio.
Monrovia head coach Ryan Maddox believes interest will roll in for several more players on his roster, including running back/linebacker Gevontray Ainsworth, 6-foot-3, 290-pound tackle Isaac Miravet and 6-5, 270-pound tackle Matt Norman. Quarterback Blake Heyworth also figures to get some looks.
Charter Oak has been known in the past to put out a plethora of players in a given season, and this looks like one of those years. Receiver Bryce Bobo is technically committed to Colorado, but he’s expected to listen to other offers.
Linebackers Andrew Hauser and Eric Ortiz are getting interest from Villanova and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Chargers head coach Lou Farrar expects more interest once film gets out on the duo. There’s also kicker Jack Schneider, who Farrar is certain will be kicking on Saturdays for years to come.
Chargers defensive back Khari Garcia also figures to get considerable interest, along with running back/defensive back Aaren Vaughns.
Bishop Amat already has seen standout receiver/defensive back Darren Andrews shun Duke for UCLA. Running back/defensive back Dionza Blue appears to be the next Lancer who will commit. Blue has strong interest from Boise State and offers from Fresno State, New Mexico State and Hawaii. Blue will take his official visit to Hawaii in mid-January.