Starting early and throughout the day, visit our national signing day football page for up to the minute commitments for USC, UCLA, the San Gabriel Valley and Whittier. We’ll compile a list throughout the day with bio information along with pictures and video interviews. You can also follow twitter.com/sgvnsports for updates throughout the day. If you have pictures of a sign ceremony, you can also email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Fred J. Robledo
School football players throughout the country will turn their verbal commitments into signed national letters of intent today.
Area heavyweights Bishop Amat, Monrovia and La Mirada are just a few schools with signing-day ceremonies scheduled in front of family, friends, faculty and students on the first day football players can sign national letters of intent for the 2013 season.
La Mirada’s 6-foot-3, 290-pound offensive lineman Spencer Ueli-Fa’Atoalia is expected to sign with New Mexico State after considering offers from Nevada, Hawaii, and Wyoming.
“Spencer’s a big, physical interior offensive lineman who can play center or guard at the next level,” La Mirada coach Mike Moschetti said. “They (New Mexico State) went after Spencer hard in the summer and he fell in love with the school. I have no doubt he’ll do great.”
La Mirada linebacker Koe Kaleopa’a, the 87th-ranked linebacker in California according to rivals.com, may or may not sign this afternoon. He’s choosing between California, Arkansas, Utah and Colorado. And there may be others who offer at the last moment.
“We’ll see what happens,” Moschetti said. “He could be a linebacker or put his hand down and be a defensive lineman. That’s what’s so intriguing about him.”
Bishop Amat’s 6-foot defensive back Dionza Blue is expected to sign with Boise State and wide receiver Darren Andrews is expected to sign with UCLA after de-committing from Duke.
Amat wide receiver Joseph Cook is signing with Dartmouth and linebacker Sal Velasquez is undecided.
“The first thing that comes to mind is they’re going to get their education,” Bishop Amat coach Steve Hagerty said. “UCLA’s a great education. Boise State is a great institution and Dartmouth is a great fit for Joe Cook.”
Charter Oak 6-foot-4 wide receiver Bryce Bobo, who led the Chargers with 1,041 yards and 10 touchdowns, is planning to sign with Colorado.
“He was our go-to guy,” Chargers coach Lou Farrar said. “He’s got one of the longest strides you’ll ever see. His biggest physical factor on his whole body is his hands.”
Charter Oak has two others expected to sign.
Chargers defensive back Khari Garcia intends to sign with Montana State and linebacker Andrew Hauser said he is heading for Wake Forest.
Two-time Mid-Valley Division champion Monrovia is celebrating signing day with three players expected to sign and another still pondering his future.
Wildcats 6-foot-3 linebacker George Frazier V is expected to sign with Colorado and 6-foot-2 linebacker Brett Walsh likely will go with Northwestern.
Wide receiver and safety Mason Bryant recently committed to the Ivy League’s Penn and 5-foot-11 receiver/defensive back Anthony Craft is considering offers from San Jose State, South Dakota and New Mexico State.
Pasadena High quarterback Brandon Cox suffered an injury that cost him more than half of his senior season, but the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder should have a smile on his face after signing with Pac-12 Utah.
Others expected to sign include Pomona linebacker Azeem Victor (Washington) and Ganesha two-way lineman Louis Mozqueda (Ottawa).