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Today’s football signees
SGV and Whittier High Schools
Brandon Cox, Pasadena, QB, Utah
Brett Walsh, Monrovia, LB, Northwestern
Bryce Bobo, Charter Oak, WR, Colorado
Khari Garcia, Charter Oak, DB, Montana State
Matt Lopez, Bishop Amat, LB, Cal Lutheran
Riley Deen, South Hills, OL, Northern Arizona
Jared Lebowitz, St. Francis, QB, UNLV
Jack Austin, Chino Hills, WR, California
Lake Aiono, South Hills, OL/DL, Sacramento State
Andrew Hauser, Charter Oak, LB, Wake Forest
Darren Andrews, Bishop Amat, WR, UCLA
Joe Cook, Bishop Amat, WR, Dartmouth
Muleck Henderson, West Covina, WR/CB, Chadron State (Nebraska)
Azeem Victor, Pomona, LB, Washington
Louis Mozqueda, Ganesha, OL/DL, Ottawa
Dionza Blue, Bishop Amat, DB, Boise State
George Frazier V, Monrovia, Linebacker, Colorado
Mason Bryant, Monrovia, WR, Penn
Spencer Ueli-Fa’atoalia, La Mirada, OL, New Mexico State.
Coleman Shelton, Loyola (Pasadena resident), OT, Washington
Julian Gener, Mt. SAC, LB, Hawaii
David Metcalf, DB, Citrus College, Prairie View A&M
Nick Montana, Mt. SAC, QB, Tulane
Rodney Mathews, Citrus, DB, Fresno State
Dorian Crawford, Mt. SAC, DB, Texas Tech


Bishop Amat’s Darren Andrews, UCLA

Charter Oak’s Bryce Bob, Colorado

Charter Oak’s Andrew Hauser, Wake Forest

Bishop Amat’s Dionza Blue, Boise State

Bishop Amat’s Matt Lopez, Cal Lutheran

Bishop Amat’s Joseph Cook, Dartmouth

Charter Oak’s Khari Garcia, Montana State

Monrovia’s Brett Walsh, Northwestern

Monrovia’s George Frazier V, Colorado

Monrovia’s Mason Bryant, Penn

Signing crowd at Bishop Amat

By Aram Tolegian
There were no made-for-TV moments. Very few last-second changes of heart. What there was, however, was another bumper crop of local high school football talent sent to the next level during Wednesday’s National Signing Day festivities.

From Pasadena to Chino Hills back down to Bishop Amat and further out to La Mirada, area football standouts saw their dreams come true and made their college choices official.

At Bishoo Amat, the Lancers saw wide receiver Darren Andrews make it official that he will play at UCLA next season. Andrews was originally a Duke commit before changing his mind in December to join what turned into a dynamic recruiting class for the Bruins.

“It’s everything I wished for,” Andrews said. “All the hard work I put into it and everything and finally see everything come true.”

Amat wasn’t done. Defensive back Dionza Blue signed with Boise St. Blue led the Lancers in tackles, rushing, rushing touchdowns and interceptions last season. He originally committed to Fresno St., but changed his mind last month after Boise St. turned up the heat and stole him away.

“I’m blessed, first of all, and I want to thank God,” Blue said. “I’m just happy to be in this situation. It’s a great decision for my family. The coaching staff is really great up there. It’s more than football at that school and that’s what I really liked.”

Also signing from Amat on Wednesday was receiver Joseph Cook (Dartmouth) and defensive lineman Matthew Lopez (Cal Lutheran).

Monrovia’s stellar senior class that won three consecutive Mid-Valley Division championships saw three players move on to the next level. Linebackers Brett Walsh (Northwestern) and George Frazier V (Colorado) made their college choices long ago and stuck with them on Wednesday. All-purpose standout Mason Bryant is headed to the Ivy League to play at Pennsylvania.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to play college football,” Walsh said. “Now that it’s finally here, it’s a relief. I’m just very happy. I’m glad I could take it this far.”

Wildcats defensive back Anthony Craft, who is a Division 1 qualifier in terms of grades and test scores, did not sign on Wednesday but may do so later, according to Wildcats head coach Ryan Maddox.

The Pasadena area was a hotbed for quarterbacks last season and three of the top signal callers made official their plans on Wednesday. Pasadena’s Brandon Cox, originally an Arizona commit, is headed to Utah. St. Francis’ Jared Lebowitz signed with UNLV. Maranatha’s Andrew Elffers will play at Azusa Pacific next season.

Legendary Charter Oak head coach Lou Farrar is no stranger to strong outgoing classes. This year was no different for Farrar as receiver Bryce Bobo signed with Colorado, linebacker Andrew Hauser signed with Wake Forest and safety Khari Garcia signed with Montana State.

Hauser’s situation was tenuous at best after he missed most of last season after transferring to Charter Oak from Amat. Hauser also missed the first two games of this season before gaining his eligibility. He put on a show playing his desired position of linebacker and Wake Forest made a late push for his services.

“I took my official (visit) out there and fell in love with the place,” Hauser said of Wake Forest, which is in Winston-Salem, NC. “They’re in the ACC, it’s a great education and
it’s just a beautiful place out there.”

The South Hills offensive line duo of Riley Deen and Lake Aiono signed letters on Wednesday. Deen is headed to Northern Arizona and Aiono will play at Sacramento State. Joining Aiono at Sacramento St. is Ayala receiver/defensive back Jordan Robinson.

Elsewhere in the Sierra League, Chino Hills standout receiver Jack Austin, who was originally a Boise St. commit, made official his switch to Cal, which was announced last month.

La Mirada is already making huge noise for next year’s Signing Day with a trio of top recruits for the Class of 2014, but the Matadores weren’t shutout this year after as offensive lineman Spencer Ueli-Fa’atoalia signed with New Mexico St. Teammate Koa Kaleopa’a, a linebacker with offers from Cal and Arkansas, did not sign on Wednesday.

Pomona linebacker Azeem Victor held firm with his choice to attend Washington. Ganesha lineman Louis Mozqueda is headed to Ottawa University. West Covina defensive back Muleck Henderson signed with Chadron St. in Nebraska.

Mount San Antonio College had its typical big day. The Mounties saw defensive back Dorian Crawford sign with Texas Tech, former Amat standout Julian Gener sign with Hawaii and quarterback Nick Montana sign with Tulane.

Citrus saw defensive back Rodney Matthews sign with Fresno St. and defensive back David Metcalf sign with Prairie View A&M.

Above: South Hills Riley Deen signs with Northern Arizona while Lake Aiono signs with Sacramento State.

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    Did you guys hear that Crespi signed 10 guys to D1, 10 guys!!!!! How do you have that type of talent and not even make the playoffs. Coaching Coaching Coaching.

    • Wait, I already know the answer: “That’s life in the Serra/Pac-5”.

    • Valley Athletics

      10 seems like a lot . I saw 4 listed during fox sports show . The safety , a couple defensive linemen and running back .


        Quoting directly from the LA Times Blog.

        Encino Crespi had 10 players finalize their college choices on Wednesday.

        They include defensive backs Brandon Arnold (Oregon State) and Tyler Foreman (UCLA), defensive end Ray Davison (California), kicker Patrick Cassley (Navy), linemen Davond Dade (Portland State), Richard Wolff (Columbia), Deven Fuselier (San Diego), Billy Vasquez (San Diego) and Stephen Hutchinson (San Diego) and running back Tim Hayes (Wyoming).

        “I’ve never had 10 guys sign D1,” Coach Jon Mack said.

        — Eric Sondheimer”

        • Valley Athletics

          That’s alot . Last year they had about 4 . So that means they had 14 D1 level players on last years squad .

        • A little misleading

          Only 5 of those schools play D1 Football, the other 5 schools play D1AA which is different then D1. In fact Columbia and U of San Diego don’t even offer Athletic Scholarships.

          • Valley Athletics

            It’s still a lot of players .

    • Royal Blue Thunder

      2012… Bishop Amat 24, Crespi 21 (10 D-1 players and still couldn’t beat BA)

  • I guess you’ve never been on the sideline coaching in a Serra League game… Stupid people say stupid things!!!

  • Nice to see Cal Lutheran getting a little respect this year even though there are no letter of intent signing or scholarships. Billy is thriving there in the small classes and the football team works hard. Their goal is winning the Alonzo Stagg Bowl an nothing less.

  • Royal Blue Thunder

    Great day for Bishop Amat High. Four major signers along with Julian Gener from 2 years ago. And if Andrew Hauser had stayed put, that would have made it six for BA. He would have got a scholarship regardless of his high school position. And imagine if Adam Alcantara was healthy and able to play this season…He definitely would have made an impact at Strong Safety. He was really missed in the BA secondary. He would have been signing too today..making that 7. Just sayin…lol

    • Not Since 1995

      Wow…doesn’t that make you feel great…! Proud…Even!
      All of that wasted talent and you still can’t get out from the bottom of the Pac 5…! Can you say “Bad Coaching”…?
      Not in 2013 Either…

      • Royal Blue Thunder

        Hahahahaha! Ohhh Not Since! You are indeed consistent which I guess, is worth some merit. I honestly think that this blog would not be the same without your anti-amat entries. You have a good night tonight and tomorrow will be another day for sparring and jabbing. God bless you and those you love.

  • in the stands

    What I want to know is, how many of these ‘signees’ get out of college in 4 years and start a good career? Isn’t that what college is all about?