Who will take charge at running back for Bishop Amat? Hagerty would like to know too

I asked Bishop Amat coach Steve Hagerty who his best running back is heading into spring football.
“I don’t know, there are about 12 of them that go to practice every Wednesday, it’s kind of tough to say,” Hagerty said. “(QB) Koa Haynes, probably. He’s our best running back. He was the second or third leading ball carrier last year and he’ll run a lot this season.”
So there you go, sort of.
Hagerty’s always had backs. Whether it was graduating Dionza Blue, Jay Anderson or Deshawn Gaisie, the player he moved from safety to RB in his first year as head coach at Amat. Gaisie turned into one of the areas leading rushers, so Hagerty’s not all that concerned.
But who are some of the names you might hear pan out?
How about Greg Flowers, a 6-foot senior listed as a linebacker last year. Or Devin Vasquez, a 5-foot-9 senior-to-be who carried the ball a few times. There is Gabe Perez, a JV up-and-coming back, and as Hagerty suggested, “there might be even be some young freshman, you never know.”
Young Freshman? On varsity? “I haven’t seen enough of them yet, but you never know,” Hagerty said. “But we feel like someone will emerge, because they always do.”
Want some interesting possibilities? How about junior-to-be Anthony Camargo, a 6-foot-2 receiver last year. “He’s a good one, we’re still trying to figure out what his best position is,” Hagerty said. Or how about free safety Michael Gonzalez, injured last year, but one of Amat’s best returning players. Or Adrian Ortega, another senior-to-be who could be moved from WR to RB.
“To answer your question, I don’t know,” Hagerty said. “We’ll let it sort itself out.”

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  • 12th man

    Amat lacks players in skilled positions…Defense will need a huge overhaul & you’re best running back might not be decided until late May..These postings of recent activity concerning Amat’s backfield problems could be viewed as publicity stunts or marketing resources to recruit a true running back..(Look for some transfers to come in & fill that spot)

    • GP AKA Green Machine

      Really who, from where?

  • Valley Athletics

    Running back position is never a problem at Amat . It’s the defensive line where they need help . Naming all these potential backs its just going to get these players to work harder and get stronger the next couple month .

  • GP AKA Green Machine

    This is a two prong subject…
    1. BA really should be focusing on how to recruit and develop Talented lineman. San Clemete and Mater Dei both did not have talented running backs, but yet they were still able to reach the Finals. Santa Margarita the year prior was able to win the title with with a decent back. The size and ability of the Bishop Amat Line leans more towards Div 3-4 talent and size. No matter who they line up at RB, it won’t equal success until the line is able to compete with Pac 5 D
    Lineman.
    2. With Emergence of Successful programs like, Charter Oak, West Covina, Monrovia and others. BA’s talent pools has suffered. The SGV coaches are really fighting hard to keep their local Talent. This may not have translate in win vs BA in preseason games, Due to excellent program and coaching staff over there. However this dynamic has allowed for other schools to be successful on their level, and generate scholarship offers as well. SGV talent players just don’t feel the “need” to attend BA in order to win titles and be seen by scouts. This is a very crucial year for the lancers. If Koa is going to be running the ball a lot, that will not be good. I really don’t see BA being saved by a transfer…Kurt Scoby went to Monrovia, noodles wants to play QB at DBar, and BA sits in a geographical area where it would not make sense for anyone to move there, nor drive from OC, Pasadena Area(Alemany), West Covina/Covina area or LA…There are plenty schools in those areas which can offer the same or a better experience.

    • http://twitter.com/SGVNSports Fred J. Robledo

      Mater Dei sits in Santa Ana, not exactly the most desirable location in Orange County, yet they’ve got the best sports program of all. Where Amat is located has nothing to do with it. The SGV talent pool as a whole struggles in football compared to the I.E, Orange County and that OTHER Valley north of us.

      • GP AKA Green Machine

        The desirable residential cities that surround Mater Dei are within a reasonable driving distance from the School. Anaheim which is one of the largest cities in the US sits just15-20 mins away…Tustin, Irvine,Brea, Yorba Linda, Orange are all within reasonable Driving distances away from Mater Dei. The kids living in South OC can choose to go to Mission V, JSerra, San Clemente etc… Since you believe that SGV Talent Pool as whole struggles(which I agree) that makes it even more difficult for BA to compete. So Really there is no Alternative area which BA can draw from. Aslo keep in mind the SGV is a lot smaller than the OC and the IE. BA is in a location where the talent pool is scarce, and their really is no reason someone would drive there from a surrounding Area outside the SGV

  • Gutcheck24

    Amat has the talent! Kids are just not put in a position to maximize their talents! Why did we ONLY know of Darren Andrews for one year? He is now going to be attending UCLA with scholarship! How bout Ajee Montes? Who?! Exactly, he is now in his sophmore year at SMU on full ride! I do not have an answer. All I can do is wonder what if…. Which leads me to ask, Am I the only one that saw junior to be Camargos freshman highlight film? He had a strong arm and was absolutely dangerous with his feet! Yet I never saw him behind center, did he get any reps in passing league? Fred mentions he was a receiver but i never saw him line up on the offensive side of the ball. The game or 2 that I attended I saw him at linebacker, which as a sophmore at amat is a feat in itself. I just feel they are leaving alot on the table. I guess they are stock piled with kids his size, speed and athleticism. Kinda makes you wonder…..

    • AMAT 73

      gutcheck24,
      You saw him where he belongs , on the D side of the ball. We lost Velasquez and those are big shoes to fill . He can help get the job done and accent the O much like Sal . Koa is the man no doubt . Great sight of the field and now a full year under his belt . Someone will step up at RB ( might be Carmargo ) and get the job done . Let’s get a little further into the season and see where the team is headed before you start with the wondering what if . As you said , linebacker in your 2nd year at AMAT is rare , so that tells you something , or it should. And if you never saw him line up on the offensive side of the ball , then frankly , you’re full of shiat . Attend more games before you come on here with that crap .

    • Valley Athletics

      What do mean maximize talent .players are placed where thy are going to help the team . Andrews was at both receiver and Db junior year and did enough to attract duke as a junior , his senior year he had a great year and got more offers. Ajee montes played Db all his varsity years and was a key player . What do you mean by ” Ajee montes ? Who?” Everyone on this blog knew who he was. Camargo did get some catches last yr at receiver .

  • Gutcheck24

    @amat73 – question was did he get a chance to compete at QB? Koa did great in non league but struggled in league. But a year under his belt should pay dividends. I wish him luck. Point is you have to put the ball in your studs hands. If you do not think Amat under utilized camargo then I am not the only one that is full of shiat!
    @ valley athletics – I remember seldomly seeing ajee on this blog definitely not enough to warrant “everybody on this blog knew who he was” comment. Again if you do not think Amat under utilized montes you are crazy! Andrews getting offer from Duke his junior year is awesome especially since Amat doesn’t assist with attracting colleges to their kids. Why doesn’t Amat get those big name transfers??hhhmmm
    I know it probably doesn’t sound like it but I do root for Amat just do not agree with some things. Can’t wait for the season to begin

    • Valley Athletics

      How do you know Amat doesn’t assist with attracting colleges to their kids . The kids that are good enough are getting scholarships , so they must be doing something .Explain how they underutilized montes . He started 2 yrs in the same position he is playing at smu . I am sure if he was a good receiver he would of been playing receiver And if he was a better back than shay and Moore he would of played RB . What else could he of done .camargo was competing for Qb spot And did not win the job . So he plays other positions . This years freshman Qb was very good also . He could run and pass very well . So he might have to wait his turn also when Koa graduates .

  • Gutcheck24

    @valleyathletics:disqus Amat does not assist that is FACT. Montes did have speed and hands so why not receiver……punt return…..kick off return…. field position is huge. recruiting website had his 40 at 4.4. i agree not at running back can not see anyone doing better job then shay or moore. Not asking for anyones job just saying not fully utilizing their studs! If you cannot see my point let’s agree to disagree.

    • Valley Athletics

      Dionza blue returned punts . Andrews was a kick returner . I am pretty sure montes was more than capable . But no one was as fast as Andrews . How do you know it’s a fact amat doesn’t assist in college recruitment ? You can be someone on this blog just trying to sway players to other schools by saying that . Obviously you did not know About camargo playing receiver .