Which Transfer Will Make the Biggest Difference This Year

New St. Paul running back Aubrey Haynes carries the ball during practice last year in Pomona, when he played for Diamond Ranch. (Bernardo Alps/Staff Photo)

La Mirada’s new wide receiver, Rashon Newkirk, formely of West Covina

It is no secret that several area high school football programs will be
relying on transfers this season.
It is a talented group of athletes but the question is how much will
they impact their new teams?
Nothing is guaranteed. Will they fit into the systems?
Will their arrival disrupt the chemistry already established?
The following are most of the area’s transfers. Briefly, which of the
top five, or 10, among them will make the biggest impact on their new
teams?

Montebello

Adam Acosta (Bishop Amat)- Middle Linebacker

El Rancho

Marcus Aldeacoa (St. Paul)- Running Back
Marcus Galan (St. Paul)- Running Back
Travis Shafer (St. John Bosco)- Offensive Line
Tate Harshbarger (Crown Point, Indiana)- Middle Linebacker/Fullback
Anthony Ayala (St. John Bosco)- Running Back

St. Paul

Gabriel Encinas (Santa Fe)- Wide Receiver
Chris Willson (South Hills)- Quarterback
Aubrey Haynes (Diamond Ranch)- Running Back
Dante Webb (Los Altos)- Wide Receiver
Terrell Dolberry (Wilson)- Running Back
David Flores (Santa Fe)- Tight End/Linebacker
Cesar Diaz (Cal-Hi)- Defensive Line

La Serna

Rudy Jordan (Schurr)- Running Back

Pioneer

Joshua Garcia (Lompoc)- Linebacker/Defensive Line

Cantwell Sacred Heart

Christopher Moreno (Eagle Rock)- Center
Mark De Luna FB/LB (Bishop Amat)- Fullback/Linebacker
Jordan Scanlon O/DL (Upland)- Offensive/Defensive Line

La Mirada

Zach Salerno (St. Paul)- Running Back/Defensive Back
Anthony Franco (St. Paul)- Cornerback
Rashon Newkirk (West Covina)- Wide Receiver/Defensive Back

Schurr
Josh Melendez (Garfield)- Middle Linebacker
Carlos Arredondo (Los Altos)- Wide Receiver
Gabriel Rodarte (Los Altos)- Wide Receiver/Quarterback/Defensive Back

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  • El Rancho

    Those 5 trasnfers we got are some quality kids, Aldecoa and Galan are only JR’s, Ayala and Tate are only Soph’s. Its nice to know we will still have these kids after this season. Galan has looked awesome at RB. Travis is huge, the last time we had a 6’4 linemen at ER was back in 2001. No doubt Galan, Aldecoa and Schafer will have a huge impact at ER, Ayala and Tate will get some playing time and will do some good things. Looks like this entire area got some quality transfers, the level of play should be alot higher this season. The Del Rio league is going to be vasty improved.

  • LM PUNKS

    I THINK SALERNO FROM LM WILL HAVE AT LEAST 1200 YDS RUSHING THIS SEASON HE WILL BE THE BIGGIST IMPACT PLAYER FROM ALL THE TRANSFERS HE HAS ALL THE SKILL AND KNOWLEGE AS FOR THE TEAM IT WILL BE I PREDICT THEM MAKING IT TO THE PLAYOFFS AND BEATING SAINT PAUL

  • BIG TEX

    Look for La Mirada’s new edition of Rashon Newkirk to have a huge impact. Very explosive and talented player. I watched their intersquad scrimmage the team has good size and a nice group of runningbacks.

  • ER football

    Hey Murray or whomever it may concern,
    I know this is off topic, but any news on who got the LS baseball job?

  • scrambler

    Gool luck to all the area teams. May all players stay safe and give it their all.

    Go St. Paul

  • annonymous

    The biggest transfer will be Rudy Jordan….he will have close to 1200 yds rushing before the DRL starts….Good Luck all DRL teams

  • Anonymous

    St. Paul all the way baby!!

  • LS Alumni

    La Serna baseball co-managers:

    Andy George and Anthony Gonzalez

  • BIG TEX

    The St Paul, La Mirada game will be huge. St Paul is the early favorite but both teams look really good.

  • Tech Savy

    3 from st.paul Aubrey Haynes,David Flores and Sophmore Gabriel Encinas. With that said not to long ago bloggers here had somewhat of a promblem with a DLR school…pertaining to transfers….Seems like there has been quite a few of them recently…

  • TAMMY SHAFER

    DID YOU KNOW THAT FULLERTON HIGH QB THOMAS SHEEHAN AND EL RANCHO’S O-LINE TRAVIS SHAFER ARE RELATED

  • jussybaby

    la mirada is gonna suck this year. they’re really cocky and need someone to put them in their place.

    zack salerno….pshh

    he couldnt cut it at st paul.”and he knows it”

    GO ST. PAUL!!!

  • El Rancho

    Tammy, was the he the QB for Fullerton last season, if so I watched him play against Santa Fe, they played a pretty good game and could have beaten santa fe.

  • No Pref.

    I dont understand why there arent more rivalry games between bordering cities (ie sfs,la habra,la mirada,etc…)

    I follow all teams and i wonder why la mirada plays teams like the likes of paramount and charter oak, and not teams like Cal High and Santa Fe…

    To be honest most of those transfers will make little difference for the Matadores, seeing they will not make it past 1st round cif losing big time players such as Josh Robbins and Keith McGill in the receiving slots, and Tyler Halstead and Josh Lomeli on defense…

    Santa Fe without a doubt is the most talented team in the area, and should go far in the playoffs this season.
    Good Luck all teams

  • Wow!

    Hats off to the recruiting coordinator at Saint Paul. Talk about a great list of illegal transfers. I think that is the best way to be successful. Instead of coaching your players for four years, go and cheat other schools out of theirs! Nice work!!

  • Wow Wow!

    Can’t blame the St. Paul transfers for wanting to step up there game and play against the best, along with getting a great education and tons of support from the administration and community!

  • HAIL TO THE SWORDSMEN

    To all the haters (WOW!) who rip on st. paul for finally catching up in the recruiting game that everyone has been playing for years, jealousy is not your best color. In case you forgot we lost our best running back, MIDSEASON, to cal hi last year. Dont hate because you lost out on the guys we got. HAIL, HAIL, TO ST. PAUL HIGH, CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD!!!!!!!

  • wow wow wow

    St. Paul cheats by getting all these transfer and still gets smashed by Servite. Good job.

  • LM PUNKS

    SO MUCH FOR SAINT PAULS TRANSFERS HAVING AN IMPACT IN THERE FIRST GAME AND FOR ALL YOU FOOLS WHO THOUGHT SAINT PAUL HAD A CHANCE AGAINST SERVITE WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE

  • OHBADO

    It’s true about the transfers. If coaches are going to take athletes from other schools at least play them. Think about it coaches your cheating the other schools. That’s totally wrong. SP you have some great players utilize them.

  • Wow!

    1 for 12 Good thing Saint Paul recruited one guy that could catch! Not a hater just an observer!

  • GG

    Aubrey cant do anything at SP with that running back coach. 8 carries I mean how does he run tosses with a 230 pound back. SP “O” coaches need some direction. Run between the tackles.

  • johnsmith

    Hail to the Swordsmen,

    I think it is a perfect reason to hate SP for stealing program players. Your school basically recruit players but what did it do for you guys? Nothing. Oh and that SP chant “Champions of the World!” What the heck is that? You guys aren’t champions of anything, let alone “the world.”

    edit: my mistake, you guys are champions of illegal recruiting.