La Habra defensive lineman Greg Gaines receives offer from Colorado

This is the time of the year when big-time colleges begin their push in football recruiting, and La Habra defensive lineman Greg Gaines, a key player for the Highlanders this season, felt it first hand Monday. He received an offer from Colorado, of the Pac-12 Conference.
Gaines is expected to be the leader of a La Habra defense that loses the area’s best defender – Aaron Porter – to graduation. His presence will solidify the defense and allow the Highlanders to make another run at the Freeway League title and become a player in the CIF-Southern Section Southwest Division.
La Habra was 8-5 last season, advancing to the division semifinals.
“He’s just another great kid,” La Habra coach Frank Mazzotta said. “He works his (tail) off, is big, strong and fast.”
Colorado was 3-10 last season, but is considered one of the up and coming programs under second-year coach Jon Embree.

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  • Changing Times

    I imagine that these stories of La Habra players getting scholarships will dominate the news coming out of that football program for quite some time. There won’t be any CIF trophies to talk about for the forseeable future, not with teams like Edison, Los Alamitos and Newport Harbor now in the mix. Hell, the Highlanders couldn’t even hang with El Toro last season, so the party’s over. Call the upcoming era La Habra’s DECADE OF DECLINE.

  • Hating Haters

    Sounds like another jealous rival program. Please tell me you are not angry because a 16 year old junior to be just landed a scholarship at a D1 Pac 12 school? Gaines is a beast and has worked his butt off and will probably get numerous offers and deservedly so if he plays well this season.

    La Habra has more sleepers you’ll see this year. Mostly juniors starting but I think they will suprise many with their play. Still a good team and a good program from what I have seen so far. They need some work in the secondary which was their weakness last year.

    No doubt the league will be tougher with the addition of the Sunset. Did your team hit the CIF semi-final? At least they had a decade of dominance and not many programs can say that!

    My hats off to a average size public school program that has done well and just had Ronnie Hillman drafted by the Bronco’s!

  • Hating Haters

    Sounds like another jealous rival program. Please tell me you are not angry because a 16 year old junior to be just landed a scholarship at a D1 Pac 12 school? Gaines is a beast and has worked his butt off and will probably get numerous offers and deservedly so if he plays well this season.

    La Habra has more sleepers you’ll see this year. Mostly juniors starting but I think they will suprise many with their play. Still a good team and a good program from what I have seen so far. They need some work in the secondary which was their weakness last year.

    No doubt the league will be tougher with the addition of the Sunset. Did your team hit the CIF semi-final? At least they had a decade of dominance and not many programs can say that!

    My hats off to a average size public school program that has done well and just had Ronnie Hillman drafted by the Bronco’s!

  • Changing Times

    I am positively delighted that your 16-year-old has been offered; my larger point is that La Habra’s claim to dominance has been a sham, a product of fortuitous league and divisional placement. The upcoming season will reveal that Edison and Los Alamitos play on a higher level than the Highlanders, yet remain downright humble compared to the raving La Habra hordes.

  • Hating Haters

    That’s not my 16 year old but he is La habra’s.

    We will have to see what the season brings. Many of the schools from the Seaview have double the enrollment of most of the Southwest division schools. They should have better teams with twice the number of kids to pick from.

    I haven’t seen too many raving La Habra hordes online, more bashers than ravers. They do have a large fan base that travels well but that comes with a winning program. Prior to Mazzotta La Habra was the whiping boy of the league so he turns it around and it is “a sham, a product of fortuitous league and divisional placement”. No it’s a product of hard work and good coaching.

  • Changing Times

    Let me be clear about La Habra: Mazzotta DID work wonders to elevate a dismal program, raising it to the level of an average division one team. I emphasize the word AVERAGE, because every time the Highlanders have played a division one opponent, they have lost.

    The continued claims of ‘dominance’ emanating from Highlander country are nauseating because ANY average division one type team (like La Habra is) could do what they have done. It’s like taking candy from a baby and then bragging about it.

  • Hating Haters

    Sorry your candy is gone.

  • Waldo Truth

    Changing, It looks like Los Al got thumped by a lowly La Habra! 140 total yards of offense? Funny Gaines scored and stuffed ‘em all night. I guess the decline was short lived!