2/12-2/18 Week in Review

  • The North County Conference has realigned their leagues in several sports for next season.

Recruiting:

  • Utah offered 2019 Madison RB Kenan Christon.

Basketball:

  • The Boys Basketball Playoff Brackets were announced on Saturday.

Football:

  • El Camino has named Michael Hobbs as their new head football coach. Hobbs took over as the Interim Coach during the season and led the Wildcats to the Division 1 Championship.

Alumni:

  • Former Mar Vista RHP Esteban Loaiza, who played 14 years in the MLB, was arrested this past week. More HERE–
  • Former Morse OF Quintin Berry signed with the Milwaukee Brewers.

2/5-2/11 Week in Review

Recruiting:

  • The second of two National Signing Days in Football was this past Wednesday. Dixie State University hit San Diego aggressively, signing nine current or former San Diego players.
  • 2018 Helix DB Isaac Taylor-Stuart committed to and signed with USC.
  • USC offered 2019 Madison RB Kenan Christon.
  • 2018 Point Loma DB Malik Moore committed to and signed with BYU.
  • 2018 El Camino LB Rocky Katoanga committed to and signed with Washington State.
  • Boise State offered 2019 Point Loma ATH JL Skinner.

Basketball:

  • Rancho Buena Vista pulled off the upset of the season to-date last weekend as ’20 SG Jack Bailey hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to take down #4 San Marcos.

Alumni:

  • Five former San Diego Football standouts were invited to the 2018 NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
    • RB – Royce Freeman – Imperial HS – Oregon
    • WR – Darren Carrington – Horizon HS – Utah
    • OL – Scott Quessenberry – La Costa Canyon HS – UCLA
    • LB – Fred Warner – Mission Hills HS – BYU
    • CB – Quenton Meeks – Del Norte HS – Stanford

1/29-2/4 Week in Review

Recruiting:

  • 2018 Helix DB Isaac Taylor-Stuart took an official visit to Tennessee this weekend, and hosted USC for an in-home visit. His final four schools include, USC, Alabama, Tennessee, and Texas A&M.
  • 2018 Lincoln RB Kenyon Sims committed to Illinois after officially visiting last weekend. San Diego State had offered earlier in the week.
  • 2018 Steele Canyon DL Mikel Oliver decommitted from San Diego State.
  • 2019 Carlsbad ATH Jacob Turner picked up an offer from Boise State.
  • 2018 Grossmont WR Josh Moala committed to USD.
  • Former Torrey Pines/Southwestern College DE Steven Mason committed to UCLA.
  • 2019 La Jolla Country Day SG Ryan Langborg picked up an offer from Yale.
  • 2018 San Marcos ATH Ethan Cline committed to Western State Colorado University.
  • 2018 La Costa Canyon QB Jake Neufeld committed to Azusa Pacific University.
  • 2019 University City WR Casey Granfors picked up his first offer, from Yale.

Football:

  • I caught up with 2018 Mission Hills/Ohio State WR commit Chris Olave earlier this week.

Basketball:

  • Foothills Christian maintained their top ranking in the Union Tribune Media Poll–

Alumni:

  • Former Granite Hills LS Joe Cardona played in his 2nd consecutive Super Bowl with the New England Patriots, but lost to the Eagles, 41-33.
  • Former Helix QB Alex Smith was traded to the Washington Redskins, and signed a contract worth 4 years and $94 million ($71 million guaranteed).

 

Breakout Senior Season Leads Olave to commit to Ohio State

After sitting his junior season following a transfer from Eastlake HS, Chris Olave had one of the best seasons of any receiver in San Diego History this past year. Olave had 93 catches for 1,764 yards, and 26 touchdowns. Throughout high school, Olave has shown his athleticism as a 3-sport athlete, also playing basketball and track and field. He is the primary ball handler for the basketball team, runs the 100M, 200M, and participates in the long jump.

1/22-1/28 Week in Review

Recruiting:

  • 2018 Mission Hills WR Chris Olave committed to Ohio State.
  • 2018 Madison LB Chris Fatilua committed to California.
  • 2018 Helix DB Isaac Taylor-Stuart took an official visit to Alabama.
  • 2018 Lincoln RB Kenyon Sims took an official visit to Illinois.
  • 2019 Madison RB Kenan Christon picked up offers from Boston College and Penn.
  • 2018 Clairemont DE Michael Azevedo committed to Princeton.
  • Former Torrey Pines/Southwestern CC DE Steven Mason picked up an offer from Boise State, and took an official visit to UCLA.

Alumni:

  • 2011 Scripps Ranch grad Xander Schauffele received his trophy as the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year before playing at the Farmers Insurance Open.

1/15-1/21 Week in Review

Recruiting:

  • USC offered 2019 Mission Bay PG Boogie Ellis.
  • 2018 Foothills Christian F Taeshon Cherry committed to Arizona State following his official visit.
  • 2018 St. Augustine LB Isaac Hall committed to Princeton.
  • 2018 San Marcos OL Andrew Meyer committed to Air Force.
  • Florida offered 2018’s Chris Olave (Mission Hills) and Isaac Taylor-Stuart (Helix).
  • Colorado offered 2019 Carlsbad ATH Asa Turner.

Football:

  • Westview Head Coach Kyle Williams has resigned to take the Defensive Backs Job at Southeastern Louisiana University.
  • Chris Thompson, formerly at Bonita Vista, has taken the Head Coaching Position at Mira Mesa HS.

Basketball:

  • On Saturday, Mission Bay hosted the inaugural Battle at the Bay.
    • La Jolla Country Day defeated Cathedral Catholic, 69-35, led by Ryan Langborg’s 29 points.
    • Foothills Christian defeated the host Mission Bay in overtime, 61-58.

1/8-1/14 Week in Review

Recruiting:

  • Mission Hills WR Chris Olave took an official visit to UCLA this weekend.
  • Helix DB Isaac Taylor-Stuart took an official visit to USC this weekend.
  • Foothills Christian F Taeshon Cherry took an official visit to Arizona State this weekend.
  • Former San Marcos and Oregon State LB Joah Robinett committed to San Diego State. He will have three seasons of eligibility beginning in the fall.
  • San Marcos OL Andrew Meyer picked up an offer from Kent State.

Football:

  • St. Augustine Head Coach Richard Sanchez has left the Saints to take a job coaching the defensive backs at San Diego State.
  • El Camino junior DB Demarcus Griffin has transferred to Chandler HS in Arizona.

Alumni:

  • 2011 Grossmont grad Joe Musgrove, a former 1st-round pick who won the World Series with the Houston Astros this past season, was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.
  • Former Del Norte CB Quenton Meeks has declared for the 2018 NFL Draft following three seasons at Stanford University. I spoke with Meeks during his senior season with the Knighthawks.

  • La Costa Canyon grad Coco Vandeweghe is seeded 10th in the Australian Open that gets underway today in Melbourne.

1/1-1/7 Week in Review

Recruiting:

  • Mission Hills WR Chris Olave picked up an offer from Oregon State.
  • Mission Bay PG Boogie Ellis picked up an offer from Nevada.
  • La Costa Canyon QB Jake Neufeld picked up an offer from Stetson University.
  • 2019 Brawley ATH Casey Kline decommitted from Arizona following the coaching change.

Basketball:

  • #7 La Jolla Country Day had a strong week with a home, league win over Santa Fe Christian and a road, non-league win over #4 St. Augustine.

Alumni:

  • With the College Football Season ending on Monday night, many of the countries best Draft-Eligible Prospects have been invited to postseason All-Star Games, including several from San Diego.
    • Senior Bowl–
    • Royce Freeman- Imperial HS/Oregon
    • Darren Carrington- Horizon HS/Utah
    • Scott Quessenberry- La Costa Canyon HS/UCLA
    • Fred Warner- Mission Hills HS/BYU
    • NFLPA Bowl–
    • Mikah Holder- Oceanside HS/SDSU
    • Luis Perez- Otay Ranch HS/Texas A&M-Commerce
    • Jonathan Peterson- Poway HS/USD
    • Shrine Bowl–
    • Jacob Alsadek- Torrey Pines HS/Arizona
  • Foothills Christian Grad TJ Leaf had his best career NBA game to-date in Saturday’s win over the Chicago Bulls. He had 15 points on 6-6 shooting, with 6 rebounds.
  • La Costa Canyon Grad Kevin O’Connell, a former San Diego State and NFL Quarterback, has been promoted to Passing Game Coordinator with the Washington Redskins, in addition to his position as the teams QB Coach. O’Connell turned down an offer to become the UCLA Offensive Coordinator to remain with Washington.
  • Point Loma Grad Jamal Agnew was named an NFL All-Pro as a return specialist in his rookie season with the Detroit Lions.

12/25-12/31 Week in Review

Not much to report on this week, with it being sandwiched by the Holidays.

Basketball:

  • The LA Times has reported that Foothills Christian F Taeshon Cherry is named in the FBI College Basketball Scandal currently being investigated on. Cherry recently decommitted from USC. LINK
  • Mission Bay had an impressive showing in the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic, finishing in 3rd place out of 16 teams in the National Division.

Football:

  • 2018 Mt. Carmel LB Andrew Mata’afa announced his commitment to Utah.

Alumni:

  • WR Darren Carrington (Horizon/Oregon/Utah) and CB Jalen Davis (Helix HS/Utah State) both wrapped up impressive college careers that will see them given the shot at the next level.

12/18-12/24 Week in Review

The NCAA’s Early Signing Period began this week and many of San Diego’s best football prospects elected to sign with their future colleges, many of which had been committed there for some time.

Recruiting:

  • The Early Signing Period for Football began this past Wednesday and ran through Friday. For a list of signees:

  • Buffalo offered 2018 Clairemont HS DE-OLB Michael Azevedo.
  • Former Castle Park HS DB Luq Barcoo has committed to San Diego State. He is currently at Grossmont College.
  • Nebraska offered 2018 Mission Hills HS WR Chris Olave, who will take more visits and sign in February.
  • Western State offered 2018 Steele Canyon HS QB-ATH Thomas Fishburne.

Basketball:

  • 2020 St. Augustine PG Kimo Ferrari has checked out of the school. Ferrari was in his 2nd season as the starting point guard for the Saints. His next destination is unknown.
  • 2018 Foothills Christian F Taeshon Cherry has decommitted from USC.
  • Westview executed the upset of the season to date as they took down #3 Foothills Christian, 73-71, in the Grossmont Winter Classic.
  • #4 Mission Bay defeated Helix 66-52 to win the Sweetwater Lions Club Classic.
  • 2018 Canyon Crest SG Aaron Acosta committed to Colorado College.

Football:

  • So-Cal Football Coach/Writer Chris Fore notes that he has heard rumors about former Helix Coach Troy Starr being linked to the opening at Mt. Miguel.

Alumni:

  • Former La Costa Canyon HS OL David Quessenberry, who has battled cancer since being drafted by the Houston Texans in 2013, is expected to make his NFL Debut tonight.
  • Former Rancho Bernardo HS pitcher Cole Hamels, who just completed his 12th season in the Major Leagues, along with his wife Heidi, donated their recently finished, multi-million dollar house in Missouri to a camp for children with special needs. LINK
  • 2011 Mt. Miguel HS grad Cory Littleton had his best career NFL performance on Sunday, with 7 tackles, a sack, and an INT.
  • 2017 St. Augustine HS grad Tariq Thompson finished his freshman season at SDSU with 63 tackles and 5 INT’s. He was named a Freshman All-American.
  • Oceanside HS alum Mikah Holder finished his Aztecs career with 99 catches, 1,675 yards, and 13 TD’s.
  • Mira Mesa HS alum Trey Lomax finished his Aztecs career with 175 tackles, and 3 INT’s.
  • 2017 Foothills Christian HS alum Jaylen Hands had 14 points for UCLA in their upset win over #7 Kentucky on Saturday.