Jace Whittaker Evaluation

It seems that Oceanside High School is loaded with Division 1 prospects year in and year out. This year’s senior class is no different. Cornerback/Wide Receiver Jace Whittaker is among their most talented prospects. Jace gave a commitment to Arizona in June, choosing the Wildcats over offers from Boise State, San Diego State, and Washington State. His older brother, JJ, is a starting cornerback for San Diego State and was at one time committed to Arizona under the old coaching staff.

I’ve seen Jace several times in the last couple seasons and have been very impressed by his play. When making tackles, he hits his opponent as hard as anyone in San Diego. His straight line speed as a receiver or punt returner is outstanding. His man-to-man coverage needs some work, but at the high school stage that is the case with nearly every defensive back. Whittaker has proven to be a hard worker that will do whatever it takes to see the field early for Arizona. He has had the advantage of playing against top talent during his high school career that should greatly benefit him by the time he arrives in Tucson. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Jace making an impact on special teams for the Wildcats next season if he does not redshirt. Next year’s Arizona team will feature 9 players from San Diego, including 3 cornerbacks. (Derek Babiash/Poway and Devin Holiday/Mission Hills)

Open Division Preview

(8) Steele Canyon @ (1) Mission Hills:

The Cougars have had a tough season at 3-7, but they do have an impressive win over Rancho Buena Vista, an 8-point loss to St. Augustine, and a 14-13 loss to Helix last weekend. That being said, the Grizzlies offense should have no problems, and the defense led by Fred Warner and Ricky Liuchan will limit the Cougars chances of scoring. Junior CB/S Dechaun Holiday will look to add on to his already impressive stock during the playoffs.

(5) La Costa Canyon @ (4) Helix:


The Mavericks seem to be a completely different team, going 5-1 since they lost to San Pasqual. They’ve instituted a new read-option attack that works perfectly with quarterback Jake Mann’s skill set. Helix has had a very good season, losing only twice, both times by a score of 10-6 to Ramona and Punahou, Hawaii. At home though, they’ve outscored their opponents 184-55.

(6) Torrey Pines @ (3) Oceanside:


The Falcons had seemed to have been hitting their stride winning six straight regular season games following close, early losses to San Pasqual and Cathedral Catholic. They’ve since lost to league championship to Ramona on a last minute field goal, and then got blown out against rival La Costa Canyon last Friday. The defense must play the game of the year by finding a way to slow down Thai Cottrell and limit the passing game with Jace Whittaker and Mikah Holder. The Falcons offense must find a way to get more creative while utilizing standout wide receiver Jack Bailey more often. For the Pirates, it’s business as usual, they make deep playoff runs every year. QB Matt Romero is the wild card. When Mission Hills took down Oceanside earlier in the season, Romero turned the ball over six times. He can’t do that again if Oceanside wants to take the Open Division Crown.

(7) Poway @ (2) Eastlake:


It’s been an up-and-down season for the Titans. They lost a majority of last season’s championship runner-up team. Freshman quarterback Tate Martell has taken over and shown flashes of greatness, but the defense has struggled mightily. With freshman WR Tyjon Lindsey also showing off his playmaking ability, the future looks great for the Titans, but that’ll be 1-2 years from now. After losing the season opener against Chandler, Arizona, the Eastlake Titans have run through everyone they’ve come up against. In the last four weeks, they’ve allowed only 7 points, albeit not against the greatest competition. The Titans will need their 3-headed rushing attack of Isaiah Strayhorn, Isiah Olave, and Traylon Reed to be huge throughout the playoffs.

Regular season awards

MVP: Royce Freeman, RB, Imperial HS

Defensive player of the year: Jace Whittaker, CB, Oceanside HS

Best QB: Connor Wynn, QB, Mission Hills HS

Coach of the year: Tony Corley, San Pasqual

Biggest surprise: San Pasqual Eagles

Biggest disappointment: Patrick Henry Patriots

 

2013 CIF-SDS Playoffs

Open Division:


(1) Mission Hills vs. (8) Steele Canyon

(5) La Costa Canyon vs. (4) Helix

(3) Oceanside vs. (6) Torrey Pines

(7) Poway vs. (2) Eastlake

 

Division 1:


(1) San Pasqual– BYE

(8) El Camino vs. (9) Point Loma

(5) Grossmont vs. (12) Otay Ranch

(4) Carlsbad– BYE

(3) Cathedral Catholic– BYE

(11) Mira Mesa vs. (6) Olympian

(10) Westview vs. (7) Mt. Carmel

(2) Ramona– BYE

 

Division 2:


(1) Madison– BYE

(8) Mission Bay vs. (9) Brawley

(5) Rancho Buena Vista vs. (12) Serra

(4) Mount Miguel– BYE

(3) Imperial– BYE

(11) Del Norte vs. (6) El Capitan

(10) Scripps Ranch vs. (7) West Hills

(2) St. Augustine– BYE

 

Division 3:


(1) Francis Parker– BYE

(8) Granite Hills vs. (9) Bonita Vista

(5) San Marcos vs. (12) Fallbrook

(4) Santa Fe Christian– BYE

(3) Hilltop– BYE

(11) Calexico vs. (6) Hoover

(10) Bishops vs. (7) Morse

(2) Christian– BYE

 

Division 4:

(1) Monte Vista– BYE

(8) University City vs. (9) Castle Park

(5) Mater Dei Catholic vs. (12) El Cajon Valley

(4) La Jolla– BYE

(3) Central Union– BYE

(11) Southwest vs. (6) Montgomery

(10) Clairemont vs. (7) La Jolla Country Day

(2) Sweetwater– BYE

 

Division 5:

(1) Crawford vs. (8) Calvary Christian Academy

(5) Army-Navy Academy vs. (4) Palo Verde

(3) Mountain Empire vs. (6) Escondido Charter

(7) Vincent Memorial vs. (2) Holtville

Top 10 in San Diego after week 10

Top 10 in San Diego after week 10

 

  1. Oceanside (7-2)
  2. Mission Hills (8-1)
  3. Eastlake (8-1)
  4. Ramona (8-1)
  5. Helix (7-2)
  6. San Pasqual (8-1)
  7. St. Augustine (7-2)
  8. Cathedral Catholic (7-2)
  9. Madison (8-1)
  10. Mount Miguel (8-2)

Others: Torrey Pines (6-3), Carlsbad (7-2), La Costa Canyon (6-3), Imperial (9-0)

2013 Playoff Projections

Here are my projections for the upcoming CIF playoffs. Unless there are some major the upsets in week 10, this is how I see things playing out.

Open:

  1. Oceanside
  2. Mission Hills
  3. Eastlake
  4. Helix
  5. Torrey Pines
  6. La Costa Canyon
  7. Poway
  8. Steele Canyon

D1:

  1. Cathedral Catholic
  2. Ramona
  3. San Pasqual
  4. Carlsbad
  5. Grossmont
  6. Olympian
  7. Mt. Carmel
  8. El Camino
  9. Westview
  10. Point Loma
  11. Mira Mesa
  12. Otay Ranch

D2:

  1. St. Augustine
  2. Madison
  3. Mount Miguel
  4. Rancho Buena Vista
  5. Imperial
  6. El Capitan
  7. Mission Bay
  8. West Hills
  9. Scripps Ranch
  10. Serra
  11. Brawley
  12. Del Norte