2014 Under Armour Holiday Classic

The 25th annual Under Armour Holiday Classic tips off today in San Diego. 70 of the nations best teams and players will be on display over the 4 day event. La Costa Canyon, Foothills Christian, and Torrey Pines are the local teams that will be playing in the National Division. 19 local high schools will be spread out among many teams from across the country in the other four divisions. Top local prospects TJ Leaf, Tommy McCarthy, Travis Fuller, Brady Twombly, Jaylen Hands, and Dalton Soffer will all be on display in addition to several of the best from around the US. Prime Prep star Terrance Ferguson, St. Patrick pg Bryce Aiken, future SMU pg Sedrick Barefield, Redondo Union sophomore Billy Preston, future Auburn combo guard New Williams and future USC big man Chimezie Metu are among several big time players to keep an eye on at Torrey Pines from December 26th-30th.

Football Recruiting Notes

  • 2015 Mission Hills DB DeChaun Holiday is taking his 1st official visit to the University of Oklahoma this weekend. Many think the UCLA and USC are the leaders for Holiday.
  • 2015 St. Augustine DB Frank Buncom IV was scheduled to take an official visit to Cal this weekend, but had to cancel due to injuring his knee during the CIF Championship. Buncom has previously taken official visits to Notre Dame and Vanderbilt, and plans to visit Stanford in January.
  • 2015 Del Norte DB Quenton Meeks has taken official visits to Cal and Vanderbilt. He has talked about taking visits to Washington and Stanford, but nothing has been planned. He previously stated that he would like to make a college decision before Christmas, but yesterday told me that he has no timetable as of now.
  • 2015 St. Augustine OL Chris Gesell picked up an offer from Dartmouth during an in-home visit last week and is taking an official visit to Yale this weekend.
  • 2015 Madison QB Kareem Coles decommitted from Utah State this morning, after the coaching staff suggested that he play a position other than QB. UNLV along with several FCS programs had previously offered, but the Runnin’ Rebels now have a new coaching staff.
  • 2015 Granite Hills QB Seth Collins, a San Jose State commit, is taking his official visit this weekend. He is planning to enroll early, and be ready for spring practice with the Spartans.
  • 2015 Vista DT Mau Ena, a Montana commit, is still committed to the Grizzlies but is exploring taking other visits after the recent coaching change.
  • 2016 Mission Hills ATH Troy Warner picked up his 2nd offer from Boston College a few weeks back. His brother Fred had a big freshman season at BYU, and the Cougars were the 1st to offer Troy.
  • 2015 San Marcos OT Kevin Estes, a Wisconsin commit, told me that he needed to speak with his family before making any comments about the departure of Badger head coach Gary Andersen.
  • 2015 Oceanside DE Tommy Woo and OL Christian Cronk made verbal commitments to Hawaii before the season, but stated they were soft commitments and still plan to look around and take visits. I expect those visits to begin once the Pirates finish their season in the state playoffs.
  • Cathedral Catholic added their 3rd and 4th commits when OL Jacob Van de Grift decided to commit to Yale and LB Jack Onstott decided to commit to the US Naval Academy.

1st and 2nd team All-CIF Football Selections

1st Team Offense:

QB: Kareem Coles/Madison

RB: Nathan Stinson/Helix

RB: Isaiah Strayhorn/Eastlake

WR: Martrel Holmes/Mission Hills

WR: Isaiah Capoocia/El Capitan

WR: Jack Bailey/Torrey Pines

OT: Kevin Estes/San Marcos

OG: Austin Lucht/Rancho Bernardo

OC: Chris Gesell/St. Augustine

OG: Jaylon Kuykendal/Helix

OT: Christian Cronk/Oceanside

1st Team Defense:

DL: Amadeo West/Oceanside

DL: Ray Smith/Cathedral Catholic

DL: Mau Ena/Vista

DL: Montrice Johns/Del Norte

LB: Casey Toohill/Cathedral Catholic

LB: Jihad Woods/Helix

LB: Malik Hayes/Grossmont

CB: DeChaun Holiday/Mission Hills

S: Frank Buncom/St. Augustine

S: Quenton Meeks/Del Norte

CB: Jordan Miller/Oceanside

K-P: Jake Bailey/Santa Fe Christian

2nd Team Offense:

QB: Matt Romero/Oceanside

RB: Elijah Preston/St. Augustine

RB: Adrian Petty/Christian

RB: Tyree Range/Rancho Bernardo

WR: Johnny McWilliams/San Marcos

WR: Steffon McKnight/Mira Mesa

OT: Clayton Jimerson/Madison

OG: Cedric Bigge-Duren/Oceanside

OC: Cody Meyer/San Marcos

OG: Michael Alves/St. Augustine

OT: Elijah Wofford/La Costa Canyon

2nd Team Defense:

DL: Tommy Woo/Oceanside

DL: Luke Holloway/Helix

DL: Joey DeMarco/Torrey Pines

DL: Jaquille Bradford/Hoover

LB: David Faatuiese/Vista

LB: Logan Baker/Valhalla

LB: Jack Onstott/Cathedral Catholic

CB: David Lewis/Morse

S: Troy Warner/Mission Hills

S: Will Stricklin/Mission Hills

CB: Josh Olave/Eastlake

Basketball Season Preview

The high school basketball season in San Diego officially tips off tomorrow night, December 1st. Here are my predictions for the season.

Player of the year: Junior SF-PF TJ Leaf/Foothills Christian HS

Freshman of the year: F Miles Norris/Mater Dei Catholic HS

1st team CIF:

G: Jaylen Hands/Mater Dei Catholic HS c/o 2017

G: Tommy McCarthy/La Costa Canyon HS c/o 2015

G: Johnny McWilliams/San Marcos HS c/o 2016

F: Travis Fuller/La Costa Canyon HS c/o 2015

F: TJ Leaf/Foothills Christian HS c/o 2016

2nd team CIF:

G: Justin Moore/Mission Bay HS c/o 2016

G: Eric Monroe/St. Augustine HS c/o 2016

G: Dalton Soffer/Poway HS c/o 2015

F: Brady Twombly/La Costa Canyon HS c/o 2015

C: Brandon McCoy/Morse HS c/o 2017

* I have yet to see new Morse transfer DJ Sylvester, a UC-Riverside commit, in person. Therefore, he was not considered for the preseason lists.

Preseason Top 10 rankings:

  1. La Costa Canyon
  2. Foothills Christian
  3. Torrey Pines
  4. Morse
  5. San Marcos
  6. Kearny
  7. Escondido
  8. St. Augustine
  9. Francis Parker
  10. Army-Navy

Predicted Open Division Teams (no order):

  1. La Costa Canyon
  2. Torrey Pines
  3. St. Augustine
  4. Morse
  5. Parker
  6. San Marcos
  7. Escondido
  8. Mission Bay