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.

12/11-12/17 Week in Review

We start this week with incredibly sad news. The San Diego Sports Community is mourning the loss of Granite Hills HS Senior William Burton. Burton was a standout on the football field and baseball diamond for the Eagles, earning a spot on the All-CIF 1st Team Defense this season. William was killed in an auto accident on Monday night heading home from the Football Team’s banquet.

Recruiting:

  • San Diego State offered 2018 Eastlake OL Billy Dunkle, who plans to make his college decision on Monday night.
  • Colorado offered 2019 Madison RB Kenan Christon.
  • California offered 2018 Madison LB Chris Fatilua.
  • 2018 Madison DL Cesar Nillaga committed to The University of Pennsylvania.
  • San Diego State offered 2018 Helix QB Carson Baker, who is currently committed to UC-Davis.
  • UCLA offered 2018 Morse ATH Martell Irby, who is currently committed to Arizona.
  • Tennessee offered 2018 Mission Hills WR Chris Olave.
  • Tennesee had an in-home visit with 2018 Helix DB Isaac Taylor-Stuart.
  • 2018 Prospects Ike Hall LB/St. Augustine HS, Mozes Mooney WR/Bishop’s School, and Michael Azevedo DE/Clairemont HS all took an official visit to Columbia University this past weekend.

Football:

  • Mission Hills Senior Quarterback Jack Tuttle was this years recipient of the KUSI PPR Silver Pigskin Award. Tuttle plans to enroll early at The University of Utah.

https://twitter.com/jacktuttle14/status/942259955578544128

  • Steele Canyon defeated Half Moon Bay HS, 44-42, to win the D3-A California State Title.
  • Helix, Vincent Memorial, and Southwest El Centro all advanced to State Title games but were unable to pull out victories.
  • Cerritos College was selected as the Host Site for the 2018 and 2019 CIF State Football Championships.
  • 2020 El Camino QB DJ Ralph will transfer to Cathedral Catholic.

Basketball:

  • 2018 San Diego HS guard Thomas Marcus, who has committed to play football at Arizona, had a Dunk of the Year Candidate earlier this week.

https://twitter.com/FullTimeHoops1/status/942193794908225536

  • Torrey Pines (10-0) defeated San Marcos (8-2) in the North County Classic, 60-55. Junior Guard Bryce Pope was named MVP of the tournament.
  • Torrey Pines and Vista played an exciting semi-final game that went to overtime.

  • Foothills Christian got back on the winning track with an 81-51 win over Canyon Crest and a 91-51 win over La Jolla.
  • The Sweetwater Lions Club Classic begins tomorrow at Sweetwater HS. Participating teams include: Crawford, Helix, Jurupa Hills (Fontana), Morse, San Dieguito Academy, Sweetwater, El Camino, Hoover, Mission Bay, Mira Mesa, Southwest SD, and Point Loma.
  • The Torrey Pines Holiday Classic will begin on December 26th with three tip-off games featuring San Diego’s Top Teams.
  • 5:00pm– Mission Bay vs. La Jolla Country Day
  • 6:30pm– Torrey Pines vs. St. Augustine
  • 8:00pm– Foothills Christian vs. Mater Dei Catholic

Alumni:

  • Tyree Robinson of Lincoln HS and Royce Freeman of Imperial HS finished up their collegiate careers for the University of Oregon this past weekend in the Las Vegas Bowl.
  • 2011 Rancho Buena Vista grad Johnny Dee, who averaged 32.8 ppg in his senior season, had a 34 points outburst in a recent game while playing for Araberri in Spain. He’s averaging 16 ppg for the season.
  • Otay Ranch grad Luis Perez never played quarterback during his time as a Mustang, but after a stop at Southwestern College he won the Harlon Hill Award this season as the best Division-2 Football Player in the Country, while playing for Texas A&M-Commerce. A nice profile of Perez from ESPN.

Extras:

  • Be on the lookout for a significant local basketball transfer to be announced later this week.

12/4-12/9 Week in Review

Recruiting:

  • 2018 Mission Hills WR Chris Olave picked up an offer from UCLA. He also hosted in-home visits with coaches from UCLA, Utah, and Ohio State.
  • 2018 San Marcos WR Kyle Philips cancelled his official visit to Michigan, who had offered a few weeks back, and announced his plans to sign with UCLA when the Official Signing Period begins.
  • 2018 Helix CB Isaac Taylor-Stuart listed his finals six schools: USC, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma. He also hosted Alabama for an in-home visit.
  • 2018 Lincoln RB Kenyon Sims decommitted from Utah, and picked up an offer from Wyoming.
  • 2018 El Camino RB Chris Brown committed to Cal following his official visit last weekend.
  • 2018 Madison DE Demanuel Talauati announced his commitment to San Jose State. He’ll join former Warhawk Terrell Carter ’17 with the Spartans.
  • 2018 Madison DE Cesar Nillaga took an official visit to the University of Pennsylvania and was offered by the Quakers.
  • 2018 Valhalla DE Joshua McNish-Heider announced his commitment to Azusa-Pacific.
  • 2018 Rancho Bernardo K Matt Araiza picked up offers from UMass and Montana.
  • 2018 Madison LB Chris Fatilua took an official visit to Colorado State.

  • Santa Clara HC Herb Sendek visited Mission Bay HS to see 2019 guard Rejean “Boogie” Ellis.
  • 2019 Foothills Christian wing Derrick Carter-Hollinger picked up an offer from Montana.

Football:

It was a very successful week for the remaining High School Football Teams in San Diego.

  • Helix got it started with a 28-13 win @ Oaks Christian. The Highlanders picked off three passes, including a pick-six from future-Aztec Rashad Scott to begin the 2nd half. They advanced to the D1-AA State Championship this next weekend on the campus of Sacramento State. They’ll take on undefeated Folsom HS, who in 2014 started their season with a 55-10 win over Cathedral Catholic, and ended it in the State Title with a 68-7 victory over Oceanside.
  • El Camino had their game moved from Friday to Saturday, and then had it moved to San Clemente HS due to the ongoing wild fires in Northern San Diego County. The Wildcats battled Crenshaw, but came up short with a 13-10 loss.
  • Steele Canyon traveled to Anaheim to play El Modena HS and kept the season going with a 28-26 victory. They will host Half Moon Bay HS (14-0) in the D3-A State Title this coming Saturday. As of now the game is to be played at Steele Canyon High School, but could be moved to a bigger venue within San Diego.
  • Monte Vista headed north to face Katella HS in the D5-A Regional Championship and got out to an early 35-7 lead. Unfortunately they allowed 29 consecutive points and had their season ended with a 36-35 loss.
  • Southwest El Centro hosted San Joaquin Memorial of Fresno in the D4-A Regional Championship. SJM made the six and a half hour drive to the Imperial Valley and came up short. Southwest EC won 31-28 to extend their perfect season and will play on Saturday for a State Championship. They’ll be hosting Milpitas High School (13-1) from the San Jose Area.
  • Vincent Memorial started quickly and had lots of success in their game against Huntington Park, winning 40-18. They advanced to the D6-A State Championship and will be hosting Galileo High School of San Francisco this upcoming Saturday night at Calexico High School.

Basketball:

  • Vista (5-1) won the West Hills Tournament over Mater Dei Catholic, 63-52, avenging a loss to them earlier in the tournament. Dartmouth-signee Taurus Samuels was named MVP.
  • Torrey Pines (5-0) won the Coast News Classic over La Jolla Country Day, 67-55. Senior Point Guard Finn Sullivan was named MVP with 25 points in the Final.
  • Poway (4-1) secured an early season upset by defeating San Marcos 57-47 in the Championship of the Game On Challenge. Senior Guard Zach Reiter was named MVP.
  • Mount Miguel (6-0) defeated Bonita Vista, 88-72, to win the Baron/Matador Classic.
  • La Jolla (4-1) defeated Otay Ranch, 59-48, to win the Hilltop Tournament.

Alumni:

  • 2014 Helix grad Jalen Davis was named a 1st Team All-American by Walter Football.
  • The Pac-12 Football 2nd-Team included WR Darren Carrington (Horizon/Utah), RB Royce Freeman (Imperial/Oregon), CB Quenton Meeks (Del Norte/Stanford), and P Jake Bailey (Santa Fe Christian/Stanford)
  • 2010 La Costa Canyon grad Kenny Stills was named the Miami Dolphins nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year.
  • 1976 Kearny grad Alan Trammell was selected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, after spending many years on the ballot.
  • 2003 Helix grad Reggie Bush was on the sidelines for the Helix Football State Playoff Game.

  • 1990 Lincoln grad Terrell Davis, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, made a return visit to the Hive.

https://twitter.com/TheHiveFootball/status/938835530204237825

Extras:

The Torrey Pines Holiday Classic (Dec. 26-30) announced their brackets and daily schedules. 21 teams from San Diego will compete with other national teams across five divisions. Info here.