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  • Mater Dei's Humphreys finds balance in Duke commitment BY DAN ALBANO
    Ben Humphreys committed to Duke for several reasons, and not all of them related to football. But the Mater Dei safety will be focusing on the sports side of his college decision this weekend when he makes an unofficial recruiting trip to the university in Durham, N.C. The senior is visiting to experience the Blue Devils’ ga
    Wed Sep 17, 2014
  • Hawkins draws interest from Pac-12 schools BY DAN ALBANO
    Jaylinn Hawkins started his senior season at Buena Park with an impressive burst Thursday. The uncommitted receiver/safety had eight receptions for 294 yards and four touchdowns in a 65-0 victory against Orange. Hawkins’ recruiting also is starting to build speed. While an official recruiting trip to Oregon h
    Sat Aug 30, 2014
  • New wave of elite QBs lands in O.C. BY DAN ALBANO
    There’s a current sweeping through Orange County high school football, and it has arrived at the precise time that members of a potentially historic quarterback class are poised to catch the wave. At the center of this perfect storm is a shift toward the spread offense with quarterbacks using their speedy feet along with their stro
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • OCVarsity rankings: O.C.'s top quarterbacks BY DAN ALBANO
    With the start of the high school season quickly approaching, the Register has put together its lists of the top 10 players in the county at each position. These lists are based on the observations of the Register’s reporters, the input of football coaches around the county and the amount of interest shown by college scouts.
    Sat Aug 09, 2014
  • Santa Margarita earns respect at 'Battle of the Beach' By DAN ALBANO
    HUNTINGTON BEACH – Even from afar Saturday, it seemed clear that Santa Margarita’s KJ Costello received positive words from several St. John Bosco players as he navigated the teams’ postgame handshake at the Edison passing tournament. The junior-to-be quarterback comfortably chatted with a cluster of his Trinity
    Sat Jul 12, 2014
  • Connette builds game plan around his ill mother BY DAN ALBANO
    FULLERTON – Adam Connette decided weeks ago that he would play Thursday’s Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Game for someone other than himself. The Orange Lutheran wide receiver selected his mother. “She doesn’t really have much longer because she has cancer,” he explained. “This might
    Wed Jul 09, 2014
  • Football recruiting: Servite's Waller updates top-four, adds Pac-12 school (video) By DAN ALBANO
    [bc3]3641101228001[/bc3] Servite senior-to-be quarterback Travis Waller (6-3 1/2, 195) said Tuesday that he has updated his top-four college choices. Waller has added Oregon to his mix after the Ducks recently offered him a scholarship.
    Tue Jun 24, 2014
  • Football recruiting: New offers, commitments stacking up By DAN ALBANO
    Catching up on some football recruiting news: * Cypress junior wide receiver/defensive back Quinten Pounds (6-1, 180) has been offered by Washington State and is receiving
    Tue May 06, 2014
  • Hot Shots: Spring Signing Day photos
    Check out all of the Register and OCVarsity photos that were taken today at the Signing Day ceremonies across Orange County.
    Wed Apr 30, 2014
  • Spring Signing Day: O.C. athletes who signed
    NOTE TO OUR READERS: This list consists of athletes who officially signed their letters of intent Wednesday. The only athletes who can sign during this period are those who participate in the following sports: boys and girls basketball, baseball, softball, boys and girls golf, boys and girls lacrosse, boys and girls tennis, boys a
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • OCVarsity wants your Signing Day news, photos
    Wednesday is the beginning of the spring period when high school students can sign a National Letter of Intent for the following sports: baseball, softball, basketball, golf, lacrosse, volleyball, tennis, girls water polo, swimming, wrestling and hockey.  Please email your signing news to the Register and OCVarsity.com at preps@ocre
    Tue Apr 15, 2014
  • North rostre for O.C. All-Star Game BY DAN ALBANO
    First-team All-County safety Johnny Johnson of Mater Dei, Penn-bound defensive lineman/tight end Louis Vecchio of Villa Park and All-CIF quarterback Scott Lloyd of Fullerton highlight the North roster selections for the Brea Lions Orange County North-South All-Star Football Game. The 55th edition of the game will be
    Sun Apr 13, 2014
  • Costello gets scholarship offer from Florida State BY DAN ALBANO
    Best morning ever. That’s how Santa Margarita sophomore quarterback KJ Costello views what happened to him Tuesday. At about 6:30 a.m., Costello received his first scholarship offer and it came from the reigning national champion: Florida State. “No doubt it was the best morning of my life,” he sa
    Sat Apr 12, 2014
  • Football recruiting: Mater Dei TE commits to Big Ten contender By DAN ALBANO
    Mater Dei junior tight end Kyle Penniston (6-5, 235) has committed to Wisconsin, his father, Scott, confirmed Tuesday. Penniston had 11 receptions for 131 yards last season but is a talente
    Tue Feb 18, 2014
  • College recruiters get in line at Servite BY DAN ALBANO
    Servite football coach A.J. Gass was returning to his office one day in December when he noticed a line of college coaches waiting for him. “I walked in from my P.E. class and there were five coaches waiting,” he recalled this week. “As I brought the first coach in and was talking to him, two more coaches
    Fri Feb 14, 2014
  • Signing Day: O.C. athletes who signed (updated)
    NOTE TO OUR READERS: This list consists of athletes who officially signed their letters of intent this week. The only athletes who can sign during this period are those who participate in football, girls and boys soccer, boys water polo, boys and girls track and field, boys and girls cross country and field hockey. Also included a
    Wed Feb 05, 2014
  • Hot Shots: Signing Day in photos (3)
    Check out all of the Register and OCVarsity photos that were taken today at the Signing Day ceremonies across Orange County. These are photos from the following schools: Capistrano Valley, Foothill, JSerra, Mission Viejo, San Clemente, Woodbridge and Laguna Beach. And don’t forget to check out our slideshow with the all of
    Wed Feb 05, 2014
  • Hot Shots: Signing Day in photos (2)
    Check out all of the Register and OCVarsity photos that were taken today at the Signing Day ceremonies across Orange County. These are photos from the following schools: El Toro, Los Alamitos, Laguna Hills, Tesoro, Trabuco Hills and Yorba Linda. We have more photos from more schools coming, too. And don’t forget to
    Wed Feb 05, 2014
  • OCVarsity wants your Signing Day news, photos
    Wednesday is the beginning of the National Letter of Intent signing period for many high school sports: football, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls track and field, boys and girls cross country, boys water polo and field hockey. Please email the Register and OCVarsity.com with news of signings to preps@ocregister.com. A list of the a
    Wed Feb 05, 2014
  • Beckman's Wright stunned, thrilled to end up in SEC By DAN ALBANO and STEVE FRYER
    Charles Wright had left school for the day when he received a surprising summons from Beckman football coach Glen Fisher. A coach from a school in the mighty Southeastern Conference wanted to talk to Wright. The school: Vanderbilt. With just nine days remaining before National Signing Day, Wright was stunned
    Wed Feb 05, 2014
  • Villa Park's Vecchio makes painful decision By KEITH SHARON
    You usually see the happiness when they pick up the hat, the hugs, the handshakes congratulating the high school senior football player for making his college choice.
    Wed Feb 05, 2014
  • Fab 15: O.C. players drawn to 'best of both worlds' BY DAN ALBANO
    Bobby Okereke and Daniel Marx were far from the football field when they united as teammates for the first time earlier this month. On their recruiting trip to Stanford, the Orange County football standouts combined forces with fellow recruits for a game of laser tag. “It was players against coaches,” Ok
    Sat Feb 01, 2014
  • Football reigns for JSerra's Pettis BY DAN ALBANO
    SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – Dante Pettis could have wallowed in the somber scene, and it would have been hard to blame him. The JSerra senior sat alone earlier this week in the stands as his basketball teammates practiced at the far end of the court for Friday's showdown against top-ranked Mater Dei. With the hood from his white
    Fri Jan 24, 2014
  • Football recruiting: Fullerton linebacker commits to San Diego By DAN ALBANO
    Fullerton linebacker Matt Hall (6-2, 195) has committed to the University of San Diego, Indians football co-coach Gus Martinez reports. Hall was a key player at linebacker and tight
    Tue Jan 21, 2014
  • Football recruiting: La Habra's Gaines headed for Pac-12 By DAN ALBANO
    La Habra first-team All-County defensive lineman Greg Gaines (6-1, 295) has committed to Washington, his father, Garth, reports. Gaines was a one-time Boise State commi
    Mon Jan 20, 2014