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  • Football recruiting: Mission Viejo freshman receiver holding double-digit offers By DAN ALBANO
    Mission Viejo sophomore-to-be wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson Jr. (6-1, 185) has 11 scholarship offers, his father and Diablos assistant football coach Keyshawn Johnson said Wednesday. Johnson
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • Football recruiting: Tesoro, Tustin wide outs haul in offers By DAN ALBANO
    Tesoro wide receiver Jake Smeltzer (6-3, 195) and Tustin wide out George Wilson (6-3, 190) -- both seniors-to-be -- have landed Division 1-A offers, their coaches report. Smeltzer has added Air Force to a list of offers that includes Harvard and Yale while Wilson has been offered by Massachusetts. Please send foo
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • Football recruiting: Mission Viejo lineman adds Pac-12 offer By DAN ALBANO
    Mission Viejo All-County offensive lineman Cole Smith (6-3, 255) has been offered by Cal, Diablos football coach Bob Johnson reports. The junior center also has been offered by Arizona S
    Tue Apr 15, 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
  • Kunau to coach at Rancho Christian of Temecula BY STEVE FRYER
    Former Orange Lutheran and Canyon football coach Jim Kunau accepted the head coaching position at Rancho Christian of Temecula. Kunau coached at Canyon for the 2013 season. He previously coached Orange Lutheran for 19 years. Kunau led Orange Lutheran to one CIF State championship, three CIF-Southern Section championships, and the
    Sat Apr 12, 2014
  • Fullerton puts four players on North All-Star roster 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
    Fri Apr 11, 2014
  • Football recruiting: Buena Park lineman adds Pac-12 offer By DAN ALBANO
    Buena Park junior offensive lineman Keven Dixon (6-5, 261) has been offered by Oregon State, Coyotes football coach Anthony White reports. Dixon's scholarship offers include Colorado and
    Fri Apr 11, 2014
  • South nominees surface for O.C. all-star football game By DAN ALBANO
    Here are the South nominees for the Brea Olinda Orange County North-South Prep All-Star Football Game on July 10: Aliso Niguel HS:  Andrew Iemsisanith ((5’10” 160lb) CB, Anthony Ventura ( 6’1” 175lb) OLB/H, Ryan Walker (6’ 190lb) RB, Chris Skarda (5’9&r
    Thu Apr 10, 2014
  • Trabuco Hills' Breeland commits to Oregon
    Trabuco Hills junior wide receiver Jacob Breeland (6-5, 220) has committed to Oregon as a tight end/wide receiver, he confirmed. Breeland said the Ducks offered him about a month ago and he visited the Pac-12 school late last week and “loved it.” Breeland showed excellent improvement last season in collecting 3
    Thu Apr 10, 2014
  • Football recruiting: Santa Margarita sophomore QB nabs big-time offer By DAN ALBANO
    Santa Margarita sophomore quarterback KJ Costello (6-4, 218) has been offered by reigning national champion Florida State, Eagles football coach Rick Curtis confirmed Wednesday. The junior-to-be eme
    Wed Apr 09, 2014
  • Football recruiting: La Habra safety to walk on at Oregon By DAN ALBANO
    La Habra senior safety Devin Melendez (6-2, 190) has committed to Oregon as a preferred walk-on. Melendez was recruited as a long snapper/outside linebacker. He reports to Oregon in June. Please send football recruiting news to Dan Albano at
    Wed Apr 09, 2014
  • Football recruiting: Servite's Waller adds SEC offer By DAN ALBANO
    Servite All-County junior quarterback Travis Waller has been offered by Tennessee, Friars football coach A.J. Gass reports. Waller's previous offer was from Mississippi. Pleas
    Tue Apr 08, 2014
  • Football recruiting: Trabuco Hills wide out Breeland commits By DAN ALBANO
    Trabuco Hills junior wide receiver Jacob Breeland (6-5, 220) has committed to Oregon as a tight end/wide receiver, he confirmed Tuesday night. Breeland said the Ducks offered him about a mont
    Tue Apr 08, 2014
  • Football recruiting: Foothill running back commits after injury By DAN ALBANO
    Foothill running back/athlete Sam Stetson (5-7, 190), who missed all but one down of his senior season because of a knee injury, has committed to Division III Whittier College, his father, Brad, report
    Tue Apr 08, 2014
  • Former O.C. football coach Ted Mullen passes away By STEVE FRYER
    Ted Mullen, who coached Foothill and Villa Park to CIF football championships, died today. He was 81. Mullen, widely known as "Moon," coached at Villa Park from 1970-78 and at Foothill from 1981-86. He had briefer stints at Anaheim and University. He accumulated 152 wins in 18 seasons of coaching football in the county.
    Fri Apr 04, 2014
  • Football recruiting: La Habra running back rising By DAN ALBANO
    Keep an eye on the progression of La Habra riisng junior running back Carlos Martin (5-11, 195). Martin recently attended the junior day at San Jose State and made an unofficial visit to
    Thu Apr 03, 2014
  • Football recruiting: Servite QB/WR duo raises profile By DAN ALBANO
    Servite junior quarterback Travis Waller (6-3, 185) and junior receiver Equanimeous St. Brown (6-5, 195) have added scholarship offers, Friars football coach A.J. Gas
    Thu Apr 03, 2014
  • Football recruiting: La Quinta linebacker signs with NAIA contender By DAN ALBANO
    La Quinta all-league linebacker Alex Nguyen (5-11, 210) has signed with NAIA contender Northwestern College in Iowa, his father, Tin, reports. Northwestern finished 8-3 last season,
    Tue Apr 01, 2014
  • Football recruiting: Mater Dei's Humphreys lands first offer at WR By DAN ALBANO
    Mater Dei football player Ben Humphreys has been racking up the Pac-12 scholarship offers as a linebacker but has landed his first one at wide receiver. Arizona State has offe
    Tue Apr 01, 2014
  • SVC hires Pearsall as football coach BY STEVE FRYER
    Corona del Mar football assistant coach Brian Pearsall was named head coach at Saddleback Valley Christian on Monday. Pearsall replaces Justin Reber, who resigned to accept a coaching assignment at a high school in the Sacramento area. Saddleback Valley Christian won league championships in each of Reber’s thr
    Mon Mar 31, 2014
  • Football recruiting: El Dorado quarterback commits to East Coast Division III By DAN ALBANO
    El Dorado quarterback Jacob Romero (6-0, 210) has committed to Division III Nichols College in Dudley, Ma., the senior reports. The Bison finished 1-8 last season and have struggled the
    Mon Mar 31, 2014
  • North nominees for the O.C. All-Star Game BY DAN ALBANO
    Here is the list of the nominees for the North team for the Brea Lions O.C. North-South  All-Star Football Game on July 10 at Orange Coast College. The South nominees along with the rosters will be announced in the coming weeks. Fullerton co-coaches Gus Martinez and Ed De Avila will coach the North. ANAHEIM &n
    Fri Mar 28, 2014
  • Football recruiting: CdM QB Napolitano commits By DAN ALBANO
    Corona del Mar quarterback/punter Luke Napolitano (6-4, 200), who helped lead the undefeated Sea Kings (16-0) to CIF Southern Division and CIF state Division 3 titles, has committed to FCS San Diego, his father, Augie, repo
    Thu Mar 27, 2014
  • Cepeda takes over Garden Grove football BY STEVE FRYER
    Ricardo Cepeda has been promoted to head coach of the Garden Grove football team. Cepeda, who is also the baseball coach at Garden Grove, was the football team’s defensive coordinator this past season. He has also served as its offensive coordinator. Garden Grove athletic director Ralph Stevens said Cepeda wil
    Thu Mar 27, 2014
  • Football recruiting: More Pac-12, Fresno State offers surface for O.C. players By DAN ALBANO
    Notes from the football recruiting front: * Servite junior offensive lineman Clayton Johnston (6-6, 275) has been offered by Arizona State, Friars coach A.J. Gass reports.
    Tue Mar 25, 2014