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O.C.'s football recruiting cupboard far from bare
Even before the signatures from Wednesday’s Signing Day could dry, college football programs were recruiting the class of 2014.
That means it’s time to take an early look at some of the top juniors from Orange County who could sign national letter of intents next February.
La Habra and Mission Viejo will certainly be popular stops for recruiters this spring.
At La Habra, scouts can check out Lakewood transfer offensive lineman Toa Lobendahn (6-5, 285), who has committed to USC.
St. Paul of Santa Fe Springs transfer Darrell Cloy (6-3, 220) is another new arrival at La Habra. He projects as a tight end, according to scout.com.
La Habra defensive end Greg Gaines is another rising junior. He already has an offer from Colorado.
Five Mission Viejo players signed Wednesday but the Diablos could double that total in 2014, Coach Bob Johnson said earlier this week.
Johnson rattled off several recruits but was especially excited about junior defensive end Michael Mathewes (6-4, 235).
“He’s a dude,” Johnson said.
Scouts will see plenty of talent from Mission Viejo at the skill positions. There will be junior quarterback Ian Fieber (6-2, 195), running back Alex Suchesk (5-10 1/2 180), wide receiver Sean Modster (5-11, 175) and fullback Daniel Marx (6-2, 230).
Fieber has received interest from Alabama, Notre Dame along with Pac-12 schools Washington, Washington State, Oregon State and Colorado.
There’s also early depth in the county’s recruiting class.
Other players to watch who didn’t make the early Top 13: Villa Park defensive end/tight end Luis Vecchio (6-4, 235), Huntington Beach defensive back/wide receiver Kai Ross (6-3, 175), Orange Lutheran wide receiver Ahkeli Rembert (6-1, 165), Foothill defensive lineman/tight end Bobby Okereke (6-3, 205), JSerra defensive back Casey Eugenio (5-8, 172) and Santa Margarita defensive end Nick Dehdashtian (6-1, 267).
“He’s a Division 1 football player,” Dusan Ancich said of Vecchio.
Buena Park junior running back Deven Boston (6-0, 201) and sophomore cornerback Jaylinn Hawkins have received recruiting letters from SEC schools, Coyotes coach Anthony White reports.
Boston has received a letter from Alabama while Hawkins got one from Georgia. …
Tesoro running back Nate Tago signed with Portland State after being pursued by several FCS schools. The senior said his comfort level with the team was a big reason he picked the Vikings.
“I just felt very comfortable on my visit with the coaches, players and other recruits,” he said in a text message of Portland State. “Another factor was the number of Polynesians on the team, that definitely made me feel at home.”
Tago, a first-team All-County pick, is Samoan.
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