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Recruiting notes: Updates on O.C. athletes
Los Alamitos' Davis stays positive, Willis changes commitment and other news from around the county.
Aaron Davis returns to the recruiting trail this week.
The process has been challenging for the Los Alamitos linebacker but he will pack a positive attitude for his upcoming recruiting trip to Colorado State.
“I have family (in Colorado) and they say it’s nice out there and it’s a good school,” Davis said Friday.
“I just figure everything happens for a reason.”
For months, it appeared as if Davis (6-1, 190) would sign with Washington. The senior said he committed to the Huskies during the summer on a visit to Seattle.
Davis said he had a written offer from the Huskies and his commitment was accepted.
A few months later, Washington expressed to Davis that he was no longer in their plans, he said.
“It was kind of a shock,” he said. “I had to make some calls to let people know I was available. But it’s all good.”
Los Alamitos coach John Barnes expressed displeasure with Washington. The university declined to comment about Davis to The Register.
“They reneged on their scholarship offer after he (Davis) committed,” Barnes said in late November.
Davis, a first-team All-Sunset League selection, also is receiving recruiting interest from Northwestern, Nevada, Utah State and Northern Arizona.
Northwestern is recruiting him as a safety while Northern Arizona projects Davis as a linebacker.
Davis is staying positive but also is wiser about recruiting.
“I learned it’s kind of business,” he said. “We’re kind of like investments.”
Willis changes commitment
Pacifica cornerback/wide receiver Joel Willis (5-11, 185) also committed to Washington during the summer but the players and university parted ways. The senior recently committed to Cal as a cornerback/returner.
Willis, a first-team All-Empire selection, said Washington was concerned that he wanted to visit other schools.
Willis visited Utah last month as an athlete recruit. He will trip to Cal this weekend.
Faafoi sets first trip
One of Orange County’s top uncommitted recruits has set his first recruiting trip.
Tustin’s left tackle Faitele Faafoi (6-5, 305) said he will visit Arizona the weekend of Jan. 28.
“I’m excited,” he said. “I just want to go to college and graduate.”
Arizona already has a connection with Faafoi. The Tustin standout is friends with Wildcats’ defensive tackle Kirifi Taula, the former Servite standout. Both have attended a Samoan church in Garden Grove.
Faafoi was born in Western Samoa. He also is interested in Utah, Washington, Arizona State and San Jose State.
Trabuco Hills safety Andrew Walsh (6-0, 195) committed to Cal Poly SLO over the weekend. Walsh joins a growing list of county players on the Mustangs’ defense. “That’s good,” he said. “We’re all fast kids.” Walsh was offered in the spring by Kansas but the sides later parted ways. …
Los Alamitos All-County lineman Kyle Zottneck (6-2, 260), the MVP of the Sunset League, will visit Cal Poly SLO this weekend as a recruit at center. …
Mission Viejo defensive end Mitch Melugin (6-3, 215) will visit Northern Arizona this weekend and San Jose State the following week, Diablos coach Bob Johnson said. …
Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson said he wasn’t surprised his quarterback, Max Wittek (6-3, 205), played well at the Under Armour All-America Game earlier this month. “His accuracy is what pleased me the most,” Rollinson said of Wittek, who has already enrolled at USC. Wittek completed 14 of 24 passes for 146 yards. …
Los Alamitos linebacker Andrew Faraimo (5-10, 205) and Loara athlete Howard Gauta (6-3, 205) were selected for the Polynesian All-American Classic on Jan. 15 in Los Angeles. …
Servite standout kicker/punter Connor Loftus (5-11, 185) was expected to make an unofficial trip to Stanford over the weekend. ...
Los Alamitos center Andrew Main (6-3, 250) didn't make his official trip to UCLA over the weekend as expected. Main is committed to Nevada and will have a home visit with the Wolf Pack on Wednesday. ...
Laguna Hills tight end Mark Martindale (6-3, 260) visited UC Davis over the weekend. Martindale is "fully" committed to Davis and will not take a recruiting trip to Oregon State, his mother said.