Archive for the 'Recruiting' Tag Under 'OC Varsity' Category

    Boys swim: Santa Margarita's Shoults picks Stanford

    July 25th, 2015, 8:51 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Reigning Register boys swimmer of the year Grant Shoults has committed to Stanford, the Santa Margarita senior-to-be announced Saturday.

    "It's been an exciting process learning about some of the top swimming programs across the country and getting to know some of the best coaches and swimmers in the world," the Mission Viejo Nadadores club standout wrote in a text message.

    "Stanford has all the attributes I was seeking for my swimming career, education and future."

    Shoults earned The Register's top swimming award this past spring after capturing the 500-yard freestyle at the CIF-SS Division 1 finals in a county-record 4 minutes, 15.56 seconds and claiming the 200 freestyle in a national private high school record 1:34.54.

    Shoults is the first Santa Margarita swimmer to commit to Stanford. He plans to major in human biology.

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    Girls water polo: Laguna-CdM to clash for state, two Breakers commit

    July 19th, 2015, 1:54 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Reigning Division 1 champion Laguna Beach will play at Corona del Mar and new coach Kevin Ricks in the girls water polo final of the California State High School Championships later this afternoon.

    The game is set for about 3:45 p.m.

    The Breakers recently had Haley Evans (UCLA) and Natalie Selin (UC Santa Barbara) commit to four-year schools, Laguna Beach coach Ethan Damato reports.

    The boys final will pit Mater Dei against defending champion Harvard-Westlake at Foothill around 3 p.m.

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    Football recruiting: Santa Margarita's Crawford aiming for early-fall commitment

    July 17th, 2015, 8:08 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Santa Margarita wide receiver Dylan Crawford (6-1, 185), Orange County's second-ranked class of 2016 recruit, has narrowed his list of potential colleges and targeted a time frame for his decision.

    Crawford didn't play at the recent Edison passing tournament (foot) but shared his top-10 schools: Arizona, Arizona State, Miami, Michigan, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Stanford, Tennessee and Washington.

    So in the breakdown, the senior-to-be is interested in seven Pac-12 schools, one SEC, one Big Ten and one ACC.

    As for his decision, Crawford said: "I'll probably get it down to five (schools) and then I'll have a decision probably like second, third week of the season."

    He also recently attended The Opening in Beaverton, Ore. "It was good to see where I'm at," Crawford said of the tough competition.

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    Football: Huntington Beach passing tournament returns Saturday

    July 15th, 2015, 6:46 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    The 7-on-7 passing season continues Saturday with the second annual Huntington Beach summer tournament.

    Here are the four groups for the 16-team tournament that begins at 8:45 a.m. and finishes with the final round at 1:20 p.m.:

    Group A

    St. John Bosco

    San Clemente

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    Football recruiting: Sunny Hills' Dixon racking up Ivy League offers

    July 9th, 2015, 12:24 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Sunny Hills senior-to-be cornerback/safety Malcolm Dixon (6-1, 180) has been offered by Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth and Columbia of the Ivy League, Lancers football coach Peter Karavedas reports.

    Dixon also will camp with Penn and Cornell next weekend.

    "He's excited," Karavedas said.

    Dixon also plays quarterback in the Lancers' double-wing offense. He played corner last season but will likely move to free safety this fall. He was slowed late last season by injury.

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    Football recruiting: La Habra's Colacion commits to Arizona

    July 9th, 2015, 11:59 am by BY DAN ALBANO

    La Habra senior-to-be outside linebacker Jake Colacion (6-2, 209) has committed to Arizona, Highlanders football coach Frank Mazzotta recently posted on Twitter.

    Colacion, ranked 10th in OCVarsity's list of class of 2016 recruits, joins Tesoro quarterback Devon Modster in Arizona's commitments.

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    South offense finding its tempo for O.C. All-Star Game

    July 7th, 2015, 9:27 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    MISSION VIEJO - Notes from the South practice Tuesday night for the Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Game at Orange Coast College on Thursday:

    • The South pushed the tempo of its multiple spread attack during practice at Capistrano Valley. The unit looked diverse and dangerous with quarterback Gavin Pruett of Capistrano Valley, running back Cole Martin of Corona del Mar and a deep receiving group led by Santa Margarita's Conner Bianchini, Corona del Mar's duo of Cole Collins and Bo St. Geme and Edison's Jake Favreau and Aliso Niguel's Remy Wasserbach.

    Martin broke about a 25-yard TD run in team exercises.

    • Pruett (6-0, 195) played well in his first year as a starter at Capistrano Valley last season and led the East to a victory in the recent 605 all-star game. The QB has bounced around during high school, attending Santa Margarita, Mater Dei and San Clemente.

    But with the South, Pruett has reconnected with Bianchini, one of his targets on the Santa Margarita freshman team and a regular practice partner. Pruett said is he grateful for Bianchini's friendship, joking "especially when you have friends that are 6-foot-3 and Division 1-bound." Bianchini is bound for Lehigh.

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    O.C. All-Star Game: Six North players to watch

    July 7th, 2015, 1:59 am by BY DAN ALBANO

    GARDEN GROVE - Here are six players on the North roster to watch in Thursday's Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Game at Orange Coast College:

    Nick Brown, Rancho Alamitos, QB: The record-setting passer, pictured left, threw some crisp and accurate balls at practice Monday night at Bolsa Grande. If the Golden West College-bound QB is on and has time to throw, he could have a strong game because he knows the offense and has large targets at receiver.

    Alex Losoya, Mater Dei/Emil Graves, Los Alamitos, OL: Offensive line play will be critical for both teams. The defenses are often ahead of the offenses in all-star games. Losoya (6-4, 280) and Graves (6-3, 278) practiced with confidence Monday as they handled left tackle and left guard, respectively. Montana signee Dallas Hart of Pacifica (6-5, 310) could be an intriguing player at right tackle. Fullerton's Delton Crandell also looked confident at right guard.

    Justin Parcells, Servite, LB: The 5-foot-11, 205-pound linebacker showed outstanding quickness and instincts at practice Monday. He could shine as a playmaker against the pass or run. Parcells' game bio says he is bound for Fullerton College.

    The North also features three other linebackers to watch: newcomer Ronald Nickerson of Mater Dei, Xavier Hernandez of Villa Park and Garden Grove's Reily Hoalton. Nickerson was one of the standouts Monday in his first practice while Hoalton added an interception against league rival, Nick Brown.

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    Football recruiting: Edison's White commits to Yale

    July 2nd, 2015, 6:45 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Edison senior-to-be wide receiver Garrett White (6-2, 200) has committed to Yale, said his father, Edison football coach Dave White.

    White recently received offers from Yale, Penn and Columbia.

    Last season, White had 39 receptions for 510 yards and five TDs.

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    Football recruiting: San Clemente QB, Villa Park WR land offers

    June 27th, 2015, 9:32 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    San Clemente junior-to-be quarterback Jack Sears (6-3, 190) has been offered by Utah, Tritons football coach Jaime Ortiz announced Saturday.

    Ortiz said Sears -- who flashed his potential last season as a brief backup to Sam Darnold in the CIF Southwest final -- received the offer at a satellite camp on Saturday. Utah is the first school to offer Sears.

    Utah currently features former San Clemente quarterback Travis Wilson and holds a commitment from offensive lineman class of 2016 lineman Tucker Scott of San Clemente.

    In other recruiting news, Villa Park senior-to-be wide receiver Brennan Corbin (6-4, 190) has been offered by Colorado State, Spartans coach Dusan Ancich reports. Corbin is an ex-Cypress wide out.

    Villa Park athlete Lance Vecchio (6-2, 195) has been offered by Chicago, Ancich said.

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