November 12, 2013 |
It was no surprise when the baseball world began watching Hagen Danner more closely. After helping his Huntington Beach team to the 2011 Little League World Series title, Danner continued to excel in youth tournaments, showing a strong arm and smooth swing. Still, he was taken aback when UCLA Coach John Savage offered him an athletic scholarship over the summer. "I had no idea what was going on," he said. "Coach Savage had to explain it. " The reason for Danner's confusion?
November 11, 2013 |
As recruiting coordinator and interim coach at USC, Ed Orgeron has identified his quarry. There is the wide receiver, regarded as perhaps the best in the nation. Tight ends, linemen, linebackers and several defensive backs also have been targeted. "They're the No. 1 recruits on our board," Orgeron said. Orgeron is not discussing high school or junior college prospects. He is talking about USC's draft-eligible juniors and third-year sophomores. Like all major programs, USC annually faces the possibility of players' leaving for professional football before they have exhausted their eligibility.
October 31, 2013 |
Kevon Looney, who was strongly recruited by Duke, Florida, Michigan State and Wisconsin, told the Milwaukee Journal that he was making a verbal commitment to UCLA. Looney is a 6-foot-9, 220-pound power forward. He is ranked the No. 10 player in the Class of 2014 by Sporting News. Michael DeCourcy, Sporting News' recruiting expert, told the Journal that, "There is not a much more useful power forward in the country than Looney who can move out and hit jump shots, move his feet defensively on the perimeter and near the rim and block shots.
October 28, 2013 |
Ed Orgeron hovered over Southern California in a helicopter, traversing the region in search of prospects. It was a Friday night, and Orgeron was less than two weeks into his new role as USC's interim coach. Before Lane Kiffin was fired on Sept. 29, many of the top high school players in the Southland had been up in the air about playing for the Trojans. Now, Orgeron was literally circling above them as part of a mission to reboot local recruiting. Orgeron is striving to become USC's full-time head coach.
October 23, 2013 |
If there's any doubts about the Huntington Beach baseball team's abilities for this spring, just go talk to college recruiters. The Oilers are expected to have at least seven players on their roster signed or committed to colleges. The latest commitment is senior shortstop Jessie Kuet to Stanford. Junior pitcher Noah Davis has committed to UC Santa Barbara. Sophomore infielder Logan Pouelsen and freshman catcher Hagen Danner are committed to UCLA. Senior first baseman Jake Brodt is committed to Santa Clara.
October 10, 2013 |
After six weeks of high school football, the Internet recruiting experts are scrambling for quick makeovers. Some of their four-star recruits are playing like one stars. Others who seemingly didn't exist are suddenly on the rise. Here's a look at some of the surprise standouts at midseason: Lavan Alston, Ventura St. Bonaventure, Jr.: Former Coach Todd Therrien warned me about Alston more than a year ago, predicting he'd be a star. And sure enough, thanks to his blazing speed, he has become one of the best big-play weapons in Southern California as a receiver and punt returner.