Saturday, November 3, 2012

On the recruiting tip

A few notes regarding some commits and potential future commits:

--Down in the Southern Section, St. Bonaventure-Ventura running back Zach Green is giving the PAC-12 a sign of things to come. The 5-foot-10, 210-pound Arizona commit blew past Oaks Christian with 28 carries, 250-yards and four touchdowns in the 30-21 victory, which included 16 unanswered points from the Seraphs in the fourth quarter.

--Staying in the South region, Mission Viejo quarterback Ian Fieber may have thrown two interceptions versus a stout El Toro squad, but the 6-foot-tall, 185-pound junior wound up getting the better of Utah quarterback commit Conner Manning. Fieber went 20-of-30 for 273-yards and three touchdown passes, while his counterpart had his worst evening of his high school career with six interceptions. Mission Viejo completed an unbeaten 10-0 record with a 49-7 trouncing of El Toro.

--Sty Hairston of Banning will have a senior year he'll remember for a lifetime, since he completes his last high school season as the state's leading rusher. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Hairston, who actually lined up at quarterback for the Broncos, finished his regular season with 361-yards on 30 carries and seven touchdowns, as his Bronco team held off Rim of the World-Lake Arrowhead 49-41 on Friday. Hairston finishes the season with four 300-yard running games.

--On the defensive side of the football in the Southern section, looks like Lompoc could be the first Santa Barbara County CIF Bowl representative soon, if they continue its streak of dominance. The Braves routed cross town rival Cabrillo 66-0 behind 435 total yards of rushing, including 116-yards on eight carries from Taylor Cornejo and 112 in the first half from Washington commit Lavon Coleman. However, the Braves' defense made this one-sided game happen, as they were led by the energetic play of 6-foot-1, 270-pound defensive end Ainuu Taua. The younger sibling of former Nevada star running back Vai Taua finished was part of a Braves' defense that finished with 11 stops of no gain or a loss of yards. The 2014 prospect has three offers from the PAC-12 ranks and is beginning to gain heavy interest from Boise State.

--Going up north to the Central section, junior Nick Wilson of Central East-Fresno is beginning to garner interest from Boise State. His Thursday night performance saw nine carries, 114-yards and an 80-yard touchdown run in the Grizzlies' 49-0 rout over Clovis East. He's beginning to show he's next in line in a Grizzlies' backfield that's produced Brendon Bigelow (Cal) and current Fresno City College running back Rob Johnson (PAC-12 and Mountain West offers).

--Tulare Union produced one high-octane workhorse running back in Xavier Stephens, who's now at Nevada. Lucky for the Redskins, their next best running back they'll have for the next three varsity seasons. Freshman Romello Harris took the rock that Stephens left behind and showed what he can do with it, as he finished the year with three straight 100-yard games and 905 total yards on the year rushing. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound freshman averaged over five yards a carry and scored 13 touchdowns for the Redskins, who ended the year going undefeated in the city of Tulare with victories over Mission Oak (27-14) and Tulare Western on Thursday (54-21). Harris' breakout night had to have been the 204-yard evening against Stanford OLB commit Kevin Palma and the Mission Oak Hawks on Oct. 26.

--Sunnyside-Fresno's Wingfield twins continued their stamp on their successful Wildcat football career. Errian had three touchdowns, including a 67 and 56-yard run versus Reedley High on Friday. The 5-foot-7 senior finished with 158-yards on 12 carries in the 38-6 rout. Twin brother Eric, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound safety, helped energize a stout Wildcat defense with nine tackles, one fumble recovery and a forced fumble. Eric finishes the season with nine forced fumbles from his safety spot. He was even allowed to call his own blitzes and plays with the rest of Sunnyside's defense. Both players now say interest from the FCS ranks (Sacramento State, South Dakota) and from San Jose State have emerged. Errian has also heard from Arizona and Utah of the PAC-12.

--Finally, on his senior night and against his biggest rival in Selma, Kingsburg defensive tackle Ryan Steele announced where he was going to play his college football at -- he'll travel up Highway 99 and play for Fresno State. The 6-foot-2, 280-pound Steele should fit very nicely for a Bulldog defense in need of size and depth in their 3-4 scheme. Steele's bulk helps aid this front unit, but his motor and mean streak makes him a complete hire for the new-look Bulldog defense.

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