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Football: Spring practice begins

Football: Spring practice begins
Santa Margarita QB KJ Costello (Eric Sondheimer)

It's not as big as in Texas, but spring football practice has begun in Southern California, with college coaches making the rounds. It's also a time where teams are beginning to hold seven on seven competitions, enabling college recruiters to watch and evaluate.

Competitions are set for Wednesday nights at Gardena Serra, Loyola and Alemany this month.

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For colleges looking for a quarterback, there aren't many left among the uncommitted big-time recruits. Santa Margarita's K.J. Costello (Stanford), Tesoro's Devon Modster (Arizona), Hamilton's Armani Rogers (California), Thousand Oaks' Max Gilliam (California), Gardena Serra's Khalil Tate (Arizona) and Glendora's Matt Fink (USC) have made commitments. Of course, they can always change their mind.

Still left to be wooed is San Juan Hills' Patrick O'Brien, along with some underclassmen.

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The top teams for 2015 are already pretty clear: Corona Centennial, St. John Bosco, Gardena Serra, Narbonne and Bishop Amat. Long Beach Poly, Mater Dei, Crespi and Santa Margarita also have the kind of returning players to be schools to reckon with.

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