National signing day: Southern California players make final decisions

Eric Sondheimer
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National signing day: High school players from around Southern California make their college choices

All-American defensive back Iman Marshall of Long Beach Poly announced in a music video that he's headed to USC.

He's known for his hard hits and ability to tackle.

Defensive tackle Joseph Wicker announced he was headed to Arizona State. L.A. Salesian defensive tackle Kevin Scott picked USC.


Anaheim Servite receiver Equanimeous St. Brown announced on Wednesday that he has chosen Notre Dame. Another receiver from Southern California, CJ Sanders from Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, signed with the Fighting Irish.


Cordell Broadus, the standout receiver from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, announced on Wednesday he has signed with UCLA.

He's the son of rapper Snoop Dogg and a former standout from Diamond Bar.

UCLA already has on its team Justin Combs, the son of rapper Sean Combs.


The Gardena Serra connection to USC is showing no signs of ending.

Following in the footsteps of Marqise Lee, Robert Woods, George Farmer, Adoree' Jackson and Jalen Greene, Serra defensive lineman Rasheem Green and linebacker John Houston announced on Wednesday they will become Trojans.

Another Serra player joining the Trojans is tight end Caleb Wilson, who is coming as a walk-on. He's the son of USC assistant Chris Wilson. And receiver Deontay Burnett also will become a Trojan after previously being committed to Washington State.


Santa Margarita had five football players sign on Wednesday.

Defensive end Rick Wade is headed to UCLA. Receiver Kyle Sweet signed with Washington State. Offensive lineman Austin Maihen signed with Stanford. Linebacker Grady Higgins is headed to Boston College. Receiver Conner Bianchini signed with Leigh.

Next season, Santa Margarita has two highly recruited players in quarterback K.J. Costello and receiver Dylan Crawford.

Also signing was water polo standout Sam Slobodien with USC and soccer standout Jake Fisher with Cal State Fullerton.


Rancho Cucamonga is having a signing day featuring 13 athletes, including seven for girls' soccer. Among the signees is Ally Prisock with USC.

Among football players, lineman Josiah Gray is headed to UTEP; receiver Jerry Chaney is going to San Diego State; receiver Ray Surry is headed to San Jose State, and receiver Chase Stephens is signing with Southern Utah.


Los Alamitos had five players sign letters of intent on Wednesday.

They are linebacker Matt Locher (Boise State), running back Denzal Brantley (Idaho), tight end Joe Wysocki (Idaho), punter Blake Johnson (Arkansas) and lineman Jacob Painter (Southern Utah).

Former Los Alamitos lineman Ben Wysocki is leaving UCLA after graduating and headed to Utah State.


Marvell Tell, the standout safety from Encino Crespi, signed on Wednesday with USC. Another Celt, linebacker DJ Beavers, will join him in the Pac-12 after signing with Washington.

Defensive back Christian Pearson signed with Pennsylvania and linebacker Mike Mason signed with Dixie State.

Crespi has two top juniors who figure to receive lots of offers in running back Jalen Starks and lineman Marcus Moore.


ESPNU's 11-hour recruiting coverage has turned into a UCLA eight-clap show early on. Four players have gone on television to announce they would sign with UCLA _ tight end Chris Clark from Connecticut, running back Soso Jamabo from Texas, offensive lineman Josh Wariboko from Oklahoma and linebacker Roquan Smith from Georgia. Smith, though, has not yet sent in his letter of intent.

Have no fear, Trojan fans. The big names from Southern California with their announcements are coming: Rasheem Green and John Houston from Gardena Serra and Iman Marshall from Long Beach Poly.


CJ Sanders, the standout receiver from Sherman Oaks Notre Dame who faced months of coaches calling him trying to get him to change his commitment, signed on Wednesday with the University of Notre Dame. He had been committed since May 6, 2014.

"It was crazy," he said of the lobbying to change his mind. "My parents always taught me to be a man of my word. It was the perfect fit for me."

He said the recruiting was "nonstop" even though he always said he'd sign with Notre Dame.

Now he must begin shopping for winter clothing.

"I'm going to get a jacket and mittens," he said.


What a day it could be for Orange Lutheran's Keisean Lucier-South. The linebacker-defensive end signed with UCLA Wednesday morning. In the evening, he's going to try to help the Lancers defeat Santa Ana Mater Dei in a first-place showdown in Trinity League basketball.


Upland Coach Tim Salter was up at 6 a.m. on Wednesday so excited because he's scheduled to have nine players sign letters of intent.

Among the Pac-12 players from Upland will be defensive back Kameron Powell (Washington State), linebacker Josh Woods (UCLA), lineman Gary Baker (Oregon) and defensive back Jalen Moore (Oregon State). Quarterback Tyler Hilinski is already enrolled at Washington State.

Also signing are defensive back Elijah Jones (Navy), center Donnie Greene (Fresno State), tight end Hasani Smith (San Diego State), defensive lineman Vince Elefante (Sacramento State) and linebacker Troy Thomas (Azusa Pacific).


It's been quite a morning for the UCLA Bruins. Two of the nation's top players, tight end Chris Clark from Avon, Ct., and running back Soso Jamabo from Plano West, Tx., announced on television that they were headed to UCLA.

Both were key recruits at need positions for the Bruins.


Bar Milo, a 6-foot-6, 275-pound offensive lineman from West Hills Chaminade who used to be the major protector for quarterback Brad Kaaya, is re-joining the Kaaya protective service. He signed his letter of intent on Wednesday morning with Miami.

"I definitely feel more capable to protect him," said Milo, who's in Dallas to play on Saturday in the USA International Bowl. "I feel all the aspects in my game have increased."

Kaaya, who just finished his freshman year at Miami, was up early to Tweet, "Everyone welcome @Milo79Bar to the fam!"

Another Chaminade player, tight end Chris Bounds, is set to sign with Colorado.



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