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COC football players and other local athletes sign letters of intent on National Signing Day

Posted: February 5, 2009 1:39 a.m.
Updated: February 5, 2009 4:55 a.m.

(Right, from left to right) Saugus High athletes Zachary Vincej, Kyle Hooper, Erin Ortega, Desi Rodriguez, Daniel Swarbrick, Ashley Kramer, Shannon Suarez and Travis Langham pose at Saugus Wednesday.

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With the increasing media coverage of prep sports, National Signing Day is becoming a bigger event.

Some high-profile players hold their own press conferences. One New Jersey kid even chose his college by flipping a coin Wednesday.

The straight-forward approach was taken in Santa Clarita.

Athletes from various schools, including College of the Canyons, signed their letters of intent Wednesday.

West Ranch High, still a fledgling athletic program, had seven athletes sign.

Saugus’ Desi Rodriguez, the area’s most prominent football star, made his commitment to the U.S. Air Force Academy official.

Surprisingly, Hart High, had no commitments made Wednesday, according to athletic director Linda Peckham.

College of the Canyons football had 11 players who have made commitments, including one walk-on.

Fullback Sean Quinn is going to USC and offensive tackle Shawn Johnson is bound for UCLA.

Most notable was wide receiver Hayo Carpenter, who verbally committed to the University of Minnesota months ago.

Carpenter had 3,079 yards receiving on 173 catches in his career and was highly sought after.

Cougars head coach Garett Tujague said that Florida’s Urban Meyer was making a strong run at the receiver.

“A lot of people say that’s interesting that (Carpenter’s) going to Minnesota. Why Minnesota?” Tujague said. “Urban Meyer called our office once a day for two to three weeks. Hayo refused to get on the phone because he was so loyal to Minnesota for doing a good job of recruiting him.”

One notable left of the list of 11 is quarterback Brad McClellan.

It looked as if McClellan was on his way to Kentucky, but that appears to have fallen through.

He will wait for other offers to trickle in.

Just to give a better perspective on how well COC did this season, Tujague said the school typically has seven or eight players get scholarships.

One of the more interesting signings on the day was Saugus’ Travis Langham, who will be going to Air Force to compete in gymnastics.

West Ranch made it two football players at the school with the addition of lineman Robert Waterman to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Jake Bernards verbally committed to San Diego State Jan. 26.

They are the first pair of football players in school history to receive athletic scholarships.


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