Santa Margarita quarterback Colt Fulton motivated to improve while preparing for season

Colt Fulton wishes the high school football season could start this fall but he has important plans for the march toward kickoff.

The Santa Margarita senior quarterback aims to improve a skill set that has landed him five college offers and positioned him for a breakout season come Jan. 8, 2021.

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound left-handed passer wants to increase his strength and fine-tune throwing mechanics during the delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’m just using this time as an opportunity to get better,” Fulton said this week. “I get an extra four months to really focus on what I need to get better at but also (the time) is a negative because I love playing in the fall. But as long as I’m playing (at some point), it’s not a big deal.”

Fulton flashed his upside last season at Santa Margarita, his first since transferring from Centennial of Corona. Despite playing with an inexperienced offense, he showed a strong arm, good footwork and toughness in the pocket in passing for 1,361 yards and seven touchdowns.

Fulton passed for season-high 274 yards and two TDs in a 35-21 loss against Sierra Canyon in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs.

The Eagles finished 3-8 overall, 0-5 in the Trinity League but college scouts have noticed Fulton. He has been offered by San Diego, Bucknell, Yale, Northern Colorado and Florida Atlantic.

Fulton also is receiving interest from Cal, Rutgers and Houston.

“I feel thankful but there’s definitely some offers that I still waiting for,” he said. “It’s definitely going to have to be senior-year film for me.”

In January, Fulton will debut under new Santa Margarita coach Tim Walsh, the former Cal Poly SLO coach and returning offensive coordinator Tim Holt. The Eagles will continue to run the spread offense with the run-pass option.

Fulton recently began training privately with Chris Flores at STARS in Anaheim. Flores has also worked with quarterbacks such as Bryce Young (Mater Dei/Alabama), DJ Uiagalelei (St. John Bosco/Clemson) and Los Alamitos sophomore Malachi Nelson.

Another positive for Fulton will be his offensive line. The group now includes the return of Brody Crane from JSerra.

Senior Tyler Wetmore (5-10, 183) leads the receiving group. The slot was recently offered by Penn.

“Everyone is going to be pretty shocked how good we are and how improved we are,” Fulton said. “I’m excited.”

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Mater Dei All-County cornerback Jaylin Davies to forgo revised football season, enroll early at Oregon

Jaylin Davies watched the standouts before him at Mater Dei make the early leap to college football.

As a freshman, he saw quarterback JT Daniels blaze a new path, reclassifying to enroll at USC.

As a sophomore, it was wide receiver Bru McCoy who enrolled early with the Trojans.

And last year, all eyes were on quarterback Bryce Young, who graduated early to join Alabama.

Davies spotted the potential collegiate boost in the decisions and wanted to follow the same path.

The All-County cornerback never imagined he would need to miss his senior season to make it a reality.

But with Monday’s announcement that the high school football season will be delayed to an early January start, Davies (6-1, 165) has decided to forgo his senior season with the Monarchs to graduate early and enroll at Oregon.

“It’s tough but the decision was made a long time ago when I was a freshman,” he explained. “(I) just never thought my senior season would be pushed back until spring.”

The coronavirus pandemic has forced plenty of change, including the news that the football season in the CIF-SS aims to start Jan. 8, 2021 and play through mid-April. Davies aims to be part of the Ducks’ program by then.

He will miss more than the season.

Davies said he will miss Coach Bruce Rollinson and the coaching staff and going to In-N-Out Burger with his friends.

And the Monarchs will miss Davies. He will be remembered as clutch performer who filled big shoes after the unexpected transfers of cornerbacks Elias Ricks and Darion Green-Warren. Davies also helped seal a victory against St. John Bosco for Trinity League title last season.

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Corona del Mar tight end Scott Giuliano finds his ideal combination at Harvard

Corona del Mar tight end Scott Giuliano wanted a college with a strong blend of football and academics.

The junior found that combination during an early, spring visit to Harvard, and late last week, he committed to the Ivy League school.

“I felt Harvard was the best place for me to reach my goals as a football player and as a person,” Giuliano said. “They have also put multiple tight ends in the NFL and that is very appealing to me.”

Those NFL examples range from Kyle Juszczyk, who played the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl earlier this year, to Cameron Brate of the now Tom Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Giuliano (6-5, 225) served as the Sea Kings’ second tight end behind senior Mark Redman (Washington) last season on a squad that went 16-0 and claimed a state championship.

He caught a touchdown in a 35-27 victory against Serra of San Mateo — Brady’s alma mater — in the state final.

Giuliano carries a 4.2 grade-point average and plans to major in economics.

He picked Harvard over offers such as Air Force, Army, Wyoming, Boise State and San Diego State.

“I had a great connection with (Harvard) head coach Tim Murphy, who also coaches tight ends, as well as my West Coast recruiter, Logan Johnson,” Giuliano said. “I visited Harvard and some other schools back in February and March with my parents. I really enjoyed the campus and the city of Boston nearby.”

In 2017, Corona del Mar standout tight end Tae Le committed to Harvard but eventually landed at Stanford. Le will be a junior tight end for the Cardinal this season.

 

 

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All-Orange County running back Isaac Hurtado of Cypress commits to Army

Cypress senior running Isaac Hurtado, Orange County’s leading rusher in 2019, will sign with Army on Wednesday.

Hurtado (6-3, 210) was the 2019 CIF-Southern Section Division 7 offensive player of the year and was an All-Orange County first team selection. He rushed for 2,631 yards and 37 touchdowns. He also had 25 receptions, six of them for touchdowns. The Centurions finished 13-1.

West Point athletics recruits do not sign letters of intent. As Army coach Jeff Monken explained, “While our recruits are not signing letters of intent, they are signing a certificate of commitment to attend the U.S. Military Academy.”

Wednesday is the first day of the regular signing period for football.

While the signing period for most sports started Nov. 13 and is ongoing through Aug. 1, signing ceremonies and events at high schools Wednesday will include non-football athletes from a variety of sports.

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Newport Harbor water polo center Ike Love commits to Stanford

Another Orange County boys water polo player of the year is headed to The Farm.

Reigning Register boys water polo player of the year Ike Love of Newport Harbor committed Thursday to Stanford, which will give the Cardinal two county of the players of the year next fall.

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be continuing my education and water polo career at Stanford University! Thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way. 🌲#gotrees #FearTheTree pic.twitter.com/p6v6O3efxh

— Ike Love (@IkeLove_Polo) November 8, 2019

Jackson Seybold of Mater Dei was the Register’s player of the year in 2017 and is now a sophomore center at Stanford.

The 6-foot-7, 250-pound Love was selected Surf League MVP last fall. He also helped Newport Harbor finish second in CIF-SS Division 1 and capture the CIF State SoCal Division 1 crown.

Love’s verbal pledge raises the commitment total in Newport Harbor’s class of 2020 to five.

Goalie Blake Jackson and defender Reed Stemler are committed to USC while attackers Makoto Kenney and Tommy Kennedy are committed to UCLA and Cal, respectively.

The first day high school water polo recruits can sign letters of intent is Wednesday.

 

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Two more Servite offensive linemen commit to colleges

The anticipated strength for Servite’s football team is looking more solid by the day.

Offensive linemen Jeminai Leuta-Ulu (6-4, 335) and Robert Krebs (6-5, 275) have committed to UNLV and Columbia, respectively, the seniors recently announced on Twitter.

The pledges give Servite’s offensive line an Orange County-leading four college commitments from the class of 2020.

Senior Nicholas Martinez (6-5, 285) and Ender Aguilar (6-5, 255) earlier committed to Kansas and Cal, respectively.

Martinez played tackle last season while Leuta-Ulu played guard.

Aguilar could be the Friars’ other tackle this fall. He projects as a collegiate left tackle. Krebs could play guard.

The commitments also follow the arrival of transfer offensive lineman Shancco Matautia of Carson (6-2, 300) in the spring.

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Mater Dei basketball standout Brooke Demetre commits to Stanford

Mater Dei basketball standout Brooke Demetre found her ideal college.

The Register’s reigning player of the year has committed to Pac-12 contender Stanford, the junior-to-be announced on Instagram on Wednesday night.

“I felt the school was the perfect fit for me,” Demetre said of Stanford. “The coaching staff is great. The academics are incredible and I love the team. I already have close friends on the team.”

Demetre, a 6-foot-2 forward, made an unofficial recruiting trip to Stanford earlier this month and committed Tuesday.

Last season, she averaged 14.6 points, 6.6 rebound and 3.3 assists to help the Monarchs defend their Trinity League title and reach the CIF-SS and CIF State Open Division playoffs.

Demetre averaged 19.3 points on 49 percent shooting from the floor to help the Monarchs win three close games against rival Rosary, the eventual CIF State Division 1 champion.

“(She) was difference,” Mater Dei coach Kevin Kiernan said of Demetre. “I don’t think they could handle Brooke.”

Demetre earned Trinity League MVP and All-CIF-SS Open Division honors.

Stanford finished a narrow second to Oregon last season in the Pac-12 but reached the Elite 8 in the NCAA tournament. The Cardinal lost to defending NCAA champion Notre Dame, which finished second in the tournament to Baylor.

Please send girls basketball news to Dan Albano at dalbano@scng.com or @ocvarsityguy on Twitter or Instagram

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Western twins Caine and Cassius Savage commit to FBS schools

Western’s dynamic duo of twins Caine and Cassius Savage committed Saturday to different colleges.

But the seniors were united in one way: they’re both headed to the FBS or Division I-A level.

Caine committed to Arizona State while Cassius picked San Diego State, an impressive feat for two of the standouts who helped the Pioneers capture their first CIF-SS football title last season.

“So blessed to have such outstanding, talented players but much better men off the field,” Western coach Dan Davidson wrote on Twitter.

So blessed to have such outstanding talented players, but much better men off the field. #likeapio #westernpioneerfootball https://t.co/XJoBvnJz0d

— Dan Davidson (@CoachDavidsonWH) June 23, 2019

Caine (5-11, 170) committed to Arizona State as an athlete while Cassius (5-11, 170) was recruited to San Diego State as a defensive back, Davidson said.

Last season as a wide receiver, Caine set Orange County single-season records for receptions (124), receiving yards (2,103) and touchdowns (32) to help the Pioneers win Division 11. He also had eight interceptions as a defensive back.

All glory to god!! pic.twitter.com/k797F9ABvU

— Caine Savage ² (@LegendaryCaine2) June 23, 2019

Cassius wasn’t far behind. As a wide out, he collected 59 receptions for 1,041 yards and 15 TDs as part of the record-setting trio with his brother and quarterback Anthony Munoz. Cassius added four interceptions at defensive back.

AGTG.. pic.twitter.com/aKpyXjtcbN

— Cassius Savage (@CassiusSavage1) June 23, 2019

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Orange County’s top committed football recruits from the class of 2020

Orange County’s top committed football recruits from the Class of 2020:

Name, School, Position, College

Ender Aguilar, Servite, OT, Cal

Ethan Garbers, Corona del Mar, QB, Washington

Joey Hobert, San Juan Hills, WR, Washington St.

John Humphreys, Corona del Mar, WR, Stanford

Kyle Juergens, St. Margaret’s, OL, USC

Christian Moore, Huntington Beach, H-back, Kansas St.

Jake Muller, Capo Valley, TE, Cal

Clark Phillips III, La Habra, CB, Ohio St.

Mark Redman, Corona del Mar, TE, Washington

Cole Thompson, San Clemente, K, Navy

Bryce Young, Mater Dei, QB, USC

Commitments dates

June 22 2019: Caine and Cassius Savage, Western

Please send football recruiting news to Dan Albano at dalbano@scng.com or @ocvarsityguy on Twitter

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Mater Dei running back Shakobe Harper commits to Cal Poly SLO

Mater Dei running back Skakobe Harper, a key part of back-to-back national championship teams, has committed to Cal Poly SLO, the senior announced Tuesday night.

C O M M I T T E D. 🐎pic.twitter.com/Qfc5e41P96

— Wavy Kobe• (@shakobe_) February 6, 2019

Harper (5-7, 185) could sign his national letter of intent Wednesday, Feb. 6 o National Signing Day.

This past season, he rushed for almost 1,300 yards and 20 TDs to help Mater Dei win CIF-SS Division 1, CIF State Open Division and national titles.

Cal Poly SLO is known for its triple-option rushing attack.

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