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Football: NFL draft shows there's plenty of talent in SoCal

May 1, 2011 | 10:03 am

You don't have to go to USC or UCLA to be selected in the NFL draft. There were lots of former high school standouts taken who didn't become a Trojan or Bruin.

Titus Young, an All-City receiver from L.A. University out of Boise State, went in the second round to the Detroit Lions. Shane Vereen, a running back out of Valencia and California, went to New England in the second round. Austin Pettis, a receiver from Orange Lutheran and Boise State, went to the Rams in the third roud.

There were players from Los Angeles Loyola, Palmdale, Fontana Kaiser, Tesoro, Moreno Valley Rancho Verde, Woodland Hills Taft, Pasadena, Chino, Encino Crespi, Simi Valley Grace Brethren, Westlake Village Oaks Christian, Colton, Compton Dominguez, Dorsey, Verbum Dei, Venice and Newbury Park.

-- Eric Sondheimer