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Category: Recruiting Buzz

Early football commitments mean more decommits

Have there ever been more early commitments of football players announced in the summertime?

I don't think so.

Colleges are pushing harder and harder for high school players to make early decisions, even though they won't be final until letter-of-intent day in February.

It means there should be a record number of players changing their minds by winter.

When teenagers are forced to make a decision before they really are ready, they'll have second thoughts. And if something happens during their high school season — good or bad — that will only increase the likelihood of players reevaluating their college options.

Colleges have apparently become comfortable making early offers, getting a commitment and going months with trying to keep that commitment.

Forget the fact that lots of players have to get their academics in order to qualify and that there may be college coaching changes. This is a serious game being played by everyone involved.

So celebrate when a player announces, whether it's via Facebook, a tweet, a phone call or a news conference. But remember, it's not final until it's final, and if you remember the Jordan Payton saga (he changed his college choice at least three times), it could become more the rule than an oddity.

— Eric Sondheimer

Football: Aaron Porter commits to UCLA

Linebacker Aaron Porter of La Habra has committed to UCLA, his coach, Frank Mazzotta, said on Monday. Porter is considered one of the best in the Southland.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Football: Chaminade's Matt Goudis commits to Michigan

It appears Chaminade kicker Matt Goudis will be heading a little further northeast for college than he originally intended.

Goudis, who recently dropped his commitment to Boise State, has verbally committed to Michigan, according to Scout.com.

Ranked 12th among kickers in the 2011 national recruiting class by Rivals.com, Goudis is considered one of the best kickers in the Southland. The senior kicked nine field goals and made 37 extra-point attempts to help the Eagles finish 11-2 last season.

With Goudis opting to pursue his collegiate career at Michigan, Upland kicker Jake Van Ginkel could be next in line to receive an offer from the Broncos. Van Ginkel has received interest from several Pac-10 schools, including UCLA and USC, but no offers.

-- Austin Knoblauch

Baseball: A couple of college commitments

It appears a couple of diamond standouts will be playing baseball in the collegiate ranks.

Troy's Stephen Sauter has verbally committed to play at Oregon. The junior is considered one of the best switch-hitting catchers in the Southland.

Joining him in the collegiate ranks will be Gahr pitcher Jacob Faria, who has committed to play at Cal State Fullerton. According to Maxpreps.com, the 6-foot-3 right-hander recorded a 1.52 earned-run average in 14 appearances on the mound as a junior in 2010.

-- Austin Knoblauch

Football: St. Francis has another hot recruit

The month hasn't even ended, with St. Francis Coach Jim Bonds finally getting some rest after the recruiting onslaught for defensive back Dietrich Riley, but Bonds has another hot recruit in junior offensive lineman Patrick Carroll, who's 6-4, 275 pounds.

College coaches are calling Bonds to line up junior day appearances for Caroll, with invites from Notre Dame, Oregon, USC and Colorado.

Such is life in the never-ending college football recruiting business.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Track: Claremont standout set to sign with Stanford

One of the top female track performers in the state, Kori Carter from Claremont, will sign Wednesday with Stanford.

She's a three-time state hurdle champion and IAAF World Youth silver medalist.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Boys' basketball: Salley commits to Montana State

Jordan Salley, a 6-foot-7 power forward from La Verne Lutheran, has committed to Montana State.

Salley is rehabilitating an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament that he sustained in June and is not expected to return until February. He is a strong and athletic big man who is a solid rebounder and has developed a soft touch around the basket.

Salley had also received interest from Creighton, Tulsa, New Mexico, Santa Clara and Pepperdine.

--Ben Bolch

Baseball: Williamson commits to Cal State Fullerton

Clay Williamson, a junior outfielder from San Juan Capistrano JSerra, has committed to Cal State Fullerton, according to Lions Coach Brett Kay.

Williamson hit .280 and drove in 18 runs as a sophomore.

--Ben Bolch

Football: Malcolm Jones decision coming soon

Westlake Village Oaks Christian Coach Bill Redell said he expects running back Malcolm Jones to announce a college choice in the next two weeks.

Jones is down to Stanford and UCLA. He's scheduled to visit Stanford this weekend, which is a big plus for the Cardinal.

Stanford and UCLA are set to face each other on Oct. 3.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Boys' basketball: Mater Dei's King picks Arizona State

Keala King, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard who transferred from Compton Dominguez to Mater Dei, has committed to Arizona State, according to Monarchs Coach Gary McKnight.

Mater Dei could have as many as three Pac 10 Conference-bound players, with Tyler Lamb bound for UCLA and Gary Franklin Jr. having committed to USC before withdrawing his commitment in the wake of Coach Tim Floyd's departure.

The Monarchs had five Division I-bound players in their starting lineup for much of last year before losing in the Southern Section finals and early in the state tournament. It will be interesting to see whether they can live up to the lofty expectations this time around.

--Eric Sondheimer

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