Quarterbacks made like Jameis Winston? A five-star prospect, heading for Clemson. Chiselled line back with square jaw? Four-star committed to Ohio State. That super-fast receiver? Four-star.
The other receiver is also a four-star. That other receiver, the longer one? Four-star, but he is a junior like other four-star linebackers. Couple three-star player on the offensive line. One more on the defensive line.
High school football teams are just as good anywhere in the US, but one of them is just 23 miles from Interstate 5. Bosco’s Trinity League rival Matter de High School is ranked No. 1 nationally after beating the Braves.
38–24 in October, a matchup with enough high-end talent from each team’s seniors to make the top-40 recruiting class. Bosco is ranked number 4.
“They’re just playing a different game,” Corona del Mar High School football coach Danny O’Shea said of the private school powerhouse..
California High School Soccer has a bizarre glimpse: the state’s best program is the best in the nation, while the foundation is collapsing.
According to data compiled by the National Federation of State High School Associations, only Texas and Florida produce more large college football players than California, but overall participation in sports fell nearly 10% from 2015 to 2018. Texas and Florida added high school football players over the same period.
According to the NCAA, the percentage of players competing at the highest level of college football has dropped over the past five years, from 11.5% in 2013 to 10.5% in 2018.
This is a problem not only for those who love football at Golden State but also for schools in the Pac-12 that rely most heavily on California players.
There are two more worrying trends for the Pac-12: While the number of blue-chip recruits from California is still high, those top players are passing on Pac-12 offers more often.
National trends related to safety and youth sports expertise are taking a toll in California, but the top-heavy nature of the competition in the Los Angeles area, where many of the best players cluster to form a super team, faces complex problems.
Petro Papadakis, a former Southern California football player who is now an analyst for the Pac-12 Network, says the “hometown vibe” is gone.
He said, “The overreaching theme here is private schools and academies, taking away the great Southern California high school football tradition.”
“We still have great football. We still produce great players. But the academy’s share is poor, and the O-line no longer devoted itself to this seven-seven culture on fronts and summers, is the farthest thing from real football. We are taking the lead that I think would be a good way to put it. “
Corona del Mar offensive coordinator Kevin Hettig, who has been working with O’Sieh for more than a decade, said he first saw signs of trouble for public schools in 2008 when he was at Trabuco Hills High School And his best player left at Orange Lutheran.
It was the beginning of an arms race in the Trinity League, which was formed in 2006. Bosco trailed in its league competition for years before winning five championships in a seven-year competition led by coach Jason Negro, who was at Trebucci Hills.
Mission Viejo head coach Chad Johnson was the offensive coordinator at Bosco for eight years. He said public schools face there, especially city schools, funding issues and less emphasis on sports programs.
Meanwhile, private schools could offer top-flight contests, commitment to the football program and need for assistance with travel and tuition.