Signing Day at Azusa Pacific University
Azusa Pacific University stepped into its second year of recruiting NCAA Division-II football. The Cougars inked 12 players from cross the western United States and also announced the addition of two mid-year transfers.
“We added depth to our defensive line, and wanted to add to our secondary,” said APU head coach Victor Santa Cruz. “We wanted to got out and find a key running back to play behind Terrell Watson.”
The best known locally of those to sign with APU last Wednesday was Buena Park’s Deven Boston. Boston is familiar to locals because his coach is former High School Heisman winner Anthony White who played at Rosemead and served as the head coach at Temple City in 2009.
Boston rushed for 2,112 yards and 33 touchdowns his senior year at Buena Park, finishing his career with 5,170 yards and 67 touchdowns. He earned All-CIF honors and was named Freeway League Player of the Year.
“He’s a young man who is a physical runner, in the secondary he can break it, he can turn the jets on and not get caught,” said Santa Cruz. “A lot of people are impressed with this signing, but I’m more impressed with the type of person he is.”
The rest of the Cougars recruiting list includes:
Evan Rodriguez, TE/H, Heritage, 6’3″ 235, Tevin Krall, DL, Ventura, 6’3″ 260, Kionce Roberts, DB, Roosevelt H.S. (Mira Loma, CA) 5’9″ 165, Sakalaia Hungalu, OL, McKinley H.S. (Hawaii) 6’3″ 285, Jonah Wataru, OL, Iolani (Hawaii) 6’3″ 295, Ma’ake Muti, DL, Leiehua, (Hawaii) 6′, 275, Jalen Wyatt, DL, Helix H.S. 6’2 245, Khlyan Brooks, DL, Charter Oak 6’3″ 265, Matthew Palmer, DB, Heritage 6’3″ 195, Kendall Rew, DL, Ferris H.S. (Spokane, WA) 6’3″ 290, Luke Vereschagin, K/P; 5-10, 175. The King’s Academy (Mountain View, Calif.)
Mid-Year transfers were quarterback Chad Jeffries (Glendora H.S.) from San Diego State. Wide Receiver Blake Robertson also comes on board with a 4.3 40 time from Sacramento State.
“I think the one thing four-year transfers to APU regret is that they didn’t sign with us first,” says Santa Cruz.
Area Notes: Monrovia’s Kurt Scoby, expected to sign with Fresno State, did not sign on Wednesday. No reason was given, though he has shared he expects to sign with the Bulldogs program in March…Northview High School’s (Covina) Jared Brito, 6’2″ 230 defensive end signed with D-2 Assumption College in Massachussetts.