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Saturday, January 10, 2009

MaxPreps Names California All-State Football Teams

Division 1 First Team
TE – Morrell Presley, Carson, 6-3, 207, Sr
Great speed, great athlete, the UCLA-bound standout had 35 catches for 605 yards and five touchdowns. He had twice as many receptions as anyone on a Carson team that struggled offensively. Presley originally committed to USC, but changed his mind to become a Bruin.

OL – Michael Phillip, Arroyo Valley (San Bernardino), 6-4, 300, Sr
The most highly-recruited lineman in the Inland Empire, the first-team All-Riverside Press Enterprise performer was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Other than USC, he’s got his choice of any Pacific-10 school.

DL – Iuta Tepa, Poly (Long Beach), 6-2, 215, Sr
Despite just playing one side of the ball, the active and productive defensive end recorded 102 tackles and 14 sacks. Considered an absolutely menace to opposing players, Tepa has committed to Hawaii.

Division I Second Team
OL – Alesana Laban, Grant (Sacramento), 6-2, 275, Sr
The key to Grant’s win over Long Beach Poly in the CIF Open Division championship game may have been the Pacer offensive line’s ability to matchup with the powerful ‘Rabbit defense. Laban was a big factor on the line all season long for the Pacers and earned All-Metro League lineman of the year honors. He also landed a spot on the Sacramento Bee’s All-Metro team.

Ath – Kipeli Koniseti, Grant (Sacramento), 6-3, 215, Sr
The unequivocal leader of the Pacers, Koniseti led Grant on the game-winning drive in the final four minutes against Long Beach Poly in the state finals and threw the game-winning touchdown toss to Darvin McCauley from 15 yards out. Koniseti was an All-Metro choice by the Sacramento Bee and he finished the season with 1,602 yards passing and 19 touchdowns (93-170). On the ground, he added 808 yards and 10 touchdowns on 99 carries.

DL – Talia Crichton, Lakewood, 6-4, 245, Sr
Sharing lineman of the year honors in the Moore League with Poly’s Iuta Tepa, Crichton had 92 tackles and 18 sacks for Lakewood, along with two fumble recoveries.

LB – Jeremiah Toma, Grant (Sacramento), 6-0, 215, Sr
Toma earned Metro Conference defensive MVP honors while leading the Pacer defense with 165 tackles and 10 sacks on the season. An All-Metro choice by the Sacramento Bee, Toma also had for fumble recoveries and two intercepted passed.

LB – Steven Fanua, Milpitas, 6-1, 215, Sr
Bound for Cal, Fanua culminated a spectacular three-year career at Milpitas that saw him earn All-Mercury News honors three years in a row along with All-Bay Area honors this season. He had 124 tackles and three sacks this year and finished his career with 482 tackles.

Division II First Team
TE – Levine Toilolo, Helix (La Mesa), 6-8, 247, Sr
A huge target at 6-foot-8, Toilolo earned All-San Diego County honors after catching 27 passes for 395 yards and seven touchdowns for the Highlanders. He helped Helix posted a 10-2-1 record with a runnerup finish in the Division 2 championship game to Oceanside. He’s committed to play at Stanford.

Division II Second Team
LB – Patrick Su’a, Highland (Bakersfield), 6-2, 210, Sr
The Bakersfield Californian honored Su’a as its most valuable defensive player. Su’a flew all over the field, compiling 75 tackles and 44 assists for 119 total tackles. He also had two interceptions and two fumble recoveries and was named the defensive MVP in the Southeast Yosemite League. Will play at Fresno State next season.

LB – Justin Vae’ena, Oceanside, 6-1, 220, Sr
Vae-ena was the leading tackler in the Pirate defense as he had a whopping 162 tackles during the season including 6 sacks and an interception. He was named to the all-area team by the San Diego Union Tribune. Also plays baseball for the Pirates.

Division III First Team
OL – Ben Savaii, Taft, 6-1, 245, Sr
Savaii was named to the Bakersfield Californian’s all-area team for the second straight season. Played center and noseguard for the Wildcats.

DL – Sione Tuihalamaka, Serra (Gardena), 6-3, 275, Sr
The Serra lineman was a force on both sides of the line, whether it was opening holes for RB Carl Winston or pulling down opposing quarterbacks. A repeat all-state pick by MaxPreps, Tuihalamaka had 83 tackles and 13 sacks on the year. Has not made a college choice yet but is considering offers from Arizona, among others.

Division III Second Team
DL – John Sua, St. Joseph’s (Santa Maria), 6-1, 278, Sr
Sua was named the most valuable player in the Los Padres League and was an all-area pick by the Santa Maria Times. He had 60 tackles on the season to go with 8.5 sacks.

Division IV Second Team
WR – Myles Muagututia, Parker (San Diego), 6-2, 210, Sr
Muagututia was a favorite target of quarterback Deon Randall as he caught 32 passes for 473 yards and 12 touchdowns. Earned all-league honors and helped Parker to a San Diego Section Division 5 championship.


bruin said...

In one of the biggest recruiting surprises of the year, Oregon State landed a commitment from Michael Philipp (San Bernardino, Calif./Arroyo Valley), who's one of the elite offensive linemen in the West region. He was thought to be a heavy lean to Stanford, but the lineman has decided to call Oregon State his new home.
Philipp took official visits to Cal, Oregon, UCLA and Stanford before visiting the Beavers this past weekend.
"It came down to where I felt most comfortable, and for me, that was at Oregon State. I knew my decision would surprise some people, but I was honest all along and never said I had a leader. My trip to Oregon State was eye-opening and I loved it there. I loved the coaches, and especially Coach Riley and Coach Cavanaugh, the OL coach. Out of all the trips I took, Oregon State was the best, and the place where I got that feeling that this is where I should be for the next four or five years of my life."
Philipp just visited Stanford a week ago and found out on the visit he was academically accepted to the school. Many felt the Cardinal were in the driver's seat, but the Beavers were able to pull this one out.
"Oregon State may not have Stanford's academics, but the bottom line for me is of all the schools, that was the best overall fit," Philipp said. "You can get a great education anywhere you go, and Oregon State offers me an opportunity to play early, have some great coaches that will make me better, and I'm excited to be a Beaver."

what was he thinking? what do you think about his pick.....?

tama said...

Bruin, let me school you on something there is that saying "only you alone can determin your own destiny" Philipp made a great choice because it was for him and him alone. Your destiny is in no one's hands but your own. Your choices and the decisions you make sets the course of your future. It's true that sometimes events happen to us that we cannot help, but no one else decides for you how to react to them and how to continue onwards. on one can determine through actions how there lifes will unfold. its part of being growing into and adult and a man. Of course, there will be consequences to the choices that are made, but there are always consequences to any choice one makes, even if that choice is to try to avoid making any choice at all. You could offer up excuses, reasons, all manner of explanations as to why you're being forced to take one course of action or another, but in reality, no one else can truly force a decision on you. You and you alone make that choice and consequently have an effect on the future of your life. and Philipp did just that he is clearly a bright guy being accepted to stanford so he will do just fine with the Beavers. heres another one for you "it doesnt matter where you go its where you end up" now take that one and you go to stanford....!