Friday, January 20, 2012

Iese To UCLA, Armstead Undecided

My friend Joe Davidson of the Sacramento Bee has been all over the football recruiting trail the past few days and last night he posted that Sheldon's big tight end/defensive end Nate Iese will sign Feb. 1 with UCLA and its new head coach Jim Mora. Read his story at

To quote Joe's story:

He took a recent recruiting trip to the campus in Los Angeles, saw the Rose Bowl, soaked up the academic appeal and continued his good rapport with assistant coach Angus McClure, the former Sacramento State standout lineman and assistant coach.
"I'm really excited," Iese said. "I'm glad I was able to make this decision. They've been recruiting me since the beginning. I really like Coach Angus. He's very good at what he does. You can tell some coaches come and recruit and treat it as a job. Angus takes pride in what he does with recruiting and that really impacted me. He really stood out."

When I was covering the Sheldon/Jesuit basketball game last Friday I saw Nate talking to a coach from Nebraska and one from Nevada after the game. Iese has also had talks with Washington.

Davidson has also talked recently with Arik Armstead's parents who have said that the big Pleasant Grove lineman will make up his mind on the Feb. 1 Letter-of-Intent signing date.  A source at the school told me that Armstead is finished with high school (he has good grades) and the football/basketball programs at Notre Dame, Auburn and Cal already had him enrolled in classes this spring. But, now that probably isn't a road Arik will travel.

Older brother Armond, who didn't play this past season because of injury at USC, has apparently gone back to school there. He apparently traveled to Auburn with Arik flirting with the thought he could transfer there and play one year with him. That probably won't happen.

The Elk Grove Unified School District always does a big Letter-of-Intent signing session at the Trigg Building on Feb. 1 every year. We could see as many as 15 student/athletes there officially inking their decisions. 

We won't know which letter Armstead will ink. I will predict the FedEx guy will be waiting at the door ready to ship those documents back to the colleges in the overnight shipment.

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