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Last week Palisades defensive end David Benavides and defensive back Kellen Ware committed to play football at Division II schools next season.
The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Benavides choose Adams State University in Colorado, while Ware will head just outside Boston to play at Bentley University.
Ware earned first-team All-Western League honors last season after having 61 tackles for the Dolphins.
Despite losing 30 seniors including quarterback Alexander Diamont, the Los Angeles Sports Journal’s All-Westside Player of the Year, Venice head coach Angelo Gasca is still expressing confidence in his team as the Gondoliers have scheduled a road game against Trinity League powerhouse Santa Margarita next year.
The game will be played during the fourth week of the season, which was a bye week for Venice in 2013.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound sophomore had 68 tackles and three interceptions in his two-year career with the Corsairs.
His best game was during his freshman season when he had two interceptions, including returning one for a 40-yard touchdown in the final minutes to secure a victory over San Bernardino Valley.
The Hamilton High graduate is the son of former NFL linebacker Sam Rogers, who spent nine season with the Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers, and Atlanta Falcons.
Windward’s Breland Brandt is quickly becoming one of the most sought after high school athletes on the westside.
The 6-foot-five, 190-pound sophomore lineman made his presence known on the football field this year with 63 tackles along with 10.5 sacks and colleges have taken notice. Brandt has already taken an unofficial visit to Westwood and received offers from UCLA and fellow PAC-12 schools Colorado.
Westchester has become another Western League team that has upgraded their non-conference schedule for the 2014 season by adding private schools Harvard-Westlake and Bishop Montgomery.
The Comets host LA City Division II finalist South Gate to open the season and travel to Torrance in a week one matchup with Bishop Montgomery.
Westchester will also be the Homecoming opponent for Harvard-Westlake in a rare Saturday game in week four.
That wil be a difficult contest but there is hope for the Comets as Harvard Westlake won their first four games before Palisades upset the Wolverines last year.
If there was any doubt how confident the Hamilton football coaching staff is after the transfer of Culver City starting quarterback Armani Rodgers in the spring, one just needs to look at the addition of two Coliseum League teams to their 2014 schedule.
The Yankees will play Dorsey in a week zero game and travel to LA City Division I champion Crenshaw in week two.
It is a departure from last season when Hamilton scheduled smaller schools Legacy of South Gate, Windward and View Park.
Windward quarterback Connor Simpson and cornerback Drew Bryant will play at Division III school next year.
Simpson will head to Case Western University in Cleveland and had 1,800 yards passing along with 19 touchdowns for the Wildcats.
Amherst College is the destination for Bryant.
Palisades senior quarterback Taylor Mensik committed to Division III Pomona-Pitzer, last week.
Mensik help lead Palisades (7-4) to the first round of the LA City Division I playoffs.
He threw for 1,068 yards and eight touchdown for the Dolphins.
Fairfax added a road game against Marine League power Carson in the second week of the 2014 season, according to offensive coordinator Juan Solorio.
The Colts replace Dorsey on the Lions schedule.
Fairfax was unable to defeat Dorsey the last three seasons, including a 25-23 loss to the Dons at home in 2013.
Fairfax finished second in the Western League with a 5-6 overall record last season, while advancing to the first round of the LA City Division I playoffs.
Carson was 7-6 and advanced to the Division I semifinals before losing to rival Narbonne.
St. Bernard alum and former Santa Monica College assistant coach David Banuelos was officially named the new football coach and athletic director at Verbum Dei, yesterday.
Banuelos spent last year in charge of Compton College where they were 0-10 in his only season. Tarters have gone 2-48 in the last five years including three winless seasons.
Banuelos had two stints as head coach at Pierce College in 1999-2000 and 2002-05. He has also been an offensive coordinator at LA Southwest, LA Valley and Santa Monica College.
Today is the first day that high school seniors and junior college sophomores can sign their National Letter of Intent to four-year universities.
Below is a list of westside players that are expected to sign. It will be updated throughout the day.
QB Alexander Diamont, Indiana (early enrollee)
Santa Monica High:
WR Will Taylor, Western New Mexico
Santa Monica College:
Qujuan Floyd, Iowa State (signed at 8:00 a.m.)
Dejaun Butler, Washington
De-Jon Mitchell, Missouri Southern State
DaJuan Perryman, Missouri Southern State
Dontae Levingston, East Carolina
Alex Cureau, McPherson College
Alphonso Dixon, Ferris State
Alfonso Medina, Glenville State
Ralph Gordon, Glenville State
Eric Kyle, Glenville State
DJ Dixon, Glenville State
West Los Angeles College:
Kaylyn Ayers, Idaho
Chris Glover, Northern Colorado
Santa Monica wide receiver Will Taylor committed to Division II Western New Mexico yesterday after taking his official visit.
The senior, who was named to the All-Ocean League and the LA Sports Journal’s All-Westside Football Team, had 301 yards receiving and ran for 286 yards.
His best games of the year were rushing for 132 yards against Palisades and having four catches for 92 yards in a loss to Valencia.
In addition, Taylor had 42 tackles.
The Vikings were 7-5 last year and advanced to the second round of the Western Division playoffs.
Windward lineman Roy Hemsley has received on a offer from USC, his first from a PAC-12 school.
The 6-7, 275-pound junior helped lead the Wildcats to a 7-3 record last year including upsets of LA City Section schools Hamilton and Jordan.
He picked up an offer from San Diego State as a sophomore during his first season of playing organized football.
Hemsley was named to the LA Sports Journal’s All-Westside Football Team earlier this year.
Tim Lenderman, who took over the Westchester football program on an interim basis mid-season, has been named the new head coach according to principal Robert Canosa-Carr.
Lenderman resigned as the school’s co-athletic director in October when the school removed then head coach Seka Edwards just prior to Western League play.
After the season, Westchester interviewed multiple candidates for the job before deciding to keep Lenderman in the position.
He has had previous head coaching experience at Hollywood High. Lenderman ran the program from 1995-2001.
University defensive back Thomas Clay has been offered by Utah according to head coach Lee Lowe.
The 5-10, 175 pound junior had three interceptions and 36 tackles last season for the Wildcats.
He earned All-City Division II honors and was recently named to the LA Sports Journal’s All-Westside football team last week.
Clay had previously attended a Utah clinic during the summer.