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PREP NOTEPAD: QB Morin commits to Aztecs

03/04/2013, 2:45pm PST
By By JEFF SANDERS jsanders@californian.com

Chaparral senior quarterback Matt Morin has made his decision: San Diego State.

Chaparral senior quarterback Matt Morin has made his decision: San Diego State.

The top quarterback at the Nike Camp at USC last spring, Morin delivered an oral commitment over the weekend. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder had been entertaining offers from the Aztecs, as well as Colorado State and Arizona State.

"I'm pumped," said Morin, who threw for more than 1,700 yards and 12 touchdowns last year. "It's close to home. I love the campus. I love the coaches. I love the idea of playing at Qualcomm. I love everything about it."

Also, Pumas safety Curtis Dozier ---- back with Chaparral after transferring to Bellflower St. John Bosco last spring ---- has committed to Arizona State, Chaparral coach Ryan Tukua said.

An All-Valley second-team selection last season with the Pumas, Dozier returned to Chaparral when his mother's job transfer to the Long Beach area fell through, Tukua said.

Dozier led Chaparral with 113 tackles and four sacks last season.

"We're excited to have him back," Tukua said. "He's a great kid, he's a great leader, he's started for two years for us and he's a real valuable asset to our program.

"He's been working his butt off since he's been back. It's like he didn't even leave, to be honest with you."

Hermanson shines

Great Oak junior Andrew Hermanson earned offensive MVP honors for Team USA's 16-and-under team at the recent Latin American Baseball Classic in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic. He went 8-for-17 with 10 RBIs, three doubles, a triple and five walks over six games against teams from the Dominican, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Aruba, to name a few.

"It was a little more intense," Hermanson said of the differences he saw in international competition. "The teams there would come right after you if they had to."

The stint ---- combined with a successful summer campaign at Great Oak ---- has Hermanson in line to lock up a spot on the varsity team for the first time.

"He had a very good summer for us," Wolfpack baseball coach Eric Morton said. "I wasn't surprised at all with how well he did down there."

Et cetera

Vista Murrieta DE Jeremy Castro is ranked No. 24 in the state on scout.com's list of top-100 high school football prospects, which was released Monday. Castro, who has committed to Washington, led the Broncos with 11 sacks last year and is one of seven returners from a defensive unit that played for the CIF Southern Section Inland Division championship. Vista Murrieta began its fall practices Monday. ... Temecula Prep junior Kevin De La Torre scored nine goals in the Generation Adidas Cup in Frisco, Texas, last month, earning that tournament's Golden Boot award. De La Torre recently returned from a nine-month stay at a residence program in Bradenton, Fla., his father, Daniel said. De La Torre plays for Chivas USA's youth academy team.... Former Vista Murrieta baseball player Derek Legg was named National Baseball Congress westerrn regional MVP while playing for Santa Barbara, which won a national championship Saturday in Wichita, Kan. He was also a Collegiate Baseball League all-star, an NBC gold-glove winner and an NBC All-American. ... Great Oak junior golfer Michael Pugh finished tied for 11th in the California State Amateur Championship last week at Soboba Springs. He finished with a 1-over-par 217 at the three-day tournament. Former Linfield Christian golfer Glenn Hakes tied for 21st with a 6-over 222, while Great Oak senior Jose Pelayo tied for 39th at 15-over 231.

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