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Pac-12 lands a pair of Pirates

06/25/2013, 9:40pm PDT
By John Maffei

Oceanside playmakers accept football scholarship offers.

Oceanside's Jace Whittaker compiled 850 all-purpose yards last season for the Pirates.

Two key Oceanside High football players have accepted scholarship offers to Pac-12 schools.

Receiver/defensive back Jace Whittaker has committed to Arizona, and receiver/DB Alijah Holder has committed to Stanford.

Whittaker compiled 850 total yards last season — 130 rushing, 497 receiving and 223 on returns.

Holder was injured much of last season, playing in just two games.

It was assumed Holder and his twin brother Mikah, also a receiver/DB, would commit to the same college. But Mikah is considering San Diego State and Arizona.

Whittaker and Alijah Holder also had San Diego State on their shortlist.

Mikah Holder had 42 receptions for 825 yards and 11 touchdowns last season as Oceanside went 12-1 and won the San Diego Section Division II title.

“We’ve had a ton of recruiting interest, and it has been a real good summer for our kids so far,” said Oceanside coach John Carroll.

In addition to Whittaker and the Holder twins, receiver/DB Thai Cottrell appears to have narrowed his college choices to San Jose State and Northern Arizona. Cottrell had 1,867 total yards last season — 796 rushing, 695 receiving and 376 on returns.

Offensive lineman Andres Gonzalez, who checks in at 6-feet-5, 280 pounds, has been offered by Washington.

Army All-American

La Jolla Country Day offensive lineman Jordan Poland has been chosen to play in the 2014 U.S. Army All-America Bowl, which pits the top senior football players from across the nation.

Poland is one of only three California players named to play in the game so far. The others are defensive back Quentin Tartabull from L.A. Bishop Alemany and defensive lineman Ainuu Taua from Lompoc.

The game is Jan. 4 at the Alamodome in San Antonio and will be nationally televised by NBC.

Spanos All-Stars

The annual Spanos All-Star Game, featuring the county’s top outgoing seniors, is at 7 p.m. July 12 at San Diego Mesa College.

Pulu Poumele and the El Camino staff will coach the North team. Rick Jackson and the Madison staff will coach the South.

Passing league

The North County Tournament, the last and biggest 7-on-7 passing competition of the summer, is July 19-20.

El Camino and Oceanside are the host schools.

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