East County Sports

Local prep stars make it official


EastCountySports.com staff report

LA MESA – A trio of East County high school football stars that will one day be referred to as legends on their respective campuses made their college commitments official on Wednesday morning.

Monte Vista senior and Silver Pigskin Award winner JAHMON MCCLENDON, a three-star recruit, penned his signature to attend and play football for UCLA.

While many have speculated that the Bruins want the East County’s all-time rushing leader on the defensive side of the ball, there is no indication the Bruins will make McClendon change his position.

McClendon, part of head coach Chip Kelly’s first recruiting class, has said he wants to remain a running back. McClendon visiting the Spring Valley campus last month.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound McClendon, who took an official visit to Westwood in September, committed to the Bruins a few days later on an announcement via his own website Jahmon24.com.

McClendon, who rushed for over 6,700 yards (fourth all-time in San Diego County) and 103 touchdowns in his career, chose the Bruins over San Diego State.

Helix senior MICHAEL SHAWCROFT signs his letter of intent at Alex Johnson Sport & Fitness on Wednesday.

Helix senior linebacker MICHAEL SHAWCROFT, the unanimous San Diego County Defensive Player of the Year, kept his commitment to play football and further his academics at San Diego State.

Shawcroft, a three-star inside linebacker prospect, had 16 offers, including seven of the nine Ivy League schools, as well as, Army, Air Force, and Nevada, among others.

Monte Vista senior linebacker BLAKE SCHMIDT followed up on his proclamation to continue his studies and football career at Montana State.

Schmidt, a second-team All-San Diego CIF selection this past season, received a home visit from Bobcat head coach Mark Choate and defensive backs coach Mark Orphey on Dec. 10.

Both McClendon and Schmidt signed their papers in front of dozens of students, family and friends in the Monarchs’ gym.

Also on Wednesday, former Mount Miguel star and current Southwestern College sophomore CAMERON HANSON has signed a letter of intent to play college football and go to school at San Jose State.

The 6-foot-2, 230-pound linebacker has been a tackling machine since his days with the Matadors.

Hanson, a second-team All-National Division Southern League selection, had 49 tackles this past season for the Jaguars. He had 185 career tackles at Mount Miguel and was an All-East County first team selection in 2016.

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