Off­sea­son foot­ball ‘trades’ abound in Trin­ity League

They tech­ni­cally are trans­fers, so the only in­tent here is to have a lit­tle bit of fun.

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - ERIC SONDHEIMER ON HIGH SCHOOLS eric.sondheimer@la­times.com Twit­ter: @lat­sond­heimer

South­ern Sec­tion foot­ball prac­tice be­gan Mon­day, and let’s hope all the play­ers who have been switch­ing schools around the Trin­ity League have learned their new fight songs and are com­fort­able wear­ing their new Nike, Un­der Ar­mour or Adi­das gear.

Yes, Ma­jor League Base­ball had its trade dead­line, but there seems to be no limit when it comes to Trin­ity League foot­ball teams ex­chang­ing play­ers. The league’s six schools might want to con­sider hir­ing a gen­eral man­ager to de­cide who’s com­ing, who’s go­ing and who will be the player to be named in all their per­son­nel swaps.

Now I’m just hav­ing a lit­tle fun here, but go­ing down the ros­ters the last two sea­sons in­di­cates which play­ers were part of the “fu­ture con­sid­er­a­tions” trad­ing mar­ket.

Let’s start with re­ceiver Amon-ra St. Brown, who started his ca­reer at Servite, then trans­ferred with his brother, Osiris, to Santa Ana Mater Dei. In con­sid­er­a­tion for how good the St. Brown broth­ers turned out to be, Mater Dei sent to Servite broth­ers Isa­iah and Jem­i­nai Leuta-Ulu. Jem­i­nai was a line­man on Mater Dei’s un­beaten fresh­man team last sea­son. Servite also got de­fen­sive back Ti­tus Toler, who might be the steal of that deal.

Then you have Or­ange Lutheran launch­ing a block­buster, mul­ti­ple-player trade in­volv­ing JSerra, Servite, Mater Dei, St. John Bosco and Santa Mar­garita that’s still gen­er­at­ing buzz.

It started when ju­nior quar­ter­back Ryan Hilin­ski went from JSerra to Or­ange Lutheran af­ter his fresh­man year. Af­ter all, JSerra knew who its quar­ter­back would be through 2017: Matt Robin­son. Hilin­ski was the Brock Osweiler of the Trin­ity League. Ev­ery­one wanted him, and you know how im­por­tant quar­ter­backs are. They lead to many fu­ture trades.

Hilin­ski was joined this sum­mer at Or­ange Lutheran by the Servite receiving duo of Ethan Rae and Kyle Ford. Mater Dei got from JSerra broth­ers Austin and An­drew Faoliu, huge line­men, and, from Santa Mar­garita, line­backer Mase Funa. JSerra re­ceived from Santa Mar­garita the McClain broth­ers, Ab­dul-Ma­lik and Mu­nir, ver­sa­tile twoway play­ers. St. John Bosco re­ceived from JSerra de­fen­sive back Jake Bai­ley and line­man Cole Aubrey and just sent a de­fen­sive end from the JV team to JSerra as part of “fu­ture con­sid­er­a­tions.”

Ev­ery­body’s happy, right? Well, for now, maybe.

And this is not just a pick on the Trin­ity League or pri­vate schools. There’s also trad­ing go­ing on with pub­lic-school pro­grams.

St. John Bosco has picked up Mataio Tupuola, a 300-pound line­man from Torrance, and re­ceiver Devon Coo­ley, a UCLA com­mit, from Buena Park. In sep­a­rate trans­ac­tions, St. John Bosco sent backup quar­ter­backs Joey Yellen to Mis­sion Viejo and Jack Alexan­der to Re­dondo, and shipped line­backer Alex Miskela to Los Alami­tos.

Santa Mar­garita has picked up play­ers from El Toro, Te­soro and Troy. Mater Dei got de­fen­sive end Keyon Ware-Hud­son from Vista Mur­ri­eta, line­backer Solomon Tu­li­aupupu from Clare­mont and de­fen­sive line­man Sa­muela Tui­ha­la­maka from River­side King.

Or­ange Lutheran, which ap­par­ently didn’t have enough tar­gets for Hilin­ski, added re­ceiver Jojo Hawkins from Buena Park, but lost quar­ter­back Ryan Zanelli to La Habra.

Is this be­gin­ning to make sense?

Con­fused? Sur­prised? Wel­come to high school sports in 2017.

If you want to know the trades in bas­ket­ball, get back to me in De­cem­ber when ev­ery­one who switched schools sees whether they can start for their new team.

And I’ll be sure to name the gen­eral man­ager of the year in foot­ball when the sea­son ends.

Eric Sondheimer Los An­ge­les Times

MATER DEI is where Osiris, left, and Amon-ra St. Brown play af­ter trans­fer­ring from Servite.

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