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Long Beach Polytechnic High School

Discussion in 'University of Colorado Recruiting Archive' started by Duff Man, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. Duff Man

    Duff Man Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    It is one of the largest high schools in the country with an enrollment of 5,000 students and has distinguished alumni cutting across pop culture and sports. In football, the program has had more players end up in the NFL than any other program in southern California, including stars such as: DeSean Jackson, Marcedes Lewis, Winston Justice, and Willie McGinest. Overall, the school boasts the largest number of alumni in the NFL from one high school.

    With that type of pedigree, it is easy to see why college recruiters regularly roam the halls in hopes of landing the next big thing. With Colorado's move to the Pac-12 and with a coaching staff that has a history with the school from previous coaching stints at UCLA, it is worth taking a brief look at the program and its importance in Pac-12 recruiting.

    Since 2002, Poly has had 35 players sign letters of intent with BCS schools, with just five of those players signing with schools outside the Pac-10. The number of players signing with Pac-10 schools break down as such:

    USC
    -9
    UCLA-9
    California-5
    Oregon-2
    Washington State-2
    Arizona-1
    Arizona State-1
    Washington-1

    Clearly, the hometown Trojans and Bruins have made a living at Poly, and UCLA signed 5 players from the school from 2003-2005 when Jon Embree and Eric Bieniemy were assistants at the school. But aside from the dominance of the hometown schools, there is one other trend worth noting: Long Beach Poly kids have overwhelmingly choose to play in the Pac-10. Additionally, the Poly players that have signed with BCS programs have represented some of the more highly regarded prospects in terms of star rankings. Those numbers break down as follows:

    5*-3
    4*-12
    3*-17
    2*-3

    Fast forward to the 2012 class and Poly is once again on track to send multiple players to BCS schools. Thus far, five players have received BCS offers and four have made early commitments to Arizona State. Two players of those players, Richard Smith and Josiah Blandin, have CU offers. It is unclear which players will take official visits to other schools, but hopefully Embree and Bieniemy can work their Poly connections. One other name to keep an eye is LB Matthew Rowe:

    [video=youtube;XNm2bIjT4aI]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNm2bIjT4aI[/video]

    In the end, the Buffs may not sign a single Poly player in the 2012 class, but it is a sure bet that the Colorado coaching staff knows that the school will be an important school to maintain ties with in the future. Indeed, one of the players likely to be highly sought after in the 2013 class is safety David Price.

    In the end, it is worth getting to know these names because chances are high they will either be Buffs or playing against us in the years to come.
     
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  2. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Fantastic content and insight, BB!
     
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    BB - Nice job.

    I was looking over the other Pac12 commit lists yesterday and almost started a thread asking what is the deal with ASU getting all these LBP kids. They just wanting to stay together or should the NCAA be coming in about now?
     
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    FWIW

    There is a documentary series just out on the school's football program "Fourth and Forever" I've seen the screeners for the show and while the quality of the program is pretty weak but the subject matter makes it watchable. Worth the time if you need to scratch a football itch this summer.
     
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  5. SteelCity Buff

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    Good post, BB. Are there any other schools in socal that come close to this? Are schools like Mater Dei or Servite even in the same ballpark with Poly?
     
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    I haven't checked the numbers, 35 is pretty ridiculous, but I'd think there are a few schools that could rival that:

    Serra
    Oaks Christian
    Westlake
    Norco
    Dorsey
    Crenshaw
    Corona schools, not sure which is the best out of them. Centennial is always producing.
    Servite and Mater Dei are probably up there too, along with a few other private schools in the LA area. Regardless, per BB's point, the kids seem to rarely stray far from home, so it's a place we need to be all over.

    Great post btw BB :thumbsup:
     
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    We had Marcellus Elder from LB Poly back in my time.
     
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    De la Salle in NorCal?
     
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    Yes, DLS is in Nor-Cal.

    Don't forget that Snoop Dog is also a Poly alum.
     
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    Snoop graduated?
     
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    According to the internet, he graduated from Poly in 1993 and was promptly arrested for murder.
     
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    Former CU WR Robert Toler is the QB coach at Poly.
     
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    First non-funny post I remember repping in a long time. Good job, BB.
     
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    Rowe ended up committing to the Sun Devils last week. Pretty impressive haul for ASU if they can hold to them all.
     
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    Just a little update here. First of all, four of the five commits to ASU from Long Beach Poly are planning on taking visits. Richard Smith, Randall Goforth, Josiah Blandin, and Matthew Rowe are all looking around.

    Additionally, Poly received an intriguing transfer from Louisiana for his senior season, Texas A&M commit Alonzo Williams. He had five sacks in the first two games, so expect several Pac-12 schools to jump in sooner rather than later.

    Also, I mentioned David Price (2013 DB) in the OP, but he is worth noting again. He has already gotten heavy interest from all the Pac-12 schools and some other national schools. Expect him to be one of the top 10-15 prospects in California next year. His dad is an Oregon State alum, but he seems to like Oregon a lot right now.
     
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    IF! :lol:
     

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