Team Preview: Mt. San Antonio

Every year, Mt. San Antonio is loaded with talented players on both sides of the ball and 2012 is no different. They have a couple of impressive looking prospects who should see quite a bit of recruiting attention in the coming months as they and their team challenge once again for a state title...

At quarterback, the Mounties have Nick Montana, son of Hall-of-Fame QB Joe Montana and a bounceback from the University of Washington, and he started off the season nicely over the weekend by going 20 of 29 for 330 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

Montana was pretty heavily recruited after enjoying a solid prep career at Oaks Christian high school and the Mountie coaches feel he will be once again with a big sophomore season.

The running backs will likely be handled by a committee of sophomores John Scanlan and Zach Fogerson along with freshmen Garrett Paredes and Jamal Overton.

When Montana drops back to pass, redshirt freshman Kaelin Clay and Dontae Ingraham both have big-play potential and TE Spencer Stephens is an athletic target who has soft hands.

Along the offensive line, typically the Mounties have at least three or four top prospects, but early on it appears that center Edward Fusi and guard Patrick Kim will be the targets for four-year schools.

On the defensive side of the ball, keep an eye on LB Julian Gener who is a tackling machine, having posted 18 tackles (10 solo). He will lead a young linebacking corps into battle every week.

Up front on defense, Mt. SAC has DE Joita Te'i, an Arizona State bounceback, and DT Mataele Tutulupeatau to lead the way.

The secondary is young, but Geoff Vaughns is a player to keep an eye on as the season progresses.

As far as specialists are concerned, the Mounties feel they have one of the top punters in the state if not the country in Joey Cejudo who can really boom it, averaging over 44 yards per punt as a freshman.


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