College Notebook: Mustangs on a roll in football recruiting

Rivals.com: Cal Poly snags commitment from coveted Santa Rosa College offensive lineman as signing day nears

sports@thetribunenews.comFebruary 4, 2014 

Cal Poly football head coach Tim Walsh, watching an April practice in the background, has secured several verbal commitments from various recruits in recent days.

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Cal Poly’s football program is reportedly putting together an impressive haul of verbal commitments as Wednesday’s national signing day approaches.

The Mustangs received a commitment Sunday from Santa Rosa College offensive tackle Calvin Sandeen, according to Rivals.com, which reported the 6-foot-6, 260-pound lineman turned down previous scholarship offers from Colorado State and Old Dominion.

Also, The Sacramento Bee reported Cal Poly received a commitment from the newspaper’s Division 2 Defensive Player of the Year, Elk Grove pass rusher Noah Letuligasenoa-Ta’amu.

Several other prospects, including Palo Alto running back Malcolm Davis, Rancho Santa Margarita receiver-defensive back Jonathan LaBonty and Servite offensive lineman Zach Shallcross, have tweeted in recent days they have committed to Cal Poly.

College coaches, including those at Cal Poly, are prohibited by NCAA rules from commenting on unsigned recruits. Players are not bound by verbal commitments.

Cal Poly announced Monday it will host a national signing day news conference and party for the public Wednesday at Charlie’s Place in San Luis Obispo. The news conference is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., including video highlights of Cal Poly’s signees, and Mustangs head coach Tim Walsh and his assistant coaches will chat with fans afterward.

Football duo named Phil Steele All-Americans

A pair of seniors on the Cal Poly football team were named FCS All-Americans by college football analyst Phil Steele on his website, PhilSteele.com.

Defensive tackle Sullivan Grosz landed on the second team, and fullback Akaninyene Umoh was named to the fourth team.

This is the eighth All-America honor for Grosz, who was also named Big Sky Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year. Umoh was a first-team All-Big Sky selection, and was a third-team All-American by the Beyond Sports Network.

Steele also named Mustangs offensive guard Matt Fisher to his FCS All-Freshmen second team.

Schlemer again is Big West Conference Player of the Week

For the third time this season, Cal Poly senior Molly Schlemer was named the top women’s basketball player of the week in the Big West Conference.

The announcement came after the reigning conference Player of the Year averaged 28.5 points per game in a pair of road victories for the Big West-leading Mustangs.

The 6-foot-5 center scored 26 points on 12-of-16 shooting in a win at UC Davis before pouring in a game-high 31 points and seven rebounds at UC Irvine.

Schlemer leads the conference in scoring (18.6 points per game) and field-goal percentage (57.5 percent) and is second in rebounding (10.3 rebounds per game).

Cal Poly softball picked to finish sixth in Big West preseason poll

The softball coaches of the Big West think Cal Poly will finish near the bottom of the pack, selecting the Mustangs sixth out of eight in this year’s preseason poll.

Cal Poly returns three All-Big West honorees from last year’s squad that went 19-34-1 and 8-16 in conference — Jillian Andersen (third base), Mariah Cochiolo (catcher) and Kim Westlund (shortstop).

Hawaii, the defending Big West champion, was picked first with 59 points, and Long Beach State second with 55. Rounding out the conference was Cal State Fullerton (46 points), UC Santa Barbara (40), UC Davis (30), Cal Poly (25), Cal State Northridge (24) and UC Riverside (nine).

Cal Poly men’s golf team in 10th place at Sea Best Invitational

Led by sophomore Cam Price, the Mustangs sit in 10th place out of 16 teams through nearly two rounds of the Sea Best Invitational at TPC Sawgrass.

Play was suspended because of darkness with 84 golfers needing to finish their final round. They will return to the course this morning.

Price is tied for 12th place at 4-over par, one of three golfers six strokes behind leader Austin Padova of North Florida — the only player at 2-under.

Cal Poly freshman Justin De Los Sanots is tied for 39th at 11-over, and Alex Romo is tied for 51st at 13-over.

Major Leaguers to attend Cal Poly alumni game

The Cal Poly baseball team will host its Alumni Game at 1 p.m. Saturday at Baggett Stadium.

Current Major Leaguers Bud Norris, Logan Schafer and Brent Morel are expected to either play or attend, as are several members of last year’s team that reached the NCAA Tournament and finished 40-19 overall.

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