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Checking in with Mater Dei

The Mater Dei Monarchs kicked off spring practices on Monday with their full array of talent on display.

We had seen them a few weeks ago when they won the Passing Down tournament so we knew there were a lot of big-time guys but there’s something different about seeing them on their own practice field with Bruce Rollinson running the show.

The two guys who stood out to me were Amon-Ra St. Brown and Solomon Tuliaupupu, and the good news for the Monarchs is that neither of those guys are the only ones at their position. The more I see Amon-Ra the more I continue to notice how strong he is and how that allows him such an advantage when you also consider his other skills, he’s just a really impressive player. Mater Dei also has Nikko Remigio, Bru McCoy and C.J. Parks at receiver (all of them have multiple major offers) and a second major transfer at linebacker in Mase Funa, who was at Santa Margarita. The aggressiveness of the defense went up a huge notch with the addition of Solomon and Funa, they are two difference-makers.

Of course, you also have the elite quarterback in J.T. Daniels and a 6-7 left tackle protecting him in Tommy Brown (who looked in great shape).

And if you want a sleeper name, remember Mike Martinez, a 6-6, 230 converted offensive lineman who is now at tight end (will be a junior next fall) and certainly looked the part on this day.

USC coach Johnny Nansen was in attendance with his camera focused a lot on Tuliaupupu.

Garry Paskwietz
Garry Paskwietz

A 1988 graduate of USC with a degree in Sports Information. Worked in sports marketing for LA Lakers and Miller Brewing Company. Began covering the Trojans in 1996 with the Trojan Football Fax. Founded WeAreSC in November 1998 with stints at Scout and ESPN. Emmy-winner while covering high school football at Fox Sports West.

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