- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
There were plenty of surprises around the Southern California high school landscape in the opening week of the season, but few results caused more double takes than La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat shocking Anaheim (Calif.) Servite, 40-23.
It was a team effort from start to finish, but running back Dionza Blue was a huge factor, as the senior rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown.
“We had a big game, but we’re going to look forward to the next game now,” Blue said.
It was something of a homecoming for Blue, who played tailback as a freshman but moved to cornerback as a sophomore and strictly played on the defensive side of the ball as a junior. He said there was no rust in making the move back to running back.
“I’d been playing running back my whole life, so it came naturally to me,” he said. “I just wanted to keep running hard. It was nothing new.”
As a result of his performance, however, Blue was able to enjoy a new experience, as he picked up his first scholarship offer. Blue called the San Diego State coaches earlier this week and was met with good news.
“They said they had been looking at me for a while and they wanted to offer as a defensive back,” Blue said. “I was happy. It’s my first one, so I’m happy to get that first one out of the way.”
After his performance, Blue said Wyoming has asked for his transcripts and he continues to hear from several programs. He said Colorado, Duke, Oregon, Oregon State and San Jose State have expressed interest.
Blue will visit San Diego State this fall, but said he is in no hurry to end his recruiting process.
“I’ve been down there for a passing tournament, but I want to see everything they have to offer,” Blue said of the Aztecs. “I want to see how the coaching staff is and the atmosphere at the school and stadium.
“I haven’t thought about committing. I don’t want to do that too early. I’ll make the decision when I can talk to my family and feel the time is right.”
There were plenty of surprises around the Southern California high school landscape in the opening week of the season, but few results caused more double takes than La Puente (Calif.