10 Eagles Commit
Congratulations to QB Cameron Burke (Oberlin), LB Jacob Bower (Nebraska), WR Niko Lopez (Colorado State), DB Donovan Comestro (Holy Cross), OL Jalani Liva (Southern Utah), DB Ben Durham (Utah), RB Jake Foye (Santa Barbara CC), QB Jaxon Potter (Washington State), DL Collins Acheampong (Miami), and OL Simeon Maiava (New Mexico State) from the class of 2022 who have committed to play football at the next level.
12 Eagles named All-Trinity
QB Jaxon Potter, WR Emmett Mosley, WR Niko Lopez, DB Donovan Comestro, DL LeVar Talley, and LB Jacob Bower were named first team All-Trinity League. OL Jalani Liva, WR Bain Eiseman, WR Trent Mosley, DB Josh Tuchek, LB Gage Burnett, and LB Noah Sulick were named 2nd team All-Trinity League.
Brett Neilon '17 Rimington Finalist
Following the 2022 season, USC center and Team Captain Brett Neilon '17 was named a one of three finalists for the Rimington Trophy, which is presented annually to the nation's best center. Brett appeared in 47 games (starting 42) in his career with the USC Trojans. In 2022 he was a First-team All-American. In 2021 he was an All-Pac-12 honorable mention and Pro Football Focus All-Pac-12 first team. He also won USC’s Co-John McKay Award.
Carson Palmer - College Football HOF
Congratulations to 1998 Santa Margarita graduate Carson Palmer for being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The winner of the 2002 Heisman Trophy, Carson Palmer helped ushered in a new era of dominance at USC and finished his career as the Pac-10's all-time leading passer. At Santa Margarita Carson led the Eagles to 2 CIF-SS championships and the 1997 California Division II State Championship.
* SMCHS competes in the Trinity League which is ranked as the toughest High School Football league in America.