I was looking over the new recruits we have in football, and then realized that we will lose our great Kicker John Baron II. And, I was wondering if Rocky and staff have come up with a replacement to take over in Spring ball, or not?
He did have a great career with us, and there has been no kicker who could hit 50+ yarders as well as him. He will be tough to replace.
They signed, Matt Ariaza, the San Diego first team All CIF kicker a year ago, who redshirted this past season. Great leg and also a punter. That was a well received signing and he is the heir apparent. You must have missed that.
goaztecs.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=4993 HIGH SCHOOL Kicked and punted for three years at local Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego, Calif. ... According to MaxPreps, connected on 37 of his 48 field goal attempts for his career with a long of 53 yards ... Also averaged 41.7 yards per punt (120 punts for 5,001 yards) with a long of 71 yards ... Out of 221 kickoffs, 179 went for touchbacks ... Had a solid senior campaign in 2017, making 12 of his 16 field goal attempts with a long of 53 yards, while punting 39 times for 1,712 yards (43.9 avg.) and finishing with touchbacks on 49 of his 51 kickoffs ... Also played some time as a defensive back ... His 37 field goals were a San Diego Section record, breaking former Aztec Nate Tandberg's 34, set from 1993-95 at the same Rancho Bernardo HS ... Was a MaxPreps Sophomore First-Team All-American and a first-team California Medium Schools pick ... A three-time all-CIF San Diego Section Kicker of the Year and two-time Palomar League Kicker of the Year ... A two-star recruit by 247sports and the 19th-best kicker by the outlet ... Also competed in soccer and track and field at RBHS ... In track and field, set the freshmen 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles school records.
PERSONAL Matthew Ryan Araiza was born May 16, 2000, in San Diego ... Son of Rico and Kerry Araiza ... Also received scholarship offers from Massachusetts and Montana, while being recruited by Stanford, Michigan, UCLA and San Diego ... Is majoring in biology.