High-SchoolCalifornia: Pio Vatuvei
January, 22, 2012
By Mark Tennis | ESPN.com
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Note: This is the third release of several highlighting the 33rd annual edition of the ESPNHS Cal-Hi Sports All-State Football Team. Still to come are All-State First Team, All-State Second Team and All-State Third Team. The medium schools team is comprised of players from Division III and some Division II schools that are eligible for our traditional state rankings.
Click here for the All-State Underclass teams (juniors, sophomores).
Click here for the list of those that were on our board as nominees for this year’s all-state teams in all divisions.
Led by Medium Schools State Player of the Year Ellis McCarthy, the strength of this year’s annual Cal-Hi Sports All-State Medium Schools Football Team is along the defensive line.
McCarthy has received numerous All-American accolades and was a major reason why his team from Monrovia won the CIF Southern Section Mid-Valley Division rankings. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound lineman just last week changed his college commitment from Cal to UCLA.
Joining McCarthy on the Medium Schools All-State defensive line are three others headed for the Pac-12 – Kyle Kelley from Woodbridge of Irvine (Arizona); Cory Littleton frome Mt. Miguel of Spring Valley (Washington); and Pio Vatuvei of Patterson (USC).
Two schools landed three players on either the first or second teams.
Lompoc has two on the first team with junior running back LaVon Coleman and junior kicker Jose Morales and one on the second with senior defensive back Colton Concellos.
Campolindo of Moraga has one on the first team with junior quarterback/running back Brett Stephens and two on the second team with senior defensive back Carl Thornton and senior receiver/defensive back Griffin Piatt. Both Thornton and Piatt cemented their status as all-state picks by each intercepting 12 passes for the 13-1 Cougars.
Here is the complete roster of the 2011 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Medium Schools Football Teams: