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    Santa Margarita football adds St. John Bosco’s Max Amasio to group of recent transfers
    • January 12, 2024

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    The group of football transfers joining Santa Margarita added its most notable name yet Friday with the confirmed arrival of defensive lineman Max Amasio from St. John Bosco.

    The junior, who earned first-team All-Trinity League honors in the fall, said he has enrolled at Santa Margarita.

    Amasio (5-11, 255) led St. John Bosco with 14 sacks and finished sixth in total tackles with 61.

    Amasio was selected defensive player of the year for the regular season by the Trinity League Football Podcast. He played especially well in the Braves’ 28-0 win against Mater Dei in the teams’ Trinity League showdown.

    Santa Margarita, coming off a 5-6 record in the fall, has added several other transfers since the season ended.

    Two Mater Dei sophomores, wide receiver Jonah Smith (6-1, 172) and defensive back Jayden Crowder (5-10, 160), have confirmed their enrollment at Santa Margarita.

    Smith, a second-team all-league selection, had 27 receptions for 363 yards and eight TDs last season to help Mater Dei capture CIF-SS Division 1, state and national championships. His eight touchdown receptions ranked second on the team.

    Crowder had an interception and blocked two field goals.

    Los Alamitos sophomore linebacker Ivrick Carrigan (5-11, 205) also confirmed his enrollment at Santa Margarita. He was a first-team All-Sunset League selection in the fall after racking up 79 total tackles and 10 pass breakups for the league champion Griffins.

    Xavier Prep junior offensive lineman Elijah Vaikona (6-8, 345) also confirmed his enrollment at Santa Margarita. He started classes at the school Monday.

    St. John Bosco has added Servite wide receiver Ethan Naudin (6-1, 185). The junior confirmed this week that he has enrolled at the reigning league champion.

    Naudin finished last season with 19 catches for 455 yards (23.9 yards per reception) and three TDs for the Division 2 runner-up Friars.

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