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Azusa Pacific football head coach Victor Santa Cruz has announced nine more commitments who will join the Cougar football program for fall camp in August.

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July 9, 2013
Joe Reinsch

AZUSA, Calif. -- Azusa Pacific football head coach Victor Santa Cruz has announced the commitments of nine newcomers who will join the Cougar football program for the 2013 season. Previously, Santa Cruz had announced three transfers who enrolled at Azusa Pacific and participated in spring football practice, along with 15 signed commitments on college football’s national signing day in February.

Eight of the nine players will join Azusa Pacific directly from high school, while one player is a transfer who redshirted as a college freshman at another NCAA Division II program.

Brief biographical information for each new player is listed below, along with links to a high school highlight video and comments from Santa Cruz.


Chris Caraveo, DL; 6-2, 260
Alhambra HS (Alhambra, Calif.)
- Highlights

Santa Cruz: “As you get to know Chris, you understand how his determination to be successful in the classroom and as a person impacts how he’s become successful on the football field. This is a young man who’s hungry to be successful in life.”

Billy East, RB; 5-10, 190
Buchanan HS (Clovis, Calif.)
- Highlights

Santa Cruz: “Billy is a dynamic impact player who provides, in addition to athleticism, documented leadership throughout high school, and he will be well-served to call upon that at the next level.”

Christian Kama, OL; 6-5, 280
Redshirt freshman transfer (Saint Augustine’s University, Raleigh, N.C.)
Kailua HS (Waimanalo, Hawai‘i)
- Highlights

Santa Cruz: “Christian is a large, athletic young man out of Kailua High School, and we feel strongly about the combination of the person and the athlete that comes from that program. We feel confident that he will fit right in with our pursuit of excellence.”

Mitch Lomax, TE/DE; 6-4, 240
Lake Oswego HS (Lake Oswego, Ore.)
- Highlights

Santa Cruz: “Mitch’s father, Neil, had a successful football career as a quarterback at NCAA Division II (Portland State) and in the NFL. Mitch is charting his own path as a two-way player, and he’s an outstanding young man. He brings solid size, and we need people who can play both ways and learn both sides of the ball.”

Ken Norton III, WR/DB; 6-2, 185
Issaquah HS (Issaquah, Wash.)
- Highlights

Santa Cruz: “Genetics are a strong statement with the history of athletes in the Norton family. What stood out even stronger to us was how Kenny plays on the field and who he is when you meet him in person. We’re proud to have such a dynamic young man join our program.”

Matt Orzech, TE/DE; 6-4, 220
Paloma Valley HS (Menifee, Calif.)
- Highlights

Santa Cruz: “Matt is a two-way player out of Paloma Valley, and in our offense we love to be able to stretch the field with the tight end position. Matt is extremely bright academically and wants to major in physics, so we’re excited to see him grow and compete within our program.”

Anthony Rios-Carlsen, LB; 6-2, 195
Canoga Park HS (Canoga Park, Calif.)
- Highlights

Santa Cruz: “Anthony brings an understanding of the heritage of Cougar football, and he’s the type of person and athlete who can help lead us into our program’s new era of NCAA Division II football.”

Jason Schwartz, DL; 6-3, 230
Dos Pueblos HS (Goleta, Calif.)
- Highlights

Santa Cruz: “Jason is a long, rangy defensive end with a motor that doesn’t stop. We enjoyed our visit with Jason and his family, and you can tell his priorities are well-placed.”

Tyran Shaw, DL; 6-4, 285
Roosevelt HS (Corona, Calif.)
- Highlights

Santa Cruz: “Tyran provides a physical presence on the defensive line, and we’re excited for a chance to coach him. We’re equally as excited for his eagerness to experience the transformational coaching style we have at Azusa Pacific, which focuses on the growth and development of the person.”