Long Beach (Calif.) Poly has a reputation that goes way back for developing defensive backs. Former UCLA and now Green Bay Packer DB Marques Anderson, starting USC safety Darnell Bing and Notre Dame freshman Freddie Parrish are just a few of recent former standout Poly defensive backs.
The tradition continues with cornerback Byron Velega (6-0, 181, 4.44).
Velega was selected all-league as a junior after racking up 42 tackles, ten pass breakups and three picks in 2002.
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In Poly’s opener against Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair, Velega racked up seven tackles, three pass breakups, one blocked field goal, and one fumble recovery in Poly’s 35-12 victory.
In Poly’s second game, Velega had four tackles after spending the night being locked up with the tight end against Clovis (Calif.) East’s Wing T offense.
Velega has received calls and verbal offers from Cal, Oregon, UCLA, Oregon State, Oregon, Wyoming, San Diego State, Utah and Boise State.
“I am going to attend the UCLA game this weekend,” Velega said. “I will be going to the game with my Dad.”
Poly has another tough game this Friday at Santa Fe Springs (Calif.) Saint Paul at 7:00 PM PST.