The time is right for me to weigh in.... I had to step out or away from this thread until I believed I had the right story not rumor and some better perspective and less emotion
I'll start with nothing ever shocks me, there is no doubt many factors were at play and in this situation some of those made enough sense to support the outcome. The Booty's have moved on.
The background here also when looked at historically are southern state transfers when John David Booty made it to USC. Football brought them here and now football is taking them somewhere they feel is best for the Booty football family and this includes jobs for dad and grandad as coach and AD of a Christian Private School that has just doubled its enrollment with a new state of the art campus just outside San Antonio Texas. Texas as we know is a football haven.
My initial take here is the "Family" were not just interested in watching the General play but in coaching him and using this opportunity to incorporate employment. That was not going to happen at CDM and I think this now answers my question why the heck did no Trinity School nab this kid? As a Sea King faithful this was always my concern, yet again as in most sports losing your #1 player as a public to a private. Would Rollo hire the Booty Clan as coaches or advisors?
Seems the Booty Brand hit the lotto and as disappointed as I am I wish them the best. Honestly for the past two days I kept myself from logging on and simply saying "I'm done with high school football".
My take on the present and fall out,
I kept reserved on my real gut feelings on this board as far as Sunset. How many publics in OC or in the Sunset League could say the have three D1 kids at QB and receivers? The Booty, Humphries, Redman trio would simply carve up the Sunset League. And they may even still with Ethan Garbers. This kids abilities have been shadowed by the notion General Booty is the next J.T. Daniels and Garbers needs to find another school as if he would never take another snap in the wake of the General. So the one positive here maybe as stated, CDM can now focus on one thing as opposed to this QB controversy that has been brewing for over a year.
As much as I have been counting the days the see Booty suit up and take the field as a Corona Del Mar Sea King I did so with apprehension. Knowing a stellar year as a Sophmore would get too much attention and with threats of transferring to a Trinity, an Oak Christian or out of state. In reality a bigger blow for the program could have unfolded like this, Ethan Garbers transfers if, when Booty wins staring QB. Booty plays stellar transfers out as a Jr. leaving CDM with neither. This new era of high school sport leaves one cheering for team success yet at the peril that such success guts your program. Tough spot for the school and the fan.
Remember the verdict was still out on actually whom would be CDM's starter. Whom was actually better and whom was more ready the Sophomore or Junior? The Garbers family is obviously a deeply invested in their community, the kids growing up here and their son Chase a storied athlete at CDM. A D1 recruit by Cal. There is a lot of support for the Garber Family at CDM. I believe the mom heads the Boosters. So now the unknown has become the known. Time to get to work and I have no doubt Ethan will flourish at his role.
The CDM program is in great hands under Coach O' Shea. This is a program on the rise. The amount of local kids that want to play for him is staggering. Will Booty's departure hurt? Surely as stated, any loss of depth hurts, losing any D1 considered talent hurts. Moral, certainly the General led these Seahawks of Newport to championship heights. But we move on. CDM is offering one of the best high school programs in the county. They have moved to the Sunset. They are playing a Trinity. They have scheduled a public powerhouse in San Clemente. They are going after respect and are focused on being held in the conversation when you talk publics, MV, SC, LH and Ed.
My last thought on this story is this...., it is not just CDM that took a hit but all of Orange County. Some of you are possibly taking satisfaction in the blow to CDM, (Come on Sunset guys be honest!) but I can honestly say you are all losing an opportunity to watch a real good kid play QB here at home. We all lose.