Highly recruited Diablo Valley College defensive end Morgan Breslin has orally committed to USC, choosing the Trojans over Miami, Iowa, Boise State and UCLA.

Breslin, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound Las Lomas High graduate, had 28 sacks over two years with the Vikings. Breslin, who recently decommitted from UCLA, plans to sign Wednesday as a midyear transfer.

Miami made a late push for Breslin, but his mind was made up when Trojans defensive coordinator Ed Orgeron made him an offer two weeks ago.

"It was not really a question: When USC offered me I was like running up and down the street," said Breslin, projected as a weakside defensive end in college.

Diablo Valley coach Mike Darr said a scholarship at USC popped open for Breslin when Trojans defensive end Nick Perry decided to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

Breslin's relentless style of play and versatility elevated him in the recruiting process.

"He's the best football player we've ever had," Darr said. "He played like it for two years and prepared like it every day. He's got a tremendous future."

College

Stanford right-hander Mark Appel, a Monte Vista High graduate, was named a first-team preseason All-American on Tuesday by Collegiate Baseball.

Appel was 6-7 with a 3.02 ERA over 1101/3 innings as the team's No. 1 starter last season.


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Cal junior second baseman Tony Renda and Stanford infielder Kenny Diekroeger made the second team.

Collegiate Baseball ranked Stanford No. 3 and Cal No. 22 in its preseason poll.

  • The Santa Clara women's soccer team has landed one of the country's best goal scorers in 6-foot striker Morgan Marlborough, who told the Bay Area News Group that she is transferring from Nebraska to join the Broncos. Marlborough, an All-Big Ten first-team selection in 2011, must sit out a year before playing her senior season in Santa Clara in 2013.

    Soccer

    The Earthquakes open training camp Jan. 16 and will take trips to Portland, Tucson and Ventura to prepare for the 2012 season, the team announced Tuesday. San Jose opens the season March 10 at Buck Shaw Stadium.

    The highlight of the preseason will be a four-team tournament with the host Portland Timbers, Chivas USA and AIK Fotboll of Sweden from Feb. 26 to March 5. The Quakes expect to announce game dates in Tucson and Ventura in the coming weeks.

    Bay Area News Group staff writer Elliott Almond and wire services contributed to this report.