High school football transfers tracker: Which top players are switching schools?

Sophomore Wyatt Becker of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame's reaction to USC and UCLA moving to the Big Ten: "What the heck?"
Former Sherman Oaks Notre Dame High quarterback Wyatt Becker will play for Sierra Canyon this fall. (Eric Sondheimer / Los Angeles Times)

Unlike the college transfer portal, there's no official high school transfer portal even though there are hundreds of sports transfers in Southern California each year.

Considering the number of top players moving around, it's time to launch a transfer tracker for Southern California football.

According to CIF rules, players who transfer and physically move along with their family are eligible immediately at the new school. If a player transfers and doesn't move, there's a sit-out period of close to 50% of the season. The date athletes become eligible after sitting out is Sept. 22 for the City Section and Sept. 25 for the Southern Section.

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Listed players are confirmed as having switched schools through social media or from coaches, parents or players. Their transfer eligibility remains uncertain until paperwork is submitted to the Southern Section or City Section. Names will be updated each week, with the latest at the top.

Phillip Bell

Former school: Sacramento Christian Brothers

New school: Bishop Alemany

Position: Receiver

Year in the fall of 2023: Junior

Buzz: 247sports has him ranked No. 26 overall player from the class of 2025.

TJ Ford

Former school: Chaminade

New school: Newbury Park

Position: Defensive lineman

Year in the fall of 2023: Senior

Buzz: He's 300 pounds with three years of varsity experience and improving strength.

Wyatt Becker

Former school: Sherman Oaks Notre Dame

New school: Sierra Canyon

Position: Quarterback

Year in the fall of 2023: Junior

Buzz: Becker started at quarterback for Notre Dame as a sophomore and has several college scholarship offers.

Steele Pizzella

Former school: Simi Valley

New school: Sherman Oaks Notre Dame

Position: Quarterback

Year in the fall of 2023: Junior

Buzz: It's like Pizzella is part of a three-way trade, with Becker going to Sierra Canyon, a player to be named later to Simi Valley and Pizzella to Notre Dame, where new coach Evan Yabu will rely on him to rebuild the Knights.

Alonzo Esparza

Former school: Sierra Canyon

New school: Los Alamitos

Position: Quarterback

Year in the fall of 2023: Junior

Buzz: Esparza started at Culver City as a freshman, started at Sierra Canyon as a sophomore and now will try to be the replacement for Malachi Nelson at Los Alamitos.

Devin Bragg

Former school: Los Alamitos

New school: Sierra Canyon

Position: Defensive back

Year in the fall of 2023: Junior

Buzz: One of the fastest players in the state, Bragg's stepfather, Bruce Bible, took a job at Sierra Canyon, so he's moved with him for football and track.

Madden Faraimo

Former school: San Diego Cathedral

New school: San Juan Capistrano JSerra

Position: Linebacker

Year in the fall of 2023: Junior

Buzz: He was one of the top young defensive players in San Diego. Faraimo's sister, Megan, is a star softball player at UCLA.

Michael Tollefson

Former school: San Juan Hills

New school: San Juan Capistrano JSerra

Position: Quarterback

Year in the fall of 2023: Junior

Buzz: There's no reason Tollefson can't become a promising prospect in the Trinity League for new coach Victor Santa Cruz after starting for two years at San Juan Hills.

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Tyler Parker

Former school: Santa Margarita.

New school: Irvine Crean Lutheran

Position: Defensive lineman

Year in the fall of 2023: Junior

Buzz: Parker has attracted a social media following for his strength, work ethic and physique.

Marcellus Ryan

Former school: Gardena Serra

New school: Orange Lutheran

Position: Defensive back

Year in the fall of 2023: Sophomore

Buzz: Ryan made major contributions in the Serra secondary as a freshman and decided to move closer to his home in Orange County.

Tagg Harrison

Former school: Oxnard Pacifica

New school: Westlake

Position: Quarterback

Year in the fall of 2023: Junior

Buzz: Has passed for nearly 3,000 yards the last two seasons while sharing time.

Prince Gentle

Former school: Chaminade

New school: Birmingham

Position: Defensive back

Year in the fall of 2023: Junior

Buzz: With 4.5-second 40-yard speed, Gentle should fit in perfectly for the defending City Section champions.

Kobe Boykin

Former school: Orange

New school: Los Alamitos

Position: Running back

Year in the fall of 2023: Senior

Buzz: He's a longtime Utah commit with outstanding athleticism.

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Jett White

Former school: Orange

New school: Los Alamitos

Position: Defensive back

Year in the fall of 2023: Junior

Buzz: Was committed to USC. Has the potential to be a top player.

Jason Mitchell

Former school: Gardena Serra

New school: St. John Bosco

Position: Defensive back

Year in the fall of 2023: Senior

Buzz: Has lots of scholarship offers.

Nikko Klemm

Former school: Eugene (Ore.) Sheldon

New school: Gardena Serra

Position: Defensive back

Year in the fall of 2023: Senior

Buzz: He's the son of Oregon assistant Adrian Klemm and highly regarded as a cornerback.

Jakob Coleman

Former school: Orange

New school: Orange Lutheran

Position: Defensive back

Year in the fall of 2023: Junior

Buzz: He had 39 solo tackles as a sophomore at Orange.

Isaiah Rubin

Former school: Desert Pines in Nevada.

New school: Los Alamitos

Position: Defensive back

Year in the fall of 2023: Senior

Buzz: He's 6 feet 1 with several scholarship offers.

Sirr Bible

Former school: Los Alamitos

New school: Sierra Canyon

Position: Linebacker

Year in the fall of 2023: Junior

Buzz: Started as a sophomore for Sunset League champions.

Jaden O'Neal

Former school: Los Alamitos

New school: Newport Harbor

Position: Quarterback

Year in the fall of 2023: Sophomore

Buzz: A very talented young quarterback who could end up being one of the best from the class of 2026.

Maki Stewart

Former school: Los Alamitos

New school: Bishop Alemany

Position: Offensive tackle

Year in the fall of 2023: Junior

Buzz: At 6 feet 6, 290 pounds, his size alone attracts attention.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.