Loyola offensive lineman Sam Yoon is a rising star on and off discipline


Fourth in a sequence of tales profiling high highschool soccer gamers within the Southland by place.

The mixture of a father who was born in Korea and a mom who’s half Irish and Polish has resulted in a 6-foot-4, 290-pound teenager who lifeless lifts greater than 500 kilos, has by no means obtained a grade aside from A in highschool and performs offensive deal with as if it have been crucial place on a soccer discipline.

“My mother will all the time say a giant think about my dimension could be consumption of milk,” mentioned senior Sam Yoon of Los Angeles Loyola. “I’d undergo a number of gallons rising up.”

It’s simple to seek out constructive issues to say about Yoon, who has a 4.8 grade-point common, was elected scholar physique president and had one scholar say on Twitter, “He’s the nicest scholar on campus.”

However good doesn’t get you anyplace within the soccer trenches besides being pushed again in your butt. Yoon didn’t begin enjoying deal with soccer till his freshman 12 months. That’s when he needed to get snug utilizing his dimension to dish out punishment as a blocker.

“I keep in mind a giant, athletic child who simply hadn’t performed earlier than,” coach Drew Casani mentioned. “Like several first-year man, it’s getting used to pads and helmets and the physicalness of the sport. We might inform straight away he was going to be athletic and robust. It was how powerful he could be. Now he’s ending guys and has just a little nasty streak in him.”

Yoon might all the time watch movie of his father, Ed, an undersized lineman at Beverly Hills Excessive, on the right way to scrap and hustle. It’s rubbed off on him.

“I’m relentless,” he mentioned. “Between the whistle I cannot cease. I by no means trash discuss anyone and I’m aware about being a superb sport. In the course of the play, I’m not your pal.”

Yoon is sort of a sponge with every part he is taught within the classroom, which helps clarify how he obtained A’s in Superior Placement English, AP U.S. Historical past, AP Chemistry and Honors Latin III on his final report card. He scored 1550 on the SAT out of 1600.

In soccer, he additionally listens.

“Our coaches all the time discuss we’re probably the most underneath appreciated and underneath acknowledged however we do most essential job of on the sphere,” he mentioned.

Defending the quarterback and creating alternatives for working backs definitely make Yoon a participant to look at. He has made regular progress every season and there’s each motive to suppose his greatest days are forward. In the course of the summer season, after Loyola’s five-game spring season, school provides beginning rolling in from Pac-12 faculties like UCLA, USC and California.

“I’ve little question he can play at subsequent degree,” Casani mentioned. “He has the work ethic and intelligence and competitiveness of a man who can actually play for a very long time.”

Casani remembers having Yoon in a freshman P.E. class, and Yoon was decided to verify he was one of the best P.E. participant in final frisbee and badminton.

“I consider doing is one of the best type of studying,” Yoon mentioned.

Friday: Matayo Uiagalelei, St. John Bosco tight finish.


Zach Eagle, Chaminade, 6-7, 310, Sr. Made main progress in offseason.

Earnest Greene, St. John Bosco, 6-5, 330, Sr. Hardest to beat on bull rush.

George Iyalomhe, Cypress, 6-3, 290, Sr. Measurement, power, good fundamentals.

Wendell Moe, Lengthy Seashore Poly, 6-3, 330, Sr. Moore League lineman of the 12 months.

Phillip Ocon, St. Francis, 6-4, 320, So. Going to be a big-time school recruit.

Samiuela Sefa, Bishop Alemany, 6-3, 320, Sr. Bodily, efficient blocker.

Jake Steele, Murrieta Valley, 6-4, 260, Sr. San Jose State commit with 4.3 GPA.

BJ Tolo, Mater Dei, 6-1, 290, Jr. Shall be uncommon four-year OL starter in 2022.

Michael Wooten, Sierra Canyon, 6-6, 290, Sr. Has dedicated to Oregon.

Sam Yoon, Loyola, 6-4, 290, Sr. Quickly bettering OT with 4.8 GPA.

This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Occasions.



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