(El Monte) – Arroyo quarterback Steven Rivera has committed to play football for Whittier College this year Coach Jim Singiser confirmed Monday.
Rivera, a four year starter for the Knights, just finished a senior season in which he threw for over 3400 yards and 38 touchdowns with just five interceptions. He completed 246 of 380 passes for a percentage of .647 and a quarterback rating of 121.
Rivera also played safety for Arroyo and had 36 tackles and assisted on 28 others but he is going to Whittier as a quarterback.
“It’s huge for us. He is a kid we can build the program around,” said Whittier assistant Ted Clarke. “Remember how he came in as a freshman at Arroyo with Jim (Singiser) and now you see him four years later and how much he has progressed. We’re hoping for the same thing at Whittier.”
“I’m so happy for the kid,” Singiser said. “He is everything you would want in a player. He makes people better on campus. He makes people better in the classroom. He makes people better in the weight room, the film room and the locker room and it carries over to how he handled himself on the field.”
Rivera was also considering Cal Lutheran before ultimately choosing Whittier College.