Who’s Next? Cody Bellinger, Sean McVay lead young contingent rising fast in SoCal sports scene
By Clay Fowler
The youngest head coach in NFL history. The youngest Dodgers position player ever selected to an All-Star game. The reigning NFL defensive rookie of the year.
Southern California is home to plenty of budding young talent, not all of which fits onto the list of the 50 Most Powerful in Southern California Sports – yet.
Here are five fast-rising candidates for next year.
1. Cody Bellinger, 22, Dodgers Outfielder
Perhaps Major League Baseball’s most powerful hitter, Bellinger began the season in the minor leagues before he was called up only because of an injury to the Dodgers’ Joc Peterson. Despite giving the league a 20-game head start, the rookie surged to the top of the NL home run leaders, setting MLB records in the process for fastest ever to 21 home runs and six multi-home run games, which helped land him a spot in the All-Star game.
2. Sean McVay, 31, Rams Head Coach
The youngest coach in NFL history will draw plenty of intrigue as he attempts to build a winner in the country’s second-largest market. After the Rams’ underwhelming arrival last year included just four wins courtesy of an anemic offense, the offensive-minded McVay may be the right solution at the right time.
3. Andy Enfield, 48, USC Basketball Coach
After taking over a struggling program that produced six wins in 2012, Enfield will enter his fifth season coming off consecutive NCAA tournament appearances with the potential to land in the preseason top 15. USC’s win total has risen each year under the former Florida Gulf Coast coach and the Trojans are expected to compete for a Pac-12 title with Arizona and UCLA next season.
4. Joey Bosa, 22, Chargers Defensive End
Arguably the team’s best player based on his promising his rookie season, Bosa’s star is rising just as the Chargers are moving to the country’s second-largest […]