I would echo CollegeParentNoMore's comments about the SoCal options. The JC conference in OC is loaded with talented teams that have starters full of potential D1 futures. Lots of players did not have the grades to get into the incredibly competitive UC schools so they are looking for a restart at the JC. But I've heard some parents say it is incredibly difficult to get opportunities to play, so a kid better be certain the JC coach really is committed to them. I know one first team all league pitcher from our league who got a whopping 4 innings as a freshman on his local JC team. He too thought he could develop at the JC and then get a second chance at the recruiting, but that chance seems remote going into his last year at the JC.
I suppose the JC route is no different than the four-year route. Make sure you go where the love (and opportunity) is.