Bob Stanton-US PRESSWIRE
With little news this week in terms of commitments, this week's article will be more focused on how our recruits are doing in the tail-end of their seasons.
We actually did have one new commit this week. Caleb Coleman, a local wideout from Saint Mary's College High School, committed last Thursday. Coleman is not a highly rated recruit, but has good size, hands, and looks like he can run. The main schools he is being recruited by are mostly Ivy leagues and other strong academic schools (Harvard, Yale, Northwestern). This leads me to believe that he can get it done in the classroom as well as on the field. Bravo.
Okay, now let's check out how the rest of our commits are doing in the playoffs.
Jared Goff, Marin Catholic- QB, was able to win his team the NCS Division III title on Saturday. They beat out a good El Cerrito team in a close game, final score being 31-28. Goff did not have an outstanding performance (only passed for 124 yards) but was able to make plays when it counted, running in a thirty yard score to give his team the lead in the 4th quarter. Goff also had 70 yards on the ground, which is impressive for a QB not noted for his mobility. Marin Catholic will move on to take on Sutter in the North Regional game Saturday.
Both Cameron Hunt, Centennial- OL, and Garret Hughes- DE will be competing for the CIF Southland Championship on Saturday after ousting fellow division powerhouse Vista Murietta on Friday night. Look for Saturday to be a great game, as they are taking on undefeated Harbor City Narbonne, a team loaded with D-1 talent. Hughes played okay last Saturday, registering 5 tackles total, while Hunt also played some defense, getting himself 3 tackles.
Victor Egu, De La Salle- OLB, led his De La Salle squad to another North Coast Section Championship again (surprise, surprise). The Spartans absolutely dismantled James Logan in a rainy game Saturday night, the final score being 52-7. The Spartans will likely move on to play Folsom next week in the Northern California Open division game. Best part of the game was when Egu took an interception to the house, registering one of four De La Salle interceptions on the night.
Darius Allensworth, Heritage High School-ATH: Heritage was knocked out of the playoff picture 2 weeks ago against Kaiser on, with a 13-7 loss on November 23rd.
AJ Richardson, Narbonne High School-WR, will be facing off against fellow recruits Cameron Hunt and Garret Hughes as he suits up for Narbonne this Saturday. That should be a great game to watch if you're a Cal fan.
Matt Anderson, San Ramon Valley-K, was knocked out of the playoffs several weeks ago by division rival Amador Valley in a close game, final score being 28-25.
Ramond Hudson, Foothill High School, TE- saw his squad demolished on November 17th against powerhouse California High School, final score being 36-6. However, the one bright spot for Foothill was the play of Hudson, who had an incredible game.
"The Falcon's offense wasn't able to get anything going on the ground or the passing game against the stout Grizzlies defense. Foothill ended the game with six "three and outs." The Falcons' one bright spot was an amazing play by senior tight end Ray Hudson.
With a little more than one minute left in the third quarter and Foothill at the 35-yard-line, Hudson caught a short pass, bulldozed his way passed two Grizzlies defenders and sprinted alongside the sideline for his team's only score of the night," said Godofredo Vasquez of the Pleasanton Patch.
Shon Akins, Norcross High School (Georgia)- CB, was able to get the upset against powerhouse Camden County of Kingsland Georgia on Friday night, with the final score being a surprising 34-20. Akins also had a monster game, totaling 9 tackles, 2 of them behind the line, 2 pass break ups, and 1 interception.
Chad Whitener, Mansfield High School- MLB led his team to an upset victory over Duxbury last week, final score being 23-19. Mansfield will now move onto the Superbowl (you know this is Texas high school football when there is a game titled that) against Reading, the same team they played last year in the championship game.
Torry McTyer, Cathedral High School- Athlete saw his team knocked out of playoff contention 2 weeks ago against a good Chaminade team. Final score was a blow out, 45-7
I'd say Shon Akins had the best performances last week. To have that big of an impact as a defensive back is very hard to do. Hopefully we can keep getting stud DBs from these Georgia high schools.
I'm optimistic now that the coaching situation has been ironed out, we will see a lot more activity on the recruiting front. You can't really blame recruits for not wanting to commit when our HC position was in the state limbo it was in the last few weeks.
If anyone is interested in the recruits we are currently going after you can check it out on ESPN's recruiting page here.
Some pretty big name guys on that list- I would love to land Montravius Adams. Hopefully Coach Dykes can snag some big time prospects.