Monday, June 24, 2013

Segura sizzles

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He looks small at 5-foot-9, plays for the tiny town of Mendota and his high school has played at the lowest level of competition in the Central Section at the Division-VI level.

You know what I say regarding Mendota 2014 running back Edgar Segura? Throw out his size, forget about where he plays at or what level of competition he's in. The kid can flat out play after watching him in my film room and from following his career in Fresno.

You're already looking at one of the most underrated running backs in the Central Section and perhaps the entire state. You could also be looking at a serious threat to rush for over 3,000 yards, especially since Segura ran for 2,507 yards as a junior with 41 touchdowns.

He's one of the most elusive runners in the Central Valley. He'll juke out defenders and run circles around people. He's also surprisingly strong for a kid who's nearly 165-pounds. Segura breaks through arm tackles and can knock defenders to the turf with his shoulders. His patience with allowing his blocks to get set up is a plus. His stature also makes him effective to play hide-and-seek with defenders, where he runs behind his linemen, then burst through an opening he sees.

He does tend to run upright and can work on consistently running at a low center of gravity. He's not the fastest running back and does get caught from behind. However, he's a workhorse and also an effective deep threat as a wide receiver.

He's been a Marshall Faulk-type back for the Aztecs, since Mendota uses him in so many ways as a runner and receiver. He'll need to add muscle to his frame if he goes the college route, regardless of NCAA level. He's had UNLV taken interest according to his head coach Beto Mejia.

I honestly don't care about the level of competition Segura is playing in. He can probably still be a 1,200 yard back at the D-I level in the Central Section. He's also a cornerstone for Mendota High with back-to-back section titles. He's become a big fish in Mendota's pond and has proven to be capable of swimming alongside some of the best players in the Central Valley.

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