Sunday, July 28, 2013

Grizzlies leaving their imprint in the BCS ranks.

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Lately, the newest gateway to the Bowl Championship Series level is off of the cross streets of Cornelia and Dakota Avenues in Fresno - Central High School.

Since the 2011 graduating class, nine Grizzlies have now committed to a BCS level school. The newest commit is big 6-foot-3, 290-pound space eater Shariff Williams. The nose tackle/guard committed to Arizona on July 28.

Here's the former Grizzly standouts playing or getting ready for the BCS level:


Brendon Bigelow, wide receiver/kick returner, California
B.J. Kelley, wide receiver, Oregon


L.J. Moore,defensive back, Oklahoma
Hatari Byrd, safety, Oklahoma
Johnny Johnson, defensive back, UCLA


Tashon Smallwood, defensive tackle/end, USC
Nick Wilson, running back, Arizona
Devon Brewer, safety, Arizona
Shariff Williams, nose tackle/offensive guard, Arizona

If you think Central is done there, there's still other ex-Grizzlies who can add to the above list:

Michiah Quick (photo), a five-star athlete prospect according to and Rivals, is still uncommitted and has several PAC-12 offers, plus some from the Southeastern Conference. Wide receiver Louis Norris has Arizona State and Cal interested.

There's also the upcoming 2015 class, which can potentially be headlined by athlete Savion Simms and versatile defensive back Jovonte Page, both of whom became standouts at different passing tournaments over the spring and summer.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Hedelin a match up nightmare - on the offensive line

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We've heard about running backs, wide receivers, quarterbacks and tight ends who damage defenses in a variety of ways. Well, at City College of San Francisco, David Hedelin has proven to become a match up nightmare - as an offensive lineman.

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Hedelin is actually used in a variety of ways for CCSF. He's been moved around from the strong side, to the blind side and, he's even been utilized as a motion man, where he looks like a tight end ready to go for a pass, but instead uses his athleticism to pummel defenders.

He's freakishly quick for an offensive lineman. In fact, he reportedly runs a 4.85 40-yard dash time. While he does tend to come up too high, he's got enough power to win a one-on-one battle with a defender. He's also shown an ability to adjust his hips and leverage to gain the upper hand while blocking.

Offensive line coaches have to love his mean streak. After being in my film room, I didn't see Hedelin stopping on his blocks. He kept shoving his defender until his defender fell on his back. He keeps his legs and feet chopping on the ground.

Because of his quickness and athleticism, Hedelin may more than likely be a left tackle at the next level. The native of Stockholm, Sweden is already one of the most highly recruited junior college players with nearly 15 scholarship offers, including offers from Arkansas, Mississippi, USC, Oregon and Michigan State.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Hornet Hitman becomes a Bearcat

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Corey Ferguson of Fullerton College was a junior college prospect Cali Gold Mine highlighted with this May 23 feature.

At the time, Ferguson had just one scholarship offer: South Alabama of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

Now, Ferguson is joining the Cincinnati Bearcats' 2014 recruiting class.

The hard-hitting 5-foot-11, 190-pound cornerback gave his verbal commitment to the Bearcats on Monday, July 22. He took a visit last week to the Cincinnati campus and literally fell in love with the atmosphere.

Bearcat fans and coaches should love Ferguson. He's got a mean streak to his game. He's a massive hitter who's capable of setting the tone for a defense. I loved his ability to close quick on screen passes then blow that play up.

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Cali Gold Mine's founder a busy man, with TV and radio apperances!

It's really starting to pick up football wise for me and when you've done television and radio appearances in back-to-back weeks, you know the football stadium lights are coming back on real soon!

Got a chance to make my first local television appearance through the CBS Fresno affiliate KGPE CBS 47 through their "Sunday Sidelines" show on July 14. While I'll admit I was nervous in the beginning, I was glad to talk high school recruiting in the Central Section and the Reedley scene with weekend sports anchor Andrew Marden! It was a great two minute talk. Here's a photo of the segment:

Also, on Monday, July 22, I made another appearance on T.A.'s Scouting Scoop through Blog Talk Radio. This was the second time being on that great show hosted by well-respected Texas area scout Tony Austin, also known as T.A. On this episode, we compared the talent I've seen in the Central Section 2014 and 2015 classes with the prospects T.A has. Fun show!

Here's where you can listen:

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Junior and sophomore watch: The Central Section

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Cali Gold Mine highlighted some of the top Central Section prospects getting attention in the 2014 class. Now it's time to see which 2015 and 2016 guys could get more colleges flocking to the Central Valley.

One is a defensive tackle who's nearly at 20 offers, another is from a notable football family tree and there's also a big target from Mission Oak-Tulare who could make Hawk fans forget about Kevin Palma.

Here's some notable 2015 and 2016 Valley kids to watch out for, beginning with 2015:


* This 6-foot-5, 300-pound mountain hasn't been to his Senior prom yet. We don't even know if he's done his drivers test through the Department of Motor Vehicles and here he is sitting on nearly 20 scholarship offers. Wisconsin, Iowa, Miami, Alabama, Oklahoma and Fresno State are some of the names already after this high-motor run stopper who already looks like an NFL lineman. His strength makes him a blocking nightmare, even against double teams. He could end up either being the most highly recruited defensive lineman in California or perhaps the nation for 2015.

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* Horton (top photo) is part of the Johnny Sears and Cliff Harris family tree, since he's the young cousin of both former Central Valley sensations. Horton looks like he's going to be one of the next highly recruited Tigers with his off-season work. He's damaged cornerbacks in one-on-one coverage with out-jumping defenders for the ball. He's shown off a nice pair of hands and excellent foot separation to get open. He's also lined up at quarterback during the wildcat and can become a long run threat. Defensively, he's got long arms and cover speed to hang with wide receivers. He's grabbed the attention of Oklahoma so far.

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* Simms (photo) has the potential to become one of the fastest players in the Central Section this season and next. He's a deadly straight line runner who can leave a trail of dust as an X wide receiver. He became a valuable deep threat at Passing Down's Nor Cal Regional in Livermore last March. He's also shown skills as a cover cornerback who can stick to receivers and track the football. When he has the ball in his hands, he's a threat to score six points on offense and defense.

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* Page is another Central star in the making in the Grizzlies' secondary. He's shown versatility by bouncing between safety and cornerback. As a safety, he's shown to have good angle pursuits to the football and snatching the ball for interceptions. However, I've actually been more impressed with his ability to play cornerback, since he has long arms, upper body strength and plays with a mean streak. Defensive back coach and the D.B. guru Tony Perry just might use Page in a variety of ways in the Grizzlies secondary.


* Already the Most Valuable Player at the National Underclassmen Combine in Farmersville in March, Hamilton is carving a name for himself before he plays varsity football. Hamilton attacks openings through the middle of the offense efficiently on run plays. He's also an effective blitzer. What makes him intriguing, though, is his long arms. He'll need to work on his speed, but he'll form a nice linebacker tandem at Edison with the next prospect we're mentioning.

More on Hamilton:

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* The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Sams, who received a previous CGM profile, just flat out makes plays. He'll stuff the run, go sideline-to-sideline and, he'll disrupt passing plays with a break up or interception, an area he's improved on this summer. He's already had Clemson and USC show interest.

More on Sams:

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* Greeley was looking like the clear cut starter in replacing Arizona commit Khari McGee at quarterback. However, the 5-foot-11 Greeley is explosive enough to be utilized in a variety of ways. He's returned kicks and played wide receiver. He may have a future, though, as a cornerback because of coverage skills. Greeley is just like any other Edison DB - he'll jam at the line then shadow wide receivers. Right now, he's a better press corner. But he's got good closing pursuits on screen passes. Arizona State is his lone offer right now.

More on Greeley:

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* McCoy is considered a raw prospect, because this season will be his first as a tight end after being an offensive tackle. He's marketed himself as a tight end, though, at different tournaments. He's already shown some notable skills like becoming a red zone target, out-jumping defenders for the football and showing soft hands. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound McCoy is capable of being a red zone match up nightmare. He does show that he's still learning tight end, since he has a tendency to not complete his routes and lacks overall speed. However, with continued development, he'll potentially become one of the most sought-after tight ends in the state and perhaps convince the always run-oriented Bullard High to open up the passing game.


* Robles has been on a tear during the summer months at 7-on-7 tournaments. He's impressed with his rocket arm and field vision. However, at 6-foot-5 and built like a college basketball small forward, Robles has stunning mobility for a tall guy. He's almost Colin Kaepernick-like with his running ability and can throw on the run. El Diamante traditionally has been run-heavy, but the Miners may be convinced to open the playbook up for Robles. This could be the most highly-recruited quarterback in the Central Section for 2015.

More on Robles:

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* Haupt emerged as one of the best pass rushers on the Broncos. His first step is explosive and can get around blockers. He's got an excellent frame on him too at 6-foot-1 and 195-pounds. If he can improve his pass coverage, he could be a complete linebacker. So far, USC and Colorado have shown interest.

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* A tough, physical, 5-foot-10, 205-pound back, Olurunfunmi provided a solid change-of-pace back for head coach Cory Hall and the reigning Central Section Division-I champions. He's tough to bring down and is a determined runner. Washington and San Jose State are two schools showing interest.

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* The Bears won't have the electric Billy East for this upcoming season, since East will now play for Azusa Pacific. However, McClung helps ease that loss. He's had a huge summer with showing off his routes and breakout speed. He's already running in the 4.5 40-yard dash range and won several one-on-one match ups at different tournaments. Expect him to get the ball a lot at Buchanan.

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* McQuay has plenty of potential, especially if new head coach Mike Jacot opens the offense up. McQuay already has one speedy weapon at his arsenal with McClung. On his end, he's shown a strong pump fake and is an effective play action quarterback. He's also got mobility in him too and can roll out. He'll need to continue to build on his decision making, plus he'll need bulk down the road. But McQuay is capable of being a good one in the Clovis region this season and next.

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* The football and basketball star has had a productive summer, with impressing coaches at the BYU camp as a cover corner and being a huge playmaker at wide receiver at different tournaments. At 6-foot-2 and nearly 185-pounds, Jefferson is already a mismatch against many cornerbacks. His second gear when running, though, makes him a potential breakout star. He could be the next highly recruited Mission Oak player, since the Hawks already produced Stanford commit Kevin Palma.

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* An electrifying back down in Kern County, Mariscal is one of the most elusive runners in the Central Section. When he sees daylight, not too many defenders were fortunate enough to catch up to him. He's deadly on counter and fly sweep plays and has to be one of the best at making cut backs. So far, Boise State, Colorado and Colorado State have either shown interest or visited him at Liberty.

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* Wallace is another speedy back who can fake out defenders. Also, at 5-foot-9, 175-pounds, he's pretty powerful and can break through arm tackles. Though he's utilized more as a running back, he does have versatility and can catch passes. He's a touchdown machine in the Madera area.

More on Wallace:

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* Most of these running backs on the list are elusive ones. Quezada, however, is more of a north-south grinder. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Quezada is a throwback runner who punishes through arm tackles and drags defenders with him. He doesn't stop his feet after contact is made. If you love power backs, you'll probably love Quezada. He's already had this CGM feature.

More on Quezada:

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* He was the smallest defender last season for Immanuel at 5-foot-7, but Beckenhauer had six interceptions to lead the team. He's also showcased more of his skills at different camps with his closing speed, instincts and soft hands. Beckenhauer has improved his speed and has shown to blanket wide receivers. He's not much of a press cornerback right now, but he's got two more years to develop that trait. He's also a baseball star at Immanuel. His big plays helped key Immanuel's turnaround last season.

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* Hatch is a taller defensive option at 6-foot-2. His coverage skills and speed have been impressive this summer. He'll need muscle, but his tall frame, long arms, and instincts can help form a nice and underrated secondary tandem with Beckenhauer. He's also a solid return man for the Eagles.

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* King was pulled up to varsity as a freshman and led the team in tackles. His main strength is clogging up inside gaps and stuffing the run.


* Kelly looks like a grown man at 6-foot-2 and a chiseled 170-pounds. He's been productive at summer camps with his separation from defenders and ability to make the sideline grab. He's another capable red zone match up problem.


* He's a dangerous straight line runner and a deep threat. He's also shown good body control on catches and has spent most of his summer training with former Clovis West and Sacramento State wide receiver Elon Paige.


* Rare that a freshman gets a starting running back job at traditional Central Section powerhouse Tulare Union, but Harris was good enough to play on varsity. He's a tall and elusive back at 6-foot-1, 185-pounds. He led the team in rushing with 947 yards and 14 touchdowns.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Rep your city is coming

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Cali Gold Mine has partnered with Purpose Field and DB Nation to bring in one more 7-on-7 tournament before the fall season begins: The Rep Your City 7-on-7 Tournament at Clovis' Alta Sierra Middle School (behind Buchanan High School).

This event will allow teams to form their own talent from any Central Section high school and have their own choices of coaches. Event date is July 21, but deadline to register teams for pool play is Monday, July 15.

All players who plan to participate must pay a $10 fee to compete. Though its a 7-on-7 format that will see lots of passing, offenses are allowed to run option-style plays and defenses are allowed to blitz, but only once during an offensive series.

Also - something rarely heard about in a 7-on-7 tournament - overtime rules will feature a 1-on-1 battle between a wide receiver, a defensive back and the fight for the football.

Teams from Clovis, Hanford and Lemoore have already registered online, but there's still lots of time to get a team signed up for the July 21 event. The hope is to get between six to 12 teams on board to fill a bracket. Awards are also given out after the tournament.

Visit Purpose Field's link and register at the bottom:

Also visit the above link for rules and guidelines of the tournament. Contact Lorenzo J. Reyna at for any more questions or visit the Purpose Field site for more information.