A huge senior year could be on the horizon - if going undetected truly motivates these guys. Here's some notable names that could surprise with a breakout 2013-2014 season beginning with Fresno County:
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* Kind of hard to imagine a Central player flying under the radar, especially considering how stacked the Grizzlies are. But Freeman hasn't generated a lot of buzz during the recruiting season and has spent most of his time battling for playing time. However, Freeman did impress at the Fresno State 7-on-7 tournament in June with his ability to spy on the quarterback, then jump on a pass route for the pick as a safety. He's also improved his closing speed on passing plays at other tournaments. On offense, he's not the quickest receiver, but is a nice route runner and can make the middle grabs. He runs a 4.6 40-yard dash and has a vertical jump of 35 inches. While he may have had a solid off-season, it's now more about what he does when the season kicks off on Aug. 24 at Valor Christian of Colorado. Freeman's work ethic could intrigue someone.
More on Freeman: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/654100/teofilo-freeman
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EDGAR SEGURA, RB, MENDOTA
* An all-purpose back who's a threat to rush for over 3,000 yards and score 50 touchdowns, Segura has to be one of the best kept secrets in the Central Section. He's also the owner of two section championships and since he's been on varsity, he's yet to play on a Mendota team that failed to win a title. Segura ran for 2,507 yards and scored 41 touchdowns last season.
More on Segura: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1-imFCnIVA
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DEJONTE O'NEAL, RB/DB, BULLARD
* O'Neal (middle sprinting) is another all-purpose back used in a lot of ways with the always run heavy Knights. He's an ankle-breaking machine at running back with his deadly cutback ability. He's also added muscle to his frame thanks to a rigorous off-season speed/strength training program through former Bullard High standout Travon Jones. O'Neal has now gone from 160-pounds to between 170-175. He holds one offer from Eastern Washington, but as the carries and yards pile up, so might the scholarship offers.
More on O'Neal: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/412864/dejonte-oneal
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IVAN ESPIRITU, GUARD/CENTER, REEDLEY
* The leaner 6-foot-3, 270-pound Espiritu is capable of playing all five line spots. He proved that last season. He'll enter the 2013 season as one of the best run blockers in the section and new head coach Mike Vogt plans to run the football down the middle - a lot.
More on Espiritu: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1749747/ivan-espiritu
KYLE RIDDERING, OT/DE, CLOVIS NORTH
* He's tall and athletic at 6-foot-6, 240-pounds. He's also a gritty run blocker for a Broncos team that's thrived off of a two-headed monster backfield. Riddering plays center and tackle on the offensive line, but because of his frame and feet, he'll likely be considered as a future left tackle if football is in his future. He also plays basketball for Clovis North.
More on Riddering: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/437459/kyle-riddering
HARRISON CRAWFORD, DE, CLOVIS NORTH
* Crawford missed last season, but several voices in Clovis have said he's the nastiest defensive linemen the two-time defending champions have. Crawford has shown a bull rush and consistent rip move at different linemen camps. If he's healthy and keeps the off-season momentum going, he could become the Broncos' top pass rusher, especially since monster 6-foot-5, 300-pound junior Jacob Daniel will command lots of attention this fall.
More on Crawford: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqHk_YVAR4o
MICHAEL MECHIKOFF, DB, CLOVIS NORTH
* The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Mechikoff might be the best ball-hawking defender in the Broncos' secondary. Mechikoff shows off excellent angle pursuits and football smarts with spotting the football, then making the jump for it. Mechikoff had five interceptions for Clovis North and he gets his coaching from former NFL safety Cory Hall.
More on Mechikoff: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/454341/highlights/40625380
JOHN PAZ, DE, CLOVIS
* Paz is considered undersized at 6-foot-1, 230-pounds, but he's like any Cougar defensive linemen: He's tough, competitive and he'll eat up the run. If he can improve his hand technique and rely more on a swim or rip move this upcoming season, he could be in for an all-county season.
More on Paz: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1568727/john-paz
KALONN MILTON, DB, BUCHANAN
* A versatile athlete who's also played running back and wide receiver, Milton seems to swing more toward defense, and he's a valuable shut down cornerback there. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Milton closes fast on screen passes then punishes wide receivers. Milton has looked impressive at different camps with his ability to jam and single cover receivers. On a Buchanan defense with highly-touted safety Adam Soesman getting Bowl Championship Series offers, Milton could see the ball get more thrown his way instead of where Soesman is.
More on Milton: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/934864/highlights
YASMON HAYNES, OL/DL, EDISON
* A powerful bull-rusher at defensive end, Haynes shows off a quick first step and helps wreck havoc up front for the Tigers' defensive line. He's a disruptive force and hard to block with his speed.
More on Haynes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UH8ubm9Qj0A
BRANDON STEELE, QB, KINGSBURG
* Got to wonder what position Steele plays at the next level, since he runs like a fullback and has a tight end body at 6-foot-3, 230-pounds. He combined for 2,819 yards running and throwing and had 36 touchdowns. When he takes off and runs, he looks for contact and is one of the hardest quarterbacks to bring down.
More on Steele: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UH8ubm9Qj0A
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DARIAN DUCKETT, FB/MLB, BULLARD
* He's physical on both sides of the football. The 5-foot-11, 220-pounder likes burying his shoulder into linebackers as a fullback, then shows a solid nose for the football on defense as a middle linebacker.
More on Duckett: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1137128/highlights