First off, let me just share my gratitude to all of you reading this by saying thanks once again for another year with Cali Gold Mine.
Thank you to all prospects, parents, coaches and trainers for letting me know who to look out for on the recruiting trail. Another thank you goes to all the coaches from the junior college level to the Bowl Championship Series ranks who have followed CGM. Hope CGM continues to be a reliable tool to help learn more about prep and JC players and then deciding to recruit them.
As most of my readers know I work full-time in Reedley with the Reedley Exponent, which continues to keep me afloat in a great way. I also serve as the coverage writer for Passing Down, the premiere 7-on-7 tournament in California that's brought out some of the top players up and down the state.
Which leads me to this statement.
Passing Down's first regional is already one week from now (March 9). The tournament has grown every year and I'm ecstatic to see who will be on the field for this go-around.
This is where CGM goes on a brief hiatus. March to April is when my recruiting writing focus will be through Passing Down. I highly encourage all of you to check out the Passing Down website. There will be more great content including highlight videos and more prospects being blown up through the pen, pad and laptop.
I don't know how often I'll update CGM in the next two months. But if this blog is quiet, you know why. It's because I'll be looking to see who will become the next Joe Mixon (Oklahoma), Su'a Cravens (USC), Cody Kessler (USC), Brendan Bigelow (Cal), Brad Kaaya (Miami), Adarius Pickett (UCLA), Michael Lazarus (Fresno State), Manny Wilkins (Arizona State) or Marcus McMaryion (Oregon State) at Passing Down.
The road to the Best of the West Finals starts in Livermore. I'm already excited about the teams coming out and the 2015-16 prospects ready to break out.
Cali Gold Mine will be back. But once again, it's time for Passing Down to turn up!
Lorenzo J. Reyna