Sunday, October 5, 2014

On the Golden State recruiting trail: Colorado State has its eyes on two quarterbacks

J.C. Robles of El Diamante-Visalia aims to throw it deep during a summer 2014 7-on7 football tournament at Clovis East High School. Robles added his second scholarship offer, this time from Colorado State (photo by Christy Sharp).
J.C. Robles of El Diamante-Visalia told Cali Gold Mine on Sunday, Oct. 5, that he's reopened his recruiting process - after Colorado State extended a scholarship offer to him.

The Rams are now the second offer for the Miners' quarterback, who committed to Sacramento State in August. CSU also is the first school from the Mountain West Conference to make a pledge for the 6-foot-5 signal caller.

El Diamante - the defending Central Section Division II champions who were promoted to DI this season - is currently 3-3 overall but 0-2 in the West Yosemite League. The Miners have a bye this Friday. Their next game is Friday, Oct. 17, against Hanford West at home.

Robles currently has 956 passing yards and 127 rushing yards as a dual-threat quarterback this season.


Camarillo quarterback Jake Constantine said he's now hearing from Colorado State. Constantine has thrown 16 touchdown passes this season (photo by Lorenzo J. Reyna).

Jake Constantine of Camarillo High said he's been hearing from Colorado State.

The Class of 2016 quarterback told CGM that he's "been talking to CSU a little bit" after leading the Scorpions to a 4-1 start. One key victory was the 17-7 upset over Ventura on Sept. 26, knocking the Cougars from the unbeaten ranks.

Constantine and Camarillo has a notable Ventura County showcase looming at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10, inside Carl Thompson Field at CHS: the home game against traditional 805 kingpin St. Bonaventure (3-3).

"I'm going to be watching film all day and night on them," Constantine said. "I'm determined to have a great game."

The Seraphs have been the longtime dominant power in the Ventura region, with 10 Southern Section titles and five state championships in school history.  

Constantine has heated up on the recruiting trail. Along with his recent conversations with the Rams, he's heard from Clemson of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Holy Cross of the Football Championship Subdivision and two-time MWC champion Fresno State this season.

The 6-foot-2 mobile quarterback has 16 touchdown passes and three interceptions through the first five games. 


Caleb Kelly tracks down a wide receiver during a 7-on-7 scrimmage at Atwater High School in February 2014. The Clovis West linebacker/tight end is now at 16 offers, with his latest from Penn State (photo by Lorenzo J. Reyna)

Caleb Kelly of Clovis West - already the most highly-coveted Class of 2016 prospect with 15 scholarship offers - received his latest pledge from "Linebacker U": Penn State.

The Nittany Lions reached out to Kelly on Oct. 5. Penn State is the first Big 10 school to offer the 6-foot-4, 230-pound outside linebacker and tight end.

Some renown NFL linebackers who played at Penn State include NaVarro Bowman (49ers), Lavar Arrington (Redskins and Giants), Dan Connor (Panthers, Giants, Cowboys), Sean Lee (Cowboys) and Paul Posluszny (Bills and Jaguars).

Kelly's recent game saw 20 tackles, nine solo stops, four tackles behind the line of scrimmage and one sack in the Golden Eagles' 42-12 loss to Edison-Fresno on Oct. 3 at Lamonica Stadium.

Kelly and Clovis West are 2-3 entering Tri River Athletic Conference play, which begins for the Golden Eagles on Oct. 10 at Clovis North. The game will be played at 7:00 p.m. inside Veteran's Memorial Stadium at Buchanan High.

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