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Recruiting Moment of Truth

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January 9th, 2014

From An Athlete’s Perspective

Signing DayIt’s January, the moment of truth for athletes who are slated to sign their National Letter of Intent the first Wednesday in February. The official visits are picking up. College coaches are more aggressive in their recruiting tactics and enticing the athletes to make a commitment. Athletes are hoping that their dream school will make an offer. And the stress level is unbelievable.

During this time, senior athletes who have received offers are now responsible for making a decision that will have a tremendous impact on their lives. One that could possibly be a deciding factor on where they will spend the next four years studying, competing, and growing.

The athletes, who have not yet received offers, are pulling out all the punches to try and get a coach to make an investment in them.

Even though athletes are sometimes exceptional on the field or court, I believe society has forgotten that they are human too. The stress level during the final weeks before signing is probably the most stress these athletes have ever experienced.

From my personal experience, the closer I got to signing day, the more sleepless nights I experienced. Ironically, most of the stress did not come from the decision itself, but from the community (family, friends, coaches, etc.), who constantly put pressure on me to choose. Although my best interest was at heart, most athletes can relate when I say it’s overwhelming and the unsolicited opinions do not make the decision making any easier.

The questions that are asked the most and athletes hate to hear are:

“Where are you going?”

“Did you choose a school yet?”

“How many offers do you have?”

EVERYONE thinks they know what’s best for you, even if they’ve never competed or had to make a decision like this.

Words of wisdom to athletes: Choose a school and program that you feel good about and will make you happy. Pray about your decision and follow your heart!



Northern California Recruit Wins MVP in Army All-American Bowl

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January 4th, 2014

One of the Most Sought After Recruits in Northern California Wins MVP in Army All-American Bowl

Joe MixonJoe Mixon announced during the 4th quarter of the Army All-American Bowl that he will attend Oklahoma next season. Ranked as the #1 all-purpose back in the nation, Mixon received over 50 scholarship offers. He narrowed his top 4 choices down to Cal, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and UCLA. The Sooners prevailed.

During my junior and senior years at Franklin High School in Elk Grove, CA, I had the opportunity to play against Mixon. He’s a great running back and has a good combination of size and speed. His elusiveness and speed made it very difficult, at times, to get a handle on him. It often took a team effort to slow him down, and every play was unpredictable. Despite playing for a mediocre Freedom High School (6-6) team this past season, he still posted over 1700 yards rushing and 28 touchdowns. He averaged 122 yards rushing during his three years playing varsity.

Joe Mixon is a very special athlete. I’m interested in seeing what he does during his collegiate and perhaps professional career.



We Donít Know Enough About Our Top Athletes in Northern California

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December 23rd, 2013

Northern California did you know?…

Northern CaliEddie Vanderdoes (Placer ‘13) played in the Army All American game and was ranked one of the top defensive linemen in the nation. He’s now on the roster at UCLA.

Justin Davis (Lincoln, Stockton) had multiple touchdowns this past season as a true freshman at USC. He also played in the Army All American game during his senior year in high school.

Did you know that at one point this season the NCAA  leading receiver in yards was Brandin Cooks at Oregon State (Lincoln, Stockton’11)?

Zack Greenlee (also Lincoln, Stockton ’13) was ranked at the Elite 11 quarterback camp. He’s the heir to Fresno State’s NFL prospect Derek Carr. Greenlee competed in the Under Armour All American Game.

At Fresno State is the dangerous receiving trio, Isaiah Burse (Modesto Christian HS ‘10), Joshua Harper (Saint Mary’s HS, Stockton ‘10), Davante Adams (Palo Alto HS ‘11). All three were high school standouts and played in a state bowl game. As a sophomore Adams has already broken 11 school records.

Tyler Winston (Antelope HS ’13) started several games at San Jose State as a true freshman receiver.

The starting quarterback at Cal Berkeley this past season, Jared Goff (Marin Catholic ‘13), is a true freshman. And backup quarterback Zach Kline (San Ramon HS ’12) was an Elite 11 camp participant.

Robert Frazier (Elk Grove HS ‘13) was one of the key elements on Butte College’s National Championship team.

Starting cornerback for Oregon, Terrance Mitchell (Luthern Burbank, Sacramento ‘10), along with other Northern California standouts like defensive lineman Arik Armstead (Pleasant Grove, Elk Grove ‘12) and running back Byron Marshall (Valley Christian, San Jose ‘12) all get a significant amount of playing time at Oregon.

Thomas Sperbeck (Jesuit HS ‘13), Nick Terry (Pleasant Grove HS ‘13) and Tanner Vallejo (Nevada Union ‘13) all received scholarships and signed to Boise State in 2013.

Jalen Saunders (Pleasant Grove ’10) started at Fresno State as a true freshman and sophomore slot receiver, then transferred to University of Oklahoma and is currently starting as a senior.

I could go on and on. But the bottom line is Northern California breeds exceptional talent.

If you didn’t know, now you know.



California Open Div State Championship Football Game 2013

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December 23rd, 2013

De La Salle Spartans vs St. John Bosco Braves

CIF State

I didn’t get to watch the whole game. I caught mid second quarter through the second half, and I saw a lot of De La Salle mistakes and St. John Bosco capitalizing on almost every one of them.

The Spartan’s speedy running back, Antoine Custer, got injured in the first quarter that really hurt the team. However, the Braves had a lot more depth in all positions and the talent differential was very apparent.

For the first time in the season, both of De La Salle’s lines were dominated. Bosco’s Offensive and Defensive lines had a noticeable size and talent advantage.

Even though the Braves dominated the game, the Spartans still found themselves in winning position in the fourth quarter when they closed the gap on the score after a deep bomb throw by the Spartan’s quarterback Christian Williams, making the score 20-14 (Braves). But the hopes went out the door after a failed 4th and 7 conversion, by the Spartans, with only minutes left in the game.

Both teams unmistakably deserved to compete in the championship game and proved throughout the season by posting 14-0 (De La Salle) 15-0 (Bosco) records.



2013 Spring/Summer Football Camps

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March 28th, 2013

Looking for football camps to attend this Spring/Summer. Check out a list of camps taking place around the country. EPZ is not affiliated nor does it endorse any of the camps listed on this website -

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