February 24, 2008
Top valley defensive prospects for 2008
The following athletes will be part of the 2009 class that looks bright for the central valley. Once again Edison High will continue to feed Division I colleges with athletes, but the Tigers will not be the only school college coaches visit this upcoming year.
Bernard Bolden (Merced High) DB/RET
His return skills are rivaled only by Cliff Harris in the valley. A tremendous lock-down corner that will attract plenty of attention by colleges.
Cliff Harris (Edison High) DB/RET
Edison can forget about Robert Golden when they have a guy like Cliff Harris. He's a smooth cover-corner with great athletic ability and the height college coaches drool over. Has plenty of options already, one of them none other than USC.
Nikko Motta (Sanger) DL
He's monster on the defensive line (6'3 260lbs) and soon he will take his game to the collegiate level. Motta should definitely be one of the athletes the Bulldogs are paying close attention to. He fits the Bulldog football mold.
Tim McDonald Jr. (Edison High) DB
Is there anything really to say about an athlete that has already made a commitment to USC? McDonald has everything including pedigree (Tim McDonald Sr. was a pro-bowler with 49ers) and the grades that will help him be very successful.
Travis Brown (Clovis West) LB
Brown has already been offered by the University of Arizona. He will continue to be courted because he flat out knows how to play football. The Bulldogs are wishing they can land Brown, and may have the inside track with his father being the defensive coordinator. However, the 'Dogs will have a lot of competition because every coach in the PAC-10 wants Brown on their roster.
Listed below are ten more athletes to be on the lookout for during the 2009 season. They may not be highly touted right now, but after camps this summer, these kids could open some eyes. They are already well known in the valley, but of course, their goal is to open up the eyes of those outside the central valley.
Allan Huddleston (Merced High) DB
Speed is hard to teach and Huddleston has plenty of it. Camps are going to be his best friend this summer. The way Ebahn Feathers jumped out at everyone during a summer camp is what Huddleston is looking for.
Brant Botill (Corcoran High) LB
He was junior of the year for CBS 47 High School football award show. Has a great motor and desire, his only problem is he plays at a D-IV school and they tend to go unnoticed. Botill finished fifth in the valley in rushing yards with 1971 and also added 23 TDs. With a good summer he could open some scouts eyes.
Nate Ware (El Diamante) DB
This kid can play anywhere. He doesn't miss tackles and has a knack for the football. He needs to focus on one position during camps this summer to impress coaches, but he'll definitely be playing on Saturdays.
Teddy Furnish (Kerman High) DL
In case you are wondering how tough Teddy Furnish is; ask his opponents on the wrestling mat. A highly ranked wrestler in the central valley, Furnish will go into his senior year with a chip on his shoulder. The new coach in Kerman, will definitely have a leader and someone that will make plays all over the field.
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