I don’t think college football coaches are done with hitting this region up on the recruiting trail.
The 2018 recruiting cycle has officially wrapped up on Wednesday on National Signing Day, as the St. Joseph football trio of Mason Biely and the Miller twins (Tim and Joseph) moved on by providing their signatures while Toa Taua celebrated his commitment with family and friends.
Looking ahead to next year (and the year after) here’s who I think will get on some college football recruiting boards this spring:
Caleb Thomas, Righetti: The reigning PAC-5 Most Valuable Player was a nightmare to game plan for in the trenches, as he used his leverage and quickness to disrupt offenses. The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder also proved to play tight end – using his size and athleticism on short yardage scenarios. Off the field, he’s got a 4.0 grade point average. He’s college material as both a student and as an athlete.
Jasper Kadlec, Santa Ynez: His teammate Gabe Prendergast got on some college football recruiting boards after a stellar three-year varsity career…all while the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Kadlec emerged as the second target in the Pirates’ air attack. He’s expected to have an expanded role in this high-octane offense. Kadlec comes with soft hands and toughness. More bulk could possibly mean he could be a tight end at the next level.
Cash Transeth, Santa Ynez: Transeth started to add a hard-nosed running element to a high-powered Pirates offense. At 6-feet and 180-pounds, Transeth has the look and power to catch the eye of collegiate coaches.
Juan De Luna, Lompoc: He’s now the old guy on the Braves’ defensive line – as he’ll enter his third season on varsity next fall. If you watched Lompoc’s defense closely, you likely saw No. 54 shedding past centers to blow up running plays or force the quarterback to run out of the pocket. The 5-foot-11, 250-pounder was a large reason why it was hard to run the ball inside against the Braves. Moving forward, I’ll see if he becomes a vocal leader of a defense that will be ravaged by graduations come June.
Jackson Anderson, Cabrillo: Despite finishing the year 1-9, Anderson showed flashes of potential while running an up-tempo read option offense. The 6-foot-2 signal caller showed speed and toughness while running the ball on keeper plays. He’ll need to establish consistency as a passer moving forward. But he’s starting to look like a taller version of Brett Gregory for CHS.
Trevor Cole, St. Joseph: Older brother C.J. had a stellar career that led him to Cal Poly. Now the latest Cole should expect an increase in touches for a Knights team that will lose lots of offensive firepower to graduation. Cole has already shown his prowess in the return game. A breakout senior year could land him on some recruiting radars late.
Zak Wilson, St. Joseph: Could the 2019 prospect Wilson become the third straight Knight defender to get picked up by a college program? Joining a list that includes Fenton Will and the Miller twins? He’ll be entering his third varsity season and has averaged more than seven tackles per game for the Knights’ defense. Size may be his dilemma at 5-foot-11, but I would anticipate Wilson will be utilized all over the field and provide the leadership mantra next fall at St. Joseph.
Edgar Zacarias, Pioneer Valley: Hey, if any four-year school needs someone with a powerful leg, Zacarias is capable of being that guy. He’s talented enough to boot the 50-yarder for the Panthers.
Jacob Nunez, Lompoc: LHS head coach Andrew Jones told me Nunez is starting to heat up on the recruiting trail – as a sophomore. Despite an injury plagued sophomore year on the football field, Nunez has size, power and improving leverage – the latter enhancing through wrestling.
Leondre Coleman, Lompoc: Opposing teams tried testing the sophomore linebacker by running his side – and he responded by producing 79 tackles including 10 for a loss. With the departure of Taua, Coleman will likely see some touches at running back – just like older brother Lavon.
Ryan Morgan, Lompoc: Look for Morgan to get more touches in the air attack next season. He’s shown his hops and focus when out-jumping defenders for the ball. It will be interesting to see, though, which sport Morgan chooses to pursue college wise as he also plays basketball and baseball.
Patrick Durham, Cabrillo: Football players who also wrestle are traditionally intriguing for college coaches, and Durham does both...and both very well. On the football field, Durham collected 67 tackles including five for a loss from his outside linebacker spot according to Max Preps. On the mat, he's currently unbeaten in the Los Padres League in the 170-pound class.