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Montell Allen Ruben Peña SDFNL Directors It’s really rare to complete a perfect season in any sport these days. With the competition being so intense throughout the year. In San Diego, the 2016 season was special for 4 teams. As they walked away with a 10-0 season. Probably one of the first times this has happened in the county. Those 4 teams are Bishops Knights led by Head Coach Joel Allen, Cathedral Catholic Dons led by Head Coach Sean Doyle, Christian Patriots led by Head Coach Matt Oliver and lastly Rancho Bernardo led by Head Coach Tristan McCoy. The Head Coaches and their staff have respectively turned those timeless hours of preparation into a perfect 10-0 season. We as fans of the game truly appreciate this accomplishment. The Head Coaches have in turn given their players: A CIF League Championship and a lifetime of memories that they will cherish for a lifetime. SDFNL magazine cheers their perfect seasons and all the efforts that was set for such a high accomplishment. -Ruben Pena —SDFNL MAGAZINE -Montell Allen — SDFNL MAGAZINE

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SCOTTIE YOUNG

HELIX HS SAFETY

Scottie Young has been a very productive defensive back for the Helix Highlanders over the past three years. Young has the unique combination of size, speed and strength for the position. Young game play is more of a box safety. Young athleticism makes him equally effective against defending the run as well as pass coverage. Young has tremendous range off the hash and could be effective in combination zone schemes with the uncanny ability to play pure man coverage. Young uses his hands well to ward off blockers when filling the alley and delivering big hit. Since Young has played on both sides of the ball he has developed an instinct, we call “ball hawk”. Young plays the ball at the high point which usually ends up in a pass defended or interception.

Strengths Scottie Young has outstanding size and speed for the safety position with the unique skill to play Cornerback. Young plays with great strength and has the toughness needed to consistently help up in the box in run support. Young is nothing short of an impact player. Young ability to be a highly productive player will transcend well in the Wildcats defense. Scottie durability is not a concern even as a true freshman. Scottie has always exhibited an impressive motor. He refuses to be blocked and plays hard through the whistle. The one attribute that sets Scottie Young apart from any national recruit is his amazing work ethic. “Scottie will not let anyone out work him,” says Trainer Alex Johnson. Scottie’s approach to preparation is something rare and

Arizona Wildcats San Diego Area Recruiter Rod Smith knows exactly what Scottie brings to the table. That is leadership. Scottie will be expected to come in and compete day 1 in training camp. As a Freshman, Scottie will be a fixture in the Nickel and Dime packages as well as special teams. Knowing Scottie competitive nature and his work ethic don’t be surprise if we eventually see as a starter as a true freshman before season ends.


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AZIZI HEARNS OCEANSIDE HS

CORNERBACK

Azizi Hearns worked at the receiver position for Oceanside, which seemed to be obvious with his speed and size. Oceanside coaches at some point decided to move Hearns to defensive back, with the hopes Hearns could make a bigger impact -- figuratively and literally. As a junior he started at cornerback and that is all it took. As a Junior, Hearns recorded 22 tackles and 5 passes defended and got the reputation as a shutdown cornerback. Senior season Hearn no doubt became one of San Diego County’s best with 44 tackles, 5 interceptions and 11 passes

defended leading the Oceanside Pirates to an 8-3 record. In addition to becoming one of the best corners, Hearns also became a dangerous kick returner averaging 24.3 yard per return. Strengths Hearns has NFL size for the cornerback position. His fluidity in his hips to flip and run compares to Pac 12 standout University of Washington CB Kenny King (who is 6’2 – 190 CB). Hearns plays his best when he goes hard on pressman coverage. Hearns intimidates receivers with his physical style and bonecrushing tackles. Hearns upperbody strength allows him to redirect and re-route talented receivers cause pass coordinators nightmares. With Hearns length, foot quickness and flat-out ability to stuff receivers, makes him an instant

impact player. Hearns ability to run vertical with receivers while turning to locate and track ball is uncanny. Hearns is always active and disruptive when the ball is in the air. He is always contesting catches and often comes away the winner on 50/50 throws. In space, Hearns is outstanding with his ability to track multiple receivers and see the quarterback at the same time. He closes on throws with burst and brings some force on contact. Hearns is one of the most confident cornerback with extreme toughness. Azizi Hearns, had offers from several schools, but has decided to take his game and style of play to University of Arizona. Look for Hearns to strengthen the depth of Arizona secondary.


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KYLE MOSES

MATER DEI HS CORNERBACK

Mater Dei High School starting cornerback and Wide Receiver has been on the national scouting scene for the past 2 years. As a Junior Moses showed everyone why he was one of the best DB/WR dualathletes in San Diego County. Moses last season recorded nine receptions for 156 yards with three touchdowns and even carried the ball five times for 42 more yards. He truly shined on defense at corner coming up with 75 tackles, 39 solo, 3 tackles for a loss, 3 interceptions – one picksix, 17 passes defended, and two fumble recoveries. The Spotlight was on and hasn’t stopped shining ever since.

coverage as well as off is something rare in High School Defensive Backs. Moses is quick-footed with flexible hips to pedal easily and transition smoothly. He has good zone awareness and reactions. Moses is ultraproductive on the ball and makes game changes plays at any given moment. Moses has the ability and frame to become an effective blitzer. Moses special-teams experience as a gunner and jammer will prove to transition fast at the college level. Moses size, playing experience and durability should be a plus as he adjusts to the next level. Moses is 5’11”, 180 pound and has offers from UNLV, Brown, Strength: Columbia, Holy Cross, Idaho State Moses has college physique with University of San Diego, Stetson, nice arm length. He plays with his Jackson State and Howard just to eyes. He has the rare ability to name few. Moses not only takes the reads and reacts quickly. Moses game of football serious he takes skills to man up receivers in press pride in his academics. Moses visited

several colleges/ Universities and concluded that the University of Holy Cross was the best fit for him and football wise. Moses has stated in several interviews that education is super important to him and his wellbeing after football. Moses won’t to worry about that anytime soon. Look for him to push to be a starter in the Holy Cross secondary.


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D;ANGELO GUNTER DEL NORTE HS

CORNERBACK

As a senior, D’Angelo “D-Lo” Gunter started every game while registering 44 total tackles and is the premier shutdown cornerback. Gunter added 10 pass breakups and one interceptions. His senior season earned him first-team All-Palomar honors. With Del Norte in a rebuilding stage team rarely ever went at D’Angelo and when they did it usually resulted in a broken play or tackle for short gain. D’Angelo was handpicked to participate in San Diego vs Inland Empire Team Makasi All Star game and D’Lo showed he is not one to be tested as he had two pass

break up and showed everyone why he is one of the top cover man in Southern California. Strengths Gunter is a tall cornerback with long a body-frame. Gunter can disrupt wide receivers off the line of scrimmage and can mirror them out of their release. One of Gunters strengths is he can jam and disrupts shallow crossers. Gunter will throw his body around in run support if needed. He has shown he is a solid tackler. Gunter attacks the ball at catch-point and makes it hard for receiver to finish the catch. Gunter breaks hard on throws in front of him and is very instinctive in zone with the ball skills to match. Gunter is a two time All League player in one of the best conferences in San Diego County.

D’Angelo was one of the most sought defensive back in San Diego. His football skills and personality is just the perfect fit for so many programs. D’Angelo has a certain hunger for success that you can feed off, and college recruiters can see it. Universities from the Mountain West to the SEC schools wanted D’Lo to play for their school. After much consideration, Gunter decided to take his talent to Brigham Young University (BYU). Look for Gunter to make an impact on campus and fight for a spot on the depth chart as a freshman.


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Richard benson Morse HS CORNERBACK

Richard Benson Plays bigger than he looks. Benson is 5’9 and 160 pounds, but you can never tell by the plays he makes on the field. As a starter for Morse, Benson was a late bloomer. In his senior season, Benson record 21 tackles, 1 caused fumble and several passes defended. Stats cannot measure the impact Benson had on games. He is a blanket cornerback. The way he shutdown wide receiver made him an a SDFNL All Star where he continued to showcase his skills. Benson was a unknown player that impressed every scout that came to watch. Strengths Quick-twitch athlete. Benson can sky to disrupt at the high point. Benson ability to pivots, flips hips and accelerates from a standstill is impressive. Plus, his burst to ball showcased his athleticism. Benson has outstanding instincts

and anticipation in off-man and zone coverage. He can click and close to limit yards after catch or make plays on the ball. Benson plays with soft hands and can make interceptions. To be a smaller player he makes plays outside of his area. Benson is described as feisty. His desire to help in run support is huge and doesn’t hold back despite his size. Benson fights through blockers and gets to his target. He is a reliable tackler. Benson embraces everything about playing the game. He understands combo routes and plays. Benson can cover both outside wide receivers and slots. He also is a FG/Punt Block specialist. Benson play and ability is no longer a secret. Morse High School coaching staff has said repeatedly that Benson was a best kept secret. “This young man can play at the college level. I think he can come in

a compete if not start as a freshman for my team”. Said Coach Victor Redd of Southwestern University in Kansas. After Benson, outstanding performance at the SDFNL Magazine Showcase he has received several offers including one from #1 NAIA Morningside College. Wherever Benson decided to play you can assure he will continue to make big plays and become an impact player.


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isaiah mcdaniels

madison HS safety

Isaiah McDaniels has been the most active secondary player for the Madison Warhawks over the past two seasons. McDaniels is a 5’11 180lbs safety but plays bigger than his physical attributes would suggest. McDaniels is a physical run support player when filling the alley as well as a hard-nosed defender in the passing game. McDaniels is very confident in his skillset and displays great leadership skills. McDaniels shows great vision and instincts reacting to plays as they develop. He anticipates well to jump routes and make a play on the ball. McDaniels is a good

blitz defender that has a good sense of when to hit a crease. He plays with a high motor that works through trash to get to the pile. McDaniels may not have the typical size but the combination of athleticism, instincts, toughness, production and leadership qualities make him one of the top safety prospects in San Diego County. Strengths McDaniels has a supreme blend of strength and athleticism for a defensive back. One of San Diego County’s most productive defensive backs during the last two seasons with 153 Tackles and 15 passes defended. McDaniels is Safety that has a high football IQ as well as displaying outstanding instincts. McDaniels shows tremendous range when playing the run or pass. He is very aggressive coming up in run

support. In College, McDaniel’s leadership qualities will mold into a future team captain. “Isaiah has the one quality you can teach. He is a winner”, says Coach Bob O’Boyle of University of South Dakota. That quote truly embodies McDaniels game. It showed in State Champion ship when he recorded 10 Tackles and was an emotional leader as they defeated Valley Christian. McDaniels is deciding where he plans to attend college, but make no mistake he will be ready to take charge and lead the secondary.


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jordan

genmark-heath Cathedral catholic safety

It was no surprise Cathedral Catholic Jordan Genmark-Heath has been one of the most highly recruited defensive back in the nation. Jordan impressive 6’3 205-pound frame is a mix of size, athleticism and explosiveness. Jordan senior season he had 73 tackles, 4 Interception and 5 passes defended. On the offensive side, he was responsible for 699 yard and 11 touchdowns. With numbers like that Jordan was arguably the best player on the best in the state of California. He helped lead the Cathedral Catholic Dons go 15-0 in route to an 38-35 win over St.Marty’s for the California State Football Title (Open Division). Strengths: Jordan has prototypical size and athleticism to be an immediate impact player. His excellent ability to plant-and-drive, allows

him to read the run or pass for the chance to pounce on opponents. Jordan has very good ball skills, able to deflect passes at the last moment. Jordan understands how to use his size and leaping ability to get to balls at the highest point. From the defensive back position Jordan is very willing to support the run. Jordan is a great open field tackler. Jordan Maturity shows he has great leadership qualities. Jordan had a unique recruiting experience as his decision came down days before signing day. Eventually Jordan settle on a school that not only was rich with football tradition, but is known as a top school for its academics. Jordan committed to University of Norte Dame. “Joining the Fighting Irish is my dream. It was an honor that the came and recruited me. When I visited the

campus, it was home. I knew I wanted to continue my career at South Bend”, expressed Jordan. Jordan will be a person to keep your eye on him. Jordan has the ability to be used on either side of the ball and special teams. Do not be surprise if Jordan makes his debut open day versus Temple on February 2, 2017.


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jovan bayless

Mater dei HS

safety

the one-handed grab and is competitive in 50/50 and jump ball situations. Bayless Strengths: can cover running backs on Bayles is a tough-minded and wheel routes adeptly, and can athletic safety. He makes plays all take away safety valve routes Javon Bayless is not the High over the field, in the box, on slot from slot receivers. Bayless School typically a 6-foot, receivers, and double-high on the should be a special teams 190-pound defensive back. This hash. Bayless can lay the wood force early in his career due to Mater Dei High School standout (ask Jack Tuttle). Bayless is an his aggressive nature, speed, has had a career to remember. In explosive blitzer who times his start and tackling ability. With his 3 years Bayless has recorded 262 well and brings pop as a tackler. Infectious attitude, Bayless no tackles, 3 sacks, 7 interceptions Bayles can discard blocking doubt will be a team leader. and 5 fumble recoveries. In attempts by fullbacks and receivers Bayless career at Mater Dei he with his hands and tenacity to Bayless is taking his game to moved positions, lining up at make a play on the ball. Bayless Ferris State. Bayless should linebacker and strong safety. He knows how to maintains outside be an immediate impact finally solidified his position as leverage when playing containment player from the start of training a defensive back as he worked responsibilities to force run plays camp. With his skillset look his tail off in the off season. inside. He has good ball skills, for Bayless at some point Javon increase his range, speed, follows receivers with great trail to have D2 All-American athleticism and versatility. Javon technique. Bayless knows how to consideration. really shined in the 7 on 7. That play man, and can keep his eyes in shined carried over to Javon senior the backfield to break on passes in season where he was ranked as zone. Flashes the hands to make one of the top defensive backs in San Diego.


STEPS 2 STAY Freshman Year: You should logon and review the NCAA Eligibility Center and review the courses they approve to certify your initial Eligibility. Go to www.eligibilitycenter.org and click on College Bound Student Athlete. This will give you the list of classes you will need to complete for your NCAA requirements. In addition, I would register your child and have them either take the SAT/ACT or Take a practice test. This will give you as parents and the student on what they need to work on. You can take the SAT as many times as you want. The SAT only takes your highest score. (Note: if you are an IEP student you can request to take the test in IEP setting and receive your modified test with your school Counselor).

Sophomore Year: Enroll in NCAA Clearinghouse. Post your classes on the site. Go to www.eligibilitycenter.org and click on College Bound Student Athlete. You can monitor if you are on track to completing your classes for eligibility. (Note: if you are behind in a subject area – summer school is a great time advantage and make up classes). Meet with counselor to ensure you get the classes you need. The End of the Sophomore Year I highly recommend you register and take the ACT (www.act.org) and/or SAT (www.collegebound.org) in your local area (use the NCAA Eligibility Center Code “9999”). The last two test of the year are in May and June. This will allow your child to understand the test environment of both standardized test – Hopefully ease any anxiety. Parents each test cost - so please ask counselors for fee waivers. (Note: if you are an IEP student you can request to take the test in IEP setting and receive your modified test with your school Counselor).


Junior Year: Enroll in NCAA Clearinghouse (if you have not already). Post your classes on the site. Go to www.eligibilitycenter.org and click on College Bound Student Athlete. You can monitor if you are on track to completing your classes for eligibility. (Note: if you are behind in a subject area –summer school is a great time advantage and make up classes). Meet with counselor to

ON ACADEMIC TRACK FOR COLLEGE sure you get the classes you need. Junior year I highly recommend you register and take the ACT (www.act.org) and/or SAT (www.collegebound.org) in your local area (use the NCAA Eligibility Center Code “9999”). Both Test are offered several times a year. This will allow your child to understand the test environment of both standardized test – Hopefully ease any anxiety. Parents each test cost - so please ask counselors for fee waivers. (Note: if you are an IEP student you can request to take the test in IEP setting and receive your modified test with your school Counselor). You must also put your film together and start sending to colleges. Once film is completed you should always keep a copy of your highlight reel and copy of transcripts on your for when you meet coaches or attend various camps.

Senior Year: You must take the ACT and/or SAT (if Needed). Enroll in NCAA Clearinghouse (if you have not already). Post your classes on the site. Go to www.eligibilitycenter.org and click on College Bound Student Athlete. You can monitor if you are on track to completing your classes for eligibility. You will need to submit your transcript to NCAA Clearinghouse. Meet with counselor to ensure classes are completed. If needed register and take the ACT (www.act.org) and/or SAT (www.collegebound.org) in your local area (use the NCAA Eligibility Center Code “9999”). Both tests are offered several times a year. This will allow your child to understand the test environment of both standardized test – Hopefully ease any anxiety. Parents each test cost - so please ask counselors for fee waivers. (Note: if you are an IEP student you can request to take the test in IEP setting and receive your modified test with your school Counselor). You must also put your film together and start sending to colleges. Once film is completed you should always keep a copy of your highlight reel and copy of transcripts on your for when you meet coaches or attend various camps.


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TARIQ THOMPSON ST AUGUSTINE DEFENSIVE BACK

Since his junior season, Tariq Thompson (6’1-185 pounds) has been a recruiting prospect. Going into his senior season Tariq killed the suspense early and announced he would be attending San Diego State. “SDSU is a perfect fit for me and my style of play”, expressed Tariq. With that out the way he concentrated on his Senior season and leading Saint Augustine back to the CIF finals. Tariq had one impressive senior campaign. He led the way with 53 tackles, 1 sack, 3 interceptions and 18 pass defended while the team went 10 – 3. Tariq wants to carry this momentum going into his 1st season in college. Strengths: Coach Sanchez has instilled Tariq with Football intelligence. His Football IQ and ability to recognize offensive formations is well advance. Tariq plays with great awareness in coverage. He can recognize play action quickly and responds by sprinting back into position to make quarterback’s question their initials reads. Tariq has the skillset to play man to man coverage and patience’s to play over the top on zone coverage. Tariq has great vision and can somehow see both quarterback and receiver as route progress. He is a Chest-up tackler who explodes from hips and drives through his targets. Tariq is a team player, who is Willing to sacrifice his body and contain run when asked to play on the edge. Pursuit effort is always on point and understand angles to cut would be runners off. Not too many incoming freshman can bring to the table what Tariq brings. In his 4 years at Saint Augustine Tariq played in 48 varsity games, recorded 200+ tackles, 11 Interceptions and 37 passes defended. With San Diego State graduating several players in the secondary Tariq should be able to come in and contribute as a true freshman. If Tariq can grasp the playbook and teams terminology, look for him to be involved in the nickel and dime packages early in the 2017-18 season.


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ANTHONY PORTILLO VALHALLA HS STRONG SAFETY

Valhalla High School defensive back Anthony Portillo (6’0 – 185 pounds) appears to be exactly the type of player the college recruiters covet. He has the skills and temperament for the position, as well as the intelligence to absorb information and learn. He also possesses the attitude needed to become a #1 Cornerback. His desire to seek out a mentor and determination to succeed are a testament to his character. Anthony was a standout at the SDFNL All Star Game has he showed he could compete and beat some of the county’s top wide receivers.

Strength: Anthony has good length for a cornerback. Anthony loves to compete in man-toman and is mentally tough. Anthony during All Star practice asked to play on an island and did so successfully. He would consider himself a Bump-and-run specialist. Anthony speed is surprising, he has recovery speed to make up for separation. Anthony maintains feel for vertical threats and uses his frame to pin wide outs against sideline. He knows how to excel in deep, man coverage and can be smothering. Anthony consistently uses his acceleration and length to contest any throw on the field. Anthony is well-coached and plays with proper leverage in coverage. He also can be intimidating and disruptive against finesse/ slot receivers. Anthony ability to drive forward with burst and runs through targets, jarring balls loose. Anthony is an wrap-up tackler who understands his responsibility against the run. Anthony has yet to decide where he will attend college, but recruiters know exactly what they are receiving in a player like him. Anthony has the ability to come into a program and become the #1 cornerback. South Dakota Mines and Black Hills State have aggressively tried to land Anthony. Anthony wants to take his time before making his decision and wants to take advantage of the recruiting process and visit all the schools interested in him. Understand, no matter what school Anthony decides to attend, he will be in the mix of competition to be on the field for playing time.


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