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De’Shawn and the Bearcats kickoff 9/1/2018 vs D-1-AA Houston Baptist University. Houston Baptist Offensive lineman will be a measuring stick for scouts regarding De’Shawn ability. If he has a big game, look for De’Shawn to have a huge year, but if he starts slow he will have a hard time climbing out of the good D2 players hole, to an elite defensive ends in the NCAA regardless of level.

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CONTENT S     MAGAZINE                                    18 ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE ME Bishop’s Alum Bulla Graft - Top ranked All-Purpose Ath

10 2018 Most Impactful Player Helix High School Alum Jahad Wood from Washington St

30 Jack Pride - New Head Coach » p.18

Humboldt State University has a new head coach and he is a Kearny Alum.. Welcome Coach Wheeler.

38 Setting the Tone De’shawn Tone from Vahalla High School - is one of the very best D2 Defenesive end - still has something to prove

48 7 Things You Need to Know 7 Tips to Recruiting - Real talk » p.30

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2018 All-Purpose wide receiver Bailey “Bulla” Graft for William Jewell College is one of best in the country. The senior over the past 3-year average 94.0 all-purpose yards game (over 3 years) and last season as a junior Bulla average 122.4 all-purpose yards per game which ranked amongst tops in NCAA Division II. This earned him Special Teams Player of the Week and Honorable Mention in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. This is nothing new to people that followed Bulla Graft career. When he played at Bishops (Prep High School) in La Jolla, CA. Bulla was small in stature, big on the field. His senior season he helped lead his team to perfect undefeated season 14-0 and back to back appearances in the San Diego CIF Championship. Comparing Bulla Graft High School number to his college stats are amazing similar, but the teams’ success hasn’t transitions so well. William Jewell has gone 7-25 over the past 3 seasons. After coming from a High School program that hasn’t lost 25 games in the 10 years. The losing takes a toll, but doesn’t stop the San Diego native from giving it his all on the field.

This senior season expectation is high and the bar is set ever higher for Bulla Graft to perform. “Bulla Graft is one of the most explosive High School players I ever coached. Whatever changes or obstacles are in his way, the man will conquer and come out on top”, said High School Offensive Coordinator Akili Smith. If Bulla can continue his success as a special specialist and mimic the 2018 season like 2017 we might see him playing on Sunday’s. His game is like Danny Woodhead’s the former NFL player. The similarities are there D2 schools, lead team in all-purpose yards and super high football IQ. It’s a long shot, but not an impossible shot if he gets into a mini camp for the NFL. September 1, 2018 – Bulla will start his senior season vs D-1-AA Drake University. Look for him to set the tone for what to expect for the season. We are sure his personal goal would be to lead the nation in all-purpose yards, but ultimate goal is help William Jewell get back to a winning tradition and finish his college career on a winning note.

“Graft helped lead Jewell to a 4528 win over Quincy University on Saturday evening on the road after posting 141 yards on five kick returns. His longest return of 40 yards is the second best of his career and led to a third-quarter touchdown that began the streak of 31 unanswered points by the Cardinals. The wide receiver also rushed five times for 32 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 24 yards.”

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OCTOBER 2, 2017 - (Pullman, WA) Washington State linebacker Jahad Woods, in just his second career game, recorded a gamehigh nine tackles, in the Cougs’ thrilling win over USC. His sack of Sam Darnold on USC’s final possessionand forced a fumble clinched the win.

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J a h a d W o o d LB “ I M PA C T P L AY ER ”     FootballNews                                     Most college recruiters didn’t look beyond Jahad Woods’ measurables. Jahad stood 6 feet and weighed just a shade over 200 pounds coming out of Helix High School, which is far from the typical attributes for a Pac 12 linebacker. Only 2 schools truly pursued Jahad which was Washington State University and San Jose State. According to Coach Ken Wilson the Washington State staff watched Jahad film 10, 12 times and Jahad size was something that we had some initial concerns about. But the more our staff watch filmed, every game after game, Jahad was productive and domniant on the defensive side of the ball. Despite his attributes, (Give credit to Washington State Football staff ) the staff didn’t care. Jahad productive style, his speed was unbelievable and great character was exactly what they were looking for in a player.

Running track and being named ALL-CIF San Diego Section first teamer secured his offer. Now a Red-Shirt Sophomore Linebacker Jahad Woods from Washington St may be the most impactful Defensive player for 2018. Yes, the most impactful. After his stellar RS-Freshman campaign where Jahad was named to Pac-12 Conference AllFreshmen First Team by SB Nation he terrorized offenses all year. “The 6-foot, 214-pounder from Helix High in San Diego is usually a pretty quiet guy, but he takes on a different persona on the field and becoming a leader this year”, WSU coach Mike Leach says. “He’s been a talented player around here for a long time. He doesn’t say much, but he’s always excit-

In addition, the Cougars staff didn’t care how many plates the Helix linebacker could put on a barbell, they wanted an athlete. The Cougars were extreme interested in Jahad and that he was an exceptional track star. Washington St staff where impressed that Jahad times in the 100, 200 and 400-meter dash than any amount of weight he benched or squatted. Woods ran all three events for the Helix Highlanders track and field team. The fact that Jahad was a dual-sport athlete played a huge role in the decision of recruiting him. SAN DIEGO COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT | April 2018


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to watch,” Leach said. “Jahad is just one of those guys that bring a lot of excitement to the game. He is getting comfortable with become a leader. All the talk since last season, really hasn’t fazed him much. He’s really steady for a young guy, and where excited for 2018.” Coach Leach should be excited especially if Jahad can improve on his numbers from last season. Started 10-13 Games (started the final 10 games). Jahad was second on the team in tackles with 64. He was third on the team with 11 tackles for a loss and recorded 2 sacks, 1 interception, 2 Forced Fumbles and 1 Fumble recovery. Jahad also racked up a Pac 12 Defensive Player of the Week award when he made seasonhigh nine tackles including gameclinching forced fumble on a sack in win over No. 5 USC on National television. Jahad and the Cougars finished the season in the Holiday Bowl vs Michigan st. 2018 season is around the corner and

Washington St finds themselves again looking up to USC, Stanford and cross state rivals Washington in the polls. The questions are surrounded about but the offense. Washington State defense is picked to one of the tops in the conference. Jahad Wood will be one of the reason why.

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Above: Jahad vs Stanford - Below: Jahad with fellow teammate following inner squad scrimmage.

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Damaro Wheeler begins his second season as a member of the Humboldt State football coaching staff in a slightly different capacity. Kearny High School Alumni becomes Humboldt State University Head Coach for the 2018 Season. Athletic Director Duncan Robins announced after national search, they concluded to give Coach Wheeler the opportunity. Athletic Director Duncan Robins announced said “Coach Wheeler and his staff have done an excellent job stabilizing the program through the spring, recruiting new players, and preparing our current student-athletes for their upcoming finals and for fall competition. I am confident that Coach and his staff will have the Jacks ready for their season opener.” Wheeler has been the interim head coach since February when he took over the role from Cory White, who left to take a full-time job as an assistant coach at the University of San Diego. White had been named interim head coach after Rob Smith stepped down in early January.

Wheeler joined the HSU coaching staff in the spring of 2017. He coached defensive backs and special teams for the Lumberjacks last season. Under Wheeler’s leadership, the HSU secondary registered 14 interceptions and defensive back Davaeon Johnson earned All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference First Team and Don Hansen All-Region honors. To appreciate what Coach Wheeler and Humboldt State Football team has been through you have to understand as of last December 2017 the Football Program was all but dead. Due to enrollment decline and budget cuts university President Lisa Rossbacher announced that the 90 year old Football Program may be gone. The HSU Athletics Department has run a deficit since 2015. University administration has attributed this to reduced student enrollment since 2015, which reduces student fee revenue; increased equipment and travel costs; increased personnel costs due to the

2016 California State University salary increase agreement; and decreased ticket and sales revenue. The Athletics Department has been primarily funded through student fees since 2007 after the university decided to no longer use its state General Fund money to fund the department. The university had used its state General Funds to cover the department’s $245,000 deficit in the 201516 school year and nearly $500,000 deficit in the 2016-17 year. Rossbacher wrote in a March letter to coaches and staff that it can no longer use General Funds this way because the university has its own $2 million structural deficit to address. So bye-bye to football we thought. No so fast, Jim Redd a Local businessman and alumni was one of several alumni and boosters who coordinated the fundraising efforts, which managed to raise not only the $500,000 needed to secure the fall 2018 season, but more than $2 million of the $2.5 million in pledges needed to secure it for another four, reported by the Eureka Times Standard. Now back to Football, through all these chaos, Coach Wheeler has somehow managed to put together a staff, add a few recruits and execute Spring Ball in preparation for the 2018 season. Being an alum of Humboldt State and playing ball there it is a special place. 2018 Kickoff vs Midwestern is already a win, regardless of the score. Coach Wheeler stuck by a program when everyone (Coaches & Players) jumped ship. That to me shows a lot about character and dedication. I have told him personally and I will say it again – Coach Wheeler you earned the right to be named head coach at Humboldt State and I have tremendous respect for you as coach and a friends, because you are changing young men lives and showed them how to walk in faith and good things will happen.

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ESPN Announcer said “De’Shawn Tone is built like a truck that moves like a sports car. I didn’t realize how athletic he was and dominating he is. This young man has the good to possibly compete on Sundays”.

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Cont.. PG 45 was enough to put De’Shawn in the spotlight. De’shawn continued his dominance despite scouting report against Missouri Science and Technology he racked up another 10 tackles, 2 more tackles for loss, 2 sacks and 1 force fumble. At this De’Shawn is one of the tops defensive linemen in the country despite level. Let’s be frank it just continues for the rest of the season. Now going into his senior season De’Shawn is readier than ever. Posting online workout and serval videos displaying that he is anxiously awaiting this season to start. For the competition they better get ready, because since the off-season Mr. Tone looks like he has added 10 more pounds of lean muscle and his 1st step off the ball is getting faster and faster. De’Shawn wasn’t to be known as the best Defensive lineman in the country and number 1 in tackles for lost. Last season he was ranked 1 in Great Lakes Valley conference, but number 16th in the Division II and top 50 in the country. De’Shawn and the Bearcats kickoff 9/1/2018 vs D-1-AA Houston Baptist University. Houston Baptist Offensive lineman will be a measuring stick for scouts regarding De’Shawn ability. If he has a big game, look for De’Shawn to have a huge year, but if he starts slow he will have a hard time climbing out of the good D2 players hole, to an elite defensive ends in the NCAA regardless of level.

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7 TH I N G S 2 KNO W About Recruitings                                      1. The NCAA academic requirements include certain rules related to your Core Courses To be eligible to compete in any NCAA sport during your first year in college, you must graduate high school and meet certain academic requirements for your core courses,grade-point average (GPA) and test scores.The rules can be a little complicated and they vary a little between Division I and Division II,but here are the highlights: - The NCAA calculates your GPA based on the grades you earn in NCAA-approved core courses. -Y o u must complete 16 core courses. - Your GPA is calc on a 4.0 scale. Must have a 2.3 min GPA in core courses to compete your first yr DI level. - You must earn a combined SAT /ACT score that matches your core-course GPA on NCAA sliding scale. Here’s the bottom line. You have to pay attention to your grades and test scores starting your freshman year in high school. If you’re unsure about your NCAA academic eligibility, then go to the NCAA website and make sure you don’t have a problem. 2. Most athletic scholarships are not “full-rides” Full ride athletic scholarships are only offered at the Division I level and only in the “head count” sports. These include FBS Football, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Women’s Tennis, Women’s Gymnastics and Women’s Volleyball. All other Division I sports are equivalency sports and partial scholarships ranging from 25% to 75% are the norm. NCAA Division II, NAIA and Junior colleges also offer equivalency scholarships. NCAA Division III schools do not offer athletic scholarships. Since the average annual “all-in” cost for an in-state public college is over $27,000 and a moderate budget for a private school is over $45,000, you can see that even if you earn an athletic scholarship, you still have some financial planning to do. This fact is critical in deciding which schools make the most sense to pursue. SAN DIEGO COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT | April 2018


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3. Academics are a big part of the equation It’s simple math. The more colleges you qualify for academically, the more colleges you can consider athletically. The admissions department at most schools has stopped its fair share of athletic scholarships. If your academic record doesn’t meet the requirements at a given university, don’t waste your time pursuing that school. No matter how fast you run or how hard you throw, if you’re an average student with average test scores, you should scratch Harvard, Vanderbilt, and Stanford off your list. Additionally, while it is true that elite athletes will be recruited more actively, coaches want to fill their roster with athletes that will represent themselves and their university in a positive light and good grades are a good start. When a coach is trying to decide between two players of similar abilities, they will go with the better student every time. 4. College coaches want to hear from student-athletes Believe it or not, college coaches actually hope to hear from good athletes who are interested in their program. At Playced, last year we conducted a nationwide survey of college coaches and 100% of college coaches preferred to hear from a prospective recruit rather than their parents, a coach or a professional recruiter. Not 90% or 95%. 100% would rather hear from the athlete. That is a pretty telling statistic. I know that sending an email or starting a conversation with a stranger is awkward. And it can be even more stressful to communicate with a college coach because you don’t want to say the wrong thing. That said, if you are a good fit for the program athletically and academically then you are actually doing the coach a favor and they’ll be glad to hear from you. 5. Unofficial visits can pay big dividends Most high school athletes don’t realize that unofficial college visits can be used much the same way as attending a camp or showcase event. An unofficial visit is anytime you (or you and your parents) visit a college and your parents foot the bill. You can take as many unofficial visits as you like. Unofficial visits to colleges in which you have interest are a great idea and you can start as early as you like. For your unofficial visits to be effective, be strategic with the colleges you go to. Be sure the program is a match for your abilities and don’t waste your time and money unless you are seriously interested in the school. Then, alert the college coach that you will be on campus and try to schedule a short meeting. While you’re on campus, spend some time soaking it all in. Walk around campus, talk to some students, watch the team practice or play a game, meet with the academic adviser. Make sure you feel comfortable. The goal is to determine how serious you are about that school.

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6. College coaches are people Contrary to popular belief, college coaches are people, just like you and me. There is no reason to be intimidated by them. You are not perfect and believe it or not, they know that. The stress will become overwhelming if you don’t put everything into perspective. Every single coach was once an athlete and I promise, they made their share of mistakes. If/when you finally meet with a college coach, be yourself! They just want to get to know you. They are not psychoanalyzing everything you say. Relax! You will enjoy the process more and so will they. 7. Recruiting rejection is the norm For nearly every athlete, rejection is a part of the college recruiting process. No matter how good you are, not every college coach in the country is going to offer you a scholarship. Overcoming the disappointment of recruiting rejection is a key factor in your recruiting journey. Here are my three steps to overcome recruiting rejection: If you’ve contacted a college multiple times (more than once) and haven’t heard back, then it’s time to wake up and smell the Gatorade! They probably aren’t interested. Their recruiting class might be full, they might not have a need at your position, or you might not be a match for their program. Move on. Learn from it.You need to figure out why you are being told no, so you can better understand your abilities, without bias. Don’t put undue pressure on yourself by trying to be something you are not. Re-evaluate the kinds of colleges you are targeting. Ask your current coach for his or her opinion about the schools on your list.

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Jahad Woods - Washington State De'Shawn Tone - Southwest Baptist University Damaro Wheller - Humboldt St Bulla Graft - William Jewell

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Jahad Woods - Washington State De'Shawn Tone - Southwest Baptist University Damaro Wheller - Humboldt St Bulla Graft - William Jewell

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