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Tristian Alesi of College of Idaho will kickoff 8/25/2018 vs rival Eastern Oregon. This kid is about to make a lot of fireworks happen. This will be a player to watch this upcoming season.

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CONTENT S     MAGAZINE                                    12 Year of the Yote Torrey Pines High School Alum Tristan Alesi - College of Idaho

22 MillerTime Oceeanside High School Alum Jordan Miller from Washington

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Olympian High School alum Gary Cannon - Midland University

44 San Diego Pioneer Mission Hills High School alum Ryan Huerta - Mid-American Nazerene

52 7 Things You Need to Know 7 Tips to Recruiting - Real talk

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Y E A R o f t h e yot e s Defensive back Tristian Alesi Turn it up to the next level                   

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“The key to life and football are out work your opponent” was said by Hall of Fame College coach John Robinson of USC. This is the philosophy that made Torrey Pines alum Tristen Alesi intrenched in one of College of Idaho most competitive position on the field at Strong Safety. Last season as a Sophomore Tristen started the final for games and finished the year with 44 tackles and 2 Interceptions. Solid numbers, but that isn’t enough to secure spot for 2018-19 season. Spring ball was hot and heavy as the Yotes has 3 potential starters at the Strong Safety position. The returners are senior Tanner Oshiro was a regular during the 2017 season – recording 9 tackles battling recovery from an injury in 15-16; with senior James Silva bringing two seasons of experience from his junior college days at Butte College and had a stellar junior campaign 20 tackles and 1 forced fumble. Lastly Tristan. Tristian Alesi is 6’0 – 185 pounds. Even though he is listed as a Strong Safety, Tristian has showcased the ability to play corner. Even on certain schemes and sets Tristian has subbed in as a corner maximizing his speed, athletSAN DIEGO COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT | April 2018


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icism and overall play. Anyone that has this type of ability is clearly one of the better athletes on the team and hard to keep off the field. College of the Idaho went a respectable 6-5 last season and 3 – 1 when Tristan was a starter. In order to be the top team Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC) you have to have great defensive back play every weekend. The pass happy teams like Southern Oregon and Montana Tech have rained elite over the past few years. Consistent play defensive back is a necessity and that is exactly what Tristan provided over the season and especially in the last for games. Look for Tristian Alesi – to take control and own the number 1 spot on the depth chart. On August 25th he will take on C of I nemesis Eastern Oregon and two weeks after on September 8th will be a showdown vs Division I-AA Portland St. If Tristan can get off to a great start and start consistent with his stats look for a number of post awards coming his way.

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Jordan Miller Up until Jordan’s injury he had the lowest ranked passer defensed in PAC 12, and ranked as one of the Top 3 cover corners on the West Coast. Jordan had 23 tackles, five pass break-ups, two interceptions and one forced fumble in seven games for 2017-18 season.

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In 2017-18 Jordan Miller suffered a season ending injury. Now fully recovered and a big chip on his shoulder Miller is ready to show the world why he was ranked one of the best in the in country. SAN DIEGO COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT | April 2018


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J o r d a n mi l l e r “ pac 1 2 - b e s t ”     FootballNews                                     Saturday, Sept. 1, against Auburn in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium is the day Jordan Miller has been counting down for over a year now. The 6’1 – 180 lbs cornerback from Oceanside High School has been a major fixture in the University of Washington defensive backfield. Miller is long and lean, a la Marcus Peters. Miller played sparingly as a true freshman in 2015 and was a key reserve in that 2016 loaded secondary. As a junior in 2017, he finally got his chance the start. Midway through the season, he ranked as one of the Pac-12’s top cornerbacks, according to Pro Football Focus.

special class of defensive back. Alum Kevin King has named this year’s class “the new Death Row” he tweeted. Meaning anyone that thinks they can pass on this secondary is dead noise, not happening. “Jordan Miller is a huge piece to the Huskies success and he has to be healthy so he can get back to his dominant ways”, says a Husky assistant coach.

Jordan Miller (Sr., 6’1, 180)

Last season 2017 Miller suffered a season ending broken ankle injury versus Arizona St. This was devastating new for the Miller and the team. Jordan Miller is one of the NCAA top coverage cornerbacks. He has the sixth lowest passing ranking when targeted at a grade of 32.2. This in lame-man’s term, wide receivers rarely catch the ball when thrown his way. Up until Jordan’s injury he had the lowest ranked passer defensed in PAC 12, and ranked as one of the Top 3 cover corners on the West Coast. Jordan had 23 tackles, five pass break-ups, two interceptions and one forced fumble in seven games for 2017-18 season.

Jojo McIntosh (RS Sr., 6’1, 211)

University of Washington spring ball is a big deal and Miller has been told he is very limited in his participation. Coach Jimmy Lake knows this is a

Rumor has it that this could be the best secondary the University of Washington has ever had with players like: Spring Roster

• Taylor Rapp (Jr., 6’0, 207) •

Austin Joyner (Jr., 5’10, 193)

Myles Bryant (Jr., 5’8, 179)

• Byron Murphy (RS So., 5’11, 184) •

Isaiah Gilchrist (RS So., 5’11, 205)

• Elijah Molden (So., 5’10, 191) • Brandon McKinney (So., 6’0, 201) • Keith Taylor (So., 6’2, 193) •

Sean Vergara (Sr., 6’2, 184)*

• Dustin Bush (RS Jr., 5’9, 180)* •

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It is easy to understand when the buzz is growing. Jordan Miller is ready and Saturday, Sept. 1, against Auburn in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium can’t arrive fast enough. If Jordan Miller can play up to expectation and return to his dominant ways, Jordan can start looking towards draft day and playing on Sunday’s. 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: Jordan Last season being carted off vs ASU - Below: Jordan in game mode.

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During 2018 Spring Game Jordan Miller shows his skillset as he stri before his injury in 2017.

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On September 10, 2016 Midland University caught a glimpse of their new game-changer early vs. North Park University. During that game a young freshman showed the staff that he can start as quarterback and simple dominate the game. Down 1714 quarterback Gary Cannon from Olympian High School in San Diego, Ca led this team to one of its most memorable comebacks in school history. The Gary Cannon a freshman quarterback lead the comeback charge by throwing 4 touchdowns and help won 42-24 leading the Warriors to a 3-0 record and into the top 25 ranking. Cannon just didn’t do it with his arm he also showed he can run. In this great comeback Cannon add 40 yards rushing and alluded defenders while avoiding sacks and/or tackles for a lost. “I can do many different things,”

Cannon said to local media. “But my main thing is to help the team win.” Thus, was born the man known as Slash2k (quarterback-slashwide receiver-slash-running back). Cannon showed signs of his versatility as a freshman, as he recorded passing, rushing and receiving touchdowns during limited stints at each position. Oct 28,2017 is when Cannon made the move from QB to Slash 2k. He entered the game and immediately made an impact at Running back. It appeared in 2018-19 season Gary “Slash2k” Cannon is the NAIA version of the famous Pittsburgh Steeler Kordell Stewart. This upcoming season Gary will play everything from Running Back, Quarterback, Wide Receiver, Punt Returner and Kickoff Returner. Last Season Cannon led the team on Passing with 823 yards and ran for 387 yards for a com-

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bined 14 Touchdowns. Head Coach Jamrong said “He is a homerun every time he touches the ball. This earned the Sophomore Honorable All Conference. This upcoming season Midland University has such an advantage. Cannon is the element of surprise, because you never know where he is going to line up on the field. Opponents spent countless hours devising ways to defend Cannon, even though he played only limited snaps each game at various positions last season. “He scared the heck out of defensive coordinators,” Dave Kumura, Hastings College Coach. “You couldn’t go into the game without game planning for the guy.” Cannon can change what most team look for in a prototype Quarterback within GPAC – Great Plain Athletic Conference. Most teams look for tall, not as athletic players. Some see the move of Gary as a change in Midland University recruiting philosophy and how teams will start to recruit athletes - not single position players. Several coaches around the conference feel Cannon won’t be a Quarterback full time again, and that is to their advantage. “People have said to me, ‘Once they move you to wide receiver, they won’t let you play quarterback again.’ Well, I will do all I can to play quarterback again, but if the team is better suited with me contributing at other positions, then that is where I will play”, express Gary Cannon. In 2018-19 season, Midland University success will go as hand in hand with Gary Cannon’s success. Midland is a top 25 team. Having this and much hype is something some players would feel unsettling but Cannon is ready and willing. Kickoff happens on August 25th and Slash2k will begin his campaign as the Athlete in the GPAC and possibly NAIA.


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Mid-American Nazerene Linebacker Ryan Huerta National Rankings: 22nd in Tackles 31st in Sacks per game 33rd in Total Sacks 39th in forced fumbles per game

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Standing 6’0 – 220 pounds and a tackling machine is Mission Hills alum and Mid-American Nazarene Pioneer linebacker Ryan Huerta. In 22 starts Ryan has racked up 203 tackles, 9 sacks and 22.5 tackles for losses. He has earned 2nd team all HAAC – Heartland of America Athletic Conference as a junior. According to NAIA Official site Ryan was nationally ranked 22nd in Tackles 31st in Sacks per game 33rd in Total Sacks 39th in forced fumbles per game What an impressive resume the junior has put together. This season is all about reinventing yourself for MidAmerican and Ryan will spearhead the defense. Mid-American was ranked 7th in total sacks, but 40th in Pass Defense allowing 215 yards per game. Which both are descent stats, but the team gave 239 1st downs. Something the team and Ryan need to change going into the 2019 season. Ryan Huerta and Dominic Swillum (Sr) is now the head up the Linebacker Core MidAmerican and both are AllConference returners. You add Defensive Lineman Jaron Reed SAN DIEGO COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT | April 2018

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Cont.. PG 45 ), the Pioneers are looking to make some major noise. Fellow San Diegan Malique Taylor (Sr) (Palomar CC/Rancho Buena Vista) will be a big addition and provide much needed support and leadership, while Ryan Huerta is ready to step up and control the core of the defense. If history repeats itself, look for Ryan Huerta to have an All-American type season. When in High School Ryan 2012-13 season and Junior campaign is when his name would echo as a fearless linebacker and grabbed the attention of SDFNL Magazine All-Star Game selection committee. Ryan had big tackles and plays that showcased on the PPR (Prep Pigskin Report) and the momentum carried in his senior season. Ryan has that 4-year itch to break out again, and this is the season. Mid-American open against Midland University. Look for Ryan and the Pioneers to set the tone early and play after play on defense. “The goal now is not to just be a great tackler, it is time to become every down impact player. Being a veteran is now my job to be leader on and off the field. The goal is to win conference and take 1 game at a time�, express Ryan. These are word of a true player. Look for Ryan and the Pioneer to kickoff August 28th vs the Midland Warriors.

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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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