San Jose State Going Hard After East Bay DB

Campolindo High School in Moraga is off to a surprising 5-0 start, due in no small part to the play of defensive back Dan Fadelli. As the Cougars are getting the attention of the Diablo Foothill Athletic League, defensive back Dan Fadelli will most certainly garner more attention from college coaches. Inside Sparta went out to Moraga last Friday to get a look.

Campolindo High School is off to a 5-0 start and is the surprise of the DFAL.

"We were picked to finish last in the league this season," Cougar head football coach Kevin Macy said after his team took charge in the second half and dispatched Doughtery Valley 38-21 in Moraga, Calif. "The kids are working hard and it's paying off."

Macy added that the Cougars lost a lot of size from a 2010 season that notched a mediocre 5-6 record. But Campolindo has already matched it's 2010 win total without dropping a game, and a big reason for that is defensive back Dan Fadelli.

"Teams won't throw to his side of the field," Macy said. "You saw tonight what happens when they do."

In the midst of a tight battle, Fadelli snatched a Tyler Eastman pass and ran it back 24 yards to break open the game. Campolindo never looked back.

"That game was really a lot tighter than it should have been at halftime," Macy said about Fadelli's third pic-six of the season. "A guy like Dan makes plays for you when you need him to and his interception really did change the entire game."

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Fadelli doesn't yet have any scholarship offers, but that doesn't mean he isn't getting attention, and San Jose State is reportedly one of the schools interested.

"SJSU has told me they're interested in me but they want to see how I do this season," Fadelli said. "That's what I'm hearing from most of the schools."

There is a San Jose State connection - Fadelli's father played college ball at Arizona State with current Spartan defensive line coach Jim Jeffcoat.

However, SJSU is not his preferred destination at this point.

"I'd have to say California is my favorite right now," he said. "At this point they've offered me as a preferred walk-on but that could change. They want me to put on a little weight."

Other schools in the mix include UC Davis, San Diego, Cal Poly San Luis Obipso, and Oregon State. He said schools are primarily recruiting him as a defensive back, and reports a 4.5 speed in the 40-yard-dash.

Recruiting isn't yet a priority at the moment for Fadelli as he said he is concentrating on his season.

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