Three Cali Juniors to Watch

Three California junior football prospects --quarterback <b>Mike Cook</b>, wide receiver <b>Jonathan Blea</b> and linebacker <b>Ryan Coulson</b>-- have UCLA among their few early favorites...

As a junior, Jonathan Blea, a 6-3, 190-pound wide receiver from Oakhurst (Calif.) Yosemite, had 60 catches for 1,175 yards and nine touchdowns. On defense, he had 25 tackles and four interceptions. Blea was named first team all-league, all-valley, and was a second team all-state under-class selection. He plays in in the division three classification in the Golden State.

Blea, who has recorded a 4.55 40, believes he has many skills that make for a great wide receiver. "I have good speed and the jumping ability to go up and get the ball," he said. "I use my height to my advantage and I have good body control."

On the recruiting front, five schools are standing out early. "I like Fresno State, Washington State, Nebraska, Cal, and UCLA. I'd say that Washington State is my early favorite."

He has been impressed with the players Nebraska is bringing in as of late. "I like Coach (Bill) Callahan and the west coast offense they are running now. I have been watching the players they've been bringing into the program and they are some good ones. They have Harrison Beck and Marlon Lucky in and I think with those guys they will be good for years to come. A friend of mine was at a camp with Beck and he said that he was an amazing player. I would like to play with a guy like that."

Nebraska has invited Blea to their summer camp.

The receiver knows one of the UCLA players pretty well. "I know Brandon Breazell and I think Coach (Karl) Dorrell is real cool. They have a nice stadium there and I would love to play in L.A."

He carries a 3.2 core GPA and is taking the SAT March 12th. Blea is not positive on a major but is thinking about Journalism.


As a junior, Mike Cook (6-2, 190, 4.65) of San Clemente (Calif.) High threw for 1,300 yards and nine touchdowns. He added 600 yards rushing with four touchdowns. Cook was an honorable mention all-league selection.

UCLA is among three schools he is looking at in California, and the Bruins are his leader. "I have some relatives that went there," said Cook of UCLA. "I have grown up following them and it is a place I have always wanted to go."

He also likes Stanford, San Diego State, Cornell, Washington, and Nevada. "I went to camps at Penn State and SDSU last year and I will be going to some more this summeralthough I am not positive which ones yet."

Cook believes he can lead a team. "I am a strong leader that is working hard constantly. I am the kind of person that leads by example."

He carries a 3.95 core GPA and is taking the SAT on March 12th. Cook is unsure of what he would like to major in.


Ryan Coulson, the 6-3, 225-pound linebackerp prospect from Elk Grove (Calif.) High, had 145 tackles, three interceptions, one sack, and one fumble recovery last season. He was named first team all-league and honorable mention all-conference.

His early list consists of Arizona, UCLA, Colorado, and Nebraska. He is listing the Bruins and Huskers as co-favorites. "Living in California, I have watched UCLA for a long time," said Coulson. "I have always liked them. Nebraska is another school I have always watched growing up. They usually have some pretty good linebackers in their program."

He thinks Colorado would be kind of like a home away from home. "The campus at Colorado does not seem that big. It kind of reminds me of home and I think I could fit in well there."

His school has a connection with Arizona as Elk Grove is where current Chicago Bears linebacker and former Wildcat, Lance Briggs, attended high school. "They have always been a favorite of mine, too. Since Lance went there I always tried to catch their games."

Coulson believes he is a ballhawk. "I read plays and flow to the ball well."

He knows he will attend a couple of summer camps, but it not sure which ones.

The linebacker carries a 2.4 core GPA and is taking the SAT on March 12th. He is unsure of what he would like to major in.



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