It’s been nine years since the football crazed community of Sanger, Calif. has seen a Sanger High School Apache standout land on the Pac-12 recruiting boards.
Former Fresno State defensive lineman Nikko Motta was the last known Apache to receive Pac-12 interest, pursued by Arizona State back in 2008. Now comes 2019 wide receiver Jalen Cropper – the recipient of four offers from Pac-12 schools.
Oregon, Oregon State, Utah and UCLA have all offered the tall and dynamic Cropper, with the Ducks emerging as his latest scholarship offer on May 4. Motta tells Scout that while he had his own major recruiting period during his time inside Tom Flores Stadium, Sanger High and the city has never witnessed someone explode on the trail this early.
“I was recruited by some big time schools, but not anything like this and this early," said Mota, who is now an assistant on the Apaches' staff. "The end of my junior year it started heating up, but this kid is special."
The sophomore Cropper, whose explosive plays and elusiveness in the open field helped lead Sanger to a CIF Central Section Division II title last season, says he’s humbled by the early offers.
“It feels great knowing that these coaches know about me and where I’m from because it just gives them the idea that there is more talent from where I come from,” Cropper tells Scout.
New Oregon outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator, Raymond Woodie, offered Cropper, the DB Guru 7v7 teammate of one of the Ducks' newest commits, Steve Stephens, who pulled the trigger on April 30.
Is the newest Duck safety commit already convincing Cropper to say yes to the Oregon offer?
“I haven’t had any contact with Steve about it yet,” Cropper said. “But I’m pretty sure in the future we will have a conversation about it.”
Cropper hasn’t planned out any visits yet and cites both Tony Perry and Travon Jones – his two primary trainers – as his main influences during the recruiting period. Cropper concludes that he’s aiming to announce his commitment after his junior season.