One of the most common occurrences as the recruiting process takes place is a college coach watching film of the well known can't miss prospect. While watching the film, the coach will invariably find another player that also stands out. Soon this player will get on the radar of college recruiters. Here is a look at some of the teammates that may attract attention this year while playing on the same squad with top California recruits.
Tyler Lyon of Hart passed for over 3,000 yards and 27 touchdowns last year. To put up those kind of numbers, someone has to catch the ball. Look for 6'0 180 pound Troy Yudin to step up. Last year as a junior Yudin caught 46 balls for eight touchdowns. This year as Lyon's top returning receiver Yudin Should get more balls his direction.
Last year Valencia QB Michael Herrick passed for huge numbers and looks to hone in on many school and state passing records. Herrick, a great leader who can make all the throws, is allowed to have defenses play him honest due to the hard work of young running back Shane Vereen. Last year as a sophomore, Vereen rushed for nearly 1,400 yards with 28 TDs. This forced opposing D coordinators to make tough decisions regarding how they would defend the Vikings.
South Hills' Tobi Umodu has cemented himself as one of the top defensive ends in California. The UCLA commit had seventeen sacks last year. While Umodu put together his monster season, teammate Brian Slover played solid football. Slover had over 70 tackles and 6 sacks. At 6'3 and 240 pounds Slover has D1 size and should get increased interest as more people see his games and films.
When talking about Mission Viejo a 14-0 champion there may be no unexpected finds. This year at Mission Viejo, as coaches come to see TE Konrad Reuland and RB Chane Moline, look for QB RJ Toman to attract more and more attention. Toman has the tough task of taking over for Mark Sanchez but under the tutelage of head coach and quarterback guru Bob Johnson, Toman should do just fine and put up some big numbers.
Bottom line, as coaches search the state looking at top prospects they always find other kids that gain their attention. Often the unexpected find may mature into a better player than the can't miss recruit. Who are some of this years unexpected finds in California?