Measurables, not everyone has them. 6'7 frames and sub 4.5 times do not happen very often otherwise we would all be playing for Texas and USC. Bottom line, D1 programs need size, speed and athleticism. The thinking is, get an athlete and big programs will make them a football player. Often, many great high school ball players do not get the chance to play D1 but may receive the chance to play at a different level. Here are three that we recently watched more tape of and feel could help the right program at the right level.
Jesse Ortiz Rancho Bernardo High School
5'9 168 4.59 CB
Physical good open field tackler who closes fast, does a great job of containing from the corner. Jesse takes on the sweep, pitch and swing passes with the correct angle and shoulder to force everything inside. Further, when the play goes away he takes a good angle of pursuit and keeps plays from going long or scoring. Looks shorter than his listed 5'9 but is very powerfully built. He can run and shows game speed and quickness plus a great motor. In coverage, he makes receivers pay and has a great nasty streak. With his size he is better suited to play zone as opposed to man. I'm not sure if he is an every down player in college but he would be a monster on special teams. A DII, DIII school could get a valuable performer. Currently New Mexico Highlands has offered a scholarship. Add in good grades along with a swagger and competitive spirit honed from also being a wrestler and you get the type of player programs like to have on the roster.
Kevin Bigler Nordhoff High School
6'2 265 OL/DL
Bigler is a two way player for a 9-4 Nordhoff squad that lost twice to Section champ Oaks Christian, including a loss in the playoffs. On offense, Bigler plays left guard and shows the ability to pull and get down field. On the interior, Bigler gets off ball quickly and when he gets into his man, has the strength to get push. When the team pulls it is often with Bigler pulling to the right and when Nordhoff needs tough inside yards it is behind Bigler's side. Bigler does OK in pass protection but tends to get heavy on his feet. He seems more comfortable as a run blocker. Defensively, this past season, Bigler had four sacks to go with forty-nine tackles.
Josh O'Brien Santa Fe Christian
6'4 195 4.8 QB/DB/WR
The past two season Josh O' Brien has played QB for a strong Santa Fe Christian team. In his junior season O'Brien led the squad to a section title. O'Brien is an athletic 6'4 and weighs about 200 pounds but has the frame to add weight. Although his forty is 4.8, O'Brien shows quickness and good feet in multiple on field situations. Of his attributes, coachability seems to be O'Brien's strength. In high school he has played three positions, QB, WR, DB and done well at each. Currently, Azusa Pacific has offered him to play at wide receiver. Ivy league schools are showing interest to the honor student, Josh recently met with a coach from Columbia. Wheaton college in Illinois may also be a possibility. In recent years, many players from Santa Fe Christian have played at Wheaton.
PrepCA would like to wish Jesse, Kevin and Josh good luck with their upcoming college decisions.