Colton finds new way to promote athletes

Last year Colton sent three players to the NCAA Division I-A ranks, including Allen Bradford and Shareece Wright to USC.

The promotion of prep football players has gone high-tech recently as Colton High School has begun using youtube.com to further the careers of some of its star players.

 

Log onto youtube.com and punch in "Daniel Sorensen" or "Damien Holmes" or "Daniel Bernard" and you can view jaw-dropping highlight films lasting several minutes on each player.

 

The one of rising senior Sorensen (6-2, 205), an all-state defensive back, is fairly amazing, showing a cornucopia of big hits, interceptions, kick returns and pass receptions. His highlight reel has been viewed 223 times, including probably by at least a few college recruiters.

 

Holmes (6-4, 255), a rising senior tight end/defensive end, has had his film viewed 121 times. Bernard (6-3, 324), a rising senior offensive lineman and the most recent to have his reel uploaded, has been viewed 88 times.

 

"It's huge," Colton coach Harold Strauss said. "The more visible your kids become, the better off they are. Any way you can make them more visible to college coaches really helps."

 

Last year Colton sent three players to the NCAA Division I-A ranks, including Allen Bradford and Shareece Wright to USC.

 

The Yellowjackets went 9-3 overall last season and won the San Andreas League.

 

Colton didn't consciously begin using youtube.com as a tool to attract recruiters.

 

Originally the idea was to post highlight films on the free website to make them easier to view by far-flung families and extended families like the Sorensens.

 

The Sorensens have sent a gang of players through Colton and into the college football ranks, as well as onto Mormon missions throughout the world. They are devout followers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

 

The Yellowjackets' camera man and high-tech guru is B.J. Bray, the 29-year-old son of Colton offensive line coach Rick Bray and the brother of wide receiver/defensive backs coach Rick Bray Jr.

 

B.J. is a former Colton basketball player who is an engineer for a communications company.

 

"The way we thought of it was just as a way to give families a link to view the films instead of trying to e-mail them, which takes too long," B.J. said. "It's worked out really well. Now what we can say is that (colleges) can get the link and view the film and then we'll also put the DVD in the mail."

 

None of this is hurting Sorensen and Holmes, who have already been offered full-ride scholarships by the University of Mississippi, nor Bernard, who also is attracting his share of attention, especially after accompanying the other two Colton stars to the recent Army All-American National Combine for underclassmen in San Antonio, Texas.

 

Although B.J. Bray could probably make a tidy sum of money doing these films for aspiring college stars, he said that's not his intent.

 

"We're not looking to make any money off this thing," he said. "We're just trying to get the kids out there, so they can be seen."

 


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