Two Gems to Lead CSM
College of San Mateo
College of San Mateo is fortunate enough to welcome the return of two of the top junior college players in Northern California for their sophomore seasons in 2001. Quarterback Jason Douglas and defensive lineman Ryan Boschetti were two of the most exciting players in the Golden Gate Conference as freshmen in 2000.
Douglas (6-1, 175), a graduate of McAteer High School in San Francisco exploded onto the JC scene in 2000. His combination of a good arm and outstanding athleticism made him an instant success at CSM. Over the course of the season, Douglas completed 125 of 216 passes for 1,965 yards and 14 touchdowns. When it came down to voting for the All-Golden Gate Conference quarterback, there was a big push for Douglas to receive the honor. However, the coaches decided to recognize four quarterbacks on the first team All-Conference, including CCSF's platoon of sophomores Taylor Barton and Kevin Zouzounis (both of whom started half of CCSF's games in 2000) and Foothill freshman Ryan Sorahan (heading to the University of Arkansas). There was no question that Douglas had left his an impression on the coaches of the Golden Gate Conference.
Ryan Boschetti (6-4, 285) of Carmont High School in Belmont came storming out of
the gates in 2000. Boschetti has been described by many as a "throw
back" to football players of the past. He wears the once common white
forearm pads and "has a motor like Howie Long," said CSM head coach
Larry Owens. Boschetti, also a first team All-Golden Gate Conference
player, runs exceptionally well and has been timed at 4.7 seconds in the
forty. He was also named to the All-State Region II team. He grey
shirted his first year out of high school, adding weight to his large
frame. He was a full qualifier out of high school and carries a GPA well
over 3.5. He has already been offered a scholarship by the University of
Indiana, but decided to return to San Mateo for his sophomore season.
Without a doubt, many more scholarships offers will certainly be
Many people believe that CSM has the talent to be very competitive in the Golden Gate Conference in 2001. However, the Bulldogs will be moving to the Coast Conference this season, joining other teams from the northern Central Coast who, like CSM, tend to play with local players. It is likely that CSM will do very well in the Coast Conference, not known for being as strong as the Golden Gate.
Douglas and Boschetti will have a good supporting cast from a group of fellow talented sophomores at San Mateo. The defense welcomes the return of middle linebacker Gary Torre (6-1, 220) of Half Moon Bay. Torre runs well (4.7-4.8) and is a solid hitter. He was an All-Conference selection in 2000. Cornerbacks James Julian (5-11, 175, Menlo-Atherton H.S.) and Maurice Haines (5-10, 185, Menlo-Atherton H.S) both return in secondary along with safety Keene Jackson (5-8, 180, Washington High School - San Francisco), the "hardest hitter on the team" according to Owens. Julian ran a 4.48-forty at our NorCal Combine.
The offense welcomes a pair of transfers from CCSF in tight end Jason Hardee (6-4, 260) and running back David Taufo (5-11, 185). Both are graduates of Serra High School. Hardee is described as very athletic for his size. Center Ashley Parham (6-0, 260, Aragon H.S.) returns on the offensive line.
It appears that the CSM Bulldogs will be ready to field a good squad in 2001. Be sure to watch out for Jason Douglas and Ryan Boschetti as two of the top recruits in Northern California in 2001.