|Gavilan is located in Gilroy, California, which is in the Bay Area near Santa Clara. Unfortunately, it's in part due to
the location that Gavilan has a tough time recruiting athletes. The area is quite pricey.
On one hand Lango is fortunate to have three great feeder high schools in his district: Hollister, Gilroy, and Live Oak. Some of the best football players from those high schools attend Gavilan. But on the other hand, a good many others opt for other nearby colleges like West Valley, San Jose City, DeAnza, and even Foothill -- where living expense might somewhat less.
Last year the program actually ended the season with only twenty-six
guys on the roster with some athletes playing up to three
When the quarterback goes to the air he'll be looking for returning starter, Brandon Almaguer (6-1, 200), who averaged 27.7 yard per catch last season and hauled in 9 touchdown passes.
"Almaguer is a graduate of Hollister High School. He's got
speed, runs good routes, and is a qualifier with a 3.5 GPA," said
Lango of his go-to receiver. "Marshall, Oregon, Missouri, and
Portland State have shown interest in him."
Although the Gavilan defense will be young, Lango thinks some of his incoming freshman will do a nice job. He may also land a blue-chip bounceback or two from D1 programs.
The defensive line will be very young with all but one starter graduated.
Inside linebacker A.J. Lee (6-2, 235) will be a leader on an otherwise inexperienced linebacker corps. And he has to shore up a few academic issues this summer in order to ensure his spot on the gridiron. Outside 'backer Willie Gamboa (Gilroy HS) is a freshman to keep an eye on. Lango says that Paul Bianchi (6-0, 225) will move from OLB to rush end for the upcoming season.
Three or four guys are competing for spots in a defensive backfield that will be led by cornerback, Travis Martin. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Martin is coming back to football after two years away. Lango says that he's a D1 guy who will have to go D2 or D3 because of clock issues.
It's probably premature to predict a division title for Gavilan, especially with Cabrillo and Hartnell looming, but Lango has the program moving in the right direction.
Gavilan will open the season on the road against Merced College.
Outlook Improving at Gavilan College
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