By Joe Davidson
The good news continues to pour in for the Folsom Bulldogs.
Senior linebacker star Burton DeKoning has given a verbal commitment to play on scholarship for the Nevada Wolf Pack, fresh off a school-record 13-1 season.
DeKoning could remain at linebacker or switch to strong safety, but wherever he plays, he anticipates a lot of contact.
"I love to hit," he said.
DeKoning was in on 54 tackles, seven sacks and was a leader on a defense that helped key a 14-1 season. He gutted out a season in which he had a broken bone in his right hand, preferring to continue the season as opposed to having surgery. He said he wanted to do it to remain loyal to his team, to win a championship and to secure a scholarship.
He ran a complete and full sweep.
DeKoning joins several of his teammates on the scholarship front. Receiver/defensive back Jordan Richards earlier this season made a verbal commitment to play for Stanford. Jim Harbaugh saw Richards play the game of his life against Grant in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship game in front of 20,200 at Sacramento State, and he even shook his hand after the game. Though Harbaugh has since been named the 49ers coach, the scholarship offer still stands for Richards.
Receiver Tyler Trosin announced at midseason that he will attend Oregon State after setting Northern California records. Fellow receiver Kori Babineaux is weighing offers and has upcoming recruiting trips to San Diego State and Iowa State. Center Stephen Sippel is suddenly on the radar after producing his best games in the final weeks of the season, against Grant and Serra-Gardena in the State Division II title game, won by Folsom 48-20.
Folsom defensive end Marcus Hendricks has serious interest from Air Force.
And there's Bee and State Player of the Year Dano Graves, the record-setting passer with several offers, including Sacramento State.
Athletes can sign letters of intent next month.