January 15, 2012
Elk Grove football star Deon Ransom gives verbal commitment to Sacramento State; Sheldon recruit updates

By Joe Davidson

Sacramento State football could has received a verbal commitment from one regional star and could get more in the coming days and weeks.

The Hornets this weekend hosted a recruiting trip for Deon Ransom of Elk Grove High School, a tailback/safety prospect, and Kyi Thomas of Sheldon, a receiver with incredible leaping ability (he's also a superb basketball prospect).

Ransom and Thomas have been offered scholarships, and as of Sunday afternoon, Ransom gave a verbal commitment to play for the Hornets. UPDATE: On Monday, Thomas gave a verbal to play for Sac State (see story link).

Thomas has yet to make a decision but did say he is greatly flattered and wildly intrigued.
A three-year starter for the Thundering Herd, Ransom was a tough, instinctive and proud performer. He was a key part to his program's resurgence in 2011, rushing for 1,825 yards and 27 touchdowns for a 12-1 team. Elk Grove won four games in each of the previous two seasons.

Elk Grove coach Chris Nixon has raved about his leader for more than a year. He's delighted with this Sac State news.

"Great kid, works hard in the classroom and is a complete football player: great runner, terrific blocker and fearless hitter," Nixon said.

Elk Grove lineman ace Steven Moore has given a verbal commitment to attend Cal. Another Herd captain, lineman Josh Letuligassenoa, has been offered a scholarship by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where his brother Lefi plays.

Thomas, meanwhile, tried football for the first time this past fall - effective on-campus recruiting by football coach Josh Crabtree - and said he loved the experience. With a 44-inch vertical leap, Thomas can jump out of a gym and well over a defensive back. He said football wasn't an option before last fall but it most certainly is an option now.

The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Thomas had 38 catches for 628 yards and five touchdowns for the Huskies.

* Also for Sheldon - Sheldon tight end Nate Iese has been offered by Cal, in addition to Nevada, Nebraska and UCLA. He will take a recruiting trip to Cal next weekend. Iese said his top two at the moment are UCLA and Nebraska, with Cal offering last week.

* More Sheldon - Sheldon defensive lineman Antonio Perez took a recruiting trip to Sac State Big Sky Conference rival Idaho over the weekend. He said he has earlier been offered by Sac State, Army, Cal Poly and Weber State, where he will on Jan 20th, West Point on the 27th (Army came for a home visit last week).

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