January 7, 2012
Sacramento-area prep football recruiting update: who's going where and who might get a shot?

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By Joe Davidson
jdavidson@sacbee.com

UPDATED Jan. 29...

This much we already know about football scholarship verbal commitments, with more to come and plenty of top talents likely to fall through the cracks, victim of a numbers game (thousands of prep stars and only hundreds of scholarships):

* TE Nate Iese of Sheldon to UCLA
* QB Tanner Trosin of Folsom to Cal Poly
* OL Steven Moore of Elk Grove to Cal
* RB Deon Ransom of Elk Grove to Sacramento State
* DB Marcus Rios of Cosumnes Oaks to UCLA
* WR Michael Thomas of Cosumnes Oaks to UNLV
* WR Kyi Thomas of Sheldon to Sacramento State
* ATH Andrew Williams of Cosumnes Oaks to Idaho
* QB Jake Rodrigues of Whintey to Oregon
* TE Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick of Whitney to USC
* OL Gavin Andrews of Granite Bay to Oregon State
* OL Charles Fairamo, Grant, Nevada
* LB Alex Bertrando of Del Oro to Nevada
* WR Carson McMurtrey of Folsom to Cal Poly
* TE/LB Josh Letuligasenoa of Elk Grove to Cal Poly
* WR/DB Dalen Jones of Woodland to Fresno State
* WR Dylan Collie of Oak Ridge to BYU
* DB Desmond Lewis of Pleasant Grove to Air Force
* WR Doug Vernon of Folsom to Cornell
* LB D.J. Dunn of Pleasant Grove to Air Force
* RB John Wiernicki of Liberty Ranch to Air Force
* DL Antonio Perez of Sheldon to Idaho
* QB Austin Young of Colfax to Southern Utah
* WR Corey Palin of Whitney to Butler University
* K Marcus White of Pleasant Grove to UC Davis
* DB Norn Sadler of Del Campo to Cal Poly
* K Jon David-Smith of Oak Ridge to Southern Oregon
* OL/DL Yuvraaj Madra of Folsom to Weber State
* WR Corey Palin of Whitney to Butler University
Others seniors:
* Shaq Thompson, Grant, S (No. 1 safety prospect in the country had given a verbal to Cal before assistant coach Tosh Lupoi bolted for Washington; now has Cal, Washington, Oregon in a dead heat).
* Arik Armstead, Pleasant Grove, OL/DL (No. 1 prospect by some; will announce today at 3 p.m. at family church; sense is it's down to Cal, Washington, Oregon).
* J.T. Frank, Jesuit, DB (defensive playmaker with 6 picks & a great student; all sorts of Ivy League interest)
* Nathan Di Donato, Franklin, DE (his 22 sacks mean he's hard to block; fast)
* Mark Jenkins, Pleasant Grove, RB (yes, he's diminutive, but he's incredibly quick, shifty, instinctive)
* Logan Smith, Vista del Lago, WR (terrific hands, routes, NorCa record 152 catches this year; rising interest)
* Zac Cunha, Roseville, QB (excellent work ethic, size, arm, student, leader; lot of D-II and D-III interest and from UC Davis, too)
* Alex Wood, Folsom, LB (team leader on D has made a ton of plays)
* Brendan Keeney, Granite Bay, QB (poised, proud, tough, a winner, scholar)
* Spencer Briare, Granite Bay, TE/LB (don't want to get run over by this guy)
* Jordan Alleva, Folsom, OL (best lineman for best passing team in the state)
* Jonathan Iulio, Grant, LB (heart and soul of Pacers D; tough, fast, good size)
* Watson Tautuiaki, Elk Grove, OL (strong in wing-T and wins most battles)
* Aaron Young, Vista del Lago, QB (at 6-3 with good touch, makes plays)
* Mitch Samson, Casa Roble, QB (excellent scholar, leader and excellent touch passer)
* Casey Lambert, Roseville, RB (a ton of yards in two seasons in rugged SFL)
* Zach Heath, Del Oro, OL (every bit as good as his brothers before him, and they got full rides)
* Cameron Buell, Casa Roble, LB (all he does is make plays and tackles, by the bushel)
* Preston Dean, Oak Ridge, FB/LB (brutish with the ball, brutish in pursuit with Ivy League grades)
* Gabe Humphers, Nevada Union, LB (coach's son is tough, versatile, smart; prefered walk-on offer from UCLA)
* Cody Demps, Pleasant Grove, QB (excellent basketball player is a leader, a scholar, a hidden talent; Hawaii, Cal Poly interest)
* Russell Smith, Del Oro, WR/DB (fast, instinctive, tough; Sac State interest)
* Maile Fainu, Burbank, DE (sack specialist with size and burst)
* Ray Edwards, Highlands, LB (relentless and has 22 sacks)
* Andrew Nave, Jesuit, K (excellent leg, athlete, student)
* Charlie Vue, Grant, K (area records for kick scoring means he's getting it through with distance, too; big interest from San Jose State)
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PHOTO CAPTION: Del Oro tight end/linebacker Alex Bertrando is off to Nevada. Bee Photo by Jose Luis Villegas/Sacramento Bee



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