January 30, 2012
Updated Sacramento-area prep football recruiting list: who is headed where and who is still looking

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By Joe Davidson
jdavidson@sacbee.com

UPDATED Feb 1...

Our regional football list that could grow a bit today in the unpredictable nature of recruiting. We will post updates throughout the day of who formally signs...follow on Twitter: sb_joedavidson and on www.sacbee.com

OFFENSE
* QB Tanner Trosin Folsom Cal Poly
State single-season passing and total offense leader ready to run Mustangs triple option
* QB Jake Rodrigues Whintey Oregon
Already enrolled with Ducks; ideal for Oregon's spread offense with arm, legs, drive.
* QB Austin Young Colfax Southern Utah
Big at 6-5 and linebacker tough; Thunderbirds beat Sac State, UC Davis last season.
* QB Zac Cunha Roseville Minot State University
Scholar with cannon arm thrilled to be at Division II program and small-city living.
* RB Deon Ransom Elk Grove Sacramento State
Can run with speed, power, block, catch and a good personality to boot.
* RB John Wiernicki Liberty Ranch Air Force
Sac-Joaquin Section's leading rusher in 2011 burst onto the scene; just getting started.
* FB Connor Keith Nevada Union San Diego State*
Has over come blown right and left knee and keeps plugging pride, perseverance.
* WR Corey Palin Whitney Butler University
A scholar who can catch touchdowns; overcome injuries to secure ride.
* WR Dalen Jones Woodland Fresno State
Was dynamite as spread QB for Wolves and can also play in secondary; great athlete.
* WR Dylan Collie Oak Ridge BYU
Next Collie to head to Provo; incredible work ethic, leadership; versatile, proud.
* WR Doug Vernon Folsom Cornell
Excellent hands, big, strong, a terrific target across the middle; great student.
* WR Kyi Thomas Sheldon Sacramento State
Has 44-inch vertical leap, which helps; played football just one year and now loves it.
* WR Michael Thomas Cosumnes Oaks UNLV
Overcame injuries to become national recruit; superb skills, ready to run with the Rebels.
* WR Carson McMurtrey Folsom Cal Poly
A real steal for D-IAA Mustangs; overcame injuries to blow past defenders down the stretch.
* WR Logan Smith Vista del Lago University San Diego
All-time single-season records for receptions; makes amazing grabs with hands, body control.
* WR Devin Benjamin Sacramento Idaho State
Excellent leaper at 6-3, good handsl huge upside as emerging talent.
* TE Nate Iese Sheldon UCLA
Explosive off the end as a DE, too, and can fly down field as a receiver; exploded on scene.
* TE Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick Whitney USC
Superb hands and blocker; was sure not to wear beloved Raiders gear when Lane Kiffin made home visit.
* TE Josh Letuligasenoa of Elk Grove Cal Poly
Affable outside of shoulder pads and dominant inside them; joins brother Lefi in the trenches.
* OL Steven Moore Elk Grove Cal
Was core leader for revived Herd team that went 12-1; at 6-7 has a pro body now; great work ethic.
* OL Gavin Andrews Granite Bay Oregon State
Loved OSU from the start; powerful, proud and dominated all comers all season at 6-6, 340.
* OL Yuvraaj Madraf Folsom Weber State
Excellent pass blocker, good feet who protected Tanner Trosin from harm; joins Big Sky Conference.
* OL William Boule Oak Ridge Eastern Washington
Quietly excelled for playoff team with good games against great competition.
* OL Jordan Alleva Folsom University of San Diego
Coaches called him smash-mouth tough-guy brute for Bulldogs.
* OL Alex Sarner Nevada Union University of San Diego
Studious line leader can long snap, center snap as a center.
* OL Watson Tautuiaki Elk Grove Western Oregon
Late commitment for powerful Herd center who keyed prolific running game.
* OL Tobin Gramyk Roseville University of San Diego
Powerful with a gift of leg drive for team that could run or pass.
* OL Nicky Kelly Casa Roble Humboldt State
Line leader for yet another playoff team heads to state's remaining D-II program.
* K Jon David-Smith of Oak Ridge to Southern Oregon
Excellent leg who also boomed punts for Trojans and could see immediate action.
* K Marcus White Pleasant Grove UC Davis
Led state in kickoffs with cannon leg; father Russ played TE for UCD in the 1980s.

DEFENSE
* DL Arik Armstead Pleasant Grove Oregon
Area's No. 1 recruit all time with overwhelming interest; long, powerful, eager.
* DL Charles Fairamo Grant Nevada
Was sold on Pack from the start; overcame foot injury to have strong Pacers season.
* DL Antonio Perez of Sheldon to Idaho
A scholar had offers from six other schools; jokes he can't wait to play in the snow.
* DE Roman Andrus Oak Ridge BYU*
Had some dominating moments; joins teammate Collie to Provo tour.
* LB Alex Bertrando Del Oro Nevada
Bee Defensive Player of Year has excellent pursuit; can hit, cover, run.
* LB Tanner Huber Del Oro BYU*
Teamed with Bertrando to power Golden Eagles to CIF State Bowl game.
* LB D.J. Dunn Pleasant Grove Air Force
Punishing tackler who loved flight simulator ride on recruiting trip.
* LB LeDontrae Gooden Cosumnes Oaks Southern Oregon
Unsung talent is fast, ferocious, a real find for small-college in Ashland.
* LB Darion Jackson Sheldon Southern Oregon
Piled up tackles for playoff team; instinctive, quick, good hitter.
* LB Cameron Buell Casa Roble Humboldt State
Tackling machine was defensive enforcer and leader for CAL champs.
* DB Norm Sadler Del Campo Cal Poly
Defensive stalwart for another Cougars playoff team; excellent coverage man, hitter.
* DB Desmond Lewis Pleasant Grove Air ForceScholar has superb coverage skills; very fast; joins teammate Dunn for 5 more years.
* DB Shaq Thompson Grant Washington
Nation's No. 1 safety has incredible closing speed and big-play ability; electrifies in open field.
* DB Marcus Rios Cosumnes Oaks UCLA
Makes plays on special teams, too; had Miami, Notre Dame, Washington in pursuit until Monday.
* DB Andrew Williams Cosumnes Oaks Idaho
Set school record with 230 rushing yards - as a QB; excellent athlete.
* DB Jalen Angle-White Sacramento University of San Diego
Versatile as he had nearly 1,000 yards receiving; hitter
* DB J.T. Frank Jesuit Holy Cross
Scholar had six interceptions and keyed a D that made return to playoffs
* DB Josiah Paye Nevada Union Stanford*
Played QB as a junior, made plays on D as a senior; next Paye to head to The Farm
* Preferred walk-on
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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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