Jeff Camilli is Jason Tenner's kind of linebacker. Productive, fierce and improving by the month.
With spring ball in the air and scholarship news floating like so much pollun, Tenner, the Ponderosa High School coach, said his junior is rising fast on the recruiting radar. Fresno State offered this week with more expected to come.
"First and foremost," Tenner was saying this week, "Jeff is a great kid, a throw back - tough, hard-nosed and gets after it. You can see it in him when he's on the wrestling mat, too. Just a beast."
The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Camilli had 126 tackles last fall. He had 91 stops as a sophomore starter. Longtime football followers wonder if Camilli isn't already one of the all-time greats to play in Shingle Springs, where Ponderosa football has been a big part of the region since the 1970s.
"I'm really excited for Jeff - he deserves (the scholarship attention)," Tenner said. "He's the emotional leader for our team, and I'm excited that people outside our community have noticed how special he is."
- By Joe Davidson
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