Four days from National Signing Day, uncertainty still surrounds some of the Central Section’s top football players.
Edison High’s Tyler Horton emerged as a true shutdown corner back and has a variety of NCAA Division I programs knocking on his door.
He has mostly kept quiet on his recruitment, but says that the finalists, in no particular order, are Cal, Boise State, Fresno State, Nevada and Oregon State.
Boise State made a late push, and Horton made an official visit there Jan. 24.
He has 10 offers in all and is set to announce his decision at Edison at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Another cornerback up in the air is Clovis North’s Noruwa Obanor, who suffered a neck injury early this past season. He missed all but three games as a senior.
When healthy, Obanor has the tenacity that college coaches covet.
“I take the field with the utmost confidence,” said Obanor, who describes his game in three words: “Smart, precise, and beast.”
Obanor said that he will definitely sign Wednesday, but offered little insight on which school he’d choose. He holds offers from Fresno State, Colorado State, Nevada, San Diego State and Yale.
Clovis North stars stick
One of the more underrated players in Clovis North’s impressive run of contention in the powerful Tri-River Athletic Conference the past few seasons was three-year starter Hayden Haupt.
Haupt, an outside linebacker, gave a verbal commitment to Army in mid-January and is not wavering.
“When I had my official visit I immediately felt connected with the coaches and the other players,” Haupt said. “There is nothing I feel more prideful and honored about than to play football for the U.S. Army. Then having an opportunity to serve my country afterwards is something I will be proud to do.”
There will be no late drama for Bolu Olorunfunmi or Jacob Daniel, either as they, too, are sticking with their respective schools. Olorunfunmi confirmed that “no doubt” he will sign with UCLA after giving them a verbal commitment last March.
Daniel said he will sign with the Bruins’ crosstown rival, USC. The Trojans locked up Daniel up in May, a few months after he decommitted from Washington.
Other Edison stars set to sign
Edison will continue its annual tradition of sending multiple players on to the next level.
Bee Player of the Year Vance Sams and defensive back Juwan Murphy announced that they will both play at D-II Minot State in North Dakota.
Running back Khai Williams said that he is “leaning” toward Minot State but will think it through before a final decision Wednesday.
Late-blooming wide receiver Kamron Lewis burst onto the scene this past fall, becoming Edison’s top deep threat. He holds an offer from Nevada, but admits that he has no idea what his final decision will be. There’s a chance that he will elect to sign at a later date.
Then there’s highly touted prospect AJ Greeley, who committed to Fresno State in April. However, until he faxes in his letter of intent, Bulldogs fans shouldn’t rest too easy.
Greeley is the area’s premier athlete. While he’s most likely a college safety, he has the ability to play offense or defense at the next level. Because of his skill set, other schools, including a handful from the Pac-12, figure to chase him all the way to the end trying to land his signature.
It would be a huge win for Fresno State, if coach Tim DeRuyter can hold on to him.
Trevino will be a ’Dog
Fresno State fans don’t need to worry about 6-6, 320-pound offensive lineman Isaiah Trevino, as it has been confirmed he’ll sign with the Bulldogs.
Trevino has spoken highly of the job DeRuyter has done the past few years. Being from the Central Valley, Trevino knows what Bulldogs football is about.
McCoy 100% Husky
Roosevelt defensive lineman Ricky McCoy will sign with Washington, and apparently has been told by Huskies coach Chris Petersen that he’ll line up at tackle when he arrives in Seattle.
McCoy started to hear from Michigan during the past week, but the late-arriving Wolverines are said to have been unable to overcome the relationships McCoy had built with Washington.
The 6-4, 295-pounder was at one time committed to Arizona and also held offers from Fresno State and Oregon State, among others.
Eastern Washington grabbing locals
Malcolm Williams of Sunnyside and Savion Simms of Central are poised to become Eastern Washington Eagles.
Williams, a Bee All-Star, is expected to play running back. Simms, who took an official visit last weekend, will suit up at cornerback.
Eastern Washington is a perennial Football Championship Subdivision contender.
Two from Central staying in Cali
Defensive end Zeandae Johnson and cornerback Dehlon Preston will play their college ball in California.
Johnson will sign with Cal on Wednesday and Preston with San Jose State.
Both have been committed since last spring/summer and any kind of a flip seems unlikely.
El D QB is Mountain West bound
El Diamante quarterback J.C. Robles will honor his commitment and sign with Colorado State.
Robles picked up his Rams offer in early October and the next day decided to give them his pledge.
Coach Jim McElwain left for the Florida job, but Robles insists that Fort Collins is undoubtedly the place he wants to be.
Former Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo is tne new man in charge at Colorado State and talks with Robles frequently.
“Getting reassurance from Coach Bobo was a huge thing,” Robles said. “We are mutually excited about getting to work with each other.”
Mission Oak standout undecided
LeAndre Jefferson of Mission Oak has no intentions of signing Wednesday.
Jefferson, who is in the middle of basketball season, says that he’ll most likely take a few weeks to weigh his options.
Holding offers from UNLV and Wyoming, Jefferson projects as a running back or slot receiver, but could also find himself a home at defensive back.
Five to watch in the Class of 2016
Looking toward next season’s seniors, here are some of the big names:
• Bryson Young, Buchanan
• Charles Williams, Bullard
• Caleb Kelly, Clovis West
• Darian Owens, Clovis West
• Romello Harris, Tulare.