Clovis West High linebacker Caleb Kelly, landing yet another one of the nation’s most prestigious high school football honors, has made Parade Magazine’s All-America team.
The Parade All-America team will appear in Sunday’s edition of The Bee.
Three weeks after winning the Butkus Award as the nation’s best linebacker, Kelly is one 25 players to make the Parade first team – long considered the elite in the land. The team will appear in Sunday’s edition of Parade.
The last Central Section player to receive some form of Parade All-America recognition in the 53-year history of the magazine’s honors was Washington wide receiver Deontay Greenberry, who made first team in 2011.
Other Central Section Parade first-teamers, according to historian Bob Barnett: Pat Howell, Fresno (1974); Rod Horn, Hoover (1974); Don Mosebar, Mt. Whitney (1978); Mike Kohlmoos, Redwood (1985); Steve Wofford, Bakersfield (1994); Nathan Rhodes, East Bakersfield (2001); and David Ausberry, Lemoore 2005.
The first Central Section football players honored by Parade were East Bakersfield’s Cornell Jordan (second team) and Fresno High’s Monte Doris (third team) in 1969.
The first section players recognized by Parade were East Bakersfield’s Cornell Jordan (second team) and Fresno High’s Monte Doris (third team) in 1969.
Kelly is one of four Parade first-team linebackers, joining North-Torrance’s Mique Juarez, Centennial-Tennessee’s Tyrel Dodson and Carver-Alabama’s Lyndell Wilson.
Parade’s front-liners counted five Californians, including Oaks Christian-Westlake Village wide receiver Michael Pittman, son of one of the most accomplished running backs of the same name in Fresno State history. Dad was a Bulldog in the ’90s.
Chazz Surratt, a quarterback from East Lincoln in Denver, N.C., was named Parade’s Player of the Year. He signed with North Carolina.
Kelly signed with Oklahoma on Wednesday after receiving 31 scholarship offers, including national champion Alabama – which did not make his short list. Notre Dame and Oregon did.