Wide receiver/cornerback Anthony Celestine (5-10, 180, 4.4) from Ridgecrest (Calif.) Burroughs had a season to remember. Though Burroughs was upended in their championship game 41-31 by Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser, Celestine still shined and ended his high school career like a champion.
On the first play of the championship game Celestine took the pill to the house on a 70-yard pass play continuing his phenomenal play as a wide receiver in 2003.
Celestine also threw a 68-yard touchdown pass on the night.
On the night Celestine caught 11 passes for 185 yards. His last performance on the high school level helped Celestine make the record books.
Celestine finished the season with a new single season CIF record (it might be the state of California’s record too) of 2,053 receiving yards. He also netted an even 100 catches for the season and scored 24 touchdowns.
The amazing Mr. Celestine had 2,900 all-purpose yards including 734 return yards.
Celestine played sparingly a defensive back. In a situational role, Celestine had 12 tackles, three interceptions, one that he brought back to the house for a touchdown.
Celestine was selected all-state, all-area, all-county and all-league as a junior when he caught 59 passes for 1,192 yards and scored 13 touchdowns.
Celestine also picked off seven passes as a defensive back in 2002.
In an earlier interview with Burroughs head coach Jeff Steinberg, he had this to say about his star player, “Anthony is the total team player. He has already told the teams that have offered him that he won’t take trips until his season is over.”
Celestine kept his word and he will take his first to Colorado State on December 19th. Besides the Rams, Celestine has offers from Wyoming, Fresno State, Oregon and Oregon State.
Colorado State, Fresno State and Oregon have already come by the school to meet with Celestine.
It is interesting when you look at the schools that are recruiting Celestine. They are the usual suspects that seem to always come into California and nabbed impact players that local schools don’t recruit.
Could Celestine be this year’s Keenan Howry?