Four-star athlete prospect Ricky Thenarse (6-0, 175, 4.48) from Los Angeles (Calif.) Jordan has helped the Jordan Bulldogs achieve something they have done in a very long time. Win a league championship.
After coming out the box 0-2, the Thenarse led Bulldogs have rolled out seven straight wins and will play in the 4A City Section championship bracket for the first time in the schools history.
Thenarse leads the City Section in tackles with 127. Opposing teams don't throw in his area so he doesn't have an interception, but he has recovered a fumble.
The talented Thenarse is eighth in the City Section in rushing with 1,032 yards and six touchdowns. He has been able tally those yards while sharing the rock with Carell Johnson, who is nicknamed "Baby Bush". Johnson is second in the City Section in rushing with 1,281 yards.
Thenarse leads Jordan with 15 receptions for a very impressive 451 yards and three receiving touchdowns while averaging an elevated 29.5 yards per catch.
If that's not enough proof of the kind of season this outstanding young athlete is having, he's also getting it done on special teams. Thenarse has returned 10 punts for 219 yards for an average of 21.9 per return.
"Ricky has played up to our expectations and more," Jordan coach Elijah Asante said. "He is a difference maker."
"Ricky has even made believers out of our opposition," Asante said. "South Gate head coach Gary Cordray said that Ricky is the best football player he has seen in the last 30 years."
"I'm not sure but I think Cal just offered Ricky," Asante said. "Cal coach Ron Gould called and I think he offered."
Thenarse already had one visit to Nebraska and he was blown away by the program, school and area. It was thought that Thenarse could have committed but it looks like he's about set up other visits.
The Cornhuskers still lead but other schools are closing in fast.
Cal, Oregon, Washington and Fresno State are schools that look to be in good shape for visits. All four schools have called and are picking up their efforts with Thenarse.
Nebraska is recruiting Thenarse as a safety. Washington is recruiting him as an athlete. Both Oregon and Cal think he could be an outstanding wide receiver and love for him to catch passes for them. Fresno State likes him as running back.
According to Asante, Thenarse doesn't care where he plays on the next level. He wants to get on the field as soon as possible and help his team out.
In an earlier interview with Rivals.com, Asante had one of the best quotes of the year when said the following about his four-star athlete.
"Ricky is making ambulatory hits," Asante said. "He's viscous, like Jack Tatum."
Thenarse is a member of the Rivals.com Rivals250 team for the class of 2006. He is listed by Rivals.com as the nation's No.12 prospect. He also has made the Rivals.com preseason California Top 100 landing as the golden State's No. 18 prospect at any position.