There is a prospect from Northern California who is a good old fashioned blue collar football player who is also a two-sport star and is getting recruited for his talents in rugby as well as football. The player in question is fullback Cole Huntley (6-0, 240, 4.8) from Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley.
As you would expect from an athlete garnering attention from football and rugby, Huntley is very physical and loves contact.
Huntley is also very versatile as he lined up at fullback, slot back and running back last year. He ended up with 236 yards on 44 carries and scored four touchdowns while averaging 5.4 yards per carry.
Probably the most impressive statistic that Huntley recorded was his 19 pancake blocks as a junior. To say he is a devastating blocker is an understatement.
Running the pill, Huntley is powerful, has quick feet and good balance. If you need the tough yard it would be smart to call Huntley's number.
Outstanding in the weight room, Huntley's current bench is 355-pounds.
Another thing to like about Huntley is he's a winner. He has been a major part of teams that have gone 31-1-3 over the last three years with three league championships and a CIF North Coast Section 3A championship.
Playmakers have a penchant for making big plays in big games. Huntley scored two consecutive touchdowns in the CIF Northern California 3A championship game to give San Ramon Valley a 35-21 lead over Cardinal Newman at the Oakland Coliseum in December. San Ramon ended up winning that game 38-28.
On the recruiting trail Colorado, Virginia, Northwestern and Notre Dame have already shown interest in Huntley.
What is Huntley looking for in a college?
"I am looking for a school with a good college environment," Huntley said. "Strong academics are also going to be a very important consideration.
Also a huge rugby recruit he has an offer on the table from Cal.
"In January, I was offered a spot by head coach Jack Clark on the Cal Berkeley National Championship varsity rugby team," Huntley said.
Clark thinks that Huntley is one of the 10 best rugby prospects for class of 2009. He is also been invited down to UCLA regarding his rugby skills.