Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde is home to a couple of SoCal sleepers, both boasting an offer from Big 12 country. With a strong senior season expected, look for this pair to blow up in the coming months.
New Rancho head coach Pete Duffy formerly coached at Los Angeles (Calif.) Freemont where he coached current Div I players Mark Bradford (Stanford), Thomas Herring (USC) and Milvon James (UCLA). He believes he has two players, Jonathan Hawkins and Deandre Reed that are on par with anyone he has coached thus far.
Hawkins, 6-0, 180 pounds plays defensive back and could play corner or safety in college. Reed, 6-4, 210 pounds is a linebacker/rush end who will likely grow in to a defensive end in college.
"They're both great football players who work hard and are just phenomenal kids," Duffy said. "They're as good as anyone I've coached so far and are both really smart players too.
"Jonathan is a real banger, he'll come up and really hit you. He's a very physical player and is a workout hound. Deandre is a long, rangy kid who can really come off the edge. He has long arms and he's really tough on an offense because he's so quick and uses his hands really well."
Several schools were hoping to see the two during the spring and summer camp circuit but the only college that the two were able to get to was Colorado who offered a scholarship to both players shortly after.
"Arizona, Arizona State and UNLV just want to see them in pads before they offer," Duffy said. "That's basically what a lot of schools said but Colorado was able to see them for three or four days at their camp and loved both. I have the offers for both guys in writing and they both are very interested in Colorado. It's a big time school from a great conference so the kids are excited about it but are looking forward to going through the recruiting process to see who else jumps on board."