It was four years ago as a senior at Moorpark High that Chad Hansen had only one college scholarship offer — from Idaho State. He ran 100 meters in 10.91 seconds, was a 22-foot long jumper and caught 12 touchdown passes as a receiver.
Fast forward to Saturday and the third day of the
Called a "late bloomer," he certainly has surpassed lots of former high school receivers from the class of 2013. He left Idaho State after one season and transferred to Cal as a walk-on in 2014. Last season, he caught 92 passes for 1,249 yards and 11 touchdowns.
“I should have thrown him more passes,” former Moorpark coach Tim Lins said. “We had 11 of the 12
Hansen watched the draft from his home in Fillmore. He got a text message congratulating him from his former Cal teammate, quarterback Jared Goff of the Rams.
Tedric Thompson, a Valencia High grad who was one of the best safeties in the Pac-12 at
Now there’s a distinct possibility of two Thompson brothers playing in the
"Very cool," Valencia coach Larry Muir said of Thompson's selection.
Colorado assistant Gary Bernardi recruited Thompson out of high school. He was one of his first recruits after leaving San Jose State for Colorado.
"It's guys like Tedric — that is the reason we've gone from 2-10 to 10-4," he said. "You could see he had the potential. He had size and he was explosive. He came back from his concussion injury and is on track to graduate. I'm excited for him."
In San Clemente, offensive lineman Sean Harlow was watching the draft on television with his father, Pat, the football coach at San Juan Capistrano JSerra. Pat was the 11th player taken in the 1991 draft by the
"I was crying like a school girl," Pat said.
Sean, a San Clemente grad who started for four years at
"The belief he has in himself — I'm extremely proud of him," Pat said.
USC’s team captain, 6-foot-9, 350-pound offensive lineman Zach Banner, was taken 137th by the
"I think the best thing to learn is it's business and you need to make sure you perform well at a high level all the time and build great relationships," he said.
Banner could be back at the Coliseum this fall, because the Colts play the Rams in Week 1 on Sept. 10.
In Round 5, linebacker Blair Brown of Ohio, a Rancho Verde grad, went No. 148 to the
Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya, a West Hills Chaminade grad, went to the
Safety Leon McQuay of USC was taken as the last pick of the sixth round by the
Running back Khalfani Muhammad of Cal, a state track champion in the 100 meters at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, was chosen in the seventh round by the Titans at 241.