Calvin Green made his last tour through the gym and weight room Wednesday night, shaking hands, hugging friends, thanking teachers and coaches attending a basketball game.
The Burbank High School senior football star was wearing a backpack and an expression as if he were somewhere else.
In truth, Green admitted he’s already mentally checked into Washington State, where he’ll play football on scholarship. A receiver, cornerback and kick returner for the Titans, Green will follow a growing trend among high school athletes and graduate early to get a head start in college. He’ll receive his diploma today and head for Pullman, Wash., next Tuesday.
“I’m ready to go,” Green said. “I’m ready for the next stage of my life, the challenge.”
Green said once he learned he could earn a scholarship he buckled down, academically. He said he surprised himself with how well he did in his classes and how much he enjoyed school.
“You should’ve met me a few years back,” Green said. “I was hard-headed, to say the least. I had no choice but to wake up and realize that I need to get right (in class).”
Said Burbank football coach John Heffernan: “Calvin’s done a great job. I’m proud of him.”
Burbank also has scholarship linemen in Printess Johnson (Sacramento State) and Ngalu Tapa (Washington State), though those seniors will graduate this spring with their class.
Browning honor – The honors continue to pile up for Folsom quarterback Jake Browning, The Bee’s Player of the Year. The junior has been named the Gatorade State Player of the Year and last week was named the MaxPreps National Junior Player of the Year.
College commitments – Trent Buenzli and Colton Giorgi, All-Metro players from Oak Ridge, have given verbal commitments. Buenzli, a tight end/linebacker, committed to University of Pennsylvania. Ivy League schools don’t give athletic scholarships, but they do help qualifying athletes with financial aide. Giorgi, a defensive back, committed to the University of San Diego.
Meanwhile, Pleasant Grove cornerback Brandon Lewis uncommitted from Boise State, where Chris Petersen offered him a scholarship, and committed to Washington, where Petersen became coach early last month.
Jesuit opens vs. De La Salle – Jesuit and national power De La Salle will open the 2014 season in Concord, the first game between the private all-boys Catholic schools. Jesuit coach Marlon Blanton is a De La Salle graduate and former Spartans assistant coach. Folsom also tried to schedule De La Salle but was unsuccessful. The Bulldogs are 28-2 the past two seasons, losing only to De La Salle.
Callaway service – A celebration of life for former Elk Grove star Jeremy Callaway will be held Sunday, Jan. 26 from noon-4 p.m. at the Rancho Cordova Elks Lodge. Callaway, an All-Metro player for the Thundering Herd’s 14-0 team of 1998, died Jan. 3 after a long battle with cancer. He was 32. For information: email@example.com.
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