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UC Davis’ Keelan Doss made his mark among receivers. Why colleges will see him again

UC Davis wide receiver Keelan Doss (3) runs for a touchdown against host Sacramento State in the Causeway Classic on Nov. 18, 2017. Doss will return for his season season with the Aggies.
UC Davis wide receiver Keelan Doss (3) runs for a touchdown against host Sacramento State in the Causeway Classic on Nov. 18, 2017. Doss will return for his season season with the Aggies. hamezcua@sacbee.com

The NFL isn’t going anywhere, and neither is Keelan Doss.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound UC Davis receiver who led all players – both in the Football Championship Subdivision in which the Aggies play and also the Football Bowl Subdivision – in receiving yards (1,499) and receptions per game (10.5) in 2017 announced on Twitter that he will return for his senior season.

He has a certain NFL future because of his speed, hands and size.

Doss was a real find for the Aggies. The Bay Area product generated almost zero recruiting interest despite good grades and promising skills. His Alameda High School coaches sent out film and transcripts to more than 50 schools with only one response: UCD and coach Ron Gould, now at Stanford.

Dan Hawkins, preparing for his second season as UCD’s coach, has called Doss as “good a person and player as I’ve ever coached.”

DJ a Duck – DJ Johnson was the most heavily recruited athlete in the history of Burbank High (which opened in 1963), fielding more than 100 football offers. He landed at Miami, and the 6-foot-5, 255-pound defensive end played sparingly in 2017. He has transferred to Oregon, stressing a desire to be closer to family and needing a fresh start.

York to Midwest – Rahsaan York of American River College by way of Franklin High has signed with Kansas State.

The sophomore linebacker was named the California Community College Defensive Player of the Year after helping the nationally ranked Beavers reach the Northern California finals.

Mann the man – Charles Mann played 12 NFL seasons as a defensive end, 11 with the Washington Redskins, and endured 12 surgeries, but the Valley product said his mind is in good order amid so many concussion concerns sweeping the league and buckling retired players.

“I’m in good shape and don’t have any memory issues, thank goodness,” said Mann, who on Saturday was inducted into the Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame. “I know I’m more fortunate than a lot of others.”

Horn honor – Daryl Horn will live on at Sacramento State, where he played baseball for coach John Smith in 1988 and ’89, in the form of an annual award.

He died on Nov. 25 in a hit-and-run crash in San Pablo, a wreck that also killed his brother-in-law (Troy Biddle) and son (Baden Biddle). Horn was honored at Sac State’s Diamond Dinner, attended by Horn’s wife, Denise, and other family members. Horn was the catcher for Sac State’s 1988 team that reached the NCAA Division II World Series.

Hoskins on Hornets – Rhys Hoskins of Jesuit, whose towering home runs got him drafted out of Sac State, was a guest of honor at the recent Diamond Dinner. He slugged 18 home runs in 50 games with the Phillies, and said of Sac State at the dinner, “Playing here helped me prepare for the life that was thrown at me last year.”

Madrigal moments – Nick Madrigal of Elk Grove is on two preseason All-American baseball teams, and the second baseman for Oregon State is projected to have another banner season.

The junior hit .380 with 20 doubles, 16 stolen bases and 40 RBIs for OSU, ranked No. 1 for parts of last season. Madrigal was the Pac-12 Conference Player or the Year last spring and its Defensive Player of the Year. He is a projected first-round pick. Recent regional first rounders include outfielder Dylan Carlson of Elk Grove to St. Louis and pitcher Matt Manning of Sheldon to Detroit.

Dodson honors – Tanner Dodson of Jesuit and Cal made the Perfect Game and Baseball America preseason All-American lists as a utility player (hitter and pitcher). He hit .297 with 26 RBIs last season and earned the batting title in the wood-bat Cape Cod Baseball League over the summer. He also went 1-2 in eight appearances on the mound, striking out 16 and walking five in 24 1/3 innings.

Kreidler kudos – Ryan Kreidler of Davis High was named a team captain for UCLA baseball, the only sophomore honored. Kreidler is a 6-4 infielder who slugged 13 doubles for Mankato in the Northwoods League over the summer. He started 30 games at shortstop and 24 at third base for UCLA last season.

Mico moment – Don Mico swept Shasta to win his first two games as Cosumnes River College’s head baseball coach. The longtime CRC assistant replaced the retiring Tony Bloomfield, who won 733 career games and led the Hawks to the playoffs 17 times in his 19 seasons, including the 2012 state championship.

Mico’s son, JD, is an infielder for the Hawks.

Joe Davidson: 916-321-1280, @SacBee_JoeD

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