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Best Coast Showcase Takeaways

Heritage's Jaden Price holds four college offers. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Heritage's Jaden Price holds four college offers. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Some of the region’s cream of the crop traveled to Foskett Regional Park in Lincoln on Sunday and displayed abilities. Here are some takeaways and notes from the event:

Clayton Valley duo primed for more after state title run

Months after helping Clayton Valley Charter to a 2019 state title, senior linebacker Dylan Seeley and running back Omari Taylor are working to build off their illustrious junior campaigns.

Seeley – the state championship game MVP who had an interception in the Division 2-AA win over Aquinas – wreaked havoc on opposing offenses last season, recording 79 total tackles and three interceptions while blocking a pair of PATs.

Since that victory to come out as the No. 1 team in California in the division, Seeley has taken more strides on the gridiron – as evidenced by his Linebacker MVP award at last weekend’s Xclusive Speed Bay Area Top 100 Showcase.

No schools have offered Seeley yet, but he said he has received multiple letters from Cal Poly in addition to speaking with Azusa Pacific.

“It’s a really big confidence boost for sure,” Seeley said. “My team actually ended up making it to state last year and I won MVP in that, so that was a big jump start. And then we moved to these combines and showcases, and just to win MVP just proves all that hard work that you’ve been putting in. It’s a great feeling.”

Taylor, like Seeley, has endured an offseason filled with major growth after rushing for 1,428 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2019 while scoring the Ugly Eagles’ lone touchdown in the state title victory.

At Sunday’s Best Coast Showcase, Seeley impressed all morning during the running back and linebacker portion, routinely winning one-on-one battles and displaying moves to two players he looked up to – Tavon Austin and De’Anthony Thomas.

Taylor also said a lot of college programs have reached out and expressed interest.

“These camps are probably one of the most important things that’s going on right now,” Taylor said. “With nothing going on right now, all the camps and stuff – it’s just giving us, giving people a chance to come look at us and check us out and see what we can do.”

Livermore QB ready to put Livermore on the map

Livermore senior quarterback Shaun Smith has been there and contributed to the Cowboys’ resurgence on the football field.

Smith, whose first varsity appearance featured two touchdowns for Livermore in a playoff game as a sophomore, is currently one of the top quarterbacks in the 2021 class in the region. His resume includes lifting the Cowboys to their first season finishing above .500 in the MaxPreps era (since 2004) during his junior year, as they went 6-5 overall and were tied for second in the East Bay Athletic League’s Valley division.

Whittier offered Smith in June, and he said he has also heard from numerous other Division III schools.

“My goal is to win EBAL this year,” Smith said. “I want that championship. We lost to Amador last year. I want that. Personally, I want first team all-league for quarterback. But overall we as a program just to grow for the younger guys so they can come into a great program.”

Heritage DB climbing up ranks

Heritage senior defensive back Jaden Price continues to boost his profile on the high school football scene.

Last season, Price hauled in three interceptions – tied for the most in the Bay Valley Athletic League – next to two forced fumbles and 28 tackles, cracking the all-league list in a loaded BVAL. 

His efforts have garnered four Division III offers – Concordia, Hamline, Pacific and Puget Sound – while boasting a two-star ranking and a No. 275 spot at the cornerback position nationally in the 2021 class.

With a new regime at Heritage under Dave Fogelstrom, Price and the Patriots are gearing up for a resurgence on the football field (Heritage last won playoff games in 2016 and 2017).

 “The offseason thus far has been great,” Price said. “We got a new coach, a new head coach. He’s been putting in so much new things, so much better. I feel like our season we’re going to have a winning season this year. We’re really going to put on for Brentwood, the city of Brentwood. I’m telling everybody that. We’ve got a new coaching staff, new work ethic, new ways of getting through things. Coach cares about us. Coach just wants us to succeed.”

Stokes, Thomas shine again

Two MVP winners from the Xclusive Speed Bay Area Top 100 Showcase took advantage of every opportunity once again.

Menlo-Atherton’s Skyler Thomas, who was selected as the Defensive MVP last week, consistently broke up passes and provided tight coverage at the Best Coast Showcase. 

Thomas is a three-star prospect by 247Sports and regarded as the No. 178 cornerback nationally. He currently boasts a Mountain West offer from UNLV.

Stokes, who was the Wide Receiver MVP, was an impossible cover for opposing defensive backs and has experienced no troubles adjusting from Pennsylvania to California in the competition.

Stokes is now at Foothill College after registering 402 receiving yards his senior year at Manheim Township.

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