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National Preps Collegiate Showcase Takeaways

Erik Christoffersen and Clayton Valley Charter won a state title in 2019. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Erik Christoffersen and Clayton Valley Charter won a state title in 2019. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

West Coast Preps caught up with some players from the region and updated where they are during the National Preps Collegiate Showcase on Saturday in Fresno.

Domination on domination for Coleman

Lincoln (Stockton) junior running back Jonah Coleman has emerged into one of the top players across the country.

His freshman year said it all in 2018 on the varsity roster: 545 rushing yards and nine touchdowns, alongside 298 receiving yards and three touchdowns. He followed that up with a monster sophomore campaign, rushing for 1,587 yards – No. 75 in California, according to statistics available on MaxPreps – and the 10th-most touchdowns in the state (30), also hauling in 16 catches for 324 yards and four touchdowns.

So far, Coleman – tabbed as a three-star prospect by 247Sports – boasts offers from Arizona State, Fresno State, New Mexico, Oregon State and San Jose State.

Coleman also has an impressive resume in the weight room this offseason.

“Like 525 (with squats),” Coleman said. “My bench press is like 255, so I’ve grown from last year.” 

Christoffersen’s stock rises by the day

Clayton Valley Charter senior running back/athlete Erik Christoffersen is boosting his profile each time he competes.

After rushing for 146 yards and one touchdown in addition to his team-high 493 receiving yards in the Ugly Eagles’ incredible run to a California Interscholastic Federation Division 2-AA state crown, Christoffersen has made massive strides during this extended offseason – notably his quickness, route running, breaks and footwork.

No offers have poured in yet for Christoffersen, but numerous schools have inquired about his talents, and he is pushing himself as hard as possible – at showcases and everywhere else he goes – to become the first member in his family to play at the collegiate level.

“My goal for myself is to get to a good D1 college with a full scholarship so my education can be paid for and to carry my team if I need to, just have the best season possible,” Christoffersen said. “Hopefully we can win state again.”

Freedom junior QB ready to take the reins

Freedom junior Les Callen is next in line and has all of the tools to excel as the Falcons’ quarterback.

Callen, also a golfer, already has a year of experience playing varsity football behind Jake Byrne, who tossed for 2,260 yards, 18 touchdowns and a mere four interceptions as a senior to guide the Falcons to a 3-2 record and a third-place finish in a loaded Bay Valley Athletic League.

Head coach Andrew Cotter loves what Callen brings to the table, and Callen is motivated to accumulate all the wins possible as Freedom’s quarterback.

“To be honest, I set my goals high, so to go undefeated,” Callen said. “I feel like that’s a bar you have to set because if you set it low, you always want to aim for the highest.”

“We’re excited about Les,” Cotter said. “Just having that year under his belt and developing a year maturity wise, physically, emotionally, mentally as a quarterback. And he’s got a great arm, throws a great deep ball. We want him to be as accurate as possible on some of the short passes, make great decisions. And that all helps having that year under his belt.”

More strong showings for Bay Area line duo

For College Park’s Colton Bonnington and Vintage’s Preston Gullum, this has been a strong offseason for some of the region’s top players on the offensive line.

Bonnington has added 15 pounds to his frame and undergone a remarkable improvement with his speed, dropping down six-tenths of a second with his 40-yard dash time. 

A two-time first team all-league honoree, Bonnington said he has been in contact with multiple Division III schools and also has an opportunity to play junior college football at Oakland’s Laney College. 

“My coach says that there might be one D1 school interested in me, but other than that not really anything has come up,” Bonnington said. “And if nothing does come up, I’ve talked to Laney College in Oakland. They said that they’d take me.”

Gullum is another offensive lineman whose offseason has lifted his profile some more.

Like Bonnington, Gullum said he has added 15 pounds during the offseason and has received some emails from colleges, but no colleges have reached out regarding an offer yet.

In the meantime, Gullum is focused on a section title at Vintage – an accomplishment Vintage has been near in recent years, appearing in North Coast Section semifinals the past two seasons.

“We’ve been close these past few years, gotten second and third but couldn’t pull through, but I’m trying to get that section championship,” Gullum said.

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