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Seeley becomes MVP for Clayton Valley

Dylan Seeley was named the MVP of the state championship game. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Dylan Seeley was named the MVP of the state championship game. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Dylan Seeley’s older brother showed him the way.

Christian Seeley, now a sophomore receiver for Azusa Pacific, was a star at Clayton Valley Charter. He registered 115 tackles as a senior in the Ugly Eagles’ run to a Diablo Foothill League crown while garnering all-league honors.

Christian Seeley showed Dylan Seeley everything it takes to become a college football player, and Dylan is on a trajectory to accomplish those same goals here shortly.

“My driving force obviously is my family,” Dylan Seeley said. “I love my family. My brother plays Division II football, so he’s always been a really big inspiration to me, looking up to him, going to all these camps, doing all these things, so just trusting the process and kind of following his footsteps. Trying to be the best person I could be.”

And when Dylan Seeley, entering his senior season as a linebacker for Clayton Valley Charter, entered high school, the evidence was right there.

He was going to be something special. Just like his older brother. Just like those in the NFL he looked up to.

“It really, really started in high school,” Dylan Seeley said. “I always loved the game of football when I was young, but right when high school hit, it finally became like a reality.”

His junior campaign said it all, with his efforts down the stretch playing a big role in Clayton Valley’s remarkable turnaround from a 5-5 regular season in a league as challenging from top to bottom as the East Bay Athletic League to coming out as the top dog in its respective division in California.

Dylan Seeley finished with 75 tackles in 2019, an interception, a blocked field goal and a forced fumble, but those numbers only told part of the story during the historic year.

In the 10-7 victory over Aquinas in the California Interscholastic Federation Division 2-AA state championship game, Dylan Seeley came down with an interception and was named the MVP of the contest to help the Ugly Eagles earn their first-ever state title.

Months later, Dylan Seeley piled onto his extensive resume and highlighted what has been a monster offseason for him, bringing in Linebacker MVP honors at the second Xclusive Speed Bay Area Top 100 Showcase in September.

“It’s a really big confidence boost for sure,” Dylan 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.”

Although Dylan Seeley does not hold an offer to play college ball yet, the interest is there. He said both Azusa Pacific and Cal Poly have reached out during an interview at the Best Coast Showcase last month.

He wants that scholarship, but what he also wants is a chance to go back-to-back and add to the legacy of Clayton Valley Charter football.

“Goals for myself in 2021 is to make first team all-league,” Dylan Seeley said. “Really would love to get a scholarship to play at the next level. And as a team make it back to back.”

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