DOWNTOWN ‚Äî A fruitful season is the sort of thing that could help any football recruit draw the eyes of prospective suitors.
That‚Äôs the case for both Santa Monica and St. Monica as they begin the off-season. Samohi already has wide receiver Sebastian LaRue verbally committed to USC and another handful of Vikings are starting to get looks.
Feisty defensive back Tramaine Taylor, who was the team‚Äôs on-field hype man all season, has New Mexico State, Troy and Sacramento State interested, said head coach Travis Clark. Taylor was a first-team All-Ocean League selection this season.
If he chooses Sac State he would join Samohi alum quarterback Garrett Safron.
Samohi running back Russell Revis, who made several big plays this year, also has New Mexico State calling as well as San Jose State and Western New Mexico.
Clark said that Revis was a Division 1-type player all along.
Offensive linemen Steve Becerra and Andres Meza have parlayed steady high school careers into interest from Georgetown, among others.
Safety Matthew Rusk-Kosa, who was second team all-league, has caught the attention of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a number of schools from the Ivy League.
Last year, running back Kori Garcia went off to Cal Poly where he redshirted this past season.
“I‚Äôll be working all winter to make sure these guys find a home to continue their careers,” Clark said.
Across town and fresh off an appearance in the semi-finals of the CIF-Southern Section Northeast playoffs, St. Monica has a handful of players getting looks with running back Kevin Holubowski leading the way.
The bruising runner and first team All-Santa Fe League selection has been the subject of interest for recruiters from the University of San Diego, Cal, UC Davis and Cal Poly.
St. Monica head coach Adam Guerra said that no offers have been made as of yet, but is hopeful that something will shake before National Signing Day in the spring.