It was at the Stanford Nike Camp where Hayward (Calif.) linebacker Austin Stafford
(6-3, 210) became a household name. Meanwhile his teammate, running back Troy Evans
(5-10, 185) has also been getting himself more exposure.
Evans owns an offer from Nebraska. The Huskers also offered Stafford right after the camp and San Diego State also extended him an offer.
Hayward head coach Casey Moreno thinks that things could be picking up soon for Evans and Stafford.
"Troy ran for 278 yards on 16 carries and scored two touchdowns against California and was the prep player of the week. He was a difference maker in the game against San Leandro. They did a good job of bottling him up but he still rushed for 62 yards on nine carries and had four catches for 65 yards and one was a 58 yard touchdown pass," said Moreno. "Austin has just been solid. He has 3.5 sacks, caused some fumbles and has had several QB rushes. Both of them are having solid seasons. We have a pretty good football team. All the major schools in the Pac-10 and the Big 12 have been on them."
Some of those schools include Nebraska, the lone school to offer both of them, California, Colorado, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Oregon State and Boston College.
"Oregon just wrote me and asked me for current transcripts on Austin," said Moreno. "I think that they're real interested," said Moreno. "For Troy, Colorado and Nebraska are the two schools that are mostly interested. He gets text messages from a lot of different schools though."
Earlier this summer, Evans caught the eyes of the Cal coaching staff.
"We went to the Cal full contact football camp and their running back coach (Ron Gould), said it was pretty much a done deal that they're going to offer him," said Moreno "When they have said that, they usually come through."
Cal has had success at Hayward in the past, with Phillip Mbakogu and Robert Jordan both former Farmers now playing for the Bears. And a package deal wouldn't be a surprise to Moreno.
"There is a good possibility that Evans and Stafford are going to end up at the same school," said Moreno. "I'm the kind of guy when a kid wants to go D-I, to take a wait and see approach. Are you going to offer? When we see the offer come in, that's when we really know how serious a school is."
Despite playing defensive end, Stafford at 210 pounds, is not going to be playing defensive end college and most schools want him as a linebacker.
"I know guys are on Austin Stafford, but he's obviously not being recruited as a defensive end. He was a starting end for us last year on the open inside. He's not really playing linebacker but that open side defensive end. That allowed him to get 10 sacks last year. He performed so well at the Nike Camp. He's very, very athletic. He's also going to grow. Most people want him to get after the quarterback."
With a 3-0 record, and a #4 ranking in Northern California, Moreno is hoping that things break right for the Farmers to get into the State Bowl Game.
"Our number one goal is to win the league, then the NCS Championship. And by the grace of God, hopefully we can get into the Bowl Game. All of that is great and we just have to keep taking care of business."
And Moreno won't prevent his prospects from visiting schools during the season.
"I've never had problems with kids taking visits during the season, as long as schools don't rush them. One year with Mbakogu, we tried to rush to a scrimmage with Notre Dame and we missed the plane. If they can set things up with early morning flights, allow us to go then, then that would be ideal. I think its part of that growing experience for them, to learn to balance a busy schedule. I want them to make the best decision for themselves."
Both Stafford and Evans are doing well academically and will take the SAT for the first time in October.
This weekend, Hayward visits Pleasanton (Calif.) Amador Valley.
Hayward (Calif.) High is home to four-star linebacker Austin Stafford and rising running back Troy Evans. Could the two be a package deal for college?
Stafford and Evans looking to add more offers...