By Ray Hamill — College of the Redwoods football is making a push for more local players and it appears to be paying off.
Last season, head coach Frank Borba had 12 former H-DNL players on his roster, the most he’s ever had in his five-year tenure with the team, and he’s hoping to see a lot more this fall.
“Recruiting has been going really well,” Borba said this week. “We just got back from visiting 10 or 12 schools in Oregon, and locally we’ve been able to get out on campus a lot more.”
The response, according to the coach, has been positive, and while the recruiting drive is far from over, Borba is expecting multiple players from Ferndale, McKinleyville, Del Norte and Hoopa to commit to play for the Corsairs.
“I’m cautiously optimistic,” he said. “We’re hoping that the numbers will go up.”
A number of local players on last year’s team are expected to be back for their sophomore seasons, including Fortuna’s Iziaah Payne and the Hoopa duo of William Reynolds and Weyk-Seyr’ Hutchinson.
Eureka’s Micah Moon and Ferndale’s Wyatt Coppini also are expected back, while former St. Bernard’s standout Damian Natt will return to the team after not playing last year.
Former Eureka Logger lineman Dominick Anguiano also is expected to join the team after a year away from football.
“We’re hoping to have the chance to be at between 15 and 20,” Borba said of the expected local contingent this coming fall.