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J.T. Daniels, Max Williams headline California freshmen football class

Who says you have to wait until your junior or senior year of high school to start landing football scholarship offers?

For these nine freshmen in the Golden State, they’ve already been the recipient of their first pledge with powerhouse programs like Florida State and Norte Dame already on them.

One Class of 2019 prospect has already shown his skill set at a traditional college football breeding ground in Orange County. Another is a surging lockdown cornerback from a Gardena, Calif. school that produced USC Trojans Adoree Jackson and C.J. Pollard. Here’s the 2019 prospects who already hold a scholarship pledge.

J.T. Daniels, quarterback, Santa Ana-Mater Dei

It didn’t take long for Daniels to not only insert himself into Mater Dei’s starting lineup, but take control of the Monarchs offense and emerge as a potential future headliner for the ’19 class. According to Max Preps, Daniels threw 3,042 yards, 33 touchdowns and just four interceptions for the state powerhouse that sends players to USC, Stanford and other PAC-12 schools. So far, Daniels holds six offers including Norte Dame, Arizona State and Cal.

Max Williams, cornerback, Gardena-Serra

Forget the fact that he’s 5-foot-8 and 160-pounds, Williams comes to the field with aggression, quick feet and instincts for the ball. He’s gone toe-to-toe with older wide receivers under the lights and during the 7-on-7 tournament season and has earned praise from scout.com for his performances. Williams currently holds six reported offers including early ones from Florida State, LSU and Nebraska.

Isaiah Foskey, tight end, Concord-De La Salle

He’s already a big target at 6-foot-3 and 200-pounds. What will be scary for defenses is that the rising freshman will continue to grow. Foskey – currently offered by Michigan, BYU, Kansas and Eastern Washington – does his weight training at Malu Fitness in Antioch; the same place where Alabama commit Najee Harris got bigger and faster.

Horace McCoy, wide receiver, Mater Dei

McCoy has quickly become Daniels’ top target and it’s easy to see why: He’s 6-foot-3, wins the red zone battle and runs smooth routes for a freshman wide receiver. He’ll continue to get refined in the next three years. So far, Arizona State and Oregon have offered him.

Kamren Fabiculanan, cornerback, Ventura-St. Bonaventure

Hard to believe that Fabiculanan is only a freshman, given that he’s 6-foot-1; a height most college and NFL teams now crave. Fabiculanan doesn’t hesitate to get physical against receivers at the line of scrimmage and shows consistent hip adjustments on routes. He got offered by BYU before Easter.

Gaudie Campbell, wide receiver, Antioch

From the school that currently has the Alabama pledge Harris, Campbell is already looking like the next big recruit from “The ‘Yoc.” The 6-foot-2, 150-pound target has a strong burst off the snap and can already out-jump cornerbacks. Like Fabiculanan, Campbell’s lone offer right now is from BYU.

Hank Bachmeier, quarterback, Murrieta Valley

A tall signal caller with a rocket right arm, Bachmeier hails from the same city that just produced USC stud and future NFL draftee Su’a Cravens. The 6-foot-2, 160-pound Bachmeier currently holds a Colorado pledge.

McKinley Lee, running back, Fresno-Edison

“E City” has assembled future PAC-12, Mountain West and Big Sky talent over the years and now, the 5-foot-7 Lee looks to be next in line for the Tigers’ ’19 class. His speed and elusiveness has gotten Big Sky power Eastern Washington to become the first program to offer him.

Cameron Williams, quarterback, Bakersfield

Williams is yet to become Bakersfield High’s starter on varsity, but he’s already shown his mobility and play action prowess, which was enough for Arizona to offer him right away.

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Lorenzo Reyna

Lorenzo Reyna hails from the California's Central Coast, but has a bevy of experience with covering some fast-rising athletes from all over the Golden State. He's a former sports editor for The Reedley Exponent newspaper. His other credits include scout.com and nflevolution.com.
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