Talk about slacking! I missed an entire week! I got caught up in the Christmas festivities that I completely spaced it. Apologies to you, fellow Nuggies, as we had A LOT happen in the last two weeks. Early Signing period was a boon for the Broncos, the First Responder Bowl got cancelled, and Mattison declared for the draft. Whoo Nelly!
Most of that doesn’t pertain to this article, but we’ll touch on some of that in a later article I plan on writing for 2019. For now, let’s check in on the future Broncos!
Hank Bachmeier, QB, Murrieta Valley HS (Murrieta, CA)
Hank finished his senior season going 202 of 313 (64.5%) for 3,149 yards, 32 TDs to 9 INTs. He also had 93 rushes for 520 yards and 10 more TDs. For his decorated career, 797 of 1,181 (67.5%) for 13,150, 156 TD and 30 INT (5:1) and 317 rushes for 2,190 yards (6.9 ypc) and 31 TDs. That’s insanity.
Casey Kline, ATH, Brawley HS (Brawley, CA)
Brawley finished the season at 8-3 after falling to Morse 14-25. Casey had 3 carries for 33 yards and a TD and 2 receptions for 52 yards in the loss.
Full season stats for Casey are not yet available.
Keegan Duncan, RB, Declo HS (Declo, ID)
Keegan finished his senior season with 3,620 all-purpose yards, including 2,041 rushing yards, and 51 TDs.
Jacob Golden, OL, Peoria HS (Peoria, AZ)
The Panthers lost a heart breaker to Seton Catholic 49-54, ending their season at 9-2. The Peoria offense produced 355 rushing yards in the loss. Jacob had 50 total tackles and 1 sack, not counting the playoff loss.
Ben Dooley, OL, Churchill County HS (Fallon, NV)
CCHS defeated Truckee 28-7 to win the NIAA 3A State Football Championship and finish the season undefeated. Stats in the game were not available. While Ben mostly played offensive line (which generally doesn’t keep stats), he did have 15 total tackles and 2 sacks on defense.
George Holani, RB, St John Bosco HS (Bellflower, CA)
SBJ lost a shocker to #3 Mater Dei to drop to #2 in CA and #2 in the nation. The final score of 13-17 was the Braves first and only loss of the year. George had 12 rushes for 79 yards in the loss.
George finished his senior year with 136 carries for 1,172 yards (8.6 ypc) and 18 TDs along with 13 receptions for 238 yards (18.3) ypc) and 7 more TDs.
Kaiden Bennett, QB, Folsom HS (Bellflower, CA)
Folsom edged Cathedral Catholic 21-14, winning the 1-AA CIF StateFootball championships and finishing 4th in California, 7th nationally.
Kaiden was 25-33 (75.8%) for 261 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception. He also had 24 carries for 137 yards and 1 TD. Kaiden accounted for 398 of the 410 yards Folsom accumulated. Kaiden finished his senior season 222-301 (73.8%) for 4,254 yards, 62 TDs and 5 INTs along with 86 carries for 568 yards (6.6ypc) and another 13 TDs.
Khyheem Waleed, WR, Casteel HS (Queen Creek, AZ)
Casteel’s playoff run ended with a loss to Higley 27-34. The Colts finished their season 9-3. Stats in the loss were not recorded.
Not counting the Higley game, Waleed had 25 receptions for 447 yards and 4 TDs on the year.
Michael Callahan, DE, Yorba Linda HS (Yorba Linda, CA)
Yorba Linda lost to Corona del Mar 12-49 in the CIF Southern Section Playoff quarterfinals, ending their playoff run. They finished 9-3.
Mike is a 6’4 246lb DE out of California that passed on offers from pretty much every Ivy League school along with AF, USU and SJSU. Mike had 64 total tackles, 33 solo, 11 TFL and 7 sacks, not including the loss to Corona del Mar.
Isaiah Bagnah, DE, Lethbridge Collegiate Institute (Lethbridge, AB, CA)
Bagnah hails from Canada, eh? Much like Tyrone Crawford and Mike Atkinson before him, Canada knows a thing or two about football. At 6’5 and 245 lbs, Bagnah is an imposing figure.
I don’t know much about how Canada runs their seasons, so I am having a hard time finding season stats for them. I’ll updated you when I find them.
Austin Griffin, TE, Mt. SAC (Walnut, CA)
Austin Griffin decommitted from Louisville earlier this year and declared for the Broncos this past week. At 6’7 and 250lbs, Griffin is an imposing figure.
Austin’s Mt. SAC team finished the season 5-5. He had 13 catches for 80 yards and a TD this year.
Markel Reed, CB, Temple HS (Temple, TX)
Listed at 6’1 and 166 lbs, Markel was a former Texas Tech commit, but opened up his recruitment with the coaching change. He passed on offers from TTU, Purdue, Arkansas, Baylor, Vanderbilt and Kansas State to name a few.
The Wildcats finished their season 8-3 after losing in the first round of the 6A D2 Texas Football Championships. Markel had 27 tackles, 19 solo, 1 interceptions and 13 passes defended. That does not include games after 12/1. Stats for those games were either not kept or have not been compiled yet.
Dylan Hall, DE, Antelope Valley HS (Lancaster, CA)
Listed at 6’5.5” and 230 lbs, Dylan passed on offers from Arizona State, Purdue, Illinois, Iowa State, Oregon State, Washington State, Fresno State and SDSU to name a few.
The Antelopes finished their season 9-3, making it to the CIF Southern Section D5 quarterfinals before losing to Lawndale. Dylan’s final stats are incomplete as of right now, showing stats for 7 games up until 10/19. He may have been injured, but I am not seeing any info to confirm that. Through 10/19, he had 24 tackles, 15 solo, 1 sack and 2 fumbles caused.
Shea Whiting, WR, Alief Taylor HS (Houston, TX)
Listed at 6’2” and 177 lbs, Shea passed on offers from Arizona, Cal, Houstin, Indiana, Texas Tech and Oregon State to name a few.
The ATHS Lions finished the year 3-7, 3-4 in league play. Whiting had 39 catches for 570 yards (14.6 ypc) and 6 TDs.
JL Skinner, ATH, Point Loma HS (San Diego, CA)
Listed at 6’3” and 185 lbs, Skinner passed on offers from Arizona, Cal, Iowa State, Louisville, BYU and pretty much the entire MW to be a Bronco.
#MakasiBowl Halftime: Inland Empire 15, San Diego 9. #BoiseState commit JL Skinner has been very good all night, the most physically impressive player in the game. Huge steal for Broncos. pic.twitter.com/RtUsazlcZ3— Blair Angulo (@bangulo) December 30, 2018
JL is already showing off his skills in post-season play. His Pointers finished 6-5 on the year, 3-1 in league play. Skinner had 8 receptions for 217 yards (27.1 ypc) and 2 TDs on offense. On defense he had 33 total tackles, 27 solo, 3 TFL and 3 INTs with 76 return yards on those interceptions.
This recruiting class is sitting at #56 in the nation after the early signing period, with roughly 3 spots left to sign. That may change with the departure of Mattison, but we are already taking 2 RB in this class, so I could see us staying with 2. I’ll write another article that dives in on who graduated, who we have coming in, and what the roster might look in 2019. Keep you eyes on Twitter for commitment announcements and tune in on Wednesday, February 6th for the final signing day announcements. Have a Happy New Year and GO BRONCOS!