RECRUITING Where CA Football/Track Combo Athletes Are Headed

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This article was updated twice on Feb. 1 with commitments by Rodrick Pleasant and JeyQuan Smith.

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Gardena Serra HS senior Rodrick Pleasant, the California record-holder in the 100-meter dash, and Southern Section and CIF-State sprint champion for both 100m and 200m, is also the No. 7-ranked football recruit out of CA and the No. 4-ranked cornerback recruit in the U.S.

On Wednesday, Pleasant pulled out a green and white cap and made official his commitment to the University of Oregon.

Pleasant was among the few CA combo football/track and field standouts who did not publicly committed to a college during the early signing window in December. 

Pleasant had considered Boston College, Cal, Oregon, UCLA and USC before ultimately choosing the Ducks. 

Cajon (SS) slot/Ath JeyQuan Smith, the other top CA combo star who did not commit in December, is headed to South Florida. He is a native of the Sunshine State and selected the Bulls over Utah and Washington. 

The updated grid below lists more than 30 California football recruits who also have a track and field profile with results in the MileSplit database. These athletes range from a multiple-State Meet champion, like Pleasant, to athletes with just one or two track marks on their resume. 

Rankings are from That list was used as the research foundation for the this project.

Did we miss a football recruit with track and field on his resume? Let us know.  

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Athletes are listed alphabetically by last name. California rankings and college commitments are from 247Sports.

AthleteHSPosHtWtRankCollegeT&F Highlights

Roger Alderman

Sonora/SJOT6-527546UtahDT (157-5, No. 15 returner); SP (50-0, No. 24 returner).

Daylen Austin

LB Poly/SSCB6-11809Oregon*100m (10.82w); 200m (22.73w); Flipped from LSU to sign with the Ducks!

Tiger Bachmeier

Murrieta Valley/SSWR6-118038StanfordPole Vault (15-9, No. 2 returner, No. 19t U.S.); 2nd CIF-SS D-2.

Jaelon Barbarin

Chaminade/SSAth5-919099Michigan St100m (10.37w); 200m (21.38); 100m runner-up CIF-SS D-2; No 6 returner 200m; Swept league sprints titles; Transfer from Simi Valley/SS.

Cameron Brandt

Sierra Canyon/SSDL6-426033StanfordSP (40-3); DT (114-4); League throws champ; CIF-SS D-4 prelims DT qualifier.

Grant Buckey

Liberty/CSDL6-526548UCLADT (168-7, No. 6 returner); SP (47-7.25 as soph); 166-10 DT for 5th at CS Masters.

Zach Card

Pittsburg/NCWR5-10165112Oregon State100m (10.47w at State Prelims, 10.60w for 6th at State Finals); 200m (21.65w, No. 15 returner); Member of 5th place 4x1 team at State.

Imari Conley 

Central/CSCB6-0190189San Jose State*100m (10.63, No. 13 returner); 200m (21.48, No. 8 returner); Member of State champion 4x1 team. Flipped from Fresno State.

Josiah Cox

Lincoln/SDS6-2180100Arizona State200m (22.34); Member of the San Diego Section D-2 champion 4x1 team.

Jurrion Dickey

Menlo-Atherton/CCWR6-32103Oregon100m (11.33); 200m (22.52); 400m (51.97); LJ (23-9.25, No. 3 returner); Transfer from Valley Christian/CC.

Luke Duncan

Miramonte/NCQB6-6.518541UCLA100m (12.22); 200m (25.14); 110mH (18.77); 300mH (45.52); HJ (5-10); LJ (19-4); TJ (36-0.5).

Nathan Gates

Edison/SSOT6-5280148Washington StDT (126-0); SP (45-2.50).

Jackson Harris

Berkeley/NCAth6-319572Stanford100m (11.70).

Damian Henderson

Los Alamitos/SSRB6-118537Colorado St100m (11.00, 4th at Moore League Finals); transfer from Long Beach Jordan.

Keynan Higgins 

Pittsburg/NCWR6-3155191San Jose St100m (10.93); 200m (21.95w; ran 22.77 for 8th at NCS Meet of Champions); Member for 5th placed 4x1 team at State.

Nyziah Hunter

Salinas/CCWR6-219226Cal100m (10.62w, No. 12 returner; 10.80 for 2nd at CCS; State Meet qualifier); 200m (21.73w; 4th at CCS).

Elisha Jackett

El Modena/SSOT6-728039WashingtonDT (79-1); SP (34-0).

Jamari Johnson

Inglewood/SSAth6-525030LouisvilleSP (40-11.75, league champ).

Justin Johnson

Inglewood/SSS6-2185123Fresno St100m (11.35); 200m (23.07); League champ in both sprints; 400m (56.26).

Julian Lofton-Lundy

Rancho Cucamonga/SSWR6-2170NRUtah Tech110mH (14.64w, No. 7 returner); 300mH (40.22); Swept hurdles at IE Champs; CIF-SS D-1 prelim qualifier.

Taeshaun Lyons

Tennyson/NCWR6-2.516517Washington100m (11.03); 200m (22.37, NCS MOC qualifier); LJ (22-11.25 to win at Stanford, State qualifier, No. 9 returner); TJ (43-1).

Jeremiah McClure

Mater Dei Catholic/SDWR6-219520UCLA100m (11.29); 200m (23.52); Transfer from St. Augustine/SD.

DeAndre Moore

St. John Bosco/SSWR6-11858Louisville100m (10.90 at CIF-SS D-1 prelims); Transfer from Los Alamitos/SS.

Rodrick Pleasant

Serra/SSCB5-111807OregonState 100m record holder (10.14); CA No. 2 all-time 200m (20.40); CIF-SS and CIF-State champion in both sprints; U.S. No. 1 returner in both.

Israel Polk

St. John Bosco/SSAth6-2.5170109PittsburghLJ (22-1.50, 6th at NCS Meet of Champs); Transfer from Pittsburg where he was a member of the 5th-place 4x1 team at State.

Roderick Robinson

Lincoln/SDRB6-123014Georgia100m (11.35); LJ (19-0.5).

Ashton Sanders

Cathedral/SSDL6-127052OklahomaSP (39-0).

Jordan Shaw

St. Pius X St. Matthias/SSDB6-017061Indiana*100m (11.07); 200m (22.53); 400m (54.20); CIF-SS D-4 prelims 100m qualifier; Colorado commit flipped and signed with the Hoosiers!!

JeyQuan Smith

Cajon/SSAth5-1017555South Florida100m (10.55w, No. 13 returner); 200m (21.14, No. 4 returner); LJ (22-7.5, No. 15 returner); CIF-SS divisional finalist both sprints.

Izaiah Souriolle

Chaparral/SSOL6-3285NRUC DavisSP (43-1).

Dijon Stanley

Granada Hills Charter/LAAth6-117529Utah200m (21.30; 21.56w for eighth at State; No. 5 returner); 400m (46.94; 47.51 for 3rd at State; No. 2 returner).

Javian Thomas

McClymonds/OKRB 5-1017561Cal100m (11.00); 200m (22.69); 3rd at OK Finals in both sprints; Member of the 3rd-place 4x1 team at State.

Johnny Thompson

Oaks Christian/SSRB5-1019080Kansas100m (11.66).

Aaron Williams

St. John Bosco/SSCB6-218513Louisville100m (12.06); LJ (20-8; TJ (36-8).