HIGH SCHOOL—He earned PrepStar All-West Region honors at running back as a senior, when he earned second-team All-CIF San Diego Section and first-team All-East County and All-Grossmont Hills League accolades (he was second-team All-East County as a junior). In his prep career, he rushed for 3,115 yards and 40 touchdowns, despite being a full-time starter just his senior season, when he rushed 216 times for 1,770 yards and 24 scores. He gained 100 or more yards in nine games and also caught 13 passes for 186 yards in leading the East (San Diego) County in rushing, scoring and all-purpose yards. As a junior, he had 91 attempts for 919 yards and 12 touchdowns, with 105 receiving yards and another score. As a sophomore, he had 36 carries for 426 yards and four TDs, missing half the season after suffering an injury. Top games as a senior: in a 48-21 win over Steele Canyon, he rushed 23 times for 260 yards and three touchdowns, with 28 more yards on two receptions for 298 all-purpose; in a 35-0 romp over West Hills, he carried 16 times for 170 yards and three scores; and in a 45-14 win over league rival Grossmont, he had 25 carries for 196 yards and three touchdowns along with two receptions for 77 yards. Top game as a junior: in a 44-6 win over Oceanside in the CIF Division II title game, he carried nine times for 137 yards, which touchdown runs of 25 and 61 yards in the third quarter doused the hopes of any Oceanside comeback. Under Coach Troy Starr, Helix captured the Grossmont Hills League his sophomore through senior seasons and was 10-1 his senior year, 13-1 his junior when HHS was the CIF Division II (San Diego) champions, and 11-2 his sophomore year (Helix lost in the CIF semis his senior and sophomore campaigns). He will letter for a fourth time in track this spring, as he participates in sprints and relays; he owns career bests of 10.8 in the 100-meters and 22.2 in the 200 (both hand-timed) and 50.48 in the 400. He also played basketball as a freshman.
ACADEMICS—He is interested in majoring in Business or Engineering at Colorado. Owns a most impressive 4.49 grade point average in high school, and was named the San Diego Union-Tribune’s All-Academic Team Captain for football (the paper selects an academic captain for eight fall sports). On the Honor Roll every quarter since starting high school, he has taken both AP and Honors classes as a prep, and his outstanding GPA earned him offers to attend school and play football at Harvard, Yale and the Air Force Academy.
PERSONAL—He was born April 28, 1995 in San Diego. His hobbies include playing video games and basketball, bowling (and at one time, golf) and rapping (freestyle). Father (Michael) ran track at UNLV and San Diego State. He is active with youth in his community, volunteering with his old Pop Warner league as well as organizing and coaching in several sports, in particular helping with area track meets. He has aspirations of ascending to be a CEO after his football career, telling the Union-Tribune, “I’ve always been a businessman since I was a young kid.” He sold pistachios for a dime to classmates in elementary school and an individual Starburst for a quarter in middle school, turning a profit in both situations.