I got a text this week from former Charter Oak stud and Super Bowl champ Jason David saying he’s been in the SGV recently, working with local players at Citrus College every Tuesday and Thursday and I should come check it out. So I did just that on Thursday morning, because there’s nothing I love more than a morning workout.
Jason David talks about his workouts at Citrus.
It’s a very interesting mix of athletes out there. You have studs like UCLA-bound St. Francis grad Dietrich Riley, Washington-bound Walnut stud Aubrey Coleman and Charter Oak’s Dennis Rufus working along with CO incoming frosh Kurt Scoby and CO sophomore Aaren Vaughns. Amat’s Wallace Gonzalez and Adam Sanchez are also out there. There’s a trio from Damien out there as is Muir grad and Stonybrook-bound stud Myles Campbell. Glendora’s Chad Jeffries (San Diego St.), Baldwin Park’s Demitrious Jackson (UTEP) and former Muir stud/current Oregon St. safety Lance Mitchell have all been out there, but weren’t there on Thursday. So, you’ve now got an idea about what type of talent I’m talking about.
It’s basically a great way for everyone to get work in under the tutelage of guys like David, Brown and Brown, who ALL came from the SGV and made it at the next level. Refer to the videos to see what I’m talking about. It wasn’t just receivers, defensive backs, running backs and tight ends, there were three QBs out there Thursday — St. Francis’ Justin Posthuma (UCLA), St. Paul’s Chris Wilson (Wake Forest) and Charter Oak’s Travis Santiago.
Jason David (visor), Travis Brown (TB (Rays) cap) and Chapelle Brown (white tee and black shorts) work with SGV receivers and defensive backs.
Aram’s take: I’ve never seen anything like it. First of all, the demeanor and attitude out there is all business. Secondly, these guys are supposed to be on dead period, but they’re out there getting better and working hard. Just another reflection of the type of work it takes to be the best. Third, it’s amazing to see these guys get the chance to ask a guy like David for advice on what they did right or wrong. Where else do you get access to a Super Bowl champ like that for absolutely free?
As for individual takes (I’ll do this easily):
Adam Sanchez, Amat: I had never seen him before, only heard or read about him. He’s the real deal. His technique and hands really impressed David and the Browns, too. He’s gonna be very good this year.
Dietrich Riley, UCLA: Yeah, you can tell the difference when you see a legit, mature D-1 player. Riley is polished beyond belief and athletically heads and heels above everyone else, which you’d expect. But beyond that, he’s very encouraging to the younger guys, telling them things like “Be an athlete.”
Wallace Gonzalez, Amat: I’ve said it before, I can’t see how opposing DBs and LBs match up to him. They might be able to run with him, but he’s going to out-muscle nearly everyone he faces.
Aubrey Coleman, Walnut: Just an amazing frame. And for those of you questioning his hands, I invite you to attend Tuesday’s work out.
Myles Campbell, Stonybrook: Almost as good as Riley in terms of overall package. He’s headed toward a great college career.
Kurt Scoby and Aaren Vaughns, Charter Oak: Youngstas, but man you can see the talent. When their bodies mature even more, look out!
Chapelle Brown, formerly Los Altos: Gave me heat for Fred’s All-Decade team. I had to remind that was Fred’s list not mine. He may help out at Diamond Bar this year, but said he wasn’t totally sure yet.
IMPORTANT INFO: If you want to attend next Tuesday or Thursday’s workout, David says the public is more than welcome. If you’re a player who wants to participate, I suggest you already be all-league caliber before doing so. But it’s not my call, it’s Jason David’s and you can email him if you want to participate at firstname.lastname@example.org