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Trojans continue producing standout college recruits

Fri, Aug 30 2013 11:24 AM Posted By: Phillip Brents

The Castle Park High School football program has produced some notable talent over the years. Names in the news most recently include Demarco Sampson and Paul Sierra.

Sampson, a 2011 CPHS graduate and SDSU alumnus, was invited to this summer’s Buffalo Bills NFL training camp while Paul Sierra, a 2011 Trojan grad, earned a spot on the 2013 SDSU Aztecs’ fall camp roster.

Sampson had a brief fling with the Arizona Cardinals last year before being released.

Sierra, a sophomore, has his work cut out for him at trying to find playing time in a deep SDSU backfield. He rushed for 891 yards and scored 12 rushing touchdowns in 2010.

“He’s been on the roster and in practices,” a very proud CPHS head coach Hans Graham said, “He’s been busting his butt. He’s behind a great group of backs.

“It seems like we’ve had some kids play at SDSU every year.”

Sampson was among the standout players who helped the Aztecs land a berth in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl game in 2010. He finished that season with 67 catches for 1,200 yards and eight touchdowns to earn a berth on the 2010 All-Mountain West First Team as voted by the coaches.

Sampson caught 62 passes for 851 yards and eight TDs in 2009 to earn second team all-conference honors.

He was drafted by Arizona with the 249th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He was among five players released by the Bills on Monday following limited action in three preseason games.

Graham felt Sampson had a decent shot at making the Bills’ opening day roster. “Like everybody else, he (had) a shot to make the team,” the Trojan sideline boss said.

Two more CPHS grads — linebacker/running back Danny Hernandez and center Dominic Camacho — are off to play college football this fall at Hiram College in Ohio.

Hernandez had originally been ticketed to play at Northern Arizona University, then at Menlo College. But the most recent offer was more to his liking.

Hernandez, a three-sport star in football, wrestling and track and field, earned honors as the school’s 2012-13 outstanding male athlete of the year.

He led the team with 58 tackles and registered six sacks while scoring touchdowns during the football season, captured weight class titles in both the conference and divisional finals, and won top honors in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles and 4x100 relay at the South Bay League track and field championships during the spring.

Hernandez is listed as a freshman outside linebacker while Camacho is listed as a freshman defensive end.

“The best is yet to come for those guys,” Graham said.

Another CPHS alum, Nicolas Rascon, is headed to play football at Dakota Wesleyan, the alma mater of former Trojan standout Boogie Blossom. A first-team all-league cornerback in high school, Rascon is expected to play cornerback, running back and on special teams his first year there.

As for the current edition of the Trojans?

They will host the Hilltop Lancers in a non-league football game on Friday, Aug. 30, to kick off the 2013 high school campaign.


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