Football: Servite's weight room is the place to discover future stars
A couple years ago, he introduced me to this tall, slender sophomore, Troy Niklas, who'd go on to earn a scholarship to Notre Dame.
Last year, he pointed out another sophomore, Charlie Etiaki, who became the Friars' standout junior running back last fall.
So there I was in the middle of the weight room and Thomas introduces 6-foot-4, 220-pound freshman left tackle Clayton Johnston.
"He's the next Matt Kalil," Thomas says.
Special things happen in the Servite weight room. I saw Etiaki and another running back, sophomore Andrew Moore, and both look so fit and powerful that it's hard to believe the Friars will even attempt a pass this fall.
Yes, Santa Margarita returns 10 starters on offense, but who's going to tackle Etiaki and Moore running behind Johnston?
I can't wait to make a return appearance to the Servite weight room in 2013 to hear about the next player on the rise.
-- Eric Sondheimer
Photo: Freshman tackle Clayton Johnston. Credit: Eric Sondheimer