Napa High School wide receiver Austin Aaron, who leads the Indians with 27 receptions for 434 yards and six touchdowns, was recognized Monday by NorCalPreps.com as “one of the region’s top 2015 prospects.”
Aaron, a 6-foot-5 junior, is averaging 16.1 yards per catch in Napa’s pistol offense.
He has had several big games for the Indians (3-2 overall), who begin the Monticello Empire League season at home Friday against Rodriguez at Memorial Stadium.
It’s a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
In Napa’s 42-21 win over Paradise, he caught seven passes for 179 yards and had three touchdown receptions.
In Napa’s 31-19 loss to Casa Grande-Petaluma, he caught eight passes for 91 yards.
In Napa’s 36-0 win over Vallejo, he caught three passes for 78 yards with two TD receptions.
In Napa’s 22-21 win over Vanden, he caught three passes for 43 yards and one TD.
On Aaron’s strengths, Justin Rowland, NorCalPreps.com Football Recruiting Analyst, wrote: “Aaron is a towering presence on the outside. Put him on the outside and he’s a serious deep threat that is very difficult to contain.
“But most impressive about Aaron is his overall athleticism and skill set for someone his size. He made an outstanding diving grab over on the sideline against Vanden; the kind of play you would expect from a much smaller slot receiver.
“The production has been outstanding this year. And he’s now running a shuttle time of 4.07 seconds with a 35-inch vertical leap. Extremely impressive, no doubt.”
Aaron, a second-year starter, has used his speed, precise route running and size to beat defenders.
“Aaron is definitely a BCS caliber player and will make a living working the sideline and excelling in the vertical passing game,” Rowland wrote. “While slot receivers are at more of a premium than ever, there’s always going to be a place for a receiver like Aaron.
“It would be tempting to maybe look at Aaron like a flex tight end or ‘Y’ receiver in an Air Raid offense, but he really is more of a receiver and has that kind of athleticism. Better to keep him outside against a corner where his size allows him to own the match-up than risk his speed by bulking him up and having him block inside.
“We’re not sure how long it will take for offers to come in, but once the first one pops up many more should follow.”
Aaron had a very good year of football last year for Napa High.
He made the All-MEL first-team offense for the Indians, who finished in second place and lost in the first round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs.
He was also chosen All-Napa County.
Alvarado among State Stat Stars of the Week
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Boyett leads UC Davis
Free safety Charles Boyett led UC Davis with eight total tackles (five solo stops, three assists) as the Aggies won their second straight game, beating host Southern Utah Saturday, 21-3, in Cedar City, Utah. It was a Big Sky Conference game.
The Aggie defense held Southern Utah to just 45 rushing yards.
Boyett is a Napa High graduate.
Martinez plays for Idaho
Napa High graduate Juan Martinez, a linebacker, had six total tackles (five solo stops) for the University of Idaho in the Vandals’ 61-14 loss Saturday to Fresno State at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho.
Ruffino sees action for San Diego
Michael Ruffino, a linebacker, had four total tackles (two solo stops, two assists) for the University of San Diego in the Toreros’ 45-13 victory over Mercer in a Pioneer Football League game Saturday.
Justin-Siena on the bubble
Justin-Siena (4-2 overall, 2-1 Marin County Athletic League) is on the bubble in this week’s Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area Top 25, which is compiled in conjunction with the Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area TV show.