Napa High School’s Austin Aaron, a sophomore wide receiver, was recognized by CalHiSports.com as one of the top players at the Northern California Nike Football Training Camp at Laney College in Oakland this past weekend.
Nearly 1,000 players from throughout the state, and several from out of state, were tested in the 40-yard dash, power ball throw, 20-yard shuttle and vertical jump.
Aaron and defensive end N.J. Falo from Inderkum-Sacramento are two juniors-to-be who already look like they’re on an elite level, CalHiSports.com reported.
The combine was put on by the Student Sports events division.
Aaron made the All-Monticello Empire League first-team offense last year for Napa, which 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.
Competing at the National Underclassmen West Five-Star Showcase in March at Paloma Valley High-Menifee, Aaron received the Overall Junior MVP award.
There were several games in which Aaron played well last year for Napa.
He caught a 65-yard touchdown pass from Manny Aguirre and a 20-yard TD pass from Kyle Beaver in Napa’s 49-12 intersectional loss to Paradise.
Beaver and Aaron hooked up for scoring passes of 34 and 16 yards, respectively, in Napa’s 49-20 nonleague victory over Vallejo at Corbus Field.
Aguirre threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Aaron in Napa’s 35-14 MEL loss to Vacaville. Aaron caught five passes for 92 yards in the game.
Aaron caught four passes for 100 yards in Napa’s 31-7 Big Game XLI win over Vintage before a capacity crowd at Napa Memorial Stadium.
Calistoga’s Dunsford impresses
Keaton Dunsford from Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa, who is a resident of Calistoga, was among more than 90 quarterbacks who went through a four-hour workout at the San Francisco 49ers’ training facility in Santa Clara last week.
Eight of those players, including Dunsford, advanced and participated in head coach Trent Dilfer’s two-minute drill, according to CalHiSports.com.
“Dunsford could be described as one of the most surprising quarterbacks of the day. Dunsford is showing that he’s a much sleeker, much more polished quarterback than when seen last season,” CalHiSports.com said.
Dunsford, a junior, was named first-team offense on the 2012 All-North Bay League team. Cardinal Newman was 11-2 overall.
He received honorable mention honors on the San Francisco Chronicle’s 2012 All-Metro team.
Dunsford had a very good 2012 season for Newman.
• He passed for 303 yards and four touchdowns, leading No. 3 seed Newman to a 44-7 win over Sonoma Valley in the first round of the CIF North Coast Section Division III playoffs.
• He threw two TD passes, powering Newman over Encinal-Alameda, 40-14, in an NCS quarterfinal-round playoff game .
• He completed 17 of 28 passes for 261 yards and two touchdowns, but the Cardinals lost in the semifinals of the playoffs to Marin Catholic, 42-37, in Kentfield.
• He threw for 152 yards and three touchdowns, leading Newman to a 25-7 win over Casa Grande-Petaluma.
• He threw four touchdown passes in the first quarter, leading Newman to a 53-0 win over Ukiah.
Gochenouer No. 2 on depth chart
Liberty University lists Cody Gochenouer, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound junior from Napa, No. 2 on post spring practice depth chart at right tackle.
Gochenouer began his collegiate career at Solano Community College in Fairfield, helping the Falcons win their second straight Bay Valley Conference title in 2011 and earning All-BVC honors.
But Solano dropped its program, citing budget constraints.
Gochenouer transferred to American River-Sacramento and was the Beavers’ starting left tackle during an 8-3 season. The Beavers won the Valley Conference title and lost 41-36 to City College of San Francisco in the Northern California Football Association championship game.
They were ranked No. 3 in Northern California.
Gochenouer is a 2011 Napa High School graduate and was named All-Monticello Empire League and All-Napa County in 2010 for Napa.