The Cal Poly football team has an all-state running back visiting campus this weekend to potentially add to an impressive collection of verbal commitments, and the Mustangs could also see a former quarterback returning to the school.
Elk Grove Monterey Trail High running back Trey Nahhas, who rushed for 2,599 yards and 34 touchdowns this past season, said he had an official campus visit scheduled for Friday and is prepared to commit to inking a letter of intent on the Feb. 4 national signing day.
“If they do offer me, that’s pretty much where I’m going to go,” said Nahhas, who also visited Cal and received interest from UC Davis and Sacramento State. “I’m pretty sure I’m set, and they seem to think I’m a really good fit for them.”
Nahhas led his Mustangs to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinals this past season. As the centerpiece of Monterey Trail’s version of the triple option, Nahhas capped his season earning first-team all-state honors from MaxPreps.com and was the Sacramento Bee All-Metro Offensive Player of the Year.
At 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, Nahhas could fit either as a slotback or fullback in the Mustangs’ option offense and might also be a perfect fit academically as well. Nahhas said his grade-point averager stands at 4.32, and even before he became a coveted football recruit, he applied to Cal Poly for engineering.
“When I started high school,” Nahhas said, “I got into a technology program in engineering. A lot of my teachers who ran the program were Cal Poly graduates and alumni. They told us about the school and how great it was for what they were doing.”
Another Sacramento-area standout could be on his way back to San Luis Obispo as well. American River College quarterback Tanner Trosin said he has been in contact with Cal Poly head coach Tim Walsh about a potential return to the program.
NCAA rules prohibit Walsh from commenting publicly on recruits before they sign scholarship agreements.
Trosin signed with the Mustangs in 2012 after a record-breaking season at Folsom his senior year. Disenchanted by a lack of playing time, he transferred out prior to this past season and led American River to the NorCal title game as a sophomore.
Trosin passed for 2,268 yards and 20 touchdowns in his lone season as the starter, ranking sixth in the state by completing 61.9 percent of his passes.
He is also being recruited by Southern Oregon, which won the first NAIA national championship in program history last season.
The Raiders feature a pass-heavy offense that appealed to Trosin’s quarterback sensibilities on his visit to campus this past weekend, and though he said he did not regret leaving the Mustangs, Trosin said he would strongly consider a return to San Luis Obispo if a scholarship was offered.
“Hell yeah, I’d think about coming back,” Trosin said. “Cal Poly’s a beautiful place to be. I loved living there. I just wish I had my opportunity to play on the football field.”
Should Trosin return, it would allow the Mustangs to redshirt senior backup Dano Graves for the upcoming season to save him for the following year after fellow senior Chris Brown finishes his career out as the starter next fall.
Additionally, Nahhas does not appear to be the only first-team all-state honoree headed to Cal Poly.
Matt Locher, who played inside linebacker at Los Alamitos High last season, announced on Twitter that he made a verbal commitment to join the Mustangs.
A 6-3, 250-pound three-star recruit according to Yahoo Rivals, Locher racked up 155 tackles and five sacks while also rushing for nine touchdowns.
Locher was named defensive player of the year by the Orange County Register.
Locher has reported offers from Fresno State and Air Force, and Los Alamitos coach John Barnes said higher profile teams have been recruiting Locher hard this week even after his commitment to Cal Poly, which is non-binding.
“He’s a spectacular player,” Barnes said. “I’ve got kids that have played in the NFL that at the same age he’s probably better than.”
Locher is far from alone in his commitment to the Mustangs. At least 15 players have declared their intentions to sign with Cal Poly either on Twitter or through various media reports.
Those include Rancho Santa Margarita Tesoro receiver Jake Smeltzer, San Diego Francis Parker quarterback Khaleel Jenkins, Danville San Ramon Valley receiver J.J. Koski, Stockton St. Mary’s defensive lineman Cutler Salmon, Rialto Carter center Paul Trujillo-Langdon, San Ramon California offensive lineman Tyler Whisenhunt and Los Angeles Loyola running back David Cooper.
Also, four Division I transfers and three junior college transfers have indicated commitments to Cal Poly, including Washington State cornerback Kevin Griffin, Arizona State tight end Brendan Landman, Iowa offensive lineman Colin Goebel, Boise State linebacker Chris Santini, Diablo Valley cornerback Jerek Rosales, Laney linebacker Charlie Davis and College of San Mateo running back D.J. Peluso.