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Paso Robles High’s Stokes commits to Cal Poly

Paso Robles High receiver Elias Stokes eludes the tackle of Santa Ynes' Matt Kuskey during a game in September.
Paso Robles High receiver Elias Stokes eludes the tackle of Santa Ynes' Matt Kuskey during a game in September. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Paso Robles High wide receiver Elias Stokes has committed to play football at Cal Poly, Stokes confirmed Sunday.

“There were quite a bit of schools that were interested,” Stokes said. “I really love this area, I love my town and it’s a great place. The fact that I was able to stay home and play for a great program, with all the tradition I’ve grown up listening to, it’s amazing.

“Cal Poly is just a real good fit with me.”

As a junior, Stokes had a total of 28 touchdowns, which ranked him third in the state among players who primarily play wide receiver, according to Max Preps.com.

He caught 61 passes for 1,001 yards and 17 TDs, rushed for 246 yards and seven TDs on 35 carries and had 22 kickoff returns for 708 yards and four TDs.

As a senior, Stokes’ production dropped. Playing multiple positions on offense, including quarterback, he grabbed 26 catches for 342 yards and three scores. He also rushed for 122 yards on 28 carries, and threw for 350 yards with three TDs and three interceptions.

“I am just real excited to play,” Stokes said. “(Cal Poly head coach Tim) Walsh is a great guy. He brings a lot of family values, and it’s not all about football with him. He is an all-around good human being, and I can’t wait to play for him.”

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