Diablo Valley College football coach Mike Darr said the Vikings have a pretty good reputation for sending players to four-year schools.
So it's not surprising that the scouts are flocking to Pleasant Hill again.
Last week, coaches from Kansas, Memphis, Arizona State and Wyoming stopped by to check out Vikings quarterback Quinn Kaehler, wideout Andre Lewis, and 6-foot-6, 310-pound offensive lineman De'Ondre Wesley.
Lewis is the younger brother of Buffalo Bills receiver Stevie Johnson, who played at Chabot.
Ranked No. 1 in the state in passing yards per game (398.2) and touchdown passes (19), Kaehler is on course to break all of Diablo Valley's passing records.
"He's one of those guys that brings a lunch pail every day and just comes to work," Darr said of Kaehler, a California High graduate. "He's just solid and composed every day in practice. No matter what the situation, you can always count on him to keep everyone grounded, everyone locked in. It's showing on the field."
The Vikings' Diante Jackson (Las Lomas), who played at Oregon, is averaging 129.4 yards receiving (No. 4 in the state).
Darr said Kansas is also looking at linebacker/defensive end Kyle Kragen (San Ramon Valley), the son of former Denver Broncos nose tackle Greg Kragen, an Amador Valley graduate.
Part of a ferocious pass rush, Kyle Kragen has four sacks. Tui Talia (4.5) and Litioni Kulu (4.0) also rank among the state sack leaders.
Kragen's crushing sack in Saturday's 41-17 win over Merced forced a fumble that Zach Preuss returned 30 yards for a touchdown.
"He's been playing phenomenal," Darr said recently of Kragen.
Despite a modest 2-3 record, the Vikings are ranked No. 11 in Northern California thanks to a tough schedule. Laney (1-3) is ranked 18th and Chabot (0-4) is 19th.
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: Cal Poly junior outside linebacker Johnny Millard (Foothill), a three-year starter, is "one of those guys that loves the game of football," said Mustangs coach Tim Walsh, who coached at Moreau Catholic from 1981-1986.
Cal Poly (4-0, 2-0 Big Sky Conference) is off to a 4-0 start for the first time in eight years.
A student of the game, Millard (6-3, 231) approaches football a lot like his dad, Keith Millard, the passionate 1989 NFL Defensive Player of the Year with the Minnesota Vikings who now coaches pass rushing for the Tennessee Titans.
A self-described "film junkie," Johnny Millard loves all aspects of football.
"Ever since I stepped on the field and started playing I really just fell in love with it," Johnny Millard, one of nine siblings, said. "It's not just playing football, it's the camaraderie. At Foothill and Cal Poly I've had some of the greatest teammates ever."
In the offseason Johnny trained with his dad for three weeks, 21/2 hours a day, at the Titans camp. They worked on pass-rushing techniques, etc.
"We're tight. We've always been real tight," Keith Millard said of Johnny. "He loves the game and he wants to be good at it, so we talk about ball and things of that nature quite often. Whatever team I'm with, he'll come out and train with me for three weeks and we'll work on specific things."
Cal Poly also boasts defensive lineman Chris Lawrence (De La Salle) and free safety Dave Douglas (Oakland), both sophomores.
"He's doing very well," Walsh said of Lawrence. "He's a blue-collar, tough guy. He plays a lot like Johnny does with that type of energy."
COMETS HONORED: Former Contra Costa women's basketball stars Alicia Hernandez and Ashonda Williams will be inducted into the California Community College Athletic Association Hall of Fame on March 14, 2013, in Sacramento.
Hernandez, a first-team All-State player and an All American at CCC in 1999-2000, played at USF. She coaches the Pinole Valley girls basketball team. Williams, who led the Comets to the state championship game in 2000-2001, in which she scored 36 points against Ventura, is an air traffic controller in the Air Force. Williams also played at San Diego State.
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