BY TREVOR HORN
THE NATOMAS BUZZ | @natomasbuzz
Former Inderkum High School wide receiver Vince Mayle signed a letter of intent to play football at Washington State University on Wednesday afternoon.
Flanked by his mother Renee, his aunt Fadra and Inderkum coaches Terry Stark and Tod Hamasaki, Mayle completed a journey that started seven years ago right where he signed the paperwork – at Inderkum.
“It means a lot, this is where it all started,” Mayle said, who an all-American at Sierra College this past season. “I didn’t know if I was a football player until Coach Stark said ‘come play.’ Since then, I just became a football player.”
And then some.
Mayle stands 6-foot, 3-inches and looks all of the 220 pounds he is said to weigh.
In his lone season playing football at Sierra College, Mayle ranked second in the state in receptions (61), yards receiving (984), yards per game (89.5) and yards per catch (16.1) while leading the state with 16 touchdown receptions.
He was named to the Valley Conference first team, conference offensive MVP, and first team all-state and first team all-american for junior colleges.
“This could not have happened for a better young man,” Stark said. “Once he made up his mind on what he wanted to do and hit the books and did what he needed to do, you look at what you have now. We are really proud of him.”
As a senior on the 2008 Inderkum team, Mayle scored 15 touchdowns for the Tigers and was a key contributor on defense. Washington State head coach Mike Leach runs an innovative passing offense for the Cougars, and Mayle said he will be ready to contribute right away this fall.
“I am ready to catch a lot of balls and do what they envision me to do,” he said.
WSU opens the 2013 season on Aug. 31 at Auburn University.
Blueford Signs With Southern Oregon
Inderkum High School senior linebacker Kevin Blueford has accepted a financial aid scholarship offer to play football at Southern Oregon.
The NAIA does not offer full ride scholarships, but Blueford said the compensation, and the fact he will be given a chance to contribute in the fall, led him to the Raiders.
“I am excited for the opportunity,” Blueford said. “It is a true blessing. They feel confident in me and I feel confident in them.”
Blueford was named to the Tri-County Conference first-team and played for the Optimus all-star game in December.