Strathmore’s Jadon Guire takes part in high school combine meant for players over looked by Div. I programs last weekend
By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN
IRVINE, CALIF. – The seventh annual California Showcase high school football combine was held at Great Park of Orange County in Irvine last weekend, and among those making an impression was Strathmore’s Jadon Guire.
Coaches representing 56 Division II, III and NAIA schools from across the country attended this year’s combine. In addition, 14 community colleges coaches, many from the local area, were also on hand.
The free one-day event drew a total of 367 seniors, who were overlooked by Division I college programs, but want to continue playing at the next level. The entire event was spearheaded by former UCLA coach Terry Donahue, who had high praise for the Spartan linebacker.
“[Jadon] is definitely a four-year college player. Heck, if I was still coaching at UCLA, I’d recruit him,” Donahue said.
Jadon counts Donahue’s remarks as one of the high points of the combine. It felt even more special considering he had a family tie to Donahue and UCLA as Jadon’s father, Alan, played for Donahue.
Jadon was invited to the combine by former Los Angles Times sports reporter and Strathmore alumni Larry Stewart. Appreciative of the opportunity to showcase his talents, he took full advantage of the three-hour drill session, and began to lay the ground work to following his father’s footsteps of playing at the next level.
“It was an experience like I never have had before,” Jadon said. “To see all the competition that is out there, to get a good workout with drills, and all the connections we were able to make with college coaches.”
Jadon anchored both sides of the line for the Spartans and was a crucial part of leading them to three straight state championships appearances including winning the D-6AA title 31-29 over the Orange Panthers. He wrapped-up a total of 231 tackles during his career. He was a three-time offensive and defensive lineman of the year for Strathmore, and brought home all-league and county honors.
While, the Bruins may not have called on Jadon for his services, he is not without interest from four-year programs. His top three as of right now includes, Cal Lutheran, Pacific University, and Azusa Pacific. Although Azusa Pacific did not send a coach to the combine Donahue did offer to help Jadon make connections.
“I want to make my decision as soon as possible,” Jadon said. “Once I see who is the right fit for me.”
Generally, one in three participants at past combines get some form of aid, with the average now being more than $25,000 for four-year college recruits. In it’s first six years of existence the showcase participants have received more than $23 million in financial aid.