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Prep Notes: Standout Terra Nova Two-Way Lineman De Souza Picks City

Terra Nova senior made a nonbinding verbal commitment to play for perennial national power City College of San Francisco. His rare combination of size and athleticism intrigues college scouts, but he'll have to choose what position he wants to purs

Two-way lineman Domonic De Souza has what from a college football prospect's standpoint is a pretty good problem to have.

The 6-foot-6 270-pounder's rare blend of size and athleticism makes him ideally suited to play a variety of positions from offensive tackle to defensive end.

De Souza, who earlier this month concluded his career at Terra Nova, has been getting looks from Division I college scouts intrigued by his potential upside at just about any line position on either side of the ball he wants to pursue.

"I think the thing that's going to have to sort itself out is 'what is Domonic?' " Terra Nova coach Bill Gray said. "Is he (an offensive) tackle or is he a defensive end or a defensive lineman?

The good news for De Souza is he'll have plenty of time to address that question.

The Terra Nova senior has made a nonbinding verbal commitment to play for perennial national power City College of San Francisco, Gray said. De Souza will likely gray-shirt his freshman year, allowing him to play for up to four years over a six-year participatory period should he move on to a four-year school.

Gray said De Souza's choice of CCSF was a "good decision" that will afford him the opportunity to grow into the position of his choosing, even though Terra Nova coaches may have their own idea of where he should be lining up.

The extra time figures to be a boon for his development.

"We perceive him at the next level as being an offensive lineman, but he's got that lean body; he could weigh 300 pounds in a heartbeat with the right training," Gray said.

De Souza hopes to follow the footsteps of former Tiger Jeremiah Stuckey, an offensive lineman who went to CCSF from Terra Nova. Stuckey earlier this month made a verbal commitment to play for Texas A&M.

 

Protecting 'Johnny Football':

Stuckey, who played for Terra Nova's 2010 Central Coast Section Division III championship team, gray-shirted his first year at CCSF, meaning he'll have three years of eligibility after red-shirting next year at Texas A&M.

He could be on an offensive line that protects Johnny Manziel, the freshman sensation whose emergence as "Johnny Football" has thrust the Aggies into the national spotlight.

"He was a very good student with a tremendous work ethic and he was a better athlete than a lot of people thought he was," Gray said of Stuckey.

"He was very dedicated."

 

Terra Nova hosting championship game:

Terra Nova won't actually get to play in a CCS championship game this year, but the Tigers will host one.

Terra Nova was selected as a neutral site to host a Division IV championship game between Peninsula Athletic League Bay co-champion Sacred Heart Prep (11-1) and PAL Ocean champ Menlo School (10-2) on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

The Tigers shared the Bay title with SHP and were awarded higher playoff seeding as a result of their 20-13 league win against the Gators on Oct. 12. Terra Nova's reward for that seeding arrangement was being dumped into the elite Open Division, where the Tigers met top-seeded Bellarmine in a lop-sided first round matchup.

SHP and Menlo had a much easier path to the championship game in the Division IV bracket.

 

Coaching vacancies:

Alma Heights Christian has openings for assistant baseball and softball coaches.

Interested applications should email Athletic Director Natalie Ayers for more information at nayres@almaheights.org.

 

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