Chase Kamin was unabashed about when he made up his mind where he’d be playing college football next season.
“About an hour and a half ago,” said Kamin, setting off laughter in Santa Barbara High’s Alumni Room on Wednesday morning.
Kamin, an all-CIF offensive lineman, had a plethora of options before ultimately choosing to go to Fort Lewis College, a Div. 2 program in Durango, Colo.
“This recruitment thing is not easy, I know what this gentleman went through,” Santa Barbara High head coach J.T. Stone said. “It came down to talking to 15 million people to figure this thing out. It’s been a long road for this guy.”
Joining Kamin in the Alumni Room was Dons’ standout receiver and special teams return man, Jackson Gonzales.
Many within the Dons football program consistently speak to Gonzales’ cerebral approach to the game, making it a natural fit for him to commit to Claremont Mudd Scripps in Whittier.
The school is known for its rigorous academic standards, with just a 3% acceptance rate.
A Div. 3 program, Gonzales had his eyes set on the school since a summer camp that he attended there.
“I really liked the campus, liked staying close to home,” Gonzales said, who also stars for Santa Barbara’s boys basketball team.
Stone gushed about Gonzales, focusing on his commitment to doing extraordinary work in the classroom.
“You bring kids to high school to work hard, this one doesn’t happen without his academics. Period,” Stone said. “This kid busted his behind and he had every academic school across the country interested in him.”