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Foothill stars looking at options after signing day

By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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No local football players signed NCAA letters of intent on Wednesday, though several are mulling options to continue their athletic careers next fall. Placer High coach Joey Montoya said seniors Asher Gotzmer, Josh Klem and Michael Gray were all hoping to play football collegiately, though none had firm plans yet. Wednesday was national signing day, the first day players could officially accept NCAA football scholarships. Gotzmer, who rushed for 1,525 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior, was invited to walk on at UC Davis, where he could join Placer graduate Greg Denham – the Aggies’ starting quarterback. Montoya said Gotzmer was offered a “preferred” walk-on opportunity at UC Davis, where he would likely play wide receiver. Klem is also looking at non-scholarship options, depending on where he decides to go to school. He is considering several excellent academic institutions, including Ivy League schools. The 6-4, 205-pound linebacker/tight end may also opt to play basketball in college. Several schools on the West coast recruited Gray as a defensive end. The 6-4, 225-pound senior led the Hillmen with five sacks last fall, but did not receive any favorable scholarship offers as of Wednesday. Montoya said Gray may play at Sierra College next season. Placer’s senior-laden football team finished 12-2 on the season and lost to Modesto Christian in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship game. Del Oro also played in a section title game, falling to Rocklin in the Division II final. The Golden Eagles were without a Division I signee as of Wednesday. Senior Bryce Pratt rushed for 2,448 yards and 39 touchdowns. Del Oro’s Spencer Butterfield received lots of interest as a wide receiver, but the 6-3 senior has said he hopes to play college basketball. Colfax senior running back Pat Rawlins said he plans to pursue a future in track and field. He rushed for 1,559 yards and 18 touchdowns in leading the Falcons to the playoffs.