Downey center Jackson Betz will join the Sacramento State football program as a preferred walk-on.
The 6-foot-4, 265-pound senior took part in a Signing Day celebration at Bonsu Elite Athletics on Wednesday evening, joining a panel that included Central Catholic football players Adrian Cuevas (Marian), Kyle Jacklich (Montana State Northern) and Dawaiian McNeely (Wyoming).
Betz was an all-Central California Athletic League and FrontRowPreps.com All-Region performer for the Knights, which became the first Modesto City Schools program to win a playoff road game in nearly 20 years this fall. The Knights whipped short-handed Grant of Sacramento, 57-27.
“It was the best option for me,” said Betz, who projects as either a center or guard at the next level. “It’s close to him. My sister goes there already, so I got connections there; got a few friends there. It’s a good program with new coaches, (and) I love the way they’re running it. I felt comfortable there; liked my visit.”
Betz joins a program with an exciting future under first-year coach Troy Taylor, who signed 14 players during the December and February commitment dates.
Betz isn’t a scholarship athlete — yet. He will report to offensive line coach Kris Richardson, who, along with Taylor, turned the Folsom High football program into a state and national power.
When asked what he looks forward to the most, Betz didn’t hesitate or flinch: “Competition,” he said. “I want to prove … whether I can do this, and keep pushing myself to work harder.”
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