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CLASS OF 2017 GUAM RECRUITING CLASS

GSPN’s Michael Cruz takes a dive into a handful of Guam’s 2017 college freshman as they ready to take their talents to different levels of college football.

By Michael Cruz

A total of eight players from the IFL are heading to play college football. This might be the most in Guam prep history. Each one of these players played it least one year in the league on Guam. Despite a small league of only 8 teams and a population of under 200,000, Guam is making strides. I think one day Guam will see every school represented in college football.

Juan King

The Guam High product has been a playmaker since his youth football days. His senior year was memorable making 1st team running back. He played both sides of the ball. King is the 2nd player (his brother Jujuan was the 1st) to play college football from the island of Tinian. He will play for NAIA program Culver Stockton.

http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4538170/58425e77dfd8b80a08129511

Solomon White

White finished up his senior at Guam High as the Island’s best dual threat QB in 2016. He was the only senior player to score on FD’s shutdown defense in 2016. White will attend the Air Force Prep school. Their program plays a Junior College schedule and other Prep Academies. The long term goal is to walk-on to the Air Force Academy football team and start.

http://www.hudl.com/video/3/2871679/58298e864ba87714a865f37a

Royce Thomas III

Thomas started at safety for Guam High as a freshman in 2013. He completed his playing career at Navarre High. As a senior, he started at cornerback for Navarre. He signed with D2 program Shorter University.

http://www.hudl.com/video/3/3933879/5841bc5c8cd4a82dc4c58096

Cameron Callaway

Callaway was an all-island lineman as a sophomore and junior at Southern. He transferred to North Carolina with his mom to chase his college football dreams. A late offer from D2 UNC Pembroke changed his plans from enlisting in the Army. He showed versatility on offensive and defensive line.

http://www.hudl.com/video/3/7869236/584488455b3cd91ed84ea3d7

Marcus Manglona

Marcus was an all island wide receiver as a junior at JFK. He played his senior year at fullback teaming up with cousin Dedrick Barcinas at Buena Park High in Orange County. Manglona endured his senior year being away from family and the passing of his father Mark. He plans to walk-on and play at junior college program Orange Coast with teammates. Little brother Mason will play at Buena Park High this Fall.

http://www.hudl.com/video/3/8564129/584843ddc124dd27ac670d27

Ricky Brown

Brown played for JFK and is St. John’s School first collegiate football player. Brown had his best season as a senior QB. He has roots in Minnesota and will play for St. Olaf a D3 Program.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIMQQUiWgI0

Leon Shimizu

Shimizu was an all-island football player junior and senior season at FD. He helped the Friars to back to back titles. Shimizu chose to play football at D3 Allegheny College who were excited enough to post to their twitter page.

https://twitter.com/AlleghenyFB/status/859836570609885184

http://www.hudl.com/video/3/7692861/5773335111fa7f61983d1f92

Andrew Fichter

Fichter came out of nowhere, he was a newcomer as a senior to FD’s program. He is a homeschool graduate and received a late offer to NAIA Program Ave Maria in Florida. All island wide receiver.

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/7808281/57e87b847bddf874808ca87e

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QUICK HITS

The Guam men’s national basketball team moved up four slots in the FIBA World Ranking to #72 after an impressive win over Mongolia and a hard-fought loss to Japan.
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Shawn Bamba won the Arizona state wrestling championship while siblings Jussiah and Justyn took third place in their divisions at state.
Shawn (12th) won the 150-lb division while Jussiah (11th) took bronze in the 120-lb class and Justyn (9th) took bronze in the 106-lb category.
All three were born on Guam before moving to Surprise, Arizona in 2014, where they all picked up wrestling in 2016.
Their parents are Justin and Shannon Bamba from Pago Bay.

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