Under second-year head coach Sean McVay, the Los Angeles Rams have become one of the favorites to reach the Super Bowl this season. They were 4-12 just two years ago, but have come on strong with a number of former California high school players leading the way.
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One of the main reasons for the turnaround has been the play of third-year quarterback Jared Goff, who quarterbacked his high school at Marin Catholic (Kentfield) to a second-place showing in the CIF Division III state playoffs in 2012.
But Goff, the team’s No. 1 first-round draft pick in 2016, isn’t the only player from a California high school who has been a big part of the Rams’ season. Here’s a list of those on the roster from a California high school:
Brandin Cooks (Lincoln, Stockton)
A huge off-season pickup for Los Angeles, Cooks is one of the fastest, quickest wideouts in the league. The former Fred Biletnikoff Award winner from Oregon State was initially drafted by New Orleans and played last season in New England.
Justin Davis (Lincoln, Stockton)
A former all-state running back for the Trojans, Davis made the roster as a rookie back-up running back in August after a four-year career at USC. When Davis was a sophomore at Lincoln, one of his teammates was receiver Brandin Cooks.
Jared Goff (Marin Catholic, Kentfield)
The son of former MLB pitcher Jerry Goff threw for 3,692 yards and 40 TDs for the Wildcats during 2012 season.
Troy Hill (St. Bonaventure, Ventura)
In 2008 when Hill was a junior at St. Bonaventure, he was second team all-state juniors by our web site. He was a top recruit and signed with Oregon. He was on the practice squad until late in the 2016 season and plays DB and special teams.
Cory Littleton (Mt. Miguel, Spring Valley)
A fourth-year linebacker out of the University of Washington, Littleton was a defensive end in high school and was a first-team All-CIF San Diego Section pick for two years.
Sean Mannion (Foothill, Pleasanton)
His father John was a co-coach at Foothill when Mannion was piling up big numbers as a quarterback at that school from 2007 to 2009. He later starred at Oregon State.
Johnny Mundt (Central Catholic, Modesto)
A former all-state small schools player for the Raiders, Mundt went on to star at Oregon and is now a back-up tight end for the Rams.
Marcus Peters (McClymonds, Oakland)
His father Michael is the current head coach at Mack. Marcus had six kick/punt returns as a senior and is listed in the state record book. He played at Kansas City previous to this season and essentially replaces Trumaine Johnson (from Edison of Stockton) as the Rams’ top cover corner. Johnson is now with the Washington Redskins.
Robert Woods (Serra, Gardena)
High school teammate of the Seattle Seahawks’ Paul Richardson was as much of a track and field standout in high school as in football. Woods joined the Rams last season after his NFL pass receiving career began in Buffalo.