When you think of San Clemente High School football, chances are you think of quarterbacks.
You’ve got Jack Sears, an elite QB headed to USC. You’ve got Sam Darnold, who led the Trojans to a 2017 Rose Bowl win, plus standouts in Travis Wilson (Utah) and Chase Rettig (Boston College).
But there has been a growing tradition of tight ends, too, with the last three morphing into highly-sought after national recruits: Chris French (Texas State), Cole Fotheringham (Utah), Isaac Rex (BYU).
Senior tight end Chris Kane is primed to be next in line.
“We’ve got to represent for the tight ends,” said Kane, who has secured offers from Air Force, Wyoming, Montana State, Weber State, Sacramento State and Northern Arizona. “It’s something really special.”
No longer splitting time with Rex, Kane could break out as a national recruit this fall. He was recently ranked the No. 10 tight end in the West in the 2018 Post-Summer Rankings by Scout.com.
“This year, he gets to be the guy. He’s the next man up,” Tritons coach Jaime Ortiz said. “There’s no reason he couldn’t play in the Pac 12 or the Big East or wherever he fits in.”
The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Kane was third on the Tritons in 2016 with 28 receptions for 361 yards with five touchdowns during a standout junior season.
He oozes athleticism.
Even when he tried to join Pop Warner in as a sixth grader, it was clear he belonged with the big boys. “Weigh in day came and he didn’t make weight. He was too big,” said his mother, Jill Kane. “He got to move up to another team.”
Kane became a lineman then…