Sac State adds two Tracy players to 2014 football roster
by Bob Brownne
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Sacramento State University has signed two local football players, who will take athletic scholarships and play for the Hornets in the fall.

George Obinna

Tracy High

Football

California State University, Sacramento, Big Sky Conference, NCAA Division I

George Obinna hadn’t considered playing football before his junior year at Tracy High, but he gave it a try after Bulldog assistant coach Chuck Selna urged him to try out for the team.

He established himself as an all-San Joaquin Athletic Association first-team lineman in his junior year, and as a senior team captain for the 2013 Bulldogs, he anchored a defensive line that recorded 52 sacks for the year, including his nine.

That defensive line helped Tracy hold opponents to two touchdowns or less in eight of the Bulldogs’ 12 games as Tracy went 10-2 for the season and won the 2013 SJAA title.

Obinna, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound defensive end, said that the opportunity to compete as a Bulldog athlete was a big step in his personal growth.

“I love how close-knit the team was and how we helped everyone get better,” he said. “I’ve learned to not doubt myself and be the best player I can be.”

He said that Sacramento State was just one of the colleges that contacted him through the National Collegiate Scouting Association, a nationwide recruiting organization based in Chicago.

“I went on a couple visits just to see the school and kept in touch with them,” he said. “They made me the best offer. They really seemed like they would help me.”

In addition to playing for the Hornets on an athletic scholarship, Obinna plans to study computer science and engineering.



Jaelin Ratliff

St. Mary’s High

Football

California State University, Sacramento, Big Sky Conference, NCAA Division I

Jaelin Ratliff played youth football as a part of the Tracy Cougars teams for six years and went on to play football at St. Mary’s High in Stockton.

Ratliff said the Hornets’ coaches contacted him at the end of the 2013 season. He had also been in touch with Fresno State, but upon visiting the Sacramento State campus, he felt at home with the Hornets’ coaches and players.

“I was really excited and I was ready to jump on board,” he said.

Ratliff expects to play wide receiver and could also be on special teams as a kickoff returner. He will major in kinesiology.

He said that his experience at St. Mary’s has prepared him to take on new ventures, as he did his freshman year, when he arrived on the Stockton campus while most of his friends went to Tracy schools.

“Over the past four years, connecting with guys I really didn’t know at first, it helped me gain trust in the guys and play for the team,” he said.

Ratliff moved up to the varsity team in his sophomore year as the Rams got into playoffs, and he made the all-Tri City Athletic League team as a receiver in his junior and senior years. He was the Rams’ most valuable player for the 2013 season.

He was the leading receiver on a 2013 St. Mary’s team that averaged more than 185 yards per game passing. Ratliff averaged nearly 56 yards per game and caught nine touchdown passes during the season. He also had 27 tackles as cornerback.

Contact Bob Brownne at 830-4227 or brownne@tracypress.com.

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