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October 11, 2007 at 9:28 AM

A hidden gem

Jayovani Sears.

You might not know his name now. But you will soon.

Sears is the 6-foot, 171-pound quarterback for the Cleveland Eagles of the Metro League. He’s a Division I talent. Numerous Pac-10 programs are interested.

Unfortunately his team has won one game in two seasons. He doesn’t get his name in the paper as often as, say, Demitrius Bronson. Or Tony Heard.

But he’s every bit as talented.

“He’s faster than the little guys and stronger than bigger guys,” says Cleveland assistant coach John Elliott. “He can accelerate, he’s got a high pain-threshold, he’s smart &#8212 in baseball, you’d call him a five-tool guy.”

Believe it or not, this is only Sears’ fourth year of organized football. The junior is also a stand-out basketball player.

His coach, KeiWuan Miller, complimented Sears’ “heart and passion for the game.”

At the next level, Sears might project to play running back or wide receiver. His phenomenal athletic ability makes him one of the most exciting prospects in the area.

“Jayovani reminds me of something Bill Walsh once said,” recalled Elliott, who once coached at the University of Puget Sound. “He said: ‘I don’t want to watch hours of video tape of a kid. I just want to see three of fours plays, three of four times when he’s a man amongst boys.’ That’s what he gives you.”

Here is what other coaches are saying about Sears:

Bill Marsh, Eastside Catholic &#8212 “I was very impressed with him. He has very good poise in [the pocket] knowing teams are going to blitz him a lot. He’s one solid young man. I definitely think he does [have a chance to play in college]. Hopefully, a school will take the time to take a look at him.”

Davis Lura, West Seattle &#8212 “He’s a great, great athlete. He’s got the athletic ability to play [in college], even if it might not be at the quarterback position. Great speed. He’s the type of kid the college coaches like.”

Eric Dinwiddie, Granite Falls &#8212 “He’s a great athlete. Rocket of an arm. We got up on them early, but he kept fighting the whole way. I think if he has the passion for football. He should play at the next level. We were more afraid of him running it than throwing.

Tell us what you think. Who are some of the other overlooked players in the area &#8212 the diamonds in the rough &#8212 that are potential college athletes?

Morning stars

1. Stephanie Shumaker, Kentwood volleyball &#8212 The 5-foot-5 junior setter had 40 assists, four shy of her season-high, and 10 digs in a three-set win over SPSL North contender Kentridge.

2. Rob Webster Jr., Puyallup cross country and Justin Englund, Decatur cross country &#8212 Each ran a 14 minutes, 4 seconds on a 2.75-mile course Wednesday. Webster set school and course records.

3. Cameron Patrick, Eastside Catholic boys golf, and Jake McRoberts, Seattle Prep boys golf &#8212 Nothing could separate the two golfers (who each shot an even-par for 27 points at West Seattle Golf Course) or their teams (a 97-97 tie).

Tonight’s top games

1. Football, Bonney Lake vs. Enumclaw at Sunset Chev Stadium (Sumner), 7 p.m. &#8212 Winner of this match-up of 2-2 teams will be in the driver’s seat for a playoff berth.

2. Girls soccer, Issaquah at Skyline, 7:30 p.m. &#8212 Kate Deines lead’s the Eagles (9-0-1) against their top KingCo 3A competitor in the Spartans (9-2-0).

3. Volleyball, Monroe at Marysville-Pilchuck, 7:00 p.m. &#8212 The sixth-ranked Bearcats (7-2) travel to face the 10th-ranked Tomahawks (7-2) in a big WesCo North showdown.

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