Sam Darnold’s high school head coach talks Sam at San Clemente

The big NFL Combine news today, as reporters look for every possible angle, is that USC quarterback Sam Darnold will not be throwing at the combine. Instead, the former San Clemente High School (California) QB will focus on athletic testing and interviews at the combine.  He’ll throw for teams at USC’s pro day on March 21.

This morning, I visited with Darnold’s high school head coach Jaime Ortiz to have him talk about the 20-year old who had deep roots planted in the Southern California beach town.  Ortiz, who likes to use the hashtag #OneTownOneTeam when promoting his program on Twitter, says that Darnold is a one-of-a-kind athlete.

You can watch the entire interview with Ortiz below.

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.