By Jimmy Durkin
Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 at 5:40 pm in East Bay Football.
McClymonds High football player Denzale Johnson earned a four-year academic scholarship to Cal, where he will try to walk on to the football team.
Johnson was a 5-foot-9, 205-pound running back/linebacker for the Warriors, who went 12-0 and won the Oakland Section’s Silver Bowl. He carries a 4.0 GPA at McClymonds, according to Warriors coach Curtis McCauley.
Johnson was a second-team All-City selection at running back. He carried 95 times for 587 yards and eight touchdowns, despite battling an early season hamstring injury that forced him to miss one game. He was also among the team’s leading tacklers on defense.
“It’s just a huge accomplishment for a player to come out of West Oakland and get a scholarship,” McClymonds coach Curtis McCauley said.
McCauley said Johnson could play strong safety or special teams if he earns a spot on the Golden Bears roster.