Welcome to a continuing tradition at SBLive California – honoring the male and female athletes of the year in every CIF Section.
The criteria isn’t too expansive: The starting point is finding athletes who are all-league/all-state performers. Totality of career is also a factor. So is administrator/coach/fan recommendation.
Enjoy as we honor some of California’s top high school athletes!
Nate Johnson made the most of the compacted high school sports season in California.
The two-sport standout at Clovis High School led the Cougars to a 3-2 record during football season, losing to section powers Central and Buchanan by a combined 11 points. Johnson finished the year with 13 touchdowns - eight passing and five rushing.
His standout play during the spring season netted him offers from UCLA, Arizona State, and TCU among others before he decided to commit to the University of Utah, the first school to offer him a scholarship back in August of 2020.
“Utah was the right fit for me because I had a great connection with the coaches and players and the overall environment in Salt Lake City was just amazing,” Johnson said of his commitment to the Utes. “Also, I feel I can put myself in their offensive scheme and be able to lead the team to a Pac-12 Championship.”
When football wrapped up Johnson headed over to the track to showcase his top-flight speed and athleticism.