Grant Bouma of BCHS faced uphill battle to Texas Tech football despite small school glory

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The stage was packed at BHS with students signing letters of intent for division one collegiate athletics.
 
“It’s just a great thing to be a part of,” Oregon State football commit Kevin Hayes said.
 
Frontier High School hosted a handful of signees as well.
 
“I know I’ll be playing football so that’s what I’m excited about,” added Colton Foster – a commit to Colorado State to play football.
 
However, at Bakersfield Christian High School Grant Bouma signed all alone.
 
Bouma has signed as a preferred walk on at Texas Tech university. He is guaranteed a roster spot in BIG 12 football.
 
“It’s a nervous all day,” Bouma described the event, “it’s like my birthday!”
 
Grant Bouma was an integral part to the Eagles’ Valley title and run at a state title this year.
 
Maxpreps.com shows him with the most tackles of any player in California, second most in the nation. For most athletes with numbers like these offers from big-time programs would have been coming in months or even years ago. For Bouma, he wasn’t offered a spot at a division one program until just a few weeks ago.
 
“College recruiting, as in depth that it is, it’s a copy-cat industry,” BCHS coach Jerald Pierucci said, “college coaches will ask, ‘Who else is recruiting him?’ and it’s like – “well you should be!”
 
The challenge the small school All American faced was just that: hailing from a small school.
 
“It was really frustrating,” mother Dana Bouma told 23ABC on Tuesday, “lots and lots of prayer and lots of humbling experiences, not necessarily a bad thing.”
 
“Bakersfield Christian is a small school,” Bouma explained, ”we won state and now I am a walk on. I'm kind of used to it, as of now I kind of like it.”
 
This California small school star will have next year in the BIG 12 to prove he's a scholarship athlete.
As for BCHS, the football program is making the jump from division 4 to division 3 this coming year. Coach Pierucci says, future eagles won't have to prove themselves as much as Grant.
 
“We don't get there without player like Grant,” coach Pierucci said of the Eagles’ recent success,
“players like Grant can say that they have had a hand in the rise of the Bakersfield Christian football program.”
 
 
Stewart Bandy (BC via Taft) - Football, Pittsburg State University
Savannah Berry (Highland) – Track/XC, Utah Valley
Grant Bouma (BCHS) – Football, Texas Tech
Grant Campbell (BC via Garces) – Football, Baylor
Lauren Clarksean (BHS) – Diving, Indiana
Colton Foster (Frontier) – Football, Colorado State
Blake Haney (Stockdale) – Track/XC, Oregon
Kevin Hayes (BHS) – Football, Oregon State
Preston Hodges (BC via Independence) – Football, Colorado State
Paige Jano (Highland) – Soccer, Fresno Pacific
Scotty Newton (BHS) – Track, Texas Christian
Lauren O'Connell (Frontier) – Soccer, Baylor
Jeremiah Reddick (BHS) – Football, Sacramento State
Asauni Rufus (BHS) – Football, Nevada
Brooke Shumate (Garces) – Soccer, Regis Univ.
Haley Witt (Garces) – Soccer, Humboldt State
Tala Haddad (Stockdale) – Soccer, Cal State Fullerton
Chris Hannible (BC via BHS) – Football, North Dakota
Dalyou Pierson (Pasadena CC via Independence) – Football, Iowa State
Cody Jones (BC via Highland) – Football, Central Oklahoma
Brodie Scott (BC via Centennial) – Football, UC Davis
Joey Stuart (BC via Garces) – Football, Colorado State
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