"Central's Orth inks college letter
By WILL DEBOARD
As Central Catholic High's top receiver, James Orth terrorized opposing defenses with a combination of his size and speed.
He'll get a chance to do that at the college level for the next four years as well.
Wednesday, Orth signed a national letter-of-intent to play on scholarship for San Jose State.
Orth, a Modesto Bee all-District utility selection for his prowess at both receiver and safety, is being recruited as a receiver.
Orth is one of two Stanislaus District football players to commit to NCAA Division I colleges Wednesday, National Signing Day. Pitman defensive lineman Andy Jennings signed to play for Fresno State in an afternoon ceremony at the Pitman High library.
Orth was on San Jose State's radar well before any other school.
"Over summer, I went to a camp at San Jose (over a Fresno camp)," Orth said. "I must have done really well. They called and offered me a scholarship two days later."
He had a dominant senior season as well.
Orth caught 48 passes for 805 yards and nine touchdowns. He also carried the ball on rushes and returned kicks and was one of the Raiders' defensive leaders at safety.
"He made so many plays, both on offense and defense," Central Catholic coach Roger Canepa said. "He showed no fear in going up and getting the ball."
Spartans head coach Dick Tomey visited Orth at home last week to confirm his commitment. And in front of a crowd of family and friends, he signed.
"(Tomey) seems like a family-oriented coach," Orth said. "It feels like the 'We' concept that we have here at Central Catholic."
Central Catholic wide receiver James Orth has signed to play at San Jose State. (Ted Benson/The Modesto Bee)