Three from Colton go in NFL draft
INDIANAPOLIS -- Colton High School in California led the NFL draft with three players chosen, according to USA Football.
The sport's national governing body in the United States found that 243 high schools were involved in the 254 picks made by NFL teams last month.
Colton players were Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith, who went in the first round to Baltimore, Southern California running back Allen Bradford (sixth round to Tampa Bay), and USC safety Shareece Wright (third round to San Diego).
Colton is located one hour east of Los Angeles.
"Our staff is very proud," Colton coach Richard Bray said."It is great for the school, the city of Colton, and our program.We are happy for their chance to keep playing a sport that all three young have men have played since childhood. This starts a new tradition for Colton football, one that others will try to carry on."
Ten schools had at least two players selected. Six of those schools, along with Colton, produced at least one first-round choice: Aliquippa (Pa.) with Pittsburgh wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin, chosen by Kansas City; Blanche Ely (Pompano Beach, Fla.) with LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, taken by Arizona; Fort Dorchester (Charleston, S.C.) with North Carolina defensive end Robert Quinn, picked by St. Louis; Gwynn Park Senior (Brandywine, Md.) with Baylor defensive tackle Phil Taylor, taken by Cleveland; Lakeland (Fla.) with Florida center Mike Pouncey, selected by Miami; and Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley, Calif.) with Southern California tackle Tyron Smith, picked by Dallas.
Forty states and the District of Columbia had at least one player selected. One draftee, Baylor guard Danny Watkins, who went in the first round to Philadelphia, attended high school in Canada.
States without a player drafted were Vermont, West Virginia, Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, New Mexico and Delaware.
California high schools had the most draftees, 42, followed by Florida with 36.
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press