Doug Drakeley, a member of the first graduating class at Vista Del Lago High school in 2010, will play for UC Davis this upcoming season on the defensive line.
Drakeley's story is definitely unique. According to an article by the Daily Democrat in Davis, "(Drakeley) arrived at UCD from nearby Vista del Lago High School in 2010, then attended Folsom Lake College before serving five years as an airborne infantryman in the U.S. Army. Thanks to NCAA rules, military service does not count against a student-athlete’s eligibility “clock,” giving Drakeley one more year of college football.
In his varsity career. Drakeley recorded 98 tackles, 4 sacks, and 2 fumble recoveries. As a Junior, he received All-League Honors in the Sierra Valley League and was named honorable mention his senior year.