Noah Karim Mikhail plays football in the shadow of Southern California’s picturesque San Gabriel Mountains, which is every well-intentioned Pac-12 player’s dream.
Only Mikhail now does it regularly for the Bearcats at Bonita High School in Laverne, which is located 25 miles east of the Rose Bowl and at the foot of the mountain range above.
And this 6-foot-3, 205-pound linebacker will gaze more and more at these hills until it’s time for him to play college football.
Mikhail is just a high school freshman since the class of 2025.
On Friday, University of Washington employers invested in the future by offering him football scholarships. He likes his size, speed and strength for such a young player.
And Mikhail, who is Egyptian-American, has just started recruiting after receiving offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boston College, Houston Baptist, Nevada and UNLV.
His elder brother, Kaleem has worked there as a linebacker.
He is the son of Karim Mikhail, who emigrated from Egypt with his family 30 years ago. His father played as a 6-foot-4, 280-pound offensive lineman for Azusa Pacific’s 1998 NAIA national championship team.
Noah Karim Mikhail, who is also a wide receiver, comes from a high school that has a rich football history apart from that mountainous background.
Their home games are held at the Glenn Davis Stadium, named after the former Bonita High running back and war hero who became the 1946 Heisman Trophy winner for the Army. Davis, later a Pro Bowl selection for the Los Angeles Rams, died in 2005 at the age of 80.
For now, this youngest Mikhail will try to improve upon a highly impressive ninth-grade season that saw him named First Team All-Mountain West on defense for the 8-2 Bonita team.
There should be a lot of scholarship offers coming to him before he can complete the work.
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