Tevis lines up before a defensive play in a 42-13 win over Lincoln High School. Photo courtesy of JH Tevis.
By Ty Corley
JH Tevis, the star junior defensive end for the Knights football team, has been offered a full ride scholarship at University of California Berkeley. Tevis, who had 22.5 sacks this season, was a force for the Knights amazing defense this year and helped lead them to a CCS Championship berth.
The 6-4, 230 pound PAL Defensive Player of the Year has been playing football all his life, including the last two years on varsity. He has always known that he wanted to take his talents to the next level but receiving a D1 scholarship is quite the achievement. “I think that this is a great opportunity for me but also for the school and the Menlo football program,” Tevis said.
Receiving a D1 offer for football is extremely difficult. It is a rare occurrence at any high school, especially at a small school like Menlo. According to Head Coach Mark Newton, only 4-5 players have gotten D1 football scholarships since 1983. “Most of our more talented players go play [in the Ivy league], play Division 3, or try to walk on at a Division 1 program,” Newton said.
Given the high honor, Tevis is well aware of the opportunity before him and wants to make the most of it. “The Menlo football team does not get the appreciation it deserves. There are a lot of great players who come through the program, and hopefully my offer will open other school’s eyes up to Menlo,” Tevis said, “I hope to see a lot more Menlo football players at the next level [in the future].”
He was also quick to give thanks to those who have helped him along his path. Tevis mentioned his coaches, former Menlo football quarterback and current Dartmouth quarterback Jack Heneghan, his parents and the seniors on this past year’s football team. “[The seniors] have been my brothers the past few years,” Tevis said.
For Tevis, playing football in college is not only an athletic dream but an academic one as well. “For me playing college football also has a lot to do with academics,” Tevis said, “I’m trying to find the best balance of academics and athletics.”
While Cal is ranked as one of the better public universities in the nation, Tevis still has his sights set on trying to get more offers over the course of the next year. “I’m excited to receive an offer from one of the best public universities in the world, but I’m also open to any offers that come up down the road.”