- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
Mission Viejo (Calif.) has hardly been tested this season, as the nationally-ranked Diablos have rolled to an 8-0 record. While the defense has been stout, the offense has been phenomenal. The Diablos have racked up at least 35 points in all eight contests, and went as high as 84 in a blowout win over Aliso Viejo (Calif.) Aliso Niguel.
A pair of helping hands in the Mission Viejo offense this year belongs to wide receiver Frank Schnicker, a 6-foot, 180-pound athlete who transferred from Long Beach (Calif.) Millikan and was forced to sit out his junior season.
"If anything, that gave me motivation for this year to come out stronger," Schnicker said.
He knew heading into the season that he'd only have this year to make an impression on college coaches and he has responded well thus far, with 21 receptions and six touchdowns. This past off-season, Schnicker--who possesses a 3.8 grade point average--was in contact with coaches from UC Davis and Stanford, as well as smaller schools across the country. Now, he's hoping that a late-season highlight tape finds its way into the hands of some of those same coaches.
Schnicker believes he has the drive and the talent to contribute to an offense at the next level.
"All through Pop Warner I played running back," he said. "But I moved to wide receiver in high school and I feel like that's my spot. I have the quickness and the speed for the position."
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