Prep Pigskin Report Silver Pigskin finalists revealed in surprise morning stops

When five-star quarterback Julian Sayin woke up Wednesday morning, his college commitment ceremony – one in which he’d be choosing from LSU, Alabama, and Georgia – was the top thing on his mind.

That quickly changes when Paul Rudy shows up at your door.

Sayin, the signal caller at Carlsbad, was one of four San Diego kids to find out they were on the podium as Silver Pigskin finalists, all with the chance to take home San Diego’s top prep prize.

“It’s a great honor,” Sayin said. “[Winning it] would mean a lot.”

Sayin is just the third junior to ever be nominated for the award – and the last two, Reggie Bush and Tyler Buchner, both took the trophy home. But those two, just like Sayin, were five-star recruits wanted across the country.

When you commit to the national champions, rush for more than 450 yards and score 8 touchdowns in a single game, and draw the love of blue checkmarks across the social spectrum, making the Silver Pigskin podium isn’t a surprise. It’s the ‘when’ that fills the role, which Roderick Robinson II experienced at a football meeting at Lincoln on Wednesday morning.

“It would mean a lot [to win],” Robinson said.

Robinson is trying to become the first Hornet to win the prestigious trophy.

Conner Rath has run all over the county, but the only thing running through his mind on Wednesday morning were sheep – the Poway halfback was mid-slumber when Paul’s door knock changed his life.

“It’s awesome,” Rath said. “It’s a big honor.”

Rath is averaging nine yards per carry for the Titans this season, and his nomination breaks a decade-long absence for Poway from the Silver Pigskin stage.

Samuel Cooper IV has seen it all in a high school career – a starting quarterback since his freshman year, a starter on defense and special teams, a section title game his junior year, transferring across town from Lincoln to University City, and keeping the same success intact.

Perseverance was the story of the game, and it got him to a Silver Pigskin nomination.

“It’s an honor to be among the greats,” the Centurions quarterback and linebacker said. “The history of football in San Diego is great…they go to the NFL and become Hall of Famers.”

Right behind Rudy was Mom – Latoya Dickens was so excited to see the moment, she snuck in with the camera crew to view it all.

“I’m extremely proud of my son,” Dickens said. “He’s going to go very far.”