Almost a decade ago, Woodside (Calif.)
High School — a 45-minute drive south of San Francisco — featured an undersized, athletic, barely recruited standout who is now is largely a household name in the NFL.
Then-quarterback Julian Edelman accounted for 3,201 yards and 42 touchdowns, leading the Wildcats to a 13-0 record in 2004. He landed at College of San Mateo before transferring to Kent State and now is a starting receiver for the New England Patriots.
Woodside now features another athletic but under-recruited player who coach Josh Bowie said is flying wildly under the radar — 5-foot-11, 170-pound senior Josh Holman
"This kid needs to be seen and noticed," Bowie said.
After what Holman did in a 58-24 home victory over Capuchino on Friday, consider it done.
The wide receiver and defensive back returned kickoffs 95, 90 and 65 yards for touchdowns, and added a 4-yard fumble return for another score — all in the first half — as Woodside took a 51-12 lead.
Holman, who also stands out at basketball and track, didn't play a down the second half. And that came after his best performance at halftime.
"He stood up by himself with no prodding from coaches said ‘I'm scoring the touchdowns but I couldn't do any of it without all your blocking,'" Bowie said. "He said, ‘I'm doing the easy part.' He then sat down."
Bowie said he was more proud of the speech than the four scores, but wasn't really surprised.
"He's just a great kid, extremely coach-able, and will do whatever is best for the team," Bowie said.
Bowie took over Woodside in July of 2012 and put Holman at quarterback because he was the team's best athlete. It didn't work out so well during a 3-7 season.
"He was definitely out of position," Bowie said.
Holman is now playing where he belongs and leads the team with 27 catches for 508 yards and four touchdowns. Utilizing 4.49 speed in the 40-yard dash, he has another 90-yard kickoff return this season for touchdown.
"The kid's potential is limitless," Bowie said. "He's fast and explosive. He had great hands. If he doesn't go somewhere to play college football then I'm just not doing my job."
Maybe he can follow in Edelman's footsteps.
"I think Josh would gladly take that route," Bowie said.