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Former Hawk contributing at Modesto High
Deangelo Williams starred on Central Valley High School's varsity football team as a junior last fall.

The 6-foot-1 receiver caught 58 passes for 1,137 yards and 13 touchdowns on his way to earning ESPN Rise/ second-team, all-state honors.

Deangelo had eight receptions and a pair of TDs in Modesto High's 36-6 victory over Ceres High in 7-on-7 summer passing league play on Tuesday, June 23 at Bulldog Stadium.

"I had a lot of fun," he said.

"He's just a great athlete," Ceres head coach Brett Johnson said.

Williams transferred to Modesto High in April.

"I moved in with my mom during Spring Break," he said. "It happened so fast. It wasn't my choice. I miss the people there (at Central Valley). I still stay in touch with some of them."

Deangelo has fit right in at Modesto High.

"I know a lot of people there through sports," he said. "They're like my new family."

Williams is trying to do everything in his power to make sure he's eligible during the 2009-10 school year. He's taking summer school right now. His regular schedule will include an eighth period.

"I'm trying to catch up," said Williams, who raised his GPA to 2.7 during the final semester of his junior year.

Deangelo needs to keep his grades in order and do well on the SAT or ACT to continue his playing career at the collegiate level. A number of schools have already expressed interest.

"I've visited Stanford, Cal and Fresno State," he said.

A year ago at this time, Williams was running routes and catching passes for Central Valley.

Due to circumstances out of his control, Deangelo was forced to make a valid change of residence.

He has embraced his current situation and can't wait to team up with Klayton Miller and Modesto High this fall. Miller passed for 1,149 yards and 10 touchdowns while splitting time at quarterback for the 2008 Panthers, who finished 2-8 on the year and 2-2 in the Modesto Metro Conference.

"There's no reason to complain," Williams said. "We have a pretty good team."