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Hidalgo to play football at next level
Isaiah Hidalgo
Isaiah Hidalgo

Isaiah Hidalgo has yet to finalize his college plans.

The Central Valley High School senior running back is leaning towards playing football for Modesto Junior College this fall.

“That would be my first option if I didn’t get any (four-year) offers,” said Hidalgo, who’s also drawn interest from El Camino community college. “They check in on me and ask me about school. They’re close to home. They produce players.”

Modesto Junior College didn’t have a season in 2020 due to safety concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Pirates posted a 9-3 overall record and advanced to the NorCal title game in 2019.

“My freshman year of college, I’m going to be 17,” Hidalgo said. “It will definitely be a challenge. But I’ve always played football with older guys.”

Hidalgo was hoping to add to his recruiting profile this school year.

The California Interscholastic Federation’s high school sports season has yet to officially begin due to coronavirus restrictions imposed by the state.

The 2020 football campaign was originally scheduled to begin in August of 2020. “Even though I’ve played two varsity seasons, I’d still like to have an extra year of film,” Hidalgo said. “You need film to get scouted. It’s also important because it’s my last year. I’m looking forward to doing better this season.”

Hidalgo was promoted to Central Valley’s varsity football team as a sophomore.

Hidalgo racked up 1,844 all-purpose yards and 16 touchdowns junior year.

He earned Central California Conference honorable-mention recognition.

Hidalgo rushed for 983 yards and 12 touchdowns, both career-highs, on 205 carries.

He caught 26 passes for 163 yards and one score.

Hidalgo totaled 537 yards and two TDs on 20 kickoff returns.

He had 161 yards and one TD on seven punt returns.

Hidalgo also helped Central Valley improve its all-time record versus crosstown-rival Ceres High to 12-2 with a 55-13 victory.

He rumbled for 205 yards and two touchdowns 

He also returned a punt 66 yards for a TD.