By Steve Breazeale
Dana Hills seniors Devin Rizzo-Foden and Matthew Slade have both recently committed to play football at the next level.
On January 22 Rizzo-Foden, a wide receiver and kick returner for the Dolphins, committed to play for Kansas Wesleyan University in the fall. Rizzo-Foden (5-feet-7-inches, 180 pounds) was a 1st team Sea View League wide receiver this past season. He is also a two time Dana Hills Varsity Football Coaches Award recipient.
Rizzo-Foden was a versatile offensive weapon for the Dolphins and helped co-captain Dana Hills, which won a share of the Sea View League title in 2012.
As a receiver, he pulled in 20 catches for 295 yards, averaging 14.75 yards per catch. Rizzo-Foden caught a touchdown pass on September 28 in a 22-7 victory over Irvine. He was also used in the backfield and rushed the ball 10 times for 53 yards on the season.
Matthew Slade recently committed to Sacred Heart University, according to head coach Todd Rusinkovich.
Slade (6-foot-2-inches, 215 pounds) had a very successful season for the Dolphins at the defensive end and linebacker positions. He was named the Sea View League Defensive MVP and was a 1st team Sea View League defensive back. Slade was also the Dolphins long and short snapper and played a bit on offense at tight end.
Slade, a co-captain of this year’s squad, was third on the team in total tackles, with 94, and tallied one sack and one interception on the season. On September 14 Slade produced a season-high 18 total tackles against Troy. His interception came in what was a must-win game against San Juan Hills on November 2.
Slade was named the team’s MVP this season and was a two year varsity starter on defense.
Slade joins former teammate Shane Scambray at Sacred Heart University. Scambray, a former Dolphin quarterback, graduated from Dana Hills in 2012.