John Minardi - University of Colorado 1998 Bio

John Minardi 83 John Minardi
WR • 6-2 • 185 • Fr. • HS
Laguna Niguel, Calif. (Santa Margarita)

Season: Projected as a wide receiver in his true freshman year in college.

High School: As a senior, he earned PrepStar All-America honors, as he was listed as the No. 5 wide receiver in the West. USA Today selected him as an honorable mention All-American, while SuperPrep placed him on its all-Far West team (the No. 61 player overall and the No. 8 receiver) and the National Recruiting Advisor selected him on its All-West team. He was a first-team all-state selection (Cal-Hi Sports), first-team all-Orange County (Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register), first-team all-CIF Southern Section and was the most valuable player of the Sea View League. He was also the CIF District 5 defensive player-of-the-year for his play at free safety. He was first-team all-CIF as a defensive back his junior year, when he was first-team all-league and second-team all-Orange County at wide receiver. As a senior, he caught 70 passes for 1,469 yards (21.0 average) and 19 touchdowns, and ran three reverses for 43 yards and another score. He had 42 receptions for 1,040 yards (24.8 per catch) and 14 TDs as a junior, and four catches for 37 yards as a sophomore. He had career numbers of 116 receptions, 2,546 yards, 22.2 average per catch and 33 touchdowns, and set or tied a total of 15 records. He owns five of the top six receiving games in Santa Margarita history. Top games included a 55-42 win over Tustin in the CIF championship tilt his senior year, when he had five catches for 125 yards and a score; and a win over Fountain Valley the same year, when he hauled down eight passes for 242 yards and two scores. He had five receptions for 160 yards and three TDs in a 38-0 win over Newport Harbor in the CIF title game as a junior. On defense (free safety), he had 107 tackles and five interceptions as a senior and 117 tackles as a junior, and was the holder on all placement kicks. Santa Margarita was the CIF district champions both his senior (14-0) and junior (13-1), and was 8-4 his sophomore season, all under coach Jim Hartigan. As a freshman, he was the MVP of the Sea View League champion team. He also lettered in basketball (small forward, guard).

Academics: He is interested in business (marketing) as his major at Colorado. He owned a 3.27 grade point average in high school, and was an honor roll student.

Personal: Born Oct. 19, 1979 in San Jose, Calif. Hobbies include the mountains, snowboarding and skiing. (Last name is pronounced Minn-R-dee.)