January 4, 2018
Eastlake High School assistant football coach Mark Mendillo has been compiling an annual list of former Titans playing at the next level for several years now. It’s become very popular reading material. The list grows longer each year.
Numerous EHS alumni have found success on the college playing field — and even beyond —over the years. In fact, Mendillo added a new category — Titans playing in the NFL — after 2010 EHS grad Tony Jefferson signed with the Arizona Cardinals.
Jefferson remains Eastlake’s most famous football alum.
Jefferson played three seasons at Oklahoma before foregoing his final year to turn pro. He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Arizona Cardinals and played there four years before signing a free agent contract over the offseason with the Baltimore Ravens.
Jefferson, a strong safety, compiled 79 tackles, including 56 solo stops, two pass deflections and one interception for the Ravens, who were eliminated from the upcoming NFL playoffs on the final day of the season.
Jefferson’s career totals include 356 tackles in 79 games with three interceptions for 39 yards and one touchdown (on a 26-yard interception return in 2015).
Prominent on last year’s Titan alumni list were EHS grads Aaron Baltazar and Gabe Casillas.
Titans Playing College Football
- Arturo Hurtado (Fort Lewis College)
- Ty Stevens (Dixie State University)
- Travis Gardner (Fort Lewis College)
- Isiah Olave (UC Davis)
- Aedan Johnson (North Carolina Central University)
- Justin Scott (Capital University)
- Isaiah Strayhorn (Southwestern College)
- Francisco Aguilar (Southwestern College)
- Tommy Lopez (Southwestern College)
- Jake Suggett (Central College)
- Micah Mendillo (Southwestern College)
- Michael Holt (Southwestern College)
- Dylan Teller (Dakota State University)
- Dean Smith (Southwestern College)
- Jae Vitin (College of Idaho)
Titans Playing in the NFL
- Tony Jefferson (Baltimore Ravens)