High School Football

Sonora High graduate Warring selected in 3rd round by Houston in NFL Draft

By Kirk Kenney

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Sonora receiver Kahale Warring goes up to catch a touchdown over Central Catholic’s Kalhiel Dillard in 2014.
Sonora receiver Kahale Warring goes up to catch a touchdown over Central Catholic’s Kalhiel Dillard in 2014. jwestberg@modbee.com

Kahale Warring was an all-league water polo goalie and basketball player at Sonora High. He also competed on the cross country, swimming, soccer and tennis teams before trying his hand at football as a senior.

“I didn’t have an NFL dream,” Warring said. “That never crossed my mind.”

Warring didn’t give professional football much of a thought three years ago when he walked on as a tight end at San Diego State, either. Warring dared to dream last year, during his junior season at SDSU, so he declared for the NFL Draft in December.

“I feel that I’ve made strides every year that I’ve been at San Diego State, and I have a lot bigger strides to make,” Warring told the Union-Tribune at the time. “But I’m ready to go.”

The Houston Texans agreed Friday night, choosing Warring with the 23rd pick (86th overall) in the third round of the NFL Draft. He was the second Mountain West tight end taken, after Jacksonville chose San Jose State’s Josh Oliver with the fifth pick in the third round.

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