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Cameron Skattebo transfers to Arizona State

Dec 19, 2022 12:00AM ● By By Shaun Holkko, sports editor

Cameron Skattebo practices during his senior season at Rio Linda High School on Aug. 8, 2019. Skattebo announced on December 17 that he was transferring to Arizona State from Sacramento State. Photo by Allene Salerno/Lenie's Pictures "¢ (

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TEMPE, AZ (MPG) – 2020 Rio Linda High School graduate Cameron Skattebo has made his decision on where he will be taking his talents to next.

Skattebo is headed to the desert to play in the Pac-12 Conference at Arizona State University. The 5-foot-10, 212 pound running back announced his decision with a tweet on Saturday afternoon, December 17.

“It’s official!!! I found home!!! #ForksUp can’t wait to get to work!!!! It just feels right,” Skattebo said on Twitter along with a picture of him wearing his new Sun Devil threads.

Skattebo spent the last three years staying close to home and playing for Sacramento State. Following the departure of head coach Troy Taylor for Stanford University after a historic 2022 season, Skattebo entered the NCAA transfer portal with two years of collegiate eligibility remaining.

“Sacramento State has enabled me to develop relationships that will last a lifetime,” Skattebo wrote in a statement which was shared on his social media accounts. “Sacramento is and will always be my home, and being able to play in the community where I grew up, in front of my family and friends has meant the most to me.”

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Taylor announced his decision to move on from Sac State on December 10, the morning after the Hornets’ 66-63 loss to Incarnate Word in the quarterfinals of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Playoffs. Two days later, Skattebo publicized his intentions. In the five days that he was in the portal, the bruising running back also received offers from Texas State and San Jose State.

In three seasons on varsity at Rio Linda, Skattebo was a three-time first team all-league selection and finished his career with 6,192 rushing yards and 69 touchdowns. Skattebo also led his school to a section championship in 2018.

In two seasons on the field at Sac State, he was a third team all-Big Sky Conference selection in 2021 and first team all-Big Sky in 2022. He cemented himself in the Hornet history books by winning the 2022 Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year, most importantly.

Skattebo became the third Sac State player of all-time to win the award. He did so by racking up 1,251 rushing yards, 281 receiving yards on 24 receptions and nine total touchdowns. Skattebo was also a 2022 Associated Press FCS All-America third team selection.

“I would also like to thank the Hornet fans for all the support and love over the past three years,” Skattebo wrote in the statement released on December 12. “We have created memories that I’ll always cherish.”

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On his way to Tempe, Arizona this past weekend to visit what eventually became his new home, Skattebo came across a young man who was a fan of his. The boy’s father was so impressed by Skattebo that he tweeted about the interaction to share with the world.

“Son & I on a [plane emoji] to AZ. Son notices @camskattebo5 board our flight & is excited the whole trip,” tweeted the proud dad, Maury Castaneda, who is the athletic director at Yuba City High School. “When we get off plane son asks Cam for autograph. Cam takes time to sign & take a pic. Made my sons day. Thank you!!”

Arizona State got themselves a great football player and an even better person. Best of luck to Cam in Arizona. The NFL is right around the corner.

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