Saturday, May 15, 2010

Notes on the Recruiting Trail....

Well, we have one final week to go before all college coaches will be going back to their schools armed with scouting reports, highlight film, transcripts and a whole lot more. Here are some notes on the players that are in our top-10 and go from there....

1. Antoine Arnold (Ath. Chaparral) -- He has offers but there is not one college coach that has expressed confidence that this kid is going to make it. A lot of the offers that are on the table are "conditional" offers and the basis that if he makes it, he'll have a scholarship. He has talent to play on Sunday, but he could very well be playing JC ball next year if he doesn't get his academics in order.

2. Devon Blackmon (WR/DB, Summit) -- Has been offered seemingly by everyone in the country. In talking to people in the know, they have no idea where he wants to go. So if you read an Internet article saying that this kid is leaning to this school or that school, it's so wrong. This is a player that truly can wait until signing day to make his decision.

3. Ifo Ekpre-Olumu (DB, Chino Hills) -- The leader clearly is Oregon and it's also the best offer on the table. But he seems like a scheme fit kid. I find it extremely interesting that Washington hasn't offered the kid (and they have one of the best up and coming DB coaches in the conference in Demetrius Martin) and I had one Mountain West Conference school tell me that they are not going after the kid because they question his speed to play in their scheme at corner. I don't see an offer coming from USC nor UCLA... he might just have to be all over that Oregon offer..if I was counseling the kid.

4. Junior Pomee (TE, Rancho Verde) -- His best offer to date is UCLA, but word has it that he is going to Arizona's one-day camp on Sunday June 6th. I find it interesting that he is going to that camp instead of the UCLA one-day camp. But don't put a lot into it. UCLA has another skills camp on Sunday, June 20th. Rancho Verde has had a strong pipeline to the University of Arizona, so UCLA may have a big-time fight on their hands if they want to this kid's services....

5. Kelsey Young (RB, Norco) -- It looks like this prospect is a strong Stanford commit. There is no talk from anyone that this kid is wavering in his word to Stanford.

6. Todd Handley (RB, Riverside King) -- Now this one shocks the heck out of me. I can't believe for the life of me that this kid doesn't have an offer. He has run an electronic 40 yard dash in 4.54 FOR TWO CONSECUTIVE YEARS and he has some of the best film that you will see. I think he is just as fast and just as good as Loyola RB Jared Baker (who has an offer from Arizona on the table). This kid is good and whoever gets him will be getting such a great RB. It's a shame that he doesn't have an offer right now.

7. Devante Wilson (DE, Corona) -- If I had a category for players that are losing steam, he would head the list. First came an "questionable" hamstring injury at the Nike Combine and then his non-performance at the Nike Camp had people (like myself) very much concerned. College coaches are really starting to watch the game and realizing that this kid takes way too many plays off their liking. You would have thought that a kid of his size and ability would have at least 20 offers on the of right now, he only has two in Arizona and Colorado.

8. Darius Gulliory (WR, Chaparral) -- Last year we really liked Corona Roosevelt WR Austin Hill because he was just a stud. When time came for CR to make a play, they went to Hill time and again. Well, to the class of 2011 version of Austin Hill in this guy. He just comes up so well on film, it's not funny. He has offers from Nevada Reno and San Diego State. I don't think he'll be a Pac-10 guy, but he is an awfully nice football player.

9 Josh Armstrong (CB, Redlands East Valley) -- This begins the first of the many players that I think could get offered when many coaches get back into their offices to meet as a staff. I just love this kid and the way that he plays -- and he is getting a lot of stuff from a lot of DB coaches. I am sticking with my high grade on this kid. I can see a school like San Jose St. coming after this player. He is very solid.

10. Dominique Williams (WR, Garey) -- This is another kid that is very quietly getting a lot of attention from WR coaches. I had one Mountain West Conference school that is in love with the kid. Now, he has some academic issues that he has to clean up (but they are not as bad me). He is one of my sleepers for the class of 2011. I found him first!!!!!!!!!!!!!!