Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Top RB Wilkerson checking out Stanford
Tustin (Calif.) running back Anthony Wilkerson is one of the premier power backs in the state. He picked up his third scholarship offer recently and will head North to check out one of his favorites this coming weekend.
Wilkerson earned all-county and 2nd team all-state underclass honors a year ago after rushing for 2,299 yards and 32 touchdowns. He really picked up his game a notch in the playoffs rushing for 843 yards and 13 touchdowns in leading the Tillers to the section championship game.
Stanford was Wlkerson's first offer followed by Washington. UCLA just offered earlier this week as well.
"I was very excited about the UCLA offer," Wilkerson said. "Growing up, that's the school I always watched and rooted for. It's a great program but honestly, I'm open and don't have any favorites right now.
"I just want to go through the process and kind of get a feel for all the schools to see where I'll fit in the best. Academics are very important to me and I'm also looking for a good coaching staff that can help me get to the next level. I'm looking at depth charts a little too, I would like to come in and play early, I've never really sat the bench in my life so it would be fun to come in and play early if possible."
Wilkerson will check out Stanford this weekend for the Cardinal Junior Day.
"My parents and my uncle are coming up with me," Wilkerson said. "My uncle went to Stanford and played baseball there. I'm looking forward to the visit so I can learn more about the school and see what Stanford has to offer.
"In March, I'm going to UCLA's Junior Day and I'm also hoping to hear more from USC. I'm also talking with Nebraska, Tennessee, Duke and Arizona State right now."
Hill likes five
One of the elite corners in the class of 2010 out West is St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Calif.) athlete Troy Hill. Hill has a solid junior season and is drawing national interest right now.
I first saw Hill at the USC Skills Camp last summer and he was very impressive. At 5-foot-11, 160 pounds, Hill is still rail thin and needs to put on weight but he's very quick with long arms and plays much bigger and more physical than his frame.
He was a standout in the Seraphs lone loss against Long Beach Poly (Calif.) last year and made several nice plays against the run and the pass. He earned all-county and was a 2nd team all-state underclass selection from CalHiSports.com after totaling 42 tackles and five interceptions.
"Recruiting is good right now," Hill said. "I have an offer from Arizona and I'm also hearing from USC, Georgia, UCLA, Florida State, Colorado, UNLV, Alabama, Michigan, Washington, Nebraska, San Diego State, LSU, Cal and Notre Dame.
"I grew up a Michigan fan but USC is my top school right now. I also like Georgia, Arizona, UCLA and Florida State. I'm going to camp with USC and UCLA but I'm not sure what other camps I'll do. I'm looking for a school where I can play early and just the best overall fit and comfort level for me."
Academically, Hill is carrying a 2.2 GPA and will major in sports business. He'll attend the Nike Camp at USC in April.
Metcalf still waiting on visits
Things continue to move at a much slower pace than expected for Compton (Calif.) safety Chris Metcalf. Three weeks removed from signing day and the athlete has yet to take or even set up an official visit.
Metcalf, a longtime USC commit, didn't sign on signing day and one of the reasons he gave was because he wanted to take more of his visits. The visit to USC was the only trip he had taken at the time.
"I'm still talking with some schools but no visits just yet," Compton coach Calvin Bryant said. "I just talked to Oregon today and they want to trip him in. I've talked with Washington and Cal as well and of course USC is still in the mix too.
"Right now, the important thing is Chris has his test score and he did well. He feels good about that. We'll get something set up but don't really feel any big hurry to do that. It will happen, maybe as soon as this week so we'll just see how it all works out."