Sunday, June 23, 2013

On the recruiting trail

Photo by Lorenzo J. Reyna
Since Friday, June 21, some notable California high school prospects have found a college home. I've had an opportunity to watch these guys play and grow. Here's a trio who made their commitments:

*Jordan Lasley, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound speedster from traditional Los Angeles area powerhouse Serra-Gardena, decided to stay in the L.A area and play for UCLA. Lasley was a big-time playmaker at both Passing Down's So Cal Regional and in the Best of the West Finals. He's got a deadly combination of size and speed. He's also shown to be a tough possession type, with the knack of going across the middle and making the tough grab and for fighting for the air ball in the end zone. He's a pro-style wideout that Jim Mora should enjoy having at Westwood.

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*Another wide receiver finds a new home, as St. John Bosco-Bellflower's Shay Fields committed to Boise State during the weekend. Fields isn't the biggest wide receiver on the field with his 5-foot-10, 170-pound frame. However, Boise State has done very well with small wide receivers under head coach Chris Peterson. Fields is a fluid route runner who completes his routes. He's also got an impressive head fake that can make cornerbacks second guess where he'll run. His run-after-catch ability is another strength, since he shows his track speed on the turf. Despite his size, he's a fundamentally sound wide receiver who's capable of being a marquee playmaker at the next level.

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*Finally, one guy I've had my eyes on since the beginning of his junior season, Dinuba quarterback Marcus McMaryion, quickly earned an Oregon State offer and committed on the spot. McMaryion (photo) blew spectators away at the Get It Done Sports camp in Concord on Father's Day with his arm, patience with wide receivers, decision-making and zip. Among the spectators was the entire Oregon State coaching staff. Head coach Mike Riley got a chance to spend some one-on-one time with McMaryion and was overheard saying how he really liked McMaryion. A visit to the campus at Corvallis sealed everything for the 6-foot-2, 170-pound signal caller. While bulk will still be needed, McMaryion has a chance to become one of the most athletic quarterbacks Oregon State has ever had. Not only can McMaryion light defenses up with his arm, but can hurt defensive schemes with his mobility. McMaryion should enter the 2013-2014 season with the possibility of being an All-State performer.

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