Friday, January 3, 2014
Semper Fi notebook: Day 3
By Erik McKinney
News and notes from Day 3 of the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.
Delp to announce on Sunday
One of the most sought-after linemen among Pac-12 programs will announce his commitment during the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on Sunday. Three-star offensive guard Kammy Delp (Pomona, Calif./Diamond Ranch) has a final five of Arizona State, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington and Washington State, and will give one program a much-needed lineman when he commits.
shut down his recruiting process. The 6-foot-3, 328-pound two-way lineman will visit Oregon State on Jan. 17 and could trip to Washington the following weekend. Things also could get interesting if USC gets involved late in the process. Delp said a USC offer could open up his recruitment and have him reevaluating things.
The Sun Devils, Beavers and Cougars all like Delp as a defensive lineman, while the Bruins and Huskies see him on the offensive line. But his potential position won't give any hints as to where Delp is heading, as he said he has no position preference. At this point, he is simply looking forward to slowing down the recruiting process a bit.
"It's been pretty crazy," Delp said. "Before and after practice, my phone is always blowing up with calls and voicemails. My parents and I have been talking every day since I got here about what the best decision would be. It's been pretty crazy, but good at the same time."
Two trips remain for Mike
Offensive tackle Andrew Mike (Tucson, Ariz./Sabino) has a top three of Arizona, Vanderbilt and Washington.
"The overall academics for all three are great," Mike said. "Vanderbilt is a rising program in the SEC. Washington has their new coaches and new facilities. And Arizona is right in my backyard."
But a fourth school could enter the mix in the coming weeks, as the 6-6, 278-pound tackle will take an official visit to Arkansas on Jan. 17. He'll also take an official visit to Vanderbilt on Jan. 24, after having taken an unofficial visit there over the summer.
"I really want to see the atmosphere of Vandy," Mike said. "I went there in the summer and it wasn't in session, so I want to feel what it's like with the students and the players there."
The shakeup with the coaches at Washington had Mike's attention, as he waited for things to settle down following Steve Sarkisian moving to USC. But Mike said he has spoken with Christ Petersen and some of the new coaches with the Huskies.
"I talked to them a little bit and they said they are going to reevaluate during January, resend their offers out and go from there," Mike said.
Parker has sights set on two more visits
ESPN 300 safety Steven Parker II (Jenks, Ok./Jenks) has been linked to the same few schools for a while, as Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M have all been discussed as possible destinations. But the 6-2, 175-pound has two more schools on his radar that he would like to visit before he makes his final decision.
"I'm thinking about USC and Mississippi," Parker said. "Those are the two I'm thinking about visiting. I've taken two visits -- to A&M and Arkansas -- and I'm going to try to take at least one more, but my plan is two."
Parker said he doesn't yet have those visits locked in, but he wants to get them done well ahead of signing day, because his decision won't take that long.
"It's definitely going to be done before signing day," Parker said of his commitment. "I don't want to do any hat tricks or anything like that."