Sunday, March 25, 2012
Vegas New Level 7-on-7 Day 2 notes
By Erik McKinney and Jared Shanker
LAS VEGAS -- Whether it's on the football field or handling the recruiting process, Encino (Calif.) Crespi safety Tyler Foreman stays aggressive.
Foreman holds four offers -- the latest one coming from Arizona -- and will be busy in the coming weeks with plans to visit Oregon State and Boise State, both of whom extended early offers, for their junior days.
"I want to go check out the environment and see what it's like," said Foreman, who was competing at the Las Vegas New Level Athletics Elite 7-on-7. "I don't want to take my official visits and go in there blind. I want to have a full understanding of the environment as soon as possible."
Foreman is another in a long list of outstanding defensive back prospects in California this year. He checks in at an imposing 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, and said he is hoping to use this 7-on-7 season to show that he isn't a one-dimensional player.
"I'm not just a come down and hit safety," Foreman said. "Out here I get to show off my speed and that I can cover. I play free safety, so I have to play in the open field and work my hips. It's a good challenge."
Foreman will have a chance to prove himself again next week when he takes part in the Los Angeles Nike Football Training Camp. He also plans to camp this summer with the USC Trojans, who could make it very tough on other schools to land Foreman.
"That's my dream school," Foreman said of USC. "I talked to [defensive backs] coach [Marvin] Sanders a couple weeks ago and I might be going down to a spring football practice."
Safeties in numbers
Sticking with California safeties, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) safety Tahaan Goodman likely boosted his stock as much as any player who participated in the New Level Athletics Elite 7-on-7 tournament this weekend. He consistently made big plays -- be it interceptions or pass deflections -- to help his team win games.
It's not as if Goodman was a surprise as he has already received close to two dozen offers from schools across the country, including Boise State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and Washington. Goodman said he was shocked by his first offer, from South Florida, which came in as soon as his highlight tape was released and before he had spoken a word with anybody from the Bulls staff.
There was a time early in the process when Goodman and teammate Chris Hawkins, a standout cornerback, were set to head to college as a package deal. But as the recruiting process continues, the two have decided to handle it on an individual basis.
Goodman's size, 6-2 and 190 pounds, and strong upper body make it easy to look at him simply as a big hitter in the backfield. But he said the time he's put into working with B2G sports and various 7-on-7 events has improved his coverage ability. It was certainly on display this weekend.
"I'm getting a lot better with my ball skills," Goodman said. "I'm working on footwork and being a ball hawk. I'm feeling really good heading into my senior season."
Calloway has offers on the way
Seattle Prep cornerback Tere' Calloway is heading to Idaho on Saturday expects to get his official offer from the staff when he's on campus.
Vandals assistant Torey Hunter and Calloway have a solid relationship dating back to last summer and it seems like the offer is just a formality at this point.
"I worked with him at a camp this past summer at Eastern Washington," Calloway said. "I played DB with him at a camp and he was coaching me up and I really loved his coaching style. He told me stay in touch when he was Eastern and then he went to Idaho."
SMU offered Calloway about two weeks ago, and the offer from a team that far away has him excited.
"It was a good feeling getting an offer from a school in Texas," said Calloway, who has a lot of family in Dallas. "I'm all the way in Seattle so that lets me know I'm doing something right."
Colorado has also offered, and Calloway said he loves the idea of playing next to Yuri Wright, an ESPNU 150 prospect in the 2012 class.
Calloway has not visited any of those programs yet, but he has checked out three Pac-12 teams: Oregon State, Washington and Washington State. The coaches made a big impression in Calloway at all three, but especially Oregon State and Washington State.
"[Cougars] coach Mike Leach put me in his office and talked to me one on one for 25 minutes," he said. "It felt like an honor to talk a coach like that and be recruited by a coach like that."
The Oregon State coaches surprised Calloway by even coming by during his visit.
"The coaches weren't supposed to be on campus and every coach talked to me and showed me around," he said. "It showed how interested they are. I really had a family feeling when I was down there."
Calloway expects Oregon State or UCLA to be the next to offer.
Williams has spring break plans
Already sitting at nine offers, Troy Williams (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne) will begin taking some visits in a few weeks to a handful of Pac-12 schools.
"I'm going to try to go out to Arizona State, Arizona and Washington during my spring break," said Williams, whose spring break is in two weeks.
All three programs have offered Williams, who is 6-1 and 185 pounds. When on the trips, Williams wants to see what each program can do for him on and off the field.
"I'm gonna look at the depth chart and see who's gonna be in front of me I came here," Williams said. "Then I'll look at their academic program, the campus and see how comfortable I am there.
The next two offers for Williams could come from Colorado and Duke. The Buffaloes reach into the Los Angeles area often, and Williams believes it would make for an easy social transition.
The Duke interest has Williams excited, because he would be able to learn under well-known quarterback guru David Cutcliffe.
"He works with Peyton Manning and Eli Manning, and he said it would be a great place to come," Williams said. "It's great to learn what Peyton Manning thinks and does and what he's learned."
Green is on the board
Tailback Zachary Green (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure) picked up his first scholarship offer earlier this month when the Arizona Wildcats came calling.
"I didn't know they were going to offer," Green said. "I was really surprised. It felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders because now I don't have to worry about getting that first one."
Green is a true power runner who enjoys contact in all forms. He took part in a 7-on-7 tournament this weekend, which isn't the most conducive event for downhill tailbacks, but Green said he enjoyed the challenge.
"I'm trying to show people that I'm not just a power back and that I can catch the ball out of the backfield," Green said before moving slightly closer to his comfort zone. "Obviously there's also linebacker blitzing here too, so I can't wait to get a piece of that action."
Green has been in contact with the USC coaches this spring and was told during the Trojans junior day that the coaches would evaluate his film and contact him down the line. That contact came several days ago.
"Next week I'm visiting USC for one of their spring practices," Green said. "Coach O [Ed Orgeron] really likes me and wants me to come out there. It's going to be crazy to see what happens when I go there."