Inglewood DB garnering attention

Following his father's job change Tre Wilcoxen had to transfer from Redlands (Calif.) East Valley High School to Inglewood High School. Judging by his off-season performance the defensive back shouldn't have much trouble playing at a higher level of competition since his play in various 7-on-7 events in recent weeks is catching the eye of several schools, including ASU's.

"It's going to be a whole different environment and I'm looking forward to it," Wilcoxen said of his new surroundings. "I know that if I keep working hard, go a 100 percent all the time, and just play my game I'll be fine."

As a junior Tre Wilcoxen collected 78 tackles, nine pass deflected, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He was an All-State Underclassmen selection in 2011. As a member of the B2G Scorch 7-on-7 team the defensive back is starting to turn heads as he participates in various events, and lately has earned All-Tournament honors in an IMG/Madden 7 on 7 tournament last month.

Consequently, schools from near and far have been showing interest, including the Sun Devils.

"Arizona State has been in contact with me and I like them a lot," Wilcoxen said. "They've been down to my school to watch me practice. I've been talking to on the phone to (wide receivers) Coach Alexander and he's a very cool and humble guy. He made me want to do more research on Arizona State. I've been watching some of their games (from 2011) and went on their website to look at the campus and the dorms. I want to major in business and I know that they have one of the best business schools out there. Education is very important to me because you never know how football will work out after college and you have to have a backup plan.

"They play in the Pac-12 and that's always good. My cousin Bryan Harper goes to Arizona but he was recruited by Arizona State so he told me some stuff about the school. They (ASU) want me to go to one of their camps and take a tour of the campus so that is something I'd like to do."

The 6-1 188-pound Wilcoxen noted that schools see him both as a corner and a safety, and added that coaches have been impressed by his size and aggressiveness.

"They see that I go 100 percent on every play and play with a lot of passion," Wilcoxen commented. "I never take off a down. That's why I like watching Ray Lewis, because he always gives 100 percent and knows everything about the game. The more you know about the game the faster you can play because everything slows down for you."

Wilcoxen doesn't have any offers as of yet, and stated that programs such as UCLA, Tennessee, Oregon, Cincinnati, Houston, Nevada, Fresno State and Ohio have all been showing interest. "I'm planning to go to the UCLA, USC and Oregon camps," he said of his summer plans.

As a December graduate the recruiting process for Wilcoxen will naturally be shorter than most recruits in his 2013 class. Nonetheless he does plan to weigh all of his options and not necessarily lock into a pre-season decision.

"I'm probably going to make my commitment later in the year," Wilcoxen said. "It just depends how everything works and what kind of offers I have. I'm looking for a good campus and a school with a good education. Going out of state is no problem at all for me. I'm just open to everything and making sure I go to a place where I feel comfortable for four years."


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