Recruiting efforts with Middlebrooks heat up

This year Kyle Middlebrooks has been garnering the attention of several schools in the Western region and lately Arizona State has also joined the recruiting sweepstakes. The Sun Devils have made a strong impression in a short time with the Fountain Valley (Calif.) running back and Devils Digest caught up with Middlebrooks to get his thoughts about his recruitment.

"Arizona State has been recruiting me for the last couple of weeks," said the 5-9 176 Kyle Middlebrooks. "They offered me and I'm going to visit them this weekend. Coach Lubick is recruiting me as a running back and slot receiver.

"I watched them on TV a couple of times and I like how they play. They're a good program and Coach Lubick had laid everything out to me about the program. They're a good school."

Middlebrooks collected 1347 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns for the Barons, and he averaged over 8.5 yards a carry. He also caught 22 passes for 316 yards and four scores. He's been clocked running a 10.48 in the 100 meters and a 4.38 in the 40-yard dash.

"I'm a fast and elusive player that makes a lot of people miss," said Middlebrooks of his skills. "I just make plays whether I'm running the ball or catching it."

The Barons lost to Notre Dame 41-24 in the first round of the playoffs and finished 8-3 on the year. "We started very strong winning our first eight games," Middlebrooks noted. "But then we lost our last three so that was disappointing."

The Fountain Valley star also has offers from Washington who he visited in October, and from Utah who he will visit on December 11th. He said that he could also visit Arizona, which offered, in the future. Washington State, UNLV and San Diego State have also extended scholarship offers.

"I don't think I will make a decision before I take all my visits," Middlebrooks claimed. "I'm looking for a school that's not too far, a team where I get along with the players and coaches…just a place where I get a good feeling about the school."

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