BYU interested in Southern California athlete

Coach Howell was recently down in Thousand Oaks to scout out a Southern California two-way prospect. As a junior, this prospect was ranked 57th in the state in rushing and was awarded the top honors of the Ventura region.

As a junior running back and linebacker, Nathan DeBeikes led the Thousand Oaks High School Lancers into with his powerful rushing and stiff defensive style of play.

"I'm 6'2", 200 pounds and play on both sides of the field," said DeBeikes. "On offense I had 1,313 rushing yards on the season last year. I scored 11 touchdowns and caught another 240 yards. On defense I had three interceptions, averaged nine tackles per game and had five sacks."

He also gets it done in the weight room.

"My weight room stats, I power clean 265, I front squat 370 and for bench I do 245," DeBeikes said.

For his on-field efforts last season, DeBeikes was an all-Marmonte League first-team selection, all-Ventura County first-team selection, and all-CIF first-team selection, all of which are voted by coaches from opposing schools within the league. He was also named the team MVP. Now college recruiters are showing interest in his services.

"BYU came down about a week ago," DeBeikes said. "UNLV, SDSU along with Washington and Washington State were here recently as well.

"Coach Howell showed and is mainly looking at me. I had a pretty good season last year and I'm LDS. I spoke to him on the phone, on Facebook and through mail. He came to my school about a week ago and I talked to him for a little bit."

DeBeikes will be heading up to Provo, Utah this summer to attend Junior Day.

"I'm going to their Junior Day in June and I'm going to their camp about a week later also," DeBeikes said. "At the Junior Day, Coach Howell said it was invite only for their top recruits for the year. My dad said about 50 players go to that. They talked to me about being an outside linebacker or strong safety prospect, so I was invited to attend that this year."

Colorado is also showing interest in him.

"I talk to Coach Brian Cabral and he told me that he's coming out in May. He said that I'm definitely on their recruiting board and he said he likes my recruiting film a lot.

"They want me to come out to their camp this year. I've talked to them but I'm not sure if I'll be able to do that or not. I'm not positive but I'm going to try."

As mentioned, SDSU is taking a look at DeBeikes.

"A coach from San Diego State was down here a week ago, and my quarterback, tight end and I went out and threw the ball around so he could watch us," DeBeikes said.

As a member of the LDS faith, DeBeikes likes what BYU has to offer.

"I'm LDS and BYU is really a distinguished school," DeBeikes said. "They have a good football program and over the past 10 years they've finished in the top 25 quite a few times. I want to serve an LDS mission and I know they encourage that."

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