Ajeigbe Making His Mark

The Norco (Calif.) running back, Joseph Ajeigbe, is the latest in a long line of stellar Cougar running backs...

Norco (Calif.) running back Joseph Ajeigbe (5-9, 195), is one of the more powerful yet compact backs in the West in the 2013 class.

Coming from Norco, where as Ajeigbe puts it, if you don't run for 2,000 yards, it's not that impressive, Ajeigbe figures to be the next in line of recruited backs.

Ajeigbe backed up Stanford freshman Kelsey Young as a sophomore, but with Young now on The Farm, Ajeigbe took over the primary running back duties this season and ran for 1,673 yards and 20 touchdowns with 11 catches for 231 yards.

"If you don't break 2,000 yards at Norco, it's not that big of a deal," joked Ajeigbe. "I don't think I'll ever catch Toby Gerhart's career record but I'm hoping to get his season record my senior year."

Ajeigbe said while he's waiting for his first offer, a number of schools are showing interest.

"Tennessee sends a lot of mail and I went up to USC's Junior Day and UCLA has been sending more letters," Ajeigbe said. "Oregon State and Washington are also showing a lot of interest and the Arizona State coach said he really wants me."

Ajeigbe said he's not sure who will offer first, but he's not panicking yet.

"I'll just do what I have to do and show at the camps and the offers will come," said Ajeigbe. "I'm going to one of the Nike Camps and the USC Skills Camp and hopefully something comes before then."

Ajeigbe said his time at USC's Junior Day was enjoyable.

"Coach (James) Cregg actually went to Norco and I talked with him and Coach (Kennedy) Polamalu," said Ajeigbe. "I'd love to go to USC. I like their facilities and it's close to home. I've talked with (former Norco teammate) Scott Starr and he's telling the coaches about me."

Ajeigbe said he's trying to add 10 more pounds and be at 205 by the time the season starts.

In the meantime, he's taking care of things in the classroom.

"I was on the principal's honor roll and I'm carrying a 3.6 right now and I'll take the SAT in April," said Ajeigbe.

Brandon is in his eighth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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