Egu staying in the moment

Concord (Calif.) De La Salle linebacker Victor Egu has identified five schools for official visits, but will wait on taking trips until after his senior season.

CONCORD, Calif. – Victor Egu is clearly focused on the here and now. While some players might be caught up in their recruitment, the three-star linebacker from Concord (Calif.) De La Salle was lamenting his team's play, even after a 34-17 win over Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill that pushed the powerhouse Spartans to 6-0.

"It definitely wasn't a good game," Egu said. "We have a lot to improve on, and we just got to get at it for the next couple weeks because we have bigger fish to fry than Foothill.

"We got to get together as a unit and get a lot better. We got to start working together."

With that sort of critical eye, it shouldn't be a surprise that Egu is still interested in gathering information about prospective schools and looking ahead to official visits after his senior season concludes.

There is the chance he could change that timetable and make one or two trips in the near future, having narrowed down the five schools he would like to see.

"Oregon, Washington, Cal maybe, Notre Dame, Boise State. Those are the ones I'm going to take," Egu said.

"I don't have a top five or anything," he added. "I'm just going with the flow."

And while he played defensive end and tight end against the Falcons, Egu has no doubts which side of the ball he will be on in college.

"Defense is way too much fun," he said. "I don't know. I've always just loved it more because my football idols have been Ray Lewis, Patrick Willis, Lawrence Taylor. Guys like that are great inspiration to me."

He feels inside linebacker is his more natural position at the next level, but understands his long frame might be better utilized on the outside.

"Whereas I play like an inside backer and I love running downhill making contact and making tackles, but outside backer I have the length for it and I can learn to do pass rush moves. I think I can be a dominant force for either one," Egu said.

Egu is still relatively new to the game, only in his fourth season playing football, and is looking for a great coaching staff to continue his development.

His relationship with assistant coach Kenwick Thompson is one reason the Golden Bears are still in the mix, even as their record this year isn't as strong compared to some of the other schools Egu is considering.

"I know they are struggling but they can still turn it around, and Coach Kenwick is a great coach," Egu said. "I love the guy. I really like him as a coach, and I could see myself playing for him."

Dan Greenspan is the publisher of Cal Sports Digest and writes about the Pac-12 for Fox Sports Next. Follow him on Twitter @DanGreenspan.


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