The Opening: Biggins Recruiting Notebook

The latest recruiting buzz from day 3 of The Opening including a potential leader for one of the top backs in the West.

Recruiting Notebook

*Although more of a pads guy than a 7 on 7 performer, Imperial (Calif.) running back Royce Freeman drew a lot of raves this week. He measured in at a rock solid 6-0, 227 pounds, ran a 4.58-40, 4.07 shuttle and jumped 33 inches in the vertical.

On the recruiting front, Freeman said there are three schools recruiting him hard right now but it does sound like one is standing out above the pack.

"I just visited Oregon and liked it a lot there," Freeman said. "I like the RB coach a lot, Gary Campbell, he's the coach I talk to more than anyone and we have a really good relationship.

"USC and UCLA are also talking to me and those are my main three right now. I already visited USC but I haven't visited UCLA yet. I'm still going to try and visit UCLA this summer but I don't have anything set up right now. I'm taking things day by day right now and I'll commit whenever it feels right. It could be tomorrow or three months from now, just whenever it feels right."

*El Cerrito (Calif.) defensive back Adarius Pickett said he has a list of 13 schools he's still considering. The athlete did add there are few schools he knows he'll take an official visit to.

"My plan is to chop my list down to about six school before the season," Pickett said. "I want to take at least at three of my official visits but I don't have anything set up right now.

"I'll for sure visit UCLA and USC and maybe Stanford too. I'll probably visit Arizona State and that's about all I know right now. I won't visit California officially because it's so close to home and I can go there any time but they're still high on my list too."

*Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain quarterback Kyle Allen broke down how he decided on Texas A&M and said he still feels as strong as ever in his commitment.

"The family atmosphere at A&M and the chance to play early were the two biggest factors that put them over the top," Allen said. "I talked with a mentor of mine who told me to just get away from everyone and write down the 10 most important things for me in making this decision.

"When I did, A&M came out on top across the board. It felt like family there on my visit and things shape up so well for me playing wise. If Johnny (Manziel) stays, that's great, I can learn so much from him. If he leaves, I'm graduating early and I'll have a chance to get in there and compete for the job right away. So it's a win-win either way and I'm just really excited to be an Aggie."

*Portland (Ore.) Jesuit tight end Henry Mondeaux took a recent unofficial visit to Washington and said the Huskies are high on his list.

"I liked Washington a lot," Mondeaux said. "It was a great trip and I learned a lot about the school. They showed me the academic center and the dorms. I knew about the football side already so this was more about seeing what it would be like if I was a regular student.

"I'll probably visit Oregon and Oregon State in the summer and that will be it. Right now, the schools I'm really focusing on are Washington, Oregon, Nebraska, Cal, Arizona and Arizona State. I want to take a few of my official visits during the season and then probably commit during the season or shortly after."

*West Valley (Utah) Granger offensive lineman Kenyon Frison was an early commitment to Utah but that hasn't stopped other schools from still coming after him.

"Washington and Oklahoma are coming after me pretty hard," Frison said. "They both offered me and I also have offers from Arizona and San Diego State. I'm still solid to Utah and it will take a lot to get me away from there but I do want to take some visits.

"I'll for sure visit Oklahoma and I think I'll visit Washington and Arizona as well. This is all pretty overwhelming for me. My junior year was the first year I ever played football so I never expected any of this. I'm just going to keep working hard and try to get better."

*Kentridge (Calif.) Marin Catholic quarterback Morgan Mahalak made the decision to not be an early graduate and enroll at Oregon early but is still as excited as ever to be a Duck.

"I decided two weeks ago that I'm going to just stay at Marin Catholic and won't enroll early," Mahalak said. "I'm still very happy with my decision and I'm 100% solid that Oregon is the best place for me.

"Ever since I was a kid, Oregon is where I wanted to be. I have family in the area and I couldn't be happier about this. Oregon has always been my dream school and when you have a chance to go to your dream school, it makes it a pretty easy decision."

*Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro quarterback Luke Rubenzer saw his recruitment pick up in early June but when the Cal Bears came calling, he wasted little time in jumping on the offer.

"I'm still really excited about my decision to commit to Cal," Rubenzer said. "I love the offense, it's a great offense and the academics at Cal are as good as it gets. Not very many schools offer the balance of academics and athletics like Cal, you can't get that anywhere.

"The offense is going to be very special as well with Coach Franklin and Coach Dykes. Anytime you can put up 51 points at Louisiana Tech against a great team like Texas A&M, just imagine what you can do with the athletes at Cal. I think they're going to surprise a lot of people this year."

*Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School defensive back Quincy Wilson has visited a handful of schools this past spring and summer and will check out several more schools in the South later this summer.

"I have a top 13 right now," Wilson said. "Hopefully in August I can cut it down to a top five or so but I'm not there yet. I visited USC and UCLA last week and liked both schools a lot. I camped with USC and that was a good experience for me. I got to see the campus, tour the facilities and talk with Coach Martin and Kiffin.

"At UCLA, I was there for the B2G Camp so I didn't get to meet with the coaches, I don't think there were allowed to be there. I've met with Coach Martin before, he came to my school in the spring. I'm also planning to visit Alabama, Florida, LSU, Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia."

Wilson said Ohio State, Florida, Notre Dame and USC are four schools on his list of 13 that he feels good about making his final cut.

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for
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