First For Fleming

Upland (Calif.) running back/linebacker Davion Fleming went out of the region to get his first offer, with it coming from the Big Ten last week, becoming the third Upland player to get a BCS offer...

Upland (Calif.) running back linebacker Davion Fleming became the third Highlander to get a BCS offer when a Big Ten school made him an offer.

"Northwestern was the first university to offer Davion," said Upland recruiting coordinator Mike Esquivel.

Fleming's older brother, Jeremy, is an assistant at Upland and talked about the recruitment.

"After a spring break things started to look up for Davion," said Fleming. "After visiting UCLA, Cal and Stanford for a second time, he recieved his first offer from across the country. Northwestern along with head coach Pat Fitzgerald and assistant head coach Jerry Brown gave Davion his first offer going into the 2008 season." Fleming said the offer from Northwestern puts the Wildcats into Davion's top five.

"After a few talks with the secondary coach and Davion researching the school it became one of his top five at the time which is Stanfor, Cal, UCLA, Oregon and Northwestern. He was impressed by the schools academic opportunities as well as the success the program has had and where they are headed under Coach Fitzgerald. A verbal offer was made in converstion with Coach Fitzgerald. Davion said he was very surprised he thought they were going to offer but not so soon and that he really is interested in the school just as much as the football program, he was very excited to be informed by head coach Tim Salter that he was the first player to ever get an offer from the Big 10 conference."

Fleming rushed for 419 yards on 66 carries and scored seven touchdowns last fall and defensively, had 65 tackles and an interception.

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