Vista Calif LB Has U-M Offer ... Is He Interested?

Vista High School near San Diego, Calif., should sound familiar to Michigan fans. It's the school that sent current Wolverine cornerback Leon Hall to Ann Arbor. Another top Panther recently reported an offer from Michigan. On Thursday, spoke with linebacker Travis Goethel to confirm the offer, and see if he'll follow his former teammate to Michigan.

The last Michigan prospect from Vista, Calif., High School eventually signed with the Wolverines, and is now slated to be one of the starting cornerbacks for this season. Leon Hall pledged to Michigan before ever setting foot on the Michigan campus. Another Panther standout, linebacker Travis Goethel, was recently reported to have a Michigan offer, and had the Maize and Blue in his top three. "My top schools are Michigan, UCLA and USC," Goethel told BruinReportOnline. He caught up with the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Goethel on Thursday. "I have one written offer from San Diego State," he said. "Nebraska was just here and they told me they want to offer. UCLA has also said they are going to offer soon. My top five right now is USC, Notre Dame, Nebraska, UCLA and San Diego State."

SO, is there any interest or contact from Michigan? "My coach is in contact with them, but I haven't heard a lot from Michigan," he said. Vista head coach Dan Williams was the defensive coordinator for the Panthers during Hall's recruitment, and made the trip to Ann Arbor when Hall took his official visit.

GBW saw Goethel at the recent Nike Camp held on the campus of USC. He has a typical linebacker build, and said that while he plays the inside spot for the Panthers, he is willing to go outside if that is where he is needed. However, he wasn't pleased with his Nike results. "I ran a 4.8 in the 40," he said. "I've run 4.6 in the past, so it wasn't my best time. I did 18 reps (at 185) on the bench press and had a 27-inch vertical leap."

Goethel said he plans on attending the combine on May 13. He said he attended Junior Days at UCLA and USC, and originally planned to stay close to home. "I figured I would go to USC or UCLA," he said. "But now that Nebraska and Notre Dame are expressing a lot of interest I'm re-thinking that. My parents would like me to stay close to home, of course, but they are going to leave the decision up to me." He added he might attend camps at the USC and UCLA.

As a junior, Goethel had 90-plus tackles, five sacks, two forced fumbles, two interceptions and one interception returned for a touchdown. A decision may come during the season. "I'd like to take a couple trips before I decide," he said. "It depends on who offers." He reports a 3.0 grade-point-average and will take the SAT on May 6.

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