Does Michigan Have a Shot with Ca. WR? continues its coverage of West Coast recruiting as we once again chat with a prospect from the Central Valley region of California. Lemoore is a sleepy farm town just south of Fresno, and the home of wide receiver David Ausberry. Will the Wolverines be able to pull another star from the area that produced Johnny Sears? GBW recently spoke with Ausberry to find out.

David Ausberry of Lemoore High School is a new name on the Michigan recruiting radar. Last season another prospect who emerged from the same area ended up a Michigan signee. Defensive back Johnny Sears is from nearby Fresno, and the two players are friends. "Johnny and I are good friends," The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Ausberry said. He tells me how great the program is, and how much he likes the coaches. I'm very interested in Michigan."

Will that friendship be enough to bring the two together in Ann Arbor? "I'd say USC leads right now," he said. "I went down there for their Junior Day and I really like the players and coaches there. My mom said she would like me to stay closer to home, but said she'll support whatever I want to do."

With 12 offers total, Ohio State, Cal, and Mississippi round out his top five. Ausberry said Michigan, Washington, and Washington State have been by his school so far during the May evaluation period.

He said he will attend the West Coast combine in Santa Barbara on May 14, and would like to camp at USC and Ohio State. He said he'd also like to make it up to Cal for a visit. "I'm also going to the Nike camp at Stanford," he said. "I was up there last year and ran a 4.5 40, but it was rainy and I almost slipped."

Ausberry said he would like to take all of his official visits, and then decide sometime after his season. He reports a 2.9 grade-point-average and took the SAT for the second time on May 7.

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