The 2005 GoBlueWolverine.com Spring Practice Road Trip is once again off to scout the big-name talents in California. Our first stop is the Central Valley town of Lemoore, Calif., home of one of the top high school football players in the country – wide receiver David Ausberry. The Tiger star lists a top five, and talks about which camps he'll visit. Are the Wolverines on the list, and will be visit?
Receiver David Ausberry of Lemoore, Calif., High School.
Lemoore, Calif., is a study in contradictions. Located in the fertile San Joaquin
Valley of Central California, it is in the heart of the largest agricultural producing
region in the state. However, as one cruises down Hwy. 198 the tranquil rural
quiet is shattered by the roar of F/A-18 Hornet Strike Fighters practicing touch-and-go
landings at the Lemoore Naval Air Station. Lemoore is a "Navy town", yet the nearest
ocean is over 100 miles, and two mountain ranges, away. NAS Lemoore is the home
of the entire West Coast fighter/attack force. "Yes, this is a military town,"
said. "It's funny though, all the military kids go to school on
base, so we don't get to hang out with them a lot."
Ausberry is not one of the military kids. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, his
parents moved the family here when David was two-years-old. It won't be long before
he leaves the Valley for bigger and better things at one of the top universities
in the country. Reporting 13 scholarship offers, Ausberry gave GoBlueWolverine.com
a top five. "I like USC, Ohio State, Nebraska, Georgia, and Michigan," he said.
"Those are the schools I want to officially visit. This summer I'll camp at USC
and Ohio State."
is also participating in the State track meet being held this weekend
One of the top football prospects in the country, Ausberry is 6-foot-4, 213-pound
wide receiver with a 32-inch vertical leap, who finds himself juggling football
practice with preparation for the state track meet this weekend in Sacramento.
"I do the broad jump," he said. He reports a personal best of almost 30-feet.
After school, he heads over the track for an hour or so, then he shows up for
football practice. Don't let the double-duty fool you into thinking he takes it
easy during the football portion of his day. "Today was a real slow practice,"
Ausberry said. "It was the first day the entire team was out there, so things
ran real slow. Tomorrow will be better." Ausberry will miss the last two days
of practice, as well as Saturday's opening of passing league play, while he participates
in the state meet.
Ausberry isn't the first star to hail from Lemoore High School. Another wideout, Charlie Jones, went on to Fresno State, and then the San Diego Chargers of the NFL. He is now with the New Orleans Saints. Jones set the single-season receiving record at primarily rushing Lemoore with just over 700-yards his senior season. Ausberry, in a statement of just how talented he is, broke the record his sophomore year, with a total just shy of 800-yards. His junior year was marred by injury.
ran a 4.5 in the 40 at the recent Nike Camp at Stanford University. He
said he has run in the 4.5 range in the past.
The first thing one notices about Ausberry, is that he is the biggest player on
the Lemoore team. Also, he is very lean and fit - and is often smiling. However,
when the teams line up, it is all business. He flies off the line and gives it
his all on every play. Remember, this is spring practice, and he has just come
from the track. He showed why he was one of the top performers at the recent Nike
Camp held at Stanford University. He ran a 4.6 in the 40, but said he has run
in the 4.5 range.
Ausberry said he still has family in Ohio, as well as family in Georgia. He doesn't have any family in Michigan, however. "Ohio is close enough to Michigan," he said, laughing. With all the work being done with regards to track and football, Ausberry said he's hardly had time to site down and really look at the different schools that have offered. "I like USC a lot because they are recruiting me real hard," he said. "They are showing that they really want me, nobody is showing it like they are. But once track is over I'll get a chance to really look at all of my favorites, nobody is being ruled out."
The big wide-out is friends with another Central Valley standout, Michigan signee Johnny Sears
of Fresno. "Yeah, he's trying hard to get me to go to Michigan," Ausberry said.