Recruiting Update: Wide Receiver B.J. Vickers

Santa Monica CC wide receiver B. J. Vickers talked recruiting with Gene's Page.

B.J. Vickers Profile

B. J. Vickers, one of the top wide receivers in junior college, has several high profile colleges showing strong interest in him. Four have come in for in-school and in-home visits.

"The (coaches) from Arizona and Cal have visited me," said Vickers. "Coach Croom from Mississippi State was here today (Thursday). Coach Callahan from Nebraska came. All of them came to my school, also."

Scholarship offers have also piled up for Vickers.

"Everybody that I have named has offered," said Vickers. "Washington, Washington State and Alabama have also offered me."

Vickers has already taken two official visits and is currently on his third trip. He is looking at three schools for his final two visits.

"I went to Cal November 20th and Arizona November 27th," said Vickers. "Tomorrow morning (Friday, December 10th) I'm going to Nebraska. I really haven't set up (the other two), but Mississippi State wants me to go out there. The coach from Washington asked me to hold a visit in January as soon as they get their coach in. I told them yes, so I might take that trip in January. UCLA is also trying to get me on a visit."

"Cal, Arizona, then Nebraska are my favorites," said Vickers, who committed to Cal, then decommitted after they asked him to not take any other trips.

What does he like about those three?

"(Arizona) is telling me that I could be the go-to guy in their offense. A degree from Cal would be beneficial to me once my football career is over. Nebraska is my third choice right now, but I don't know what will happen. I'm friends with (Nebraska assistant coach) John Blake."

Although they didn't make his final three, he is still considering Mississippi State, at least for an official visit. What are his thoughts about the Bulldogs?

"I wouldn't consider them as one of my favorites, but I would like to give them a chance by seeing their school," said Vickers. "I don't know too much about them. I really have to see it for myself to really consider them. Coach asked me if I would consider taking a trip there and I told him I would take a trip, but it's not set up yet. I know they have a good coaching staff. I know that Coach Croom has a good NFL background. They have a West Coast Offense that is basically ran by the NFL is what he told me. He told me that would be one of the benefits I would get from playing in their offense. That would help me go to the next level."

What is he looking for in a school?

"I'm looking for a good environment," said Vickers. "I'm looking for a place that I would enjoy staying at that has things to do outside of football. I'm looking for good coaching, a good offensive scheme, a good quarterback, a (offensive) line that can give the quarterback time to give me the ball. I'm looking for a good degree."

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