California wrecking ball wants to hear from OSU

DEFENSIVE LINE IS a position of need this recruiting class for Oregon State. One who could fit nicely in Corvallis might be found in a suburb of Sacramento in Loomis, Calif., native Bill Sherman -- a strong, aggressive tackle who collapsed the pocket last year for Del Oro High. He's hearing from a number of colleges but one he'd definitely like to hear more from is the school his father attended -- Oregon State.

Sherman's dad wrestled for the Beavs and the son would like to find out if that's the place he'd like to spend his collegiate years as well.

"That's my No. 1 school that I'm waiting to hear from," said Sherman of OSU. "My dad went to school there and he said it was great."

The 6-2, 285-pound defensive tackle is seeing the most mail right now from Washington State, Sacramento State and Boston College. Other early favorites include a Pac-10 and WAC schools such as Boise State, Fresno State, UNLV and Oregon. He does not have a frontrunner.

A key factor in deciding where he'll play are a school's academics, specifically a good criminal justice program. Sherman wants to make a career in law enforcement when his playing days are over.

"I want to play for a good football program, don't get me wrong," he said. "I don't have a preference, I'll play anywhere. I don't care where it's at or what the weather's like -- I'll just play."

Spoken like a true old-school defensive lineman... as is what he says about the type of position coach he'd like to play for at the next level.

"I want to play for a hard-nosed coach," said Sherman. "A guy who is out there to make me better and make the team better. I want to play for someone intense, who is in my face and pushing me to get better."

MILD MANNERED OFF the field, he is anything but when he steps out on the gridiron, says Del Oro coach Casey Taylor. Sherman, he says, has a real passion for the game.

"He's a big physical presence," said Taylor. " He has a bit of a mean streak and he's very aggressive -- a big time competitor. He's definitely a Division 1 recruit and he's got the motor. He's a strong guy."

The strongest player on the Golden Eagles, Sherman has both a strong work ethic and a great attitude to go along with it. The other day, Sherman three times benched 330-pounds.

"He commands double teams and he splits those double teams well," said Taylor. "He's just a force. He's going to move the line of scrimmage."

Sherman has good athleticism for his size -- he's on the golf team for Del Oro. He has good feet and even picked off a pass this last season. He racked up 55 tackles from the middle, with 13 tackles-for-loss, and 1 safety plus 1 sack. As a junior, Sherman was selected Sierra Foothill League's Lineman of the Year. He was also named to the all-city team in Sacramento and was second team all-state.

Del Oro went 12-1 this past season, dropping a heartbreaker in the Division title game. The Golden Eagles entered the championship game as the top-ranked team and only unbeaten squad in the Sacramento area. A big part of that was Sherman and the defense. They held opponents scoreless in three games and to 7 points or less in four others.

Later this year, Sherman will head over to Stanford for the NIKE combine at Palo Alto and will attend Sacramento State's summer camp. He might also make a few more camps, including Boise State's, if his schedule allows.

An excellent student-athlete, Sherman has easily achieved a qualifying test score on the SAT already. But he's not really satisfied with the number and plans to take the test again to improve upon it.

"The higher my score, the better my chances of getting where I want to go," said Sherman.

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