Beavs eye California 'backer

LAGUNA CREEK HIGH in Elk Grove, Calif., has been a D-I training ground of late, producing a pair of Pac-10 signees this past February. Indeed, four Pac-10 signees have come from the Sacramento-area high school the past three years. The school may match that figure in 2007 alone. There are at least four Laguna Creek prospects in attracting heightened interest from Oregon State, the Pac-10 and beyond. Among them is Bryson Littlejohn, a physical 'backer who likes to tackle with his face.

Besides Littlejohn, RB Bryan Hilliard, OL David Navarez and WR L.T. (Leshanor) Thomas are all poised to make headlines this recruiting year.

Just about the entire Pac-10 has made inquiries on the quartet, with Oregon State, Cal, Oregon and Washington plus Kansas State, Fresno State, Wisconsin and Colorado among the more recent.

LAGUNA CREEK assistant coach Ryan Gomes says Littlejohn, who Fresno State looks to be very high on, is the complete package.

"In my experience as a coach, Littlejohn is probably one of the best runners and hitters I've ever seen," said Gomes.

Littlejohn is relatively familiar with the Beavs, with Oregon State linebacker Alan Darlin coming out of Laguna Creek. And Littlejohn was in Corvallis a couple weeks back and toured the OSU campus with his father.

"Alan goes there, Alan Darlin, and he comes and talks to us all the time," said Littlejohn. "I guess they have a real good program there. I like the school a lot -- I went up there and had a chance to look at the school with my dad. I thought the school was very nice."

At 6-1 and 210 pounds, Littlejohn is working on his speed this offseason, approaching the 4.4 mark in the 40. He'll have a chance, along with a few other Laguna Creek prospects, to make some noise at the NIKE camp at Stanford.

"I would expect him to put up one of the highest SPARQ ratings there," said Gomes.

IT'S A LITTLE early to begin talking favorites but besides OSU, both Cal and Fresno State have caught Littlejohn's attention.

"The coaches at Fresno and Cal -- great guys," said Littlejohn. "We go to the Fresno camp, and I liked the school and the atmosphere."

Littlejohn, who said he probably wouldn't end up going too far from the West Coast, projects on the defensive side of the ball at the next level as an outside linebacker, or possibly as a hard hitting safety.

HIS JUNIOR YEAR, Littlejohn racked up 109 Tackles with three INTs. Offensively, he averaged 9.7 yards a carry on 37 touches, gaining 361 yards.

Strength numbers for Littlejohn include a 305 pound bench press, 495 in the squat and a 282 pound power clean.

NOTES:
Look for video on Littlejohn plus all the '07 Laguna Creek prospects on BF.C in the very near future.

This past February, Laguna Creek standouts Jeremy Ross and De'Shon Matthews signed with Pac-10 schools.

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