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Running back/defensive back Shane Vereen (5-10, 180, 4.4) from Valencia (Calif.) finished his junior season with over 1600 yards rushing and 34 total touchdowns. He also caught 56 balls for 898 yards. Defensively, he had three interceptions, but says that most schools are recruiting him for offense. He benches 275 pounds and squats 400.

Shane Vereen Profile

"I have good speed and great vision," Vereen said. "I see the field and just react. I play with good instincts and just always try to get as many yards as possible. I still need to get stronger so I can break more tackles and improve my blocking skills."

Vereen said he has offers from Mississippi, Colorado, Arizona State, Nebraska, BYU, Oregon, Washington, Cal, UCLA, USC, Stanford, UNLV and Northwestern, but denies having a leader or any favorites at this point.

"I have so many options open to me that I need to explore them all," Vereen said. "I'm trying to decide on my top five or six right now so I can try to visit some schools this summer. It's a long process and it's gonna take some time."

As a child, Vereen says he always liked Florida State because his Pop Warner team was also called the Seminoles. Both of his parents attended UNLV and his mom, Venita, played tennis, while his dad, Henry, was a wide receiver for the Rebels. "My parents really want me to go to a great academic school," Vereen said. "I want to go somewhere that I feel I can succeed and play for coaches that are intense and supportive. I'd like to have my parents see me play, so staying close would be a plus."

His first scholarship offer was from Oregon and Vereen has already visited the Ducks. "I really like the coaching staff there," Vereen said. "They have a great program and a really nice environment."

Vereen has also visited most of the California schools unofficial already as well. "UCLA and USC both have great programs. Their coaches are different and have different styles, but you really can't say anything bad about any of these schools."

In addition to football, Vereen also runs the 100m and 200m in track. His best 100m time is 10.61 seconds and his best 200m is 21.46. "I may do both sports," Vereen said. "It just depends on the school."

He reports a 3.8 GPA and is waiting on his SAT results.

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