SJSU one of two for SoCal RB Middlebrooks

Inside Sparta spoke recently with running back Kyle Middlebrooks of Fountain Valley (Calif) High School. San Jose State was the first school to offer the talented speedster, who has since picked up a second scholarship offer. One school does stand above the rest.

Running back Kyle Middlebrooks of Fountain Valley (Calif) High School picked up his first scholarship offer before his junior season began, and it caught him by surprise. "San Jose State was the first school to offer me way back at the beginning of school," he said. "I didn't know what it would be like, but it was pretty cool. I was really happy."

Middlebrooks said he has family close by. His father is from Oakland and that side of the family still resides in the Bay Area. Is that enough to persuade him to head the Northern California? "I really want to go to a PAC 10 school," he said. "UCLA is my favorite right now. I have a cousin who ran track there and I've been there a couple times. If they offered I'd probably commit."

The 6-foot-0, 200-pound back said he's also received letters from Washington and Washington State, but prefers to stay closer to home so his family can see him play.

Another Cal State school has thrown its hat into the Middlebrooks sweepstakes. "San Diego State offered me back in December," he said. "I've been down there too, my school always goes there for passing tournaments and I really like the campus."

Middlebrooks is also a track athlete, running the 100-yard dash along with the 200, 4X100 and 4X400 relays. With a reported time of 10.7 in the 100, he is the anchor on the relay team. "I've heard from some schools about track," he said. "I'd like to be able to run track in college, but my first goal is football."

Spring practice at Fountain Valley begins in two weeks, according to Middlebrooks. He'll be busy between track practices, then heading to the football workouts. He said he plans on visiting UCLA next week, and will most likely take a visit to San Diego State during the summer. "Right now I don't have any plans to go up to San Jose," he said.

In 2008 Middlebrooks carried the ball 149 times for 1276 yards - a whopping 8.56 yards-per-carry average. His longest run was for 80-yards, and he scored 15 rushing touchdowns. Fountain Valley went 7-3 and tied for the Sunset League Championship.

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