Way below the radar. That would be the best way to describe Palos Verde (Calif.) Peninsula offensive lineman Todd Huber (6-3, 273).
But all it took was a strong performance at the Stanford Nike Camp, MVP-strong, to get the colleges who were showing minimal interest to take another look at Huber.
All is turning out well for Huber.
"I had been training since two weeks after our season ended this year. I don't think I went in expecting to be the MVP. It was beyond what I hoped for. I just needed to put my name on the map," Huber admits. "Being MVP was icing on the cake."
If all of that was the icing, then the cake was likely what resulted from his showing in Palo Alto.
"I got offered the next day by Stanford at Junior Day," Huber shares. "I don't really have a leader, but I like Stanford a lot. It has such great academics. After the camp, I spent more time there. I talked with Coach [Walt] Harris at Junior Day and got a lot of personal time with him. I spent a little time with my position coach [Tom Freeman] and with the defensive line coach [Dave Tipton] - he recruited my brother. It was nice at Junior Day."
Huber has four other schools who have offered, and more that could be coming in the weeks ahead.
"USC is in my top five, but it's not because my brother went there. It's Los Angeles and I grew up in L.A," Huber explains. "But I'm going to go and visit some schools and see what schools fit me best."
"Most schools have come in since the Nike Camp," Huber notes. "The week after the camp, there were like 20 coaches at my school. Coach [Tyrone] Willingham recruited my brother when he was at Stanford. All of the Pac-10 schools are ones I'd definitely want to play for."
Huber was an All-CIF Division III honoree at defensive end in 2005, but most of the recruiting interest he has received has been on the offensive line.
"Most schools are looking at me as a center," he offers. "One of the first things they say is that I have the ability to play both ways. I don't have a preference. I love center, and I've been a defensive lineman. Last year was my first year at center. I had been playing tight end most of my life, but center felt natural. I felt like I could definitely do something there."
Huber says that he is not ready to make a decision.
"I'm open at this point. The question I get asked is ‘are you going to commit before your senior year?' I want to take an unofficial trip to schools. But I want to take all of the pressure away because my number one goal is to win a CIF Championship," Huber relates. "If I haven't found a school, then I'm fine taking all five trips. I could see myself doing both - waiting or committing early. I wouldn't be afraid to commit early."
With most of his schools being on the West Coast, Huber still isn't feeling any family pressure to stay close to home.
"They're leaving it up to me. I definitely want their opinions, and I'm not afraid to hear what they want to say. Their opinion definitely means a lot. But most schools recruiting me are out west," the Peninsula prospect says.
This weekend, Huber will be at USC's One-Day Lineman Camp.
"They haven't offered, but I think if I did well, they could. It could be like Zack Heberer, who I train with. He had a good camp and got an offer at the camp. It will probably be the one camp I'll go to," Huber states. "I'm trying to just focus on finals."
That is no surprise, as Huber is an excellent student.
"I have a 4.3 weighted GPA and a 3.9 unweighted," the recruit reports. "I scored an 1820 on my first try on the SAT, and I went in cold. So if I need to get that up, I'll take it in the fall. I'm going to start the application process for Stanford this summer. I've been asking everyone for letters of recommendation, and I have got to get some that stuff done. Junior year has been pretty hectic."
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