'12 SoCal WR Treggs earns Stanford offer

Class of 2012 Inglewood, Calif. wide receiver Bryce Treggs (St. John Bosco High School; Bellflower, California) spoke with The Bootleg early this week, shortly after his return from the NIKE Combine held on Stanford's campus. After the past weekend's Cardinal offer, Treggs now holds offers from two Pac-10 schools, and has solicited interest from across the league.

"It was a great trip," Bryce Treggs said of his journey to Palo Alto a week ago. "I was very impressed with the campus, and how seriously academics are taken. I'd look for that in any college I'd go to. … A degree from Stanford is, nationwide, very well-respected."

The oldest of four, Treggs is looking for an ideal distance from his family when he goes off to college: "far away from home, but not too far, so that they could come and see me play." Both offering schools, Arizona State and Stanford, would seem to meet that criterion, as would Cal, another school Treggs reports demonstrating interest. Indeed, Treggs thinks that, after visiting his school this week, the Bears may be close to offering.

Hometown UCLA and USC are also interested in the wideout, and the Trojans, as well as Utah, are among the schools which have visited Treggs at St. John Bosco High. (Stanford has not yet visited Treggs' school, though Treggs says Stanford's coaches have promised such a visit.)

It's easy to see why schools are expressing such early interest in Treggs. This past fall, the sophomore led his team in receiving with 33 catches, 533 yards and three touchdowns, en route to First Team All-League Honors in a top-flight conference.

"We're in [California's] Division 1 with Mater Dei and, definitely, with a lot of D-I guys," Treggs said of his Braves, who finished 6-4. "I could have done a lot better. We didn't get the team past the regular season, and we're looking to go deep in the playoffs next year. … I predict a great season next year. We'll have a lot of returning starters."

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Treggs had previously visited Arizona State for a game, and liked what he saw.

"I went to the ASU/Cal game on Halloween in Tempe," he said. "ASU is always going to be in the mix. I was impressed and liked their coaching staff and facilities."

Thus, the bar was set for Treggs' visit to his other offering school, Stanford.

"On Friday, we went on a tour of the facilities and went to work out," he said of his trip to Palo Alto. "On Saturday, we had a meeting with Coach Harbaugh. He said he was going to offer, and he offered in the meeting. … He's a really cool guy and I like that. I love his enthusiasm for the game. He's a winner and I'm looking for that in a program."

Of course, it wasn't just Bryce Treggs who made the trip up to Palo Alto.

"My dad always comes with me, and he was with me at Stanford," the younger Treggs said. "Of course, it's still my decision. But my parents are very supportive and want me to follow my dreams. They also understand that I'm going to be an ex-football player one day, so I need to have a degree, have something to fall back upon."

If the Cardinal offer is to materialize into admission and eventual matriculation into Stanford for Treggs, grades will be key. He currently reports a 3.4 cumulative GPA and an SAT test date of June 5. He also reports, unsurprisingly, that much of the time with the Stanford coaches was spent discussing academics.

"[The staff] talked a lot of academics with me and what they'd like me to do," Treggs said. "They said I'm on track right now, and next year they want me to take AP courses. … That's something I could see myself doing. I think I could handle it."

Of course, whether Treggs makes the effort necessary to get into Stanford will depend in no small part upon how seriously he is considering the program. Here, where better to turn than Treggs himself for his key factors in looking at a university.

"I'm looking for a winning program, the chance to play early, also academics, and also the overall college lifestyle, student and campus life," he said.

Sources close to the program say that, right now for Stanford recruiting, wide receiver looks to be the most important offensive position, and any commits to that position (as well as the defensive line and defensive backfield) figure to have a chance to factor in early, just as Treggs wants. Whether Treggs sees the situation – and, of course, Stanford football – in the same light as those insiders will go a long ways in determining where he ends up come Fall 2012.

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