Estes: Wide Open & Long Haul

The safety prospect from Los Alamitos, <b>Randy Estes</b>, is being hailed as the best player in California in the class of 2004. It's early so he's wide open and intends to take a long time before he makes a decision. But he does mention some schools...

Already being touted as arguably the best player from California in the Class of 2004, Randy Estes, SS, 6-2, 185, Los Alamitos (Calif.) High, is hearing from just about everyone.

"Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Miami, Texas, UCLA, USC, Oregon, Oregon State, Colorado, and those are just who I can remember," said Estes, the CIF Division I Co-Player of the Year as a junior and an All-State selection in 2002. "There is a lot more too that I am hearing from."

The best player on Southern California's best team last season, Estes is a top target for nearly every school in the nation, and even though UCLA and USC are in his backyard, Estes wants to see those schools outside of the Golden State. "I want to take all of my trips, go see a lot of those schools that aren't nearby. I don't want to waste my trips to UCLA and USC when I could be going to schools outside of California."

Estes says he currently has no favorites and hasn't even begun to narrow his schools down. "Right now, my biggest focus is football, my senior year, and having another good season as a team," he said. "I can worry about recruiting when my season is done. I know I am going to be recruited a lot, but I need to stay focused, work hard and get ready for my senior year and win again. Everyone is gunning for us."

Estes' uncle, Chucky Miller, is a former UCLA defensive back who played with Bruin coach Karl Dorrell in the mid-80s. But he hasn't been pushing the Bruins too much to his nephew. "Naw, he isn't pushing them a whole lot. He knows its my choice and my decision to make and he is letting me make that decision. But he'll be a help."

Estes is being recruited personally by Coach Dorrell and Coach Steve Axman, who both have been in contact with him. "Coach Dorrell seems real cool, and from what I've gathered a good guy. He and Coach Axman have been sending me letters, cards."

While Estes realizes he will be a primary target from college coaches in the fall, he won't let the recruiting process get in the way of his chance at another CIF crown. He said, "My team comes first, the recruiting comes afterwards. I know college is a whole other level from high school, but I need to focus on my team right now and get ready to win again."

Estes has a GPA of 2.7 and will take the SAT for the first time in June. He will attend the Nike Camp at Stanford on May 10th, but has no other immediate plans for camps this summer.

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