An Angle With Germany

<b>Eugene Germany</b>, the defensive end/linebacker prospect from Pomona, could be one of the best in the region. He has a good list of schools, but UCLA has an edge with someone close to him, according to his coach...

One of the more underrated players in Southern California is following a similar path as that of another product of Pomona (Calif.) High. Like ASU defensive end Jimmy Verdon before him. current Pomona prospect, defensive end/linebacker Eugene Germany, 6-2, 250 is quietly making a splash among college recruiters at a school that has its share of prospects, but few people to know about it.

"We have plenty of guys to see here at Pomona," said Pomona recruiting coordinator John Brown. "We've had five guys in the Pac-10 from Pomona, so we have guys here. And this kid (Germany) is a player. He is being noticed."

According the Brown, Germany has offers from UCLA, Oregon, Oregon State, Michigan, Nebraska, San Diego State, Utah, Colorado and Arizona State.

"Right now I would say his top schools are Michigan and Ohio State at #1 and UCLA and USC right behind them, and then Oregon State, Tennessee and Penn State," said Brown.

While Germany is primarily a defensive end prospect, Brown says he can play a little offense too. "The thing about Eugene is his speed, and he has great hands as a tight end."

Germany won't be attending any camps though, as Pomona rarely takes its players to camps during the summer. "Too many guys max out and then lose out when they get to school. Or they get picked up because they have good camps, but aren't great players. We pick and choose where we take our kids," Brown said.

Though Michigan and Ohio State are his top two schools, Brown says a pretty important person in Eugene's life is leaning towards a school in the Southland. "I can tell you this, I know his mom really likes UCLA. I know that. Coach Bieniemy is recruiting Eugene. I like EB. He is doing a great job recruiting him and he's been here to see him."

And while UCLA is "going to be a player for Eugene," Oregon State could make a run for not only Germany, but a pair of teammates in Paul Thomas and Keston Cheatum. "They have all talked about going to the same school, and Oregon State may take all three. They (Thomas and Cheatum) are both underrated in high school."

There are a few key things that Germany is looking for in a school, according to Brown: "A good rapport with the staff, good support from the school, how they are being treated, and who is in the program. All those things we will look at."

Brown wouldn't say what Germany's GPA is but said he "should be ok, but he does have some work to do."


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