Camps Crucial for Talifero

The Duarte (Calif.) linebacker, Denzel Talifero, knows the camp circuit will be important for him as he searches for more offers...

Duarte (Calif.) linebacker Denzel Talifero knows that several programs are going to bat for him as he looks to add more offers to the mix.

But Talifero said he's getting similar feedback from just about each coach.

"A lot of coaches been standing on the table for me, trying to get me an offer, but most of the defensive coordinators have said they want to see me in coverage," said Talifero. "Most of my junior film was me blitzing and rushing and not as much of me in coverage, so I just need to show them I can cover."

Talifero has been one of the defensive standouts for B2G's Five-Star team this spring, incidentally looking very good in coverage on the 7on7 circuit.

Now he's hoping that schools will take more notice of that.

"Utah's DB coach, Sharrieff Shah, came by and said they really liked me and invited me to their camp and want to evaluate me there. They loved my tape, but wanted to see more of me in coverage," said Talifero. "Arizona State said the same thing, they want me to come out and they invited me to their camp. My friend, Karl Holmes (his former Muir teammate) is out there and he's been talking to them quite a bit about me."

Talifero's lone offer came from SMU, when Adrian Klemm was still coaching there, and with Klemm and Demetrice Martin, who played at Muir, both at UCLA, Talifero continues to maintain regular contact with the Bruin coaches.

"UCLA has been saying the same thing, that they want to see me in camp, but I talk with them a lot and I know that Coach Meat and Coach Klemm are standing on the table for me too, they just want to see me in camp," said Talifero. "I've been talking with Coach (Jeff) Ulbrich a lot more too and building a good relationship with him too."

Talifero plans to camp at USC and UCLA and potentially Cal, as he's been talking with them a little more of late, as well as the B2G Elite Camp at the end of June.

Having played his junior year at Muir before moving to Duarte from Pasadena, Talifero thinks some schools are still unaware of the move.

"Oregon State and Cal both said they're going to come by and check me out," said Talifero. "I think though that some schools still aren't sure that I'm not at Muir, and they're finding that out when they get to Muir to see me. I talked to Fresno State, and they went to Muir to look for me. So I'm just trying to let coaches know I'm over here."

Talifero plans to take the SAT in June and is carrying a 3.2 GPA.

Brandon is in his eighth year with and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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