Covina (Calif.) Charter Oak 2016 running back Zion Echols (5-10, 175) was one of the top performers at the U.S Army National Combine, earning MVP honors at the event.
“It was a big experience for me because I got to compete with the best athletes across America and it makes me realize where I stand,” said Echols.
Schools were already aware of Echols, but more interest could be making its way to him in the coming months.
Washington State has already offered Echols and a couple more Pac-12 schools are talking with him consistently.
Echols went to several UCLA and USC games this fall and the local schools are high on his list.
“USC was the school I grew up rooting for, but I really like UCLA a lot too,” said Echols. “To have the opportunity to play for one of the L.A. schools, in my backyard, close to my family, would be a dream come true. The coaches at both schools are really cool and really interested in me. I went to a lot of games this year for both and could really see myself playing for USC or UCLA.”
Echols said, though, that an offer from either school, wouldn’t necessarily end his recruitment early.
“I am going to do as much as I can, a lot of camps, visits, and official visits before I make my decision and go through the process and take my time,” said Echols.
Mostly recruited as a running back, Echols said some schools think he could be used in a myriad of ways.
“Everybody I talk to is looking at me as a running back but they’re also looking at me as an athlete who can return kicks and punts and catch passes,” said Echols. “I could play corner too and I’m trying to do both sides as much as I can.”
Last fall, Echols ran for 1,181 yards and 18 touchdowns, caught 44 passes for 553 yards and six touchdowns and had five pass breakups from the secondary.
Academically, Echols has a 3.6 GPA and will take the SAT in the spring.