Tailback Won't Prolong Decision

Tracy Slocum, the 5-11, 195-pounder from Clovis who is considered one of the best running backs in the west, will complete his official visits of four schools and then decide soon after...

Clovis (Calif.) West running back Tracy Slocum (5-11, 195) said he doesn't want to prolong his decision.

"I'll make a decision at the end of December," said Slocum. "I don't want to drag it out long."

And he has the short list of schools he'll proably choose from -- Arizona State, California, Fresno State and UCLA.

Slocum said the official visits will probably make the decision for him and that he'll decide soon after he completes them. He said, "Right now, all of the schools are even. I can't even pick a leader because they are all right there."

Slocum visited Arizona State early, on October 28th, and now, over the next three weekends, will complete three official visits. He'll visit California this weekend, then visit nearby Fresno State on December 9th, and then will head south to UCLA on December 16th.

"I'm not sure about that fifth trip. If I do take it, it would probably be to Oregon, but I'm not sure yet," said Slocum.

The official trips will provide a good diversion from a senior season that didn't exactly go as planned, with an injured fibula sidelining him the last eight weeks of the season. "I only got to play in four games," Slocum said. "We lost to Clovis High this last weekend in the playoffs, but had we won, I would have been able to play this weekend," said Slocum.

The injury was frustrating for Slocum. He said, "I went in thinking it was a stress fracture, expecting to be back in two weeks, and when I had a noticeable limp, the doctors said it was my fibula. It feels a lot better now, it's close to 100%. But it was very frustrating because I knew I could be out there making plays."

The chance to play at the next level, though, softened the blow somewhat for Slocum. "That was the only thing that helped, knowing I get to play next year and my career gets to keep going," said Slocum.

In four games, Slocum rushed for 752 yards and eight touchdowns.

Editor's Note: Academically, Slocum said he's NCAA qualified, but it's known that he has yet to be cleared by UCLA admissions.


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