DB Sees Recruitment Pick Up

One of the most athletic defensive backs in Southern California, Lakewood's <b>Damion Porter</b>, is seeing his recruitment pick up as he continues to perform well this season.

Damion Porter, 5-11, 175, 4.5, Lakewood (Calif.) High, has been very busy not only covering the opposing teams top receiver but with answering the phone, talking to coaches and returning mail to a number of west coast schools.

"I am hearing the most from Oregon, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, Idaho State and San Diego State," Porter said. "They are all calling and writing."

Asked if he would prefer to stay on the west coast and play in the Pac-10, Porter said, "It really doesn't matter. As long as I get a scholarship I'll play wherever. Growing up I was a big-time Notre Dame fan, and it's great to see them play this year at 8-0."

Porter is still awaiting his first scholarship offer. "Everyone is asking for film, so they can evaluate me in live games," he said.

Porter caught the eye of a number of people at the Los Angeles Nike Camp in the spring where he ran a 4.56 in the 40, a 4.3 shuttle, and jumped 33.6 inches in the vertical.

When it comes to the recruiting coaches Porter has been talking with on the phone he has been quite impressed by a couple of them. "I really like the coaches at Oregon, UCLA and Washington. Coach Don Johnson (defensive line coach) has been calling me from UCLA, and he has made a real good impression. We talked about taking a visit to UCLA, but it is kind of hard since we don't have a bye week coming up before playoffs. So he said he'll get me up there after my season ends. I have been to the UCLA/Colorado State game, and I went to the UCLA/Oregon games at the Rose Bowl."

Talking with Cari and Dexter Porter, Damion's stepmother and father, they can certainly see the interest in Damion has been picking up. "The coaches have called repeatedly and asked us to send them film. This is all so new to him. The attention from colleges is really picking up," they said. "We are looking at piles of mail from colleges that continue to come just about every day. We get calls and mail from UCLA, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Arizona State, San Diego State, Idaho State, Hawaii, Nevada-Reno and UNLV.

"Damion is really new to the whole recruiting experience. He has a twin sister who is going to Nebraska on a softball scholarship. Because softball recruiting is set up on a different schedule than football, she has already been through the recruiting grind. She has been helping him with the recruiting experience."

Lakewood (6-1) and Porter face its biggest challenge of the season on Friday playing host to the No.12 rated school in the country, Long Beach Poly (6-1). It should be the top game in the Moore League this season since both teams are playing for the league championship. "So far this season I have 15 solo tackles, eight assisted tackles, two caused fumbles and one interception. On offense I play a little bit of receiver and a little bit of running back, but all of the schools are recruiting me for defensive back."


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