Venice Corner Getting Attention

J.R. McConico, the 5-10, 175-pound cornerback prospect from Venice (Calif.) High, already has a Pac-10 scholarship offer, and he says that a certain other Pac-10 school has verbally offered him...

Venice (Calif.) cornerback J.R. McConico (5-9.5, 175) may be seeing his team struggle on the field to an 0-3 start, but McConico is seeing his stock increase.

Four schools have offered McConico and a fifth could be close.

"Washington, UNLV, SMU and Idaho State have all offered me as a cornerback," said McConico. "Coach (DeWayne) Walker from UCLA told me about two weeks ago they would be offering me, too. It's just a verbal offer from UCLA right now, though."

In addition to those five, McConico is also hopeful that Cal and USC will begin talking with him more.

"Moody (former Venice teammate Curtis McNeal) has been talking with Coach (Pete) Carroll and Ken Norton at USC and they already know about me. I am down by the school all the time because I live so close to it. If USC were to offer me, that's where I'd go," said McConico.

Meanwhile, McConico is talking with another former Gondo teammate, Jerry Johnson, a freshman at UCLA.

"Yeah, it would be real cool to play with Jerry again, too. I'd like to play with both him and Moody. But that's kind of hard," said McConico.

McConico said he only camped at Washington this summer, which may have contributed to the slow start in recruiting.

"I didn't really go to a lot of camps, other than Washington's," said McConico. "But that camp I did go and they offered me."

McConico said his top five schools are USC, UCLA, Cal, Florida and Ohio State, though the latter two haven't been in communication. USC is his leader.

"I'd like to stay on the West Coast for college but I'm open to anywhere," said McConico.

Last fall for Venice, McConico had eight interceptions and 36 tackles. This year, an inexperienced Venice team, facing a daunting schedule, has struggled out of the gate.

"I'm just trying to lead and keep our heads up," said McConico.

Academically, he has a 2.6 GPA and will take the SAT and ACT in November.

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