Stickney Starting to Get Discovered

The 6-6, 303-pound offensive tackle, Derek Stickney from Placentia (Calif.) El Dorado, is a prospect to watch. Not greatly known, many schools are starting to discover him, including some in the Pac-10. He makes it pretty clear there is one that stands out for him...

Placentia (Calif.) El Dorado offensive tackle Derek Stickney (6-6, 305) is a player to watch from Orange County in the class of 2009.

While Stickney is waiting for his first scholarship offer, a slew of schools have been keeping a close watch on him.

"UCLA, Colorado State, Washington, Arizona State, Utah and Boise State are some of the schools that I have been hearing from," said Stickney. "San Diego State has sent me quite a few letters and I've gotten some letters from Alabama, but they've been vague. Most schools said they'd talk with me more this spring."

Stickney has been in consistent contact with UCLA. "I visited UCLA two weekends ago and I met all the coaches and got a tour of the campus and watched their practices," said Stickney. "Then last Saturday I was at the spring game and I got to talk to the coaches again. The offensive line coach said he was going to come by the school and talk to our coach. So that's the main school."

And the Bruins are the favorite for Stickney.

"My childhood favorite was probably UCLA and if they offered me I probably wouldn't take too long to accept that," said Stickney.

Still, the big tackle said he's planning to do a lot of work this spring to get the word out. "I was already going to be doing a lot of training camps and camps at the colleges because a lot of coaches said they offer from the camps. I was at the Nike Camp (in Los Angeles) and the Nike Combine in Long Beach. I'll probably do the UCLA camp too this summer," said Stickney.

Stickney said most of the attention he's getting is as an offensive tackle. "I believe most schools want me to play offensive tackle," said Stickney. "When I watch a game, I watch the left tackle more than anything else so that's where I think I fit in to play."

Stickney said he's focusing on a few key factors in deciding on which school is best for him. "The schools performance of the last eight years and if they're set to be doing good the next few years, overall prestige, how strong they are and the depth chart are the main things," said Stickney.

And proximity to home is also a plus. "My mom says the closer to home the better," said Stickney. "My sister lives five minutes from UCLA so pretty much my whole family is praying I go there."

Academically, Stickney is in fine shape, carrying a 3.67 GPA and plans to take the SAT this spring.

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