Dargan Hints at a Short List

The 6-0, 190-pound athlete -- who UCLA is recruiting as a safety -- Erick Dargan, from Pittsburg, Calif., has a very respectable list of scholarship offers. And while he says he's wide open he does give us a hint about the schools that could be his favorites...

Pittsburg (Calif.) safety Erick Dargan (6-1, 200), one of the top two-way threats in NorCal, is holding eight scholarship offers as his senior season rapidly approaches.

"I've got offers from UCLA, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Washington State, Arizona, Arizona State, San Jose State and Colorado," said Dargan. "I'm getting recruited as a running back and safety, but most schools want me just as a safety. I haven't really considered yet what position I want to really play, I guess it's wherever I fit in best."

That could be on either side of the ball, where Dargan has been a standout for the Pirates. While some schools have offered him as an athlete, Dargan is generally torn on which side he'd like to play.

"UCLA offered me as a safety but said I could play running back. Washington State and Washington both did the same thing. So I'm just keeping an open mind about it," said Dargan.

Dargan said at this point in his recruitment no schools have emerged as his leader.

"I don't have a top five," said Dargan. "I'm still completely wide open. My teammate Avery (Patterson) is going to Oregon so he's talking about them, but not too much. He knows it's my choice. I do like Oregon, UCLA and Washington, and I like the Arizona schools too. Like I said, I'm taking it all in stride and keeping an open mind. I want to take all five of my official visits."

Dargan said he's planning two or three of the visits for the season and then the remaining trips will be taken following the season.

During the spring and summer, he camped at UCLA, San Jose State, Cal and Stanford. But he's not ready to say he wants to stay on the West Coast.

"I wouldn't mind an ACC school or SEC school offering," said Dargan. "It would be good to have some other options. I had an open mind always about this recruitment. I've just tried to stay focused. I was always told it would fall in place. My family said they are opened to wherever I want to go."

Dargan said academically he's in fine shape and will take the SAT in the fall.

As a junior, Dargan ran for 769 yards on 99 carries and 11 touchdowns and added 72 tackles, three picks, two fumble recoveries and a sack.

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