Vereen Caught Between Rivals

Brock Vereen, the 6-0, 175-pound cornerback prospect from Valencia (Calif.) High, finds himself in the midst of a recruiting battle between rivals. His brother went to one Pac-10 school and the rival school has offered him a scholarship...

As a freshman at Valencia (Calif.), corneback prospect Brock Vereen (6-0, 175) watched as his older brother Shane was recruited by several schools as a running back and as a cornerback.

Shane eventually chose California, where he's arguably the best back-up running back in the Pac-10.

For Brock, he's strictly about defense, and as his senior season approaches, Vereen is eager to get things going, and add to the two scholarship offers he already has.

"So far it has been Stanford and Minnesota that have offered me, but I'm hearing from Oregon, Washington, UNLV, Arizona, Cal and UCLA," said Vereen. "All the in-state schools have been recruiting me, but as far as interest goes, I wouldn't say Cal and UCLA have recruited me as much as Stanford."

Stanford was the first school to offer Vereen, doing so in the spring, but he's plenty interested in Cal and UCLA.

"I was actually up at Cal watching my brother's practice and got to spend some time with their DB coach. They said they'd be watching the first couple of games. My brother, every once in a while, says a coach says this or that, so he's doing some selling for me." said Vereen. "And UCLA is recruiting me too. I went to one of their camps and I've been in contact often with Coach (Chuck) Bullough and he told me the same thing, that he wants to see some senior film."

The wait is fine with Vereen, who wants to take a slower, more deliberate approach, than his brother, who decided the summer before his senior season.

"I'm not going to rush any decisions," said Vereen. "Probably about halfway through this upcoming season I'll set up some visits. The exact reason I'm waiting is because I want to see if some other offers come in."

Vereen said he doesn't has clear leader, but Stanford's offer definitely helps the Cardinal.

"They were the first ones to offer me and I went up for their Junior Day and I loved it," said Vereen. "It's a program that is really on the rise and I know Delano Howell really well. It's a great school. My top two are the schools that have offered."

Vereen has unofficially visited Stanford, Cal, UNLV and UCLA and said he's likely going to take official visits to Stanford and Minnesota.

So what does his brother think about his interest in Stanford?

"He's cool with it," said Vereen. "We're really close and for me it was good, help-wise, just watching him go through the recruiting process when I was a freshman. I've been blessed in a situation where a lot of my brothers friends have been recruited so I've been able to sit back and watch and learn."

Vereen admitted an offer from Cal would be tough to pass up, but he's not completely against the idea of going elsewhere.

"Cal would be extremely tough to pass on if they offered," said Vereen. "It's a great school, I love the city and have been up there a couple of times, and it would complicate things. It would be tough to pass up the chance to play with my brother. At the same time, playing against him would be just fine. If I hit him, he'd never hear the end of it."

Vereen will play receiver and running back this fall, but knows his future is on defense.

"I want to get up to about 185 or 190 by my freshman year and hopefully I can get some playing time early," said Vereen.

As a junior, Vereen had 64 tackles and six interceptions and averaged 30 yards a punt return. He was named First Team All- Foothill League, First Team All-CIF and Second Team All-State after helping the Vikings to the CIF-SS Northern Division semifinals.

Valencia opens the season in two weeks against Thousand Oaks.

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