Middleton talks recruiting

With the amount of talent the Trojans of Southern Cal have accumulated over the past few years, it is hard to believe that there are really many "needs" in the 2008 class. While USC has put together some incredible recruiting classes, the class of 2008 will place an emphasis on in the trenches.

After receiving a verbal commitment from top defensive end Wes Horton of Notre Dame HS (CA.), the Trojans will look to find their next defensive end prospect nationwide. One prospect who seemingly fits the mold is Lakes HS standout defensive end Kavario Middleton.

Middleton, who was recently offered a scholarship from the Trojans, has not yet decided whether he will participate in football or basketball come college.

"Washington offered me a scholarship for basketball," said Middleton. "For football, USC, Washington, Washington State, Minnesota, and Oregon have offered me. I love to do both, so it will be a tough decision on what sport I decide to play in college."

With the amount of offers for football over basketball, one would think the decision would be classified as a "no brainer," but Middleton has a pretty impressive resume on the hardwood.

"I average 19.6 points and 9.6 rebounds per game in basketball," answered Middleton when asked about his abilities on the basketball court. "We're in the state tournament right now, and we have a pretty good roster. We aren't favored to win the tournament, but I think we have a pretty decent shot."

There is no question that Middleton is a gifted athlete, and has taken notice to one of the schools recruiting him.

"I am seriously considering USC," commented Middleton. "Just with their past history and what they bring to the table. Coach (Rocky) Seto is in charge of recruiting me, and he just text me a few minutes ago. We are pretty cool, I'll text him after my games and let him know how I did."

Although USC is high on Middleton's list, he has yet to make the trip to Southern California, but does plan on doing so in the Fall.

"I'm not sure I would want to head down just for a Junior Day, I think I would rather take an official visit to SC instead. But I definitely plan on doing so eventually."

The Lakes HS standout is not ready to name a leader, and feels that he has a long ways to go when it comes to making a decision.

"There really aren't any schools in particular that stand out, I'm really open right now."

Although Middleton was not ready to name a leader, he did however name a few characteristics that set him apart.

"I play the game with passion," said Middleton. "I play with fire and intensity, plus my leadership skills and my play making ability."

Middleton plans on attending the Nike Sparq Camp held in Oregon over the Summer, planning to improve upon his marks from the previous year.


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