Cali o-lineman high on Cougs

EDUARDO MIDDLETON HAD an all-everything type of season last year, and a bunch of schools noticed and offered him a scholie, including Washington State. The 6-5, 280-pounder has good things to say about the Cougs, and plans on checking out the Palouse later this summer.

Middleton out of Oceanside, Calif., about 40 minutes north of San Diego, now holds offers from seven schools -- Washington State, Boise State, UNLV, Air Force, San Diego State, Navy and Eastern. Other Pac-12 schools, like Utah, could be close to offering.

He has defensive skills but everyone sees him as an offensive linemen at the college level. As a junior he was named All League, All Area, All San Diego Section, All San Diego Academic and took home Oceanside's Offensive Lineman of the Year Award.

Middleton has high praise for all the schools on his list. Two of them have jumped out most.

"Definitely Air Force because of the opportunities after school. And then Washington State, with the chance to play football at the Pac-12 level," said Middleton.

Middleton said the Cougs told his prep coach at Oceanside High they like his frame, agility and his ability to stone his opponent in both the running and passing game.

"They liked me as an offensive lineman, and they also really liked what they heard from my coaches that I'm a high character person," said Middleton. "They're an up and coming program. They've been on the lower end in recent years but they're on the rise now. And they're looking for linemen and they could offer the opportunity to play early."

Middleton said UCLA is the only camp appearance he plans this summer. But he will take some unofficial visits and hopes to make it up to Washington State later this summer.

Middleton is in no hurry to make his decision, saying he's looking forward to seeing some campuses and trying and find the right fit.

"I just want to try and be sure I take my time and make the right decision," said Middleton.

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