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JC standout leaning crimson?

WORD DOWN California way is that Washington State is one of the leaders in the recruiting race for defensive end <b>Letrell Myers</b>, a 6-4, 240-pound "diamond in the rough" from Riverside Community College who never played high school ball and has overcome a hard-knock childhood to earn the serious attention of numerous major-college recruiters. A former Riverside coach calls Myers a "great kid who reminds me of <b>Derrick Rodgers</b> (current NFL and former Arizona State standout)."

Riverside head coach Bill Brown told CF.C today that Myers is keeping his options open, but the two plan to sit down sometime over the next couple of weeks to map a game plan. Brown didn't name names, but said about 20 schools are showing strong interest in Myers.

Observers of the California JC scene believe Myers is a lean right now toward WSU.

Former Riverside coach Mike Churchill says Myers is "a raw talent who practices hard. Everyday he steps on the field there's progress in his game. His upside is huge." And more remarkable, he adds, is the way Myers has overcome adversity. "He and his brother have been on their own for years. He worked at Burger King to earn money, so he didn't have time to play ball in high school."

In three games so far this year, Myers has 22 total tackles, one sack, three batted passes, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble. In Riverside's rating system for defensive productivity, he ranks No. 1, which is no small feat in light of the fact one of his teammates is pre-season All-American linebacker Hoang Mai. Of the top 25 tacklers in the Mission Conference, Myers is one of only two players who isn't a linebacker or defensive back.

A year ago at Riverside, in his first season of serious football, Myers posted 48 tackles in 10 games and led the team in sacks with 3.5. He also has forced three fumbles and recovered three others. Click here for the Letrell Myers profile.

IN OTHER RECRUITING news from California, highly touted prep defensive back Keston Cheathem of Pomona has narrowed his top five schools to Washington State, Michigan, Colorado, Oregon State and Washington. He has set official visit dates to all five, with Pullman on the itinerary for the weekend of Oct. 3-4, when the Cougars take on Arizona. Michigan is believed to be the lad's favorite at this point.

Meanwhile, back up in the state of Washington, another one of the region's bountiful prep hoss prospects, Mukilteo (Kamika High) OT Bobby Dockter, last week committed verbally to Stanford. His only other Pac-10 offer was from Washington.

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