RECRUITING: Scandrick visits WSU this weekend

ONE PROSPECT quietly climbing the recruiting ladder of late is <b>Orlando Scandrick</b>, the two-way Los Alamitos standout closing in on double digit scholarship offers. Cougfan.com talked to the WR/DB about his upcoming official visit to Washington State this Apple Cup weekend and what factors will influence his college choice.

After a first round playoff game, Orlando Scandrick will be traveling to Pullman on an official visit to Washington State this weekend for the Apple Cup.

In the wake of fellow receiver Jeremy Childs' season for the Griffins, Scandrick might tend to be overlooked in the local Saturday morning papers. Case in point, last weekend's season finale for Los Al when Childs set the county record for career receptions, putting together a seven catch night for 198 yards and three TDs.

Meanwhile, Scandrick quietly hauled in five passes and scored two touchdowns of his own, one on a 50-yard reception and the other on a 47-yard run.

If Scandrick isn't getting the lion's share of notice from fans and media, he's more than making up for it in the attention he's receiving on the recruiting trail.

Besides Washington State, schools that have offered the 5-11, 175-pound playmaker include Oregon, Boise State, Fresno State, Colorado State, Nevada, Wyoming and UTEP. Notre Dame and Arizona State haven't offered but Scandrick said they've been showing him increased of interest of late.

Scandrick has no leader at this time, telling Cougfan.com, "No favorites. Everyone is even."

On the year for Los Alamitos, Scandrick has 36 catches for 603 yards and 6 TDs (8 total) from the wide receiver spot.

His future, however, might be on the defensive side of the ball.

Los Al head coach John Barnes says of Scandrick, "Orlando is a playmaker on both sides of the ball. He's a great cover corner on defense. He can get in your hip and just run with you all day. You can't shake him."

What a school has to offer academically will factor into his decision -- As will the possibility of early playing time. But he said he wants to earn it, saying he just wants a fair shot at early playing time.

"I'm looking for a competitive type of atmosphere and a family type atmosphere," Scandrick said on what will influence his decision. "I want to go to a school that doesn't absolutely believe (in redshirting every player). I think everyone should have a fair shot to beat the next person out."

Scandrick and Los Al take on Cabrillo/Long Beach in the opening round of the Div I playoffs this Thursday.



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