Recruiting: DE looking to make early call

SOME PROSPECTIVE RECRUITS choose to go through the calendar year, and then some, before deciding on a college. Others, like California defensive end Marquez Herrod, want to make their decision now, before the curtain goes up on their final prep season. The Escondido, Calif., star holds seven offers, including one from Washington State, and says he hopes to make his selection in the next two weeks or so.

Herrod (6-3, 225) holds offers from Oregon State, Washington State, Utah, Arizona, Boise State, Fresno State, Nevada and UTEP, with Oregon, ASU and UCLA possibly close to offering. Herrod said the Beavers, Utes and Bulldogs are recruiting the hardest.

Herrod said all are recruiting him as a defensive end, and there are two schools who have a slight edge headed into what appear to be the final stages of his recruitment.

"Probably Utah and Oregon State," said Herrod. "Utah is the No. 4 team in the nation. That speaks for itself. Oregon State because its not too far from California. Oregon State definitely sounds like a good route. But I want to meet the coaches and check out the school first."

Of WSU, Herrod had this to say; "Washington State sounds like a really good school too, but I have no idea what Washington State is like. I've never ever seen the state of Washington."

Herrod went on to say he's tried to get in touch with the WSU coaches a few times this summer but hasn't yet been able to connect. College coaches aren't allowed to return phone calls until September 1.

THE BOOK on the San Pascual High playmaker is that he's a quick, athletic defensive end with an exceptional work ethic both on and off the field. He's hoping to get out to both Utah and Oregon State in the next two weeks.

"I'm going to try and do it this weekend but if not, hopefully next weekend," he said. "I've never been to (the state of) Oregon, and I don't know the coaches. I'd like to see if it's a nice fit for me before I make my decision."

His prep coaches and his mom will have the most influence on his decision, with Herrod saying if he stays in-state, it will be in order to stay close to her.

"Pretty much the only person I'd stay back for would be my mom," said Herrod.

One thing he does know is when he wants to make a decision – soon.

"I'm definitely going to make an early decision," said Herrod. "I just need to get out there and see these schools and meet their coaching staffs, see what the campus is like, the facilities."

Last season, Herrod had 58 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 4 hurries, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery and blocked a punt.

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