Cougs eye California trio

FOUR PAC-10 SIGNEES have come out Laguna Creek High in Elk Grove, Calif., the past three years. The Sacramento-area high school could conceivably match that total during the current recruiting cycle alone with a quartet of seniors-to-be with D-I potential. Three of the Cardinals -- Bryan Hilliard, Bryson Littlejohn and L.T. Thomas -- have caught the interest of Washington State.

David Nevarez, a 6-2, 285 pound lineman, is also drawing D-I looks.

"All four performed very well at the NIKE camp at Stanford," says Ryan Gomes, assistant coach at Laguna Creek. "Early offers are expected soon from a couple of schools."

COACH KEN GREENE is recruiting the Laguna Creek prospects for the Cougars. Thomas (WR, 6-2, 185) didn't have his best day at Stanford in so far as the 40 went -- electronic timing and worn field conditions contributed to less than eye popping 40 times for all the athletes. Still, Gomes said schools were very please with his performance in one-on-one drills.

"His body type is ideal for the college level -- Long, Long, Long," said Gomes.

At Stanford, Thomas logged marks of 4.6 in the Pro Agility, 4.8 in the 40 and a 31-inch vertical. Thomas regularly runs in the 4.6 range in the 40.

Besides Washington State, Thomas is drawing interest from Oregon State, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, Fresno State, UNLV and others.

"There's lots of interest from a lot of schools on these guys so it's hard to limit it to just seven," said Gomes.

AT RUNNING BACK, Hilliard (6-0, 199) has a great change of direction for a back his size, says Gomes. Washington State, Washington, Oregon State, Cal, UCLA, Colorado and Fresno State are among the suitors.

"Many of the schools on Bryan's list had him rated as the second or third best back at the entire NIKE Camp," said Gomes.

Hilliard's numbers at Stanford: 4.7 in the 40, 4.3 in the Pro Agility, bench press of 15 reps at 185, a 33.6-inch veridical leap.

"He performed extremely well in the drills and in the one-on-ones, he consistently ran by linebackers and caught the ball over and over again," said Gomes.

NOBODY DOUBTS THE ability of Littlejohn (6-1, 215) out on the football field. But he does need to buckle down and take of business in the classroom.

"All the big time programs have said they will definably offer him if he can qualify academically," said Gomes.

Among the schools showing Littlejohn interest: Washington State, Arizona, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington, Cal, USC -- Gomes said he's hearing from 'basically everyone' when it comes to the linebacker.

Littlejohn's Stanford numbers:
40: 4.8
Pro Agility: 4.3
185-pound bench: 22 reps
Vertical leap: 33.6-inch

Gomes said Littlejohn's rating at the Palo Alto combine of 79 just missed being in the Top 20, and his Stanford numbers were lower than at another combine he participated in this spring.

Bryan Hilliard profile
Bryson Littlejohn profile
L.T. Thomas profile

ONE TO WATCH: Nevarez by the numbers
At Stanford, Nevarez ran a 5.5 in the 40, a 4.88 in the Pro Agility, plus 15 reps of 185 and a 21-inch vertical. Oregon State, Boise State, Fresno State, Nevada, Colorado, Utah State, UNLV and others are all showing interest.

"He was a natural leader out there and led most of the drills," said Gomes. "He participated in the o-line drills but could be suited to play defense because of his body type."

Nevarez is focused this offseason on improving his strength in the weight room. "He's our most physical O and D Lineman, he can dominate on both," said Gomes.

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