RECRUITING '07: A center of crimson attention

WASHINGTON STATE'S 2005 ground attack yielded a 1,900 yard rusher in Jerome Harrison, keyed in part by athletic center Nick Mihlhauser and his heightened ability to move laterally. The Cougs have their eye on a 6-3, 273-pound center prospect from Rolling Hills, Calif., who calls to mind some of the same abilities. Todd Huber says Washington State is "definitely" a school he wants to visit.

"They're obviously heading in a good direction," said Huber of Washington State. "The coaches I've talked to from there have been awesome. That's a school I want to get to when I'm up north hopefully at some point this summer and take a look at."

Kelly Skipper is running point on Huber for the Cougs, and coached with Palos Verdes Peninsula High head man Uruburu Rivers when both were at Fresno State.

"You don't hear as much about Washington State down here around L.A. but he called me after the Stanford camp and said they'd watched my film and wanted to offer me," said Huber. "That's definitely a school I want to go up and visit. They started recruiting me really early, they've been sending me letters and handwritten notes. I've got to give him another call here soon."

BESIDES THE COUGS, Huber holds offers from Stanford, Oregon, Washington, Boise State -- and ASU just offered yesterday. Cal, Arizona and USC are also lurking.

"A couple have said I could play guard but I'd probably be a center," said Huber. "A few schools (ASU, USC) have said I could play defensive line if offense didn't work out. All my awards last year (all-CIF, all-Area, all-league) were on defense."

Huber earlier named a Top Five but has since decided all the schools are too close in comparison at this stage.

"I haven't visited these schools, the Oregons, Washingtons and Washington States, and my brother (Scott) didn't visit them either, so I think after this summer I'll be able to name a Top Five," said Huber.

HUBER HAS ONLY played center for one year having moved over from tight end but schools have been telling him he's a natural at the position. Huber doesn't disagree.

"It's a lot of lateral movement and I've been a basketball player my whole life -- it feels really natural," he said.

He followed up his MVP performance at the combine at Stanford with a solid outing at the recent USC lineman camp, although he wasn't as satisfied with his pass blocking. PVP runs the triple option, and Huber says he feels he has "a lot to learn and improve on" in that area but given his feet, his offers, and that he just hasn't done as much pass blocking as other prospects given the offensive scheme, it would appear schools think he'll be just fine there.

A COLLEGE offensive line coach who is a good instructor will be important to his decision but probably not as important as academics. Huber carries a 4.2 weighted, 3.9 un-weighted GPA and rolled out of bed with little preparation to score an 1820 on the SAT. He said he might take it again to better his score.

His mom is a teacher and Huber said he definitely has his sights set on getting a good education to "fall back on".

Brother Scott was highly recruited, played for 'SC and got hurt playing college ball so Huber has seen the benefits close up of the importance of academics. Scott, who has basically been coaching Todd since his Pop Warner days, also helped coach at PVP the last two years and the siblings do plenty of one-on-one drills outside of regular practice.

As a junior, Huber dished out scores of pancake blocks on offense while logging appx. 90 tackles on the defensive side of the ball. Huber has been timed at 5.0 in the 40.

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