Vickers home from camps

BJ Vickers is a 6-3, 207-pound receiver from Marina Del Rey (Calif.) Venice and Vickers just recently returned from a tour of the Northwest. For a kid that lives in Southern California just minutes from the beach, he's been taking a good look at the Evergreen State when it comes to a potential college choice.

"I'm good friends with Coach (Bobby) Kennedy," Vickers told about his interest in the University of Washington. "I also wanted to go up there again this year. I liked it last year." Vickers attended last year's Husky camp with teammates Eddie Miller and Wale Forrester, and Miller accompanied him again to Seattle this summer.

So how did this year's camp compare to last year's? "I was able to talk to the players and coaches more, especially Coach (Rick) Neuheisel," he said. BJ mentioned the new Husky receivers coach a few times during the conversation. "He's more than just a coach. I know that he can also be a friend I can talk to if I need something," he said.

Vickers mentioned a few players in particular that spent time talking to him. "I talked to Craig Chambers and Bobby Whithorne," he said. "Those guys are already going to Washington. I also got a chance to meet Reggie Williams. He's bigger in person, a good guy. He just talked to me about different schools and to just have fun."

The highlight of camp for BJ was when he was able to spend some quality time with Washington's head coach. "Probably playing catch with Neuheisel," he said. "He talked to me about commiting to schools and how nobody should be pressured into making a decision until they are happy."

Vickers has also camped in Pullman the last two years. "I like the coaches, the players and the environment there. "They are a passing school and I think I could play as a freshman there," he said.

Besides Washington and Washington State, Vickers has already camped at Texas, Texas Tech and USC. He's also planning on checking out Michigan and Michigan State. "I have 22 offers," he said. The ones he's considering the most at this time include Washington, Washington State, USC, Texas, Cal, Tennessee, Michigan, Michigan State, Arizona and Arizona State. "Washington, Washington State and Texas are my top-3," he said.

Is he looking to get the recruiting process done before school starts? "I'm going to wait," he said. "I want to check out some other schools. I want to see where I can play in a year and what the receiver rosters look like."

One thing that immediately stands out about Vickers is his size and athleticism. His last 40 time was 4.51 and he repped 185 pounds 16 times and jumped 30 inches in the vertical leap at the Husky camp. "I just love to catch and score," he said. "Coaches tell me it's what I do after the ball that's good. I'm hard to tackle." Top Stories