Basler, Eagles soar at tournament

Todd Basler is a 6-1, 220-pound running back/linebacker prospect from Elma, Washington, and the townspeople of Elma are absolutely nuts about Basler and the Elma high school football team. When the defending 2A champs made their way up north to Burnaby, British Columbia last weekend to take part in the Big Kahuna 7-7 Passing Challenge, there seemed to be more fans of the Eagles than any other team. It was as if the whole town was there.

A couple of Eagles in particular had outstanding weekends. One was their quarterback, Danny Hill. The other was Basler. They both tried in vain to keep up with the bigger teams in attendance but eventually lost to the Skyline Spartans in the semi-finals. "Skyline's a good team," Todd said. "They caught all their balls. It happens. We got third place, which tied our highest finish. It was good."

Todd also had good news to share on the recruiting front. "Stanford offered me," he said. "I also talked to Coach (Rick) Neuheisel at Washington's camp. He talked to me about fullback. I've talked a little bit to Oregon State and Arizona too. Those teams are probably the ones that are the most interested in terms of talking to me. Oregon and Arizona State, Northwestern...they are still sending me letters." The offer from the Cardinal is the first one Basler has received so far, but expect that to change.

Basler went a little more in-depth about his conversation with Neuheisel. "I talked to him one day and he told me that he would be talking to me early in the season and tell me if they want me at fullback or maybe linebacker," he said. "But he said that there are so many linebackers there that they are packed."

So how was the Husky camp? "I had a great time at Husky camp," he said. "There were new coaches, so I got a chance to learn a bunch of new techniques."

Basler's 7-7 team was the Gamecocks. "We did alright," he said. "We had a bunch of 9th and 10th-graders on our team. They had to learn a little bit, but we had fun. I think I had the most fun doing the individual drills. I love those." Top Stories