Fancher looking to the Pac-10

Skyler Fancher is a 6-foot-6, 290-pound OT/DT for Huntington Beach High School in Huntington Beach, Calif., and while Huntington Beach isn't typically on a D1 coach's map of schools to hit during recruiting time, it has attracted some interest because of Fancher.

Fancher claims a 21.5-inch vertical and a 350-pound bench press to his credit, but those measureables aren't necessarily what's putting Fancher on the map as a recruitable D1 athlete. "I can pull," he told on Monday. "I run a 4.9 40. I pull really good, I can get around. That's what makes me what I am."

But he wasn't always that way.

"I've talked to USC and UCLA, and they had film on him in the spring," Huntington Beach Head Coach Mike Groscost told about Fancher. "I think what's happening is that so much of it is front-loaded now that they look at a kid his junior year and he had the size, but I knew that his film wasn't going to get him those kinds of offers. But this year, he's so different. And coaches still want players to be improving, and he's only going to get better. And every school that has seen this year's film on him has followed up and asked for more."

San Diego State and Washington were two of those schools, and both have followed up with scholarship offers. "My school is really under the radar and we've been rebuilding," Fancher said when asked about the relative lack of attention coming his way for being an athletic big man. "This year we stepped it up a little bit. And we played a bunch of big schools, like Edison and Los Alamitos and it's kind of hard to get people to look at you when they are looking at them."

"He's a great kid - great student and great attitude," added Groscost. "He was one of our stars. Between his junior and senior year, the improvements he made was unbelievable. In the off-season, he just blossomed. Just on size alone, he passes that eyeball test, but when his strength numbers went up in the off-season and then he found his wheels...he's exceptional. I told him that if he wanted to get good scholarship offers you have to be a man among has to be obvious that you are the best guy on the field. And he was. And we don't get a ton of great athletes here, so when they do come, they stand out."

Fancher is mostly being recruited for offense. "Defense is what I love - I love making plays - but offense is what I do best," he said. Most colleges are thinking offensive tackle. "He's got those nice, big, long arms and he's pretty strong," added Groscost.

Fancher just took an official trip to San Diego State this past weekend. "That was a good trip, I liked it," he said. "I have a trip set up to Washington this weekend and that's the school I'm leaning to...the Pac-10.

"I know a lot about them. I went up to their summer camp and also to their junior day. I've been talking to their coaches for a long time. They like the fact that I can pull and move for a bigger guy. They like me at tackle but said I could also play some guard for them too."

Boise State has also shown a lot of interest, as well as Colorado and Colorado State, Idaho State and Nevada.

So if Fancher goes to Seattle this weekend and everything feels right, would a verbal commitment be in the offing? "Maybe," he said. "I kind of want to take all my officials before making a final decision." Boise State appears to be the only other school Fancher would trip to, and he's hoping to make a final decision as soon as possible.

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