DuRocher attends UCLA game

Johnny DuRocher is a 6-4, 200-pound quarterback prospect from Spanaway (Wash.) Bethel, and DuRocher verbally committed to the Oregon Ducks back in the end of May. In his mind, there was no reason to go through the rest of the recruiting process, as he was set on attending the University of Oregon. So it was a bit of a shock to see DuRocher in attendance last Saturday for Washington's home game against UCLA. Why was he there? Is it a case of better late than never for the hometown Huskies?

"I've been talking to Coach (Rick) Neuheisel a little bit, so I came out to see what it was like," Johnny told Dawgman.com last night. "I haven't been to a game for about two years, so I went out, just to see what it was all about. I was able to talk to some fellow players, like Craig Chambers, some guys I haven't talked to in a while."

There's a chance, albeit a slight one, that DuRocher and Chambers will see each other on the gridiron sooner than anticipated. "We were talking about our seasons," he said, referencing the discussion he had with the Jackson receiver and Washington commit. "We might play them next Tuesday, actually. They have a three-way playoff or something like that, and if they end up winning than we would play them. So we were talking about that, getting ready for the playoffs."

His conversation with Neuheisel was a little more guarded. "We talked for a while in his office and he just let me see his point of view on stuff." Right now, only Washington appears ready to challenge DuRocher's commitment, but he's nowhere close to that point as of now.

But recruiting is the farthest thing from Johnny's mind right now. He's got the Bethel Braves poised for another trip to the state 4A finals this season, one that he wants to finish right this year. Last year they lost to Kentwood. "We're 8-0, number one in the state, and we play Federal Way Wednesday night and then it's the playoffs," Johnny said, rolling off the particulars about the Braves.

Any chance the Braves could meet up with the eventual 3A champs to see who is the real top dog in the state? "Oh man! We're not getting into that," he said with a laugh.

DuRocher noted that all of his time at the various NIKE camps and Air Attack camps helped him hit the ground running this fall. "It helped in the sense that I was able to start right where I left off last year," he said. "It didn't take me a game or two to get my arm in shape and ready to go."

Johnny also gave props to another D1 prospect, teammate David Lewis. Lewis is getting the job done on both sides of the ball. "David is playing outstanding," DuRocher said. "He had two interceptions in the last game and he catches just about everything I throw at him. He's making people miss and scoring touchdowns, which is what we need from him."

Unfortunately, Johnny can't say the same - at least when it comes to defense. "My defensive coordintor lobbies for me, which I appreciate," he said. "He says that if I throw a pick and go down and make the tackle he'll think about it, but I haven't thrown a pick in a while."

DuRocher is showing people he can do more than just throw the pigskin. "We played Rogers a couple of weeks ago and had a 25-yard scamper," he said. "I was taking off. Everyone was making fun of me, but I was so tired if I had just made one more move I would have scored."

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