Estes Now On the Map

The San Marcos (Calif.) offensive lineman, Kevin Estes, is seeing his recruitment take off and help his school get noticed too...

San Marcos (Calif.) HS has been around for over 50 years, but most of the last few years has seen their crosstown rivals, Mission Hills HS, have the big success on the field and in sending players out to play college football.

But with a new building and a new focus on football, the Knights could be turning the tide.

When it comes to recruiting, offensive lineman Kevin Estes (6-6, 275), is giving coaches a reason to stay in the San Diego County area when they drop by Mission Hills, and the last week has seen Estes go from under-the-radar prospect to a national recruit, with double-digit offers.

"When Mission Hills opened up a while ago, there was a huge split, and if you were thinking football-wise, you went to the new school," said Estes. "But our school opened a new building and we're like new and now we're getting up there as a football program."

Estes is easily the most heavily recruited player the Knights have had, and he said it's an exciting situation to be in.

"My coach said schools are coming around to see me and that's good for the school," said Estes. "Every time he tells me about an offer, it's a big deal."

It was an offer from Wisconsin that Estes realized had changed things up.

"Coach Chad (Kauha'aha'a) from Wisconsin offered and when my coach told me that they wanted to come in and offer me, it was a big deal for me and my family and I was honored. Wisconsin is known as "O-Line U" so that meant a lot," said Estes.

On Sunday night, Miami offered Estes, his 11th offer and the Canes joined a group that included BYU, Boise State, San Jose State, Duke, Oregon State, Colorado State, Nevada, Arizona State and Washington State as well as the Badgers.

"BYU offered me about two months ago, and then I had five offers over the course of two months," said Estes. "Then all of a sudden, last week, I got six offers. Now all the Pac-12 wants to come in."

Arizona, California and Oregon have all been talking with Estes, and he visited Oregon this past weekend for their Spring Game.

"Oregon was nice and it's a really nice school," said Estes. "Coach (Steve) Greatwood is coming out on May 19th and he told me he wants to see me run around and move and they could offer."

Colorado State, Nevada, Wisconsin and Arizona State have all been by the school and more schools are expected to swing by.

He's visited San Diego State, BYU and Duke as well as Arizona for their Junior Day.

"Arizona State said they want to watch me too and San Diego State came and watched me work out too," said Estes.

Despite living in San Diego, Estes isn't married to the idea of staying in the warmth that region brings.

"I don't necessarily want to stay in San Diego or California for that matter," said Estes. "Some schools I'm interested in because they're in the rain and snow. I kind of want to change it up some."

Estes plays tackle for the Knights and said most of his recruiting conversations key on that position, but he's not opposed to a move inside.

"Schools are recruiting me as a tackle but I'm ok with playing either tackle or guard," said Estes. "Schools have told me they might play me at guard but I think I could play both positions pretty well."

Estes is looking at camps to participate in come late spring and early summer.

"I haven't really decided on any camps so I have to see if there are any that really jump out to me," said Estes. "They're all kind of on the same weekend but I want to do a few of them."

Estes doesn't see a reason to rush his decision either.

"I want to take visits and go through the process," said Estes.

As for turning the attention towards San Marcos and away from Mission Hills, who won the CIF-San Diego Section title last year and just missed a spot in the CIF State D-I Bowl Game, Estes knows they still have some work to do.

"We're getting there, but we're going to keep working," said Estes. "Mission Hills has a great program, and Fred Warner (BYU), Dechaun Holiday (Scout 300 in 2015), Devin Holiday (Arizona) and Ricky Liuchan (Oregon State), I played with all of those guys growing up and I'm hoping to do the same things they did for their school."

Academically, Estes has a 3.5 GPA and is working on a 3.8 this semester. He's already received a qualifying score on the SAT.

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