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Four-star cornerback Omar Bolden (5-10, 197, 4.4) from
"At this point I still
have not had an offer from
"My six favorites right
now -- but in no specific order-- are SC,
"I'm not even sure on which side of the ball I want to be on (cornerback or running back). I just honestly want to play as a freshman--but if I have to redshirt, I will. So, I need to check the depth charts.
"I don't know when I'll have the time for official visits and I don't expect to make any decisions before November.
"Right now I've been averaging 100 yards rushing and five tackles per game," he said.
He reports a 2.0 GPA. "I've made up English and algebra so far and still need history and biology, which I hope to finish by November."
The big, strong defensive tackle has a boatload of offers but is starting to narrow down his list. "I visited Boston College a couple weeks ago (9th), I am visiting Arizona State this week, then Colorado the next week," Wood explained. "I am looking at a few schools for my last visit. The ones I am looking at are Oregon, Washington, North Carolina State, and Wake Forest. I am still open if any other schools come in on me. I don't have a favorite and will make my decision after the visits."
Wood's dream school is USC, but it doesn't appear things will work out with the Trojans. "I am recruiting them more than they are recruiting me," he laughs.
The d-tackle prospect
took a trip to
Tight Ends/Special Teams coach Kent Riddle is after Wood for the Buffs.
He carries a 3.2 core GPA and scored a 1750 on the SAT. Wood would like to major in Business.
Long Beach (Calif.) Poly defensive end Kenny Rowe (6-4, 220) is off to a strong start in 2006, helping the Jackrabbits bounce back from a season-opening loss to Santa Margarita and win their last three.
Poly has knocked off
three highly touted teams from their respective sections:
And Rowe has been a key cog in the Jackrabbits uprising.
With 11 offers to his credit, Rowe has six schools that he is closely looking at.
Rowe said no new offers have come in since the beginning of the season, and that he wasn't in a hurry to expedite the process.
"Nothing much has changed," said Rowe. "I haven't set any of my visits up yet."
This weekend, Rowe, a four-star prospect and 9th ranked defensive end in the nation by Scout.com, went up against Nate Chandler, himself a four-star prospect and the 6th ranked tight end by Scout.com. The two matched up much of the game, as both played tight end and defensive end.
"It was fun," said Rowe. "It was a big win for us. We have a bye this weekend then we play Millikan next weekend."
Through four games, Rowe
has 32 tackles and seven sacks as well as a blocked punt and a tip that led to
an interception return for a touchdown. He had three sacks against
Most schools like Hicks on offense, but
"My top three?
Hicks said he will in all likelihood wait until after the season to take his official visits, preferring to focus on his academics and senior season in the near term.
In addition to WSU, Hicks said he holds offers from
HICKS, NOT UNEXPECTEDLY, is powerful with a penchant for going through opponents, as evidenced by his 73 pancake blocks last season. In 2005, Hicks and his o-line teammates were rewarded with a breakfast at IHOP after collectively logging more than 200 pancake blocks. He plans on pouring more syrup on a stack this season.
"I don't even know, its a lot," said Hicks, when asked his and his team's current number of pancake blocks. "We might beat last year's record."
Off the field, Hicks' sunny disposition is much like that of Cougar defensive tackle Fevaea'i Ahmu, another lineman whose ferocious play on the field is in direct contrast to a very likeable and personable manner in street clothes.
What has made Hicks the
"Coach says makes a hole. So hoo-boy, whoever is in the way..." said Hicks. "I hurt a guy last week on accident. I didn't mean to. Everyone else was pretty much moving out of the way but I guess he had the nerve to go head-up."
Hicks, all-league as a freshman and every year since, will be hoping to guide Palmdale to it's fifth straight Golden League title this season. Area newspaper scribes like their chances, seeing few teams with the chance in 2006 to get in the way of Hicks and Palmdale. Hoo-boy.
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