McCullough's versatility has teams interested

Four-year programs are always looking for versatile athletes who they can use at multiple positions. West LA ATH Ike McCullough (5-11, 195) is just such a player and he spoke with recently about what makes him so special as well as which four-year programs have already started to show him they are interested...

McCullough prepped at Leuzinger (Hawthorne, Ca.) High School and was a standout during his time there, however, he paid the price for not taking his grades seriously enough to earn a four-year scholarship.

"That was definitely a lesson learned situation for me," McCullough admitted to "I had schools looking at me, but none of them were going to take a chance on me with my grades. I had some D-2 schools that wanted me real bad, but I couldn't even get in there, so JC was going to be my way.

"I was going to go to El Camino, but I just felt a stronger bond here at West LA and I've been really happy here and feel like I made the right choice."

As a freshman in 2010, McCullough played safety, rover and weakside linebacker for the Wildcats and finished with 50 tackles, six tackles-for-loss and one interception while starting all but one game.

"I love got get physical and I feel like I'm an 'in the box' safety," McCullough noted. "That doesn't mean I can't cover though. I get put over the slot in man-to-man all the time and I do real well out there, so I'm pretty versatile that way."

Because of his versatility, McCullough has already spoken with a couple four-year schools and more have told his coaches they are interested in him.

"Arkansas State and Oregon State are the two I've personally spoken with and they are showing me the most interest right now," McCullough said. "I know a bunch of other schools came though and liked me and spoke to my coaches about me, but right now that's about it.

"I'm still waiting on my first offer, but I can't really control all of that stuff. All I can control is how hard I work and how I play. Do all that and I have faith things will take care of themselves."

McCullough is on pace to graduate in May and he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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