Pressley looking hard at Big 12 schools

One of the top JC backs this year is El Camino RB Tavares Pressley (6-1, 205). He was on hand for the Citrus combine two weeks ago and he's already hearing from a lot of the top programs in the country. He's close to an official offer from a Big 12 school and if he gets it in writing he could end up committing on the spot.

"I'm waiting on Nebraska right now," Pressley said shortly after running a 4.45 with a sore groin. "Also, Colorado, Oregon State, Washington State and Arizona are the main five that are recruiting me.

"Nebraska has offered me verbally and Colorado has sent me an offer too. Oregon State called (last week) and said they were getting close to offering me and Arizona said they are looking to bring in a JC-back so that's about it.

"I'm waiting, but I kind of have my mind set where I'd like to go, but I'd like to see some of my other options."

Ole Miss also recently stepped forward with an offer as well.

Pressley prepped at DeSoto High School in Arcadia, Florida and got an offer from Central Florida and interest from schools like Clemson, Florida, N.C. State but he knew pretty early on he wouldn't qualify.

Realizing that, Pressley went to Monterey Peninsula College and put up big numbers – 1,211 yards and 23 touchdowns – as a freshman.

Following that impressive showing, Pressley's friend, who was already attending El Camino told the talented back about the Warriors' program.

"I called coach Featherstone and talked to him and the coaches were really welcoming to me and said they wanted me to come play for them," Pressley said. "They run a really good offense and I should get lots of opportunities to run the ball."

While he's mulling over his options at this point, Pressley does have some ideas about what he's looking for in the school he eventually chooses.

"I'd like the chance to play early of course and to find a school that runs a good offense," Pressley said. "Nebraska loses a lot of their backs after this year and that's why I'm really high on them right now.

"I also need to feel comfortable with the coaches and the players and feel like I can spend the next few years at the school I decide to go to. That's really the most important thing. Fitting in and feeling comfortable."

Pressley said he plans to graduate in June of 2008 and will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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