Lots of schools looking at Arce

Even though he greyshirted in 2007, West Hills TE Brett Arce (6-5, 250) is already a very popular recruit. Plenty of four-year coaches have been by his school this month to check out what he has to offer and he's hoping a big 2008 season leads to some offers. JCFootball.com caught up with the big and physical tight end and he updated us on where things stand at this point...

"It's been pretty good around here," Arce told JCFootball.com recently. "I've been getting a lot of interest from schools like Cal, Washington State, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah State, TCU and Tulsa and a few others as well.

"None of them have talked with me, but they are sending a lot of mail and my coaches said they've been asking about me."

As a prep at nearby Coalinga High School, Arce played tackle even though he was better suited for tight end.

"I told my coaches I wanted to help the team however I could and, even though I wanted to play tight end, they said that tackle is where I could help the most," Arce said. "I was First Team All-State at tackle my senior year, but I still didn't get a lot of interest, so I decided to come to West Hills because it was close to home and I liked the coaches here."

He was preparing to play in 2007 when he was struck with an illness that sapped his strength as well as his size.

"I got what the locals here call 'Valley Fever'," Arce said. "There's a little spore out here and if you breath it in, it can make you really sick and that's what happened to me.

"I lost 20 pounds in two weeks and I could barely get out of bed, so it took me a little while to get back to being able to play and work out. I greyshirted to save a year of eligibility."

Arce played basketball in high school as well and he feels that will help him become the player teams are looking for him to be.

"It really helps with your footwork and your hands," Arce said. "I already feel like I can block really well and I think my athleticism and work ethic will help me improve in all the areas I need to improve on."

Because he was a full-qualifier out of high school, Arce said he hopes to sign with a school in December following the season and when he steps on campus at his new school he will have four years to play three.

We'll continue to follow Arce's progress over the coming weeks and months and we'll update things as they change.

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