Aaron Almond has more than 30 tackles through four games this season and although his Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch team is 1-3 the three-star athlete remains optimistic about this season. His recruitment is going quite well, too.
Almond, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound prospect who projects as a defensive back, went to the USC-Virginia game two weekends ago and has been told by the coaches to come as often as possible. No offer has come yet but Almond is hoping one might down the line.
"Coach (James) Cregg told me to come to as many home games as possible," Almond said. "They're calling me every week to check up on how my games are going and my progress. It's the same with coach Willie Mack (Garza).
"I like what they do over there, their schemes. I really like what coach Willie Mack (Garza) is teaching the defensive players."
Other than the interest from Southern Cal, Almond has offers from Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State and San Jose State. Diamond Ranch played Thursday night so Almond is trying to schedule a visit to Colorado State for this weekend.
"I want to talk to coach (Larry) Lewis to see if I can come through this weekend," Almond said. "I'd be available and I'm interested to get out there."
Almond is also in close contact with Ohio assistant coach Fred Reed, New Mexico State assistant Will Martin and coaches from Oregon. He's planning to take some official visits but hasn't yet worked out the dates.
As for his play, Almond is switching between defensive back and linebacker depending on what offense the opponent is running.
Two weeks ago, Almond moved down into the box because Wildomar Elsinore ran the wing-T. Diamond Ranch defeated Ontario Chaffey, 21-14, on Thursday.
"Last week they had me at linebacker because we played against a wing-T," Almond said. "It's just that our offense is struggling. We should be fine for the rest of the season because we're practicing hard."
Rivals.com rates Almond No. 68 in the athlete category and No. 71 in the California state rankings.