It is easier to get a Christmas gift from Scrooge than get a five-star rating from Rivals.com. Consider, for example, that out of all the thousands of young football players playing on the high school level, only 27 were distinguished as Rivals.com five-star prospects.
One of these budding superstars is wide receiver David Ausberry (6-4, 215, 4.59) from Lemoore, Calif.
If you would sculpture what a prototypical modern wide receiver would look like, you come up something that looks like Ausberry.
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"Being a five-star feels good but it also makes me want to work that much harder," Ausberry said. "There are always players who will want to take my place."
"There are always players who could be better and there is always room to become better," Ausberry said. "So that is why I work hard. There's always room for improvement and you can always learn."
Ausberry was one of the many talented football players who participated at the NIKE Camp where he recorded a 32-inch vertical.
"I just jumped out of the car and started doing drills," Ausberry said. "That's when I recorded my vertical."
Are there any other camps in Ausberry's future?
"I will probably attend the USC and Ohio State camps," Ausberry said. "That will be it, because I want to be working with my team and concentrate on my senior season. I want to win."
"I'm taking my recruiting week-by-week," Ausberry said. "There is so much coming my way that I don't know who I will visit. I will try to narrow my schools sometime in the summer."
Narrowing Ausberry's list will be tough work indeed. He picked up early offers from the likes of USC, ASU, Cal, Michigan, Ohio State, Nebraska, Georgia and Fresno State.
During the evaluation period Ausberry picked up offers from UNLV, Nevada, Washington, Washington State, Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA.
"Every school that is showing interest in me will be considered," Ausberry said. "I will look at everything very closely and probably won't really know about college choice until at least December."
Ausberry was an all-league and all-area performer as a junior. He caught 35 passes for 850 yards and scored 12 touchdowns through the air. He also returned two kickoffs for scores.
Ausberry is a tough old school type player. He will play with pain. Ausberry played in a game last season with a severely sprained ankle and was use basically as a decoy.
That's called taking one for the team. What does that tell you about the heart of a Rivals.com five-star athlete?